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Republicans Retain Control of Board of Supervisors

November 4, 2015 Elections, Elections, News 1 comment

The new board of supervisors will have a mix up of parties; however the majority still rests with the Republican Party.

Phyllis Randall (D) won the four-way race for the county chairmanship garnering 24,613 votes. Second place was incumbent Scott K. York who ran as an Independent this time. He had 19,891 votes. Charlie L. King (R) got 18,918 votes and Independent Tom E. Bellanca got 1,973 votes.

In the Leesburg District current mayor Kristen Umstattd (D), defeated challenger Will Estrada (R), with 4,423 votes to Estrada’s 3,149 votes. In the Algonkin District, incumbent Suzanne Volpe (R) was re-elected with 3,881 votes, defeating Andrew Resnick (D) who garnered 3,563 votes. In the Sterling district Koran Saines (D) beat out four-term incumbent Eugene Delgaudio (R) with a vote of 3,251 to Delgaudio’s 3,037 votes. … Continue Reading

New Facebook Page for the Town of Purcellville

November 4, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on New Facebook Page for the Town of Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville has announced the formal launching of its new Facebook page.

Said Mayor Kwasi Fraser: “We have an obligation to educate and inform our citizens and other stakeholders about our town.  The town’s new Facebook page presents another avenue enabling us to engage our audience and other communities of interest – often and consistently via social media.  We hope all will ‘like’ our page and become engaged and informed.”

The page is designed to keep citizens and interested parties informed about community events and news, governmental activities, zoning appeals and other development-related activities being considered by various town departments and advisory councils, school and local sports activities and announcements, and more. … Continue Reading

Your Voice Is Your Influence … Use It!!

November 4, 2015 News, Our Towns 1 comment

By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Over the past months, I have advocated completion of the revision to our existing Comprehensive Plan prior to pursuing and enacting any of the Planning Commission’s recommended zoning use changes.  This would enable us to better align our zoning ordinance with the needs of our citizens, current and future.  Indeed, the Planning Commission has committed significant time and effort to the zoning use change exercise. I realized my position would face strong opposition, and it has – as it should – since we are a democracy.

We are reminded, however, that the voices of the citizens should always prevail.  This was especially evident in our citizens’ and businesses’ participation at last week’s public hearing, and from emails and letters to this council conveying their concerns with the proposed zoning use changes. … Continue Reading

Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Dominion Power Poland Road Transmission Lines Alignments Draw Public Ire

The Virginia State Corporation Commission held a series of local hearings in late October for Dominion Power’s proposed Poland Road transmission line project in Loudoun County. The 230kV double-circuit transmission line is designed to serve a large new data center, and is comprised of a single pole structure approximately 4 miles long with a 100 feet wide right of way. The line would be located along Route 50 near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 606, bordering Washington Dulles International Airport.

Opponents of the proposed alignment include the Stone Springs Hospital Center and John Edgewood of Greenworks Landscaping, whose retail business would lose some of its facilities due to power line easement requirements. The project is also opposed by South Riding Proprietary president Kevin Turner, who has argued that the Route 50 corridor should be protected as a gateway to Loudoun’s wine country, and “ … is not to meant to be the New Jersey Turnpike of Loudoun County.” … Continue Reading

Soaring Ambulance Fees Hit County Residents

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News 4 comments
Loudoun County Fire Rescue

By Patrick J. Sloyan

Once the siren rattles this village, citizens flock to the Fighting Fifth, the nickname for Hamilton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 5. An ambulance call means a team of three scrambles into the white and green van. They are as trained in life-saving skills as any big city ambulance crew. Heart attacks, choking babies, grisly highway wrecks—they have been doing without charge for 70 years.

All that changed this summer when the Fighting Fifth’s ambulance crews were forced to charge hapless patients as much as $770 to get to Loudoun hospitals. Unhappy was Jamil Scott, the Rescue Company’s ambulance chief saw the fees as a blow to Hamilton’s volunteer spirit. “Community service and dedication, “ said Scott, proudly. He is an ex-Marine and an accountant with deep misgivings with the new cash and carry policy. … Continue Reading

Denstock Real Estate Investments Eyeing Property in Purcellville

November 4, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Denstock Real Estate Investments Eyeing Property in Purcellville
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In October, Purcellville Vice Mayor Ben Packard disclosed that he and town council member Joan Lehr had met with Denstock Real Estate Investments of Charlottesville to discuss a potential new development near the western entrance to town.

