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Interview With Dave LaRock

June 4, 2013 Government, News 4 comments
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The Republican Primary for the 33rd District Delegate Race comes up on June 11; Challenger Dave LaRock faces Incumbent Joe May. The following is our exchange with Dave LaRock. He’s seeking his first term in the House of Delegates. Dave and his wife Joanne run a small general contracting business. LaRock served as Blue Ridge District Chairman for the Loudoun Republican Party. He and his wife Joanne live in Hamilton.

Tim Jon: What are the three most important issues facing the 33rd District; how much effort have you put into these, with what results?

Dave LaRock: Taxation – Our taxes and our tolls are too high. Virginia residents have the 10th highest tax burden in our nation. This drives up our cost of living and makes it difficult to create jobs. I pledge to work with Governor Ken Cuccinelli to cut taxes and to reform Virginia’s tax structure, making it more fair and simple by eliminating special-interest tax breaks. I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to fight for lower taxes; my opponent has refused to sign the pledge. … Continue Reading

Interview With Joe May

June 4, 2013 Government Comments Off on Interview With Joe May
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The Republican Primary for the 33rd District Delegate Race comes up on June 11; Incumbent Joe May faces Challenger Dave LaRock. The following is our exchange with Delegate May. He’s seeking his 10th two-year term. The incumbent serves on numerous committees and commissions on the state level. Joe May serves as founder and chairman for the Sterling-based engineering firm, EIT. He and his wife Bobby live in Leesburg.

Tim Jon: What are the three most important issues facing the 33rd District; how much effort have you put into these, with what results?

Joe May: The three most important issues facing the 33rd District are jobs, education and transportation. The issues are interdependent and are absolutely vital to continuing to make our community a great place to live, work and raise a family. … Continue Reading

Kaine Visits Business Communities in Northern Virginia, Participates in Winchester Parade

May 6, 2013 Government, News 1 comment
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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited the Eden Center in Falls Church today to meet with members of the Asian-American business community and discuss the ways immigration reform would have a positive impact in the region and throughout Virginia. Kaine, a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, noted that an improved legal system would continue to draw talent to Virginia’s schools and businesses and develop the state’s overall competitiveness.

“For years we’ve been talking about doing comprehensive immigration reform but haven’t been able to get anything done,” said Kaine. “This bill we have in the Senate is a good measure that covers many of the major aspects of immigration reform – border security, visa reform, family reunification and a rigorous path to citizenship.”

Kaine has expressed his support for the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that was introduced recently by a group of eight U.S. senators – four Republicans and four Democrats. … Continue Reading

Autumn Hill Battle Continues

April 3, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Autumn Hill Battle Continues
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By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

The court battle between the developers of the Autumn Hill project outside Purcellville and Loudoun County will continue, albeit in a much reduced form.

In his March 5 decision Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne granted the county’s motion for demurrer on three of the four counts alleged by Autumn Hill. However, Judge Horne, who has a reputation for “splitting the baby” in his rulings, allowed one claim made by Autumn Hill to move forward for trial. The remaining issue asks the court to determine whether a law enacted by the Virginia General Assembly in 2009 takes precedent over a 1991 proffer agreement between the county and the developer. … Continue Reading

Catoctin Creek Apartments Inching Closer To Vote

April 3, 2013 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Catoctin Creek Apartments Inching Closer To Vote
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By Karen Jimmerson

Purcellville’s Hirst Road and Maple Avenue corridor is on the cusp of major changes. Developers have put in an application to build a large apartment complex (Catoctin Creek Apartments), and have future plans to build retail/office space. S.L. Nasbaum wants to develop the western 13.72 acres of a 20-acre parcel with 176 (and up to 205) apartment units. At the same time, Renauld Consulting is advertising for sale/lease thousands of square feet retail/office space within the same 20-acre parcel.

The application for the Catoctin Creek Apartments would require an amendment to Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan, and a rezoning amendment to PDH-15 (high density). The property was annexed into the town in December of 2008 by the Purcellville Town Council, and was designated as Transition X and CM-1. The Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) ultimate land use map depicts the planned land use for the subject property as local service-light industrial, not residential. According to county staff comments, “rezoning the subject property for residential use as proposed would not be in conformance with the PUGAMP land use map.” … Continue Reading

An Interview with Dave LaRock – Candidate for House of Delegates

April 3, 2013 Government, News 1 comment
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Dave LaRock recently announced that he will be challenging 20-year incumbent Del. Joe May in the June 11th Republican primary for the 33rd House of Delegates district, which covers most of rural Loudoun County. LaRock was kind enough to answer a few questions and introduce himself to our readers.

