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A Comedy- turned Tragic

It’s just not funny anymore; ever since a young Southwest Airlines employee died from injuries in an accident involving one of those big, clumsy ‘mobile lounges’ at Dulles Airport, the subject of those antiquated hulks has lost its humor- at least for me. Jared Patrick Dodson was 25 years old, lived in Paeonian Springs, and worked at the nearby International hub to support his family; he died on January 27 at an area hospital, after his luggage cart was struck the prior morning.

The accident occurred around 7 o’clock- certainly not a great time for noticing other, smaller vehicles from the height of one of the mobile lounges; still, the fatality sparked an investigation by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.
The crash- fortunately- resulted in no other injuries.

Jared Dodson- a native Chilean- lived the American Dream during his short life; I’m sure he never imagined it would be cut short by one of those big passenger transports that share the tarmac with all the other support vehicles at the Airport.

The Airports Authority still keeps the mobile lounges in service for select use- even though its Aerotrain went into service a couple of years back.

It would be a fitting tribute to a young man who was killed by one of those things- while earning money for his family- if the Airports Authority determines a direct cause of the accident, and ensures we’ll never have to think this way about those outdated, mobile transports.

They’re certainly not funny, anymore.

Condolences to the family and friends of 25 year old Jared Patrick Dodson of Paeonian Springs.

Bad Influence

Meanwhile, a Leesburg man’s lucky to have escaped a recent crash with his life, but he’s still not free to go home; 39 year old Clyde W Miller II faces charges for DUI (his second ), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving on a suspended license- after Thursday’s wreck on Route 15 near Raspberry Falls. Miller evidently lost control of his Jeep just before it crossed into oncoming traffic, hit an embankment, overturned- then struck the passenger side of another vehicle; the other driver escaped injury.

Medical Staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital released Miller after treatment; he’d been airlifted from the scene.

Since then, he’s been ‘licking his wounds’ in the Adult Detention Center, without bond.

Gang’s All There

And, the last arrest has finally come in a 4 ½ year old gang assault case from Ashburn; Deputies took a 23 year old Columbian man into custody for that crime- after learning of his location in a Hamilton townhouse. The suspect- Victor Hernandez-Suaza- now waits on a federal detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement; he also faces multiple charges in the September 2007 gang assault at the Ashburn Meadows apartment complex.

The Sheriff’s Office ID’d all 11 suspects in that crime, and had arrested the other 10, prior to taking Hernandez-Suaza.

Interestingly, he had all this time to flee the area, but chose to remain in Loudoun County- until information provided a location on his whereabouts in Hamilton.

The suspect’s longitude and latitude remain much more certain now; he remains at the Adult Detention Center, without bond.

“Don’t Call Me Daughter (not fit to)”

The Leesburg man who cheated a life insurance company in order to steal his late wife’s beneficiary money from his daughter now gets to think things over for several years; James C Cilenti heard a judge in US District Court order a sentence of 64 months in the half-million dollar fraud scheme; he also has to pay back that money. His lawyer- Christopher Agresto- comes in later this month to learn how long he’ll spend behind bars; the attorney helped Cilenti set up a ‘trust fund’ in his daughter’s name; court records show that she received little benefit from the deal.

Cilenti went as far as applying for Social Security benefits on his daughter’s behalf- then forging her signature to obtain some $7,600 in survivor payments.

These conspiracies evidently stemmed from Cilenti’s late wife’s insurance company refusing to award him proceeds- since he was named as a person of interest in her death.

Cilenti and his lawyer pled guilty this past fall- after authorities caught up to the scheme in the spring of 2010.

James C Cilenti- an accountant by profession- may need to learn new skills in order to comply with the judge’s $465,748 restitution ruling.

In The

You can bet that the Sheriff’s Office wants to know who’s been buying up cans of pink spray paint in the Lansdowne area; the Agency says that unidentified vandals hit the area this past week- and left evidence of their crime in that particular hue. The unknown suspects struck during the overnight hours on Tuesday- along Golf Vista Plaza, Deerfield Avenue, Lansdowne Boulevard and Riverside Parkway.

