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Parking Rates in Downtown Leesburg Change April 6

March 18, 2015 News, Our Towns 3 comments

Beginning April 6, rates for the Leesburg Town Hall Parking Garage and the on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will change.

The first hour of parking in the town hall parking garage will remain free. Downtown merchants offer validation to customers for one additional free hour of parking. After the first hour, parking in the garage will be $1 per hour with a daily maximum rate of $10. Rates apply in the garage from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking will free in the town hall parking garage after 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends and holidays.

Rates for on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will increase to $1.50 per hour. All downtown meters, with exception of the two 15-minute meters in front of the post office on East Market Street, will have a two-hour limit.

Donations Are Being Accepted for the Purcellville Library’s Spring Book Sale

March 13, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Donations Are Being Accepted for the Purcellville Library’s Spring Book Sale

Donations of books, CDs and DVDs are now being accepted for the Purcellville Library’s May 2 book sale. Items may be dropped off in the lobby of the Purcellville Library during regular hours.

Proceeds from the book sale will help support the Purcellville Library and its programs. Items being accepted include adult’s, children’s and young adult’s hardcover and paperback books, CDs and DVDs.

The Purcellville Library Advisory Board is a volunteer organization, which sponsors the book sales each year in the spring and fall to the help support the Purcellville Library. All donations are sorted before the sale by a crew of hardworking volunteers. Thousands of used books will be offered for sale at the May 2 sale. Thanks to the local community’s support of the Book Sales through donations and purchases the library is able to offer many beneficial programs for people of all ages.

First Artists’ Swap Meet April 11

March 8, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on First Artists’ Swap Meet April 11

The Loudoun Arts Council and the Round Hill Arts Center are working together to create a unique event for area artists and art lovers. The first Artists’ Swap Meet will be held at the Round Hill Arts Center on Saturday, April 11 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Two of Loudoun County’s arts organizations, The Loudoun Arts Council and RHAC will open the center as a marketplace for artists to barter or buy art supplies, ceramics equipment, tools, picture frames, gadgets, and more. … Continue Reading

Fire Destroys Hamilton Barn

March 8, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fire Destroys Hamilton Barn

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that an afternoon fire that destroyed a Hamilton Barn was accidental. The fire, which resulted in $200,000 damages, was due to a heat lamp too close to bedding materials.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, fire-rescue units from Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville, Leesburg, Lucketts, Ashburn, Arcola and the County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a barn fire in the 16000 block of Hamilton Station Road. First arriving units reported a 50’x200’ barn fully involved in fire with partial roof collapse. Access to the structure was limited due to length and narrowness of driveway and snow accumulation. Crews were able to contain the fire to the building of origin. Units remained on the scene for several hours overhauling the structure. … Continue Reading

Outdoor Enthusiasts Seek Public Access To 1,271 Acre Purcellville Gem

March 4, 2015 News, Our Towns 12 comments
Purcellville Watershed reservoir

Policy Limiting Use Of Watershed To Select Town Employees And Friends Unfair, Group Says

In 2009 the town of Purcellville made history by placing over 1,200 acres of public watershed land in conservation easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). The easement was the largest of its kind ever created in Loudoun County, made even more significant by the fact that it was a town rather than a private landowner protecting land in this way.

Government officials, foundation officials and the public alike applauded the decision.

Said Bob Lee – foundation executive director at the time – “While the majority of easements donated to VOF are from private landowners, this project is a great example of how municipalities, too, can take advantage of the Commonwealth’s unrivaled land conservation programs.” Then Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine echoed this sentiment, saying “This conservation easement is remarkable, and it demonstrates the significant leadership role local governments can play in preserving open space. The town’s decision will help protect local drinking water and maintain the area’s natural beauty for generations to come.” … Continue Reading

Renée LaFollette Named Director of Leesburg’s Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, Effective July 1

March 1, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Renée LaFollette Named Director of Leesburg’s Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, Effective July 1

Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that Renée LaFollette has been selected to lead the newly combined Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, effective July 1.

Ms. LaFollette is the current Director of Capital Projects, a position she has held since June 2012. She first joined the Town of Leesburg in November 2000 as a Senior Engineer in the Department of Engineering and Public Works, with the Office of Capital Projects Management. In 2004, the office was separated into its own department. She was promoted to Deputy Director of Capital Projects in December 2009, and served as Acting Director from October 2011 until June 2012. … Continue Reading

Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday

February 24, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Lovettsville Library to Celebrate 25th Birthday
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The Lovettsville Library will mark its 25th anniversary on Saturday, February 28, with a celebration for the whole family.

