Year in Review

December 26, 2012 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Be the first to comment
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Happy Holidays and a Review of a Few of the Year’s Important Climate Papers

“Rates of sea level rise reached at least 1.2 m per century during all major episodes of ice-volume reduction.” Grant et al. [1]

Several recent papers have compared the climate projection of the International Panel on Climate change (IPCC) assessments with the subsequent historic record. These include Brysse et al. [2]; Rahmstorf, Foster and Cazenave [3]; and another paper by Frame and Stone [4]. David Frame and Daithi Stone compare the projections from the first assessment report published in 1990, more than 20 years ago, with the climate history to date. They conclude that “the climate is responding to enhanced levels of GHGs in accordance with historical expectations.” Climate in this context is averaged surface temperature. … Continue Reading

The Christ of Christmas

December 26, 2012 by Contributor Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

Christian goal is to turn the eyes of all men upon the true Creator and Christ of Christmas.

God foretold his plan for humanity through the Hebrew prophets hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah wrote, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed.” … Continue Reading

Fire at Community Corrections Office Classified as Arson

December 26, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office classified the December 19, 2012 fire at the Community Correction office on Edwards Ferry Road as an attempted arson.

The early morning fire produced minimal damage to the structure and did not impair the day to day functions of the business.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently leading the investigation into the November 14, 2012 fire and the most recent fire on December 19, 2012. The coincidence of the two recent fires is being evaluated, but currently no conclusive link has been made.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the responsible person(s) for the fire(s). Anyone with information should call the Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Purcellville Offers Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling

December 21, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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The Town’s curbside refuse and recycling contractor, American Disposal Services, will collect Christmas Trees (only) for recycling on the first two Wednesday collection days in January 2013 (January 2 and 9). Regular yard waste collection will end on Wednesday December 26, 2012. Do not place yard waste curbside after December 26th. Yard waste collection will start again on March 6, 2013. Christmas trees are recycled into free mulch which is available at the Loudoun County Landfill. However, trees collected with decorations, wire, tinsel, lights and tree bags will contaminate the mulch. Follow the guidelines below to recycle your tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

  • Remove all decorations from trees – please check carefully for items hidden behind thicker branches or limbs
  • Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc.
  • Remove all lighting from trees
  • Remove all twine, metal or plastic ties and string
  • Place trees at the curb on Tuesday night (the night before collection day)
  • Please do not block sidewalks or streets with trees
  • Do not place trees in plastic bags or “Christmas Tree Disposal Bags”
  • Remove stands and bases from trees

Visit the Town’s website at www.purcellvilleva.gov under “Resident Information” for further information on Christmas Tree recycling and refuse, yard waste and recycling collection.

Financial Peace University Comes to Purcellville

December 21, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns 2 comments
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More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Purcellville at:

Bethany United Methodist Church located at 100 West Main Street in Purcellville. The classes will begin Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Call Chris Durbin at 540-338-7648 for more information or to register. … Continue Reading

Christmas Spirit

December 21, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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As a Town Council Member and a Citizen of Purcellville, I wanted to say Thank You to all of our citizens who decorated their houses for the holidays. As I rode on the Trolley Tour through Purcellville, there were many “oohs” and “aahs” as we rode through the neighborhoods. It really helped to ring in the Christmas Spirit around Town. We saw multiple Mickey Mouse’s, the famous leg lamp from “A Christmas Story” and unbelievable inflatable characters. We were even home to one of those social media sensations that was coordinated to classic holiday music. On a personal note, my family and I drove through Town almost every night during the week to see the arrangements as my kids loved the displays. My 2 year old daughter made us find every inflatable Mickey Mouse in Town.

I would also like to entend my gratitude to the Town staff and Parks & Rec Advisory Board for pulling together the Christmas in Purcellville events. We sometimes forget about those behind the scenes that do the work and want to make sure they know how important they are.

Thank you!

Patrick McConville II
Purcellville
Mr. McConville is a member of the Purcellville Town Council

Leesburg Offers Christmas Tree Recycling to Town Residents

December 21, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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The Town of Leesburg’s solid waste collection contractor, CSI, will collect non-artificial Christmas trees from residential customers as part of their regular recycling collection on the following days:

Southeast and Southwest Quadrants
January 3 and January 10

Northeast and Northwest Quadrants
January 4 and January 11

Place Christmas trees at the curb before 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection and prepare trees for collection using the following guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations from trees, including tinsel, angel hair and fake snow.
  • Remove all lights.
  • Remove all twine, string and metal or plastic ties.
  • Remove stands and bases.
  • Do not place in plastic or “Christmas Tree Disposal” bags.