They painted office buildings, windows and roadside signs, according to the report.

I do know this much about spray paint: it’s hard to use it for very long without getting some of it on your hands and clothes.

I’ll bet that somebody’s teenagers were pink around the fingertips this past Wednesday morning.

I mean- really pink.

Too Late to Be On Time

This is a great story in which to make mountains out of molehills- or maybe, molehills out of mountains; the local families facing court proceedings over their kids’ tardiness records in school has certainly drawn a lot of attention in the press, and over Internet blogs. I’m choosing to leave the specific names out of this little tale- those families are receiving enough infamy the way it is- having racked up enough ‘late slips’ from their kids’ schools in order to start a bonfire.

I’m also selecting to make this more of a personal reflection than a mere objective reporting of facts in these particular cases; hey, I’m the writer, I get to pick my methods.

I remember getting ready for school all the way back to Kindergarten: I’m sure Mom had to help me every step of the way- from wiping my nose to tying my shoes (I learn slowly, but very steadily).

She did pretty much the same for all four of us very strong-minded boys, and we all did fairly well. Without it ever being said in so many words, we all learned- at a very young age- that school can be a pretty cool place- a special place where we’d get ourselves ready for real life.

By the time my brothers and I had reached our respective high school years, each of us- with very different interests (from studio art to nuclear physics to Mark Twain to theatre arts)- generally arrived at school well before class time to work on various projects.

No- we weren’t saints- and still aren’t- some of us enjoyed our high school years more than others- but we did learn that- like it or not- if we wanted to have an important role in society, we had to sort of ‘get along’ with the system in place. My parents faced some tough challenges in the separate (and often, selfish) interests of my siblings and me- but they got the ‘job’ done- while holding down demanding full-time careers.

Telescoping back to present-time, the Loudoun County School ‘System’ is an enormous machine- having grown in Orwellian proportions over the past decades; it’s a mechanism created by humans, and if the operation of the machine is detrimental to the lives of people and the learning of kids, the rules and regulations can be tweaked and modified for a smoother operation.
Now, it’s my personal opinion that it’ll be easier for those minority of families in ‘tardiness jeopardy’ to make a few changes in their domestic schedules in order to eliminate those late slips, than to convince the Loudoun County School Board and the Juvenile Justice System that promptness is immaterial.

Our society- even in this Year of 2012- believes that being on time for things matters; would you want your out-of-work son or daughter to show up several minutes late for an important job interview?

OK.

It’s very apparent that the majority of parents in Loudoun County want to teach their kids the same basic principles that Mom and Dad taught my brothers and me.

School can be a pretty cool place- one in which you prepare for later, real life.

Think of it as professional practice.

And if the rules and regulations are wrong- make it known and get them changed.

The Emperors’ New Shortfall

And- there are gaps- and then there are gaps; it’s a tale of two perspectives in the gearing up of local budget time. We noticed that the recommended tax rate (by the County Administrator) would keep local homeowners’ real estate tax bills more or less level, but would fall short of funding the School System’s request by a healthy margin.

That recommended rate- of $1.27- a 0 percent increase budget- would still provide an additional $34 million for the Schools; trouble is, the Superintendent asked for about twice that much of an increase over the current payload, and the School Board only came up with $11 million in cuts before approving the $822 million monster.

You can bet there’ll be plenty of squawkin’ and carvin’ before all is said and done on the County Government end of things- where the budget rubber meets the road, so to speak.

Now, the Republican Board of Supervisors aren’t going to want to let anyone say that they raised taxes, and there’s tens of millions of dollars between the figure the School Board is asking for and what the proposed budget will cover; Public Hearings begin 10 days from this writing.

Bring your smelling salts- it could be a doozy.

Goodbye Frankenstein

And- you’ll no longer need to celebrate Christmas with the Flying Spaghetti Monster- or the crucified Santa- after a decision by our beleaguered County Board. The Supervisors voted to ban all unattended displays at the now-infamous Courthouse Square- and institute a reign of government-sponsored seasonal ‘cheer.’

