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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

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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

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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

Local Survivor Competes for Cancer Group’s Woman of the Year

April 6, 2016 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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People say that life changed the instant they got the diagnosis. That’s when the beast known as cancer knocked on their door and came crashing down on themselves and their family, time, stopped.

They also say that you learn something about life. You learn to tap into the very best of yourself, and you come to understand the incredible power you have to positively impact the lives of others … maybe even save a life. And, this is exactly what happened to Purcellville’s Tracy Robinson. … Continue Reading

Easter Bunny To Visit Loudoun County

March 20, 2016 Our Towns Comments Off on Easter Bunny To Visit Loudoun County
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The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the Sixth Annual “Sonrise” Easter Celebration on Sunday, March 27 at the Loudoun Salvation Army Headquarters on Cardinal Park Drive in Leesburg.

Before he makes his appearance, participants will be treated to a family-style breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and juice at 9:00 a.m. provided by the Loudoun Salvation Army and prepared by volunteers. … Continue Reading

“Lots of Support Coming in for the Lloyds”

March 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on “Lots of Support Coming in for the Lloyds”
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The Blue Ridge Leader reports that Lincoln and the wider western Loudoun community has been exceptionally generous in assisting the Lloyd family as they put their lives back together in the wake of the devastating fire that destroyed their home in early February.
The community’s goal is to raise $40,000. As of March 1, the Lincoln Community League Crowd Rise website had received tens of thousands of dollars in donations, with thousands more coming in to the Lincoln Post office as concerned friends and neighbors dropped off their own individual donation checks. … Continue Reading

Hunter Snags the Big Game

March 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Hunter Snags the Big Game
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LVHS Student Named Gatorade Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year

The local sports world is calling his a “meteoric, record-shattering” rise in the world of running. LVHS student Drew Hunter, having first been recognized as Virginia’s best high school cross-country athlete two years in a row – and then setting and resetting the record for the fastest indoor mile in U.S. high school history – has now been named the Gatorade National Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year. … Continue Reading

Artwork Exhibit at Purcellville Town Hall To Feature Penny Hauffe

February 10, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 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

February 4, 2016 Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on 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

February 3, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

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By Mary Rose Lunde English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is …

Remembering Nancy Reagan

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel The passing of Nancy Reagan, a former First Lady who completely transformed the role and helped catapult her husband to greatness, marked the end of an era. Her death also happened to coincide with a turning point …

How To “File and Suspend” Before It Is Too Late

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With the recent changes to Social Security rules, filing and suspending will soon be phased out, but there’s still time to take advantage of the strategy. Here’s a quick guide to maneuvering this rule while it still lasts, but as …

Concerned Parent

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We are concerned about some habits our nine year old son demonstrates and would love some advice from you.  We are unsure whether it’s anxiety, nervousness, or just nervous/an excess of energy.  A few …

Temple Hall Farm

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I only met the late AV (Val) Symington once; it was a Sunday evening in my first year or two at Wage Radio (this would be the late ‘90’s) and I was putting things in order for the next morning’s …

Am I an Enabler?

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Dr. Mike, My husband thinks that I’m harming our son for life because of the way I parent. Our son is 12 years old and he was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1st grade. My husband calls me “the enabler” …

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 …

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Campaign of Untruths

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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of …

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

April 2016
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Classical Avant Garde

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Last Ham Comedy Improv: April FOOLS SHOW

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West Loudoun County Methodist Stop Hunger Now

Writer's Project Runway

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Praise Concert

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My Child's Closet Consignment Sale

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A Springtime Serenade Concert

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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April Fourth Friday

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at Franklin Park Arts Center

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Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Breaux Vineyards Wild Game Winemaker's Dinner

Woodgrove HS presents the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

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Hamilton Town Hall

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Lobster Day with Chef Seb at North Gate Vineyard

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Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Spring Wine Glass Painting with Penny

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Lifestyle

5K and 10K “Ringing in Hope” Race Slated for Memorial Day

27 Apr 2016

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The third annual “Ringing in Hope” 5K and 10K race will be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at One Loudoun. A 1K fun run/walk will also be held. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the 1K at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Boulder Crest Retreat, a retreat for America’s seriously wounded warriors …

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Bluegrass Performers Reno and Harrell To Appear at Lucketts on April 23

15 Apr 2016

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The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 42nd season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. with a show featuring Reno and Harrell. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

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April in the Garden: Be a Freestyle Beekeeper

6 Apr 2016

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As the sun’s lengthening days settle us into the spring, newborn bees and their caretakers are emerging from their hives and going to work, collecting pollen and nectar and replenishing the colony’s food stores. Along the way, any number of the 60,000 or so bees that make up a single hive may be stopping by your garden or yard to …

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Around Virginia

Update: Remains Located in Shenandoah National Park; Search Efforts Suspended

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Update: Body preliminarily identified as Nicole K. Mittendorff, 31, of Woodbridge. The physical and digital evidence collected during the course of this investigation includes a note recovered from the car leads investigators to believe there was no foul play involved in her death. ——————– Search efforts in the Shenandoah National …

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Virginia Trooper Shot and Killed at Richmond Bus Terminal

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A Virginia State Police trooper has died as a result of his injuries after being shot on March 31 at the Greyhound Bus station in the 2900 block of North Boulevard in Richmond. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a male subject just inside …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Designation of Four New Virginia Main Street Communities

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the designation of four communities in the Virginia Main Street (VMS) program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The newly-designated communities include the town of Wytheville, the cities of Danville and Lexington and Gloucester Courthouse in Gloucester County. The communities …

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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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