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Fleetwood Road Closed Through August

June 4, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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Fleetwood Road (Route 616) is closed to through traffic between Route 50 and Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621) through August to replace the gravel road surface with pavement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

In addition, the ditches will be restored along this stretch of Fleetwood. … Continue Reading

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

Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Workshop May 19 – Going through the Pro Development Motions

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By Nathaniel Stephens

On May 19, the Town of Purcellville hosted a rezoning workshop to explore resident feedback on future town growth. Only thirty citizens attended, as the workshop was not widely advertised. … Continue Reading

Residents Urge BOS To Deny AT&T 160,000 Sq. Ft. Facility

June 1, 2016 Development, News 2 comments
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At the April 26 meeting of the Loudoun County Planning Commission, AT&T approved a commission permit, in a 6-2-1 vote, to build a 160,000 square foot telecom building on top of an existing underground facility on Short Hill Mountain. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has 60 days to either approve or deny the permit, which will go into effect on June 25 without board action. … Continue Reading

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

The Immortals Trip To Cleveland Teaching Underprivileged Kids Music

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By Frank Keim

The Immortals, a group comprised of top young music students from Loudoun County, traveled to Cleveland, OH to reach out to kids with little opportunity for music education. The Immortals played a free benefit for the seven Boys and Girls Clubs of East Cleveland on Thursday May 5. The Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs on the East Side, Roscoe Morgan, has been working with Frank Keim of Lovettsville for eight years. Together they bring bright young music minds from Loudoun to Cleveland to work with the Cleveland Youth Clubs. Roscoe Morgan said of the Immortals, “The Immortals are a blessing to my kids and we have been looking forward to their return for six months!” The Cleveland kids danced, laughed, and came on stage and played with the Immortals. They all came away looking forward to the next day. … 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

Painted Barrels Around Purcellville – Saturday June 4

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“Painted Barrels Around Purcellville,” a Community Art Project coordinated by the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee, will unveil over 30 oak barrels painted by local artists. Each artist volunteered his or her time and talent and was asked to paint a Purcellville or Western Loudoun County theme on a barrel. “Man, did they get creative!” said Michael Oaks, project coordinator and EDAC member. “What a wide range of artist that contributed, from two eleven-year-old students, Participants from VSA Arts of Loudoun County, and some the area’s top professional artists.” 
“The Big Unveiling” will take place on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Farmers Market at the Shoppes at Maple and Main. … Continue Reading

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.

Forde Convicted of First Degree Murder

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A four day trial ended late Thursday afternoon with the Hon. Judge Jeanette A. Irby finding Kelvin Nathaniel Forde, 52, guilty of first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the 2014 murder of his wife, Ruby Forde.

On the morning of of March 11, 2014, Kelvin Forde and his wife left their home in Baltimore, Maryland and headed to Ruby’s sister’s home in Ashburn, Virginia. Mrs. Forde arranged to meet her sister in Ashburn and then together, Ruby and her sister would travel to a nearby airport to catch a flight bound for Jamaica to celebrate Ruby’s birthday and visit family. Instead of driving his wife to her sister’s home, Kelvin Forde drove her to a remote and secluded cul-de-sac in Loudoun County where he shot her at least twice with a handgun. After the killing, Forde called 9-1-1 and advised there had been a shooting and abruptly hung up. Through the use of cell phone records, the couple was located, and law enforcement and fire and rescue were summoned to the scene where they discovered Mrs. Forde’s body slumped over in the passenger seat of their vehicle. Mr. Forde sat quietly on the ground nearby. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner

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The day will begin with the third running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – a ½ mile run for K-third grades, a one mile race for fourth and fifth graders and a two mile race for middle school students. The race is sponsored by Craftsmark Homes and Thompson Best Heating and Air Conditioning, Lowry’s Crab Shack, the Blue Ridge Leader and The Natural Merchantile. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Town of Hamilton web site at: www.town.hamilton.va.us and dropped off at the Town office or walk up registration the day of the race. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of May 19, 2016

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05/19/2016 – 04:37 a.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Grand Larceny
The complainant reported that several pieces of jewelry had been missing from a dresser that he was moving to another location. The value of the items was over $800.

05/22/2016 – 6:57 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 21st St. DWI
Sarah Debose, a 33 year old female of Hamilton, was arrested for DWI. She was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

05/22/2016 – 7:15 p.m. 400 Blk. K St. Domestic Assault
Jordan Lickey, a 28 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested for domestic assault. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading

Former PTA President Charged with Felony Embezzlement

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The former president of the Creighton’s Corner Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was charged last week after an investigation determined he embezzled $13,000 from the organization.

Russell Sharifi, 41, of Ashburn was indicted on May 15 by a Loudoun County Grand Jury for felony embezzlement. The information came to light in March 2016 after unauthorized charges were discovered in the association’s financial records.

The monies were embezzled between September 2015 and February 2016 during Sharifi’s tenure as the president of the PTA.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

Potoma Wayside

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My advice is: Don’t look straight down; the combination of rushing highway traffic a couple of feet away and, what’s – to me, anyway – a dizzying height, can produce some unsettling sensations. I came to this conclusion after walking …

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 …

Dear Editor

Thank You Purcellville Voters

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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your …

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

June 2016
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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

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

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Free Gardening Lecture

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Yard Sale

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

PAUL REISLER TRIO WITH LEA MORRIS AND MARSHALL KEYS

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

19th Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Goats at BRNP

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Bring Dad to North Gate Vineyard

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

June Fourth Friday at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Sip & Paint at Breaux Vineyards

Love, He Called It

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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Wait. Something That’s Really Healthy Can Be Really Fun … Too?

1 Jun 2016

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Parents of small children, and property owners with pools, ponds and other water features know that swimming safety is a must. You need to have clear rules about how ponds, pools and other places are to be used, and when. Safety equipment needs to be up to date and accessible, and it is critical that there be a responsible adult …

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Around Virginia

HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

The Plains’ charming restaurants, shops and sidewalks.

Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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