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Randall, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors

September 30, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Randall, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors
Phyllis Randall

Phyllis Randall, who was raised in a military family, is a 23-year resident of Loudoun County. Randall and her husband, T.W., have been married for 24 years and have two sons educated in Loudoun County Public Schools. Randall is the immediate past chair of Virginia’s Fair Housing Board and the current chair of Virginia’s State Board of Corrections. She is a mental health/substance abuse therapist. Recently Randall has been endorsed by the Loudoun Education Association and the Loudoun Police Benevolent Association. … Continue Reading

King, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors

September 30, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on King, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors
Charlie King

Charlie King moved to Leesburg in 2001 from Falls Church. King and his wife Krys have been married for 18 years and have a daughter.
He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the George Mason University School of Law.

King’s community involvement began in law school when he was appointed to the Falls Church Historical Commission and helped implement the city’s then new preservation ordinance. After law school, he started a law practice in Arlington County.

After being hired to teach at the Police Academy in Sterling, he moved his practice to Leesburg in 2000 and moved to Leesburg in 2001.

After moving to Loudoun, he served on the Board of the Loudoun County Izaack Walton League and served as the vice-chairman of his HOA. He was elected to the Board of the Loudoun County Bar Association and is currently chairman of the Loudoun County Community Criminal Justice Board. King was also appointed by the Circuit Court to serve as a special justice to preside over civil commitment hearings. In his spare time he skis, hunts in western Loudoun and collects antique oil paintings and books. … Continue Reading

Richard Jimmerson, Candidate for Blue Ridge District

September 30, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson, Candidate for Blue Ridge District

Richard Jimmerson grew up an Army brat, so home was where the Army took them. Richard married his high school sweetheart, Karen, and they relocated to Virginia shortly after. They have been married for 23 years and have three daughters who attend the local elementary, middle, and high schools. Before the birth of their first child, they relocated from Alexandria to Loudoun County, first living in Ashburn and then Leesburg. In 2011, their love of biking and the outdoors brought them to Purcellville when a home bordering the W&OD came available. Richard is currently the Chief Information Officer of the American Registry for Internet Numbers and has been actively involved in Internet resource governance and education since the 1990s. Prior to working for the Internet industry, Jimmerson managed information system for the United States Marine Corps working at the Navy Annex to the Pentagon. He has a degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University.

Blue Ridge Leader: Why are you running?
Richard Jimmerson: Loudoun County, and particularly the Blue Ridge District, will make many zoning and land use decisions over the next four years. With most of the county built out, much of the development pressure will be focused in the Western part of the County. These decisions could have a long-lasting impact on the future of our neighborhoods, farms, scenic landscapes, and identity as a community. I am steadfast in my commitment to not increase residential development in the rural planning areas to preserve our natural spaces and more importantly to hold the line on tax increases that invariably occur from that growth. … Continue Reading

Bellanca, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors

September 30, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Bellanca, Candidate for Chair, Board of Supervisors

Tom Bellanca has lived in Loudoun since 2007. He lives in Aldie with his wife and two daughters. He previously ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2011. Bellanca is a realtor and is president and founder of Dulles Corridor Real Estate.

Blue Ridge Leader: Why are you running?
Tom Bellanca: Too often special interests have injected themselves into our election process and the resident’s interests are not represented. In 2011, I ran to get the horrible traffic issues addressed in the County. I ran to address the terrible overcrowding and poor planning for our schools. I ran to work on getting our economy going again. All of the funding for needed services in the County depends on economic development. Now that we will be funding a portion of the Metro Silver Line, this becomes even more important because Metro funding, if not materialized will take needed funds away from the schools. … Continue Reading

Bonfils Sworn In As Interim Broad Run Supervisor

September 30, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Comments Off on Bonfils Sworn In As Interim Broad Run Supervisor

James G. Bonfils has been sworn in as the interim Broad Run District supervisor for Loudoun County. The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens. Bonfils was appointed to the position by the Board of Supervisors.

“It’s a real honor to serve as Broad Run District supervisor,” said Bonfils. “I look forward to doing my best to serve my district impartially.”

Bonfils was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife, Terri. Also on hand for the ceremony were Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Scott York, Vice Chairman Ralph Buona, House of Delegates member Randy Minchew, and County Administrator Tim Hemstreet.

Bonfils will serve on the Board of Supervisors through December 31, 2015. The candidate who is elected as Broad Run District Supervisor in the November general election will take office on January 1, 2016. Bonfils was one of 12 people from the Broad Run District who applied for the position which became vacant September 6 when Shawn Williams resigned.

More information about the Board of Supervisors is online at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

The Buddy Bench at Loudoun Country Day School

September 30, 2015 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on The Buddy Bench at Loudoun Country Day School

Dylan Buckley, a third grader at LCDS, wanted to have a special bench at recess where anyone who needed a buddy to play with, could sit and then others would go ask the student to join their game. She thought of this last year as a second grader, and our librarian Renee Kelahan, helped her make it happen. Dylan and other students raised funds through lemonade stands and asking their parents for money. Dylan and her classmates are sponsoring the buddy bench each year until they graduate in eighth grade. Each fall they will explain the purpose of the bench to other students.

