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Proposed Code Changes Delayed

July 3, 2014 Development, Government, News Comments Off on Proposed Code Changes Delayed
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Public Pressure Pushes Decision To New Mayor And Council

The outgoing Purcellville Town Council held sway over a loud and angry crowd in a packed meeting on June 24 as it considered whether to make significant changes to amend town code Section 54-78. In the end, the decision was delayed until the next Town Council meeting, when Mayor-Elect Kwasi Fraser and a new Town Council will have taken office. Section 54-78 controls the expiration dates of what are known as “Certificates of Design Approval” (CDAs) by the town’s Board of Architectural Review related to the demolition of historic structures, site plans, zoning permits, and other construction-related documents.

While the town’s public hearing notice for the proposed code changes did not specify that these changes related to the 100,000 plus square feet mixed use Vineyard Square development, the majority of citizens attending the meeting clearly believed otherwise.

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Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part II

July 31, 2012 Development, News 2 comments

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

Last month, the Blue Ridge Leader examined of the use of tax credits and other public funds to meet the affordable housing requirements proffered by private developers to offset the costs of residential development to taxpayers. We began this series with an overview of the county’s use of proffers as they relate to affordable housing; we continue with a closer examination of one example involving the non-profit Windy Hill Foundation, its for-profit subsidiary, the Windy Hill Development Company, and the developers of the Brambleton community.

Since its inception in 1983, the Windy Hill Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has been a key actor in the effort to provide an adequate supply of affordable housing in Loudoun County. Its five projects on the western edge of Middleburg provide a variety of housing types with monthly rents ranging from $400 for a one-bedroom cottage to $775 for a three-bedroom apartment. Median family income of tenants ranges from $11,300 for seniors living in Levis Hill House to $33,000 for the residents of Virginia Lane. In total, Windy Hill Foundation provides 67 units of rental housing, much of it subsidized, to individuals and families who might not otherwise be able to continue living in Loudoun County, where, according to the foundation’s website, in 2011 market-priced units ranged from $1,289 per month for a one-bedroom unit to $1,885 for a three-bedroom apartment. … Continue Reading

Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part 1

July 5, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Developer Proffers and the Public Good: Part 1

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

On June 6 the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) released its final rankings for the 2012 submissions to the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits program (LIHTC). Shreveport Ridge, a submission by Middleburg-based Windy Hill Development Company (WHDC) to construct and manage 98 affordable dwelling units (ADUs) proffered by the developer of Brambleton, received the highest ranking with a score of 750, providing the project with access to more than $1.4 million in federal income tax credits to underwrite construction.

So the question is … … Continue Reading

Town Announces Groundbreaking for Downtown Improvement Project

June 22, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Town Announces Groundbreaking for Downtown Improvement Project
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The Town of Leesburg’s Downtown Improvement Project gets its official start on July 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony for Phases 1A and 1B of the project. The ceremony will take place at the northern walkway behind Caulkins Jewelers (11 South King Street). This spot marks the symbolic center of the Downtown Improve-ment Project, as the alley has been the longest discussed aspect of improvements to the downtown, dating back approximately 20 years. … Continue Reading

Asbestos Delays SCR Construction

June 6, 2012 News, Our Towns 14 comments
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Town Of Purcellville Failed To Secure Proper Safety Permit

Clearing and construction for the southern part of the Southern Collector Road (SCR) came to a quick halt recently when it was determined that the Town of Purcellville had failed to inspect and secure a safety-related permit for a barn that was to be demolished.

The study and permit are designed to ensure that dangerous asbestos is not released into the atmosphere during the demolition process.

