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Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee

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The Town of Purcellville is seeking two (2) volunteers to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). The EDAC is an advisory committee that will assist Town Council and staff on matters pertaining to economic development and tourism including:

  1. Working on strategies for advancing economic development within the town which facilitates community sustainability in areas of business attraction, expansion and retention;
  2. Collaborating with other Town committees and business groups to establish economic development and tourism initiatives for the good of a sustainable community;
  3. Assisting the Town in building strategic relationships and alliances with regional stakeholder groups and other Town committees to foster new business opportunities and growth for the good of Purcellville.

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August Town Council

September 9, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on August Town Council
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Purcellville Town Council Work
Session – August 27

Topic: Town Committee Vacancies

The August Purcellville Town Council Work Session began with closed session interviews for appointments to vacancies on various town committees. In the past, when the Blue Ridge Leader started attending the open interview process, the Purcellville Town Council changed the interviews to a closed session process.
On this day from 6:30 to 7:15 council members interviewed Steven Webber, Philip Rohrer and Melanie Fuller for the committee vacancies.

Topic: Services For O Street Project

The council voted to conduct preliminary engineering design and right of way survey services for the O Street project for an initial amount of $67,855.39. The town has already spent approximately $17,000 on a feasibility study for this area. This project, according to council, will provide for another entrance/exit for the 21 Street corridor. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – November

December 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – November
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Purcellville Board of Architectural Review – November 20, 2012

Topic: Discussion on proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments

The Purcellville Board of Architectural Review (BAR) recommended delaying action on the proposed project known as the Catoctin Creek Apartments until the property is rezoned to a zoning district that allows apartments, and the applicant resubmits to the BAR for approval. (Note: The property is located near the corner of Hatcher and Hirst, near Taco Bell and the medical offices. Up until late October 2012, the property was reported as zoned Transition X. The property is now identified as zoned CM–1. The photo below shows the kind of development that is typically found in this zoning district. At the Old Dominion Valley HOA annual meeting in November [a residential neighborhood that overlooks this area], attorney and developer Mark Nelis, representing the developer of the proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments, held up an ariel image of an auto body shop, the implication being that if the apartments were not approved Dominion Valley residents might have a more industrial use as their neighbor. In fact, the CM–1 district has many uses, including the below photo of an office building, which is quite compatible with the current neighboring buildings.) … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – October

November 7, 2012 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – October
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Board of Supervisors
Finance/Government Services and Operations Committee, October 22, 2012

Topic: Aldie Fire Station

At the October 22 Finance/Government Services & Operations Committee meeting, the supervisors resumed the discussion where to build a new Aldie Fire and Rescue Center. As one of its first actions in January, the new Board unanimously approved a motion by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke (R) to reject the site purchased by the prior Board within the Little River Estates subdivision and initiate a more transparent public process by asking landowners to submit potential sites for consideration.

The county received four submissions of which two met the county’s requirements. The first proposal is a 14.66 acre lot to be subdivided from the larger parcel owned by Gilberts Corner, LP at the southeast quadrant of Gilberts Corner. It comes with a steep price tag of $3.5 million. At $238,745 per acre, it is about 1.5 times the amount paid for the original site. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance September

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance September
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Committees at a Glance informs our readers about the inner workings of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives. Here we discuss meetings of the Purcellville Town Council and the County Government Reform Commission

Purcellville Town Council Regular Meeting Work Session
Sept. 25, 2012

Topic: 21st Street Streetscape Work

The staff report for this meeting focused on a part of Phase 2 of 21st/23rd streetscape improvements to include additional survey requirements and “Property line and right-of-way discrepancies.” … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – August

September 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – August

Committees at a Glance informs our readers about the inner workings of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives. Here we discuss actions of the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory, the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission and the Purcellville Planning Commission.

Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)
Aug 7, 2012

Topics: Facade grant allocation, Valley Springs II (Purcellville A Street) Proposed Development Update.

Owners of the property which houses the Ray Fields Antiques business were given a facade grant not to exceed $2,500. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – July

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Committees at a Glance – July

(Committees at a Glance is a feature of the Blue Ridge Leader informing our readers about the inner workings of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives – from our tax rates to that new development we see going in down the road. For this 3rd Edition we discuss recent actions and discussions at the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission (GRC) and various committees and actions of the Purcellville Town Council. (Note: The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors established the GRC and appointed its thirteen members on January 3, 2012. Chairman Scott York, who sponsored the initiative, laid out four goals: (1) identify efficiency opportunities; (2) explore innovative ways to lower costs; (3) consider privatization and outsourcing opportunities; and (4) identify ways to enhance government transparency, accountability, and customer service.) … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance
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Purcellville Town Council Meeting,
June 12, 2012

Topics: Taxes, Changes in Town Code and Ordinances, Tourism Zone

The Council voted unanimously to amend the Town Code Ordinance: Levy of Tax. This was a “housekeeping” change that will allow the Town Council to amend the tax rate from time to time.

The Council approved the Budget and raised the meals tax from four percent to five percent (vote was 6-1 with Vice Mayor Joan Lehr voting against). Councilman Keith Melton said that this was the only opportunity to tax out of town residents. They did not vote on the water and sewer rates. Mayor Lazaro said, ” The Town of Purcellville’s water rates are reasonable.” … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance
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Committees at a Glance is a new feature of the Blue Ridge Leader informing our readers about the inner working of local government and how actions and decisions impact our everyday lives – from our tax rates to that new development we see going in down the road. For this first edition we discuss recent actions and discussion by the Town Of Purcellville and several of its key committees for the month of May.

