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Speed Limit Change on Southern Collector Road

April 9, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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On Thursday, April 10, new speed limit signs will be posted along W.T. Druhan Jr. Blvd. increasing the speed limit from 25 mph to 35 mph. This increase comes as a result of a study completed by the Town’s consultant, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Continue to drive with caution, and particularly as you enter and exit the roundabout. As a reminder, a Roundabout Fact Sheet is posted on the Town’s website at www.purcellvilleva.gov.

Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Determines Lawford Drive Fire Accidental

March 13, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire that destroyed a single-family home on Lawford Drive in Leesburg early Sunday morning was accidental, due to improperly discarded smoking materials. Damages to the home and neighboring homes are estimated at $670,000.

At 5:10 a.m., Sunday, March 9, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 406 Lawford Drive, SW in Leesburg. Fire and rescue crews from Leesburg, Hamilton, Lansdowne, Aldie, Purcellville, Ashburn and Lucketts responded to the scene.

Fire department personnel arrived to find a two-story, single family house fully involved. Due to the possibility of fire extension to homes on either side, a second alarm was issued to protect the exposures. It was determined that the fire started on the exterior of the house, extending into the attic via the siding, before burning downward. With the fire’s extensive spread, firefighters established defensive operations and worked aggressively to extinguish the fire. Units remained on the scene for an extended period of time putting out hot spots and performing salvage and overhaul. … Continue Reading

LCSO Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect in Possible Armed Robbery Series

February 17, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office have released a composite sketch of a suspect believed to be involved in four armed robberies in the Sterling area.

Deputies responded to the area of Stanford Square on February 14 where a female reported she was walking back to her apartment when an unknown subject approached her and brandished a firearm. The suspect demanded her wallet and
told her to remove her jacket. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the area. The victim went to her apartment and later contacted authorities. … Continue Reading

Open Burning Restrictions Set

February 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding citizens that open burning is restricted in Loudoun County between February 15 and April 30. The regulations, which prohibit open air fires between the hours of midnight and 4:00 p.m., are enforced by the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal. Known as the “4:00 p.m. law,” these restrictions are in place due to the potential for rapid fire spread across woodland and grassland areas that is the result of dry outdoor fuels, high winds and temperature increases that are normally present in the late winter and early spring season. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Looking to Solve Hit and Run

February 4, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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On Sunday, February 2 at approximately 7:00 a.m. an unknown vehicle, possibly a large truck, traveling east bound on East Main Street near Middleburg Bank, struck a fire hydrant causing approximately $5,000 damage to public property.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of this driver will receive a $500 reward from the Town of Purcellville.

Those with information may contact the Purcellville Police Department at 540-454-4051.

LCSO Continues to Investigate Disappearance of Bethany Anne Decker

February 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

This week marks the third anniversary of the disappearance of a pregnant woman from Ashburn. Bethany Anne Decker was last seen by her boyfriend and has been missing since January 29, 2011. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Mrs. Decker was reported missing February 19, 2011, by her family and authorities have been trying to locate her ever since. Bethany Decker’s car was left behind in the parking lot of her apartment complex on Orchard Grass Terrace. A thorough records search indicates that Mrs. Decker did not leave the country. There has been no activity on her bank accounts, cell phones or e-mail. She was registered as a student at George Mason University, but has not attended any classes since this incident was reported.

The case is listed officially as a “missing person” and anyone who has any information about Mrs. Decker or this case is asked to contact Detective S. Schochet at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 26, 2014

February 1, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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1/26/14 – 2:45 p.m. – 200 block of Misty Pond Ter. – Nonviolent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
1/26/14 – 4:06 p.m. – 609 E. Main St. – Public Intoxication – James Dyndur age 51 of Ashburn was arrested.
1/28/14 – 3:37 p.m. – 200 block of Frazer Dr. – Wire Fraud – Victim reports that an unknown subject(s) attempted to use their personal information to obtain money.

LCSO Cold Case Unit Works to Identify Victim in 1988 Homicide

February 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

Victim’s Skeletal Remains Found off of Route 761
Photo is a Facial Reconstruction of Victim

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit is working to identify an unknown male victim whose skeletal remains were found near Purcellville, Virginia on March 8, 1988.

