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Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat

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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting January 12, Vice Mayor Ben Packard announced his resignation from the Town Council effective at the end of the meeting. The Town Council is asking for interested members of the community who wish to serve on Council for an interim period to submit an application to the Town Clerk. The application form is attached and can also be filled out online at: www.purcellvilleva.gov/forms.aspx?FID=78. A letter of interest and resume should also be submitted with the application. Interested citizens must submit their materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 8, to Diana Hays, Town Clerk, at dhays@purcellvilleva.gov or in person at Town Hall, located at 221 S. Nursery Ave. The term will last until the end of June.

To serve on Town Council, a person must be a qualified voter in the Town of Purcellville.

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An Interview with Ron Meyer, Broad Run Supervisor

February 3, 2016 Government, News 1 comment
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By Nathaniel Stephens
Ron Meyer is twenty-six years old. He graduated from Principia College in Illinois where he majored in Political Science and interned at national media outlets such as Fox News and Radio America. After his graduation from university, he began work for Young America’s Foundation, a Herndon based non-profit, as their Media Spokesman. He lives with his wife Celia in their Ashburn home. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Meeting Rescheduled

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Saturday, February 6 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center

The Town of Purcellville has rescheduled the comprehensive plan meetings from January 23 to February 6. 

Residents of the Town of Purcellville and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about Purcellville’s future and discuss updating the Town’s comprehensive plan at two public meetings being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center located at 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville..  The meetings will be led by town staff and are expected to last approximately two hours each.  Both meetings will cover the same topics with a focus on discussing the opportunities and constraints the Town may face over the next 20 years. … Continue Reading

An Invitation from the Mayor: Let’s Plan Purcellville

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By Mayor Kwasi Fraser
Purcellville’s current Comprehensive Plan has not been updated since December 19, 2006.  A review was completed in 2011, but that review was not thorough and did not involve significant citizen participation.  Currently, we are in the process of initiating our review and revision of the Comprehensive Plan, and I encourage all of our citizens to become engaged in this process. … Continue Reading

Vice Mayor Packard Resigns Purcellville Town Council

January 13, 2016 Government, News 1 comment
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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting Tuesday, January 12, Vice-Mayor Ben Packard submitted his resignation which he said would be effective at the end of the council meeting. He said he had been looking at other options and would be listing his house on the market in February. He said that he had planned to live in Purcellville for 15 years, but his plans had changed. Additionally, he said that he had to deal with a health problem and would be in surgery the next day, January 13.

In his resignation letter which he did not read, he said, “As I have mentioned informally to several friends over the last few months, I have been exploring housing options. As this is not a move of necessity, but choice, I did not feel it appropriate to make any comment over the dais until I crossed a certain point in the process where I felt confident that things were going to move forward.” In his letter he also said that he would rather resign before the budget process starts.

At the end of the meeting the Town Council voted to appoint Council Member Patrick McConville Vice Mayor.

Help Plan Purcellville

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First Comp Plan Review Meeting Saturday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Residents of the Town of Purcellville and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about Purcellville’s future and discuss updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan at two public meetings being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Carver Center located at 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Quiet Firebrand Kristen Umstattd Moves from Mayor’s Seat To BOS

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Kristen Umstattd’s Facebook page says a lot about who she is as a person, a politician, and a woman. Energetic. Engaged. Productive. And, fun.

In a recent entry she highlights a news article about a teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, singled out over the holidays for her generosity towards her students by the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In another she reassures concerned citizens about a police investigation into shots fired near a residence in Leesburg.

