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Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of November 7, 2015

November 14, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

11/07/2015 – 5:43 p.m. 300 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Vehicle Crash
An unlicensed juvenile driver struck a fence and caused extensive damage. Investigation determined that the juvenile drove the vehicle without parental knowledge and the incident is under investigation and charges are likely.

11/06/2015 – 11:03 p.m. 700 Blk. E. Main. St. Drunk in Public
Police were called to the scene of two subject being disorderly and harassing customers. On police arrival, they were found to be intoxicated. Johanna McDaniel and Nicholas Cleveland of no fixed address were placed under arrest for being drunk in public. During the arrest, the male subject had assaulted a police officer. The officer was not injured. Both subjects were transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Nicholas Cleveland was also charged with assault on a police officer. … Continue Reading

November Screenings Schedule for Inova Loudoun Mobile

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Public Safety Be the first to comment

Inova Loudoun Hospital Mobile Health Services will be providing blood pressure screenings during the month of November:
Thursday, November 5, 11:00 a.m. – noon, Lovettsville Community Center E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
Thursday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Carver Center 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville
Thursday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. – noon Lovettsville Community Center E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
Monday, November 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Levis Hill House 1000 West Washington Street, Middleburg

Purcellville Police Report – Week of October 25, 2015

November 1, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

10/25/2015 – 10:13 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Assault
The complainant reported that an acquaintance had assaulted her. She was not injured and is contemplating pursuing charges against the individual.

10/23/2015 – 4:00 p.m. 500 Blk. Gentlewood Square Neighborhood Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a parking dispute between neighbors. The issue was resolved and no further police action requested.

10/26/2015 – 3:15 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Destruction of Property
An electrical box had been spray-painted with graffiti. The damage was $50 and is in the process of being removed.

10/23/2015 – 12:45 p.m. 3300 Blk. Allder School Rd. Bomb Threat
Purcellville Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia State Police responded to a bomb threat at Woodgrove High School. As a precaution, the school was evacuated and searched by police and specially trained police K-9’s. Nothing suspicious was located and the students returned back to school. The threat that was made is being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing

October 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Court of Appeals Denies Petition for Rehearing
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The Court of Appeals of Virginia denied Moses Ulysess Harris’ petition for a rehearing on his 2013 convictions for two counts of rape, two counts of carnal knowledge, five counts of indecent liberties with a child by custodian, and one count of manufacturing child pornography.

Beginning in the summer of 2007, Harris, a previously convicted sex offender worked his way into the lives a local family. He eventually moved into their home and preyed on one of the young children living there and repeated sexual abuse on that child took place for the next five years.

On June 13, 2013, Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Burke F. McCahill upheld a jury verdict sentencing Harris to two life sentences plus 75 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Harris has been incarcerated since his arrest for these charges in April 2012.

Judge Imposes Two Years for Grand Larceny

October 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Judge Imposes Two Years for Grand Larceny

Petronia Ulandda Watson, 47, appeared before Judge Jeanette Irby in Loudoun County Circuit Court to be sentenced on four counts of grand larceny. Irby sentenced Watson to an active sentence of two years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

In late October 2014, the victim noticed that numerous pieces of ceremonial gold jewelry were missing from her home. The victim believed that the jewelry may have been stolen up to a year or more earlier, but went unnoticed because it was only used on rare occasions. The theft was reported to law enforcement. A search of pawn shop databases revealed that Watson, a former child care provider in the victim’s home, pawned a large quantity of gold jewelry between November 2012 and November 2013. The jewelry was sold as scrap gold, photographed for documentation purposes, and melted down by the pawn shop. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 15, 2015

October 22, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of October 15, 2015

10/15/2015 – 5:09 p.m. 200 Blk. S.32nd St. DWI
Police were called to the scene of a one car crash. The driver was identified as Mark Koenig, a 55 year old male of Purcellville, who was arrested for DWI. He was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and held.

10/15/2015 – 8:16 p.m. 200 Blk. N. Maple Ave. Liquor Law Violation
Police responded to the scene of suspicious individuals behind a business. Investigation determined that the individuals were underage and had paid someone to purchase alcohol for them. That individual has been identified and charges are pending.

10/18/2015 – 12:27 a.m. 36000 Allder School Rd. Trespassing
Police Officer on patrol observed a suspicious vehicle on school grounds in the early morning hours. The vehicle was occupied by several juveniles who had no legitimate reason to be on school grounds after hours. The parents of the juveniles were contacted and picked up their children. School security was also contacted and made aware of the situation.

10/18/2015 – 1:00 a.m. 100 Blk. Frazer Dr. Domestic Assault
Police were notified about a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend. It was determined that both parties had mutually assaulted each other however no one was injured. Both parties gave conflicting information as to what happened.

10/21/2015 – 4:15 p.m. 600 Blk. W. Main St. Larceny
The complainant reported that she had inadvertently laid her cell phone on the check-out counter at a business and left. She returned later and the phone was missing. Surveillance video from the store showed a male individual pick up the phone and leaves the business with it. The incident is under investigation.

