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LCSO Continues Investigation into Death, Stabbing at Ashburn Meadows Apartment Complex

November 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Continues Investigation into Death, Stabbing at Ashburn Meadows Apartment Complex
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a stabbing that took the life of one victim and seriously injured another in the area of the Ashburn Meadows apartment complex in Ashburn.

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office continue to follow-up on leads in the case. At this time it appears the victims of the assault were targeted and there is no indication there is a threat to the community. … Continue Reading

Sweats for Vets in Full Swing

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Sweats for Vets in Full Swing
Town Hall Memorial Day

The Town of Purcellville is proud to announce the Annual Sweats for Vets Program.  Guidelines for the program are simple:
New sweat sets (tops and bottoms)
Sizes needed are XL, 2XL and 3X
Tie each sweat set (top and bottom) together with a ribbon only (do not gift wrap) 

Drop sweat sets at the Purcellville Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by Friday, December 16.

Your contributions and support sends the community’s gratitude and warmth directly to our nation’s military heroes at the Martinsburg Hospital. 

Focus On… Sharon Affinito and Judy Galen, Loudoun County Commuter Services

November 2, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Focus On… Sharon Affinito and Judy Galen, Loudoun County Commuter Services
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Loudoun County Commuter Services connects individuals, employers and visitors with transportation solutions. Carpools, vanpools, transit and biking lessen rush hour traffic on area roads. Telework and compressed work weeks allow individuals to reduce or adjust their travel time.

Could a vanpool work for you or your business? Find out at a Vanpool Open House on Tuesday, November 15, at 801 Sycolin Road in Leesburg between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tour a commuter vehicle, meet others interested in vanpools and see if it is right for you. For more information, send an e-mail to LCCS@loudoun.gov or call 703 771-5665.

Polco Goes Online in Purcellville

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Polco Goes Online in Purcellville
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Get Involved in Your Local Government

Polco, a civic engagement platform to help people get involved in their local government is now live and ready for citizens of Purcellville to get engaged in issues relating to the town. There are many ways to interact with the Polco program ­– including by voting, by commenting and by sharing. Everyone can “vote,” and votes and will be cross- referenced with the voter file, so only registered voters of a particular town can vote on an issue. This also limits everyone to one vote. … Continue Reading

Public Participation Needed in New Comprehensive Plan

November 2, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Public Participation Needed in New Comprehensive Plan
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Loudoun County is kicking off an 18-month initiative called Envision Loudoun, which will result in a new Comprehensive Plan. The plan will serve as the county government’s guiding document for land use and development in the foreseeable future.

Members of the public are invited to attend one of four Listening and Learning workshops in November. Each meeting will follow the same format where participants are provided with an opportunity to discuss Loudoun County’s future and to share ideas through interactive activities in casual, small-group settings. All workshops are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Purcellville October Town Council Meetings

November 2, 2016 Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville October Town Council Meetings
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Town Council Meeting October 11
Zoning Text Amendment:

In early October, the Purcellville Town Council voted to send zoning text amendments to the Planning Commission for review. The motion, initiated by Council Member Kelli Grim passed 5-2 with Council Members Doug McCollum and Chris Bledsoe voting no. The zoning text aments include the following:
Change the zoning ordinance back to lower the maximum building heights allowed in the C-4 District. This includes 21st Street, Hatcher and parts of Main Street – the Downtown Central Commercial District. In 2008, the Lazaro Council raised the building heights allowed in this district from 35 ft. to 65 ft. – six stories – based on the advocacy of developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis and the Vineyard Square development. This review, if passed, would keep building heights in line with the original purpose of the district. … Continue Reading

Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority

November 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority
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In late October, the Purcellville Town Council held an open meeting with the Municipal & Financial Services Group President Edward J. Donahue III and manager Eric Callocchia. The town’s financial advisor Kyle Laux from the Davenport Group was also in attendance. The town council is looking for ways to reduce utility rates for citizens. One of the ways the town council is trying to accomplish this is by exploring ways to generate new revenue that can help reduce utility cost. … Continue Reading

Chapman Appeals State Decision; Easement Overvalued By 95 Percent

November 2, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Chapman Appeals State Decision; Easement Overvalued By 95 Percent
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In 2008, Purcellville developer John Chapman, of Chapman Brothers LLC and Valley Medical Center LLC, placed approximately 10 acres of vacant land located near the intersection of Hatcher Avenue and Hirst Road in conservation easement. Known as the Chapman DeMary Trail, the long, narrow parcel is in a FEMA flood plain, with South Fork Catoctin Creek winding through the property.