I know they’ll endure a lot of criticism over freedom of expression, but I commend their will to carry through on a very testy issue.

A belated, and very merry Christmas.

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 29, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Worldly Inspirations

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September 30, 2014

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
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In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Dana Jansen’s use of intricate wire wrapping techniques encase and frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.  Working mostly in sterling silver wire and occasionally copper, Dana’s labyrinthine designs supplement the stone’s natural beauty to create pieces that stand on their own as objects of fine art.

Mary Louise Ravese captures images that transport viewers to diverse destinations from around the block, to around the country, and around the globe. Inspired by a wide array of subject matter, Mary Louise's work resonates with striking color, texture and line. Her photographs of country landscapes, intriguing architectural details and unusual abstract compositions draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, September 20th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery, 1601 Village Market Blvd, Suite 116, Leesburg, VA 20175. Tel: 571-442-8661 Email: info@artsinthevillage.com Website: http://www.artsinthevillage.com/

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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October 4, 2014

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Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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Start Your Business (Loudoun)

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October 9, 2014

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Kelly Keyser Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

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REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 for registration online; $15 at the door
Those who pay at the door are not guaranteed seating or handouts.

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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Loudoun Valley Community Center
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Loudoun Valley Community Center is offering table space to take advantage of this community affair on October 11 and 12 from 7am to 4pm. Table rental is $25 for 2 days. Call 540-338-4122 or email lynda.vill@loudoun.gov to reserve.

Purcellville Library Fall Book Sale

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Purcellville Library
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The Purcellville Library Advisory Board's Fall Used Book Sale will offer hardback and paperback books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Used books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction will be included in the sale. All proceeds go to benefit the Purcellville Library. Cash or check only, no credit cards. Hardcover books $2, paperback $1.

Harvest Celebration at Breaux Vineyards

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Breaux Vineyards
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Come be a part of our celebration of the 2014 harvest season at Breaux Vineyards.  We will have live music with Steele & Oglevee, craft vendors, and, of course, wine tastings.  Also if the weather is nice we will be conducting vineyard tours on the hour.

No admission or RSVP for this fun day at the winery

Looking forward to seeing you here!

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Purcellville Tag Sale Space Available

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Event: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

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44045 Riverside Parkway
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Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese as they reveal inspiration and imagery from across the globe.

 

Working primarily in sterling silver, Dana Jansen’s intricate wire pieces frame Brazilian agates, druzy quartz and an array of minerals and fossils found across the world.

Mary Louise Ravese’s country landscapes, architectural details and unusual abstracts draw the eye and allow the mind to vicariously experience her view of the world.

 

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Creating an Effective Advisory Board

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An effective, motivated advisory board is invaluable for growing a business. It offers a community of support and influence. It helps you weather storms and exceed goals.

Marissa Levin is CEO of Successful Culture and author of Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth through Exceptional Advisory Boards. Join Ms. Levin as she discusses tools and templates for following her SCALE™ Model.

She’ll guide you on how to:

•    Select who you need to get your business from where it is now to where you want it to be, while developing exceptional leadership skills
•    Compensate your advisors (monetary, non-monetary, and types of equity-based compensation)
•    Associate them into your organization with a successful change management strategy
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•    Evaluate constantly and Evolve the board as your organization grows
•    Exit advisors when they no longer fit

FREE but please REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com

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FREE Live Music - Adam Bruno

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October 18, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
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Singer/songwriter Adam Bruno is a Tampa native, now living in Loudoun County. Adam has a powerful, soulful sound, blending all the best of pop, rock and acoustic music. His melody-driven songs and thoughtful lyrics make you an immediate fan!

