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Save the Date

September 7, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Save the Date
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September 8, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Planning Commission and Town Council joint meeting to discuss the status of the Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Review and the next steps.

September 9, Friday 12:30-10:00 p.m. Purcellville Town Council Strategic Planning Meeting at the Train Station and also Saturday September 10, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

September 24, Saturday Carver Center 10- Noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Review Status Report and Public Input Opportunity.

Local Government Accountability, Where’s The Paper Trail?

September 7, 2016 Government Comments Off on Local Government Accountability, Where’s The Paper Trail?
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser made a town-wide Operational Efficiency Audit one of the first priorities in his first term in office.
An OEA is a review of operations – from contract writing, to bidding, to payments, to timelines, to budgets – to take a critical, unbiased look at internal effectiveness. The goal? To provide recommendations to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency, program and project efficiencies, and effectiveness and transparency – what a citizen sees and hears about what government is doing matches what government is doing within the nooks and crannies and documentation of everyday operations. … Continue Reading

An Interview with BOS Chair Phyllis Randall

September 7, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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“I Love My Job”
– By Andrea Gaines
The Blue Ridge Leader interviewed Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall by phone at the end of August, a time when many professionals, while still maintaining a busy schedule, are mixing it up with end-of-the-summer, back-to-school and family events.
Our goal for the interview was to get an update on the board’s summer 2016 activities and share with our readers something about upcoming priorities. We also wanted to learn a little more about how Randall herself approaches the task of running something as dynamic and diverse as the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. … Continue Reading

87th Class Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program

September 7, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on 87th Class Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program
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Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Kelli Grim attended and completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner program in Roanoke, August 30. The program focused on the responsibility of planning commissioners, and the legal framework for planning and zoning principals, to name a few. “Going through this program solidified to me how critical our zoning ordinances are and how important it is to follow our comprehensive plan. Proper zoning protects our plan – present and future – and knowing what our community wants is a key component to our vision,” said Grim. “The Land Use Education program provided a good foundation for creating inclusive citizen participation at all levels of planning,” said Jimmerson. She continued, “Effective comprehensive planning provides for efficient and sustainable development or can help stimulate redevelopment opportunities. Gaining better insight of the planning process will allow our council to weigh zoning applications or changes with greater confidence and more measurable results.”
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Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions

August 4, 2016 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Advisory Boards with Terms Concurrent with the Board of Supervisors
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Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications

August 3, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications
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As a result of a new state law on residential rezoning applications that went into effect on July 1, the Leesburg Town Council has implemented an interim policy to address potential ramifications of the new legislation until permanent Town policy changes can be made. The interim policy is anticipated to be in effect at least four to six months. … Continue Reading

July Purcellville Town Council Meeting and Work Session

August 3, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on July Purcellville Town Council Meeting and Work Session
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By Nathaniel Stephens

On July 12, the newly elected Purcellville Town Council held its first meeting as the official body representing the people of the Town. Key meeting topics and issues included:

Appointments:
The council appointed these individuals: Kelli Grim to the Planning Commission, Chris Bledsoe to the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Ryan Cool to the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Arts Council, Karen Jimmerson to the Tree and Beautification Committee and Nedim Ogelman to the Board of Architectural Review. (Council Member Doug McCollum declined an appointment to the Arts Committee.) Council Member Karen Jimmerson was appointed Vice-Mayor. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications

July 23, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications
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As a result of a new state law on residential rezoning applications that went into effect on July 1, the Leesburg Town Council has implemented an interim policy to address potential ramifications of the new legislation until permanent Town policy changes can be made. The interim policy is anticipated to be in effect at least four to six months.

The interim policy applies to any rezoning application accepted after July 1 that contains a residential component. The interim policy consists of three key elements: … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Attorney Determines Text Messages Did Not Violate FOIA

July 20, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Attorney Determines Text Messages Did Not Violate FOIA
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Loudoun County Government is aware of concerns raised by members of the public regarding an exchange of text messages sent to and received by Blue Ridge District Supervisor Tony Buffington during the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation and Land Use Committee meeting on July 15. In response to these concerns, Loudoun County Attorney Leo Rogers reviewed all of the text messages, watched the video of the meeting, and spoke with the Board members. He determined that the exchange of text messages did not constitute a violation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Passes Budget In Hard Fought 5-2 Vote

July 7, 2016 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Passes Budget In Hard Fought 5-2 Vote
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– By Nathaniel Stephens

Sparks flew at the usually calm June 14 Purcellville Town Council Meeting. In addition to general business issues, the town’s 2017 budget came up, with the Town Council voting 5-2 to pass it. Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Council Member Kelli Grim voted against approval, with Vice Mayor Patrick McConville and Council Members Joan Lehr, Karen Jimmerson, John Nave and Doug McCollum voting to approve a $10.9 million General Fund, a $540,000 million Parks and Recreation Fund, a $9 million Utility Fund and $1.2 million in Capital Projects.

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An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June

July 7, 2016 Development, Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June
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– By Nathaniel Stephens

On June 2 the Purcellville Planning Commission met to revisit agenda items from its May 5 session, addressing talking points from the Comprehensive Plan Review and the adjustment of zoning ordinance language concerning streams and land disturbance.

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman challenged the manner in which the consulting firm hired by the town to assist with the comp plan review had portrayed Purcellville’s options in rewriting the ordinance, repeating his objections that all options presented by the firm had the effect of pushing growth. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Council Meeting and Work Session

June 1, 2016 Committees at a Glance, News Comments Off on Purcellville Council Meeting and Work Session
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By Nathaniel Stephens

The Purcellville town council meeting May 10 discussed three issues of important business: Awarding a contract for the creation of a promotional video for the town, deciding on ticket pricing and discounts for residents in the upcoming Wine and Food festival, and deciding how the council will address complaints brought against a council member by a citizen. … 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
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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

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
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

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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