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Congress Needs To Get Down To Work

October 12, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Congress Needs To Get Down To Work

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

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

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?

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

Sign the Petition

September 3, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Sign the Petition

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

Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here

September 3, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here

Loudoun Water needs water storage in the Transition Zone to accommodate growth, and proposes twin 189’ water towers at the intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane: The tallest towers in Loudoun Water’s system, proposed on the border of the rural zone. Our community is asking “Why here?” when we all have wells and receive no benefit, but all the detriment to our community.

Loudoun Water studied at least eight sites since 2005/6, and in 2012 proposed a site in Willowsford. Due to community input, Supervisor Clarke asked Loudoun Water to find an alternate site. In November 2013, Loudoun Water suddenly proposed the Red Hill Road site, within an established community of rural homes and farms. Both ends of Red Hill Road are rural, as is most of the road. Loudoun Water justifies this location by saying that they have to serve our area because the site is in the Transition Zone. Only 10 homeowners off Red Hill Road are in the Transition Zone and eligible to connect to water. The remaining 70 percent of the homes are in the Rural Zone and not eligible for water service. Water lines are already in place and none of the eligible home owners want to connect. We are a rural community on well water and want to stay that way. … Continue Reading

I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It


There’s a popular country western song that tells the story of a young woman who gets swept up in a night of partying and wakes up to find she has a ring on her finger, a new last name and a new husband. Knowing she had been duped but determined to take her future back, she proclaims “Boy you blew it, you put me through it I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it.”

Many people in Purcellville feel the same way about the 100,000 square foot Vineyard Square mixed-use development project … a project which, once the zoning party got started moved from one excess to another, wedding the citizens and taxpayers of Purcellville to a decidedly unattractive future for their historic downtown. … Continue Reading

War Madness

July 25, 2014 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on War Madness
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The Dying Gaul

By John P. Flannery

In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war.

It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. The US saber rattles in response. Partisans insist we must do more.

It could be as “simple” an error in the Ukraine as giving the separatist “freedom fighters” weapons that they should never have had. The Russians entrusted these weapons in the Ukraine conflict. They thought they’d trained them no doubt. When the plane went down, the “freedom fighters” said they’d downed a military transport. When they found out otherwise, the separatists went dark. The United States weighs giving these weapons to other “freedom fighters” in Syria. … Continue Reading

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed


I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force Medicaid expansion on Virginia. Disaster averted!

Trust me; opting out of Medicaid was the right decision for all people in Virginia, rich or poor. The more I learn about Medicaid, it is clear that, like other welfare programs, it adds a huge burden to working folks while it squanders their money in a vast bureaucratic system with woefully inferior results.

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

June 24, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on T-Mac Does an O’Bama

Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has declared he will veto only that which he doesn’t like and proceed with O’Bama’s plan, despite the unconstitutionality of his veto.

It all gets a little arcane. However succinctly put, the Governor cannot unilaterally decouple the conditions placed on the spending bill from the money or the other way around, the money from direction on how to spend the money. Basically, the T-Mac is like the teenager who is given money and told to go to the store and buy very specific items and then gets mad because he’s not given the discretion to spend it on what he wants. … Continue Reading

De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

June 11, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia over the Medicaid expansion.”

Mr. McAuliffe also said on the campaign trail that ‘These things should never be used as bargaining chips for our budget.’ I agree with Mr. McAuliffe, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s budget should not be held hostage for a liberal agenda of expanding Obamacare in Virginia. … Continue Reading

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?


For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future.

On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh policy views join the group.

Growth is here and will continue. But, the question of exactly where that growth will occur, whom it will benefit and who will pay for it now has the opportunity to be answered – out in the open. … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


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


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


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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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

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October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

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Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club Sends Supplies and Funds to Haiti

24 Oct 2016


The Rotary Club of Leesburg-Daybreak shipped water purification supplies and emergency funds to Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. Partnering with an anonymous local corporation, the club shipped 3,000 water purification tablet packages via FedEx to Haiti. These packages, which were sent to an area battling a cholera outbreak, will clean 3,000 liters of unsafe water. Instructions translated …

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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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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 …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– 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


– 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

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

Loudoun County Seal Color

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


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

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


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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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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