Notaviva Vineyards will have wine for purchase by bottle or glass to any customers 21 years of age or older. Lite snacks are also available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic while listening to the tunes of Adam Bruno

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October Fourth Friday at Breaux

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October 24, 2014

Breaux Vineyards
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane
Purcellville, 20132
United States
540-668-6299 ext. 204

Come enjoy the magic of fall evenings overlooking 105 acres of beautiful, lush vines at Fourth Fridays. We will have live music on the patio, food for purchase, and endless enchanting views as the sun sets over the vineyard.  Enjoy $4 mini tastings and a great selection of wines by the glass as you enjoy a fun evening with friends and your Breaux Vineyards family.

Don't miss any of these fun evenings!  The fourth Friday of each month from 5-9pm is reserved for this great event, so plan ahead!

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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November 1, 2014

Notaviva Vineyards
13274 Sagle Rd
Purcellville, 20132
540-668-6756

Notaviva Vineyards presents their monthly Bluegrass Jam a FREE event held the first Saturday of every month!

An event for all ages featuring Ashby Run. Open to players of every skill level

3pm-6pm Saturday 7/5

Wine available by the glass and by the bottle, lite snacks available. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

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I Wanna Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Uh-Undo It

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Sweeping Zoning Changes Continue To Be Proposed

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Visions Of Purcellville Looking Like Reston At the August 21 Purcellville Planning Commission Work Session town community development staff continued to forge ahead with sweeping zoning changes to the town. Latest in the discussion was the PDH zoning district. Vice Chair Dennis Beese mentioned that he thought the goal was to make Purcellville look like Reston. This PDH district is …

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3 Sep 2014

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The new Tilley-Kline Entertainment complex proposal is in its initial stages of design. The proposal – not yet formal – is on a 50-acre parcel (50.46) that is not within the town of Purcellville, but north of Rt. 7 on the corner of Rt. 287 and Saint Francis Court (Rt. 722). The developers are considering a boundary line adjustment, and …

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Mosby Heritage Area Association to Host a Talk on The VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market

24 Sep 2014

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will host a talk on October 19, on the VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market and the Berkeley Family of Aldie. The talk will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Aldie Methodist Church, 39325 John Mosby Hwy in Aldie and after, a tour will be offered of the Berkeley House across the street …

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LVHS Senior to Open for Luke Brindley and Chris Ayer

22 Sep 2014

Local Loudoun Valley High School Senior Grant Frazier will open for Chris Ayer and Luke Brindley in a Buncearoo ‘curated event’ on Friday, September 26, at Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. on 120 W. Main Street in Purcellville. Buncearoo is a Round Hill based live music promoter and event organizer. Founder Bill Bunce has an excellent ear for upcoming music stars …

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5K for Local Breast Cancer Patients

18 Sep 2014

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On Sunday, October 19, Wayside Farm Fun in Berryville is hosting a 5K to raise money for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, an amazing charity that helps local breast cancer patients. The race is a 5K cross-country trail run/walk through the fields of Wayside Farm Fun at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Great Harvest Bread will be …

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Nature, Moving from Season To Season on a Wing and a Prayer

3 Sep 2014

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VDOE Names Chief Academic Officer

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples today announced that John William “Billy” Haun of Charlottesville will become the Virginia Department of Education’s chief academic officer, taking the position of assistant superintendent of instruction on September 1. “I am delighted that Billy is bringing his knowledge, leadership and innovative ideas …

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LaRock Appointed to Joint Commission on Technology and Science

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Speaker of the House William Howell has appointed Delegate Dave LaRock as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), effective immediately and lasting for the duration of his term in the House of Delegates. The Commission meets several times throughout the year to “Study all aspects …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

Where Is the Money?

3 Sep 2014

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I’ve been reading a lot lately that Social Security is a drag on the deficit that must be reformed. But aren’t payroll taxes the sole …

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Sign the Petition

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water’s proposed construction of twin 189’ water towers at the very dangerous intersection of Red Hill Road and Stone School Lane is flawed. Red …

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Twin Water Towers Do Not Belong Here

3 Sep 2014

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Loudoun Water needs water storage in the Transition Zone to accommodate growth, and proposes twin 189’ water towers at the intersection of Red Hill Road …

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