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Purcellville Police Are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 22, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Police Are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Residents and visitors of the Town may notice the Purcellville Police Officers are donning pink tee shirts under their navy blue uniforms. This is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show solidarity for all those who struggle with the fight against cancer and their friends and family who support them through the fight. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Chief McAlister states, “We are part of the community and we wanted to step up in a small way to show we care, and my hope is that by placing a focus on cancer, more people may take the time to visit their doctors for annual exams. This gives a better chance of catching cancer early and hopefully getting a better diagnosis.”

For more information on the Police Department’s efforts supporting breast cancer awareness, please contact Lt. Schroeck.

Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

October 17, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the October 12 fire at 1607 Village Market Boulevard, which resulted in $15,000 in damages, was accidental and caused by a lack of maintenance on the restaurant’s flue.

At 11:20 a.m., Monday, October 12, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Kincora, Moorefield, Cascades, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville and Brambleton responded to 1607 Village Market Boulevard for a structure fire. First arriving units quickly determined the fire was located on the roof of the restaurant located at this address. Firefighters contained the fire to the restaurant’s duct work and surrounding area within the roof itself. Fire crews also conducted extensive overhaul from within the occupancy below ensuring no fire extension to the adjacent businesses or the nearby apartments. Residents in the immediately adjacent apartments were evacuated as a precaution.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has issued two correction orders to the owner of the property for repairs to the flue. There were no reported injuries to fire and rescue personnel; however, one civilian was transported to a local area hospital for checkout.

Summer 2015 Citizen Survey Reveals Deep Disillusion with Town’s Approach To Growth and Zoning

September 30, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Summer 2015 Citizen Survey Reveals Deep Disillusion with Town’s Approach To Growth and Zoning
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“Stop the developers who, when given the chance, will Fairfax-ize this beautiful town and not look back.”

In July of 2015, Purcellville surveyed its citizens to “obtain vital information and a snapshot of [residents’] overall level of satisfaction” with the town. The survey measured 370 overall responses with questions about town services and staff, Loudoun County services, taxes, government and elected officials, and more.

With the exception of the town’s water and wastewater policies – where citizens gave the town a low 41 percent satisfied/very satisfied rating – Purcellville got high marks from its citizens. But, looking deeper, citizens expressed quite a bit of skepticism about town policies, particularly with respect to its approach to growth and zoning. … Continue Reading

Final Art in the Train Station this Sunday

September 17, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Final Art in the Train Station this Sunday
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Join local artists and musicians for the final Art-in-the-Train-Station of the summer in the historic Train Station in Downtown Purcellville on Sunday September 20 from noon-6:00 p.m. At the beginning of the W&OD Trail, sits a restored train station that will be used to showcase local artists and musicians. Magnolias will be serving food and wine can be bought by the glass.

The following artists will have their pieces on display and for sale:

ALICE POWER’S watercolors are inspired by both the traditional rural life that surrounds her as well as the events and places she visits. Her favorite subjects tell a story or evoke a memory. … Continue Reading

Donations Accepted for Library Book Sale

September 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Donations Accepted for Library Book Sale

Now through October 5, books, CDs, and DVDs will be accepted for the Purcellville Library’s October 11 Fall Book Sale. Items may be dropped off in the lobby of the Purcellville Library. Proceeds from the book sale will help support the Purcellville Library and its programs. Items accepted include adult, children and young adult books, paperbacks and hardcover books, as well as CDs and DVDs. We are not accepting VHS or cassette tapes.

Mini book sales will take place on Monday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the second floor of the library in the Robey Room, September 14 through October 5. A wide variety of books for both children and adults will be available.

Annual Halloween Block Party: Save the Date

September 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Annual Halloween Block Party: Save the Date

On Friday, October 30 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. the 5th Annual  Purcellville Halloween Block Party will be held in Old Town 21st Street. It’s going to be the best one yet. So start working on that award winning costume for big cash prizes. More info at www.purcellvillehalloween.com. Volunteers needed to help with the event. Call Michael at 540 751-0707 for more info on volunteering and also to sign up to be a sponsor.

New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

August 22, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

The Town of Leesburg recently created a new bike route connecting the trail system on the north side of town with the W&OD Trail.

