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Guest Opinion: Answer To Mayor Lazaro Supporting More Gun Laws

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 3 comments

By Kecia Brown

As a Loudoun County resident, parent and owner of a business dedicated to training women how to properly and safely use a firearm for their own personal protection, I read Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro’s recent editorial “Senate Must Pass Sensible Life Saving Gun Laws” with great interest. 

The literary cornerstone of Mayor Lazaro’s appeal for “sensible” legislation is his reference to an armed attack in 1993 on the Long Island Railroad that left six people dead.  He states,  “… we must do everything in our power to prevent these tragedies.”

The details of the attack left out in the Mayor’s editorial? The Long Island Railroad killer was a man by the name of Colin Ferguson. Ferguson purchased the firearm used in his rampage in the state of California after undergoing a background check and a mandatory 15-day waiting period.  … Continue Reading

Purcellville Gateway Celebrates Christmas Tree Lighting

November 10, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Gateway Celebrates Christmas Tree Lighting

Ring in the holiday season on Saturday, November 24 at 4:30 p.m at Purcellville Gateway as the center is lit for the holidays. Purcellville’s newest shopping center will celebrate its first holiday season in the community with musical performances by Loudoun Valley High School’s Tuba Ensemble and costumed carolers from the Once Upon A Christmas Carol production being held at Franklin Park Arts Center November 30 through December 16.

Mayor Robert Lazaro will be in attendance as the 24’ Christmas tree that hovers above the pond is lit while guests in attendance ring their commemorative holiday bells.

Harris Teeter will provide warm drinks and light refreshments.

Please Skip the PR and Protect the Things We Love

September 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Columns, View From the Ridge 1 comment

By Andrea Gaines

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Purcellville mayor Bob Lazaro to the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF).

The VLCF – designed to protect the working farms, forests, natural areas, parks, rivers, and historical sites critical to the state’s economy, culture and quality of life – has spent more than 42 million dollars since 1999. That’s serious money and political influence, and you have to wonder whether Bob Lazaro is a fitting choice.

In the five years since being elected mayor, Mr. Lazaro has overseen one controversial action after another regarding the preservation of Purcellville’s history and the conservation of the broader local environment upon which this growing town has such an impact. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Committees at a Glance
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Purcellville Town Council Meeting,
June 12, 2012

Topics: Taxes, Changes in Town Code and Ordinances, Tourism Zone

The Council voted unanimously to amend the Town Code Ordinance: Levy of Tax. This was a “housekeeping” change that will allow the Town Council to amend the tax rate from time to time.

The Council approved the Budget and raised the meals tax from four percent to five percent (vote was 6-1 with Vice Mayor Joan Lehr voting against). Councilman Keith Melton said that this was the only opportunity to tax out of town residents. They did not vote on the water and sewer rates. Mayor Lazaro said, ” The Town of Purcellville’s water rates are reasonable.” … Continue Reading

Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

April 27, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Feature, News Comments Off on Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

Since Monday, two more Purcellville residents have joined Bill Conover in launching write-in campaigns for Town offices: Mary Beth Barbagallo has announced her candidacy for Purcellville Town Council, while Kelli Grim will be challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Lazaro.

The write-in candidates are hosting two Meet on Main Street events where voters can learn more about their campaigns:

  • Friday, April 27th, at Purcellville Family Restaurant (also known as Fran’s) for coffee 8:00am – 9:30am.
  • Saturday, April 28th, in front of 105 E. Main St. (across the street from old town hall and next door to Valley Energy building), from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Butterfly Gourmet Opens Doors

April 24, 2012 by Contributor Business, News 2 comments

The Butterfly Gourmet, located in Old Town Purcellville at 148 N. 21st Street, opened its doors on April 15. The Mayor Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro and several council members including Joan Lehr and Tom Pricilla were there to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The gourmet shop carries uniquely wonderful dog bones and sells refillable containers for balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Fresh cupcakes and drinks are available for hungry shoppers and there are many unique kitchen tools, beautiful linens, imported serving trays and hard-to-find food items. Debra will be serving lunches to go and teaching classes to cooks who want to learn new techniques and enjoy sharing with other local “foodies.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …
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­­­Board Votes to Dismiss County Lawsuit – Purcellville Moves to Eliminate Barriers to Development

At its recent February 14 meeting, the new Board of Supervisors, on a motion by Supervisor Clarke, voted to direct the Loudoun County Attorney to dismiss a County lawsuit that had challenged the Town of Purcellville’s authority to ignore a longstanding Town/County agreement designed to uncontrolled land annexations.

