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Nonprofits Team Up to Bring Solar Power to Local Veteran


Mayor Kwasi Fraser joined Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Chris Bledsoe for the installation of a rooftop solar system for Brian Haas in late September. Haas, a local veteran army helicopter pilot with 20 years of military service, will soon receive the benefits of solar power on his home in Purcellville, thanks to a new partnership between HeroHomes and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Volunteers with the nonprofit solar company GRID Alternatives installed a 6.8kW system on a brand new house build by HeroHomes, which was founded by Jason Brownell, for retired army helicopter pilot Brian Haas, his service dog Buddy and his wife Jolyne. HeroHomes is a local nonprofit that gives disabled veterans homeownership. Standard Solar designed and engineered the system and donated the equipment for the installation. The work was done by local volunteers and veteran job trainees. Over the course of its lifetime, this system will provide approximately $25,525 in savings to the family.

Southern States Celebrates Ground Breaking for New Building


Southern States in Purcellville celebrated their ground breaking for construction of their new store which will reopen March 1. The store will be 12,000 square feet with 60 parking spaces on the property. In the interim, the store will relocate during construction to the Loudoun Truck Center at 631 West Main Street.

Dan Virts, the store manager, said that the decision for the expansion was due to the growing broad customer base. … Continue Reading

Board Approves Harris Teeter Special Use Permits

October 5, 2016 Development, News 1 comment

By Andrea Gaines
On Thursday, September 22, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-3-1 to give final approval on the Kirkpatrick West Commercial Center in Aldie, complete with multiple special exceptions. Supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), Matthew Letourneau (R-Dulles), Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), and Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) supported the motion. Supervisors Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), Koran Saintes (D-Sterling), and Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) opposed the motion. Chair Phyllis Randall (D-At-Large) was absent for the vote. … Continue Reading

Concrete and Gravel Deliveries Scheduled Along Old Ox Road/Route 606

September 20, 2016 Development, News 1 comment
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Construction deliveries are scheduled for September 19 through September 23 (Monday through Friday) in support of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Rail Yard and Maintenance Facility project. The construction deliveries will be made to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, Rail Yard and Maintenance Facility along US Route 606 (Old Ox Road) and Mercure Circle. … Continue Reading

Comp Plan Debate: Give In To Suburbia or Follow Citizen Sentiment

September 7, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Comp Plan Debate: Give In To Suburbia or Follow Citizen Sentiment

By Valerie Cury
The Purcellville Planning Commission held a work session on the Comp Plan Review every Thursday in August, and also began meeting with representatives of town committees to discuss the areas of the plan relevant to their particular committee expertise.

The commissioners began by creating individual drafts of mission and vision statements for the Town’s Comp Plan – with commissioners sharing their short statement around the room. … Continue Reading

Planning Commission Denies Hastily Considered Drive-Thru

September 7, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Planning Commission Denies Hastily Considered Drive-Thru

The Purcellville Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding a request to amend a previously approved location of a drive-thru restaurant at the Catoctin Corner project which is located northeast of the roundabout on East Main Street and Berlin Turnpike (Rt. 287). The property was rezoned by the Lazaro Administration in 2010, and given six special use permits – against the recommendation of the then Planning Commission. Granting the six special use permits and placing a gas station at the entrance of town was seen by many as not consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and contrary to the Gateway Charrette held only months earlier. … Continue Reading

Makers on the Brink of a Big Break

August 3, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Makers on the Brink of a Big Break

By Andrea Gaines
About eight months ago, Makersmith’s Executive Director Pat Scannell made a formal proposal to the Town of Purcellville to give his organization a crack at rehabilitating a nine-acre unused piece of town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets. Through a great deal of persistence, it seems likely the organization will make good on this dream. Mayor Kwasi Fraser is firmly behind the idea, and the organization is pledging not to give up until the deal is done. … Continue Reading

AT&T Short Hill Update: Confusion and Activity at Site Continues

August 3, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on AT&T Short Hill Update: Confusion and Activity at Site Continues

By Andrea Gaines

In June, AT&T suspended plans to construct a 160,000 sq. ft. expansion of its current transmission utility substation on Short Hill Mountain, requesting that an earlier commission permit application be withdrawn.

As we reported in July, despite that withdrawal AT&T continues work on the mountain ridge, applying for a site plan amendment related to a separate permit on the same day it submitted its letter of withdrawal. … Continue Reading

County Considers Major Density/Use Changes In Transition Policy Area

July 7, 2016 Development, News 3 comments

In a process drawing sustained citizen opposition, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors met on June 15 to discuss major density and use changes to the Transition Policy Area. At the conclusion of the meeting the issue was moved to the Transportation and Land Use Committee’s July 15 session.

Per the county comp plan, the TPA is “a permanently defined policy area” designed to protect Loudoun’s rural west from the more densely developed east. While it allows for substantial residential and commercial growth, development within the area must be “clustered with 50 to 70 percent open space.”
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Has AT&T Short Hill Project Gone Down In Smoke? A Timeline Of Events

July 7, 2016 Development, News 4 comments

On June 13 AT&T told the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning it had “decided to suspend our plans to construct the proposed building as part of our telephone transmission utility substation on Short Hill Mountain,” requesting to “withdraw the commission permit application.”

The permit process – which started in 2015 – triggered a large and well organized citizen opposition effort. Citizens “worked the rooms” from the kitchens of western Loudoun to the county seat in Leesburg to Capitol Hill, where citizens meet with representatives from the offices of Virginia Senator Mark Warner and the House of Representatives’ Barbara Comstock.

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An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June

July 7, 2016 Development, Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June
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– By Nathaniel Stephens

On June 2 the Purcellville Planning Commission met to revisit agenda items from its May 5 session, addressing talking points from the Comprehensive Plan Review and the adjustment of zoning ordinance language concerning streams and land disturbance.

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman challenged the manner in which the consulting firm hired by the town to assist with the comp plan review had portrayed Purcellville’s options in rewriting the ordinance, repeating his objections that all options presented by the firm had the effect of pushing growth. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Joint Architectural Review Board Seeks Nominations For 2016 Awards Program

July 7, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Loudoun Joint Architectural Review Board Seeks Nominations For 2016 Awards Program

As part of its 9th annual awards program, the Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board is again seeking nominations from the public for projects that exemplify the protection, preservation or enhancement of historic buildings, landscapes, properties or other resources in Loudoun County. 

Nominations may include, but are not limited to: Restoration work (including interior projects), educational workshops and displays, interpreted cultural landscapes, and other significant undertakings to preserve the heritage of Loudoun County.
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Dominion Power Relents On Controversial Power Lines Route

July 6, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Dominion Power Relents On Controversial Power Lines Route

Dominion Power has withdrawn support for its preferred route for new power lines it plans to build as part of its Poland Road 230kV Transition and Substation Project. The electric power giant has also withdrawn support for alternative routes A and B, telling the State Corporation Commission it is now prepared to support Loudoun County’s “Alternative 6” route.?This route starts at the Yardley Ridge data center project, located at the intersection of Evergreen Mills Road and Route 606 near Dulles Airport. The route continues south from there along route Route 606 to Route 50, avoiding the stretch of Route 50 between Northstar Boulevard and Route 606.

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2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

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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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


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Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Spaghetti Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

November 6, 2016

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery Annual Fall/Holiday Sale

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


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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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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