Clarifying Supervisor Clarke’s Newsletter

March 6, 2013 Government, News 1 comment
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In February, Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) sent out a newsletter to correct “false information” being circulated about the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) – a 50-year plan, recently abolished, which gave the town and the county joint control over lands surrounding Purcellville. The newsletter did not provide details about the misinformation, but, offered to provide facts and invited readers to contact Clarke, the other supervisors, county staff or Purcellville Town Council members “to verify these facts or to get further information.”

Unfortunately, as laid out below, research of county and state documents indicate that Clarke’s newsletter is not exactly accurate in all points. This is important because while Ms. Clarke favored elimination of PUGAMP, others saw the elimination of PUGAMP as a threat to the rural zoning around Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Purcellville on Fast Track to Explosive Growth

March 6, 2013 News, Our Towns 1 comment
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The Purcellville Town Council will soon be deciding on an application to change zoning and amend the Comprehensive Plan to allow the construction of a Low-Income Tax-Credit Apartment Complex (LIHTC) on Hirst Road, which borders Catoctin Creek. The complex would be situated on 13 acres of a 20-acre parcel with 176 units (and up to 205). Residents are banding together to oppose the change to allow residential building instead of the permitted commercial use (CM-1).

As part of their application, S.L. Nusbaum Realty stated, “there is no Comprehensive Plan adopted by the town for this property.” However, the Comprehensive Plan shows the area as “professional office use” and specifically states that we should “ensure that new residential construction is compatible with the Town’s existing small town character.” The plan also calls for the “protection and conservation of these mature trees within the community and especially along Catoctin Creek.” The developer is requesting four separate smaller buffers than what is required (the Comprehensive Plan specifically mentions, “maintaining a 100-foot wide buffer around streams and creeks to filter pollution”). … Continue Reading

Keeping Citizens at Arm’s Length

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Purcellville, arguably the single most powerful governmental force in western Loudoun, has made significant changes in the way it makes decisions on the major development and zoning issues of the day, including decisions relating to annexations and the town’s comprehensive plan.

In earlier times, the developer for a particular project would present his or her idea to a town committee tasked with reviewing the developer’s plan. Important committees included Infrastructure and Ways and Means, recently disbanded by the town. Once in committee, key documents and ideas would be shared with citizens in open meetings on the specific proposal. Citizens could also follow the issue as it made its way through the decision making process – by attending future committee meetings, accessing minutes from meetings, following press reports, and reviewing documents put forth by the developer. … Continue Reading

March Madness

March 6, 2013 Columns Comments Off on March Madness
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By Hannah James

With the weather getting warmer, more and more teenagers are seen frolicking in the fields … actually, upon closer observation, one can see that they are actually hard at practice for their next athletic event. Coaches are yelling, players are sweating, and balls of all sizes and colors are flying. Spring sport season has begun.

Spring sports season officially started at the end of February. Lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, baseball, and track and field are some of the common spring sports. Many students participate in these extracurricular activities, for many different reasons. … Continue Reading

Read Across America Comes to Culbert Elementary

March 6, 2013 News, Schools Comments Off on Read Across America Comes to Culbert Elementary
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Every year, Culbert Elementary celebrates reading in a big way. The students began the Read Across America Week with a fabulous assembly and a reading challenge. Many community members visited Kenneth Culbert, participated in the assembly and read to students after the assembly. The Loudoun Valley Girls’ Basketball Team helped open the assembly, and School Board Vice Chairwoman Jill Turgeon lead in reading the oath. The challenge this year is for students to read a total of 100 minutes during the week. If they meet that goal, a check to the American Cancer Society will be written for $510 ($1 for each student) on behalf of Culbert Elementary. This year, Read Across America challenge is linked directly to the Mini Relay for Life which will begin on that Friday, March 8, at Culbert Elementary right after school.

The Read Across America Event was very successful and full of lots of smiling faces.

What Has Changed for 2013?

March 6, 2013 Amy and Dan Smith, Columns Comments Off on What Has Changed for 2013?
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By Amy Smith

Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) with barely an hour left on New Year’s Day. A number of changes came out of the act that will affect your overall tax bill and financial plan for 2013 and beyond. While the outcome and resolution of the fiscal cliff means higher taxes for many, we now have certainty on the tax landscape for 2013.

This month’s column summarizes the changes resulting from ATRA. I will be offering financial planning strategies in future month’s columns for you to consider in 2013 that by taking action where appropriate may help you avoid an unexpected tax bill next April. … Continue Reading

Reggie Simms – Hometown Artist at Heart

March 6, 2013 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Reggie Simms – Hometown Artist at Heart
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All truly great artists have one thing in common: they do the kind of art that they do, not because of some outside force, but because their inner creative spark sends them in that direction, period.

Reginald Simms is that kind of artist.

