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Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday
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As we approach this season of giving, I encourage you to reflect upon and to celebrate the multiple blessings afforded to us in this great nation, state, and town.  Also, please remember our brave military men and women whose daily sacrifices on behalf of our nation enable us to maintain our freedom, live our dreams, and care for our families.  If you can, support our wounded warriors and active duty personnel, stateside and abroad, this holiday season.  Whatever you can do or give will be greatly appreciated.

I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve you, and I look forward to your continued support. So, from my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

Kwasi Fraser,
Mayor, Purcellville

Debt, Debt and, More Debt … Or, Is There an Alternative?

December 10, 2014 Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on Debt, Debt and, More Debt … Or, Is There an Alternative?
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The entire trajectory of the Town of Purcellville can be summarized in one word. Debt.

The massive debt the town incurred to build the wastewater treatment plant – which currently operates at just 40 percent capacity – stands at $33 million. There was a $6 million mandated upgrade to the facility – which was paid for with a taxpayer funded grant. But, the balance of the $33 million spent was a choice by the town to dramatically increase the capacity of the facility- on the hope that the rapid growth in and around Purcellville would continue. Tap fees – the cost to be hooked up the system – now run about fifty thousand dollars apiece. And, that would keep the debt manageable.

But with the additional extravagant and ill-advised spending by the town (including the $8.5 million for the new town hall) and the housing crash recession, town debt has now ballooned to $61 million in less than a decade …

There is no looking back, but there is a way to look forward. … Continue Reading

Lack of Ethical Journalism

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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It disappoints me to see the gross distortions promoted in the Purcellville Gazette this past week. I posted my full response on my blog (Jimmerson.org) and in doing so, I showed the outright attempt to mislead the public and the lack of ethical journalism taking place at the Gazette.

It is clear the Gazette represents an agenda and a select group of people in Purcellville and it reflects very poorly on their publication. They provided clear evidence of an extreme bias against myself and Mayor Fraser and any credibility they had has just been lost by our community.

Clearly the Gazette dislikes anyone representing the interests of Purcellville Residents. I will continue my resolve and this false campaign against me will not dissuade me from doing the job I was elected to do.

Karen Jimmerson
Purcellville Town Council

Thank You for a Wonderful 4th Annual Halloween Block Party

November 5, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You for a Wonderful 4th Annual Halloween Block Party
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The Purcellville Halloween Block Party drew 1000’s for the 4th annual event held in Old Town on 21st street. Everyone had an awesome time participating or just watching the five categories of costume contests, with over $1500 in cash prizes and trophies awarded to the many creative costumes. … Continue Reading

Keep Zoning By Right

November 5, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Keep Zoning By Right
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On behalf of my lovely neighborhood in the historic district of Purcellville, I urge the town authorities to deny the developer’s request to change the R-2 zoning of the Ball property on 32nd Street.

Our neighborhood has been blessed with several young families. They chose to move here to avoid the travails of congested living.

The developer, MI Construction of Ohio, has requested rezoning the Ball property from R-2 to R-8. Currently, the property is zoned by right for two houses per acre which reflects the character of the neighborhood. A change to R-8 would allow the building of up to 80 units on ten acres. … Continue Reading

I Hate Fraud

November 5, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion 2 comments
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I watched my father get taken by a variety of fraudsters. Some even came to our house to take his money under false pretense. Scotch whiskey investment scams, oil and gas lease scams, business start-ups that never really started up etc each taking a piece of his meager savings and a big chunk of his confidence. My reason to write this is not to relive history but to warn fellow Loudouners of a very current scam that I was shocked to recently watch play out. I got a call from people claiming to be the US Treasury Department warning me they were issuing a bench warrant for my arrest unless I paid overdue taxes from a prior year They left this message on my legal office line quite audaciously as that didn’t intimidate them from still trying to execute a scam. … Continue Reading

Save Western Loudoun Schools

October 17, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Save Western Loudoun Schools
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This November’s school bond referendum is a threat to every school in Western Loudoun. On November 4, voters will be asked to approve a $162,900,000 bond to finance ES-27 Dulles North Elementary, MS-9 Dulles North Middle, and the Advanced Technology Academy (ATA).

One could argue truthfully that that none of these new schools will be located in Western Loudoun and, thus, will continue to move more Western tax dollars to pay for projects in the East. But there is an even greater threat. ES-27 and MS-9 are to be built for new students who are coming from new families bringing new tax revenue. The Advanced Technology Academy is not. The ATA is an overlay school for existing students that will necessitate funneling more money from all other schools in order to pay for its construction, maintenance, and operating costs.

With the School Board’s most recent attempt to close Western Loudoun schools, every single dollar counts. Voting for this school bond puts greater strain on the school budget and will increase the likelihood that some or all of Western Loudoun schools will be closed in order to fund the ATA. I encourage all residents to vote for Western Loudoun schools and vote against this bond.

David Dickinson
Leesburg

Congress Needs To Get Down To Work

October 12, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Congress Needs To Get Down To Work
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I recently read about a Wall Street Journal poll that said that only 14 percent of people approve of the job that Congress is doing. A whopping 71 percent of people felt that the economic problems facing this country are due to the inability of our elected officials in Washington to get anything done to improve the economy. What is it going to take to get them to see that the problems in this country go beyond politics?

