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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

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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

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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

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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

Purcellville Council Meeting and Work Session

June 1, 2016 Committees at a Glance, News Comments Off on Purcellville Council Meeting and Work Session
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By Nathaniel Stephens

The Purcellville town council meeting May 10 discussed three issues of important business: Awarding a contract for the creation of a promotional video for the town, deciding on ticket pricing and discounts for residents in the upcoming Wine and Food festival, and deciding how the council will address complaints brought against a council member by a citizen. … Continue Reading

Randall Delivers First State of the County Address

June 1, 2016 Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Randall Delivers First State of the County Address
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Everyone Needs To Participate in Loudoun’s Success
By Andrea Gaines

Phyllis J. Randall, elected as chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors last November delivered her first State of the County address to a full and enthusiastic room on May 25.

Randall spoke to a wide variety of issues, describing challenges, achievements and pressing issues – from the county’s poor rates of employee retention, to its excellent triple-A bond rating, to its upcoming Comprehensive Plan review. … Continue Reading

Overdevelopment Déjà Vu? Loudoun Starts Work On New Comprehensive Plan

June 1, 2016 Government, News 1 comment
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In February and March, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors initiated an effort to review the county’s Comprehensive Plan. In April they approved the Plan Charter that will serve as the guideline for the process. Initial meetings are scheduled for June.

As described in the charter, the Comprehensive Plan is “the community-based vision for Loudoun’s future and the land use policy document adopted by the Board.” The new plan to be developed will “account for existing conditions and new projections in growth countywide,” with county staff estimating that the four-phase effort will take a minimum of 18 months to complete. … Continue Reading

Signing the Oath of Office

June 1, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Signing the Oath of Office
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Kelli Grim signing the oath of office for the Purcellville Town Council, May 6. Grim took her seat immediately after the May 3 election, which was for the vacant seat of Ben Packard. The official swearing in for Mayor and Council-elect will take place on Monday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Board of Supervisors Chair To Deliver State of the County Address May 25

May 23, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Chair To Deliver State of the County Address May 25
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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall will deliver a first-of-its-kind State of the County address to the public on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room, which is located in the Loudoun County Government Center (1 Harrison Street, SE, Leesburg).

Following her first 100 days in office, which included the adoption of the county’s $2.46 billion fiscal year 2017 budget, Chair Randall will update Loudoun County residents about broad range of county business. … Continue Reading

AG Advisory Opinion in on Sex-Based Discrimination

May 12, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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Virginia legal dispute flares as Department of Justice sues North Carolina over HB2

Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Delegate Dave LaRock, advising that any form of sex-based discrimination found to be in violation of federal law would also be illegal under the Virginia Human Rights Act.

LaRock (R-Loudoun), was joined in the request by Senator Thomas Garrett Jr. (R-Buckingham) and separately by Delegate Kenneth Plum (D-Fairfax). LaRock and Garrett specifically asked whether Virginia law that prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” also prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and requested definitions of those terms.

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Leesburg Mayor David Butler to Present “State of the Town” Address

March 17, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Mayor David Butler to Present “State of the Town” Address
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At the Leesburg Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 29, Mayor David Butler will present the first “State of the Town” address.

“Too often, Leesburg residents only hear about Town Council decisions when it is something that affects their own neighborhood,” explained Mayor Butler. “With this State of the Town address, residents will hear a summary of how Leesburg has changed over the years, where we are today, and what they can expect over the next few years, including the Town Council’s plans for this year and beyond to improve the quality of life here in Leesburg.” … Continue Reading

An Interview with Supervisor Koran T. Saines

March 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on An Interview with Supervisor Koran T. Saines
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By Nathaniel Stephens

Koran T. Saines, Sterling (-D), was elected to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in November after defeating longtime Sterling District incumbent Eugene Delgaudio (-R).

Supervisor Saines has lived in Loudoun County for most of his life. He graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. He applies his degree daily in Washington DC at Washington Gas Light Company. He was recently promoted to Talent Acquisition Supervisor. Saines is also the Vice President of his Chatham Green Unit Owners Association, and has been on the homeowner’s association board since 2009. … Continue Reading

County Tackling Monumental Budget Task

March 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on County Tackling Monumental Budget Task
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Featured among the prominent headlines on the Loudoun County website going into March include the Board of Supervisors’ ongoing work to nail down the all-important 2017 budget.

In late February, the board held three public hearings – February 25, 27 and 29 – on the 2017 budget presented by County Administrator Tim Hemstreet. Other important budget-related sessions included a Loudoun County Public Schools budget presentation on February 22, and a special meeting of the Finance, Government, Operations & Economic Development group on February 23. The budget totals $2.5 billion in appropriations for the general county government and school systems. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Brotherly Love

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel There he was. A small, innocent being entering the world for the very first time. Can I touch him? Nervously, I lean forward. He seems so perfect, so completely serene. He is loved instantly. The last …

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could …

Unmotivated Teen

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, At our insistence, our 17-year-old son is going to get a summer job. Well, that’s what he agreed to, but we are two weeks into the summer and guess what … he doesn’t …

Time To Add Discipline To Your Good Money Habits

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– By Amy and Dan Smith For many, their 30’s is a time to build a family and a stronger financial future That 30th birthday can be a somewhat traumatic event, but with people living longer, they say 50 is …

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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Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

23 Jul 2016

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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 is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the …

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Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton

20 Jul 2016

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To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Bluemont has announces the first ever Bluemont Harvest Ball, to be held on September 17 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Warrantor. This black tie event will feature live music from the Silver Tones Swing Band, dancing, a four-course, seated dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets …

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What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

7 Jul 2016

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– By Amanda Clark “To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville) “To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their …

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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

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 …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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

Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. …

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McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

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Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and …

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Sports

Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!

6 Jul 2016

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Purcellville Cannons? Baseball July Schedule July 9, 7 p.m. at home Covington? July 12, 7 p.m. away Winchester? July 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisonburg? July 14, 7 p.m. at home Strasburg? July 15, 7 p.m. at home Woodstock? July 16, 7 p.m. away Front Royal? July 17, 7 p.m. at home …

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