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Take a Virtual Tour with Town’s New Program

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CGI Communications, Inc. and the Town of Purcellville are proud to announce the development of a community video program which will be featured on www.purcellvilleva.gov. This program will be an innovative way that Purcellville businesses market themselves to new and prospective clients.

Throughout a series of videos, CGI and the Town will be highlighting everything that makes Purcellville a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Through the creation of a video tour, CGI will be filming at locations all throughout the area, ensuring that those who watch the videos get a real taste of Purcellville’s charm, character, and unique way of life. It is the goal of CGI Communications, Inc. to provide the community with the latest in digital marketing technology in order to help Purcellville continue to grow and thrive. … Continue Reading

North 21st Street Project Remedial Work

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Beginning the week of July 11, Arthur Construction Co., Inc., with inspection services by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will begin remedial work on the storm sewer along the west side of N. 21st Street, between the W&OD Trail and Branbury Court. Total construction time is anticipated to take approximately 6 weeks. During this period, the contractor will be working in the roadway from 8:00 am to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. The contractor will be utilizing a single lane closure with flaggers to direct traffic in the southbound direction during this period. Closures of the sidewalk will affect pedestrian traffic. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Wine and Food Festival, July 16

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Purcellville’s 5th annual, Wine & Food Festival is an eclectic experience of wineries, breweries, unique foods, and a slice of Americana served up in the heart of DC’s Wine Country. This year’s event – with nearly 30 vendors – will offer expanded activities and contests for both adults and children. Tickets are available online with tiered pricing. The VIP experience provides early entry into the festival at 2 p.m., reserved seating for eight, eight wine glasses, 16 tasting tickets and 4 bottles of wine. Online ticket sales and more information are available at: www.PurcellvilleWineandFood.com.

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Purcellville Passes Budget In Hard Fought 5-2 Vote

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– By Nathaniel Stephens

Sparks flew at the usually calm June 14 Purcellville Town Council Meeting. In addition to general business issues, the town’s 2017 budget came up, with the Town Council voting 5-2 to pass it. Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Council Member Kelli Grim voted against approval, with Vice Mayor Patrick McConville and Council Members Joan Lehr, Karen Jimmerson, John Nave and Doug McCollum voting to approve a $10.9 million General Fund, a $540,000 million Parks and Recreation Fund, a $9 million Utility Fund and $1.2 million in Capital Projects.

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An Overview: Purcellville Planning Commission – June

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– By Nathaniel Stephens

On June 2 the Purcellville Planning Commission met to revisit agenda items from its May 5 session, addressing talking points from the Comprehensive Plan Review and the adjustment of zoning ordinance language concerning streams and land disturbance.

Planning Commissioner Nedim Ogelman challenged the manner in which the consulting firm hired by the town to assist with the comp plan review had portrayed Purcellville’s options in rewriting the ordinance, repeating his objections that all options presented by the firm had the effect of pushing growth. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Offering Free Movie and Skating Nights on Wednesdays this Summer

June 23, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Offering Free Movie and Skating Nights on Wednesdays this Summer
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The Bush Tabernacle Teen Center and The Town of Purcellville are offering free movie and skating nights on Wednesdays from June 22 through August 24. The Bush Tabernacle skating rink (located at 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville VA 20132) is set up with hundreds of comfy padded chairs so the entire family can enjoy a movie and night out in comfort. The movies start at 7:00 p.m. and are immediately followed by free skating until 10:00 p.m. Popcorn, pizza, candy, and drinks are available for purchase; no outside food is permitted.

The movies for the 2016 season are: (1) June 22 — Inside Out; (2) June 29 — Norm of the North; (3) July 6 — Pan; (4) July 13 — Minions; (5) July 20 — Max; (6) July 27 — The Good Dinosaur; (7) August 3 — Hotel Transylvania; (8) August 10 — Mall Cop 2; (9) August 17 — Open Season Scared Silly; and (10) August 24 — Cinderella.

Painted Barrels Around Purcellville – Saturday June 4

June 1, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Painted Barrels Around Purcellville – Saturday June 4
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“Painted Barrels Around Purcellville,” a Community Art Project coordinated by the Purcellville Economic Development Advisory Committee, will unveil over 30 oak barrels painted by local artists. Each artist volunteered his or her time and talent and was asked to paint a Purcellville or Western Loudoun County theme on a barrel. “Man, did they get creative!” said Michael Oaks, project coordinator and EDAC member. “What a wide range of artist that contributed, from two eleven-year-old students, Participants from VSA Arts of Loudoun County, and some the area’s top professional artists.” 
“The Big Unveiling” will take place on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Purcellville Farmers Market at the Shoppes at Maple and Main. … Continue Reading

Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner

May 30, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hamilton Day 2016 Is Just Around the Corner
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The day will begin with the third running of a cross country race for the kids – the Hamilton Point to Point – a ½ mile run for K-third grades, a one mile race for fourth and fifth graders and a two mile race for middle school students. The race is sponsored by Craftsmark Homes and Thompson Best Heating and Air Conditioning, Lowry’s Crab Shack, the Blue Ridge Leader and The Natural Merchantile. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Town of Hamilton web site at: www.town.hamilton.va.us and dropped off at the Town office or walk up registration the day of the race. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s Music and Art Festival Continues Rain or Shine

May 20, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville’s Music and Art Festival Continues Rain or Shine
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The Town of Purcellville’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board announces that the Third Annual Purcellville Music & Arts Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field. Despite the weeks of wet weather and the anticipation of rain overnight Friday, this exciting event will continue as scheduled and we look forward to a great day of music, art, and supporting local vendors. … Continue Reading

Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner

May 4, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Bluemont Fair Announces Poster Design Winner
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Organizers of the 47th Annual Bluemont Fair, to be held September 17 and 18, announced that Denise Kupiszewski of Shepherdstown, WV is the winner of this year’s poster design contest. Her submission, “Harvest Moon”, features a larger-than-life moon with a fox and pumpkins in the foreground. The poster design will grace the Bluemont Fair’s distinctive poster, t-shirt and mug.

Denise is a two-time winner of the poster contest. Her very popular design, “The Birds of Bluemont,” won in 2011. To learn more about Denise, visit her website at www.themudpeddler.com.

Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates

April 15, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates
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At its April 12, 2016 Regular Meeting, the Purcellville Town Council adopted the Real Property Tax Rate, Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate, Personal Property and Business Property Tax Rates, and the Personal Property Tax Relief Act Resolution.

The Real Property Tax Rate was adopted at the current rate of $0.22 per $100 assessed value, representing no change in the rate. This is also slightly less than the equalized tax rate of $0.222. New growth in the community will result in higher revenues even though the rate remains unchanged. The Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate was also approved at its current rate of $0.035 per $100 assessed value. The Town Council noted that this Service District covers more than just the improvements at Fireman’s Field, including the Bush Tabernacle/Skating Rink, signature events such as the Wine and Food Festival and the Music and Arts Festival, support of the recreational and cultural advisory committees and activities, and oversight of the special events ordinance. … Continue Reading

Conservation Easement Recorded Without Supermajority Vote

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Conservation Easement Recorded Without Supermajority Vote
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By Valerie Cury

While the majority of easements donated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation are from private landowners, the Town of Purcellville in March 2009 put the 1,272-acre town water reservoir property into a conservation easement.

At the time, the Council got much fanfare for a conservation easement that was the largest granted in Loudoun County and the first by a municipality in the County. Former Mayor Lazaro benefited in the years following the much publicized easement. In October 2010, he was appointed to the Virginia Municipal League’s Go Green Advisory Committee and in 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell tapped Lazaro for a seat on the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees setting a course for his future employment at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. … Continue Reading

On a Wing and a Prayer and a Smile

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on On a Wing and a Prayer and a Smile
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On Sunday, May 1 individuals and families from all over came together in Purcellville for Sadie’s Race, reminding us why each and every life we welcome into the world is so very special.

Sadie’s Race is a 5k event and fun run organized in honor of Sadie Ablard, a courageous five-year old who died in August of 2011 after sustaining a serious head injury while roller-skating. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Brotherly Love

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel There he was. A small, innocent being entering the world for the very first time. Can I touch him? Nervously, I lean forward. He seems so perfect, so completely serene. He is loved instantly. The last …

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could …

Unmotivated Teen

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, At our insistence, our 17-year-old son is going to get a summer job. Well, that’s what he agreed to, but we are two weeks into the summer and guess what … he doesn’t …

Time To Add Discipline To Your Good Money Habits

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– By Amy and Dan Smith For many, their 30’s is a time to build a family and a stronger financial future That 30th birthday can be a somewhat traumatic event, but with people living longer, they say 50 is …

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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Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

23 Jul 2016

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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 is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the …

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Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton

20 Jul 2016

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To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Bluemont has announces the first ever Bluemont Harvest Ball, to be held on September 17 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Warrantor. This black tie event will feature live music from the Silver Tones Swing Band, dancing, a four-course, seated dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets …

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What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

7 Jul 2016

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– By Amanda Clark “To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville) “To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their …

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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

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

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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 …

Around Virginia

Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. …

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McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

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Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and …

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Sports

Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!

6 Jul 2016

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Purcellville Cannons? Baseball July Schedule July 9, 7 p.m. at home Covington? July 12, 7 p.m. away Winchester? July 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisonburg? July 14, 7 p.m. at home Strasburg? July 15, 7 p.m. at home Woodstock? July 16, 7 p.m. away Front Royal? July 17, 7 p.m. at home …

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