Before January 3 and after January 11, Christmas trees with a trunk size of less than six inches in diameter will be collected as part of the Town’s regular brush collection. Follow the above guidelines and place trees at curb by Monday evening.

Electrifying Trio Brings Carnegie Hall to The Plains

December 21, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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The Community Music School of Piedmont will present the phenomenal string trio Time for Three at its 6th Annual Candlelight Benefit Concert on Sunday, January 27, 2013 in the beautiful ballroom at Barton Oaks in The Plains.

The dynamic trio of classically trained artists defies classification. They perform music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake. A typical concert might include the Bach Double, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and a blistering Orange Blossom Special. They will captivate with their stunning virtuosity and their high octane performance from the first note to the last.

Actor Paul Newman said “To hear these three young guys is to be thankful that music was invented. If I had been able to create a sound like these kids a few years back, I might have thought twice about going into acting!” They’ve played Carnegie Hall twice and toured worldwide. Their remix and music video of Kanye West’s “Stronger” and its anti-bullying message has inspired young students around the globe to pursue classical music careers. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council Swearing-In Ceremony Set for January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

December 21, 2012 by Contributor Government, News Be the first to comment
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The Leesburg Town Council will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd and Council Members David S. Butler, Thomas S. Dunn, II, and Katie Sheldon Hammler on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center (60 Ida Lee Drive NW). A reception for the newly sworn-in members of the Town Council will immediately follow the ceremony.

Kristen C. Umstattd will be sworn in for her sixth two-year term as the Mayor of Leesburg. Mayor Umstattd was first elected to the Leesburg Town Council in 1992 and was re-elected to Council in 1996 and 2000. She was named Vice Mayor in 2000 and first elected Mayor in 2002. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mayor Umstattd has been a Leesburg resident since 1987. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mayor Umstattd and her husband, Charles Moss, have a joint law practice in the Town of Leesburg. Their daughter, Kendrick, is a sophomore at Loudoun County High School. … Continue Reading

Register for Lacrosse

December 21, 2012 by Contributor Sports Be the first to comment

NoVa West Lacrosse is registering individual players and teams for winter indoor lacrosse sessions which begin January 20 and will be held at the Winchester Sportsplex, visit www.novawestlax.com/nwill for more information and to register.

Also registering for open tryouts if the summer select U9, U11, U13, U15 and High School teams. Tryouts will be held in February, March and April, for more details visit www.novawestlax.com.

Tim Kaine Speaks on Connecticut School Tragedy

December 14, 2012 by Contributor Government, News Be the first to comment
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Tim Kaine released the following statement regarding today’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT.

“Words fail to express the profound sadness I feel for the families of those who were lost and those who will carry the scars of this tragedy. Our Commonwealth knows too well the pain of senseless gun violence. Like all Virginians, Anne and I offer our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to the community of Newtown.”

Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department Escorts Santa

December 13, 2012 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment

The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will escort Santa around Round Hill on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Santa will visit Stoneleigh, Falls Wood, Lake Point and the Villages South of Route 7 on Saturday. He will visit the Villages North of Route 7 and the Town of Round Hill on Sunday. The RHVFD will be collecting for Toys For Tots and non-perishable food to distribute to the local food banks. Everyone come see Santa!

StageCoach Theatre Company Announces Playwright Competition for Local Teens

December 13, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

Do you have the perfect scenario for a crime? Can you baffle your audience with clues and laughter? Are you a Loudoun County teen?

StageCoach Theatre Company is proud to announce its first playwriting competition for teens. This competition is open to all teens 13-19 years old who live or attend school in Loudoun County, VA. StageCoach Theatre Company would like to support budding playwrights and encourage more teens to consider playwriting as a form of creative expression. The winning script will be produced by StageCoach Theatre Company during the Summer of 2013.

Plays must be full-length mystery scripts; murder is optional. All scripts will be read. The top three finalists will be asked to meet with directors and professional actors to discuss their scripts and vision for the play. One script will be selected for production.

A $20 fee should accompany the submitted script. However, that fee will be waived if the playwright or a member of the playwright’s team attends the following workshop: … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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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

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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

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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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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

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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), …

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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

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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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Events

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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"

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April 19, 2014

Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
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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

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April 30, 2014

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

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Heritage High School
520 Evergreen Mill Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
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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

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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 …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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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 …

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Lifestyle

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

9 Apr 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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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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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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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 …

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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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