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Let’s Think Outside the Box

April 23, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Think Outside the Box
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Sometimes it’s necessary to think outside the box, and this is one of those times. Leaving emotion aside and dealing only with cold, hard facts, I’d like to make a couple of suggestions which might be helpful.

1. Closing two schools (Aldie and Lincoln) where the per-pupil cost appears to be less than the County average seems to me to be financially unwise. Why would the School Board close two cost-effective schools to send those particular students to schools where they will cost more to educate?

Suggestion: Instead of closing these two schools, the School Board should be studying them to see what they are doing right – why they are costing less but producing excellent results – and then applying the lessons learned from them to the other schools. … Continue Reading

Steady and Nobull

March 4, 2014 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Steady and Nobull

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

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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 center. A community pool complex. Beautiful natural areas. Walking paths. A frisbee golf course. Tennis courts. Campfire and grill pavilions. Baseball and soccer fields. It, in short, is a really wonderful place, purchased, crafted and planned by a board of supervisors with active community involvement. A community that knew what it wanted and worked, through its government, to get it done. … Continue Reading

Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

March 4, 2014 Editorial, Opinion 4 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 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up
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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 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 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 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thanks To the Purcellville Community
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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 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Sunday Hunting May Be Here Soon
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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 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Guest Opinion – Utility Enterprise Debt Service Analysis – A Temporary Fix
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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 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Bostic versus Rainey
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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 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review
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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

Purcellville’s Broken Heart

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It is both interesting and so disheartening to read Wikipedia’s description of the place known as Purcellville.

It describes how in 1764 the town’s first known settler, James Dillon made his way here from Buck’s County, Pa. How an “early ox cart track” stretching west from Leesburg toward the Blue Ridge Mountains served as “the nucleus” of the town. How the first recorded business – “a combined store and inn” – arrived in 1799, followed by Purcel’s Store and Post Office, the town’s first stagecoach delivery (1841), a blacksmith’s shop (1848), and the first public school (1883). And, how on March 14, 1908, the town was incorporated by an act of the Virginia General Assembly. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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