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Purcellville Town Council Schedules Meetings on Comprehensive Plan

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The Purcellville Town Council has scheduled special meetings for the purpose of discussing and considering, but taking no action on, the town’s Comprehensive Plan.

On September 22, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On September 24, there will be a meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Carver Center. On September 24, there will be a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Carter Center.

On September 29, there will be a meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 6, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 13, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On October 20, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

On October 27, there will be a meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On November 5, there will be a meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. On November 5, there will be a meeting from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Comstock Joins Ride-Sharing Bill for Federal Workers

September 15, 2016 Government Be the first to comment
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Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) joined Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) in introducing a bill that will temporarily add transportation options for federal workers.

With the D.C. Metro system (WMATA) under SafeTrack construction for the foreseeable future, many federal workers have seen their commute times increase due to lengthy delays and unpredictable arrivals. However, commuters have limited alternative options, in part because the existing federal transportation benefit system excludes ride-sharing. The legislation would allow federal employees who receive metro benefits to be able to apply those same benefits to ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and others. … Continue Reading

Save the Date

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September 8, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Planning Commission and Town Council joint meeting to discuss the status of the Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Review and the next steps.

September 9, Friday 12:30-10:00 p.m. Purcellville Town Council Strategic Planning Meeting at the Train Station and also Saturday September 10, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

September 24, Saturday Carver Center 10- Noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Review Status Report and Public Input Opportunity.

Local Government Accountability, Where’s The Paper Trail?

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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser made a town-wide Operational Efficiency Audit one of the first priorities in his first term in office.
An OEA is a review of operations – from contract writing, to bidding, to payments, to timelines, to budgets – to take a critical, unbiased look at internal effectiveness. The goal? To provide recommendations to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency, program and project efficiencies, and effectiveness and transparency – what a citizen sees and hears about what government is doing matches what government is doing within the nooks and crannies and documentation of everyday operations. … Continue Reading

An Interview with BOS Chair Phyllis Randall

September 7, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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“I Love My Job”
– By Andrea Gaines
The Blue Ridge Leader interviewed Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall by phone at the end of August, a time when many professionals, while still maintaining a busy schedule, are mixing it up with end-of-the-summer, back-to-school and family events.
Our goal for the interview was to get an update on the board’s summer 2016 activities and share with our readers something about upcoming priorities. We also wanted to learn a little more about how Randall herself approaches the task of running something as dynamic and diverse as the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. … Continue Reading

87th Class Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program

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Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Kelli Grim attended and completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner program in Roanoke, August 30. The program focused on the responsibility of planning commissioners, and the legal framework for planning and zoning principals, to name a few. “Going through this program solidified to me how critical our zoning ordinances are and how important it is to follow our comprehensive plan. Proper zoning protects our plan – present and future – and knowing what our community wants is a key component to our vision,” said Grim. “The Land Use Education program provided a good foundation for creating inclusive citizen participation at all levels of planning,” said Jimmerson. She continued, “Effective comprehensive planning provides for efficient and sustainable development or can help stimulate redevelopment opportunities. Gaining better insight of the planning process will allow our council to weigh zoning applications or changes with greater confidence and more measurable results.”
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Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions

August 4, 2016 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Advisory Boards with Terms Concurrent with the Board of Supervisors
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Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications

August 3, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications
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As a result of a new state law on residential rezoning applications that went into effect on July 1, the Leesburg Town Council has implemented an interim policy to address potential ramifications of the new legislation until permanent Town policy changes can be made. The interim policy is anticipated to be in effect at least four to six months. … Continue Reading

July Purcellville Town Council Meeting and Work Session

August 3, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on July Purcellville Town Council Meeting and Work Session
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By Nathaniel Stephens

On July 12, the newly elected Purcellville Town Council held its first meeting as the official body representing the people of the Town. Key meeting topics and issues included:

Appointments:
The council appointed these individuals: Kelli Grim to the Planning Commission, Chris Bledsoe to the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Ryan Cool to the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Arts Council, Karen Jimmerson to the Tree and Beautification Committee and Nedim Ogelman to the Board of Architectural Review. (Council Member Doug McCollum declined an appointment to the Arts Committee.) Council Member Karen Jimmerson was appointed Vice-Mayor. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications

July 23, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Announces Interim Policy for Residential Rezoning Applications
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As a result of a new state law on residential rezoning applications that went into effect on July 1, the Leesburg Town Council has implemented an interim policy to address potential ramifications of the new legislation until permanent Town policy changes can be made. The interim policy is anticipated to be in effect at least four to six months.

