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Recent Rise in Mulch Fires Draws Warning from Fire Officials

April 19, 2016 Public Safety 1 comment
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Since March 23 Loudoun’s fire and rescue units have responded to twenty-three fires originating in landscaping mulch. These fires have caused thousands of dollars in damages with the potential of much more devastating results.

One such recent incident occurred the afternoon of April 6th when the Loudoun County 9-1-1 Center received a call for a fire in the 42000 block of John Mosby Highway. The caller reported a fire and that the business was being evacuated. Units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, and Fairfax County along with the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office arrived on scene to find fire showing from the front of the building. The fire, which was quickly extinguished, was deemed by the FMO to have been caused by improperly discarded smoking materials in the mulch next to the structure. Damages from this incident, which included a nearby vehicle, are estimated at $10,000. No injuries to public safety personnel were reported however two civilians were evaluated after inhaling chemicals from a fire extinguisher they applied to the fire. … Continue Reading

Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates

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At its April 12, 2016 Regular Meeting, the Purcellville Town Council adopted the Real Property Tax Rate, Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate, Personal Property and Business Property Tax Rates, and the Personal Property Tax Relief Act Resolution.

The Real Property Tax Rate was adopted at the current rate of $0.22 per $100 assessed value, representing no change in the rate. This is also slightly less than the equalized tax rate of $0.222. New growth in the community will result in higher revenues even though the rate remains unchanged. The Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate was also approved at its current rate of $0.035 per $100 assessed value. The Town Council noted that this Service District covers more than just the improvements at Fireman’s Field, including the Bush Tabernacle/Skating Rink, signature events such as the Wine and Food Festival and the Music and Arts Festival, support of the recreational and cultural advisory committees and activities, and oversight of the special events ordinance. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 7, 2016

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04/07/2016 – 12:18 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Shoplifting
An off-duty police officer observed a subject steal beer from a store and proceeded to follow him and report the incident to police officers who took the subject into custody. Oliver McDade, an 18 year old male of Leesburg, was charged with theft and released on a summons. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of April 2, 2016

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04/02/2016 – 11:23 p.m. 200 Blk. Misty Pond Terrace Domestic Dispute
Husband and wife involved in a domestic argument. No assaults took place and the husband left for the night to calm the situation down.

04/04/2016 – 11:00 a.m. 100 Blk. E. Main St. Check the Welfare
Police were called to the scene to the check the welfare of a small child with no proper adult supervision. Contact was made with the child that was not in immediate danger but did require follow-up with Loudoun County Child Protective Services. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: J. Kevin Daly

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Middleburg Town Council

J. Kevin Daly is running for Town Council. He feels that the most important issues facing Middleburg can be summed up as, “How do we preserve what we love most about our unique community in the face of changes or adjustments to rapid growth we cannot avoid? And, equally, important, how do we do this with fairness, taking diverse needs and concerns into account?” Daly feels that the job of the Town Council is wise discernment. He says, “What I hope to contribute to the Council is my prior career experience as a military officer around the world, working with diverse cultures, organizations, and individuals to improvise, innovate, motivate, initiate, and implement solutions to complex challenges.” … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Scott Ramsey

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By Amanda Clark

Round Hill Mayor

Scott Ramsey, the current mayor of Round Hill, is seeking reelection. Ramsey says, “Round Hill is facing several challenges in the next few years, but fortunately is well positioned to address most of them.” … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Mike Minshall

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Round Hill Town Council

Minshall says, “I feel like the biggest issue facing our Town is growth. Round Hill is faced with a decision of what do we do? Do we stay a small residential community or do we jump on the development bandwagon?” Minshall feels that the decision must be a little bit of both. “We need to continue to restore and maintain our infrastructure and we need to look for things that will enhance Round Hill, but keep that small town feel that everyone who lives here enjoys,” says Minshall.

Election 2016: Robert Gentile

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Lovettsville Town Council

I have lived in the town of Lovettsville for five years and have been working in local government for four of those years.

