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Hugh Forsythe Appointed Interim Leesburg Town Council Member

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Mr. Forsythe will serve until a special election is held November 7, 2017.

At the Jan. 9 organizational meeting, the Leesburg Town Council appointed Hugh Forsythe to fill the council seat vacated by Mayor Kelly Burk. Mr. Forsythe was sworn in immediately after his appointment and joined the council on the dais for the remainder of the organizational meeting and work session that followed.

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Purcellville Town Council Meeting, December Wrap-up

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The Purcellville Town Council addressed several important topics in its December proceedings.

Mary’s House of Hope

The Council unanimously approved the sale of the Mary’s House of Hope property.

Mary’s House of Hope is operated by the Good Shepherd Alliance, which has for nine years provided temporary housing for women and children. The Town is selling the property for $300,000. The Good Shepherd Alliance, over the years, has paid for substantial renovations to this formerly abandoned property. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council To Consider Four Candidates For Interim Appointment To Vacant Council Seat

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At their special organizational meeting, Monday, Jan. 9, the Leesburg Town Council will hear presentations from four candidates vying for appointment to fill Mayor Kelly Burk’s vacated council seat. The four candidates are Jed Babbin, Hugh Forsythe, Rusty Foster and Gwen Pangle.

The four candidates were selected from among 12 applicants who submitted letters of interest and professional resumes to the Clerk of Council. The mayor and council members individually reviewed the applications and each provided the Clerk with their top three candidates in ranked order. The aggregated results yielded four top candidates, as there was a tie for third.

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New Leesburg Mayor and Town Council Members Sworn In

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At the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center last night, Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and Council Members Ron Campbell, Tom Dunn and Ken Reid took their oaths of office. Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens administered the oath of office to Mayor Burk, Council Member Ron Campbell and Council Member Tom Dunn. General District Court Judge Deborah C. Welsh administered the oath of office to Council Member Ken Reid. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Launches Financial Transparency Platform

December 15, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Launches Financial Transparency Platform
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The Town of Purcellville announced the launch of its financial transparency platform through OpenGov, which is designed to bring visibility, openness, and accountability to our operations. The Town Council has emphasized its commitment to honest budgeting, responsible spending, and financial transparency and approved the contract with OpenGov in September. … Continue Reading

Change To Personal Property Tax Relief Qualifications for Owners of Pickup Trucks

December 5, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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Robert S. Wertz, Jr., Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, wants truck owners to know that due to recently enacted legislation, trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds may qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in calendar year 2017. … Continue Reading

Developers Go for the Gold in Comp Plan Review

November 30, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Developers Go for the Gold in Comp Plan Review
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Two Decades of Successful Managed Growth on the Line

The next Envision Loudoun Comprehensive Plan community outreach workshops will be Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Woodgrove High School, 36811 Allder School Road in Purcellville, and Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling. To learn more, go to www.EnvisionLoudoun.org. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony To Be Held December 15

November 28, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony To Be Held December 15
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The Leesburg Town Council will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor-elect Kelly Burk, Council Member Thomas S. Dunn, II, and Council Members-elect Ron Campbell and Kenneth “Ken” Reid on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level social hall at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). A dessert reception for the newly sworn-in members of the Town Council will immediately follow the ceremony. … Continue Reading

Purcellville October Town Council Meetings

November 2, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville October Town Council Meetings
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Town Council Meeting October 11
Zoning Text Amendment:

In early October, the Purcellville Town Council voted to send zoning text amendments to the Planning Commission for review. The motion, initiated by Council Member Kelli Grim passed 5-2 with Council Members Doug McCollum and Chris Bledsoe voting no. The zoning text aments include the following:
Change the zoning ordinance back to lower the maximum building heights allowed in the C-4 District. This includes 21st Street, Hatcher and parts of Main Street – the Downtown Central Commercial District. In 2008, the Lazaro Council raised the building heights allowed in this district from 35 ft. to 65 ft. – six stories – based on the advocacy of developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis and the Vineyard Square development. This review, if passed, would keep building heights in line with the original purpose of the district. … Continue Reading

Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority

November 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority
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In late October, the Purcellville Town Council held an open meeting with the Municipal & Financial Services Group President Edward J. Donahue III and manager Eric Callocchia. The town’s financial advisor Kyle Laux from the Davenport Group was also in attendance. The town council is looking for ways to reduce utility rates for citizens. One of the ways the town council is trying to accomplish this is by exploring ways to generate new revenue that can help reduce utility cost. … Continue Reading

November 5 Last Comp Plan Workshop for Purcellville

November 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on November 5 Last Comp Plan Workshop for Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville will hold its last Comprehensive Plan Update Workshops on Saturday, November 5, at Town Hall (221 S. Nursery Avenue).  The first session will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second session from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  You will be able to discuss and respond to specific questions that will help determine the final content of the updated comprehensive plan.
    
These workshops will be the last community events for 2016, and the last opportunity to provide input before drafting the updated comprehensive plan.  Please plan to attend – your feedback is vital to the project’s success. 

Final Round of Comprehensive Plan Workshops Set for this Saturday

November 2, 2016 Government Comments Off on Final Round of Comprehensive Plan Workshops Set for this Saturday
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The final round of the comprehensive plan workshops being held this Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Town Hall (221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville). These workshops will be the public’s final opportunity to provide input on the future of our community before an updated comprehensive plan is drafted at the end of the year. During each two-hour workshop, attendees will help determine the content of the updated comprehensive plan by taking part in group discussions and providing individual responses to questions covering five topics: … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Council Schedules Meetings on Comprehensive Plan

October 6, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on 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 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 and then from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

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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Calendar

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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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

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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