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Supervisor Matt Letourneau Elected Vice Chairman of Regional Council of Governments

Supervisor Matt Letourneau

Loudoun County Dulles District Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau has been elected Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors for 2016.

Roger Berliner, Vice President of the Montgomery County Council, will serve as COG Board Chairman and Kenyan McDuffie of the Council of the District of Columbia will serve as the Board’s other Vice Chairman. The Chair and Vice Chair positions rotate annually between Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. The Board of Directors is COG’s governing body and is responsible for its overall policies, functions, and funds.

Letourneau, along with Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall, represents Loudoun on the COG Board of Directors. Letourneau previously served as President of the COG Board in 2014 and as a Vice President in 2013. He has been a member of the COG Board of Directors since 2012.

“Loudoun County plays an increasingly important role in the Metropolitan Washington region,” said Letourneau. “I am honored to be selected by my colleagues to serve as Vice Chairman representing Virginia, and I look forward to working with all of the COG members on issues of regional importance such as ensuring a strong and safe Metro system and economic development.” 

Letourneau was elected to represent the Dulles District on the Board of Supervisors in November 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He serves as chair of the Board’s Finance/Government Operations and Economic Development Committee. In addition to serving on the COG Board, he represents Loudoun County on the COG Region Forward Coalition, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, as Chairman of the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission, and the Dulles Area Transportation Association.

COG is an independent, nonprofit association that brings area leaders together to address major regional issues. COG’s membership is comprised of 300 elected officials from 22 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress.

Chris Hamilton Announces Run for Purcellville Town Council


On January 16, Chris Hamilton launched his campaign for a seat on the Purcellville Town Council. Instead of holding a traditional kick-off rally, he walked door to door talking to residents about his message of helping Purcellville stay Purcellville for the next generation. “I’m focused on representing the people and guiding the town forward based on principles, not politics,” said Hamilton. … Continue Reading

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman Announces Bid for Town Council


Nedim Ogelman, a Purcellville Planning Commissioner, on February 1 launched his campaign for a seat on the Purcellville Town Council.

“I look forward to continuing to serve Purcellville and adding another voice of leadership and expertise to our Town Council,” said Ogelman. “As a planning commissioner, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of our Town and its governance, including its capabilities and limitations.” … Continue Reading

Absentee Ballots for March Primary Now Available


Loudoun County officials remind voters that absentee ballots for the March 1 presidential primary election are now available to eligible voters.

In-person absentee voting will take place at the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Drive. S.E., Suite C, Leesburg, 20175. The hours for absentee voting will be Monday through Friday. January 15 through February 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, absentee voting will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person. … Continue Reading

Absentee Ballots for March Primary Now Available in Loudoun


Loudoun County officials remind voters that absentee ballots for the March 1, 2016, presidential primary election are now available to eligible voters.

In-person absentee voting will take place at the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Drive. S.E., Suite C, Leesburg, 20175. The hours for absentee voting will be Monday through Friday. January 15 through February 26, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, absentee voting will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016, the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Mayor Kwasi Fraser

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on An Interview with Mayor Kwasi Fraser

The Blue Ridge Leader sat down with Mayor Kwasi Fraser to go over his first eighteen months in office and what he sees for Purcellville’s future. He comments on recently passed zoning use changes, the Fireman Field debt, the Kline annexation, and numerous other issues facing Purcellville today.

Blue Ridge Leader: What do you think about your eighteen months in office? 

Mayor Kwasi Fraser: I remain encouraged by the continuing support of Purcellville’s citizens and business owners who understand that I represent their views about maintaining the town’s pastoral uniqueness, and I challenge the idea of increased residential/commercial development (being the only solution) to tackle our $60 Million debt burden by effectively managing the over $125 million dollars in assets the town owns. Over the past eighteen months, we have accomplished a lot without incurring any new debt and have instituted plans to sell an underperforming asset for over $300,000. Some of our accomplishments are as follows: … Continue Reading

Randall Sets High Mark As the New Board Chair

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Randall Sets High Mark As the New Board Chair

At times fun-loving but never deviating from a strong sense of bipartisan purpose, new Board of Supervisors chair Phyllis Randall has made it very clear how she hopes the diverse body will conduct itself in the months and years ahead, and how she plans to lead it.

