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A Time of Gathering and Reflection

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on A Time of Gathering and Reflection
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It seems like December is all about Christmas.  And that means Black Friday, endless renditions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Grinches, Scrooges, dysfunctional family stories with happy endings, after-midnight shopping, and dancing snowmen.

But let’s not forget that it’s also a time of gathering and reflection.  It’s a time to gather together with family and friends.  And it’s a time to reflect on our lives, the meaning of our lives, and how we can give and make a difference in our communities.  Remember, even if we don’t have money, we all have something to give and contribute.

Kevin O’Neil
Leesburg

Let’s Consider Franklin Park for a Park and Ride

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Consider Franklin Park for a Park and Ride
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I’m writing this because you have provided valuable insight into a number of Loudoun County issues that the towns or Loudoun Board of Supervisors (BOS) have railroaded past us.  There was the quick take of the Brown’s Farm for the Southern Collector Road, the power lines down Route 7 and now the Red Hill water towers and the proposed Purcellville Crossroads development.

But there is one more:  The Franklin Park Park and Ride and the resulting perfect storm of traffic at St. Andrew Park and Ride.  If you go to the Loudoun County website you can find the completed plans for Franklin Park Park and Ride, which the county paid over $120,000 for.  And then there were the additional expenses of archeological verification, environmental research, county employee involvement, etc. so that the final overall cost of the plans was easily over $300,000. Then Janet Clarke got into office as the Blue Ridge representative and the plans were killed.  We, the Loudoun County bus riders, would have to continue using the overcrowded St. Andrew lot, being reduced twice down to 78 parking spots.  Her rationale was that children going to the pool could get hit by a car. … Continue Reading

By Right – Only Practical Zoning for 32nd Street

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on By Right – Only Practical Zoning for 32nd Street
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As a lifetime resident of Purcellville, I’m proud of my town and its unique character.  Having grown up here I am grateful that my family enjoys a quality of life where young children can still roam freely from yard to yard and play on the streets of our neighborhood as I did growing up.

The design of our older historic neighborhood captures Purcellville’s distinct character with its traditional street patterns that are in harmony with our lot and home sizes.   … Continue Reading

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


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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

March 2017
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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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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

McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

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On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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