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Polco Goes Online in Purcellville

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Polco Goes Online in Purcellville
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Get Involved in Your Local Government

Polco, a civic engagement platform to help people get involved in their local government is now live and ready for citizens of Purcellville to get engaged in issues relating to the town. There are many ways to interact with the Polco program ­– including by voting, by commenting and by sharing. Everyone can “vote,” and votes and will be cross- referenced with the voter file, so only registered voters of a particular town can vote on an issue. This also limits everyone to one vote. … 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

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

Purcellville Plans Christmas Parade and Christmas Market

October 20, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Plans Christmas Parade and Christmas Market
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Applications are now available for those wishing to participate in the Christmas Parade sponsored by the Town of Purcellville or in the Christmas Market hosted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

The 13th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10 at noon. Companies, organizations, clubs, individuals, and families are all invited to be a part of the parade. Floats are encouraged. Walkers are welcome to participate in the parade. The application deadline is December 2. … Continue Reading

Nonprofits Team Up to Bring Solar Power to Local Veteran

October 6, 2016 Development, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Nonprofits Team Up to Bring Solar Power to Local Veteran
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Mayor Kwasi Fraser joined Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Chris Bledsoe for the installation of a rooftop solar system for Brian Haas in late September. Haas, a local veteran army helicopter pilot with 20 years of military service, will soon receive the benefits of solar power on his home in Purcellville, thanks to a new partnership between HeroHomes and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Volunteers with the nonprofit solar company GRID Alternatives installed a 6.8kW system on a brand new house build by HeroHomes, which was founded by Jason Brownell, for retired army helicopter pilot Brian Haas, his service dog Buddy and his wife Jolyne. HeroHomes is a local nonprofit that gives disabled veterans homeownership. Standard Solar designed and engineered the system and donated the equipment for the installation. The work was done by local volunteers and veteran job trainees. Over the course of its lifetime, this system will provide approximately $25,525 in savings to the family.

Proclamation To Recognize Tracy Robinson

October 5, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Proclamation To Recognize Tracy Robinson
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser read a proclamation, initiated by Council Member Kelli Grim (third in from right), to recognize the extraordinary fundraising effort of Tracy Robinson. Robinson, a cancer survivor, raised $100,000 in 10 weeks as a candidate for man and woman of the year with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Purcellville Announces Locations for Town Wide Popup Sale

October 1, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Announces Locations for Town Wide Popup Sale
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The Town of Purcellville is excited to announce nearly 60 locations are participating in the “Purcellville Popup Sale,” formerly the Town-Wide Tag Sale, taking place on Columbus Day Weekend, October 8-9. In addition to selling their own inventory, some businesses will be hosting other retailers at their locations, creating a tent sale atmosphere. Residents are also taking this opportunity to sell their personal goods in a yard sale type setting. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Hall Meeting about Online Safety for Children October 12

September 27, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Town Hall Meeting about Online Safety for Children October 12
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The Purcellville Police Department will be hosting a town hall meeting about online safety for children in support of October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The event will be on Wednesday October 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Town Hall located at 221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Painted Barrels Auction October 8

September 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Painted Barrels Auction October 8
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You’ve seen them all over town this summer. Now you will have a chance to own one of the fantastic Painted Barrels. All 35 barrels will be up for auction Saturday, October 8 at the Bush Tabernacle / Skating Rink. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and bidding will begin about 7:15. Admission is $10 a person, and tickets enter you to win one of the Painted Barrels. … Continue Reading

Franklin Park Arts Center’s Celebrates 9th Season

September 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Franklin Park Arts Center’s Celebrates 9th Season
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Chair of the Board of Supervisors Phyllis Randall with members of the Old Dominion Chorus at Franklin Park Arts Center in late August. The Franklin Park Arts Center and the Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center opened its 9th season and features a diverse choice of events from music performances, theater companies, comedy programs, dance performances, children’s programs and puppet shows to name a few. … Continue Reading

Get Your Country On

September 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Get Your Country On
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Nothing is more country, authentic and easy to enjoy than this western Loudoun falling leaves classic … The Bluemont Fair.

2016 mark’s the fair’s 47th year. And, although fair organizers have given in to some modern amenities over the event’s nearly one half-century of operation, it is still a decidedly casual, low-key, walkabout experience. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Library Book Sale

August 25, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Library Book Sale
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This year the Purcellville Library is trying something new for the Fall book Sale. The Book Sale will take place over two days, Saturday October 8, and Sunday October 9. On Saturday the 8 everything will be full price all day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday the 9th everything will be on sale for half price from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

We hope the extended hours will give everyone more time to look through the many items that will be for sale. For the most part the sale will be inside the library and more items will be brought out throughout the day as space opens up. Plan to visit several times over the weekend.

Painted Wine Barrels To Be Sold at Auction October 8

August 3, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Painted Wine Barrels To Be Sold at Auction October 8
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Those painted, oak wine barrels you’ve been seeing around town will go on sale at public auction October 8.

The casks were given to 35 Loudoun County artists to create Purcellville/Loudoun themes on them, and will be on display throughout Purcellville through September. Maps of the locations of the barrels, and the names of the artists, are available at town businesses and at www.discoverpurcellville.com.

The Friday, October 8, Auction for the Painted Barrels will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink. Mexican food from Casa Tequila, along with beer and wine, will be available for purchase. The $10 tickets include chances to win prizes, including one of the Painted Barrels. Brian Damewood of Damewood Auctioneers will conduct the sale.

The Painted Barrels project has been coordinated through the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee, and spearheaded by Michael Oaks. Each barrel has been sponsored by a local business.  For more information, call 540-751-0707.


 

 

 

 

 

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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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 …

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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 …

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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