At 10:30 a.m, meet opossum, snakes, turtles, and a bunny as the Wildlife Ambassadors present “Wildlife in Winter.” Share birthday cake at 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 2:00 p.m., enjoy the creative arts of Balloonacy with Tom Lilly. … Continue Reading

M/I Homes Application for 32nd Street Moving Forward

February 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on M/I Homes Application for 32nd Street Moving Forward
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The Planning Commission at its January 8 regular meeting heard a presentation from Bowman Consulting regarding developer M/I Homes’ rezoning and development application for the 10-acre Ball property on 32nd Street (S 690). M/I Homes has applied to build 42 one and a half to two story duplex units on the property, but with a zoning request for mixed-use commercial, residential and other building options. The current development proposal is for residential units of 2,500 to 2,800 square feet. Bowman Consulting’s ensuing discussion with commissioners covered topics relating to the project’s density, age-restricted designation enforcement, traffic estimates and property access points. Bowman Consulting representatives compared the proposed development to a hypothetical community that could exist under the current zoning. The current zoning conforms with the property’s position in the town’s historic overlay district and the town’s comprehensive plan. Commission Chairman Gil Paist introduced the segment of the meeting with an explanation of the town’s development application process and also Planned Development Housing zoning. … Continue Reading

Focus On: Purcellville Volunteer Rescue

February 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Focus On: Purcellville Volunteer Rescue

focusonWestern Loudoun county has seven fire and rescue stations utilizing volunteer and career personnel as firefighters, medics, drivers, and administrative members;  Lovettsville, Round Hill, Loudoun Heights, Hamilton, Purcellville, Philomont, and Middleburg.  Members of the combined fire and rescue system obtain quality training and experience.  Members are passionate about their profession and dedicated to the communities they serve.
Visit www.answerthecall.info to find out how you can become a firefighter or EMT in your community. 

Public Hearing February 10 To Add 24/7 Flammable Liquid Operations To CM-1

February 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Public Hearing February 10 To Add 24/7 Flammable Liquid Operations To CM-1

In 2008 both the Purcellville Planning Commission and the Purcellville Town Council voted to delete as a by-right use the permitted storage and 24/7 distribution of petroleum and propane from the CM-1 District to reflect changes made to the 2006 Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the CM-1 Office Commercial district, according to the adopted 2006 Comprehensive Plan, “is to provide for planned office parks or for offices and similar business buildings and limited office support uses.”

Valley Energy and Amerigas are the only propane distribution and storage companies that currently operate in Purcellville. These businesses are considered non-conforming, which means their use is grandfathered in because their zoning no longer permits their operations, however it means they cannot expand their business. In November of 2014, Valley Energy requested that the Town of Purcellville add the use back into the CM-1 District and a Planning Commission public hearing for Valley Energy was held on January 8. … Continue Reading

Police Chief Smith Announces Retirement

January 12, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Police Chief Smith Announces Retirement
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Chief Darryl C. Smith, Sr. announced last week that he would be retiring on April 1, 2015. He came to the community over nine years ago after a nationwide search that resulted in him being selected as a unanimous candidate to lead our Town’s Police Department. Chief Smith will be remembered for many positive items through his tenure. The two most important involve completing the State Accreditation for the Police Department and the winning of numerous local, state, national and international awards for his Department’s Youth Engagement and Outreach programs.

In 2007, Chief Smith and the Department won a VML Achievement Award in the 5,000 – 10,000 population category for his Youth Engagement and Outreach programs. This award was followed up in 2009 with the Department receiving the Webber Seavey International Award given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Motorola. … Continue Reading

Nichols Celebrates 100th Anniversary

January 6, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Nichols Celebrates 100th Anniversary

On Saturday December 13 family, friends, fellow Purcellville businesses and customers celebrated Nichols 100th anniversary. Nichols Hardware Store has been in business and in the same location for 100 years now. A big thanks goes out to Re-Love It Consignment Shop’s Michael Oaks and Kim Patterson-Oaks for helping to organize the celebration. Local photographer Sarah Huntington of Lincoln Studios was in attendance taking great pictures – and had the documentary film by Lincoln Studios on sale along with colorful tote bags with one of her pictures of the Nichols Hardware community. Lori Connelly-De Franco spent over a weeks work designing and making the float – which was a small model of the store. The large cake was made by Joy Greenly who owns Joys Dream Bakery of Purcellville. It was delicious and enjoyed by everyone.

Class Makes Special White House Visit

December 30, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Class Makes Special White House Visit
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A class from Catoctin Elementary in Leesburg recently had a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the White House. The class of severe medical needs students had an official meet and greet with the presidential dogs on December 4. The group of six children, special needs and in wheelchairs, went with their parents and school staff. Money for transportation was donated by Jenkins Restorations of Sterling and Rockville.

“It was such a once in a lifetime day,” said Carrie Jenkins, a parent of one of the students. “I still cannot believe we did it.” … 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

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 …

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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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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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