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Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments

February 19, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments
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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Secretariat of Commerce and Trade

Kelly Spraker, Confidential Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Kelly Spraker has been appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve as the Confidential Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Prior to her appointment to the Administration, Kelly worked for CarLotz, Inc., a local car consignment business. She previously served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff and Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Social Services during the administration of Governor Mark Warner. Kelly received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from James Madison University. … Continue Reading

February 20 Public Hearing for Catoctin Creek Apartments/Town Center

February 5, 2014 Government, News 3 comments
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By Karen Jimmerson

Local opposition continues to grow as the public hearing for the Catoctin Creek Apartments and Town Center development on Hirst Road/Maple Avenue approaches. Residents feel the development is a threat to the rural character of Purcellville and not in keeping with the surrounding area and comprehensive plan, and are raising their voices in opposition online – creating a Facebook page, a blog, and an online petition at GoPetition.com with over ?835 signatures.

In separate applications, developers from the Franklin Johnston/S.L. Nausbaum Group and Tilley Entertainment want to rezone roughly 33 acres along Hirst Road and Maple Ave. The proposal includes a 176-unit apartment complex on 13.72 acres and an entertainment complex encompassing 18.71 acres with outdoor space for concerts and events, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, and a go-kart track. Additional facilities will include an ice-cream parlor, a food court, and a 35,000-square foot main building with a full service restaurant, sports bar, bowling alley, laser tag course, and a game arcade, open until 1:00 a.m. … Continue Reading

LaRock Introduces Legislation To Equalize Tolls

January 19, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on LaRock Introduces Legislation To Equalize Tolls
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Delegate Dave LaRock has introduced two resolutions aimed at bringing relief to commuters who face rising tolls on the Dulles Toll Road.

House Joint Resolution 84 and House Joint Resolution 85 memorialize Congress and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, respectively, to collect tolls on the Dulles Access Highway and use that toll revenue for the purpose of reducing tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, which have risen dramatically to pay for Phase 2 of construction of the Silver line. … Continue Reading

Demystifying Purcellville’s Debt Burden and AAA Bond Rating

January 8, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Demystifying Purcellville’s Debt Burden and AAA Bond Rating
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By Kwasi Fraser

Recently, Purcellville received stellar bond ratings from all three Wall Street rating agencies. Standard & Poor’s awarded Purcellville with an AAA rating, while Moody’s and Fitch Ratings issued double-A ratings.

At first glance, these rating seem great, but this is without analysis of the rationale and assumptions behind them. This article will attempt to further analyze and present a clear view of what drove these ratings and what they mean to Purcellville’s current $64 million debt burden.

Current Debt Burden and Debt Service

With an estimated population of 7,829, the current debt burden is about $8,175 per Purcellville resident. According to the Adopted Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Plan & Capital Improvement Program Fiscal Year 2014-2018, Purcellville has an outstanding debt of $64,184,129 of which 48.59 percent, equating to $31,190,323, is attributed to the Waste Water Fund. The amount of interest and principal that is due on Purcellville’s Fiscal Year 2014 debt service is $5,085,366. With estimated fiscal year 2014 total budgeted expenditures of $17,355,533, the debt service accounts for 29.3 percent of total expenditures. … Continue Reading

Town of Purcellville Passes Sweeping Public “Conduct” Regulations

October 2, 2013 Government, News 2 comments
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By Andrea Gaines

New Town of Purcellville policies put in place seek to control “Public Meeting Conduct” and conduct in public facilities.

The regulations, designed to address what a September 19 Staff Report describes as “formal and informal complaints from citizens, businesses and the public who were impacted by the conduct of a few individuals within our community” were adopted in late September.

While the regulations are very detailed, cover public conduct in both town facilities and at public meetings, and are acknowledged by the town to be of great “magnitude,” the staff report did not present any evidence or documentation of the bad behavior described. … Continue Reading

Citizen Protest Regarding Closed Door Meetings – Denied

October 2, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Citizen Protest Regarding Closed Door Meetings – Denied
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By Valerie Cury

Loudoun District Court judge Deborah C. Welsh – former Purcellville Town attorney – ruled against Purcellville citizen Ben Belrose in his September Freedom of Information Act complaint against the Town of Purcellville. Belrose had filed his complaint on Tuesday, September 10 in an attempt to prevent Purcellville from using select provisions of the Virginia Code to go into “closed session” while conducting discussions regarding future possible annexations of land by the town. Closed sessions enable governmental bodies to preclude public attendance and input in specified proceedings.

The annexation discussions have special bearing on a series of 2012 actions taken by the town and the county to repeal PUGAMP – the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan. PUGAMP provided for a process wherein Purcellville’s growth – via annexation or other actions – would be timed to ensure the town had the ability to provide public utilities and other required services to, for example, new residential developments. PUGAMP also provided for extensive public input on how and where Purcellville might grow. At the time that PUGAMP was repealed, Mayor Bob Lazaro commented that the town had no intention of expanding its borders and was not interested in growing. … Continue Reading

August Town Council

September 9, 2013 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on August Town Council
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Purcellville Town Council Work
Session – August 27

Topic: Town Committee Vacancies

The August Purcellville Town Council Work Session began with closed session interviews for appointments to vacancies on various town committees. In the past, when the Blue Ridge Leader started attending the open interview process, the Purcellville Town Council changed the interviews to a closed session process.
On this day from 6:30 to 7:15 council members interviewed Steven Webber, Philip Rohrer and Melanie Fuller for the committee vacancies.

