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High Water Rates a “Mandate?”

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on High Water Rates a “Mandate?”

Absolutely Not
By Ryan J. Cool

According to Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro: “When I was elected to the Town Council [in 2004] our certification for water was about 540,000 gallons a day. We peak in the summer now over 700,000 depending on the circumstances. We have the investments we have made not only for today but for the future. We have just received certification from DEQ [Department of Environmental Quality] for over 1,000,060. We had to upgrade our sewer plant to meet the mandate of the Chesapeake Bay Act, and while I understand your concern all of us up here are rate payers. None of us gets a discount. Decisions made in the 90’s in terms of development in the community have made a real squeeze on the amount of water we need and we have to meet that challenge.” … Continue Reading

Candidate Endorsements

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Candidate Endorsements

Voting Day is Tuesday, November 8, Polls open 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Burton for Blue Ridge Supervisor … Unbought and Unbossed

A member of our editorial board suggested that Jim Burton be described as “Unbought and Unbossed.” As descriptive as that is of Burton’s remarkable career, even that does not begin to describe the man or his accomplishments. A better word and a more simple one, would be Integrity. … Continue Reading

Special Opinion From an 18-Year-Old – VOTE

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Special Opinion From an 18-Year-Old – VOTE

By Samuel Moore-Sobel

This year Election Day is on November 8. Candidates are campaigning for positions such as School Board Representative, Board of Supervisors, and even State Senator. These positions are all critical to the future of our community, and these candidates, if elected, will make decisions that will directly impact our lives.

The sad fact is that many people will not vote. Traditionally, local elections’ turnout is very low compared to those for President and United States Congress.

While voting in national elections should absolutely be encouraged, citizens should vote in local elections, too, as local politicians, arguably, have more of an immediate impact on our lives. … Continue Reading

Fair Funding and Smart Fixes for Transportation in Northern Virginia

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Fair Funding and Smart Fixes for Transportation in Northern Virginia

Where do your candidates for Senator, Delegate, and Supervisor Stand?

Whether you vote Republican, Democratic or Independent, you will agree that we need elected officials from Northern Virginia who will fight for fair funding and smart fixes to our transportation challenges. We are very concerned that VDOT leadership is not investing enough in Northern Virginia, and, when they do, they aren’t setting the right investment priorities. … Continue Reading

7 Million Wasted Bucks: Clarke Can’t Escape Her Role in Woodgrove High School Debacle

October 7, 2011 Editorial, Opinion 5 comments

In her September 8, 2011 campaign e-newsletter, Janet Clarke attempts to take credit for helping to resolve overcrowding in western Loudoun’s High Schools. Ms. Clarke’s statements are a misrepresentation of the facts. She also mischaracterizes Supervisor Jim Burton’s very supportive role in getting the high school built. The public record reveals what truly transpired and reveals how Ms. Clarke actually supported the use of taxpayer money to prevent the construction of the new Woodgrove High School.

On October 30, 2000, Chairman York informed the Chairman of the School Board by letter that the County had settled on the purchase of Fields Farm. “The Board of Supervisors purchased the property with the understanding that sufficient acreage would be provided for a high school and an elementary school.” The letter went on to state that the remaining acreage would be used for ball fields. The School Superintendent’s proposed FY03-FY08 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) called for opening HS-3 (Woodgrove) in the fall of 2007 on Fields Farm. … Continue Reading

Farm Bureau Right on the Money

October 7, 2011 Editorial, Opinion 2 comments

By Kelli Grim

A recent front page article in the Virgina Farm Bureau News highlighted the plight of Crooked Run Orchard and Sam and Uta Brown. The focus was the recent eminent domain condemnation of the Brown’s farm by the Town of Purcellville.

According to the Loudoun representative for the Farm Bureau, the organization was contacted by Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro about what the Mayor saw as inaccuracies in the article – inaccuracies regarding how close the Southern Collector Road would actually come to the Brown farm house, whether or not the farm was “surrounded on three sides by development,” and other issues. The Farm Bureau was, in fact very accurate in its presentation of each of the issues disputed by the Mayor. But, the larger issue seems to be that the Mayor takes issue with the fact that the Farm Bureau is calling out the Town of Purcellville and citing the Crooked Run Orchard case as a clear example of significant eminent domain abuse. … Continue Reading

From the Editor: Janet Clarke, (R)

September 1, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on From the Editor: Janet Clarke, (R)

Neither Janet Clarke nor her Campaign Manager responded to numerous requests for an interview with the Blue Ridge Leader. However, Ms. Clarke does have a two-year record while serving on the Purcellville Town Council (she was appointed to fill Bob Lazaro’s unfinished Town Council term after he was elected Mayor in 2006). And, Ms. Clarke’s election platform, as detailed on her website, http://clarkeforloudoun.com, promotes her candidacy in a manner which the Blue Ridge Leader believes is in stark contrast to her very public record while on Town Council.

