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Packard Pushes Vote for Purcellville Crossroads Annexation

January 7, 2016 Government, News 2 comments

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

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

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

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

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.

Jim Bonfils Sworn in as Interim Broad Run District Supervisor

September 24, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Jim Bonfils Sworn in as Interim Broad Run District Supervisor
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James (Jim) G. Bonfils has been sworn in as the interim Broad Run District supervisor for Loudoun County. The swearing-in ceremony conducted by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens occurred at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Loudoun County Courthouse, following Bonfils’ appointment to the position by the Board of Supervisors Monday evening.

It’s a real honor to serve as Broad Run District Supervisor,” said Bonfils, following this morning’s ceremony. “I look forward to doing my best to serve my district impartially.” … Continue Reading

Stover Appeal Goes To Circuit Court

September 3, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Stover Appeal Goes To Circuit Court
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Acting on behalf of Purcellville resident and 21st Street business owner Mary Ellen Stover, attorney Frank Bredimus of Hamilton filed an appeal in early August to the Loudoun County Circuit Court challenging the decision of Purcellville’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The BZA ruled that the Town of Purcellville Zoning Administrator, Patrick Sullivan, was correct in his determination that the Vineyard Square project had commenced.


Vineyard Square, a five story mixed use development planned for historic downtown Purcellville, obtained Certificate of Design Approval (CDA) permits from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to demolish certain buildings on 21st Street, each requiring a separate CDA.

To proceed with the project John Chapman and Mark Nelis had to meet time limits on each CDA. At the time, zoning administrator Patrick Sullivan said, “Each of the CDAs has a time limit of one year that is imposed by ordinance (Chapter 54 Section 54-78 (f) of the Town Code). The CDAs will expire and a new CDA will have to be applied for if the applicant does not commence construction on each CDA prior to its expiration date.” The deadlines laid out in Sullivan’s May 29, 2014 memo were as follows: … Continue Reading

Public Hearings

September 2, 2015 Committees at a Glance, News Comments Off on Public Hearings
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Planning Commission And Town Council This Month
The Big Giveaway

At the Purcellville Town Hall on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m., the first of two public hearings on the proposed zoning use changes will occur to amend sections of the zoning ordinance. One big change to the C-1 District is to allow for the addition of general retail sales to this district which is along Hirst Road. Currently not allowing for “big box,” this district’s use is being proposed to up to 10,000 square feet and a special use permit for anything above. The stated purpose of the C-1 District is to provide for planned office parks, offices, and similar business buildings and is limited to office support uses – in attractive surroundings with types of uses, structures, plantings, and signs so controlled as to be generally compatible with medium or low density residential surroundings. According to the spring Town of Purcellville 2008 minutes, a pharmacy was allowed, but it was supposed to be located in an office building, not stand alone. In fact, the current Comprehensive Plan does not allow for uses like “big box” retail. Some of the current proposed additions for this area are: Retail sales, child care, financial institution, fitness center, hotel, parking lot and structure, recreation facility, and temporary food trucks and trailers. Further, Special Use Permits (SUPs) are proposed to be eliminated for eating establishments. … Continue Reading

Weekly Water Demand Report Now Online

September 2, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Weekly Water Demand Report Now Online

By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

As you all know, our Water Utility Fund accounts for over $40 Million of our total town debt.  During our budget cycle, I made the commitment to focus on identifying and implementing solutions to reduce this debt without negative impact on our water capacity or the environment.  One such solution is the pilot program for the bulk sale of water to companies and other entities.  So that you can be aware of the impact of such sales on our water capacity and safety, we will be publishing online a weekly report of our water demand and supply across each source, clearly showing water output and available quantity.  Figure 1 shows a draft of the Weekly Water Demand Report. … Continue Reading

Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee

August 16, 2015 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee
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The Town of Purcellville is seeking two (2) volunteers to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). The EDAC is an advisory committee that will assist Town Council and staff on matters pertaining to economic development and tourism including:

  1. Working on strategies for advancing economic development within the town which facilitates community sustainability in areas of business attraction, expansion and retention;
  2. Collaborating with other Town committees and business groups to establish economic development and tourism initiatives for the good of a sustainable community;
  3. Assisting the Town in building strategic relationships and alliances with regional stakeholder groups and other Town committees to foster new business opportunities and growth for the good of Purcellville.

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Purcellville Town Council Member McConville Takes Job With Bowman Consulting

July 1, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Town Council Member McConville Takes Job With Bowman Consulting
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At the June Purcellville Town Council meeting, council member Patrick McConville formally announced that he had started a new job with Bowman Consulting.

Founded in 1995, Bowman offers its clients a wide variety of services related to land development, transportation, mining, power and energy, structural design, wastewater, construction management and surveying. It also provides clients with zoning and regulatory expertise at the local, state, and federal levels. While its headquarters are in Chantilly, it has dozens of offices nationwide and operates in 11 other states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

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Stage Is Set For Purcellville’s July 7, 8, 9 Zoning Debate

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No-Size-Limit Big Box Stores, By-Right Drive-Thrus And More On Developers’ Wish List

The Purcellville Planning Commission has finalized its agenda for the approximately 229 zoning regulations that will be the subject of three major public input sessions in early July.

The commission’s agenda ranges from uses that will remain unchanged in residential, commercial and industrial zones, to new uses that would now fall into the by-right category, eliminating requirements for public input before a particular project can proceed. These by-right uses include drive-thrus, no-size-limit big box stores, and high-density town center-style developments.

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2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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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

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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

Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Grief and Greed


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 …


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


– 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


– 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 …

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New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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 …

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


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


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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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


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


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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