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Artwork Exhibit at Purcellville Town Hall To Feature Penny Hauffe

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The first in a series of three-month long art exhibits in Purcellville’s Town Hall features the works of local artist Penny Hauffe. The show runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. The first floor corridors of Town Hall now have a gallery-level hanging system which creates an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work. … Continue Reading

Applications Due February 8 For Purcellville Town Council Vacant Seat

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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting January 12, Vice Mayor Ben Packard announced his resignation from the Town Council effective at the end of the meeting. The Town Council is asking for interested members of the community who wish to serve on Council for an interim period to submit an application to the Town Clerk. The application form is attached and can also be filled out online at: www.purcellvilleva.gov/forms.aspx?FID=78. A letter of interest and resume should also be submitted with the application. Interested citizens must submit their materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 8, to Diana Hays, Town Clerk, at dhays@purcellvilleva.gov or in person at Town Hall, located at 221 S. Nursery Ave. The term will last until the end of June.

To serve on Town Council, a person must be a qualified voter in the Town of Purcellville.

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Lincoln House Fire Under Investigation

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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating last night’s fire at longstanding Lincoln residence.

Monday, February 1, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a fire in the 18000 block of Lincoln Road in the Village of Lincoln. Fire and rescue units from Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Philomont, Lovettsville, Brambleton, Leesburg and Loudoun Heights responded to the incident. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Providing Sports Funding

January 11, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Providing Sports Funding
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The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area and have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players. Priority consideration will be given to sports teams from Purcellville that have an open participation policy where all players are allowed to play regardless of skill level.

There is $5,200 allocated in the FY 2015 – 2016 budget to disperse. Applications can be found on line at www.purcellvilleva.gov. Follow the instructions, and mail the completed application to, Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA 20132 or e-mail mscoggins@purcellvilleva.us All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 18.

Middleburg Hires New Town Treasurer

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Middleburg Hires New Town Treasurer
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The Mayor and Middleburg Town Council are delighted to announce that Ashley M. Bott has been hired to be Middleburg’s Town Treasurer. Ms. Bott has over 15 years of experience in accounting administration and customer service and holds a BS in Finance from George Mason University. She will begin her duties as Town Treasurer on January 7, 2016.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ashley Bott as our new Town Treasurer,” said Mayor Betsy Davis. “She will be a great addition to our well-respected town staff. I thank Vice-Mayor Darlene Kirk and the staff who served with her on the recruitment team for the great job they did to bring us such a strong final group of candidates to interview.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg Receives Clean Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2015  

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Receives Clean Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2015  
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The Fiscal Year 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and audit report was presented to the Leesburg Town Council on Tuesday December 8.  The audit was conducted by  PBMares, LLP, a public accounting audit firm that specializes in audits of local governments in Virginia.

The Town received a clean audit report which means there were no material findings of problems with the financial statements, internal controls, fraud, or noncompliance with regulations or debt covenants.  The only significant changes to the financial statements from the previous year are the addition of the Town’s Internal Self-Insurance Fund for healthcare and new Governmental Accounting Standards Board accounting requirements for accrued unfunded pension liabilities.  … Continue Reading

Makers Movement Eyes Property in Purcellville

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Makers Movement Eyes Property in Purcellville
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One year ago this month the Blue Ridge Leader took a look at the phenomenon known as the Maker’s Movement. Organized in Loudoun County in 2014, “makersmith” represents a worldwide community of individuals networking to share ideas about the things they want to make, the problems they want to solve and the roadblocks and avenues to success they find along the way. This is a follow-up to that January 2015 article.

In a December letter to Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Purcellville Town Council, Makersmith Executive Director Pat Scannell, armed with “a massive amount of volunteer hours and current and future funds” has asked the town to give his organization a crack at rehabilitating a 9 acre unused piece of town property near the intersection of A and South 20th Streets in Purcellville.

Scannell proposes to transform the property into a place fashioned after the group’s current “makerspace” in Leesburg, and anticipates having operations up and running by the spring. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price To Retire March 1

January 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price To Retire March 1
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Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph R. Price announced yesterday that he will retire on March 1, 2016.