It’s time for everyone in Congress to put aside their differences and get down to the real work of making the lives of the people who put them there better.

Kevin O’Neil
Leesburg

Sweeping Zoning Changes Continue To Be Proposed

September 3, 2014 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Sweeping Zoning Changes Continue To Be Proposed
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Visions Of Purcellville Looking Like Reston

At the August 21 Purcellville Planning Commission Work Session town community development staff continued to forge ahead with sweeping zoning changes to the town. Latest in the discussion was the PDH zoning district. Vice Chair Dennis Beese mentioned that he thought the goal was to make Purcellville look like Reston. This PDH district is high density residential in the form of multi-family residential units – such as apartment buildings. The district according to a staff memo, “does have a commercial component to it but that component is limited in its commercial scope.” The memo continued, “The short coming to the PDH district is that it doesn’t provide for mixed residential and commercial utilization…it falls short if a developer would like to add shopping, restaurant or service component…Our commercial district, the Mixed Use (MC) district only allows for apartments or multu-family residential uses on the second floor. This is too limiting.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Crossroads Tilley Entertainment Proposal

September 3, 2014 Editorial, Opinion 33 comments
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The new Tilley-Kline Entertainment complex proposal is in its initial stages of design. The proposal – not yet formal – is on a 50-acre parcel (50.46) that is not within the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). The developers are considering a boundary line adjustment, and are initially proposing 91 residential units, 90,000 square feet and retail to include five restaurants. They are also proposing an 80-room hotel. … Continue Reading

Efforts To Extend CDAs for Vineyard Square Continue

September 3, 2014 Editorial, Opinion 1 comment
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Ever since a May 29, 2014 Town of Purcellville staff memo about Vineyard Square Certificate of Design Approval expiration “issues,” the town and Councilmember Joan Lehr have been trying to extend the Certificate of Design Approvals for developers Mark Nelis and John Chapman by amending the town code Section 54-78. There are three deadlines which are set to expire for this project. The first deadline is November 14, the second is December 16, and the final deadline is January 14, 2015. The CDAs are related to demolition, and for an approved site plan and zoning permit for new buildings to be constructed. If the CDAs expire then there “might be the possibility,” according to the staff memo, “that the approvals will not be forthcoming and the project would have to stop.” … Continue Reading

Where Is the Money?

September 3, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Where Is the Money?
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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole source of Social Security funding?  I realize that over the last few years Social Security spending has outpaced payroll tax receipts, but isn’t there a Social Security trust fund surplus to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars?

It appears that the real problem is that Congress borrowed from the trust fund over the past couple of decades so that they could spend more than they were making.  And now they can’t pay the money back.  Really?   All this bending over backwards in Congress to avoid not paying back the money foreign investors loan to the U.S. , and not a care in the world about paying back its own citizens? 

Kevin O’Neil
Leesburg

Sign the Petition

September 3, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Sign the Petition
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Loudoun Water’s proposed construction of twin 189’ water towers at the very dangerous intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane is flawed. Red Hill Road is a historic sunken, tree-lined, twisting dirt road that is just 12 feet wide in parts. Loudoun Water plans to bring all construction vehicles for these water towers from Watson Road onto Red Hill Road. This is preposterous if you truly understand the road and the entrance from Watson Road.

During the initial Planning Commission meeting, several commissioners expressed concern about access for construction traffic, indeed had a vote been taken that night it is likely that the application for the proposed water towers at Red Hill Road would have been denied. Instead, the application was moved to a work session after which Loudoun Water proposed using southern access from Willowsford for the construction traffic. Based on a verbal statement and a vague map showing an arrow coming in from the south, several Planning Commissioners changed their minds and decided to vote to approve the Red Hill site. Now, just six weeks later, Loudoun Water’s submission for Board of Supervisors approval only cites southerly access as a possibility in the notes. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

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

December 2016
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
November 28, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 1, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 3, 2016

Holiday Open House

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

December 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

December 5, 2016 December 6, 2016 December 7, 2016 December 8, 2016 December 9, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House

13th Annual Purcellville Christmas Parade

Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

Christmas Market and Trolley Tours

December 12, 2016 December 13, 2016 December 14, 2016 December 15, 2016 December 16, 2016 December 17, 2016

Intro to Essential Oils

December 18, 2016
December 19, 2016 December 20, 2016 December 21, 2016 December 22, 2016 December 23, 2016 December 24, 2016 December 25, 2016
December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

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Farm Bureau President Hopes for Immigration Reform

5 Dec 2016

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Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor told county delegates at the organization’s annual convention in Hot Springs that immigration reform “is an issue that has been delayed too long.” He noted that: “Work will begin on the 2018 Farm Bill next year. This is the most complex federal legislation farmers face, and it typically takes at least two years …

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Northern Virginia Chamber To Host Congressional Roundtable

5 Dec 2016

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The Northern Virginia Chamber will host its annual Congressional Roundtable on Monday, December 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Chamber in Tysons (7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550). The dialogue will cover several issues at the intersection of federal policy and business – federal spending, energy, trade policy, the sequestration and the effect on Northern Virginia, transportation, …

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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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

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

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 …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

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

Warner Introduces Bill To Help Wells Fargo Victims Get Their Day in Court

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly …

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History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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