BRL: Please tell us a little about yourself.
I have lived here in Loudoun County for 26 years, and have been married to my wife Joanne for 31 years. We have seven children and three grandchildren. My wife and I built a successful small business as a general contractor, working hard to build about two to three homes a year. We attend Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Water and Sewer Rates Continue To Escalate

April 3, 2013 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Water and Sewer Rates Continue To Escalate
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The following is an excerpt from Purcellville’s proposed budget for FY14:

The most recent MFSG rate study was presented to Council in January 2013. Based on the consultant’s recommendations, council adopted a rate increase of seven percent for water and 20 percent for wastewater effective with the June 2013 bill. The Town Manager’s FY24 budget includes another rate increase of eight percent for water and 15 percent for wastewater.

Below is a history of the base rate for the last several years and the associated sewer rates (rates listed are per 1,000 gallons). The rates are taken from the proposed budget and extended according to the quote above, except that according to the town web site the first increase mentioned was effective in March.) … Continue Reading

Catoctin Corner Up for Approval

April 3, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Catoctin Corner Up for Approval
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Catoctin Corner, a 6.53 acre property on Main Street and Rt.287 in Purcellville, is going through the approval process at the staff level. The majority of the property was annexed by the Purcellville Town Council in 2008. The property was zoned for low density dwelling units at 1-3 houses per acre. Against the recommendation of the Purcellville Planning Commission, the Purcellville Town Council voted to rezone the property for 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial, which will include a bank, pharmacy, gas station, and several restaurants.

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Grand Jury Impaneled In Delgaudio Case While Opponents Prepare For Removal

March 9, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Grand Jury Impaneled In Delgaudio Case While Opponents Prepare For Removal
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The criminal investigation of Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio is continuing, with reports that a grand jury has now been impaneled to review the evidence, a review expected to take place over the next few months. The investigation was handed over to a special prosecutor, Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos, in November, following several weeks of controversy sparked by a Washington Post article detailing allegations by three former staff aides to Delgaudio. During that time the Board of Supervisors first authorized, then suspended, its own internal investigation, and it came to light that Chairman York and then-Vice-Chair Janet Clarke had been in possession of former aide Donna Mateer’s statement and supporting documents from Delgaudio’s office since April. Mateer alleged that Delgaudio mistreated staff and instructed her and other aides to engage in political fundraising while being paid by the county.

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Clarifying Supervisor Clarke’s Newsletter

March 6, 2013 Government, News 1 comment
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In February, Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) sent out a newsletter to correct “false information” being circulated about the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) – a 50-year plan, recently abolished, which gave the town and the county joint control over lands surrounding Purcellville. The newsletter did not provide details about the misinformation, but, offered to provide facts and invited readers to contact Clarke, the other supervisors, county staff or Purcellville Town Council members “to verify these facts or to get further information.”

Unfortunately, as laid out below, research of county and state documents indicate that Clarke’s newsletter is not exactly accurate in all points. This is important because while Ms. Clarke favored elimination of PUGAMP, others saw the elimination of PUGAMP as a threat to the rural zoning around Purcellville. … Continue Reading

May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor

February 27, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on May’s Electronic Tracking Bill Passes Both Houses on Way to Governor
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HB 1981, a bill to make it illegal to use electronic tracking devices to track a person’s location using “intentionally deceptive means and without consent,” has cleared the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law. Using such a device illegally could result in up to a $500 fine. The bill is a product of a JCOTS study in the Legislature and was four years in the making.

The bill originated when a constituent of May’s reported that an electronic tracking device had been secretly installed in his car to track his whereabouts. He was told by police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney that the act was not illegal, so he requested May’s help in making it so.

“I’m particularly proud of this legislation because it is one more step toward creating rules and regulations for beneficial use of technology so that technology is our servant, not our master,” said May. May chaired the House Science and Technology Committee for eight years and the Joint Commission on Technology and Science for 8 years before becoming Chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings

February 27, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Wolf Takes to House Floor To Address Role of Media Violence in Mass Shootings
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Following a recent report that police found violent video games in the home of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, Rep Frank Wolf (R-VA) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to stress the need to examine the role that violent media play in mass shootings.

According to the Hartford Courant, detectives are exploring whether Lanza might have been emulating a scenario from a video game during his rampage.

This new development in the Sandy Hook case comes in the wake of a National Science Foundation report requested by Wolf, which revealed three main factors associated with recent mass shootings: exposure to violent media, access to guns and mental health. … Continue Reading

Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

February 22, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Several Bills Pass Senate As Session Draws To an End

As things at the General Assembly slow down a bit as the session is approached its end, several bills brought forth by Senator Richard H. Black, of the 13th District, made their way through the Senate and on to the House and subcommittees.

Senate Bill 715, regarding motor vehicle titles, would allow for said titles to be transferred to a designated beneficiary upon the unfortunate death of the owner. Currently it is set up so that upon someone’s death their vehicle(s) goes to an heir or someone designated in their will. However, with this bill, people would be able to go to the DMV and designate anyone as the new title-holder of the vehicle(s) if something were to happen to them. This would be helpful considering many people do not have a will and in some cases their vehicle is the largest asset they have to give their heirs; the title will now be transferred without the hindrance and expense of probate. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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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

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?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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Editorial

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 …

Op-ed

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

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– 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

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– 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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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

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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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

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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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