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Chris Hamilton Announces Run for Purcellville Town Council

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On January 16, Chris Hamilton launched his campaign for a seat on the Purcellville Town Council. Instead of holding a traditional kick-off rally, he walked door to door talking to residents about his message of helping Purcellville stay Purcellville for the next generation. “I’m focused on representing the people and guiding the town forward based on principles, not politics,” said Hamilton. … Continue Reading

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman Announces Bid for Town Council

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Nedim Ogelman, a Purcellville Planning Commissioner, on February 1 launched his campaign for a seat on the Purcellville Town Council.

“I look forward to continuing to serve Purcellville and adding another voice of leadership and expertise to our Town Council,” said Ogelman. “As a planning commissioner, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of our Town and its governance, including its capabilities and limitations.” … Continue Reading

Absentee Ballots for March Primary Now Available

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Loudoun County officials remind voters that absentee ballots for the March 1 presidential primary election are now available to eligible voters.

In-person absentee voting will take place at the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Drive. S.E., Suite C, Leesburg, 20175. The hours for absentee voting will be Monday through Friday. January 15 through February 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, absentee voting will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person. … Continue Reading

Absentee Ballots for March Primary Now Available in Loudoun

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Loudoun County officials remind voters that absentee ballots for the March 1, 2016, presidential primary election are now available to eligible voters.

In-person absentee voting will take place at the Loudoun County Voter Registration Office, 750 Miller Drive. S.E., Suite C, Leesburg, 20175. The hours for absentee voting will be Monday through Friday. January 15 through February 26, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, absentee voting will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016, the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Mayor Kwasi Fraser

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on An Interview with Mayor Kwasi Fraser
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The Blue Ridge Leader sat down with Mayor Kwasi Fraser to go over his first eighteen months in office and what he sees for Purcellville’s future. He comments on recently passed zoning use changes, the Fireman Field debt, the Kline annexation, and numerous other issues facing Purcellville today.

Blue Ridge Leader: What do you think about your eighteen months in office? 

Mayor Kwasi Fraser: I remain encouraged by the continuing support of Purcellville’s citizens and business owners who understand that I represent their views about maintaining the town’s pastoral uniqueness, and I challenge the idea of increased residential/commercial development (being the only solution) to tackle our $60 Million debt burden by effectively managing the over $125 million dollars in assets the town owns. Over the past eighteen months, we have accomplished a lot without incurring any new debt and have instituted plans to sell an underperforming asset for over $300,000. Some of our accomplishments are as follows: … Continue Reading

Randall Sets High Mark As the New Board Chair

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Randall Sets High Mark As the New Board Chair
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At times fun-loving but never deviating from a strong sense of bipartisan purpose, new Board of Supervisors chair Phyllis Randall has made it very clear how she hopes the diverse body will conduct itself in the months and years ahead, and how she plans to lead it.

In a ceremonial swearing in at Lansdowne Resort on January 2 – the first time in county history that Republicans and Democrats took their oath of office together – Randall struck quite a tone … and the cheering audience loved it. … Continue Reading

Mayor Kwasi Fraser Announces His Bid for Re-Election

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mayor Kwasi Fraser Announces His Bid for Re-Election
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser has announced that he will be seeking a second term as mayor. The Purcellville town election for mayor and three town council seats is Tuesday, May 3. Mayor Fraser said, “I am humbled by the outpouring of support while serving my first term as mayor. Granted, it has been tough at times to get winning votes on council that reflect our citizens’ will because I have but one vote, but I am committed to fulfilling their vision for our town. The vision is to guide Purcellville to being a more fiscally conservative, transparent government and to implement strategies to obtain optimal value from our existing assets rather than seeking inconsistent and uncharacteristic growth outside our borders. Currently, there is enormous pressure to grow the town by hundreds of acres, and the upcoming election will determine the future of Purcellville.” … Continue Reading

Republicans Retain Control of Board of Supervisors

November 4, 2015 Elections, Elections, News 1 comment
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The new board of supervisors will have a mix up of parties; however the majority still rests with the Republican Party.

Phyllis Randall (D) won the four-way race for the county chairmanship garnering 24,613 votes. Second place was incumbent Scott K. York who ran as an Independent this time. He had 19,891 votes. Charlie L. King (R) got 18,918 votes and Independent Tom E. Bellanca got 1,973 votes.

