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Purcellville Seeks Win-Win Options for Fireman’s Field

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“Looking at options here, we can stay status quo and just get nothing for the property, or we can think outside the box.” – Council Member Ryan Cool

Fireman’s Field is 15.84 acres and is located at 20th Street and Nursery Avenue. It is made up of Haske Field, Fireman’s Field, Dillons Woods (where special events are held) and the Bush Tabernacle. … Continue Reading

Growth Concerns – Take Two

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The results from Loudoun County’s 2016 Annual Resident Survey – conducted by the Center for Survey Research at the University of Virginia – was presented to the Board of Supervisors in early February. The survey gathers demographic information, evaluates citizen satisfaction with County services, and solicits citizen opinions on a variety of issues facing the County.

The survey is revealing. … Continue Reading

First Look at Envision Loudoun Results

March 8, 2017 Development, News 1 comment
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On February 23, the Loudoun County Planning Department presented to the Board of Supervisors the results of Phase 1 of Envision Loudoun, the County’s ongoing effort to update and rewrite the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

A fact-finding exercise for the Comp Plan rewrite, the information being gathered includes a full documentation and analysis of the market, housing and other business, employment, and lifestyle trends impacting Loudoun, along with input from citizens, public officials, and stakeholder groups about where they want the County to go. … Continue Reading

It’s County Budgeting Time

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On February 15, Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet presented to the Board of Supervisors a proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget of $2.5 billion. Public hearings on the budget were held February 28, March 2, and March 4.

The Board of Supervisors has now settled in for a series of six intensive budget work sessions, March 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, and 22. The County’s goal is to adopt a formal 2018 budget by April 4. The County’s new fiscal year officially begins on July 1. … Continue Reading

A Duplex That Is Not a Duplex

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Property owner Shawn Rowley spoke before the Purcellville Town Council, February 28, regarding the R-3 Duplex Zoning District. His issue … can’t a structure that looks – for all intents and purposes – like two separate homes above ground, still be considered a duplex, if, underground a hidden wall in the back connects the two?

Rowley built a duplex on G Street recently. Even though the property is currently zoned R-2 (Single-family Residential), and duplexes are not allowed, he was able to do so because the previous Town Council had grandfathered the property under the R-3 (Duplex Residential) zoning district in 2008. … Continue Reading

Public Meeting Held on Proposed Senior Community Development

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The owner of the Stuper property, in the Town of Purcellville, along with the contract purchaser – Buckeye Development – hosted a presentation and public input meeting at the Carver Center, Monday February 27, on a senior living community being proposed for the 20-acre property along N. Maple Avenue and Hirst Road. The meeting was attended by approximately 40 residents, along with Purcellville’s Mayor Kwasi Fraser and several Council Members. The proposal includes active adult housing, continuing care, memory care, adult day care, medical care, and other potential complementary uses. … Continue Reading

Makers Make the Break

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About a year ago our newspaper reported that the Makersmiths organization was preparing to launch a new “makerspace” in Purcellville, rehabilitating a nine-acre, unused piece of Town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets. Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which has raised over $16,000, it looks like they have made the break. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Parent Challenges “Fly-By Drivers”

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327 school-age children died in school-transportation related crashes in the United States from 2003 to 2013. Local newspaper headlines report a September of 2016 accident involving an LCPS school bus with six children aboard, another accident in December of 2016 and a third hit-and-run incident in January 2017.

No deaths were involved in the Loudoun County headlines cited here.

But, behind each school bus fatality is a devastated family. And, behind every near miss is the hidden agony of the concerned school official or shaken parent – both of whom know that next time they might not be so lucky. … Continue Reading

John Champe High School Wind Ensemble Will Perform at National Festival

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John Champe High School Wind Ensemble from Aldie has been invited to perform at the 2017 Music for All National Festival, the nation’s most prestigious festival for school instrumental music ensemble. The 26th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, March 9 through March 11 and come from 33 states.

JCHS Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Jonathan Phillip and was selected to perform by a panel of music educators by recorded audition.
Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations advocating in support of music education. The Music for All National Festival is comprised of the National Concert Band Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, Chamber Music National Festival and three national honor ensembles: The Honor Band of America, the Jazz Band of America, and the Honor Orchestra of America. … Continue Reading

Donation Check Presented to the Hillsboro Charter Academy

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The Short Hill Historical Society presented a check for $900 to the Hillsboro Charter Academy for their support of the 2016 Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair. The Hillsboro Charter Academy opened their doors to give more inside space for crafters. To thank the Hillsboro Charter Academy, the Short Hill Historical Society donated all of the funds from crafters who used the charter school to the school.

The Short Hill Historical Society, formerly the Hillsboro Community Association/Friends of the Old Stone School, a non-profit organization entering its 41st year, is dedicated to helping preserve and restore the Old Stone School and historic landmarks in the Short Hill area.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of February 24, 2017

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02/24/2017 – 12:01 p.m. 500 Blk of East A Street Possession of narcotics
Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. During the stop the officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, a small amount of marijuana was located. A 20 year old female, Veronica Root of Purcellville, Virginia was released on a summons.

02/24/2017 – 3:35 p.m. A Street/Maple Avenue Suspicious Person
Police were dispatched to the area for a report of a suspicious male pulled over to the side of the road in a blue convertible and calling out middle school aged students. Upon police arrival there was no evidence of the vehicle or any other reports of this activity. … Continue Reading

Classes Help Seniors To Move To Achieve Better Balance

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The Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging has launched a program titled “Moving for Better Balance.” The program encourages seniors to stay active and independent by improving strength, increasing balance and preventing falls.

Sessions will be held Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. through May 19 at the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. located at 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170, Ashbury. Interested individuals may sign up online at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac using Activity Number 227673-01 or by sending an e-mail to aaasupport@loudoun.gov.

To learn more about Tai Ji Quan, the research-based balance training program designed for seniors and people with balance disorders, visit https://tjqmbb.org.

Forde Sentenced for First Degree Murder

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Kelvin Nathaniel Forde, 53, appeared before the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, in custody, for sentencing on one count of first degree murder and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the shooting death of his wife, Ruby Forde on March 11, 2014. Judge Jeanette A. Irby imposed a total sentence of thirty-eight years to serve in the Virginia Department of Corrections with three years of post-release supervision. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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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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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

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 …

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 …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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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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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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