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R. Bruce Gemmill Appointed to Leesburg Town Council

February 24, 2016 Government, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on R. Bruce Gemmill Appointed to Leesburg Town Council
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The Leesburg Town Council appointed R. Bruce Gemmill to fill the council seat vacated by Mayor David S. Butler upon his appointment as mayor. Council Member Gemmill’s term expires on December 31, 2016.

“I am flattered to have been chosen to fill the vacant Council seat,” Council Member Gemmill said, following his appointment. “Over the next ten months, if the best thing said about my temporary position on the Council is ‘Bruce brought civility back to public discourse, respect towards those with competing interests, and improvement to the process of getting things done,’ then I will feel my time has been well spent.” … Continue Reading

Opportunities Available to Serve on Loudoun County Government Boards and Commissions

February 21, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Opportunities Available to Serve on Loudoun County Government Boards and Commissions
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Advisory Boards with Terms Concurrent with the Board of Supervisors

  • Advisory Commission on Youth: Algonkian District representative
  • Agricultural District Advisory Committee: Five at-large representatives … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council to Hold Special Meeting To Fill Vacant Council Seat

February 15, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council to Hold Special Meeting To Fill Vacant Council Seat
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The Leesburg Town Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber on the second floor of the Leesburg Town Hall (25 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176). The Council’s regularly scheduled work session will follow the special meeting immediately. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Administrator Presents Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017

February 15, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Administrator Presents Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017
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Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet has presented a proposed budget for the Loudoun County government for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 17) to the Board of Supervisors. The budget totals $2.5 billion in appropriations for the general county government and school system.

Proposed Budget

Hemstreet said the proposed budget was developed based on guidance provided by the Board of Supervisors in January to prepare a budget at the current real property rate of $1.135, which is also the estimated equalized tax rate. Hemstreet said that due to the county’s current economic situation, resources available at the equalized tax rate are limited. … Continue Reading

Lisa Beatty Joins Town of Leesburg as Controller

February 10, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Lisa Beatty Joins Town of Leesburg as Controller
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Lisa Beatty recently joined the Town of Leesburg as Controller. In her new position, Lisa will be responsible for ensuring proper fiscal procedures and internal controls are in place, producing the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and overseeing a variety of special projects.

Ms. Beatty comes to the Town of Leesburg from the accounting firm Kearney & Company in Washington, DC, where she was an Audit Readiness/Audit Liaison Manager. Previously, Ms. Beatty served as Accounting Manager for the Millville (New Jersey) Board of Education, Assistant School Business Administrator for the City of Vineland (New Jersey) Public School District and Audit Manager at Fort, Scott and Associates in Ocean City, New Jersey. … Continue Reading

Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat

February 4, 2016 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat
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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting January 12, Vice Mayor Ben Packard announced his resignation from the Town Council effective at the end of the meeting. The Town Council is asking for interested members of the community who wish to serve on Council for an interim period to submit an application to the Town Clerk. The application form is attached and can also be filled out online at: www.purcellvilleva.gov/forms.aspx?FID=78. A letter of interest and resume should also be submitted with the application. Interested citizens must submit their materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 8, to Diana Hays, Town Clerk, at dhays@purcellvilleva.gov or in person at Town Hall, located at 221 S. Nursery Ave. The term will last until the end of June.

To serve on Town Council, a person must be a qualified voter in the Town of Purcellville.

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An Interview with Ron Meyer, Broad Run Supervisor

February 3, 2016 Government, News 1 comment
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By Nathaniel Stephens
Ron Meyer is twenty-six years old. He graduated from Principia College in Illinois where he majored in Political Science and interned at national media outlets such as Fox News and Radio America. After his graduation from university, he began work for Young America’s Foundation, a Herndon based non-profit, as their Media Spokesman. He lives with his wife Celia in their Ashburn home. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Meeting Rescheduled

February 3, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Meeting Rescheduled
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Saturday, February 6 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center

The Town of Purcellville has rescheduled the comprehensive plan meetings from January 23 to February 6. 

Residents of the Town of Purcellville and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about Purcellville’s future and discuss updating the Town’s comprehensive plan at two public meetings being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center located at 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville..  The meetings will be led by town staff and are expected to last approximately two hours each.  Both meetings will cover the same topics with a focus on discussing the opportunities and constraints the Town may face over the next 20 years. … Continue Reading

An Invitation from the Mayor: Let’s Plan Purcellville

February 3, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on An Invitation from the Mayor: Let’s Plan Purcellville
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By Mayor Kwasi Fraser
Purcellville’s current Comprehensive Plan has not been updated since December 19, 2006.  A review was completed in 2011, but that review was not thorough and did not involve significant citizen participation.  Currently, we are in the process of initiating our review and revision of the Comprehensive Plan, and I encourage all of our citizens to become engaged in this process. … Continue Reading

Vice Mayor Packard Resigns Purcellville Town Council

January 13, 2016 Government, News 1 comment
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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting Tuesday, January 12, Vice-Mayor Ben Packard submitted his resignation which he said would be effective at the end of the council meeting. He said he had been looking at other options and would be listing his house on the market in February. He said that he had planned to live in Purcellville for 15 years, but his plans had changed. Additionally, he said that he had to deal with a health problem and would be in surgery the next day, January 13.

In his resignation letter which he did not read, he said, “As I have mentioned informally to several friends over the last few months, I have been exploring housing options. As this is not a move of necessity, but choice, I did not feel it appropriate to make any comment over the dais until I crossed a certain point in the process where I felt confident that things were going to move forward.” In his letter he also said that he would rather resign before the budget process starts.

At the end of the meeting the Town Council voted to appoint Council Member Patrick McConville Vice Mayor.

Help Plan Purcellville

January 7, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Help Plan Purcellville
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First Comp Plan Review Meeting Saturday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Residents of the Town of Purcellville and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about Purcellville’s future and discuss updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan at two public meetings being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Carver Center located at 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Quiet Firebrand Kristen Umstattd Moves from Mayor’s Seat To BOS

January 7, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Quiet Firebrand Kristen Umstattd Moves from Mayor’s Seat To BOS
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Kristen Umstattd’s Facebook page says a lot about who she is as a person, a politician, and a woman. Energetic. Engaged. Productive. And, fun.

In a recent entry she highlights a news article about a teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, singled out over the holidays for her generosity towards her students by the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In another she reassures concerned citizens about a police investigation into shots fired near a residence in Leesburg.

And, when Umstattd herself appears in any of the many photos posted there she is almost always wearing sneakers – on the move and right in the middle of the action. … Continue Reading

Packard Pushes Vote for Purcellville Crossroads Annexation

January 7, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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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


 

 

 

 

 

 

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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