How Janet Clarke’s Record on the Purcellville Town Council Informs Voters About Her Candidacy for the Board of Supervisors Blue Ridge District … Continue Reading

“Mr. Lazaro, Tear Down This Wall!”

August 4, 2011 Editorial, Opinion 6 comments
Tear Down Sam with fence

When President Ronald Reagan uttered his famous words at the Berlin Wall in 1987 asking Chairman Gorbachev of the Soviet Union to “Tear down this wall,” he was responding to the despicable cold war symbol of oppression.

Well, we have our own “Berlin Wall” right here in Purcellville. As these photos show, the Mayor and the Purcellville Town Council have decided to erect a “Berlin” wall around the land they annexed by “quick take” for the Southern Collector Road.

Just look at these pictures of the hundreds of feet of the fence the Town put up and how it prevents the Browns from freely operating their 250 year old working farm.

The fence goes right across the road Sam uses to access the remainder of his property. This stops Sam from farming and harvesting his crops on the southern forty four acres and conducting the annual hayrides that thousands of children have loved over the years. … Continue Reading

Opinion – Retail Leakage?

July 1, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Opinion – Retail Leakage?

By Kelli Grim

In February 2006, at the height of the Real Estate boom, the Town of Purcellville paid for a study to be done by Arnett, Muldrow & Associates regarding “leakage”. They determined the meaning of leakage was when a Purcellville resident needs to buy something, they would travel to Leesburg (in Loudoun County) and spend their money there. Muldrow said this equates to tax revenue “leaking” from Purcellville.

Other experts also define retail “leakage” to be when money spent inside a community is transferred outside the community. For example, most big box and chain/franchise stores have high leakage rates due to the transferring of sales revenue to a corporate headquarters. Statistics show that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, approximately $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the community tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community. Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, plus the success of locally owned independent businesses provide real-life inspiration to our young people. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s Endangered Species List

June 9, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Purcellville’s Endangered Species List

By Kelli Grim

Agriculture, farmers, and senior citizens are now on the new Purcellville endangered species list. If you are a long time resident, a farmer, and a senior citizen than you may be eligible to be put on Purcellville’s endangered species list, too. Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard, a 250 year old historic, working pick-your-own farm are now facing major hardships, and tens of thousands of dollars in expenses to defend their home, and their business just to continue to exist in the Town of Purcellville.

On November 30, 2010 the Town made an offer to purchase approximately 7+ acres of the Brown’s 16 acre parcel currently owned jointly by Sam and Tim Brown for the construction of the Southern Collector Road. Neither of the Brown brothers accepted the town’s offer to purchase this portion of the property for only $432, 024. … Continue Reading

Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia

By Kelli Grim
(The following information was gleaned from an extensive study of eminent domain in Virginia written by Jeremy P. Hopkins, Esq. , and published by the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.)

The right to own property protects the individual by dividing power between the people and the government, and between the people themselves. The right to own, use and dispose of property gives the individual true security and independence. It is the bedrock of our constitution and all laws and freedoms are dependent upon it. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Economic dependence begets subservience and venality,” while economic independence begets freedom, liberty and industriousness. It is no wonder that tyrannical governments make common property a method by which to control people. If everyone owns something, no one owns it, and the government is, of course, the default owner of everything. … Continue Reading

Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

Janet Clarke is on the fast track to being nominated as the Republican candidate to run for the Blue Ridge Supervisor spot this November. She is currently unopposed on the Republican side. But, is she the best challenger to represent the party of “fiscal responsibility?”

Clarke was handpicked by Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro to replace him on the Town Council when Lazaro was elected Mayor in 2006. Serving on the Council from 2006 to 2008, Clarke voted with the Mayor’s majority voting block on every major issue.

  • While on Council Clarke voted for numerous lawsuits to sue the County of Loudoun to stop the building of Woodgrove High School which had been in Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan since 1995. All lawsuits failed. And, Clarke was part of the group the Mayor put into action to give an ultimatum to the County: give Purcellville just under $6 million (for unspecified transportation needs unrelated to the school) or the town will continue to “sue and appeal” all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court – delaying the building of the High School another year or more. In the interest of area students – many of whom were being taught in trailers due to severe overcrowding – the County gave in. … Continue Reading

Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording

April 27, 2011 Editorial, Opinion, Uncategorized Comments Off on Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording


By Kelli Grim

The Town spends a great deal of time tinkering, rearranging and rewording all the ordinances, every regulation, zoning law, building height and setback, façade, window pane, sidewalk width and site plan – all of the nitpicking details that are supposed to make the town run smoothly, create an atmosphere of consistency and purpose, and lend some sort of harmony and vision to the Town.

It’s a great deal of time wasted. Despite all the reams of paper, the numerous drafts, the meetings and discussions, the town routinely and capriciously overturns or completely ignores its own regulations. … 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
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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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March Fourth Friday

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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

Lovettsville Boat Launch 7-26-09

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

Loudoun County Seal Color

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 …

Dear Editor

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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