Update On Red Hill Road Water Towers

October 31, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on Update On Red Hill Road Water Towers

Board Vote On Nov. 5

The Red Hill Road Water Towers story took a surprising twist at the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation / Land Use Committee meeting on October 17, when committee members Scott York (R-At-Large), Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), and Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) voted to send the application to the full board with a recommendation that the board turn down Loudoun Water’s proposal for two 189-foot, 1 million-gallon water tanks alongside unpaved Red Hill Road. Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Volpe (R-Sugarland Run) was the sole vote in opposition; the committee’s fifth member, Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), was absent from the meeting.

The committee’s action means a final vote will occur at the board business meeting on November 5 with at least four Supervisors aligned against the project. Clarke, Higgins, and Delgaudio voted against the application at the Board’s Public Hearing in September. York’s decision not to support the application now leaves tower opponents within one vote of their goal. The Blue Ridge Leader attempted to contact the remaining supervisors, but only reached Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), who commented, “At this point I am still evaluating my position.”

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Leesburg Woman Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

October 30, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Leesburg Woman Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Dae Ja Hwang, 59, upon entry of a plea was found “Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity” of second degree murder in the March 2013 homicide involving her husband, Kyung Hwang. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 10/23/2014

October 30, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 10/23/2014

10/23/2014 7:00p.m. 200 Blk. W. Main St. Wanted Person

Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and determined that the passenger was wanted by another jurisdiction in Virginia. He was taken into custody without incident and taken before a Magistrate.

10/24/2014 2:32 p.m. 100 Blk. Frazer Dr. Destruction of Property

A H.O.A. reported that a street sign in their complex had been vandalized. Extra patrol was requested in the area. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 10/28

October 24, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of 10/28

10/18/2014 4:00 p.m. 300 Blk. McDaniel Dr. Domestic Assault

Family members involved in an argument that became physical and injuries were sustained by one of the parties. The matter is under investigation along with assistance from Loudoun County Child Protective services.

10/19/2014 11:41 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Domestic Dispute

Police were called to the scene by a neighbor in reference to arguing and shouting coming from an apartment. Contact was made with the family and determined that a dispute had occurred but no assault. The situation was calmed down prior to police clearing the scene. … Continue Reading

Human Caused Climate Change is Settled Enough

October 23, 2014 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Human Caused Climate Change is Settled Enough

“[T]his peak-committed warming is increasing at the same rate as cumulative CO2 emissions, about two percent per year, much faster than observed warming, independent of the climate response.” – Myles R. Allen and Thomas F. Stocker [1]

“Mathematically, more uncertainty about models increases the scale of the distribution… Hence skepticism about climate models should lead to more precautionary policies.” Nicolas Nassim Taleb et al. [2] … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Department to Host “Saving Our Children in Loudoun”

October 22, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Department to Host “Saving Our Children in Loudoun”
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The Purcellville Police Dept. will host “Saving Our Children in Loudoun,” on Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Purcellville Town Hall, 221 S. Nursery Avenue in Purcellville. There will be many youth service providers speaking on what is available in Loudoun County to assist our children and families including Youth Pastor Kevin Cole (Purcellville Baptist Church), Ms. LeeAnne Johnson (Loudoun Valley High School Counseling Director), Ms. Geri Fiore (Woodgrove High School Counseling Director), Rev. Jessica McClure Archer (Youth Pastor/Counselor, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church), Ms. Donna Fortier (Mobile Hope), Dr. Terry Tinsley (Joe Gibb’s Youth for Tomorrow), Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) members from local departments, Representatives from Loudoun County Juvenile Courts, Loudoun County Mental Health, and Blue Ridge District Supervisor, Ms. Janet Clarke. Many local political leaders will be in attendance as well. … Continue Reading

Street Closure for Friday, October 31

October 22, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Street Closure for Friday, October 31

The businesses on 21st Street, in conjunction with the Purcellville Business Association, will be holding the fourth Annual Halloween Block Party on Friday, October 31 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. As a result, 21st Street from O Street to Main Street will be closed from 3:00 to 10:30 p.m. for this event.

In the event of inclement weather, the Halloween Block Party will be held Saturday, November 1 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. More information is available at www.PurcellvilleHalloween.com.

BBQ to Benefit Fire House

October 22, 2014 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on BBQ to Benefit Fire House

On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, Old 690 Brewing Company and Big Frank’s BBQ will be sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company. The event will run from noon to 6:00 p.m. each day at 15670 Ashbury Church Road in Purcellville. Come join us for food, music and fun.

Purcellville ABC Store Closes Briefly for Relocation

October 22, 2014 Business, News Comments Off on Purcellville ABC Store Closes Briefly for Relocation
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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store located in the Blue Ridge Station Shopping Center at 609-O E. Main St., Purcellville, will close on Saturday, October 25 at 9:00 p.m. It will relocate to 201 N. Maple St., Purcellville, and is expected to reopen before the end of the month.

The new store will be larger than the previous one of 2,180 square feet, offering more shelf space and quality product selection. Customers will be able to choose from more than 1,300 items in the new 3,000-square-foot store. … Continue Reading

Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon

October 22, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Remembering Julia Taylor Cannon
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Julia Taylor Cannon, 65, of Lincoln, died Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Julia was born July 5, 1949, to her adored parents, the late Thomas E. and Mary S. Taylor, and lived the majority of her life in her hometown of Lincoln. Her family and home were a source of great joy to her.

She was a proud alumna of both Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, where she received her BA, and the University of Virginia, where she received her law degree. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Authorities File Charges in Dog Stabbing

October 20, 2014 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun County Authorities File Charges in Dog Stabbing

A Leesburg man has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with the stabbing of a dog.

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services reports that Michael Bowles, 18, of Leesburg, was arrested October 6, 2014, on a charge of animal cruelty. The charge is based on the stabbing of an American Bulldog owned by the Bowles family. … Continue Reading

Community Christmas Tree to be Planted at Town Hall

October 20, 2014 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Community Christmas Tree to be Planted at Town Hall
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A local tree nursery, Treemovers, LLC, has agreed to supply the Town of Purcellville with a Norway Spruce tree to be the community Christmas tree at its new location at Town Hall. Town Council approved the tree’s new location at its work session on September 23, 2014. The tree will be planted in November with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony to be held on Friday, December 5. … Continue Reading

Public Encouraged to Vote for Favorite Name for Silver Line Stations in Loudoun

October 20, 2014 Development, News Comments Off on Public Encouraged to Vote for Favorite Name for Silver Line Stations in Loudoun

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking public input into the naming of the Route 606 and Route 772 Silver Line Metro stations that will be constructed in Loudoun County. The names under consideration for the stations are:
Route 606 Station
Broad Run
Dulles Gateway
Loudoun East
Loudoun Gateway
Loudoun Dulles North … Continue Reading







The Holocene Climate


(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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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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”

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Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017


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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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 …


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


– 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


– 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 …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved


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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 …

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Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving


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Protecting Free Speech


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 …


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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Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017


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


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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