I am a Certified Planning Commissioner and have been a member of the Lovettsville Planning Commission since 2012 and have served as vice chairman since 2013. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Tony Pearce

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By Amanda Clark

Middleburg Town Council

Tony Pearce is running for Middleburg Town Council and says, “Middleburg has many of the same issues that most of the small communities across the commonwealth of Virginia have.” Two issues that he would like to address are the quality of life in the midst of budget issues and supporting local businesses. He says, “While working to maintain the highest quality of life for Middleburg citizens is greatly important, I believe that acknowledging budget constraints is a must.” He believes that working to help small, local businesses be more successful will ultimately help them to be positive assets to the Middleburg community. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Mary Anne Graham

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Round Hill Town Council

Mary Anne Graham is running for re-election to the Round Hill Town Council. The first issue that Graham would like to address is developing a greater tax base and providing utility services as cheaply as possible. Graham says, “Current Town revenues are limited; the Council will need to look for new sources through commercial development on the east edge of town or expanding the tax base by bringing more properties within the corporate limits.” … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Trowbridge Littleton

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Trowbridge Littleton is running for Town Council and was born and raised in Middleburg, witnessing the many changes that have been made throughout the years. “Middleburg is a truly unique place with a deep sense of community and a very rich history,” he says. Littleton would like to ensure that the Town Council is helping Middleburg with its inevitable changes while preserving the character of the town. The three areas that Littleton would like to focus on are town services, responsible development, and accountability. When it comes to town services, Littleton says, “The residents of Middleburg want to know that the fundamental services they rely on are provided in a quality and cost effective manner. Having lead many complex projects in my professional career I understand the importance of advanced planning, hiring the right team, and ensuring good oversight.” Littleton feels that that is a critical skill set needed to avoid delays and cost issues. He feels he delivers valued experience and leadership for the community to improve. Littleton ensures that residents will understand how things are being operated and how their tax dollars are being used. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Kim Fortunato

Kim Fortunato

Round Hill Town Council

Kim Fortunato is running for Town Council and believes the major issues of Round Hill have to do with growth, zoning, and infrastructure. “Round Hill is adding hundreds of new houses outside the town limits and these residents rely upon town streets for their daily commutes and town services for everyday necessities,” she says. … Continue Reading

Election 2016: James McIntyre

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Lovettsville Town Council

Lovettsville is my home and it is where I chose to raise my children. I am seeking re-election to the Lovettsville Town Council because I want to continue working to make Lovettsville the greatest town in Virginia.

When I was first elected four years ago I had a vision for a Lovettsville that integrated old and new, a community that was pedestrian-friendly, sustainable (both commercially and environmentally), and that was fiscally responsible. Since elected, we have taken numerous concrete steps to make those ideas become reality. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel …

Character Outlives Us All

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“Brains are like muscles, you can rent them by the hour, but at the end of the day all you have left is your character.” This statement was uttered by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a phrase his father used …

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You know, I can still taste those sausages: The first early-spring bratwurst cooked over an open flame in a beautiful setting among good friends; nothing so surprising, really, in recalling a good meal in classic context. The thing is, though …

Planning for Life Disclosure and Other Family Issues in Estate Planning

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What do we tell the kids? Questions of how much and what type of information to give the children often arise during consultation. The answers depend on the circumstances of each family – the ages and maturity of the children …

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 …

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

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

TGIF @ North Gate Vineyard!

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

The Sprouted Spoon Food Truck at North Gate Vineyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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

Celebrate Mother's Day at North Gate Vineyard!

Mother's Day Brunch at Breaux

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

Dog Day at Breaux Vineyards

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Growing a Green Lawn

4 May 2016

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From the Nature Generation Winter is over, the flowers are blooming and the yard is teeming with wildlife. The fresh spring air lures us outside. Children come home from school, drop off their books, and head outside to play. Parents relax on the deck and invite friends and family over for cookouts. Now is the perfect time to transform tired …

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Fido’s Facts

4 May 2016

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Chemical Free Tick and Flea Solutions By Kimberly Correnti It’s refreshing to know that you can effectively eliminate pesky little bugs without using harsh chemicals. Our special blend “Flea & Tick Program” created by holistic vets (Dr. Michael and Susan Goldstein of Earth Animal) is a palatable powder and liquid that you add to your animal’s daily diet. It will …

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Hillsboro Charter Academy Camp Registration Begins

4 May 2016

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Hillsboro Charter Academy, Loudoun County’s newest public charter school is now taking registration for children ages 5 to 14 for its summer STEAM camp. The camp’s eight one-week sessions begin June 20 and will offer themes including nature and art, physics and rocketry, world cultures, dance and stage magic, and kitchen chemistry. Reflecting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics …

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Around Virginia

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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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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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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