Town of Purcellville Ways and Means Committee Meeting, May 7, 2012

l Topic: Appointments To The Purcellville Planning Commission … Continue Reading

Transparency Dead on Its Long Arrival To the Purcellville Town Council

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Transparency Dead on Its Long Arrival To the Purcellville Town Council
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The ongoing pursuit for open and transparent government policies that resident and business owner, Kelli Grim and others asked Purcellville to adopt over a year ago has come to a dead stop. “Real Parties of Interest Disclosure” – which requires that the names of individuals and businesses with interests in zoning and/or legislative matters before governmental bodies be available to the public – died in the Purcellville’s Ways and Means Committee, after going back and forth from the Council to the Committee to the Purcellville Business Association and back. Purcellville Town Councilwoman Joan Lehr said that there would be no way to enforce the disclosure, and that Council members are already subject to some disclosure requirements. Supporters of the Real Parties of Interest – in force at the county level in Loudoun since 2007 and the standard for countless other counties, cities and towns in the Commonwealth, as well as at the Virginia State level – argue that not only are such requirements easily enforceable, but that Purcellville’s current minimal disclosure requirements prevent the public from seeing a full and complete list of all parties with an interest in a particular development project. Purcellville’s current rules, for example, effectively exempt from disclosure the names of the attorneys, engineers, architects and other professionals involved in a particular project, in some cases masking the name of either the effective owner of a property and/or other individuals with a financial stake in the outcome of Town Council decisions. They also fail to shed light on any possible conflicts of interest, in cases where companies or individuals have made financial contributions to an elected official’s political campaigns.

Water Bill Increases Hit Some Businesses Hard

June 5, 2011 by Contributor Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Water Bill Increases Hit Some Businesses Hard
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By Ryan J. Cool

The Purcellville Infrastructure Committee has recommended a huge increase in water rates to commercial users. The commercial increases will allow the town to hold down the increase to the smaller users to approximately 10%. But, some commercial users will see their rates more than double in a budget that many see as failing to justify the increase in water rates.

Last year, Water Fund income and expenses showed a break even budget. Expenses have not changed for the coming year, yet some users face a 35 percent increase in water rates overall.

Examples of rate increases across different levels of users include:

  • Users of up to 20,000 gallons (bi-monthly) will see an increase of 11 percent (most residential users fall into this
    category);

  • Users of up to 100,000 (bi-monthly) will see an increase of 22 percent+ (this might represent a small to medium business);
  • The largest users – 450,000 to over 600,000 gallons (bi-monthly) – will see rates go up between 76 percent+ and 137 percent (this category includes large and institutional users).

In financial terms, the new bi-monthly bill for a commercial user of 300,000 gallons would increase from $4,160 to $5,752 and the accompanied sewer charge would go up an additional $516.

The sewer rates will all go up by 17 percent. (State law dictates that sewer rates are uniform for each utility, hence there is no opportunity for the Town to disproportionately distribute the sewer costs to large users.) The sewer system has added the capacity for over 1,600 new single family homes with recent upgrades.

The Town of Leesburg Public Input Meeting May 18

May 11, 2011 by Contributor Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on The Town of Leesburg Public Input Meeting May 18
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The Town of Leesburg is conducting a Parks and Recreation Service and Needs Analysis and would like to hear from all community residents, business owners, sports groups, and any other interested parties. The Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, May 18,from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The goal of this analysis is to evaluate current service levels and future needs for parks and recreation programs, facilities and amenities provided by the Leesburg Parks& Recreation Department. The final report will provide summary findings from all of the public engagement methods (focus groups, public meeting, and surveys) that can be used to inform decision making by the Town Council and department staff. … Continue Reading

Citizens Revive Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee

April 10, 2011 by Contributor Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Citizens Revive Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee
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The Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee announced today that it has been reestablished by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Seven committee members were appointed in January after seeking reestablishment and active participation in the State’s Scenic River Program. Supervisor Sally Kurtz, State Senator Mark Herring, local citizens and organizations supported the revival effort.

Anne Larson, appointee and strong advocate of Catoctin Creek’s beauty and natural resources, commented: “The formation of the Committee has been a long time coming. I am so proud to be a part of this important event.” Other committee members are Otto Gutenson (Chairman), Patti Psaris (Vice Chairman), David Ward (Secretary), Norma Wilson, Eleanor Adams and Nancy Beaver; the last two served on the original Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Board from the 1970s through the 1990s. All live on or near Catoctin Creek. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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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

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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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Saffon Gourmet Food Truck at North Gate VIneyard

Book Signing: 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' by Richard Leahy

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Live Music: Connor Duffy at North Gate Vineyard

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Live Music: Willie White at North Gate VIneyard

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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Dinner and a Dive In

Creedence Clearwater

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Mobile Hope’s “Back to School” Shopping Event Helps Loudoun Struggling Youth

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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LCSO Announces 36th Citizens’ Police Academy

24 Aug 2015

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Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman announced the formation of the 36th Citizens’ Police Academy, which will commence on September 15, 2015. Members of the class will participate in training classes taught by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel. The classes provide an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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