Open Burning Guidelines for October 1, 2012-February 14, 2013

Loudoun County allows specific open burning, as listed below, between October 1, 2012 and February 14, 2013. Open burning is prohibited year-round within the town limits of Middleburg, Leesburg, Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill, Hillsboro, and Lovettsville. Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmosphere conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous may be prohibited and/or required to be extinguished.

Open Burning is permitted:

When not otherwise prohibited within the town limits listed above.

For the burning of lawn clippings, tree trimmings and brush piles, generated on site, where street side trash service is not available for this purpose. The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure.

For agricultural purposes, such as clearing a field or fence row, for materials generated on site. The burning may be no closer than 1,000 feet from an occupied structure (people within the building) and 50 feet to a structure and may not pose a hazard to highways and airfields.

For bonfires, provided that they consist of seasoned wood, piled neatly, no more than five feet in diameter by five feet in height. The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure, and shall not burn longer than three hours.

Campfires, no more than three feet in diameter by two feet in height and used for cooking purposes, may not be located within 50 feet of any structure.

For questions regarding development related burning, please see the Open Burning Informational Bulletin on the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s website.

All open burning must be reported to the Fire-Rescue Emergency Communications Center 703-777-0637 prior to ignition and when the fire is extinguished. Fires may not be added to between midnight-0500 hr and all fires must be actively attended by a responsible and competent person 18 yrs. or older, with means to control and extinguish the fire.

Fire Marshal Disclaimer: The Loudoun County Fire Marshal may impose regulations, at any time, based upon complaint, atmospheric or other environmental circumstances, to restrict or extinguish any fire that is otherwise permitted according to these guidelines. Violations of the open burning requirements may result in a conviction as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. In addition, the responsible party may be held liable for all damages and the costs of firefighting operations.

For further information regarding open burning guidelines and for questions please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-777-8600 during normal business hours. You may also access this information by visiting the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s webpage at

LCSO Warns Residents of Two Ongoing Scams

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to be wary of two scams; an online rental scam and a sweepstakes scam. The online rental scam advertises a property for rent, typically at a low price. The ‘owner’ will ask the victim to send their information via email and will give often quickly reply that they have been approved. They will then ask the victim to ‘wire’ the money for deposit. When the victim goes to move in they find out the house was not for rent. Potential renters seeking rental space online should be wary of owners who are unable to show the property before you send a deposit, owners who request that you send your deposit via money transfer and owners with overseas phone numbers. The “Sweepstakes” scam can occur via U.S. Mail, telephone or e-mail. The victim is contacted advising they have won the New York Lottery, International Lottery or some other type of Lottery. In order for them to receive their winnings, they have to wire money to pay for the taxes associated with their winnings. If you have been a victim of either of these scams, you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.

Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of September 24

9/24/12 – 7:05 p.m. – 205 Purcellville Gateway Dr. – Hit & Run – Victim reported that their vehicle was hit in the parking lot at this address. Damage valued at $2500.00.
9/26/12 – 11:15 p.m. – 400 block of Crossman Ct. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.
9/26/12 – 11:35 p.m. – 300 block of N. 21st St. – Simple Assault – Verbal altercation between two adults leads to an assault.
9/27/12 – 12:07 p.m. – 100 block of N. 21st St. – Theft from a Vehicle – Victim reports that items were stolen from her vehicle. Loss valued at $200.00.
9/27/12 – 5:52 p.m. – 100 block of N. 16th St. – Non-violent Family Dispute – Complaint worked by police and resolved.

Loudoun County Law Enforcement Partner with DEA for Prescription Take-Back Day

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department and the Town of Purcellville Police Department have once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

On Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at four sites in the county. The sites include the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling, the Dulles South Public Safety Center located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding, the Lansdowne Public Safety Center located at 19845 Sandridge Way in Lansdowne, the Leesburg Police Department located at 65 Plaza Street in Leesburg and the Purcellville Police Department located at 250 Nursery Avenue in Purcellville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

As a former Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Sheriff Mike Chapman understands the importance of this issue. “This program addresses
a critical public safety and health issue,” he said.

During the last initiative Loudoun County law enforcement agencies collected nearly 600 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

Farm Bureau Urges Voters To Choose ‘Yes’ on Question 1

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation members and other property rights advocacy groups have posted signs in their yards and around the state urging Virginians to vote yes on Question 1.

That’s because they are supporting an amendment to Virginia’s constitution to further protect individuals’ private property rights. The passage of Question 1 at the polls on Nov. 6 will protect everyone—farmers, homeowners, business and any privately-owned land—from eminent domain abuse.

