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Citizens Revive Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee

April 10, 2011 Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Citizens Revive Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee
The Narrows, Catoctin Creek, Photo Credit: Carol Clay Ward

The Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee announced today that it has been reestablished by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Seven committee members were appointed in January after seeking reestablishment and active participation in the State’s Scenic River Program. Supervisor Sally Kurtz, State Senator Mark Herring, local citizens and organizations supported the revival effort.

Anne Larson, appointee and strong advocate of Catoctin Creek’s beauty and natural resources, commented: “The formation of the Committee has been a long time coming. I am so proud to be a part of this important event.” Other committee members are Otto Gutenson (Chairman), Patti Psaris (Vice Chairman), David Ward (Secretary), Norma Wilson, Eleanor Adams and Nancy Beaver; the last two served on the original Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Board from the 1970s through the 1990s. All live on or near Catoctin Creek. … Continue Reading

Planning Commission Considers Parking Alternatives

April 4, 2010 Committees at a Glance Comments Off on Planning Commission Considers Parking Alternatives

The Purcellville Planning Commission discussed possible changes to the town’s parking ordinances at a regular meeting Thursday, March 4.

The Commission did not take any formal action regarding parking regulations, but decided to look into the issue in the future. A parking study from Rite Aid and a letter from developers of a new restaurant asking for parking regulation changes prompted the Commission to discuss the issue. The original agenda item asked the Commission to consider an option to reduce the required number of parking spaces for certain businesses; however, the Commission took the opportunity to discuss ways to relieve some burdensome parking regulations and make Purcellville friendlier to non-automobile traffic.

Commissioner Tom Priscilla said that it would likely take longer to make any of these big changes than Rite Aid or the new restaurant could wait before submitting site plans. “I suspect it will be at least six months for us to go through any kind of a process on this,” Priscilla said.

The Commission did decide that the issue merits further consideration. “I think that if we want … small businesses to survive, we need to be creative,” said Commission Chairman Dennis Beese.

Rite Aid recently presented to the Commission a study of parking requirements at five of its Virginia stores, which indicates that the number of spaces actually used is significantly less than the number required by Purcellville’s parking ordinances. (According to the study, the most spaces used at one time at any of the Rite Aid stores studied was 37, and the current ordinance requires that the Purcellville Rite Aid have 75 spaces.) The owners of the Purcellville Rite Aid want to make some changes to the parking on their lot.

Also, developers planning to convert the old fire station into a restaurant have asked the Commission to consider a parking waiver (requiring fewer parking spaces) to take into account areas of high pedestrian traffic.

The current ordinances require one parking space per 100 square feet of building space, which has caused problems for some businesses in the past, such as leaving little or no room for bike racks and preventing the construction of bus covers to bring in bus traffic.

In addition, a few businesses in buildings that have existed for a long time (such as the old movie theater) are even unable to use all of the building space they own because they cannot put in enough parking spaces to satisfy the ordinance.

“A lot of those kind of requirements are borrowed from Loudon County and the Town of Leesburg… That’s a real problem today,” Beese said. “I think what we’re experiencing … is that some of those numbers may be high for a rural community.”

Commission members discussed solutions that would encourage people to use the sidewalks or ride bikes. Priscilla said he would like to see some of the extra parking space used to expand sidewalks from four feet to six feet wide, or to put in a space where a bus can pull in off the road, or even put in a bike lane.

He said that discussing such alternative solutions would be more productive than simply changing the numbers in the current ordinance.

Another solution that some other towns have implemented is maintaining a number of parking spaces on Town property and letting businesses buy them for a set price plus an annual maintenance fee. This would allow customers to park close to a business, but not necessarily right on the property, and free up businesses from having to devote so much space to parking.

Beese also questioned whether the Town should “be in the business of establishing minimum parking spaces or should we be in the business of establishing maximum parking spaces?” In other words, perhaps the goal should be to encourage foot, bike, and bus traffic as much as is reasonable.

“If you require too many parking spaces, you end up with a sea of asphalt, and that’s not very pretty to look at,” said Beese, pointing out the shopping center on the east end of town. The parking lot has plenty of spaces, many of which stay empty, and no trees or landscaping. Beese would like to see places like that have some trees or bushes to make it a nice place to park and it would be more visually appealing.

The Commission also initiated the process of making changes to the Land Development and Subdivision Control Ordinance, Article II, at the meeting. The Commission had discussed this at previous meetings but had not yet actually initiated the amendment process. The Commission also held a work session after the meeting adjourned to discuss the language of the proposed amendments.

Contributed by Jonathan Arena

Money Talks

December 15, 2009 Committees at a Glance Comments Off on Money Talks

“This is one thousand dollars in cash.” Bill Druhan spread out a wad of greenbacks on the mahogany desktop in the Purcellville town hall. “I’ll give it to anybody who can find the word ‘school’ in this document!”

At the Purcellville Planning Commission Meeting last week, Druhan, the former mayor and a commissioner on the board, presented his case for traffic reform with gusto. According to Druhan, all of Purcellville’s traffic problems are a direct result of the new schools that have gone up in the Purcellville area in the years since the last 20-25 traffic study. The study, though accurate in 2002 when it was published, does not address the possibility of out-of-town commuters to and from schools such as Harmony from other parts of Loudoun County. Once a day during the school year, residential streets such a Maple Ave. and 9th street are flooded with unwelcome traffic that not only makes life difficult for Purcellville residents, but also harms the roads.

“This study is totally flawed,” Druhan said. “This is where our problem is at.” Druhan, who lives on Maple Ave. and has seen the crisis up close every day, wants to reevaluate Purcellville traffic patterns and take action to clear up the roads. Commissioner Tom Priscilla agreed, but suggested that nothing can be done for Purcellville without the availability of county funding.

“The county is obligated to help the town,” Priscilla said, “but whenever we approach them they throw up their hands and say ‘we’re broke’” Large scale solutions that involve county funding take more time than residents are willing to give. Druhan suggested the installation of speed bumps or other traffic control devices on Maple Ave. and 9th Street to discourage through traffic.

Chairman Beese concluded the discussion by stating that Purcellville needs an “in-between-time” plan to help maintain order until the town can obtain the funding it needs. Loudoun County, after turning down numerous petitions for funding on the basis of the 2002 traffic study, may need to reevaluate their sources.

Commissioner Priscilla scooped up the 1000 dollars after the meeting adjourned and handed them back to Druhan. “Keep it as my donation to improving Purcellville’s roads,” he said. “That’s how serious I am about this.”


 

 

 

 

 

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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]. …

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Congratulations, Class of 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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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

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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