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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

Chapman Appeals State Decision; Easement Overvalued By 95 Percent

November 2, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Chapman Appeals State Decision; Easement Overvalued By 95 Percent
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In 2008, Purcellville developer John Chapman, of Chapman Brothers LLC and Valley Medical Center LLC, placed approximately 10 acres of vacant land located near the intersection of Hatcher Avenue and Hirst Road in conservation easement. Known as the Chapman DeMary Trail, the long, narrow parcel is in a FEMA flood plain, with South Fork Catoctin Creek winding through the property.

A pre-donation appraisal is required to put a property in conservation easement. The higher the development value of land in question, the larger the tax benefit afforded the donor. The appraisal Chapman submitted to the state valued the property at $4.3 million dollars. The C-1 commercial office zoning that ran with the property would have allowed nearly 400 parking spaces, and commercial buildings of 112,000 square feet. … 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. 

Chapman Challenges Citizens/Local Farmers on Facebook

November 2, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Chapman Challenges Citizens/Local Farmers on Facebook
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The social media world lit up recently with, Sam Chapman’s Facebook claim that Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard in Purcellville, were seeking new commercial zoning for their property. Chapman also suggested that the rezoning might be connected to the current Comprehensive Plan Review, citing the website developed to keep citizens updated on the process: www.planpurcellville.com. The post was also marketed as an advertisement for greater coverage. … Continue Reading

To Pave or Not To Pave

November 2, 2016 Development, News 4 comments
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The Strange Saga Of Greggsville Road

Some things seem to move really slow here in western Loudoun County – that hay-hauling tractor in front of you on Snickersville Turnpike, or the gang of wild turkeys trying to make it to the other side, for example. And, some things seem to happen virtually overnight.

For Madeline Skinner and her husband Mark – owners of the Philomont General Store – things moved way too fast with the recent VDOT/Loudoun County decision to pave all 2.8 miles of Greggsville Road (end to end), from Jeb Stuart Road to Telegraph Springs Road – which are both also gravel roads. … Continue Reading

Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station Opens in Round Hill

November 2, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station Opens in Round Hill
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By Amanda Clark
On Saturday, October 22 there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Office that has opened in Round Hill.

Speakers at the ceremony included Sheriff Mike Chapman, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, Supervisors Geary Higgins and Tony Buffington, Town of Round Hill Mayor Scott Ramsey and Captain Greg Ahlemann (the station’s commander). Mayors Kwasi Fraser from Purcellville, Roger Vance from Hillsboro, David Butler from Leesburg and Robert Zoldos from Lovettsville were also in attendance. Others attending included LCSO command staff, some council members from the towns in Western Loudoun, and local business and community leaders as well as residents. … Continue Reading

Swiiiish! Virginia Storm Trounces Vulcans 175-121 In Home Game Opener

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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The Virginia Storm Basketball Team burst on the south east’s competitive sports scene with a gigantic, over-the-top win – 175 to 121 – against the RDC Vulcans at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville October 29.

VA Storm – part of the American Basketball Association, which just signed the group on as their 100th team for the 2016-12017 season – is a sports and family entertainment organization. It is designed to give players opportunities to advance their careers in post collegiate play with the potential to move them up in the basketball world, be it with overseas play, in association with the NBA D League, or with the NBA. … Continue Reading

Remembering Su Webb – Dedicated Preservationist

November 2, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Remembering Su Webb – Dedicated Preservationist
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One of Loudoun’s strongest conservation and parks advocates, Su Webb, has died. Webb was found dead in her home on October 18, by Loudoun County deputies sent to check on her after being alerted by family and friends that she had missed several regular meetings.

Webb was one of Loudoun County’s most well-known preservationists and activists, working with organizations such as the Northern Virginia Parks Association – which she also headed for a time, the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Aldie Heritage Association and the Lovettsville Park Advisory Board. … Continue Reading

Catesby Proposal Strikes Deep into the Heart of Western Loudoun

November 2, 2016 News Comments Off on Catesby Proposal Strikes Deep into the Heart of Western Loudoun
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In December 2004, tech giant Robert E. LaRose and his wife Gail put their 160-acre historic gem – Catesby Farm – into a permanent open space easement. The majority of the properties around Catesby are also under easement, protecting thousands of acres of rare Virginia piedmont. The area is rich in Civil War and African-American history, and is part of the Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadways District. Three nearby properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places – Crednal 1814, Welbourne 1770-1830, and Rose Hill 1820. … Continue Reading

Teen Suicide Prevention Forum

November 2, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Teen Suicide Prevention Forum
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Phyllis J. Randall, Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, will host her first community forum on teen suicide prevention on Monday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. The goal of this community forum is to continue the conversation, as a county, on what can be done to prevent teen suicide.

The community forum will take place at the INOVA Loudoun Hospital Conference Center, 44045 Riverside Parkway, in Leesburg.  There will be a panel of authorities, parents, students and concerned community members.

Purcellville’s Halloween Block Party a Huge Success

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Purcellville’s Halloween Block Party a Huge Success
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Best Halloween Block Party – Ever. A big thanks to Mother Nature, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night. Thousands upon thousands of people strolled down 21st Street in Old Town checking out the costumes, games, awesome food and a hilarious show by the Improv Troupe Last Ham Standing. Over $1500. in cash, along with trophies were awarded to the most creative costumes in 6 categories – plus best overall costume won $500. The Judges this year included County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard, Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson, Councilman Ryan Cool and Magnolias co-owner Shawn Malone. Next year’s 7th Annual Halloween Block Party will be held on Saturday October 28, start thinking winning costume. … Continue Reading

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

One Driver Killed in Accident on Route 7 East – in Western Loudoun

November 2, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on One Driver Killed in Accident on Route 7 East – in Western Loudoun
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Just before 1:00 p.m., Tuesday November 1, a driver was killed at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Routes 7 and 9 west of Leesburg. The second driver involved in the accident was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Route 7 East bound from Hamilton to Route 9 was backed up for over four hours as the roadway was closed due to reconstruction investigators working the area to determine the cause of the accident. Vehicles were detoured onto Dry Mill Road.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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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March 2017
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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
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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 …

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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 …

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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