“This amendment to the constitution in no way prohibits localities, states or utilities from using eminent domain for building roads, schools or other legitimate public uses. It will ensure that if land is taken for a legitimate public use, the property owner will receive fair compensation,” said Trey Davis, VFBF assistant director of governmental relations. “Under no circumstances can private property be taken for private revenue, increasing the amount of tax revenue or under the guise of economic development.”

The constitutional amendment ensures that no more private property may be taken than is necessary to achieve the stated public use. And it requires the condemner to prove that the use is public. Condemning entities, such as highway departments or utility companies, would not be able to exercise eminent domain if the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, tax revenue or economic development, Davis said. The amendment also guarantees that fair compensation is given to the property owner.

“I’ve talked to quite a few people and most everybody believes that we need this constitutional amendment to keep the government from making decisions about our private property,” said Steve Saufley, a Rockingham County beef cattleman and VFBF board member. “If private property is taken correctly using eminent domain, that property owner deserves just compensation.”

Eminent domain reform began when the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that it was O.K. for the town of New London, CT, to take the homes of urban property owners for private development. Until then, eminent domain was intended for condemning private property only for public use such as roads and schools. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who voted against the ruling, said that the decision transferred property from “those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.”

In 2007, VFBF helped pass a law that strictly defined public use. However, without its protection in the constitution, state and local governments can interpret public use as they see fit. VFBF members believe that private property owners deserve constitutional protection, Davis said.

“And now it’s up to the voters to make that happen,” Davis said.

Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

Participation and Performance of Commonwealth’s Ethnic Groups Also Increase

Virginia’s 2012 public school graduates outperformed their peers nationwide on the SAT college-admissions test, according to results released today by the College Board. The commonwealth’s graduating seniors achieved at higher levels than public school students nationwide on all three SAT subsections:

  • The average reading score of 508 for Virginia public school students is 17 points higher than the national average.
  • The average mathematics score of 510 for Virginia public school students is five points higher.
  • The average writing score of 492 for Virginia public school students is 11 points higher.

In addition, Virginia public school students in all ethnic groups that the College Board reports, — American Indian, Asian, African American, Hispanic and White — outperformed their peers nationwide on all three SAT subsections.

The College Board also reported that four out of every 10 Virginia public school 2012 graduates who took the SAT were members of a minority group, which reflects the commonwealth’s racial and ethnic diversity. Sixteen percent (8,778 students) of public school SAT takers reported that English is not exclusively their first language. Additionally, 32 percent reported their parents’ highest level of education as a high school diploma or less.

A total of 53,806 public school graduates in the state took the SAT — a slight increase in participation over the previous year’s 53,457 public school participants. In all, 68 percent of the state’s public school graduates in 2012 took the SAT.

“As with the mathematics standards, Virginia’s new English standards require students to demonstrate their ability to reason, draw conclusions and defend their responses,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “These are the very critical-thinking and higher-level reasoning skills students must have for success on today’s SAT.”

Virginia students were tested for the first time in 2011-2012 on the revised and more rigorous mathematics standards that the Board of Education approved in 2009. This school year, new English assessments — based on college and career ready standards approved by the board in 2010 — will be implemented.

“By incorporating more rigorous and challenging standards in all subjects we are preparing our students with 21st-century skills,” Board of Education President David M. Foster said. “The board takes seriously its duty to ensure that students graduating from a Virginia public school are prepared to succeed in college and the workplace.”

The average scores for 2012 Virginia public school graduates rose three points in mathematics, dropped by one point in critical reading and remained unchanged in writing over last year’s results. Among public school students nationwide, achievement dropped in all three areas — by two points in critical reading, one point in mathematics and one point in writing.

Since 2008, average SAT scores of Virginia public school students have increased by one point in both reading and mathematics and decreased by two points in writing, compared with five-year decreases in public schools nationwide of five points in reading, three points in mathematics and six points in writing.

Overall average achievement of all Virginia high school seniors — including private and home-schooled students — decreased by two points in reading, increased three points in mathematics and was unchanged in writing.

  • Virginia’s all-student average of 510 in reading is 14 points higher than the national all-student average of 496.
  • The commonwealth’s all-student average of 512 in mathematics is two points lower than the national average.
  • Virginia’s all-student average writing score of 495 is seven points higher than the national average.

While the number of Virginia students taking the rival ACT is increasing, the SAT remains the dominant college-entrance examination in Virginia.

The College Board also reported that the number of Virginia public school students who took at least one Advanced Placement (AP) examination during their high school career increased by 5.7 percent this year and the number of tests taken increased by nine percent.

The number of AP examinations taken by 2012 public school graduates that qualified for college credit increased by 12.2 percent. Of the 133,245 AP tests taken by Virginia public school students, 80,194, or 60.2 percent, earned a grade of three or higher.

