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Comstock Sworn-In To the 114th Congress

January 10, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Comstock Sworn-In To the 114th Congress

ComstockCongresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement on being sworn-in to the 114th Congress:
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District in the 114th Congress,” said Congresswoman Comstock. “I am looking forward to working to solve our nation’s challenges as we start the new year. Constituent service will be one of my top priorities, the same way it was for Congressman Frank Wolf. Serving on three influential committees – Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space, and Technology; and House Administration, will afford me a seat at the table and allow me to advocate for the many priorities of the 10th District.”

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District stretches from McLean down to Manassas and Prince William County and out through Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties to the West Virginia border. Congresswoman Comstock serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Science, Space, and Technology Committee; and the Committee on House Administration for the 114th Congress.

York Will Not Seek Re-election

January 8, 2015 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.

Mayor Fraser To Present State of the Town Address January 12

January 6, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Mayor Fraser To Present State of the Town Address January 12
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will present the annual state of the town address for the first time to the citizens on Monday, January 12, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Town Hall. The family-friendly address will be followed by a question and answer session. Mayor Fraser is optimistic on the challenges that lie ahead. “As stated in our newly adopted mission statement; as stewards worthy of community trust, we work to discern, define and implement an agenda to nurture and preserve our resident’s quality of life.  Our state of the town address is a step towards garnering that community trust via open communication with our citizens on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that are before us, along with our plans to realize the vision of Purcellville where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” said Fraser.

The focus will be on key accomplishments, challenges, opportunities and goals for the next 12 months.  Sign up for the mayor’s town newsletter on PurcellvilleVa.com.

LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System

December 20, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on LEx is Here! Loudoun County Launches Loudoun Express Request Online System
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Loudoun County citizens now have a new way to interact with the Loudoun County government. Residents and businesses are now able to submit requests and questions to county staff through an improved online tool, Loudoun Express Request (LEx). The new tool features an expanded selection of request types, a user-friendly interface and real-time updates from staff. Users of the system are also able to submit photos with their inquiries.

Request types span a variety of the county’s departments and services, including the Departments of Building and Development; Health; Transportation and Capital Infrastructure; Parks, Recreation and Community Services; and more. … Continue Reading

Comp Plan 101

December 10, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Comp Plan 101
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Completed in 2006 after hundreds of hours of public input – including multiple formal public hearings – Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan, as provided for in Section 15.2 of the Code of Virginia is intended “ … to provide guidance for the coordinated and harmonious development of the territory in accordance with present and future needs and resources that will best promote the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the community.”

To this end, Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan – while providing for flexibility through an amendment process – establishes, in broad terms, which areas are suitable for residential development and at what density, which areas are suitable for commercial development of various kinds (professional office, retail, industrial, etc.) and which areas that, based on historic and/or environmental considerations require specific protections. Comp plans also serve as the basis for a town’s zoning code, as these various uses are then controlled via detailed zoning regulations that guide things such as the height and size of buildings, lot sizes, parking requirements, the ratio of landscaping to pavement, etc. … Continue Reading

A Message from Delegate Dave LaRock

December 10, 2014 Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on A Message from Delegate Dave LaRock
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With Thanksgiving behind us and the days still growing shorter and colder, I’m thinking ahead to some relaxation time. It’s always nice to be able to sit down by the fire after a workday with a warm drink in hand, and maybe get the chance to read a book to one of my grandkids. I think we all really do appreciate the chance to catch up on what’s going on with friends and family, and there’s something about the cold that literally brings us all closer together! … Continue Reading

Zoning War Coming To a Head

December 10, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Zoning War Coming To a Head
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Mayor Fraser: “I’m Tired of Just Talking about a Comp Plan Review”
– By Valerie Cury

At the November Purcellville Town Council Work Session, Mayor Kwasi Fraser, town council member Karen Zimmerman, and other newly elected officials of the town’s political leadership made their mark as the new “pro planning, pro citizen” contingent in town government.

