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Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates

April 15, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 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

April 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on 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

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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

Election 2016: Bobby Zoldos

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Lovettsville Mayor

I am running for re-election as the Mayor of Lovettsville so that we can continue to do the good work that we have been doing for the past four years on behalf of the people of Lovettsville.

This work includes:
Attracting new businesses-We have been working to attract new businesses to provide jobs in Town as well as providing necessary goods and services right here in Lovettsville. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 …

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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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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

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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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