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Brand New Home for a Battle-Injured Soldier

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on Brand New Home for a Battle-Injured Soldier

Construction on a brand new home for a battle-injured soldier is well underway in western Loudoun County.

The home is a project of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation of New York City, with secondary funding by the actor Gary Sinise’s foundation and the Building for America’s Bravest Foundation. Crews from Fuog/Interbuild, Inc. located in Purcellville and sub-contractors from western Loudoun have passed the half-way point in construction with a July target date for completion of the project outside Lovettsville.

John Fuog said his firm was awarded the contract by the foundation, “And we’re very happy to be a part of this historic project which honors a critically injured warrior, as well as a New York City fireman who lost his life trying to rescue people on 911 in the World Trade Center disaster.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Meeting On Proposed Northern Collector Road – May 5 At Loudoun Valley High School

May 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Meeting On Proposed Northern Collector Road – May 5 At Loudoun Valley High School

There will be a community meeting Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Loudoun Valley High School to discuss plans for the Northern Collector Road study as well as the re-alignments. Many citizens see this proposed road as leading to further high density development, as most large parcels of land along this proposed route are undeveloped, and currently have low density zoning. Supervisors Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) and Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) have set up this meeting.


Purcellville Community Meeting On Proposed Annexations – May 1

May 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development Comments Off on Purcellville Community Meeting On Proposed Annexations – May 1

There is a meeting scheduled for Friday, May 1, 5:00 p.m. at 16932 Berlin Turnpike (Route 287), directly behind Carlyle and Anderson. This meeting is with the property owner, J. “Ron” Roncaglione, looking to get feedback from the community of his proposed annexation plans into the Town of Purcellville for development of 67 acres. Joe Bane gave a presentation at the Purcellville Town Council Work Session in January 2015. At the time he proposed the idea of data centers on this property. Roncaglione is asking for the neighbors to attend to voice their input. A public input session is usually customary prior to submitting an annexation application.

There will also be another meeting on Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. at the same location for another proposed annexation of 84 acres known as Purcellville West, LLC.

Zoning Administrator Rules Vineyard Square Project May Proceed Despite Expired Permits

April 3, 2015 by Valerie Cury Development, News 17 comments

Decision Goes Into Effect Unless Challenged By April 13

In a surprising reversal of policy, Purcellville Zoning Administrator Patrick Sullivan is siding with Vineyard Square developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis and allowing their project to proceed, despite the fact that numerous dates for their project have expired.

Sullivan’s action is in direct conflict with a Purcellville Town Council vote in July 2014 denying an extension.


Vineyard Square, a 5-6 story mixed use development planned for downtown Purcellville, obtained Certificate of Design Approval (CDA) permits from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to demolish certain buildings on 21st Street, each requiring a separate CDA.

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Study For The Northern Collector Road Advances

April 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on Study For The Northern Collector Road Advances

At the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) March 4 Business Meeting, the board unanimously approved the funding to complete the Northern Collector Road (NCR) study. The total amount approved was up to $166,883, which includes funding for two phases.
The concept study for the NCR will include the following areas: Allder School Road to the north, Purcellville Road (611) to the west, Berlin Turnpike (Route 287) to the east and Main Street in Purcellville to the south.

The present and future developments listed as the reasons why the study is needed include: the Wright Farm residential community, the Fields Farm School Complex, the Mayfair/Autumn Hill community (not yet built), the yet to be built Loudoun Youth Football Stadium, the yet to be built second access road to Woodgrove High School, the build-out of St. Francis de Sales Church and the future Route 690 interchange (projected to begin in 2025). Future build-out conditions for the town and the county will also be taken into consideration.
According to the March 4 BOS Business Meeting Action Item, Phase I of the study will determine if the NCR “is still needed given the level of actual and planned future development … ” This phase will cost approximately $123,544, and is estimated to take 8 months.

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Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time
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Ogelman Challenges Significant Rezonings And “Muzzling” Of Zoning Debate

– By Andrea Gaines

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman is not afraid to put it in writing.

In passionately worded statements entered into the March Purcellville Planning Commission record, Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman called out his colleagues for taking actions in direct contradiction to the Purcellville Comprehensive Plan. Ogelman also challenged one town council member’s characterization of recent proceedings as negative and unproductive, saying “Sometimes we confront positions with which we disagree, but that doesn’t make them negative … I read that as short-hand for trying to muzzle debate.”

Ogelman’s statement comes in response to a long series of Planning Commission and Purcellville Town Council sessions where developers have pushed for sweeping zoning changes via what is essentially a closed door administrative process, versus the public process called for by Comp Plan defenders, including Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Town Council member Karen Jimmerson.

At issue is whether the major changes proposed should happen piecemeal and in contradiction of the Comp Plan, or whether the changes should be delayed to allow the public to participate as part of the plan’s mandated 5-year review.

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Phase II of Downtown Project Will Commence in Spring

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on Phase II of Downtown Project Will Commence in Spring
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The Purcellville Town Council voted unanimously to authorize town manager Rob Lohr to execute the contract with Jefferson Asphalt Products Company for Phase II 21st Streetscape improvements and also to GeoConcepts Engineering.