“Chief Price’s retirement announcement is a bittersweet moment for the Town of Leesburg and myself,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg Town Manager. “I am very happy for him to be able to retire after a such a successful 40 year career in law enforcement including 16 years as Chief of Police for the Town of Leesburg. Chief Price has faithfully served and protected the Town in his role while being recognized both nationally and regionally. His leadership and guidance transitioned our police department to the professional organization that it is today with a philosophical focus on being a guardian of our community versus just a warrior mentality. His commitment to community policing and positive interactions with our residents and businesses reflect his dedication to serve everyone in our community, and will have an everlasting impact on the Town of Leesburg. From a personal standpoint, I will miss his professional guidance and support, and I wish him the very best as he pursues his next chapter in life.” … Continue Reading

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 17, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Tree Recycling
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The Town’s curbside refuse and recycling contractor, American Disposal Services, will collect Christmas Trees for recycling on the regular Wednesday collection days in January 2016. Christmas trees are recycled into free mulch which is available at the Loudoun County Landfill. However, trees collected with decorations, wire, tinsel, lights and tree bags will contaminate the mulch. Follow the guidelines below to recycle your tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations from trees – please check carefully for hidden items
  • Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc.
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Virginia Regional Transit in Purcellville Raided by the FBI

December 12, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Virginia Regional Transit in Purcellville Raided by the FBI
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Friday December 12, the FBI raided the headquarters of the Virginia Regional Transit office which is located at 109 N. Bailey Lane in Purcellville.

Access to the building was blocked by police vehicles and black unmarked cars most of the day. The FBI had a search warrant for the business which is a non-profit. Virginia Regional Transit is funded by government grants and provides bus service around the state.

The nature of the investigation was not due to public safety.

Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hillsboro’s Elegant Solution To Traffic
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Hillsboro’s Mayor Roger Vance is nothing if not incredibly enthusiastic about his town’s future. How can you not be excited about the possibilities for a town that, among other things, is the birthplace of Susan Koerner Wright, mother of airplane inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright?

An epicenter for the Loudoun Valley’s agricultural economy in the 1800s, Hillsboro declined in the years leading up to the Civil War. Over the course of the 20th Century it then settled into itself – surviving as a quaint and dusty, little known place.

The town’s huge multi-story mills – agricultural machines churning out woolens, grain and cider – were gone. Gone too, were the long lines of wagons ferrying goods to places near and far. Its two department stores were shuttered and its professionals and tradesmen – including several doctors, blacksmiths and tanners – had moved on. Hillsboro was also largely passed by via the railroad routes springing up around Bluemont, Purcellville and other destinations. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Named One of Top Ten Safest Cities

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Named One of Top Ten Safest Cities
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SafeWise has named Purcellville one of the top ten safest cities in Virginia. This ranking recognizes the town’s concerted effort to integrate community-based policing into everyday law enforcement and public safety activities. SafeWise is a community-focused safety organization committed to increasing home and community safety, education, awareness, and preparedness.

SafeWise analysts considered the most recent FBI crime data from 2013 to rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 5,000 people.

Mayor Kwasi Fraser commented: “In the latest Citizen Survey, residents expressed an overwhelming sense of safety and security in our Town, and I am happy to see this borne out with third-party recognition. Continued advancement in our community policing efforts coupled with a vigilant and engaged citizen and business community will ensure Purcellville remains a safe, inviting, and attractive place for individuals and businesses.”

The Police Department also is using this recognition to introduce the community to its new “Bike Patrol Unit,” in which officers will be spending time on bicycles developing community relationships and patrolling streets more directly. Initiated by Chief Cynthia McAlister, the effort uses bicycles donated by Fairfax County; three officers have already received certification from Bicycle Patrol School.

Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Leesburg

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Leesburg
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Parking in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters will be free from Thanksgiving to New Year’s

The Town of Leesburg will be offering free parking throughout the holiday season in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters in the Historic Downtown.  The two-hour limit at on-street meters will remain in effect during the free holiday parking promotion. 

Free parking began at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4.  The annual free holiday parking program is in support of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association’s holiday shopping promotions.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

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 …

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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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

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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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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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

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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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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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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