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Snow Emergency Route Restrictions for Leesburg Go in Effect at Midnight

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Current forecasts call for one to two inches of snow to fall in Leesburg late this evening and into early Tuesday morning. In preparation for possible snow removal operations, Town officials will put Snow Emergency Route restrictions into effect at midnight tonight.

When Snow Emergency Route restrictions are in place, all vehicles parked on the street along snow emergency routes (King, Market and Loudoun Streets) must be removed. Any vehicles remaining on snow emergency routes once snow removal operations begin will be towed at the owners’ expense. … Continue Reading

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services

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February 2016 Screenings Schedule

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing countywide blood pressure screenings at a variety of locations during the month of February. Mobile Health Services follows the Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) cancellation schedule, if LCPS are delayed or cancelled, the Mobile Health event will be cancelled. For further information call the Mobile Health hotline at 703-858-8818 or visit at www.inova.org/mobilehealth. … Continue Reading

Nine Fire Fatalities in Four Days Highlights Need for Smoke Alarm Vigilance

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The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management wants to remind residents of the importance of having and maintaining functional smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms may have provided critical time for nine people, including four young children, whose lives were lost in two separate house fires in the last four days. … Continue Reading

Waterford House Fire Displaces Four

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At 12:04 p.m., Sunday, January 24, Station 610 from Lucketts was dispatched to the 41000 block of Cotter Ct. in Waterford for an automatic fire alarm. Shortly thereafter, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center began receiving calls for a structure fire at this address. The call was upgraded to a house fire and multiple units from western Loudoun and Frederick County, Maryland responded to assist. Also dispatched were several plow vehicles from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue and contractors of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). … Continue Reading

LCSO Advises Residents on Loudoun County Ordinance for Snow Emergency Routes

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To make way for snow-clearing operations, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents that vehicles parked or abandoned on any snow emergency route, or considered to be road hazards, will be removed at the owners expense. Cars that are in the lane of traffic on any road, and deemed a hazard, or a barrier to snow-removal, may also be towed. Vehicles will be towed to the towing company’s tow lot. … Continue Reading

Update on Road Conditions

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The good news: The sun and people staying off the highways helped VDOT crews with treating and clearing roads across the Commonwealth today.

The bad news: Everything that did melt today is going to refreeze overnight and make for very dangerous travel conditions tonight and into Monday morning. … Continue Reading

Northern Virginia Crews Prepared for Major Storm

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Crews pre-treating today; Make plans now to stay home Friday and Saturday

The Virginia Department of Transportation will have all of its resources on-hand for tomorrow’s powerful storm, expected to bring extreme snow accumulations and blizzard-like conditions to northern Virginia.

“We ask that drivers prepare now to stay home tomorrow and Saturday,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for northern Virginia. “For the public safety and the safety of VDOT employees, it will be vital to stay off the roads those two days as the storm comes through. Our crews are preparing for heavy accumulation, limited visibility and severe road conditions, and they will need the roads to be clear of traffic to make repeated passes on roads throughout the storm.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 14, 2016

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01/14/2015 – 10:22 p.m. 200 Blk. E. Hirst Rd. Crisis Intervention Call
Police were called to the scene of a juvenile at a medical facility being disorderly and damaging property. C.I.T. trained police officers responded and calmed down the youth and medical staff were no longer concerned with his behavior and no longer needed police involvement.

01/15/2016 – 8:32 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Warrant Service
Tyree Smith, a 38 year old male of Purcellville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Virginia State Police. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held. … Continue Reading

Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Response to the Winter Storm

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Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 8:00 a.m. today, an action that authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to a major winter storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth through Sunday.

In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia. This action does not apply to individuals or private businesses. … Continue Reading

Valley Principal Assures No Threat to School

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This evening, Loudoun Valley High School Principal Sue Ross sent an e-mail to Loudoun Valley families discussing a rumored threat to the school. Below is her message.

Good evening, this is Sue Ross, principal at Loudoun Valley. During the last few hours there have been numerous posts on social media saying that it is unsafe to attend Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Emotions ran high Friday at our school after the death of a student Thursday. Out of frustration, a student may have said something irresponsible that was overheard by other students. To their credit, these students reported these words to the administration immediately. The student was questioned and it was determined that there was no threat whatsoever. There was, and is, no credible threat to student and staff safety at Loudoun Valley. Purely as a precaution — and let me stress this — purely as a precaution, there will be extra law enforcement officers at Loudoun Valley tomorrow. Last Thursday, I asked our students to be responsible and mature when using social media and they responded beautifully. I would renew that request tonight knowing you will respond in the responsible manner I’ve come to expect of you. Thank you.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 8, 2016

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01/08/2016 – 7:00 a.m. 100 Block of Purcellville Gateway Dr. Destruction of Property
Victim reports that someone keyed the side and back of his vehicle. Damage was valued at $1500.00. Police are investigating.

01/08/2016 – 3:30 p.m. 100 Block of Purcellville Gateway Dr. Domestic Dispute
Report of a domestic dispute between girlfriend and girlfriend. No assault had occurred. Both subjects left the area prior to police arrival.

01/11/2016 – 2:36 p.m. 100 Block of N. 16th St. Destruction of Property
Victim reports that someone broke their window during the night. Damage valued at $100.00. There are no suspects at this time.

01/12/2016 – 9:00 a.m. 100 Block of Bailey Ln. Destruction of Property
Victim reports that their building was egged and someone cut screens on several windows. Damage valued at $100.00. Police are investigating.

Upcoming Quarterly Meetings by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold public safety meetings at each of the agency’s four service area stations in January and February and residents are encouraged to attend.

The quarterly public safety meetings are part of the agency’s effort to better utilize resources, while at the same time providing a higher level of service to county residents. All residents, homeowners associations, community groups, town representatives, and business owners are invited to attend. … Continue Reading

Police Investigating Student Death

January 15, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office along with the Purcellville Police Department is investigating an apparent suicide of a Loudoun Valley High School Student, on Thursday, along the W&OD Trail near LVHS.

LVHS Principal Sue Ross sent out an email and a recorded phone call to the school community saying, “This death, while tragic, does not involve any of our other students, nor does it pose a safety threat to our campus.”

The school will have additional counselors Friday, January 15, to help the students and staff work through this difficult time, stated Ross in the email.


 

 

 

 

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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