As discussed, at issue was the legal and practical status of Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan – whether the town can, at a developer’s request, make significant changes to the zoning designation that applies to specific properties; changes many see as inconsistent with the plan itself. … Continue Reading

Town and Browns Reach Settlement Avoiding Court Battle

November 5, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Town and Browns Reach Settlement Avoiding Court Battle
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Farm Bisected By SCR Looks To Its Future

After two years of preparation for a trial that was supposed to begin November 17, the Town of Purcellville and Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard farm, have settled the case with an award of one million dollars for the Browns with nearly three-quarters of the settlement – $742,180 – for damages caused by eminent domain by quick take. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser

November 5, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on An Interview with Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser
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Now over 100 days in office, Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, along with his fellow town council members, is working hard to ensure his campaign promises become realities to the town’s citizens.  Recently, we sat down with the mayor to discuss his progress thus far.

BRL: What are the two most important things that have been accomplished during your first 100 days as mayor?

Mayor Fraser: The first is the Brown settlement, which eliminated the risk of our town possibly losing a jury trial in their eminent domain lawsuit, which might have resulted in a substantial financial burden from an unfavorable verdict or ensuing appeals. … Continue Reading

An Update from Delegate Dave LaRock – 33rd District

November 5, 2014 Government, News 4 comments
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By Dave LaRock

It’s an honor to serve you as Delegate of Virginia’s 33rd House District. I’m writing to give you an update on some of the issues I’ve been working on, but also to invite you to contact me with any questions, concerns, or requests for assistance that you may have. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Improves Online Format of Zoning Ordinance

October 8, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Improves Online Format of Zoning Ordinance
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Loudoun County has implemented a new format for the online version of the 1993 Revised Zoning Ordinance. The changes are aimed at making the document easier to use by enhancing a website user’s ability to search the Zoning Ordinance as well as simplifying the posting of changes to the ordinance in the future. The changes include: … Continue Reading

Purcellville Crossroads Draws Community Opposition

October 1, 2014 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Crossroads Draws Community Opposition
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At the September Purcellville Town Council Meeting the Tilley/Kline Entertainment Complex proposal was presented to the town council and the public in attendance. The proposal, Purcellville Crossroads, is approximately 50 acres and is not in the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). It is currently zoned JLMA-3. This would allow approximately 16 homes by right (by right allows a development to proceed without a public hearing). The developers are considering asking for a boundary line adjustment and are initially proposing 91 residential units, five restaurants, an 80-room hotel, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, waterpark areas with bumper boats and miniature golf, batting cages, go-karts and a commercial parking area with 1,035 parking spaces.

The presentation by Kline/Tilley brought strong objections from the Wright Farm community (just north of the proposed development) along with residents from the town of Purcellville. Most speakers said that they moved to Purcellville for its charm and that this dense of a project is the wrong fit for this area. … Continue Reading

Public Meeting Set for September 29 on Proposed Academies of Loudoun

September 18, 2014 Government, News Comments Off on Public Meeting Set for September 29 on Proposed Academies of Loudoun

The Loudoun County Citizen Volunteer Workgroup will hold a public information session on the proposed Academies of Loudoun on Monday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn.

The November election ballot features several bond referendums, including one that would finance construction of the Academies of Loudoun. The new facility would be built along Sycolin Road and would combine expanded versions of the existing Academy of Science and C.S. Monroe Technology Center, as well as a new Academy of Engineering and Technology. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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 …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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

April 2016
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Classical Avant Garde

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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW

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West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

Writer's Project Runway

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Praise Concert

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My Child's Closet Consignment Sale

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A Springtime Serenade Concert

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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April Fourth Friday

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Breaux Vineyards Wild Game Winemaker's Dinner

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Hamilton Town Hall

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Lifestyle

YMCA of Loudoun County to Hold Job Fair

30 Apr 2016

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The YMCA is hiring summer camp Site Supervisors, Sr. Camp Counselors, Camp Counselors, and Jr. Camp Counselors who will work with children ages 5-12 in Loudoun County in our summer day camp programs. Site Supervisors will be responsible for supervising a summer camp program with 30-70 children and for planning, coordinating, and implementing all summer camp activities under the guidelines …

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5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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