The interim policy applies to any rezoning application accepted after July 1 that contains a residential component. The interim policy consists of three key elements: … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Attorney Determines Text Messages Did Not Violate FOIA

July 20, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Attorney Determines Text Messages Did Not Violate FOIA
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Loudoun County Government is aware of concerns raised by members of the public regarding an exchange of text messages sent to and received by Blue Ridge District Supervisor Tony Buffington during the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation and Land Use Committee meeting on July 15. In response to these concerns, Loudoun County Attorney Leo Rogers reviewed all of the text messages, watched the video of the meeting, and spoke with the Board members. He determined that the exchange of text messages did not constitute a violation of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Passes Budget In Hard Fought 5-2 Vote

July 7, 2016 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Passes Budget In Hard Fought 5-2 Vote
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– By Nathaniel Stephens

Sparks flew at the usually calm June 14 Purcellville Town Council Meeting. In addition to general business issues, the town’s 2017 budget came up, with the Town Council voting 5-2 to pass it. Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Council Member Kelli Grim voted against approval, with Vice Mayor Patrick McConville and Council Members Joan Lehr, Karen Jimmerson, John Nave and Doug McCollum voting to approve a $10.9 million General Fund, a $540,000 million Parks and Recreation Fund, a $9 million Utility Fund and $1.2 million in Capital Projects.

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An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June

July 7, 2016 Development, Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June
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– By Nathaniel Stephens

On June 2 the Purcellville Planning Commission met to revisit agenda items from its May 5 session, addressing talking points from the Comprehensive Plan Review and the adjustment of zoning ordinance language concerning streams and land disturbance.

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman challenged the manner in which the consulting firm hired by the town to assist with the comp plan review had portrayed Purcellville’s options in rewriting the ordinance, repeating his objections that all options presented by the firm had the effect of pushing growth. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Company We Keep

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“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1] “I am increasingly convinced …

What Happens To My Stuff When I Die?

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Amy and Dan Smith Only in the rarest of circumstances will the state receive the property of a decedent. Joint tenancy. If you hold property jointly with another person “with survivorship,” it is presumed that the survivor is entitled to …

Integrated Scientific Discovery

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By Mary Rose Lunde Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex …

A Man on the Move: Supervisor Ralph Buona, Vice Chairman Board of Supervisors

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel I first met Ralph Buona when I was a senior in high school. A “Youth in Government” day event allowed us to meet with our local supervisors. Chosen to sit next to the supervisor for my district, …

Dulles Air and Space Museum

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You ever have those dreams, that (back – probably when you were a kid) you could fly? Not in any kind of man-made craft, mind you – I mean possessing the ability to levitate and travel the skies at will. …

New Book Helps Balance Children’s Screen-Time and Play Time

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By Amanda Clark Michael Oberschneider, a clinical psychologist and founder/director of Ashburn Psychological Psychiatric Services, has just released a book titled Ollie Outside. This book addresses the very timely and important topic of screen- and media-time management for children. Ollie …

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

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September 29, 2016

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September 30, 2016

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October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
October 3, 2016 October 4, 2016 October 5, 2016 October 6, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 8, 2016

Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
October 10, 2016 October 11, 2016 October 12, 2016

Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre

October 17, 2016 October 18, 2016 October 19, 2016 October 20, 2016 October 21, 2016

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard

JAZZ&CO DANCE CONCERT

October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016
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October 31, 2016 November 1, 2016 November 2, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 5, 2016

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Artwork Sought for W & OD Trail Exhibit

27 Sep 2016

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Regional artists and craftspeople are invited to enter their original artwork in the W & OD Trail Exhibit and Sale at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and historical nature of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 50-mile linear park managed by NOVA Parks that begins in Loudoun County and ends in Alexandria. The …

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Skate ‘Til Midnight at the Catoctin SkatePark Closing Party

23 Sep 2016

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Catoctin SkatePark will host a late night skate on Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, before closing for construction. Enjoy one last ride at the original Catoction SkatePark! Construction of the new concrete skate park will begin in early October, but before the old skate park closes, you can celebrate the end of an era. On Sunday, …

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Middleburg Film Festival Announces “La La Land” As Its 2016 Centerpiece Film

20 Sep 2016

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The Middleburg Film Festival announced the highly anticipated film La La Land as its 2016 Centerpiece selection. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20 through October 23.

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Comstock Understands National Security

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On 9-11, I attended three ceremonies throughout Loudoun County honoring and remembering those 2,977 souls that we lost on that day of infamy. Our Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock was also there …

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

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 …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016

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Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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