The following week, the Joint Purcell-ville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) Committee, consisting of Purcellville’s Mayor Lazaro and Council-man Priscilla, both representing the Town, and Supervisor Clarke and Planning Commissioner Douglas representing the County, met and voted unanimously to recommend that the County and Town nullify the Annexation Agreement and eliminate PUGAMP altogether. It is reasonable to assume that this recommendation will be followed. … Continue Reading

Mayor Lazaro Comments at the June 8 Town Council Meeting

June 30, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader News Comments Off on Mayor Lazaro Comments at the June 8 Town Council Meeting

Incumbent Win

May 5, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Incumbent Win

The votes are in and Bob Lazaro was re-elected Mayor of Purcellville with 825 votes, there were 201 write in votes and approximately 150 under votes. Tom Priscilla and Jim Wiley were re-elected to another four year term with 651 votes each. Keith Melton won the third seat with 511 votes, John Nave had a total of 496 votes, Sam Brown 482, and Kelli Grim 439 votes. Voter turnout in Purcellville was 27 percent.

The cost for the one half hour overtime for the election officers (due to the write-in votes) was $35.00 (Seven people at $5.00 for the one half hour overtime which is anything past 9:00 p.m. election day and they worked until 9:30)

Click here to see the list of write-ins.

Mayor Claims 1,000 Residential Units “Eliminated”

May 2, 2010 by Valerie Cury News, Our Towns Comments Off on Mayor Claims 1,000 Residential Units “Eliminated”
It is properties like this, currently in use, that figured in the Town’s claim of “1,000 residential units eliminated.”

It is properties like this, currently in use, that figured in the Town’s claim of “1,000 residential units eliminated.”

The potential for higher residential density in Town has been an ongoing subject of discussion. The issue was, there may be too many future houses too fast.

Not surprisingly, Mayor Bob Lazaro’s re-election campaign literature addresses the issue, claiming that his Administration: “… voted and implemented a Town comprehensive plan which puts an emphasis on protecting the small Town character of our neighborhoods.”

It claims more than 1,000 residential units were eliminated from the planning map.

But, let’s take a look at where these potential future homes could have been built. You’d think that the … Continue Reading

Strong, Prudent Fiscal Management?

April 29, 2010 by Valerie Cury News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Strong, Prudent Fiscal Management?

Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro has been quoted in recent newspapers touting the Town’s $622K surplus. As a recent Town press release notes:“With strong, prudent fiscal management, the Town has been able to grow its rainy day fund from $2.2 million to $3.8 million over the past 3 years while adopting a tax rate that has cut or held the line on property tax for the average … Continue Reading

Mayor Lazaro’s January 2010 Update

January 7, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Mayor Lazaro’s January 2010 Update

In Mayor Bob Lazaro’s January 2010 Update the title is “County Sues Town Again.” Lazaro again states that “Last week the county has once again sued the town.” The Town of Purellville initiated six lawsuits delaying the building of the 1,600 … Continue Reading

Purcellville Town Council Forces Another Lawsuit

December 30, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Town Council Forces Another Lawsuit

For over a year the Board of Supervisors has attempted to get the Town of Purcellville to follow the annexation process that is put into place to protect an area from growing too fast. Growth in the Town of Purcellville is supposed to occur at a pace that the town can afford financially, and also the town must prove that they can provide utilities to in town zoning and recently annexed … Continue Reading

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Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


Christmas Bazaar

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The Capitol Steps


3rd Annual Bluemont (Juried) Holiday Craft Show

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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