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Planning Commission Public Input Sessions Zoning District Use Changes

June 22, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commission Public Input Sessions Zoning District Use Changes
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The Town of Purcellville Planning Commission will hold public input sessions on July 7, 8, and 9 to hear comments on proposed changes to the Purcellville Zoning Ordinance regarding permitted and special uses in the R-2 Single Family Residential District, R-3 Duplex Residential District, R-3A Office Residential District, R-8 Townhouse Residential District, R-15 Apartment Residential District, RT Single Family Residential District, C-1 Office Commercial District, MC Mixed Commercial District, C-4 Central Commercial District, CM-1 Local Service Industrial District, M-1 Limited Industrial District, PDH Planned Development Housing, X Transitional District, IP Institutional and Public Use District, and AC Agricultural Conservancy/Commercial District. … Continue Reading

Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Increase – Not Good For Our Citizens and Businesses

June 3, 2015 Government Comments Off on Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Increase – Not Good For Our Citizens and Businesses
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By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Prior to the decrease in rates last year, our citizens and businesses had experienced over six years of increasing water and sewer rates.  This decrease in rates, although small when compared with the double digit increases Purcellville citizens and businesses faced for years, was well received and deserved.  The question remains – were those increases politically driven or strategically done with a plan to enable us to cover the lower rate?  With the agreed to connection fees from the Mayfair project along with our debt refinancing and restructuring, the lower rates from last year were financially supported by fees throughout the year.  ?In addition, following financial analysis and modeling of our water and sewer operations, our consultant, Municipal & Financial Services Group, recommended no increases or decreases in rates for Fiscal Year 2016, but increases of three percent in water rates and five percent in sewer rate starting in Fiscal Year 2017.   The town paid the Municipal & Financial Services Group over $12,000 for their analysis and recommendation.  A few of our council members, however, have decided to ignore the recommendation of our paid consultants at the Municipal & Financial Services Group and raise rates in this new Fiscal Year. … Continue Reading

Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time

April 1, 2015 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Planning Commissioner Raises Red Flag for Second Time
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Ogelman Challenges Significant Rezonings And “Muzzling” Of Zoning Debate

– By Andrea Gaines

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman is not afraid to put it in writing.

In passionately worded statements entered into the March Purcellville Planning Commission record, Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman called out his colleagues for taking actions in direct contradiction to the Purcellville Comprehensive Plan. Ogelman also challenged one town council member’s characterization of recent proceedings as negative and unproductive, saying “Sometimes we confront positions with which we disagree, but that doesn’t make them negative … I read that as short-hand for trying to muzzle debate.”

Ogelman’s statement comes in response to a long series of Planning Commission and Purcellville Town Council sessions where developers have pushed for sweeping zoning changes via what is essentially a closed door administrative process, versus the public process called for by Comp Plan defenders, including Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Town Council member Karen Jimmerson.

At issue is whether the major changes proposed should happen piecemeal and in contradiction of the Comp Plan, or whether the changes should be delayed to allow the public to participate as part of the plan’s mandated 5-year review.

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Mike Turner To Run For Supervisor, Ashburn District

April 1, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Mike Turner To Run For Supervisor, Ashburn District
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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Turner has announced he will run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors seeking to represent the Ashburn District. On his website, www.MikeTurnerForAshburn.com, Turner notes that he is the first resident of Lansdowne Woods, formerly known as Leisure World, ever to run for the county board.

“We all share a common desire to see our neighborhoods grow and prosper,” Turner said.  “We all strive to create a nurturing environment for our children that promises a bright future built upon a high-quality education.  We all support an energetic and prosperous marketplace.  And we have a reasonable expectation of safe and efficient travel everywhere in Loudoun County. These goals are achievable, but only when our elected officials place public service to the families of Loudoun County first above all other considerations. This is my promise to the citizens of Ashburn District: I work for you!  My entire professional life reflects this enduring commitment.”

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An Interview With Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser

April 1, 2015 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on An Interview With Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser
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?Where The Town Budget Is … And Where He Hopes To Take It

Loudoun County’s incorporated towns set aside a specific period each year to establish their budgets for the coming fiscal year. The Town Charter and Code of Virginia §15.2-2511 also require that each municipality secure “an annual audit performed by independent certified public accountants of the Town’s financial affairs.”

