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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transmission utility substation on Short Hill Mountain, requesting that an earlier commission permit application be withdrawn.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

County Considers Major Density/Use Changes In Transition Policy Area

July 7, 2016 Development, News 3 comments
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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
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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
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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
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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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Virginia State Parks announces future state park in Loudoun County

July 1, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Virginia State Parks announces future state park in Loudoun County
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RICHMOND, Va. – On June 14, 2016, 604 acres of the ~900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship land preserve, donated by the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation to the Old Dominion Land Conservancy, were acquired by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Representatives from DCR, Virginia State Parks, the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation, and the nonprofit Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship that has been managing the land held a brainstorming meeting on June 27 to begin the process of establishing an interim management plan.
“We look forward to working with stakeholders, the community and General Assembly as we flesh out the details of a short term arrangement with the Blue Ridge Center board of directors for the continued operation of the site and work on the long-range goals in developing the site’s master plan,” said State Parks Director Craig Seaver. Master planning for a state park is a public hearing process in which an advisory committee and public groups meet to discuss development of the park.

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Repairs to Loudoun County Government Center Parking Garage to Affect Public and Employee Parking

June 27, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Repairs to Loudoun County Government Center Parking Garage to Affect Public and Employee Parking
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Repair work at the Loudoun County Government Center parking garage at 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg will impact public and employee parking through the end of August. The parking garage will generally be closed to parking Thursday and Friday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday during the period of repairs. There are a few exceptions, including the July 4th holiday weekend and the weekend of August 19.

Any vehicles parked in the work areas during the repair work will be towed to prevent damage from debris. The project, estimated to last eight to ten weeks, includes repairing concrete, grouting, and stairwell treads. Some of the work is weather dependent.

The complete schedule, which is subject to change, is online at www.loudoun.gov/ParkingGarage. Updates to the schedule will be posted to the webpage.

Photo: Loudoun County Government Center Parking Garage

Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Workshop May 19 – Going through the Pro Development Motions

June 1, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Workshop May 19 – Going through the Pro Development Motions
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By Nathaniel Stephens

On May 19, the Town of Purcellville hosted a rezoning workshop to explore resident feedback on future town growth. Only thirty citizens attended, as the workshop was not widely advertised. … Continue Reading

Residents Urge BOS To Deny AT&T 160,000 Sq. Ft. Facility

June 1, 2016 Development, News 2 comments
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At the April 26 meeting of the Loudoun County Planning Commission, AT&T approved a commission permit, in a 6-2-1 vote, to build a 160,000 square foot telecom building on top of an existing underground facility on Short Hill Mountain. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has 60 days to either approve or deny the permit, which will go into effect on June 25 without board action. … Continue Reading

VDOT To Improve 10 Rural Roads

May 4, 2016 Development, News 1 comment
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Partnership with Preservationists Targets Safer Roads/$13M in Savings
By Andrea Gaines

Starting with a pilot program in 2002, VDOT undertook a major, multi-year initiative to improve the state’s rural road systems. Known as “The Rural Rustic Roads Program,” the initiative is designed to preserve the roads while maximizing VDOT budget efficiencies – addressing nine water management, erosion control, safety, and conservation factors peculiar to rural road systems. When approached as rural road systems in need of better long term maintenance versus “up to code” modernization, VDOT realizes significant costs savings, motorists enjoy safer travel and preservationists can sometimes realize big things on their wish list. The total Loudoun County costs associated with the program is estimated to be approximately $4,336,000. If approached the traditional way, the state estimates the costs at upwards of $17,800,000; for a total cost savings of nearly $13,475,000. … Continue Reading

Town Seeks Input on East Market Street Corridor Future Development

March 22, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Town Seeks Input on East Market Street Corridor Future Development
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Community members are invited to participate in the planning process by completing a short survey on the Leesburg Listens online forum.

The Leesburg Planning and Zoning Department recently kicked off “Envision East Market Street,” a planning process to reconsider the land use designations within the East Market Street corridor, from the Route 15 Bypass to the eastern Town limits (see map below). … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

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 …

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

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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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

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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