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Enjoy Holiday Shopping and Festivities at the Historic Old Stone School

November 20, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Our Towns Be the first to comment

Get in the holiday spirit at the historic Old Stone School Community Center in Hillsboro on December 12 and 13 at the Christmas in Hillsboro Craft Fair and Festival. There will be nearly 40 artisans and vendors inside and out for holiday shopping, fresh trees and wreaths for sale, decorations, lights, caroling, food, and drink. The Christmas tree lighting will be held the evening of December 12 and all are invited. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Old Stone School (the non-profit organization formerly called the Hillsboro Community Association) which is dedicated to maintaining and managing the Old Stone School and the Town of Hillsboro , and sponsored by thegirlbetweenthehills.com. The Old Stone School is located at 37098 Charles Town Pike in Hillsboro. … Continue Reading

Octavia Andrew Joins Town of Leesburg as Chief Purchasing Officer

November 16, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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Octavia Andrew recently joined the Town of Leesburg’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services as Chief Purchasing Officer. Ms. Andrew will replace Kathy Elgin, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Ms. Andrew has more than 10 years’ experience in government procurement. She came to the Town of Leesburg from the City of Hampton, where she was a Senior Buyer. Prior to working for the City of Hampton, Ms. Andrew held positions with the City of Richmond and Norfolk State University. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Contract Acquisition from Strayer University. A Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Virginia Contracting Officer, Ms. Andrew is an active member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.

“Octavia brings a range of experience that will benefit the Town,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s Town Manager. “In particular, her tenure with the City of Hampton, known for being progressive and innovative, and her experience with large construction projects will be especially valuable. She has already hit the ground running and we expect great things from her.”

Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – Dates to Remember

November 16, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

In the spirit of the Christmas season, the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Board wants you to light up your neighborhood! Hang your decorations and lights, and your house may be selected to be a part of the annual “Christmas Lights Trolley Tour.”

Dates and information to remember for the Christmas Lights Trolley Tours are below:

November 30 – Deadline to be considered for Christmas Lights Trolley Tours. The trolley route will be decided in early December, so have your lights up by the evening of November 30 to be considered. No application needed. … Continue Reading

New Facebook Page for the Town of Purcellville

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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The Town of Purcellville has announced the formal launching of its new Facebook page.

Said Mayor Kwasi Fraser: “We have an obligation to educate and inform our citizens and other stakeholders about our town.  The town’s new Facebook page presents another avenue enabling us to engage our audience and other communities of interest – often and consistently via social media.  We hope all will ‘like’ our page and become engaged and informed.”

The page is designed to keep citizens and interested parties informed about community events and news, governmental activities, zoning appeals and other development-related activities being considered by various town departments and advisory councils, school and local sports activities and announcements, and more. … Continue Reading

Your Voice Is Your Influence … Use It!!

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns 1 comment

By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville

Over the past months, I have advocated completion of the revision to our existing Comprehensive Plan prior to pursuing and enacting any of the Planning Commission’s recommended zoning use changes.  This would enable us to better align our zoning ordinance with the needs of our citizens, current and future.  Indeed, the Planning Commission has committed significant time and effort to the zoning use change exercise. I realized my position would face strong opposition, and it has – as it should – since we are a democracy.

We are reminded, however, that the voices of the citizens should always prevail.  This was especially evident in our citizens’ and businesses’ participation at last week’s public hearing, and from emails and letters to this council conveying their concerns with the proposed zoning use changes. … Continue Reading

Com’ On Let’s Turkey Trot

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Our Towns Be the first to comment

The 11th Annual 5K and Fun Run Turkey Trot will take place Sunday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m. at the Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville. The proceeds of this event support the LVCC advisory board’s programming, including financial assistance to families in need and LVCC programming. For more information go to pvilleturkeytrot.shutterfly.com. To volunteer call 540-338-4122.

