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Republicans Retain Control of Board of Supervisors

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News 1 comment

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 by Contributor Elections, Elections Be the first to comment

“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 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Be the first to comment

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 by Blue Ridge Leader 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 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Bellanca, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors

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 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Absentee Voting for the November General Election is Underway in Loudoun County

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

Green Runs For Supervisor Seat

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Green Runs For Supervisor Seat

Craig Green, a nine-year veteran of the Hamilton Town Council has launched a Democratic campaign for the Loudoun Board of Supervisors Catoctin District seat currently held by Republican Geary Higgins. Green, a Hamilton resident since 1978, is an e-commerce consultant, and holds an MBA degree.

Green said his platform is centered on improving our world-class school system while focusing growth efforts on jobs and furthering our unique economy.

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Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District

March 13, 2015 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District
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Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Turner has announced he will run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors seeking to represent the Ashburn District. On his website Turner notes that he is the first resident of Lansdowne Woods, formerly known as Leisure World, ever to run for the county board. … Continue Reading

York Will Not Seek Re-election

January 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on York Will Not Seek Re-election
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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) announced Wednesday during a county Board of Supervisors meeting that he will not seek a fifth term in office this November. York had previously announced late last year that he did plan to seek re-election.

York, who commenced his service first as a planning commissioner, then as Sterling District Supervisor, has led the county board for 15 years as chairman. Over the years he has run for office as a Republican, then as an Independent for one four year term, returning to run again as a Republican.

Leesburg attorney Charles King announced earlier this week that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Chairman of the Board, presenting York with the prospect of a primary challenge. King recently represented Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R- Sterling) in a legal challenge stemming from a former employee’s allegations of misuse of office.

Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner

November 7, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner
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“Earlier Friday, Ed Gillespie called to inform me that he would be conceding the election, and I commended him on a hard-fought campaign and wish him and his family well. I am sure Ed Gillespie will continue to contribute to the debate in Virginia and the nation.

“Representing Virginia has been the honor of my life, and I am gratified that the people of the Commonwealth have rehired me for a new term. On Tuesday, Virginians sent an unmistakable message both to me and Congress as a whole: end the gridlock and get to work. … Continue Reading

At the Polls…

November 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on At the Polls…

As the votes roll in, check here for today’s election results.

We will update this article as we receive word from the polls.

Updated 12:45 p.m., November 5 CS=County Subtotals O=Overall
Ed Gillespie: CS: 45,483 / O: 1,052,993
Mark Warner: CS: 45,027 / O: 1,068,931
Robert Sarvis: CS: 2,080 / O: 53,169

House of Representatives:
Barbara Comstock: CS: 49,928 / O: 125,865
John Foust: CS: 39,481 / O: 89,894
William Redpath: CS: 1,468 / O: 3,393
Dianne Blais: CS: 412 / O: 944
Brad Eickholt: CS: 1,117 / O: 2,441

Leesburg Mayor
Tom Dunn: 3,243
Kristen Umstattd: 6,191

Leesburg Town Council
Cathleen “Kelly” Burk: 5,198
Dwight Dopilka: 2,787
Suzanne Fox: 4,204
Fernando “Marty” Martinez: 4,114
Jeffrey Phillips: 2,934
Kevin Wright: 3,428

Hillsboro Mayor
Rodger Vance: 26 Uncontested
… Continue Reading

Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14

October 12, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14

Loudoun County election officials remind citizens that 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, is the deadline to register to vote or update a registered voter’s address for the upcoming election on November 4. If you are registering to vote by mail, the application must be postmarked no later than October 14.

Citizens may also apply to vote online at www.vote.virginia.gov. Anyone who is not sure if they are registered to vote may check their status at www.vote.virginia.gov. … Continue Reading

Campaign Corner

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Campaign Corner

Republican Candidate for the United States Congress 10th District
barbaracomstockBarbara Comstock is currently a member of the House of Delegates serving McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Vienna and Loudoun County. Comstock was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013.  She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee and is the only woman serving as a Chairman in the House of Delegates. She also serves on the Transportation, and Commerce & Labor Committees.  Comstock previously served as a senior aide to Congressman Frank Wolf, a senior Justice Department official, a senior partner in a law firm and a small business owner. She has lived in McLean, VA for the past 33 years where she raised her three children with her husband, Chip.

Today the real battles we face aren’t about left vs. right – it’s about past vs. future; the status quo vs. moving forward. … 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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Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Concert


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Come paint with us at Breaux Vineyards


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Chorus of the Old Dominion Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long

Chorus of the Old Dominion Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Holiday Brunch at Breaux Vineyards


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

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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 …



Local Winemaker To Teach Three Viticulture Courses at NOVA-Loudoun

1 Dec 2015


Kerem Baki, winemaker at Hillsborough Vineyards in Purcellville, plans to teach three viticulture courses at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College during the spring 2016 semester. NOVA’s viticulture program got off to good start in the fall 2015 semester with Baki teaching “Introduction to Viticulture.” He will build on that course with “Viticulture I,” “Introduction to Wine Making” …

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Tree Sales Come to Waterford

1 Dec 2015


Christmas Trees! The Catoctin Presbyterian Church and Venture Scouts in Waterford are co-hosts for weekend Christmas tree sales through December 12-13. Proceeds support important activities of both organizations in the local community. Locally grown fresh cut trees are available at the historic church – which celebrated its 250th anniversary this year – on Saturday (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday …

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Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

28 Nov 2015


The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 …

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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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Middleburg Wins State Championship

28 Nov 2015

Middleburg Academy volleyball

Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record. Key wins in their season were home and away victories …

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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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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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