In the Leesburg District current mayor Kristen Umstattd (D), defeated challenger Will Estrada (R), with 4,423 votes to Estrada’s 3,149 votes. In the Algonkin District, incumbent Suzanne Volpe (R) was re-elected with 3,881 votes, defeating Andrew Resnick (D) who garnered 3,563 votes. In the Sterling district Koran Saines (D) beat out four-term incumbent Eugene Delgaudio (R) with a vote of 3,251 to Delgaudio’s 3,037 votes. … Continue Reading

Higgins Statement on Re-Election Victory

November 3, 2015 Elections, Elections Comments Off on Higgins Statement on Re-Election Victory
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“I am honored and humbled the voters of the Catoctin district have returned me to a second term with 62 percent of the vote,” said Higgins. “I am excited to be able to continue working on issues and projects important to the residents in my district,” stated Higgins.

“For me, this election was about our vision for Western Loudoun and our successes. I am proud that our campaign focused on our many achievements and didn’t have to resort to fabricated issues and negative campaigning,” said Higgins. “We have a lot of work ahead of us including a Board Meeting tomorrow. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on keeping taxes low, transportation projects, economic development and preserving what we love about Western Loudoun.”

Geary Higgins was first elected in 2011 to serve as the Catoctin District Supervisor representing Lovettsville, Lucketts, Neersville, Waterford, Paeonian Springs, Hamilton, Taylorstown, and Leesburg excluding the Town of Leesburg. Higgins lives in Waterford with his wife, Gail. He has three daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandsons.

And the Votes Are in…

November 3, 2015 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on And the Votes Are in…
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We will keep you up-to-date as the results for Election 2015 roll in.

13th State Senate
B. Jill McCabe: 18,865
Richard H. “Dick” Black: 19,735

27th State Senate
Jill Holtzman Vogel: 840

31st State Senate
Barbara A. Favola: 2,152
George V. Forakis: 2,054

33rd State Senate
Jennifer T. Wexton: 13,678
Stephen B. Hollingshead: 11,643

10th House of Delegates
Peter C. Rush: 5,479
J. Randall “Randy” Minchew: 7,768

33rd House of Delegates
D. Chuck Hedges: 5,751
Dave A. LaRock: 8,128
Mark D. Anderson:444 … Continue Reading

Loudoun Residents for Reasonable Growth Announces Board of Supervisor Candidate Endorsements

October 9, 2015 Elections, News Comments Off on Loudoun Residents for Reasonable Growth Announces Board of Supervisor Candidate Endorsements
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Based on questionnaire responses, voting record of incumbents and participation at candidate forums, the citizens of Loudoun Residents for Reasonable Growth have decided to endorse the following candidates for Board of Supervisors:

Algonkian: Andrew Resnick
Ashburn: Ralph Buona
Blue Ridge: Richard Jimmerson
Broad Run: Al Nevarez
Catoctin: Geary Higgins
Dulles: Matt Letourneau
Leesburg: Kristen Umstattd

Loudoun Residents for Reasonable Growth is a non-partisan committee of citizens working to elect a Board of Supervisors who will effectively represent citizens and ensure fiscally responsible growth. LRRG supports candidates who put the needs of citizens before those of special interests by protecting taxpayers, improving transportation through efficient and effective solutions, promoting our community schools, and sustaining all of Loudoun County’s rural economy and Transition Policy Area. “We feel it is important to have a balanced board when the comprehensive plan is reviewed and updated, said Laura Tekrony, member of LRRG and a strong advocate for the Transition Policy Area.” … Continue Reading

Bellanca, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors

September 30, 2015 Elections, News Comments Off on Bellanca, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors
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Tom Bellanca has lived in Loudoun since 2007. He lives in Aldie with his wife and two daughters. He previously ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2011. Bellanca is a realtor and is president and founder of Dulles Corridor Real Estate.

Blue Ridge Leader: Why are you running?
Tom Bellanca: Too often special interests have injected themselves into our election process and the resident’s interests are not represented. In 2011, I ran to get the horrible traffic issues addressed in the County. I ran to address the terrible overcrowding and poor planning for our schools. I ran to work on getting our economy going again. All of the funding for needed services in the County depends on economic development. Now that we will be funding a portion of the Metro Silver Line, this becomes even more important because Metro funding, if not materialized will take needed funds away from the schools. … Continue Reading

Absentee Voting for the November General Election is Underway in Loudoun County

September 20, 2015 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Absentee Voting for the November General Election is Underway in Loudoun County
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In-person absentee voting for the November 3, 2015, general election is underway, as of Friday, September 18, 2015, at the Loudoun County Office of Elections, 750 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite C, Leesburg. Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Loudoun voters who cannot make it to their precinct on Election Day may be eligible to vote an absentee ballot in person or by mail. There are 19 different qualifying reasons that allow voters to use an absentee ballot. All the reasons and instructions can be found on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form online at www.loudoun.gov/absentee.

The Loudoun County Office of Elections will offer extended absentee voting hours beginning Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30 from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays, October 24 and October 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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