The College Board’s February 2012 Advanced Placement Report to the Nation ranked Virginia third in the nation in achievement on AP examinations. The College Board will use the AP data released today to update its state rankings early next year.

Year of the Bible

By Rev. Dr. David Milam, Pastor

In October 2012, St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 West Main Street, Purcellville, will be starting on an exciting journey: The Year of the Bible is a comprehensive, congregation-wide program of Bible reading. We are challenging everyone at our church, along with our neighbors and friends, to read the entire Bible in one year. In addition to reading the Scriptures, there will be help along the way. Weekly sermons, small groups, Christian Education from kids to adults, worship and devotions are focusing on the Year of the Bible.

Our pastors David Milam and Jessica McClure Archer have put together a weekly reading guide. In addition to daily readings, each week will have an overview of the books of the Bible we’re reading, devotions, some thought-provoking questions to ponder, and space for your questions and journaling. This resource will be valuable for your own personal use and for use in small groups. The reading plan booklet is available for download from our church website at Also, visit our Facebook page (St. Andrew Presbyterian Church) and like us to keep up to date with all that’s happening with the Year of the Bible.

Several small groups are following along with the Year of the Bible. They will use the weekly reading plan as a guide for discussions during their meetings. Having someone to share your insights and thoughts with, to ask questions about what you’ve read, can make reading the Bible even more meaningful. The groups are open for new participants.

Join in the challenge to read the entire Bible in one year. For more information, see the church web site at or call the church office at 540-338-4332.

Autumn Joy with Joshua’s Hands

As the seasons change and we start to bring another year to a close, Joshua’s Hands will again offer their annual Fall Festival as a free gift to the community – to celebrate the joy of autumn and the change of seasons – a time to be grateful.

This festival has become a Loudoun tradition you won’t want to miss! Located on Rt. 9 just five miles west of Waterford, the Guthrie farm offers views of the mountains and a gathering place for festival goers.

Joshua’s Hands was established in January of 1999, after Joshua’s death (October of 1998) in a car accident. He was 16 and the second of seven children. Joshua’s Hands has a five-fold ministry – like the fingers on a hand: the Annual Fall Festival, American Heritage Education, Community Service, Teen Safe Driving and Scholarships. As part of the heritage programming, Joshua’s Hands offered quilting camps this summer. They also offered two Valiant Warrior Quilting Events that brought together the community (quilters and non-quilters) to make quilts for wounded warriors. In the process, friendships were made, skills were learned and quilts were sent to the front lines to comfort wounded warriors. (233 quilts since January 2011.)

The Guthrie family has hosted the annual Fall Festival for 30 years. After Josh’s death, they brought the festival under the umbrella of Joshua’s Hands. It seemed a right thing to do, since he loved the event and worked tirelessly to make it happen.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, October 13 (10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.). They are preparing to host over 3000 people! Kids ages 1- 101 will join us for live music, puppets, games, prizes, pony rides, spelling bees, auctions, kids’ crafts, tractor rides, lunch, mimes and so much more – all free.

Entertainment will include puppets, mimes and musicians: AIM Mimes (MO), Amber Waves (CO), Red White & Blues, Nathaniel Davis Band, Travis Cutshaw Band, Wild Life Ambassadors, Tigges Fiddlers, NVGA gymnastics, Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers and more. (See the schedule online at A live auction will be held at 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for the work of Joshua’s Hands.

There will be something for everyone – including lunch – all free of charge. Donations will be cheerfully accepted. For more information on the work of Joshua’s Hands or to get directions, visit the website at

Community Cancer Support Group Forming

The statistics of a person having a bout with cancer sometime in their lifetime are staggering: For men, it is 1 out of 2; women, 1 out of 3. Because of the emotional upheaval that a diagnosis can cause, most people tend to keep it quiet and sort through things by themselves or with their closest family members. A person with cancer can feel very alone, confused, and frightened.

The Cancer Support Community, which is just being initiated, will support and strengthen people with cancer as well as their families— both physically and emotionally— and discuss healing practices that should be followed regardless of whether using Conventional Treatment, Integrative Treatment (a combination), and/or Alternative Therapies.

This community support group will offer camaraderie, knowledge and education from local health care providers and support and sharing of resources from others who are facing cancer. FUN events to get the word out and FUN fund-raising will also be on this Community’s agenda. Very importantly, friendships that blossom with care and understanding can make a huge impact on someone’s life and their road back to health.

Join the first Community Cancer Support gathering on September 27 at 7:00 p.m. This first gathering will be held at the offices of Sherri Karazovic, NEXT HEALTH, located at 44121 Harry Byrd Highway, Suite 115 (in same building as “The Diner”) Ashburn, VA 20147 (next to the Big Church, just east of Claiborne Parkway) Phone: (703) 635-6324.