And, when Umstattd herself appears in any of the many photos posted there she is almost always wearing sneakers – on the move and right in the middle of the action. … Continue Reading

Packard Pushes Vote for Purcellville Crossroads Annexation

January 7, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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At the December Purcellville Town Council meeting, the council voted 4-3 on a motion by Vice Mayor Ben Packard to proceed with the Kline annexation request – sending the Purcellville Crossroads Annexation proposal forward to the Board of Supervisors to commence work with the town to reach an agreement. Vice Mayor Ben Packard and Council Members Joan Lehr, Doug McCollum, and Patrick McConville voted to move the annexation process forward. Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Council Members Karen Jimmerson and John Nave voted against this action. … Continue Reading

Town of Leesburg Promotes Lisa Haley

December 2, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Town of Leesburg Promotes Lisa Haley
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The Town of Leesburg recently announced the promotion of Lisa R. Haley to Deputy Director of Finance and Administration Services.  Ms. Haley is currently a Senior Management Analyst with the Town’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, a position she has held since September 2012.

In her new position, Ms. Haley will provide dedicated support for the forecasting of cash flows and management of the Town’s investments and debt. She will continue to fulfill a leadership role in the budget preparation process and will supervise the Finance Operations, Procurement and Management Analysis functions of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services. … Continue Reading

We Are One Board

December 2, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on We Are One Board
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Newly-Elected BOS Chair Takes Direct Aim At “Hyper” Partisanship

With over 25,000 voters standing behind her, Phyllis Randall appears poised to open the door to a new era of by-partisanship as Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

In an interview with the Blue Ridge Leader newspaper, Randall announced that one of her first acts as chair will be to hold a ceremonial swearing in for all eight members of the newly-elected board, including Democrats Koran Saines and Kristen Umstattd, and Republicans Suzanne Volpe, Matthew Letourneau, Tony Buffington, Geary Higgins, Ron Meyer and Ralph Buona. The swearing in will be held at Lansdowne Resort on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and will be free and open to the public. Randall also plans to go out of her way to make sure that all Loudoun County officeholders are represented. … Continue Reading

Paist Abruptly Resigns Purcellville Planning Commission

November 4, 2015 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Paist Abruptly Resigns Purcellville Planning Commission
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Position Again Filled By Council Member Doug McCollum

At the beginning of the October 15 Purcellville Planning Commission meeting, Chairman Gil Paist made a motion to put a vote for the election of a new chair and vice chair on the agenda for the evening.

Typically new appointments/changes to those serving on the commission are made on an annual basis at the body’s first meeting in the month of November. … Continue Reading

LaRock Condemns Massive I-66 Toll

October 4, 2015 Government, News 5 comments
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Delegate Dave LaRock went on the record condemning Governor McAuliffe’s proposal to enact heavy new tolls on I-66 inside the beltway.

“This plan is outrageous,” LaRock stated. “Hard on the heels of a massive transportation tax hike only two years ago, the citizens of Northern Virginia are being told they will have to pay as much as $17 a day, $4250 a year, just to drive to work. This is highway robbery, and it’s being done in plain sight.”

The Governor’s plan amounts to alleviating congestion by tolling at such an outrageous rate that it forces people off one of the busiest stretches of Route 66. Expansion of the actual highway is not even up for consideration until 2025, and may wait as long as 2040. Instead, the Governor proposes that highway tolls would be spent on bike and pedestrian paths, additional bus service, and metro upgrades. … Continue Reading

Bonfils Sworn In As Interim Broad Run Supervisor

September 30, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Bonfils Sworn In As Interim Broad Run Supervisor
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James G. Bonfils has been sworn in as the interim Broad Run District supervisor for Loudoun County. The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens. Bonfils was appointed to the position by the Board of Supervisors.

“It’s a real honor to serve as Broad Run District supervisor,” said Bonfils. “I look forward to doing my best to serve my district impartially.”

Bonfils was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife, Terri. Also on hand for the ceremony were Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Scott York, Vice Chairman Ralph Buona, House of Delegates member Randy Minchew, and County Administrator Tim Hemstreet.

Bonfils will serve on the Board of Supervisors through December 31, 2015. The candidate who is elected as Broad Run District Supervisor in the November general election will take office on January 1, 2016. Bonfils was one of 12 people from the Broad Run District who applied for the position which became vacant September 6 when Shawn Williams resigned.

More information about the Board of Supervisors is online at www.loudoun.gov/bos.


 

 

 

 

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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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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