Purcellville Police To Host Town Hall Meeting

October 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police To Host Town Hall Meeting
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The Purcellville Police Department will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at 221 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville, Wednesday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. to educate the public on the growing concerns regarding the accessibility of heroin and the addiction to the drug. There will be a panel presentation consisting of members from the Purcellville Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Purcellville Rescue Squad, Loudoun County Mental Health, and Loudoun County Public Schools. The panel members will provide information on the prevalence of heroin in our country as well as our community, the difficulties in breaking the addiction, and the support available to families struggling with drug usage.

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 10/06/2015

October 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 10/06/2015

10/06/2015 – 5:00 p.m. 100 Blk. N. 16th St. Assault
The victim reported that he had been assaulted by an acquaintance on a prior occasion. The victim was not injured and the matter is under investigation.

10/08/2015 – 1:00 p.m. 400 Blk. S. Nursery Ave. Child Neglect
Police were notified about an incident involving possible child abuse that had occurred some time ago before being reported to police. The matter is under investigation by Loudoun County Child Protective Services and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations.

10/08/2015 – 4:06 p.m. 600 Blk. E. Main St. Domestic Dispute
The complainant reported that an ex-boyfriend was still contacting her and harassing her. The complainant was advised what procedures to follow to obtain a protective order. … Continue Reading

Old Waterford Road To Close October 24

October 17, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on Old Waterford Road To Close October 24

Detour in place during emergency bridge work

Old Waterford Road will be closed Saturday, October 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to repair the bridge over a tributary of Limestone Branch, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

A detour will be established via Fairview Street NW, West Market Street (Business Route 7), Route 7, Route 9, Clarkes Gap Road and Hurley Road. Message signs are being posted in advance.

In the event of inclement weather, the closure will occur Sunday, October 25.

The closure is needed in order to replace badly deteriorated steel beams and the bridge deck with a new superstructure. Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 26, 2015

October 4, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of September 26, 2015

09/24/2015 – 3:12 p.m. 600 Blk of E. Main Street Disorderly Conduct
Police were dispatched to a disorderly subject inside a business. Police arrived on scene and mediated the situation. Manager of the business did not wish to pursue criminal charges, but did wish to trespass (2) two male subjects. No further police action was necessary.

09/24/2015 – 8:41 p.m. 600 Blk of E. Main Street Disorderly Subject/Drunk in public
Police were dispatched to a report of an assault. Upon arrival police determined the incident was a disagreement between two males and no assault took place. One (1) male was arrested for public intoxication by a backup deputy from the LCSO. … Continue Reading

Five Things to Know as Heavy Rains Approach Loudoun

October 2, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Five Things to Know as Heavy Rains Approach Loudoun
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1. Know the Forecast
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Loudoun County region, in effect from October 2 – through 8:00 p.m., October 3, 2015. Get updated weather information online from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/lwx, Facebook, or Twitter.

2. Be Prepared for Possible Power Outages
Now is the time to charge cell phones and other electronics. It’s also a good idea to have some cash on hand in the event of power outages and to have a full tank of gas in your car. See other power outage preparedness tips here .

3. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
If you come to a flooded roadway, stop and do not cross. It is impossible to determine the depth of the water or the condition of the road under the water. It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry off a small car. Find out more at www.loudoun.gov/flood. The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains a list of road conditions in the region and the state at http://www.511virginia.org.

4. Make a Plan and Build a Kit
Do you have an emergency plan? Preparing your family or your business for emergencies is important and does not have to take a lot of time. Online tools to make a plan are available at www.loudoun.gov/readynova. Tips on what supplies to put in your emergency kit are online at www.loudoun.gov/makeakit.

5. Stay Informed
• Loudoun County’s Flooding web page provides a full range of links to helpful resources including local utilities. Visit www.loudoun.gov/flood .
• Sign up for Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert .
• Follow Loudoun County Government on Facebook and Twitter.

Hamilton Station Road Closed Due to Pipe Failure

October 1, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Hamilton Station Road Closed Due to Pipe Failure

*Update: Hamilton Station Road is now open.

Hamilton Station Road (Route 704) is closed between Route 9 and Clarkes Gap Road until further notice due to a pipe failure, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Last night’s heavy rain caused the crossover pipe carrying a tributary of South Fork Catoctin Creek to separate, which in turn caused the pavement to cave in over the pipe.

A detour has been established via Route 9 and Clarkes Gap Road.

Access to the Loudoun County Animal Shelter is not affected by this closure. Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

Dry Mill Road Closed Until Further Notice

October 1, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety 1 comment

A pipe failure caused by this week’s heavy rains has prompted the Virginia Department of Transportation to close Dry Mill Road between Woodburn Road and Thomas Mill Road until further notice.

A detour has been established via Woodburn Road, Harmony Church Road and Business Route 7. Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova

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Sustainable Planet

Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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