The project has changed from the initial concept. There will be no loss of parking on the east side. The project will consist of drainage work starting at the lowest point – from near the train station and moving up to close to the Pancost building, which is near the White Palace Restaurant. The work will be done from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., starting Sunday and stopping Friday morning 10:00 a.m. … Continue Reading

Board of Architectural Review Discusses Duplex Design of M/I Homes Proposed “Cottages at 32nd Street”

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on Board of Architectural Review Discusses Duplex Design of M/I Homes Proposed “Cottages at 32nd Street”
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Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review on February 17 heard from M/I Homes’ representatives regarding their proposed duplex development on S. 32nd Street, in the town’s historic overlay district. The property is currently zoned for 19 homes and M/I Homes has applied for a comprehensive plan amendment as well as a zoning amendment to allow for a density increase to 42 units on 10 acres. Each unit is proposed to be between 2,500 to 2,800 square feet with a price tag of $450,000 to $500,000. BAR Chairman Pat Giglio noted that M/I Homes’ application is currently undergoing review by town staff. Representatives of the developer presented plans for four building models that would consist of two units each. They displayed drawings of the duplex designs, showing that each unit making up one building would have different architectural features. Architect David Robbins described the building design plans to the BAR, saying the developer is incorporating multiple features to reflect design patterns seen on the existing neighborhood’s homes. BAR members, however, having heard the presentation informed the M/I Homes representatives that among other things their design “has many inconsistencies with BAR guidelines,” “is too busy,” “is of a mass and design inconsistent with S. 32nd Street and Purcellville,” and “is inconsistent with architecture throughout the town.” … Continue Reading

York Flips – Deciding Vote To Approve 189 Foot Red Hill Road Water Tower

November 10, 2014 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver Development, News Comments Off on York Flips – Deciding Vote To Approve 189 Foot Red Hill Road Water Tower

The Red Hill Road water tower saga took yet another surprising turn at the Board of Supervisors November 5th business meeting. Reversing his Transportation/Land Use Committee vote against the towers, Board Chairman Scott York (R-At-Large) failed to support Blue Ridge District Supervisor Janet Clarke’s (R) motion to deny Loudoun Water’s application to build two 189-foot, million-gallon water storage tanks alongside rural unpaved Red Hill Road. Instead, he voted against Clarke’s motion and then offered an alternative motion to approve a single 189-foot, million-gallon water tank on the property. Community members and their supporters watched surprised and stunned, as a majority of the Board voted to approve York’s proposal. Clarke, Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), and Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) voted against the towers.

Ashley Ziviello, co-chair of the No Red Hill Water Towers Coalition, commented in an e-mail, “I left the Boardroom feeling totally disgusted with this process. Some Supervisors forgot who they were elected to represent. They had the chance to affect change and hold Loudoun Water accountable but they chose to reward them instead. Where is the accountability?”

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Hirst Road Developers Continue Push for Quick – Fix Zoning

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on Hirst Road Developers Continue Push for Quick – Fix Zoning
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Special Treatment vs Full Comprehensive Plan Review

At the Purcellville Planning Commission over the past several months, town staff has addressed significant zoning changes along Hirst Road.

The properties set for development are along Hirst Road east and west of Hatcher. One of the parcels was recently proposed for comprehensive plan amendments and zoning amendments to accommodate the Tilley Entertainment and 178 unit apartment complex (Catoctin Creek Town Center) that was eventually withdrawn because of community opposition. The community wanted the zoning to stay as CM1 light industrial similar to the building the town leases for the police department. … Continue Reading

High Density Rezoning Again Proposed for S 32nd Street

November 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on High Density Rezoning Again Proposed for S 32nd Street

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MI Homes is proposing to rezone the 10-acre Ball property on 32nd Street (S 690) to PDH-5. The property is zoned R-2 which means two houses per acre (19 single family homes) of low-density single family ?detached residential development. The current zoning is consistent with the neighborhood which is single family detached residential houses. This neighborhood is in the Historic Overlay District. … Continue Reading

Update On Red Hill Road Water Towers

October 31, 2014 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver Development, News Comments Off on Update On Red Hill Road Water Towers

Board Vote On Nov. 5

The Red Hill Road Water Towers story took a surprising twist at the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation / Land Use Committee meeting on October 17, when committee members Scott York (R-At-Large), Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), and Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) voted to send the application to the full board with a recommendation that the board turn down Loudoun Water’s proposal for two 189-foot, 1 million-gallon water tanks alongside unpaved Red Hill Road. Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Volpe (R-Sugarland Run) was the sole vote in opposition; the committee’s fifth member, Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), was absent from the meeting.

The committee’s action means a final vote will occur at the board business meeting on November 5 with at least four Supervisors aligned against the project. Clarke, Higgins, and Delgaudio voted against the application at the Board’s Public Hearing in September. York’s decision not to support the application now leaves tower opponents within one vote of their goal. The Blue Ridge Leader attempted to contact the remaining supervisors, but only reached Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), who commented, “At this point I am still evaluating my position.”

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Public Encouraged to Vote for Favorite Name for Silver Line Stations in Loudoun

October 20, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Comments Off on Public Encouraged to Vote for Favorite Name for Silver Line Stations in Loudoun

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking public input into the naming of the Route 606 and Route 772 Silver Line Metro stations that will be constructed in Loudoun County. The names under consideration for the stations are:
Route 606 Station
Broad Run
Dulles Gateway
Loudoun East
Loudoun Gateway
Loudoun Dulles North … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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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


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

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


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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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– 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

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– 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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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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