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Purcellville Emergency Meeting Postponed to March 10

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At the end of the business day on Monday, March 6, Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser called for an emergency meeting for 7:00 p.m. the same evening. The subject given for the meeting was to discuss an alleged threat a Town government employee made against a Town Council Member.

A majority vote is needed to proceed in a closed session meeting. However, in this case, the Town Council voted 4-3 against going into executive session. Council Members Doug McCollum, Ryan Cool, Nedim Ogelman and Chris Bledsoe voted against going into the closed session, and Mayor Fraser, Vice-Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Kelli Grim voted for the motion. The Council then voted unanimously to reschedule the meeting for Friday March 10, 7:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Abernethy & Spencer Opens with Its State of the Art Greenhouse


Abernethy & Spencer Greenhouses opened March 1, more than a year after a record-breaking January snowfall collapsed their largest greenhouse – a 45,000 square feet structure of steel and plastic that protected the majority of the nursery’s plants. 

The new greenhouse has drip irrigation, overhead misting, clean coal heating, and levered panels that open and close depending upon the weather. Electric fans keep fresh air circulated. These improvements are saving 40 percent in heating costs, cutting electricity usage by 50 percent, and reducing water usage by 60 percent. Tall, airy ceilings cast the rooms with diffused sunlight over the array of plants. … Continue Reading

Focus on: Lucketts Excavating, Inc.


Dave Zendek the owner of Lucketts Excavating, Inc. and has been serving Loudoun County for over 17 years. Zendek’s business motto is “doing a job as if you were doing it for yourself.” He and his team take great pride in their work, and they like to do things the right way. He specializes in pond installation and repairs, land clearing, grading, new driveway installation and repairs, equestrian riding arenas, basement excavation, pad site installation and retaining walls. He also offers snow removal services. He’s done projects for Morven Park, Oatlands, Dodona Manor and AOL just to name a few. Go to www.luckettsexcavating.com to learn more.

7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, February 25

February 1, 2017 Events, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on 7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, February 25

Loudoun celebrates the best of what it grows and makes this month with the 7th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo, Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville.

Businesses represented will include the county’s many wineries, farms, breweries, community supported agriculture, artists and more. … Continue Reading

Music With a Cause – Brian Ganz

January 4, 2017 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Music With a Cause – Brian Ganz

Brian Ganz and CHOPIN! Music with a Cause Sunday concerts at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville continues with a concert to benefit the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. The concert will feature internationally renowned pianist and award-winning Chopin specialist Brian Ganz in a recital of works from the Romantic composer’s youth, including nocturnes, polonaises, mazurkas, etudes and a rarely heard set of variations on the charming German air, “Der Schweizerbub.” In a demonstration he likens to “musical gardening,” Mr. Ganz will play works containing “seeds of genius,” composed when Chopin was as young as 11 years old, and follow them with works in the same genres written shortly after the composer reached the bloom of artistic maturity. Tickets are $15 at the door; seniors $12; ages 17 and under admitted free. Tickets available on Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/hssrp4q.  For more information visit www.standrew-pres.org or call 540-338-4332 during business hours.

Kelly Burk Assumes Mayoral Seat

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Kelly Burk Assumes Mayoral Seat

Longtime Leesburg resident and popular county legislator Kelly Burk started her official 4-year term as Leesburg’s Mayor on Sunday, January 1.

A Virginian by birth, Burk considers Leesburg to be her hometown, having lived there for over 40 years. She served on the Leesburg Town Council from 2004 to 2007, and on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2011 – chairing the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee. She returned to serve on the Leesburg Town Council in 2012, and served as Vice Mayor under Mayor Kristen Umstattd, before capturing the Major’s seat in 2016. Burk also worked as a special education teacher with the Loudoun County Public Schools before her retirement in 2014. … Continue Reading

WHS Varsity Gymnastics Takes First Place in Season Opener

January 4, 2017 Sports, Uncategorized Comments Off on WHS Varsity Gymnastics Takes First Place in Season Opener

The Woodgrove High School Varsity Gymnastics squad outscored teams from Loudoun Valley, Riverside, Park View and Forest Park high schools to take first place at its season opener at LVHS on Wednesday, December 7. Woodgrove sophomore River Stone also won first place in the individual all-around. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s Halloween Block Party a Huge Success

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Purcellville’s Halloween Block Party a Huge Success

Best Halloween Block Party – Ever. A big thanks to Mother Nature, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night. Thousands upon thousands of people strolled down 21st Street in Old Town checking out the costumes, games, awesome food and a hilarious show by the Improv Troupe Last Ham Standing. Over $1500. in cash, along with trophies were awarded to the most creative costumes in 6 categories – plus best overall costume won $500. The Judges this year included County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard, Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson, Councilman Ryan Cool and Magnolias co-owner Shawn Malone. Next year’s 7th Annual Halloween Block Party will be held on Saturday October 28, start thinking winning costume. … Continue Reading

Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

October 13, 2016 Events, Lifestyle, Uncategorized Comments Off on Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets. … Continue Reading

We Are Not Safe

October 6, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on We Are Not Safe

By Nick Reed
As citizens of a Western country, we are not safe.

We are not safe in a train. We learned this on July 18 when a 17-year-old refugee started attacking people with an ax on a German commuter train near Würzburg, Germany before being shot dead by policemen. He declared himself a “soldier of the caliphate (ISIS)” and carried a homemade ISIS flag on his person during the attack. Four passengers on the train were wounded. … Continue Reading

Randall Delivers First State of the County Address

June 1, 2016 Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Randall Delivers First State of the County Address

Everyone Needs To Participate in Loudoun’s Success
By Andrea Gaines

Phyllis J. Randall, elected as chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors last November delivered her first State of the County address to a full and enthusiastic room on May 25.

Randall spoke to a wide variety of issues, describing challenges, achievements and pressing issues – from the county’s poor rates of employee retention, to its excellent triple-A bond rating, to its upcoming Comprehensive Plan review. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Patrick McConville

April 6, 2016 Uncategorized Comments Off on Election 2016: Patrick McConville

Patrick McConville moved to Purcellville in June 2009 from Sterling, and grew up in the Northern Virginia area for 38 years.  He has worked in the land surveying industry for almost 20 years and currently works for Bowman Consulting.  He enjoys history of the land and some of the unique descriptions one can find when doing research.   He has been on the Purcellville Town Council for four years. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: John Nave

April 6, 2016 Elections, Elections, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Election 2016: John Nave

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John, his wife Sandy and their two children, moved to Purcellville from Atlanta Georgia 13 years ago. They both grew up in a small town very similar to Purcellville – and that’s why they chose Purcellville for their home. Nave works for the Library of Congress. He has served on the Purcellville Town Council for five years (one year to fill a vacant council seat and four years as an elected official). … Continue Reading








The Holocene Climate


(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions


Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio


I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power


“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017


?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception


We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech


By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …


Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017


The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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