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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 Ridge Mountains was named for him, and why the rural character of historic Williams Gap Road should be preserved are all significant to our heritage, particularly to those living in Western Loudoun.

In the early 1700s, settlers moving west sought farmland along the old Indian trail roads. In 1731, Robert “King” Carter took out a land patent for his 13-year-old son George. … Continue Reading

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

November 28, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on 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 all seemed genuinely surprised that the 60 some Catesby opponents in attendance at the October hearing would rather have a bed and breakfast, as opposed to a banquet and events venue at Catesby. … Continue Reading

It’s Our Right

November 28, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on It’s Our Right
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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property.

Unfortunately, our limited proposal has been met with an undue and unwarranted level of misinformation and mischaracterization by many opponents, especially those who seek to use this vote to make a broader and more complex point about growth in western Loudoun, rather than focus on the true and just merits of our minor and straightforward request. … Continue Reading

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

October 20, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun
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If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space easement as a condition of the approval for construction of the development), be on notice that those quiet natural or agricultural areas may cease to be so after a vote of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors this Thursday, October 20.

The Board will be voting again on permitting 18 new uses for these properties in open, adding noise, traffic, strains on water and septic systems, and activities inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the terms of many of the easements themselves. No outreach to affected property owners has been made. There are 290 such easements in 2,750 parcels covering 22,500 acres in Loudoun. Of these parcels, 694 are owned by homeowners’ associations and 2,056 are owned privately. Many residents will be affected. … Continue Reading

Kirkpatrick West Decision Could Prove Costly

October 6, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Kirkpatrick West Decision Could Prove Costly
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Thursday’s [September 22] 5-3-1 vote by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Kirkpatrick West Commercial Center had larger implications on whether the Board intends to retain its ability to hold developers accountable for the increase in intensity of their projects as development expands both west and south. … Continue Reading

Thank You Purcellville Voters

June 1, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You Purcellville Voters
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I would like to thank you, the Purcellville voters, for your tremendous support of my campaign for Town Council.  I appreciate that so many of you put signs in your yard, sent emails, wrote letters, made phone calls, and talked to your friends and neighbors.  I especially enjoyed my time walking door to door and hearing what concerns you have.  I promise to listen well, work hard, and make the right decisions to Preserve Our Small Town Life in this amazing town.  There is a lot of work to be done, and I am energized more than ever and already working for you.  I look forward to hearing from you over the next two years.  I am humbled and so very appreciative of all of you.  I consider this opportunity to serve the residents of Purcellville an honor and a privilege.  … Continue Reading

Thank You, Purcellville!

June 1, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You, Purcellville!
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Thank you, Purcellville!

It is with enormous gratitude that I thank the citizens of Purcellville.  I am overwhelmed by your show of support and I look forward to serving you on your Town Council.

It is vital that the elected Council members remember the very strong message that you gave us on Election Day. The issues and concerns that you shared with me time and again will remain foremost on my mind as I prepare to take office.  I have started preparing for this work in several ways, including reaching out to the community, working with Purcellville town staff, and discussions with Council and Board members. … Continue Reading

I Am Ready To Serve

June 1, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on I Am Ready To Serve
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I wanted to extend my appreciation to the voters of Purcellville for coming out to the polls on May 3rd and giving me the opportunity to serve you on the Purcellville Town Council.  Many thanks to my family and friends that supported me through this process. There are too many to list, and the fact that there are that many is truly a blessing.

The peoples’ voices and votes sent a clear message, and I will continue to be accessible to all opinions, including those of the candidates who were not chosen. … Continue Reading

Paving Paradise To Put in Parking Lots?