The lack of proper study and permit was discovered by Purcellville resident Kelli Grim, a friend of Sam and Uta Brown whose condemed property includes the barn in question. … Continue Reading

21st Street Update

May 2, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on 21st Street Update
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Discussions Continue as To What Is Proper (or Not) for Purcellville’s Historic Downtown

Town deliberations on the direction that would or would not be taken in Purcellville’s historic downtown district resumed in late April as the Purcellville Town Council Infrastructure Committee received input from prospective developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis on the four-story hotel project they seek to build. The Committee’s discussion revolved around road and sidewalk “improvements” the developers want the town to complete before the two partners will present formal development proposals. … Continue Reading

The Builder’s Wife: The Evolution of Green

May 2, 2012 Lifestyle, Your Money Comments Off on The Builder’s Wife: The Evolution of Green
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By Cathy Little

There’s a lot of talk these days about Going Green. But, how much of it is reasonable and useful to do?  Can we be kinder to the environment and reduce our utility bills without spending too much green to go green?!

Due to industry innovation many green technologies have improved in efficiency and come down in price in the last few years.

Others are not yet practical options for Northern Virginia. … Continue Reading

Planned Destruction of Historic Purcellville Causes Alarm

April 5, 2012 News, Our Towns 8 comments
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Kenneth and Donald Nichols, owners of Purcellville’s Nichols Hardware Store have expressed deep concern about proposed renovations of 21st Street, the center of the Town’s downtown historic area.

The “21st Street Project” as it is known, includes plans for a four-story hotel and will likely result in the destruction of a large swath of Purcellville’s Historic Downtown, with construction and that will impact existing businesses well into 2014. … Continue Reading

Did You Know You Are Building a New Hotel?

April 4, 2012 Editorial, Opinion 9 comments
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It seems like Loudoun County lives in a bubble. While Detroit’s much-reduced population struggles to get back a sense of community, and is building gardens where there were once houses, Loudoun continues to “pave over,” building office buildings, big box stores and taxpayer-funded hotels. Although Loudoun has always been a sweet place for developers to build, it just got a whole lot sweeter. … Continue Reading

“Green Structure” By Fuog InterBuild Wins National Award

April 4, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on “Green Structure” By Fuog InterBuild Wins National Award
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A “green structure” built by Fuog /InterBuild, Inc., received the National Frame Builders Association “Judges’ Award” and the 2011 Building of the Year” at the March 1 2012 Frame Building Expo in St. Louis, MO. constructed using only sustainable wood species, energy efficient technology and as many recycled elements as possible, the St. Brides Horse Barn and Equestrian office “represents on the aesthetically and functionally exceptional barns in the Virginia Piedmont region” according to the NFBA. The St. Brides Barn will be part of the 2012 – 58th Annual “Upperville Barn Tour”. More than 1800 visitors are expected to tour the facility as part of the annual event. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …

March 7, 2012 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

Deep Staff Cuts Proposed to Environmental and Historic Protection Programs

March 7, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Deep Staff Cuts Proposed to Environmental and Historic Protection Programs
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Loudoun’s newly elected Board of Supervisors has received recommendations for significant reductions in staff for programs that help ensure basic protections for the County’s environmental and historic assets. In one case, staff cuts will signal the end of an entire program.

The recommendations seek to eliminate two full time positions within the County’s Water Resources Management Program (WRMP), which collects data and develops management plans to protect water sources. Opponents of the cuts, including the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy say that “Cutting the Water Resources Program by 25 percent … will make it difficult to continue the program … Approximately 100,000 Loudoun residents rely on wells for their drinking water. … Continue Reading

Home Identified As Part of the Original “Bush Meeting Grounds” Will Be Torn Down for Parking

March 7, 2012 Development, News Comments Off on Home Identified As Part of the Original “Bush Meeting Grounds” Will Be Torn Down for Parking

A private home listed as part of the original Bush Meeting Grounds – in the Historic Overlay District and purchased by the Town of Purcellville approximately one year ago – will be razed to provide additional parking for the Fireman’s Field/Town Hall complex.

The home is located next to what is known as the Bush Tabernacle, a structure with important Civil Rights/Purcellville history which was recently restored.

Bits of history associated with the home, including the fact that it was once owned by the Warner family in Purcellville, are part of archival records from the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg.


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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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

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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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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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