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Catesby Vote Scheduled for December 6

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Unexpected Commercial Use Garners Widespread Attention

The December 6 BOS Business Meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. At that time eight individuals can sign up to speak. At 6:30 p.m. an unlimited number of speakers can sign up. To sign up in advance to speak call 703-777-0204.

The Catesby proposal, permitting by minor special exception the operation of an events center on the historic, 160-acre Catesby Farm is on the agenda for a vote at the Board of Supervisor’s business meeting on Tuesday, December 6. … Continue Reading

Kline Annexation Fails – Comp Plan Language Promoting Annexation Eliminated

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On November 8, the Purcellville Town Council voted to deny the Kline/Purcellville Crossroads Annexation application 6-0-1, with Council Member Chris Bledsoe absent. This was one of the new Council’s significant actions to date.

Pleasants Kline, along with three other property owners, had requested the annexation of approximately 50.4 acres. Currently zoned JLMA-3 (one house per three acres), the property is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Berlin Turnpike (Rt. 287) and Harry Byrd Highway (Rt. 7) and along St. Francis Court. … Continue Reading

Chapman Appeals State Decision; Easement Overvalued By 95 Percent

November 2, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Chapman Appeals State Decision; Easement Overvalued By 95 Percent
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In 2008, Purcellville developer John Chapman, of Chapman Brothers LLC and Valley Medical Center LLC, placed approximately 10 acres of vacant land located near the intersection of Hatcher Avenue and Hirst Road in conservation easement. Known as the Chapman DeMary Trail, the long, narrow parcel is in a FEMA flood plain, with South Fork Catoctin Creek winding through the property.

A pre-donation appraisal is required to put a property in conservation easement. The higher the development value of land in question, the larger the tax benefit afforded the donor. The appraisal Chapman submitted to the state valued the property at $4.3 million dollars. The C-1 commercial office zoning that ran with the property would have allowed nearly 400 parking spaces, and commercial buildings of 112,000 square feet. … Continue Reading

Chapman Challenges Citizens/Local Farmers on Facebook

November 2, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Chapman Challenges Citizens/Local Farmers on Facebook
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The social media world lit up recently with, Sam Chapman’s Facebook claim that Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard in Purcellville, were seeking new commercial zoning for their property. Chapman also suggested that the rezoning might be connected to the current Comprehensive Plan Review, citing the website developed to keep citizens updated on the process: www.planpurcellville.com. The post was also marketed as an advertisement for greater coverage. … Continue Reading

To Pave or Not To Pave

November 2, 2016 Development, News 4 comments
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The Strange Saga Of Greggsville Road

Some things seem to move really slow here in western Loudoun County – that hay-hauling tractor in front of you on Snickersville Turnpike, or the gang of wild turkeys trying to make it to the other side, for example. And, some things seem to happen virtually overnight.

For Madeline Skinner and her husband Mark – owners of the Philomont General Store – things moved way too fast with the recent VDOT/Loudoun County decision to pave all 2.8 miles of Greggsville Road (end to end), from Jeb Stuart Road to Telegraph Springs Road – which are both also gravel roads. … Continue Reading

Nonprofits Team Up to Bring Solar Power to Local Veteran

October 6, 2016 Development, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Nonprofits Team Up to Bring Solar Power to Local Veteran
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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

October 6, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Southern States Celebrates Ground Breaking for New Building
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

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“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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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

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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

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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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Calendar

December 2016
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November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016 December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
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Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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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 …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– 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

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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 …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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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 …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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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

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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

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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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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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