Jim Bonfils Sworn in as Interim Broad Run District Supervisor

September 24, 2015 by Contributor Government, News Comments Off on Jim Bonfils Sworn in as Interim Broad Run District Supervisor
Jim Bonfils

James (Jim) G. Bonfils has been sworn in as the interim Broad Run District supervisor for Loudoun County. The swearing-in ceremony conducted by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens occurred at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Loudoun County Courthouse, following Bonfils’ appointment to the position by the Board of Supervisors Monday evening.

It’s a real honor to serve as Broad Run District Supervisor,” said Bonfils, following this morning’s ceremony. “I look forward to doing my best to serve my district impartially.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Seek Assistance

September 24, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Seek Assistance

The Purcellville Police Department would like to seek the public’s assistance in reference to a hit and run accident that had occurred on or about September 18, 2015 in the area of Hirst Rd. and N. 21st St. (690 North). It appears that a large truck was attempting to make a right turn onto N. 21st St. from Hirst Rd. and struck the guard rail which caused extensive damage.

If anyone has witnessed the crash or has any information relating to this incident, please contact Lt. Joe Schroeck at 540 338-7422 or jschroec@purcellvilleva.gov.

LCSO Investigating Reported Assault of Runner in Lansdowne Area

September 24, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigating Reported Assault of Runner in Lansdowne Area

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reported assault of a female runner in the Lansdowne area early Thursday morning.

The victim was running in the area of Riverside Parkway and Kipheart Drive when around 5:45 a.m. she was assaulted by an unknown male. The suspect tackled the woman to the ground. She was able to fight off the male and run to a passerby who drove her home. She then reported the incident to authorities.

The suspect is described as a Black male and was wearing a hoodie, possibly grey in color, with the hood up. He was also wearing possible khaki pants. He fled the area on foot towards the Lansdowne Town Center.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call the Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Loudoun County Jury Drum Selected As a 2015 Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact

September 20, 2015 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Jury Drum Selected As a 2015 Virginia Top 10 Endangered Artifact
Jury Drum

Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens is pleased to announce that the 1835 jury drum belonging to the Historic Records Division has been picked by museum and archival professionals as one of the top ten honorees in the Virginia Association of Museums 2015 Endangered Artifacts program.

Twenty six museums, archives and libraries from Virginia took part in this year’s Endangered Artifact program. The two-round process for picking the ten most endangered artifacts started with the People’s Choice phase, where members of the general public voted for their favorite artifact. In the first round, the jury drum received 2,986 votes. … Continue Reading

Absentee Voting for the November General Election is Underway in Loudoun County

September 20, 2015 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Absentee Voting for the November General Election is Underway in Loudoun County

In-person absentee voting for the November 3, 2015, general election is underway, as of Friday, September 18, 2015, at the Loudoun County Office of Elections, 750 Miller Drive, S.E., Suite C, Leesburg. Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Loudoun voters who cannot make it to their precinct on Election Day may be eligible to vote an absentee ballot in person or by mail. There are 19 different qualifying reasons that allow voters to use an absentee ballot. All the reasons and instructions can be found on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form online at www.loudoun.gov/absentee.

The Loudoun County Office of Elections will offer extended absentee voting hours beginning Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30 from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays, October 24 and October 31, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

LCSO, Purcellville Police Department Partner with DEA for Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day

September 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO, Purcellville Police Department Partner with DEA for Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Purcellville Police Department have once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

Law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on September 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at four sites in the county. The sites include, the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling; the Dulles South Public Safety Center located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding; the Lansdowne Public Safety Center located at 19845 Sandridge Way in Lansdowne; and the Purcellville Police Department collection site will be located at Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 12, 2015

September 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 12, 2015

09/12/2015 – 1:58 a.m. 100 Blk. W. Main St. Juvenile Complaint
Police observed a juvenile in the early morning hours and began to speak with him. He was found to be in possession of tobacco products and had consumed some alcohol, but was not intoxicated. He was detained until his parent was contacted and responded to the scene to pick him up.

09/12/2015 – 1:15 a.m. 200 Blk. Nursery Ave. Narcotics Violation
Police on patrol observed two individuals in the pavilion area of Fireman’s Field after hours. It was determined that they were in possession of narcotics. The incident is under investigation and charges are going to be placed.

09/13/2015 – 6:15 p.m. 400 Blk. Maple Ave. Hit and Run Crash
A citizen reported that a fence had been damaged by a vehicle and then fled the scene. The matter is under investigation.

09/13/2015 – 7:40 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Indecent Exposure
The complainant reported that a juvenile male as a possible prank “flashed her” in the parking lot. The area was checked but the subject was not located.
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Sustainable Planet

Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

pot of gold

Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Good Cheer – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Eighth Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Concert

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



Mosby Heritage Area Association Recognizes Three Heritage Heroes

28 Nov 2015


The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected three individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award. The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have demonstrated stewardship responsibility over many years. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at 5:30 …

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Breakfast with Santa

28 Nov 2015


Bring the kids and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Between the Hills Community Center at 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville (Neersville). A delicious menu of eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes,a special french toast dish, coffee cake, fruit, and more. Free will offering. Call 540-668-6504 for more …

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2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Middleburg Wins State Championship

28 Nov 2015

Middleburg Academy volleyball

Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at November 11th’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record. Key wins in their season were home and away victories …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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