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Change To Personal Property Tax Relief Qualifications for Owners of Pickup Trucks

December 5, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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Robert S. Wertz, Jr., Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, wants truck owners to know that due to recently enacted legislation, trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds may qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in calendar year 2017. … Continue Reading

Developers Go for the Gold in Comp Plan Review

November 30, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Developers Go for the Gold in Comp Plan Review
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Two Decades of Successful Managed Growth on the Line

The next Envision Loudoun Comprehensive Plan community outreach workshops will be Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Woodgrove High School, 36811 Allder School Road in Purcellville, and Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling. To learn more, go to www.EnvisionLoudoun.org. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony To Be Held December 15

November 28, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony To Be Held December 15
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The Leesburg Town Council will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor-elect Kelly Burk, Council Member Thomas S. Dunn, II, and Council Members-elect Ron Campbell and Kenneth “Ken” Reid on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level social hall at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). A dessert reception for the newly sworn-in members of the Town Council will immediately follow the ceremony. … Continue Reading

Purcellville October Town Council Meetings

November 2, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville October Town Council Meetings
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Town Council Meeting October 11
Zoning Text Amendment:

In early October, the Purcellville Town Council voted to send zoning text amendments to the Planning Commission for review. The motion, initiated by Council Member Kelli Grim passed 5-2 with Council Members Doug McCollum and Chris Bledsoe voting no. The zoning text aments include the following:
Change the zoning ordinance back to lower the maximum building heights allowed in the C-4 District. This includes 21st Street, Hatcher and parts of Main Street – the Downtown Central Commercial District. In 2008, the Lazaro Council raised the building heights allowed in this district from 35 ft. to 65 ft. – six stories – based on the advocacy of developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis and the Vineyard Square development. This review, if passed, would keep building heights in line with the original purpose of the district. … Continue Reading

Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority

November 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority
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In late October, the Purcellville Town Council held an open meeting with the Municipal & Financial Services Group President Edward J. Donahue III and manager Eric Callocchia. The town’s financial advisor Kyle Laux from the Davenport Group was also in attendance. The town council is looking for ways to reduce utility rates for citizens. One of the ways the town council is trying to accomplish this is by exploring ways to generate new revenue that can help reduce utility cost. … Continue Reading

November 5 Last Comp Plan Workshop for Purcellville

November 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on November 5 Last Comp Plan Workshop for Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville will hold its last Comprehensive Plan Update Workshops on Saturday, November 5, at Town Hall (221 S. Nursery Avenue).  The first session will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second session from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  You will be able to discuss and respond to specific questions that will help determine the final content of the updated comprehensive plan.
    
These workshops will be the last community events for 2016, and the last opportunity to provide input before drafting the updated comprehensive plan.  Please plan to attend – your feedback is vital to the project’s success. 

Final Round of Comprehensive Plan Workshops Set for this Saturday

November 2, 2016 Government Comments Off on Final Round of Comprehensive Plan Workshops Set for this Saturday
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The final round of the comprehensive plan workshops being held this Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Town Hall (221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville). These workshops will be the public’s final opportunity to provide input on the future of our community before an updated comprehensive plan is drafted at the end of the year. During each two-hour workshop, attendees will help determine the content of the updated comprehensive plan by taking part in group discussions and providing individual responses to questions covering five topics: … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Council Schedules Meetings on Comprehensive Plan

October 6, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Town Council Schedules Meetings on Comprehensive Plan
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The Purcellville Town Council has scheduled special meetings for the purpose of discussing and considering, but taking no action on, the town’s Comprehensive Plan. 

On October 13, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 20, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

On October 27, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On November 5, there will be a meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Town Hall and then from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Purcellville Strategic Planning Session Brainstorms on Town’s Vision

October 6, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Strategic Planning Session Brainstorms on Town’s Vision
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The Purcellville Town Council held its annual strategic planning session September  9-10 at the Purcellville Train Station. The sessions, taking place on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., were moderated on Saturday by Mike Chandler.
Sessions with department heads started with Administration/IT, Town Attorney, Finance, Community Development, Public Works, and the Police Department. The council also met with the chairs of the Planning Commission, the Board of Architectural Review, the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Arts Council. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Council Meetings – September

October 6, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Town Council Meetings – September
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By Valerie Cury
The newly elected members of the Purcellville Town Council wasted no time moving forward on more open government measures and transparency measures during the month of September.

Transparency Software
The town council voted to approved the purchase of OpenGov, a financial transparency software used by many localities in Virginia.

With the easy-to-use, collaborative, OpenGov software, citizens will be able to see how every dollar is spent. This system gives the residents the opportunity to view data, analyze charts and also track information other than budgets. Said Council Member Nedim Ogelman, “Citizens will come up with creative ideas based on looking at things and actually find savings.” Mayor Fraser said, “It is an investment in trust.” … Continue Reading

Citizens’ Voices Defended at Joint Comp Plan Review

October 5, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Citizens’ Voices Defended at Joint Comp Plan Review
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The Purcellville Planning Commission and Town Council held a joint meeting September 8 to discuss the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Review. The major points of discussion in the review revolved around issues of growth – specifically how broad the language should be and how far into the future should the town go. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Council Schedules Meetings on Comprehensive Plan

September 16, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Town Council Schedules Meetings on Comprehensive Plan
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The Purcellville Town Council has scheduled special meetings for the purpose of discussing and considering, but taking no action on, the town’s Comprehensive Plan.

On September 22, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On September 24, there will be a meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Carver Center. On September 24, there will be a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Carter Center.

On September 29, there will be a meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 6, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 13, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 20, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

On October 27, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On November 5, there will be a meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On November 5, there will be a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Comstock Joins Ride-Sharing Bill for Federal Workers

September 15, 2016 Government Comments Off on Comstock Joins Ride-Sharing Bill for Federal Workers
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Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) joined Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) in introducing a bill that will temporarily add transportation options for federal workers.

With the D.C. Metro system (WMATA) under SafeTrack construction for the foreseeable future, many federal workers have seen their commute times increase due to lengthy delays and unpredictable arrivals. However, commuters have limited alternative options, in part because the existing federal transportation benefit system excludes ride-sharing. The legislation would allow federal employees who receive metro benefits to be able to apply those same benefits to ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and others. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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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Calendar

March 2017
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February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”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

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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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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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 …

Around Virginia

McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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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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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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