June 1, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Paving Paradise To Put in Parking Lots?
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Two issues that will affect the very character of Loudoun County, will be discussed and voted on at the June 15 Board of Supervisors Public Hearing.
In the Rural and Transition Areas of the county, when subdivisions and Rural Hamlets have been built, a certain amount of land has, by zoning regulation, been set aside as “Common Open Space.” Uses in the past have been limited to those which would keep this in agricultural or passive recreation uses, i.e. barns, trails, picnic areas or community gardens. A new zoning amendment, (ZOAM 2015-0006), is proposing 36 new uses in these open spaces, ostensibly to increase their economic viability. While many of these uses would not adversely affect the character of the area, many others allow for large scale development of breweries, wineries and recreation facilities etc., some with parking areas for up to 400 cars. Surely a closer look and much more citizen input is needed before permitting these sweeping changes! … Continue Reading

The Strength of Our Town Is Our People

June 1, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on The Strength of Our Town Is Our People
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To the people of Purcellville: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am truly humbled and gratified by your confidence in me and the opportunity to serve you for a second term as Mayor of Purcellville.

I promised to be a Mayor for all of Purcellville and to work with all of you to build, collaborate and create solutions for a vibrant Purcellville. I believe that is what I have done for nearly two years. I will work just as hard in the next two years to meet our shared goals: … Continue Reading

Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?

May 10, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Isn’t Loudoun Better Than This?
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More than forty years I have watched a rising tide of development flowing from the east across Loudoun. Once it was thought the western mountains would be spared the flood. Now it seems the forces ready to pave over Loudoun are rising ever higher. Must this deluge reach even to the mountain top and leave its ugly scar?

Our congregation has a church home in the peaceful valley between the Short Hill and Blue Ridge Mountains. Easter mornings before the sun peeks over the mountain, we gather on the Raymond Farm next door to our church. Then we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as we watch the sun rise above the Short Hill. But AT&T’s planned data dump on Short Hill Mountain may become an eye sore we view for all Easters to come. Isn’t Loudoun better than this?

Roland England, Pastor
Christain Community Church at St Paul’s, Neersville

Campaign of Untruths

April 21, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Campaign of Untruths
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Elected officials have done some pretty despicable things while serving in office. They range from bribery, beating a spouse, cheating on a spouse, obstruction of justice, and various forms of corruption. I have done none of these things.

A candidate running for office in Purcellville, a person who seemingly is against everything I do and stand for, has made a baseless and untruthful accusation against me in what appears to be an organized campaign of misinformation, censorship, and half-truths. It is a petty attempt to distract from the campaign issues. I am not running in the election this year, so this character assassination against me is even more incomprehensible. … Continue Reading

Time for Spring Cleaning – Purcellville Town Elections May 3

April 19, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Time for Spring Cleaning – Purcellville Town Elections May 3
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I usually don’t look forward to the first round of spring cleaning because it’s a bittersweet chore. But, after it’s done I feel 100 percent better and am ready to take on the rest of the year with renewed spirit—and a clean house. On May 3, the voters of Purcellville get a splendid chance to put democracy into action and do a thorough job of spring cleaning of the town council. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

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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Calendar

February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

March 5, 2017
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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Love In All of Its Forms … Ain’t It Grand

2 Feb 2017

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Americans exchange hundreds of millions of cards on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The National Retail Federation estimates that we will spend some $20 billion to mark the day and demonstrate to friends and family how much we love them – on what marketers call “Love’s Holiday.” Love. It’s a big deal.

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Music with a Cause Continues

1 Feb 2017

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February 26, 4:00 p.m. A Taste of Spring! Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” for violin and piano forms the heart of a recital by Venezuelan violinist Marjory Serrano and Taiwanese pianist Hsin-Yi Chen, featuring additional classics by Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor and Albeniz. The 7th concert in the Music with a Cause series at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, will benefit Mobile Hope of Loudoun. …

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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

Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Man Killed Walking To Gas Station on I-95

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Kryznefski is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, December 26, on Interstate 95 near Exit 158B. Three males were traveling south on Interstate 95 when their Honda CRV ran out of gas. They …

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Sports

Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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Woodgrove Gymnastics Team Places First

1 Feb 2017

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The Woodgrove High School Gymnastics team for placed first at their home meet. The team competed against squads from Loudoun Valley, Park View and Riverside high schools. Seniors Kaycee Delitta and Sarah Snare were honored at the event for their contributions to the team. The Wolverines excelled in individual competition …

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