The new bike route begins at the W&OD Trail crossing on Sycolin Road, near Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and extends north along Sycolin Road, Principal Drummond Way and Plaza Street to Battlefield Parkway. The bike route, which is approximately 1.6 miles long, contains both dedicated bike lanes and “share the road” sections. The dedicated bike lanes are marked with white lines separating them from the motor vehicle travel lanes and from the on-street parking lanes. The entire route will be designated with bicyclist stencils on the pavement and signage alerting drivers to the presence of bicyclists on the road. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Fire Department Transitions from Volunteers to Career Personnel

August 7, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Fire Department Transitions from Volunteers to Career Personnel

Chaplain Charles Wallace, president of the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department, announced that the department has officially restructured its protocol for first responders and has transitioned from a volunteer force to career (paid) personnel, to be owned and run by Loudoun County.

“We are very sad to have to make this transition, but I believe that this is a sign of our times,” Wallace said. “We have struggled for the past two years to find and retain volunteers and, unlike years past, people have very busy lives and are no longer able to commit to the many hours that are necessary to be a volunteer. After careful consideration, and trying unsuccessfully to recruit volunteers, we realize that we are not able to fulfill county and state requirements to continue as a volunteer company. The transition has been seamless and the community will continue to receive the exceptional service and response that has always been given.” … Continue Reading

The Revered “Mr. Charlie” To Turn 108

August 7, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on The Revered “Mr. Charlie” To Turn 108

In the Blue Ridge Leader’s August 2014 issue we celebrated the upcoming birthday of Mr. Charlie Clark. We are grateful to be able to do that again, as are all of the family, friends and even brief acquaintances of this lovely man. Clarke will turn 108 on August 23.

Born in 1907, Clark is perhaps the oldest – and certainly among the oldest – living WWII veterans. He is also the only surviving officer of the original Loudoun County Emancipation Association. … Continue Reading

Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager

July 8, 2015 News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager

The Town of Leesburg is pleased to announce that Mike Goodrich has been hired as the new Finance Operations Manager. Mr. Goodrich started in his new position on Monday, June 22. He will oversee the collection of taxes and fees and the operation of the finance counter at Town Hall.

A Certified Public Manager (CPM), Mr. Goodrich comes to the Town after 20 years with Arlington County, where he was most recently the Director of Administration for Arlington Economic Development. Mr. Goodrich has extensive previous experience in the finance and contracting aspects of parks and recreation, public safety and other local government functions. … Continue Reading

Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

July 1, 2015 News, Our Towns, Schools Comments Off on Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

In May, Lovettsville Elementary School received a certified monarch waystation filled with asters, goldenrod, and three different types of milkweed.  Planned by LVHS student Robin Dezagottis as a senior project, Robin worked with PTO board member Natalie Metzler and 1st Grade Teacher Dawn Snyder to designate a corner of the elementary school’s eco garden for the waystation and receive a donation of milkweed plants from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservacy.
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Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location

July 1, 2015 Business, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Shamrock Music Shoppe Unveiled In New Location

Shamrock Music Shoppe is celebrating its fifth year in business in July, but they’ll do so from a new location. As of July 1, the Purcellville music store and school moved just steps from their current locations on 21st Street and Main Street; Shamrock will relocate to the old Post Office building located at 160 W. Main St., across from Gruto’s Soft Serve.
Shamrock first opened its doors at 108 N 21st Street on July 18, 2010, offering music lessons, a large variety of musical instruments for purchase or lease and an abundance of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and paraphernalia (the author Jeff Kinney is the owner’s brother). To accommodate their growing student base, they opened Shamrock 2 on Main Street to add additional instruction rooms.

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July 4th Parade Applications Available

June 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on July 4th Parade Applications Available

Applications for the annual 4th of July Parade are now available. The Purcellville Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Purcellville’s parade is being held on Saturday, July 4 at 12:30.

For 2015 the top three patriotic themed entries will receive a banner to carry during the parade. Winners will be selected by the July 4th Parade citizen volunteer group based on creative, musical, and patriotic decorations incorporating the 2015 theme, “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag.” Winners will be notified prior to the parade so that winning units can display their prize banners during the parade. … 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

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

March Fourth Friday
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Spring Brunch

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 …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– 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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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 …

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Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  


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


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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