As a young child, Reggie was fascinated by the covers of National Geographic Magazine. (“I couldn’t get a library card but sometimes they’d ask me to help mend the bindings in old books and magazines,” said Reggie.) And so, today (naturally) he is a man on a mission to paint a set of 12 huge oils depicting in minute detail his favorite covers from the magazine. One of the most iconic magazine covers ever … turned into a breathtaking piece of art. … Continue Reading

The Con in Economics

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“In so far as a theory can be said to have assumptions at all, in so far as their realism can be judged independently of the validity of predictions, the relation between the significance of a theory and the realism of its assumptions is almost the opposite of that suggested by the view under criticism. Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” Milton Friedman [1].

I first read this remarkable passage by Milton Friedman a few years ago in Steve Keen’s book Debunking Economics [2]. Keen is one of only twelve economists to have predicted the recent great recession [3] so he is entirely credible. Still I’m a skeptical person and with due respect to Friedman I had to read the original paper. Even assuming Keen’s quote is accurate and it is; it may have been taken out of context, and it is not. I found Friedman’s remark so outrageous that I had to comment on it, and apparently so did a whole lot of other people. I came across the original paper along with several critiques by other economists, including Paul Samuelson, and philosophers, including Ernest Nagel, in Bruce Caldwell’s book Appraisal and Criticism in Economics, A book of Readings [4]. Economic methodology is an esoteric subject even for economists but the selections in the book are interesting and expose us to yet another example of how not to think. … Continue Reading

Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel

March 5, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel
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With both cool serenity and a penchant for water and musical fun, the 26-acre Watermelon Park, located on the banks of the beautiful Shenandoah River about 10 miles west of Purcellville, has something for everyone – from the child eager to take her first river-tubing trip, to the country music lover who longs for the days of Patsy Cline.

The park bills itself as “Family Owned and Operated Since 1939.” And, in this case, that old-timey notion of a business that started out doing things the right way, and has never stopped doing it, is absolutely true to fact. Today’s Watermelon Park is owned and operated by John U. Miller Jr. and Family. “Junior” as most folks know him, grew up and still resides in the old stone house which sits upon the hilltop overlooking the park. … Continue Reading

Wild Loudoun – Our Magnificent Backyard Birds

March 5, 2013 Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Wild Loudoun – Our Magnificent Backyard Birds

Looking out my snowy, overcast window in late February I was transfixed by the incredible color pecking and swooping and snacking at my backyard birdfeeder. I’ve seen perhaps dozens of species of birds on this farm. And, although it is a real thrill to see a soaring red-shouldered hawk or late night owl, it is equally captivating to watch common, everyday wild backyard birds feasting on the mix of sunflower and safflower seeds in my birdfeeders. … Continue Reading

Town Seeks Nominations for 2013 Tolbert Environmental Achievement Awards

March 4, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town Seeks Nominations for 2013 Tolbert Environmental Achievement Awards
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The Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for the 2013 Tolbert Environmental Achievement Awards. This award program recognizes students, community groups, and individuals who conduct or participate in activities that benefit the Town’s environment. Nominations must be submitted by close of business on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Examples of activities that benefit the Town’s environment include:

  • Participation in recycling and use of recycled materials (including composting, collection programs for materials that are recyclable or reusable)
  • Pollution prevention
  • Waste reduction
  • Protection of the natural environment
  • Clean up of litter or debris
  • Beautification of the environment
  • Environmental education
  • Monitoring the condition of Leesburg’s environment (streams, habitat, etc.)

… Continue Reading

LCSO to Hold Community Meeting in Response to Burglaries Targeting Gold

March 3, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO to Hold Community Meeting in Response to Burglaries Targeting Gold
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting to discuss recent burglaries in the Lansdowne and Dulles South areas and will also review crime prevention measures and establishing a Neighborhood Watch program.

The meeting is in response to a series of burglaries that are apparently targeting gold. Since December 2012, there have been seven burglaries in the area that are likely connected. In most of the cases the suspect(s) entered through a rear door or window while the residents were not at home.

The meeting will be held on Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the library of the Liberty Elementary School located at 25491 South Riding Center Drive in South Riding. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 1

March 3, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of March 1
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02/25/2013 – 14:00 – 1000 Block E. Main St. – Theft from a Motor Vehicle – Complaint of $70.00 being stolen from a vehicle at this location. Currently under investigation.
02/26/2013 – 19:00 – 250 Nursery Ave – Destruction of Property – Officers responded to Fireman’s Field for a report of vandalism. Two juveniles were detained and turned over to their parents in this matter.
02/27/2013 – 15:10 – 900 Block of Harvest View Ct – Wire Fraud – Complaint of fraudulent charges on bank card. Currently under investigation.
02/27/2013 – 21:00 – 500 Block Gentlewood Square – Credit Card Fraud – Complaint of fraudulent charges totaling 635.00. Currently under investigation.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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