In a ceremonial swearing in at Lansdowne Resort on January 2 – the first time in county history that Republicans and Democrats took their oath of office together – Randall struck quite a tone … and the cheering audience loved it. … Continue Reading

Mayor Kwasi Fraser Announces His Bid for Re-Election

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mayor Kwasi Fraser Announces His Bid for Re-Election

Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser has announced that he will be seeking a second term as mayor. The Purcellville town election for mayor and three town council seats is Tuesday, May 3. Mayor Fraser said, “I am humbled by the outpouring of support while serving my first term as mayor. Granted, it has been tough at times to get winning votes on council that reflect our citizens’ will because I have but one vote, but I am committed to fulfilling their vision for our town. The vision is to guide Purcellville to being a more fiscally conservative, transparent government and to implement strategies to obtain optimal value from our existing assets rather than seeking inconsistent and uncharacteristic growth outside our borders. Currently, there is enormous pressure to grow the town by hundreds of acres, and the upcoming election will determine the future of Purcellville.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council May Appoint a Mayor at the January 12 Council Meeting

January 6, 2016 Elections, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council May Appoint a Mayor at the January 12 Council Meeting

Effective January 1, 2016, a vacancy in the office of Mayor of the Town of Leesburg will exist as the result of former Mayor Kristen Umstattd’s election to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Vice Mayor Kelly Burk will perform the duties of the Mayor until the Town Council makes an interim appointment of Mayor. … Continue Reading

Republicans Retain Control of Board of Supervisors

November 4, 2015 Elections, Elections, News 1 comment

The new board of supervisors will have a mix up of parties; however the majority still rests with the Republican Party.

Phyllis Randall (D) won the four-way race for the county chairmanship garnering 24,613 votes. Second place was incumbent Scott K. York who ran as an Independent this time. He had 19,891 votes. Charlie L. King (R) got 18,918 votes and Independent Tom E. Bellanca got 1,973 votes.

In the Leesburg District current mayor Kristen Umstattd (D), defeated challenger Will Estrada (R), with 4,423 votes to Estrada’s 3,149 votes. In the Algonkin District, incumbent Suzanne Volpe (R) was re-elected with 3,881 votes, defeating Andrew Resnick (D) who garnered 3,563 votes. In the Sterling district Koran Saines (D) beat out four-term incumbent Eugene Delgaudio (R) with a vote of 3,251 to Delgaudio’s 3,037 votes. … Continue Reading

Higgins Statement on Re-Election Victory

November 3, 2015 Elections, Elections Comments Off on Higgins Statement on Re-Election Victory

“I am honored and humbled the voters of the Catoctin district have returned me to a second term with 62 percent of the vote,” said Higgins. “I am excited to be able to continue working on issues and projects important to the residents in my district,” stated Higgins.

“For me, this election was about our vision for Western Loudoun and our successes. I am proud that our campaign focused on our many achievements and didn’t have to resort to fabricated issues and negative campaigning,” said Higgins. “We have a lot of work ahead of us including a Board Meeting tomorrow. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on keeping taxes low, transportation projects, economic development and preserving what we love about Western Loudoun.”

Geary Higgins was first elected in 2011 to serve as the Catoctin District Supervisor representing Lovettsville, Lucketts, Neersville, Waterford, Paeonian Springs, Hamilton, Taylorstown, and Leesburg excluding the Town of Leesburg. Higgins lives in Waterford with his wife, Gail. He has three daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandsons.

And the Votes Are in…

November 3, 2015 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on And the Votes Are in…

We will keep you up-to-date as the results for Election 2015 roll in.

13th State Senate
B. Jill McCabe: 18,865
Richard H. “Dick” Black: 19,735

27th State Senate
Jill Holtzman Vogel: 840

31st State Senate
Barbara A. Favola: 2,152
George V. Forakis: 2,054

33rd State Senate
Jennifer T. Wexton: 13,678
Stephen B. Hollingshead: 11,643

10th House of Delegates
Peter C. Rush: 5,479
J. Randall “Randy” Minchew: 7,768

33rd House of Delegates
D. Chuck Hedges: 5,751
Dave A. LaRock: 8,128
Mark D. Anderson:444 … Continue Reading

Absentee Voting Happening Now

September 30, 2015 Elections, News Comments Off on Absentee Voting Happening Now

In-person absentee voting for the November 3 general election is underway at the Loudoun County Office of Elections, 750 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite C, Leesburg. Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Loudoun voters who cannot make it to their precinct on Election Day may be eligible to vote an absentee ballot in person or by mail.  There are 19 different qualifying reasons that allow voters to use an absentee ballot.  All the reasons and instructions can be found on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form online at www.loudoun.gov/absentee.

The Loudoun County Office of Elections will offer extended absentee voting hours beginning Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30 from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays, October 24 and October 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading






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Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

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Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016


Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016


In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016


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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016


By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse


On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015


The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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