Topic: Services For O Street Project

The council voted to conduct preliminary engineering design and right of way survey services for the O Street project for an initial amount of $67,855.39. The town has already spent approximately $17,000 on a feasibility study for this area. This project, according to council, will provide for another entrance/exit for the 21 Street corridor. … Continue Reading

Mateer Victim of Poor County Practices

September 4, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Mateer Victim of Poor County Practices

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

The offer of a board aide position with Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) couldn’t have come at a better moment for Donna Mateer. An unemployed single mother, Mateer needed a job. She didn’t pay much attention to language in the written offer stating that the job was an at-will position; most jobs in Virginia are at-will. Mateer didn’t expect to have any trouble with her new boss. If issues arose, the county’s Human Resources Office would help. Seven months later, worried that her assignments were illegal and frustrated with Delgaudio’s hostile management style, Mateer tested that assumption.

In an interview, Mateer recalled that the HR staff person with whom she spoke was very nice, but offered no assistance. “She told me, ‘You’re hired on their whim and fired on their whim.’ I remember going back upstairs thinking that can’t be right.” Immediately afterwards, Delgaudio fired Mateer. … Continue Reading

Public Hearing for Purcellville’s Zoning Ordinance – August 15

August 7, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Public Hearing for Purcellville’s Zoning Ordinance – August 15
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The Purcellville Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday August 15, 7:00 p.m. at the town hall on proposed changes to uses that are permitted “by-right” and uses permitted “by special use permit.”

Today, uses “permitted by-right,” are just that; they do not require public input – the land owner can develop per the specific zoning. However, uses permitted by “special use permit,” because of their impact on the community, require input via public hearings. This allows the citizens to voice their concerns on changes that will impact the community such as traffic, noise, safety, pollution etc.

The proposed changes would be to the following districts: R-2 single-family residential district, R-T single-family residential district, R-8 townhouse residential district, R-15 apartment residential district and the IP institutional and public use district. … Continue Reading

Public Gives Input on Zoning Change for School Site Approvals

August 7, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Public Gives Input on Zoning Change for School Site Approvals
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By Sarah Stinger

A recent public hearing on the Board of Supervisor’s proposed zoning ordinance amendment called ZOAM Schools-By-Right brought open dialogue between supervisors, county staff and the public.

The July 31 public input meeting was about the county’s proposed changes to the legislative process for approving public school sites. The proposed change will eliminate the need for Special Exception permits (SPEX) for new school sites in many zoning districts. Such a change will also eliminate the associated SPEX hearings. The meeting began with project manager Larr Kelly presenting the county’s proposal. Citizens who spoke came from several areas, including Lovettsville, Lincoln, Purcellville and Leesburg. All opposed any action that would reduce public involvement in school siting decisions. … Continue Reading

Three New Drive-Throughs for Entrance To Purcellville

August 7, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Three New Drive-Throughs for Entrance To Purcellville
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In July, a joint public hearing was held between the Purcellville Town Council and the Purcellville Planning Commission for three special exception applications within the Purcellville Gateway (Harris Teeter shopping center). Special exceptions allow a developer/property owner to change the original zoning plan for a particular parcel. In this case, two food-related businesses with drive-throughs – and one restaurant which added a drive-through – will replace what was originally planned to be a single office building.

Frank Stearns, the attorney representing the Harris Teeter shopping center, which is owned by Jordan River Acquisitions LLC, and managed by Roadside Development LLC, came before the council to talk about the special exceptions and to answer questions. … Continue Reading

Loudoun’s Grand Jury – The Verdict Is In

July 2, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun’s Grand Jury – The Verdict Is In
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By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

The grand jury verdict is in – the commonwealth’s attorney will not bring an indictment against Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) for misuse of public funds, campaign finance violation, or general bad behavior towards his staff. However, the members of the grand jury took the unusual step of reporting out in detail their findings, frustration, and questions.

Had they asked me, which they didn’t – not even the whisper of a subpoena – I could have answered any number of the grand jury’s questions about the status and treatment of Loudoun County board aides, the history of the Herring law and other ill-fated efforts to enhance ethics and transparency in Loudoun and Virginia government, and a whole host of other facts gained from having served as a board aide for nine years. Had they asked me, which they didn’t, here is some of what I might have shared with them. … Continue Reading

Advisory Groups … What Needs Fixing?

June 4, 2013 Government, News Comments Off on Advisory Groups … What Needs Fixing?
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By Malcolm F. Baldwin

Following public notice only three business days earlier, on May 15 the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors discussed and then referred to committees a proposal to eliminate or restructure 20 of its 51 advisory groups or refer the question to its committees to review. Word of the pending vote stimulated quick opposition and emergency meetings from affected advisory groups, and the entire process raised questions about the board’s policies concerning public notice and public input. … 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 …

Dear Editor

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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