For more information or call 540-908-4246.

Fill out the Subscribe Form on the the Website: so that we can get a headcount letting us know if you are coming to the first gathering and/or to be kept informed of upcoming events as they unfold.

“Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club

Eighty-eight Wolverine fans and golfers teed off bright and early Monday morning, September 17 at Woodgrove’s home course, Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club in Round Hill, to compete in the Second Annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament fund Senior student-athlete scholarships and other activities that further the mission of the WWABC. The weather was great, the course was gorgeous, and a good time was had by all! Aside from the tournament itself, the event featured a silent auction, raffle items, door prizes, breakfast, snacks and a delicious lunch catered by Stoneleigh.

Western Loudoun boasts amazing golfers proven by the tournament’s 3-way tie for the team with the lowest score – 59. The tie was broken by comparing back nine scores, and the winners were:

  • 1st Place – Bob Caines, Charley Wooldridge, Zee Siekirski and Matt Donelly
  • 2nd Place – Mike Briel, Steve Renner, Bill Zeleski and Curt Prosser
  • 3rd Place – Kevin Herbert, Bill Logan, Jim Heivilin, and Brent Christiansen

The WWABC would like to thank Tournament Chair, Jan Lokie and her committee for their hard work! Also, thanks to all of Woodgrove’s golfers, volunteers and sponsors because their efforts and participation in the tournament raised over $12,500 for Woodgrove student-athletes. Come on out next year to join in the fun!

New Boots for Firefighters

A $5,000 grant from the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company will equip 17 firefighters with new firefighting boots to help protect them when responding to emergencies. Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company President Richard Wolfe, left, accepts the check from Erin Lively of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Ginny Pierson, right, holds a pair of the new boots firefighters will wear. Pierson represents Independent Insurance Agency, which was responsible for the selection of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company as the grant recipient.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Retreat in Loudoun County

The Loudoun Breast Health Network (LBHN) in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Inova Loudoun Hospital are presenting an Educational Conference and Open House Retreat for breast cancer survivors on Saturday, October 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital. Reservations are required – call 1-855-694-6682 to register.

The Educational Session will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon and feature a panel discussion on “Survivorship: Thriving Through Integrative Strategies”.

The Open House “New Beginnings” Retreat for survivors will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. and will provide free wigs, bras, scarves and hats, cooking demos, free seated massages and yoga demos, make-over demonstrations and giveaways, and a multitude of resource and support information centers. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Portions of this event were made possible by generous donations to LBHN from Macys and “Breast Cancer Fundraiser Events” at Stone Bridge High School, Broad Run High School, Loudoun County High School and Park View High School.

Ida Lee Tennis Team Captures 2012 Leesburg Cup

Team Ida Lee finished one point better than runner-up Middleburg Tennis Club to win the 20th annual Leesburg Cup championship at the Ida Lee Tennis Center on Sunday, September 16. Ida Lee took two matches during Sunday’s decisive last round to edge Middleburg by a score of nine to eight in total matches won. Chestnut Forks Athletic Club finished with overall seven points by winning five of their last six matches. The three-day tournament featured players aged 50 and over competing in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles matches with a team format. Middleburg came into the event as the defending champions after winning the title in 2011. Kitty Foster captained the Ida Lee squad, and helped provide the winning margin of victory Sunday when she turned back MTC’s Kim Smithers in a pivotal head-to-head singles matchup. Foster rallied from 1-4 down in the first set to win 6-4, 6-2 and assure Ida Lee at least a tie for the Cup. The clinching point came from the team of Julie Seraphin and Cathy Browning, who won 6-2, 6-1 against Paula Klima and Susan Hanback of Chestnut Forks in the final round to give Ida Lee an insurmountable lead. Seraphin and Browning, Foster, and the mixed doubles team of Doug Whitman and Kathleen Castro each contributed two wins on the weekend for Ida Lee. Scott Carpenter (Singles), Bill Mabry and John Lombardi (Doubles), and Muriel Hunt and Steve Solow (Mixed) also won matches in their divisions. Other team members include Tammy Belote, Jane Sarver, Keith Durham, and Scott McNabb, Susan Nixon, and Ron Carpenter. The Leesburg Cup is an annual event between Ida Lee, Chestnut Forks Athletic Club, and the Middleburg Tennis Club. Originally begun at the Loudon Racquet Club and moved to Ida Lee in 2003, the event is one of three tournaments the clubs sponsor each year promoting inter-club play. The first leg of these is the Chestnut Forks Challenge Cup in early February, followed by the Morgan Cup at Middleburg in June. Ida Lee won all three championships during the past 2012 season.