The victim was discovered wrapped in a blanket on Sunny Ridge Road (Route 761) and it was determined he was shot. The victim is believed to be a White or Hispanic male in his 50’s, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, with a stocky build and possible reddish brown hair. He also had a full upper denture, which was found next to his body. He was wearing Sears brand black polyester pants, size 42 waist and 29 inseam, and red socks. … Continue Reading

Snow and Ice Removal on Town Sidewalks

January 26, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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During the winter season, the Town of Purcellville depends on its citizens and businesses to be helpful, responsible, and aware of the need to remove all snow and ice from the public sidewalks including walks and ramps leading to crosswalks.
Many Town residents, including children walking to school, need to be able to safely use the public sidewalks. This means that all snow and ice should be removed from the entire constructed width of the public sidewalk. This enables citizens of all ages to have access to clean pedestrian walkways. Although there is an ordinance regarding snow removal that identifies the responsibilities of citizens and businesses in removing snow from sidewalks, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks should simply be looked upon as a combination of courtesy and caring toward all those who need to use the public walkways. Your help will allow Town crews to focus on the roadways to ensure that they are cleared for emergency vehicle traffic.

The Town reminds property owners or occupants to:

  • Remove all snow and ice which has accumulated on the adjacent public sidewalk within six (6) hours after the snow has ceased falling, unless accumulation has occurred overnight, then it shall be removed before 12:00 noon on the following day. Immediately after the accumulation of ice on a sidewalk, it must be removed or treated with sand, salt or other substance to prevent it from being slippery.
  • Please exercise caution and care when shoveling, especially during extreme cold.

LCSO Releases Surveillance Video of Suspects in Possible Auto Theft Ring

January 26, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Unit released surveillance video of three suspects involved in a possible auto theft ring in the Washington, DC, area. The video can be viewed at www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/autotheft.

In the video the three suspects are observed pulling into the parking lot of a gas station convenience store near Dulles. Two of the vehicles in the video, a black BMW X6 sedan and a red Audi S6 sedan, were stolen from the Adesa Auto Auction on Old Ox Road on November 15. A third vehicle, an SUV, was stolen from Prince George’s County in Maryland. The suspects are then observed taking the tags off of the SUV and placing them on one the BMW and placing stolen tags on the Audi. … Continue Reading

Attorney General Encourages Target Customers in Virginia to Take Advantage of Free Credit Monitoring in Wake of Data Breach

January 19, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has urged any Virginia residents who have shopped at Target stores or the company’s website to take advantage of the one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the company following last month’s security breach.
“I commend Target for offering credit monitoring to all of its customers, and strongly encourage any affected Virginia customers to take advantage of the monitoring, regardless of whether suspicious activity has appeared on their accounts,” said Attorney General Herring.  “Consumers should also be vigilant and change their PIN numbers and passwords if they have not already done so.  My office is going to work to help ensure Virginians are protected in this matter.” … Continue Reading

Maple Avenue and A Street Are Now 4-Way Stop

January 15, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The stop signs at the intersection of Maple Avenue and A Street have been installed, making this a new four-way stop intersection. With the recent Southern Collector Road opening and the volume of traffic that is at this intersection, a four-way stop is necessary. Additional pavement markings will be made tomorrow, weather permitting. Be alert and use extreme caution when approaching this intersection’s new traffic pattern.

Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Loudoun Law Enforcement Officials Discuss State of Law Enforcement in Loudoun County

January 13, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Loudoun’s law enforcement officials addressed the Loudoun Crime Commission (LCC) to discuss the State of Law Enforcement in Loudoun County.

Sheriff Chapman reviewed his mid-term progress report and discussed the agency’s most notable accomplishments since 2012. Sheriff Chapman resolved to bring a higher standard of service and professionalism to the LCSO, bringing focus to the needs of the community. Sheriff Chapman’s vision involves Management leading by example, instituting daily morning meetings, and instituting a willingness to serve the public in a friendly and courteous manner. This approach has translated into LCSO personnel following the implemented management model to bring better service, information sharing, and partnerships throughout the county.

Some of the highlights Sheriff Chapman addressed included:

Expanded the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program into the middle schools. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014


The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014


By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012


By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …


Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

From the Farm

When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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April 2014
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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate


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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"


April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club


April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

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

4 Mar 2014


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 …



Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014


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 …



Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014


Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014


At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election


Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger


By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting


U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014


Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014


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 …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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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 …


Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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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 …



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