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Kelly Burk Assumes Mayoral Seat

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Kelly Burk Assumes Mayoral Seat
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Longtime Leesburg resident and popular county legislator Kelly Burk started her official 4-year term as Leesburg’s Mayor on Sunday, January 1.

A Virginian by birth, Burk considers Leesburg to be her hometown, having lived there for over 40 years. She served on the Leesburg Town Council from 2004 to 2007, and on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2011 – chairing the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee. She returned to serve on the Leesburg Town Council in 2012, and served as Vice Mayor under Mayor Kristen Umstattd, before capturing the Major’s seat in 2016. Burk also worked as a special education teacher with the Loudoun County Public Schools before her retirement in 2014. … Continue Reading

Powerfully Small Town Gets a Bit Bigger

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Powerfully Small Town Gets a Bit Bigger
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Hillsboro Annexation Breaks 250 Years of History

The historic western Loudoun Town of Hillsboro – originally spelled Hillsborough as locals love to remind us – added 108 acres to its previous 56-acre footprint … just as 2016 was coming to a close. The action, supported broadly in the community was seen as a very special New Year’s gift to all. … Continue Reading

New Purcellville Town Council Examines Utility Rates

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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The Town’s consultant, Municipal & Financial Services Group, will appear before Council in January, to respond to Council’s questions on ways to lower utility rates.

At an October 17 Town Council meeting to review and discuss options, Purcellville Town Manager Rob Lohr talked about availability fees from more growth as a way to defray the rising cost of Town utility rates. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council To Consider Four Candidates For Interim Appointment To Vacant Council Seat

January 4, 2017 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council To Consider Four Candidates For Interim Appointment To Vacant Council Seat
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At their special organizational meeting, Monday, Jan. 9, the Leesburg Town Council will hear presentations from four candidates vying for appointment to fill Mayor Kelly Burk’s vacated council seat. The four candidates are Jed Babbin, Hugh Forsythe, Rusty Foster and Gwen Pangle.

The four candidates were selected from among 12 applicants who submitted letters of interest and professional resumes to the Clerk of Council. The mayor and council members individually reviewed the applications and each provided the Clerk with their top three candidates in ranked order. The aggregated results yielded four top candidates, as there was a tie for third.

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Crooked Run Is in It for Nature

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Crooked Run Is in It for Nature
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New Conservation Easement Protects 55 Additional Acres

In the United States, land conservation is about both personal choice and the public good. From a fiscal point of view, conservation returns between $4 and $10 for every dollar invested – creating recreational opportunities, controlling flooding, enhancing air and drinking water quality, conserving income-generating wildlife habitat and farmland, and forming the economic basis for industries such as tourism and fisheries.
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser Gives State of the Town Address

December 31, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser Gives State of the Town Address
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be presenting the State of the Town address at Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, on Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. “I am looking forward to covering our current economic state and the challenges and opportunities before us,” said Mayor Fraser.

The State of the Town will be published on the Town’s website the following day. This presentation is open to the public, and citizens are welcome to attend.

This is an excellent time for citizens to become engaged. If you have any questions before or after the presentation, e-mail Mayor Fraser at kfraser@purcellvilleva.gov.

Holiday Hours for the Town of Leesburg Facilities

December 23, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Holiday Hours for the Town of Leesburg Facilities
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No changes to trash and recycling collection schedules for Christmas or New Year’s Day holidays.

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, hours of operations will be adjusted at certain Town facilities.

Town offices will close at noon on Friday, December 23, 2016, and will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, December 26
  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Monday, January 2, 2017

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Request for Town Donations to Events Due December 31, 2016

December 15, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Request for Town Donations to Events Due December 31, 2016
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As designated in section 6-8 B. of the Town’s Event Ordinance, the Town of Purcellville will consider donating funds or in-kind services to events in Town that are sponsored by qualified organizations. Examples of such donated resources include maintenance staff time, police time for safety of the event, and direct funding. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville’s Christkindlmarkt Slated for December 3 and 4

November 30, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville’s Christkindlmarkt Slated for December 3 and 4
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The Loudoun Valley German Society is hosting the Ninth Annual Christkindlmarkt (Traditional European Christmas Market) on December 3 and 4 at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association. Acclaimed as one of the top 11 German Christmas markets by BuzzFeed, the market features 20 plus local artists and vendors, six two-hour sets of live traditional European Christmas music, typical German Christmas market food and drink, and free holiday activities for the younger patrons sponsored by the German language students from Harmony Middle and Woodgrove High Schools – 16 Berlin Pike in Lovettsville. The Christmas Market will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Hillsboro’s Old Stone School Co-Hosts Two Weekends of Festivities

November 30, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hillsboro’s Old Stone School Co-Hosts Two Weekends of Festivities
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The non-profit Friends of the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro will co-host two weekends of holiday festivities.

Here’s the schedule:
Greens Workshop—Sunday, December 4, noon to 5:00 p.m. Help make decorations for the five historic homes on the December 10 tour. Experts will show volunteers how to make wreaths, swags, and other arrangements, using fresh greens. Bring gloves and clippers – to sign up, visit www.OldStoneSchool.org. … Continue Reading

LaRock Announces DMV Select Service in Purcellville To Be Restored in December

November 30, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on LaRock Announces DMV Select Service in Purcellville To Be Restored in December
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After nearly a year of negotiation and work, Delegate Dave LaRock is pleased to announce that DMV Select service is being restored at the Virginia Regional Transit location in Purcellville. Following a December 11, 2015, FBI raid on VRT’s office, DMV was forced to close the Purcellville Select office. Delegate LaRock has been in communication with Federal, State, and local government officials for the last year, working to restore the DMV Select service in Western Loudoun. DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb has notified Del. LaRock that the DMV Select service will be restored under VRT’s new management by the end of 2016. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville’s Scouting for Food Drive Breaks New Record

November 16, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville’s Scouting for Food Drive Breaks New Record
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Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America’s annual food-collection service project. Local Scouts distributed plastic bags to homes across the region on Saturday November 5 and returned to pick up the bags, now filled with food, on November 12.

In western Loudoun County, the little town of Lovettsville has a unique approach to Scouting For Food — it has become a town-wide event, with enthusiastic volunteer help from all the other scouting organizations in Lovettsville, including Girl Scout Troops 1434, 3424, 3948, 4891, 6246, 6652, 70004, Boy Scout Troop 962, American Heritage Girls Troop 962, Venturing Crew 962, and many parents, all working side by side to cover as many neighborhoods as possible for food donations. … Continue Reading

Sweats for Vets in Full Swing

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Sweats for Vets in Full Swing
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The Town of Purcellville is proud to announce the Annual Sweats for Vets Program.  Guidelines for the program are simple:
New sweat sets (tops and bottoms)
Sizes needed are XL, 2XL and 3X
Tie each sweat set (top and bottom) together with a ribbon only (do not gift wrap) 

Drop sweat sets at the Purcellville Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by Friday, December 16.

Your contributions and support sends the community’s gratitude and warmth directly to our nation’s military heroes at the Martinsburg Hospital. 


 

 

 

 

 

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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