A pre-donation appraisal is required to put a property in conservation easement. The higher the development value of land in question, the larger the tax benefit afforded the donor. The appraisal Chapman submitted to the state valued the property at $4.3 million dollars. The C-1 commercial office zoning that ran with the property would have allowed nearly 400 parking spaces, and commercial buildings of 112,000 square feet. … Continue Reading

November 5 Last Comp Plan Workshop for Purcellville

November 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on November 5 Last Comp Plan Workshop for Purcellville
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The Town of Purcellville will hold its last Comprehensive Plan Update Workshops on Saturday, November 5, at Town Hall (221 S. Nursery Avenue).  The first session will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second session from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  You will be able to discuss and respond to specific questions that will help determine the final content of the updated comprehensive plan.
    
These workshops will be the last community events for 2016, and the last opportunity to provide input before drafting the updated comprehensive plan.  Please plan to attend – your feedback is vital to the project’s success. 

Chapman Challenges Citizens/Local Farmers on Facebook

November 2, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Chapman Challenges Citizens/Local Farmers on Facebook
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The social media world lit up recently with, Sam Chapman’s Facebook claim that Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard in Purcellville, were seeking new commercial zoning for their property. Chapman also suggested that the rezoning might be connected to the current Comprehensive Plan Review, citing the website developed to keep citizens updated on the process: www.planpurcellville.com. The post was also marketed as an advertisement for greater coverage. … Continue Reading

To Pave or Not To Pave

November 2, 2016 Development, News 4 comments
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The Strange Saga Of Greggsville Road

Some things seem to move really slow here in western Loudoun County – that hay-hauling tractor in front of you on Snickersville Turnpike, or the gang of wild turkeys trying to make it to the other side, for example. And, some things seem to happen virtually overnight.

For Madeline Skinner and her husband Mark – owners of the Philomont General Store – things moved way too fast with the recent VDOT/Loudoun County decision to pave all 2.8 miles of Greggsville Road (end to end), from Jeb Stuart Road to Telegraph Springs Road – which are both also gravel roads. … Continue Reading

Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station Opens in Round Hill

November 2, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station Opens in Round Hill
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By Amanda Clark
On Saturday, October 22 there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Office that has opened in Round Hill.

Speakers at the ceremony included Sheriff Mike Chapman, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, Supervisors Geary Higgins and Tony Buffington, Town of Round Hill Mayor Scott Ramsey and Captain Greg Ahlemann (the station’s commander). Mayors Kwasi Fraser from Purcellville, Roger Vance from Hillsboro, David Butler from Leesburg and Robert Zoldos from Lovettsville were also in attendance. Others attending included LCSO command staff, some council members from the towns in Western Loudoun, and local business and community leaders as well as residents. … Continue Reading

Swiiiish! Virginia Storm Trounces Vulcans 175-121 In Home Game Opener

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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The Virginia Storm Basketball Team burst on the south east’s competitive sports scene with a gigantic, over-the-top win – 175 to 121 – against the RDC Vulcans at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville October 29.

VA Storm – part of the American Basketball Association, which just signed the group on as their 100th team for the 2016-12017 season – is a sports and family entertainment organization. It is designed to give players opportunities to advance their careers in post collegiate play with the potential to move them up in the basketball world, be it with overseas play, in association with the NBA D League, or with the NBA. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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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Calendar

February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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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 …

Op-ed

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 …

Dear Editor

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 …

Around Virginia

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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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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