In Purcellville, a Town Council Strategic Planning Session is held over the summer. Then the annual budgeting process occurs which incorporates the Strategic Plan into a financial plan for the next fiscal year. The following spring, the budget is formally adopted.
Spring 2015 marks the first time Mayor Kwasi Fraser will preside over the adoption of a new budget for Purcellville. The Blue Ridge Leader spoke with Fraser to get his take on what the town’s fiscal priorities should be and how he plans to achieve them.

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Stacks Selected As The Loudoun County Animal Control Chief

April 1, 2015 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Stacks Selected As The Loudoun County Animal Control Chief
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Mark Stacks is the new Chief of Animal Control for Loudoun County. Stacks began his career with the Department of Animal Services in 2005 as an animal care technician, later becoming an animal control officer and then deputy chief.

Stacks has been instrumental in creating the department’s Junior ACO (Animal Control Officer) Academy which provides young people with and overview of the Department of Animal Services and helps them explore the field of animal welfare from the perspective of law enforcement and animal care.  Stacks leads dozens of humane education presentations for school- aged children annually, often with his dog, Roosevelt, by his side.
 
He graduated from Radford University with a degree in biology. Stacks is certified in ice and swift water rescue and is the certified firearms instructor for the department. 
For more information about the Animal Control Division of the Department of Animal Services, visit www.loudoun.gov/animalcontrol.

Purcellville To Host Open Town Hall Meeting

March 13, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville To Host Open Town Hall Meeting
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After having to cancel the first scheduled meeting due to inclement weather, the Town Council and members of staff are preparing for the first Citizen and Business Feedback Session of the year which will be held on Monday, March 16, in the Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to receive feedback from Town citizens and businesses on items that may be of interest to the community. In addition, the Town Council will answer any potential questions that residents and businesses may have in relation to our Town government, programs or projects. … Continue Reading

Bill To Aid Sexual Assault Reporting at Colleges

March 4, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Bill To Aid Sexual Assault Reporting at Colleges
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Senate Bill No. 712, which relates to higher education institutions and the reporting of sexual assault, was chief patroned by Sen. Richard Black (R – Loudoun and Prince William), and the bill passed the Senate with a vote of 38-Y 0-N.

Senator Black was a previous JAG Officer in the Army, where he successfully prosecuted countless cases of rape, and earned a reputation of being tough on crime when he was promoted to Chief Prosecutor, heading the Army’s Criminal Law Division, out of the Pentagon.

It was initially a concern that this bill would require victims of sexual assault to come forth and pursue law-enforcement involvement, once a faculty member was told of the assault. … Continue Reading

Hemstreet Presents Proposed Loudoun County Government Budget for Fiscal Year 2016

February 4, 2015 Government Comments Off on Hemstreet Presents Proposed Loudoun County Government Budget for Fiscal Year 2016
FY 16 Loudoun County Budget Presentation

Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet presented a proposed budget for the Loudoun County government for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 16) to the Board of Supervisors today. The budget totals $2.2 billion in appropriations for the general county government and school system. Hemstreet said the proposed budget:

  • Continues progress on the Board’s strategic priorities, including economic development, fiscal responsibility, and transportation
  • Provides increased resources for the Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Provides a performance-based pay increase for the county workforce
  • Allocates staffing and funds to open all new scheduled capital projects
  • Enhances critical public safety services
  • Protects human services safety net programs
  • Incorporates innovative resource allocations to reduce local tax funded-enhancements

“I believe that the budget that I have submitted carries out your vision for Loudoun County and adheres to your strategic priorities while also meeting the needs of our community,” Hemstreet told the Board. … Continue Reading

Reston Style Development and Big Box Expansion on Planning Commission Agenda

February 3, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Reston Style Development and Big Box Expansion on Planning Commission Agenda
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By Valerie Cury

Town planning staff is working with the planning commission to review and approve changes to the Planned Development Housing (PDH) district, adding commercial and other uses. Three communities in town are currently zoned as PDH districts: the Courts at Saint Francis, Courtland Square and Village Case. Town staff, along with the majority on the planning commission is pushing for these changes. Staff asserts that the overall purpose of a PDH district is to encourage innovative and creative design, and that adding commercial or mixed residential/commercial multi story buildings would serve this purpose. This is a development pattern common to places such as Reston and Ashburn where for example, condos, commercial and even entertainment businesses are bundled together in one dense development. … Continue Reading

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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 …

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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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