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March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Be the first to comment

Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

March 4, 2014 by Jim Burton Editorial, Opinion 2 comments
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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as more than 3,500 riders prefer the comfortable bus ride over the daily hassle of fighting the traffic on the major east/west arteries leading to points east.

There are now 20 park and ride lots in Loudoun, but unfortunately, only two lots are in Western Loudoun: a permanent county-owned lot just east of Hamilton on Business Rt. 7, and a temporary leased lot at the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia?

The Medicaid expansion battle lines began to be laid down last year by then-candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe, who pledged he would not sign a budget bill that did not provide for an acceptance of the Obama administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. … Continue Reading

Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 2 comments
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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association (PBA). Looking for additional information, I visited the town’s website and found that the Purcellville Business Association has a reference section. This menu item took me to the PBA website, but there was no additional information about the awards.

To assist me in completing the application, I contacted the town manager for the criteria of the awards. I questioned the PBA’s listing on the town’s website, since it seems they are a “for profit” business. There are many organizations similar to that of the PBA that could benefit from publicity offered by the town via the website. … Continue Reading

Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 3 comments
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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and John Chapman’s plans for the destruction of old town Purcellville.

Now that Mr. Nelis and Mr. Chapman have been given the whip hand to go ahead with their plans without compromising with their fellow citizens, it would behoove them to think twice before they do. They should remember how often and how recently, in government and law, we have seen those who have power force their views, without compromise, down the throats of large numbers of people, sometimes even majorities, opposed to them. They should consider that, by refusing to compromise on a matter solely concerning their financial interest rather than any moral or even legal principle, they contribute further to the ugly winner-take-all attitude too prevalent in our politics and society. … Continue Reading

Thanks To the Purcellville Community

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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As president of the Loudoun Valley Service Initiative (LVSI, formerly known as the Key Club), a service-oriented club at Loudoun Valley High School, I would like to thank the Purcellville community for a tremendously successful “Hygiene Drive.” In the month of January we conducted the drive and collected hygiene products for the needy in the community. We then gave the products to a liaison that works at the school for distribution. Thank you again, Purcellville.

Rob Fairfax
Purcellville

Sunday Hunting May Be Here Soon

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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One of the more interesting issues to come before the House of Delegates this year was a measure to allow Virginians to hunt on private land, not within 200 yards of a place of worship, on Sundays.  This is an important issue, and I received input from many constituents both supporting and opposing this measure. Since the House of Delegates’ decision to support this bill will affect the entire Commonwealth, I think it’s important to discuss why I supported it.

First, let me state that I am a man of faith who believes in the God of the Bible. Sunday is a special day for us to reflect on God’s goodness and take time to rest.  For many Virginians, to reflect on God’s goodness means to enjoy the land and animals He has provided for us through outdoor activities. Though this is not the way I spend my Sundays, I do not feel it is my place to restrict one sport over another. … Continue Reading

Guest Opinion – Utility Enterprise Debt Service Analysis – A Temporary Fix

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Be the first to comment
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By Kwasi Fraser

Purcellville is indeed a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family. Based on a strong wealth and employment profile of its overall citizen base, coupled with the town’s ability to levy taxes without limitation, Purcellville was able to obtain stellar bond ratings last year. These bond ratings enabled us to refinance our debt, and as shown in Figure 1 below, resulted in approximately $9.4 million in cost avoidance over the next six years. … Continue Reading

Bostic versus Rainey

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Following U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s opinion finding that Virginia’s controversial marriage amendment violates the U.S. Constitution, I received a list of Virginia Family Foundation “talking points” for use in letters to the editor. The list is a tour-de-force of false statements.

Contrary to the claim of VFF, the opinion is based precisely on the facts of the case and the testimony presented – including testimony that a Virginia state official told one of the plaintiffs, of her legal relationship to her daughter, “You don’t matter. You’re nobody.” The facts of the case show that the amendment doesn’t protect children, it harms them. … Continue Reading

Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and John Chapman’s plans for the destruction of old town Purcellville.

Now that Mr. Nelis and Mr. Chapman have been given the whip hand to go ahead with their plans without compromising with their fellow citizens, it would behoove them to think twice before they do. They should remember how often and how recently, in government and law, we have seen those who have power force their views, without compromise, down the throats of large numbers of people, sometimes even majorities, opposed to them. They should consider that, by refusing to compromise on a matter solely concerning their financial interest rather than any moral or even legal principle, they contribute further to the ugly winner-take-all attitude too prevalent in our politics and society. … Continue Reading

Is the County’s Word Worth a Plug Nickel?

February 5, 2014 by Jim Burton Editorial, Opinion 1 comment
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Should the county light all of Franklin Park’s playing fields including the ones on the upper plateau, one of the highest elevations in the Loudoun Valley? This was the subject of a recent community meeting held by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke and Loudoun County staff as they explained Ms. Clarke’s proposal and the government process for implementing that proposal. However, the proposal raises questions about more than just lights. It also raises questions about citizen trust in government and the validity of promises made by a government to its citizens. In short, how binding is a Board of Supervisors vote two decades ago (a vote that carried the force of law) on a board today? A look at the history of Franklin Park offers one lesson, especially in light of the board’s recent vote on Autumn Hill. … Continue Reading

Steady and Nobull

February 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Relief for Dulles Toll Road Users

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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By Delegate-Elect Dave LaRock

Why are Dulles Toll Road tolls rising? Like it or not, as Dulles Toll Road users we have been strapped with a huge share of the Dulles Rail construction costs which, although originally estimated to be $875 million, has increased by 245 percent to $3 billion today.

If you pay the outrageous round-trip toll of $7 to use the often-congested Dulles Toll Road, which now costs the average daily commuter about $1,750 annually, you can look to the center lanes and see drivers who pay zero dollars in tolls zipping along in those free center lanes. Elsewhere, drivers who attempt to cope with soaring tolls by moving onto local non-tolled routes add further to already gridlocked conditions. Regional mobility overall is diminished for local residents, businesses and travelers. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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