The company is interested in the O’Toole property, located on Main Street across from Crooked Run Orchard. The company is looking into putting luxury apartments on the parcel, which also borders the Southern Collector Road.

Denstock Real Estate Investments describes their focus as “primarily [on] multifamily development,” building “Class A luxury communities.” Per its website, the company claims to have “created significant value for both our investors and our residents,” focusing on establishing apartments near medical facilities.

Other Denstock developments include the 170-unit Meadow Branch Apartments complex in Winchester (under construction), the 155-unit Stonegate Apartments at Zion Crossroads, the 204-unit Apartments at Goose Creek in Fishersville (under construction) and the 348-unit Lakeside Apartments in Charlottesville.

November Screenings Schedule for Inova Loudoun Mobile

November 4, 2015 Public Safety Comments Off on November Screenings Schedule for Inova Loudoun Mobile

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing blood pressure screenings during the month of November:
Thursday, November 5, 11:00 a.m. – noon, Lovettsville Community Center E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
Thursday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Carver Center 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville
Thursday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. – noon Lovettsville Community Center E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
Monday, November 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Levis Hill House 1000 West Washington Street, Middleburg

Purcellville Crossroads Proposal Moves Forward

November 4, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Crossroads Proposal Moves Forward

In early October, Vice Mayor Ben Packard proposed to put the Purcellville Crossroads Application on the October 27 Town Council Work Session Agenda for discussion. His reason for doing so was to have any additional questions answered so council could make a decision on whether or not to annex the property. Typically, it is the applicant that requests this process.


Pleasants Kline, along with two other property owners, is requesting that Purcellville annex and bring into town approximately 50.4 acres of farmland rezoned for residential use. The property is currently within the Purcellville/County Joint Land Management area and zoned JLMA-3 (one house per three acres). It is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Berlin Turnpike (Route 287) and Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and along St. Francis Court. … Continue Reading

Paist Abruptly Resigns Purcellville Planning Commission

November 4, 2015 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Paist Abruptly Resigns Purcellville Planning Commission
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Position Again Filled By Council Member Doug McCollum

At the beginning of the October 15 Purcellville Planning Commission meeting, Chairman Gil Paist made a motion to put a vote for the election of a new chair and vice chair on the agenda for the evening.

Typically new appointments/changes to those serving on the commission are made on an annual basis at the body’s first meeting in the month of November. … Continue Reading

Lights Up at Franklin Park

November 4, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Lights Up at Franklin Park

Over two decades ago Loudoun County purchased 203 acres of farmland now known as Franklin Park. After meetings with the surrounding neighbors the county promised to keep the upper fields as passive recreation fields to protect the existing neighbors. This meant no lighted fields on the upper plateau of Franklin Park.

This promise was part of the Master Plan and Conditions of Approval. The lighted ball fields were kept on the lower fields. Supervisor Janet Clarke requested a Special Exception for lights on the upper fields early in her term and in late October, 16 poles went up at a cost of $1.75 million.

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November 4, 2015 Business, News Comments Off on FOCUS ON: CLIMATIC Heating & Cooling, Inc.

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Com’ On Let’s Turkey Trot

November 4, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Com’ On Let’s Turkey Trot

The 11th Annual 5K and Fun Run Turkey Trot will take place Sunday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m. at the Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville. The proceeds of this event support the LVCC advisory board’s programming, including financial assistance to families in need and LVCC programming. For more information go to pvilleturkeytrot.shutterfly.com. To volunteer call 540-338-4122.

Hail To the Trail

November 4, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hail To the Trail

Fall Day at Chapman DeMary Nature Trail

More than 100 people came to Hail to the Trail in Purcellville at the Chapman DeMary Nature Trail on October 25 to enjoy a day in the woods and to learn about nature. This event included nature walks, demonstrations of youth projects at the trail, a rain barrel workshop, live animals, food, and live music. More than 20 local organizations and businesses had displays and activities for kids to help them understand more about nature and our environment. … Continue Reading






Asterisk No More


By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn


It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …


Grief and Greed


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 …


Oh No, It’s the Christians!


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

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville


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


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


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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February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert


Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016


In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016


There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016


By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House


The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse


On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships


Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


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


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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