Hail To the Trail

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

Fall Day at Chapman DeMary Nature Trail

More than 100 people came to Hail to the Trail in Purcellville at the Chapman DeMary Nature Trail on October 25 to enjoy a day in the woods and to learn about nature. This event included nature walks, demonstrations of youth projects at the trail, a rain barrel workshop, live animals, food, and live music. More than 20 local organizations and businesses had displays and activities for kids to help them understand more about nature and our environment. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Police Are Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Residents and visitors of the Town may notice the Purcellville Police Officers are donning pink tee shirts under their navy blue uniforms. This is in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show solidarity for all those who struggle with the fight against cancer and their friends and family who support them through the fight. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Chief McAlister states, “We are part of the community and we wanted to step up in a small way to show we care, and my hope is that by placing a focus on cancer, more people may take the time to visit their doctors for annual exams. This gives a better chance of catching cancer early and hopefully getting a better diagnosis.”

For more information on the Police Department’s efforts supporting breast cancer awareness, please contact Lt. Schroeck.

Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

October 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the October 12 fire at 1607 Village Market Boulevard, which resulted in $15,000 in damages, was accidental and caused by a lack of maintenance on the restaurant’s flue.

At 11:20 a.m., Monday, October 12, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Kincora, Moorefield, Cascades, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville and Brambleton responded to 1607 Village Market Boulevard for a structure fire. First arriving units quickly determined the fire was located on the roof of the restaurant located at this address. Firefighters contained the fire to the restaurant’s duct work and surrounding area within the roof itself. Fire crews also conducted extensive overhaul from within the occupancy below ensuring no fire extension to the adjacent businesses or the nearby apartments. Residents in the immediately adjacent apartments were evacuated as a precaution.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has issued two correction orders to the owner of the property for repairs to the flue. There were no reported injuries to fire and rescue personnel; however, one civilian was transported to a local area hospital for checkout.

Summer 2015 Citizen Survey Reveals Deep Disillusion with Town’s Approach To Growth and Zoning

September 30, 2015 by Andrea Gaines News, Our Towns Comments Off on Summer 2015 Citizen Survey Reveals Deep Disillusion with Town’s Approach To Growth and Zoning
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“Stop the developers who, when given the chance, will Fairfax-ize this beautiful town and not look back.”

In July of 2015, Purcellville surveyed its citizens to “obtain vital information and a snapshot of [residents’] overall level of satisfaction” with the town. The survey measured 370 overall responses with questions about town services and staff, Loudoun County services, taxes, government and elected officials, and more.

With the exception of the town’s water and wastewater policies – where citizens gave the town a low 41 percent satisfied/very satisfied rating – Purcellville got high marks from its citizens. But, looking deeper, citizens expressed quite a bit of skepticism about town policies, particularly with respect to its approach to growth and zoning. … Continue Reading

Final Art in the Train Station this Sunday

September 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Final Art in the Train Station this Sunday
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Join local artists and musicians for the final Art-in-the-Train-Station of the summer in the historic Train Station in Downtown Purcellville on Sunday September 20 from noon-6:00 p.m. At the beginning of the W&OD Trail, sits a restored train station that will be used to showcase local artists and musicians. Magnolias will be serving food and wine can be bought by the glass.

The following artists will have their pieces on display and for sale:

ALICE POWER’S watercolors are inspired by both the traditional rural life that surrounds her as well as the events and places she visits. Her favorite subjects tell a story or evoke a memory. … Continue Reading

Donations Accepted for Library Book Sale

September 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Donations Accepted for Library Book Sale

Now through October 5, books, CDs, and DVDs will be accepted for the Purcellville Library’s October 11 Fall Book Sale. Items may be dropped off in the lobby of the Purcellville Library. Proceeds from the book sale will help support the Purcellville Library and its programs. Items accepted include adult, children and young adult books, paperbacks and hardcover books, as well as CDs and DVDs. We are not accepting VHS or cassette tapes.

Mini book sales will take place on Monday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the second floor of the library in the Robey Room, September 14 through October 5. A wide variety of books for both children and adults will be available.

Annual Halloween Block Party: Save the Date

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Annual Halloween Block Party: Save the Date

On Friday, October 30 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. the 5th Annual  Purcellville Halloween Block Party will be held in Old Town 21st Street. It’s going to be the best one yet. So start working on that award winning costume for big cash prizes. More info at www.purcellvillehalloween.com. Volunteers needed to help with the event. Call Michael at 540 751-0707 for more info on volunteering and also to sign up to be a sponsor.

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Sustainable Planet

Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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