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Virginia Regional Transit in Purcellville Raided by the FBI

December 12, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Virginia Regional Transit in Purcellville Raided by the FBI

Friday December 12, the FBI raided the headquarters of the Virginia Regional Transit office which is located at 109 N. Bailey Lane in Purcellville.

Access to the building was blocked by police vehicles and black unmarked cars most of the day. The FBI had a search warrant for the business which is a non-profit. Virginia Regional Transit is funded by government grants and provides bus service around the state.

The nature of the investigation was not due to public safety.

Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic

Hillsboro’s Mayor Roger Vance is nothing if not incredibly enthusiastic about his town’s future. How can you not be excited about the possibilities for a town that, among other things, is the birthplace of Susan Koerner Wright, mother of airplane inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright?

An epicenter for the Loudoun Valley’s agricultural economy in the 1800s, Hillsboro declined in the years leading up to the Civil War. Over the course of the 20th Century it then settled into itself – surviving as a quaint and dusty, little known place.

The town’s huge multi-story mills – agricultural machines churning out woolens, grain and cider – were gone. Gone too, were the long lines of wagons ferrying goods to places near and far. Its two department stores were shuttered and its professionals and tradesmen – including several doctors, blacksmiths and tanners – had moved on. Hillsboro was also largely passed by via the railroad routes springing up around Bluemont, Purcellville and other destinations. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Named One of Top Ten Safest Cities

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Named One of Top Ten Safest Cities
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SafeWise has named Purcellville one of the top ten safest cities in Virginia. This ranking recognizes the town’s concerted effort to integrate community-based policing into everyday law enforcement and public safety activities. SafeWise is a community-focused safety organization committed to increasing home and community safety, education, awareness, and preparedness.

SafeWise analysts considered the most recent FBI crime data from 2013 to rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 5,000 people.

Mayor Kwasi Fraser commented: “In the latest Citizen Survey, residents expressed an overwhelming sense of safety and security in our Town, and I am happy to see this borne out with third-party recognition. Continued advancement in our community policing efforts coupled with a vigilant and engaged citizen and business community will ensure Purcellville remains a safe, inviting, and attractive place for individuals and businesses.”

The Police Department also is using this recognition to introduce the community to its new “Bike Patrol Unit,” in which officers will be spending time on bicycles developing community relationships and patrolling streets more directly. Initiated by Chief Cynthia McAlister, the effort uses bicycles donated by Fairfax County; three officers have already received certification from Bicycle Patrol School.

Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Leesburg

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Leesburg

Parking in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters will be free from Thanksgiving to New Year’s

The Town of Leesburg will be offering free parking throughout the holiday season in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters in the Historic Downtown.  The two-hour limit at on-street meters will remain in effect during the free holiday parking promotion. 

Free parking began at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4.  The annual free holiday parking program is in support of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association’s holiday shopping promotions.

County To Test Light Levels at Franklin Park December 3

December 1, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on County To Test Light Levels at Franklin Park December 3
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Loudoun County officials have scheduled light-level testing at Franklin Park in Purcellville, VA on Thursday, December 3. The test will begin after dark (approximately 5:00 p.m.) and will conclude by 10:00 p.m.

Tests will be conducted at the tennis courts and in-line hockey rink. Additional dates may be required to test light levels at the rectangular fields. Staff from the Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will monitor the tests.

Franklin Park is located at 17501 Franklin Park Drive in Purcellville, VA. For more information about the light project, contact Construction Manager Don Bredice at Don.Bredice@loudoun.gov or 571-510-2577.

Ida Lee Hosting Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show

November 28, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Ida Lee Hosting Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show

Artisans and crafters will take over the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center for the 25th annual Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6. Over 95 arts and crafts exhibitors will be selling their wares in the gym, main hallway, group fitness room and the lower level lobby and meeting rooms.

The Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show is a juried show, featuring exclusively items handcrafted by the exhibitors. Works will include fine art, home décor, seasonal décor, accessories, glassware, furniture, candles, soaps, food items such as syrups, salsas, jellies and candy, jewelry and much more.

Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. Admission to the show and parking are free. For more information, call the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368.

Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School

November 20, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School

Get in the holiday spirit at the historic Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro on December 12 and 13 at the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival. There will be nearly 40 artisans and vendors inside and out for holiday shopping, fresh trees and wreaths for sale, decorations, lights, caroling, food, and drink. The Christmas tree lighting will be held the evening of December 12 and all are invited. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Old Stone School (the non-profit organization formerly called the Hillsboro Community Association) which is dedicated to maintaining and managing the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro , and sponsored by thegirlbetweenthehills.com. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro. … Continue Reading

Octavia Andrew Joins Town of Leesburg as Chief Purchasing Officer

November 16, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Octavia Andrew Joins Town of Leesburg as Chief Purchasing Officer
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Octavia Andrew recently joined the Town of Leesburg’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services as Chief Purchasing Officer. Ms. Andrew will replace Kathy Elgin, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Ms. Andrew has more than 10 years’ experience in government procurement. She came to the Town of Leesburg from the City of Hampton, where she was a Senior Buyer. Prior to working for the City of Hampton, Ms. Andrew held positions with the City of Richmond and Norfolk State University. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Contract Acquisition from Strayer University. A Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Virginia Contracting Officer, Ms. Andrew is an active member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.

“Octavia brings a range of experience that will benefit the Town,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s Town Manager. “In particular, her tenure with the City of Hampton, known for being progressive and innovative, and her experience with large construction projects will be especially valuable. She has already hit the ground running and we expect great things from her.”

Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – Dates to Remember

November 16, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – Dates to Remember

In the spirit of the Christmas season, the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Board wants you to light up your neighborhood! Hang your decorations and lights, and your house may be selected to be a part of the annual “Christmas Lights Trolley Tour.”

Dates and information to remember for the Christmas Lights Trolley Tours are below:

November 30 – Deadline to be considered for Christmas Lights Trolley Tours. The trolley route will be decided in early December, so have your lights up by the evening of November 30 to be considered. No application needed. … Continue Reading

New Facebook Page for the Town of Purcellville

November 4, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on New Facebook Page for the Town of Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville has announced the formal launching of its new Facebook page.

Said Mayor Kwasi Fraser: “We have an obligation to educate and inform our citizens and other stakeholders about our town.  The town’s new Facebook page presents another avenue enabling us to engage our audience and other communities of interest – often and consistently via social media.  We hope all will ‘like’ our page and become engaged and informed.”

The page is designed to keep citizens and interested parties informed about community events and news, governmental activities, zoning appeals and other development-related activities being considered by various town departments and advisory councils, school and local sports activities and announcements, and more. … Continue Reading

Your Voice Is Your Influence … Use It!!

November 4, 2015 News, Our Towns 1 comment

By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Over the past months, I have advocated completion of the revision to our existing Comprehensive Plan prior to pursuing and enacting any of the Planning Commission’s recommended zoning use changes.  This would enable us to better align our zoning ordinance with the needs of our citizens, current and future.  Indeed, the Planning Commission has committed significant time and effort to the zoning use change exercise. I realized my position would face strong opposition, and it has – as it should – since we are a democracy.

We are reminded, however, that the voices of the citizens should always prevail.  This was especially evident in our citizens’ and businesses’ participation at last week’s public hearing, and from emails and letters to this council conveying their concerns with the proposed zoning use changes. … Continue Reading

Com’ On Let’s Turkey Trot

November 4, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Com’ On Let’s Turkey Trot

The 11th Annual 5K and Fun Run Turkey Trot will take place Sunday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m. at the Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville. The proceeds of this event support the LVCC advisory board’s programming, including financial assistance to families in need and LVCC programming. For more information go to pvilleturkeytrot.shutterfly.com. To volunteer call 540-338-4122.

Hail To the Trail

November 4, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hail To the Trail

Fall Day at Chapman DeMary Nature Trail

More than 100 people came to Hail to the Trail in Purcellville at the Chapman DeMary Nature Trail on October 25 to enjoy a day in the woods and to learn about nature. This event included nature walks, demonstrations of youth projects at the trail, a rain barrel workshop, live animals, food, and live music. More than 20 local organizations and businesses had displays and activities for kids to help them understand more about nature and our environment. … Continue Reading







The Holocene Climate


(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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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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
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March Fourth Friday

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Spring Brunch

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”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”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


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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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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– 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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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


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


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 …



Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


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


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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