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Let’s Focus on the Big Issues – Not Gotcha Politics

June 3, 2015 Opinion Comments Off on Let’s Focus on the Big Issues – Not Gotcha Politics
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By Karen Jimmerson

As a member of the Purcellville Town Council since 2014, I take my job very seriously. My most urgent passions revolve around issues of government openness, fairness in the process and the principal that, as elected officials we are accountable, first and foremost, to people … not to politics.

At a recent town council work session, tempers ran very high between myself and fellow town council member, Doug McCollum. Our exchange garnered quite a bit of coverage in the local papers, some of which, in my opinion, mischaracterized the issues at stake – at best. I’d like to take this opportunity to clear the air and set the record straight. I can do nothing less than that or fail to serve properly the people of Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Lack of Ethical Journalism

December 10, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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It disappoints me to see the gross distortions promoted in the Purcellville Gazette this past week. I posted my full response on my blog (Jimmerson.org) and in doing so, I showed the outright attempt to mislead the public and the lack of ethical journalism taking place at the Gazette.

It is clear the Gazette represents an agenda and a select group of people in Purcellville and it reflects very poorly on their publication. They provided clear evidence of an extreme bias against myself and Mayor Fraser and any credibility they had has just been lost by our community.

Clearly the Gazette dislikes anyone representing the interests of Purcellville Residents. I will continue my resolve and this false campaign against me will not dissuade me from doing the job I was elected to do.

Karen Jimmerson
Purcellville Town Council

Immensely Grateful

May 13, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Immensely Grateful
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I am immensely grateful to my family, friends, and supporters who so generously contributed their time and effort to my campaign. It was inspiring and enjoyable to meet so many residents of Purcellville during the campaign, which further affirmed that my message was their message. You took the time to share with me your ideas, your concerns, your aspirations, and I appreciate your willingness to share what matters most to you.

Going forward, we need to take a coordinated look at our community and work together in the best interests of our citizens. We must to be pro-active and not re-active. We need to continue to fight against development that does not truly benefit our community or truly contribute positively to our local economy. We must work in partnership with our county and state legislatures to obtain our fair share of county and state tax dollars. As a town we need to be better communicators and we need to be more transparent with your tax dollars and strive for a sound financial foundation, which will help grow our local economy and provide the funds to meet the needs of our residents. … Continue Reading

From the Candidates

April 30, 2014 Elections, Elections, News 3 comments
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Why should you vote for me?

Mayoral Candidates

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Fellow citizens, we have arrived at a critical juncture when overcrowded schools and unwanted zoning changes can still be prevented. But we must act now to balance new development with the needs of our “small town” community. As your mayor, I will implement plans to accomplish our goals, and I am committed to working unceasingly to achieve the results you deserve. … Continue Reading

Interview: Karen Jimmerson

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Karen Jimmerson was raised in Tampa, FL and after graduating from the University of South Florida she relocated to Virginia in 1992 where she worked as a general manager for a national store brand until she settled in Loudoun to raise her family and be a stay-at-home mom. She is the current secretary of her homeowners association, an active volunteer with the PTA, and a community activist who spearheaded the successful opposition to the Catoctin Creek Towne Center, a development which threatened the small town character of Purcellville. Through that work, she has learned to listen carefully to what residents want, worked hard to become informed by attending countless town meetings, and is committed to making careful, thoughtful decisions that benefit the entire community. Karen has been married for 22 years and has three daughters. … Continue Reading

Common Sense

October 6, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Common Sense
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We residents in Northern Virginia don’t have to agree on every issue, and I’m sure we never will, but I will never understand trying to tear down a political candidate for being, gasp, a moderate.

Mary Costello Daniel may have ideas that are more moderate than her opponent Dave LaRock, but her greatest appeal for me is her common sense. She isn’t entrenched in a movement that alienates me as a woman or a philosophy of political factionalism. Mary understands that anyone who governs in America must govern for all the people and it takes reason, intellect, and courage to formulate nonpartisan ideas that invariably draw fire. Her willingness to reach across party lines in order to oppose extremes seems reasonable to me. … Continue Reading

Catoctin Creek Apartments – The Wrong Kind Of Growth

January 9, 2013 Editorial, Opinion 3 comments
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By Karen Jimmerson

In the coming months, Purcellville Town Council will review the application for the high-density Catoctin Creek apartments off Hirst Road (“Planned Development Housing” or PDH zoning), as well as commercial developments within town limits. The issue of growth in Purcellville is more complex than just growth or no growth. The real issue facing the town is how to attract and direct – or resist – certain types of growth in order to serve the community interest.

The Comprehensive Plan’s vision is to increase the commercial tax base to 30 percent in an effort to offset the residential tax burden. But the dilemma is how to achieve that without becoming over run by retail development. The Stupar property – the proposed site for the apartments – is currently zoned CM-1, which allows for light commercial development. The Valley Commercial Center off Hirst Road, where the Police Station and Purcellville Copy are located, is an example of CM-1 zoning. The Hirst Road Charette indicated that such zoning is fitting for the Hirst Road corridor and would have a minimal effect on the by-way. The town has few properties suitable for PDH zoning or commercial development, as there is interest in what the impact from nearby land uses will be. The primary rationale for zoning is an effort to “protect” residential neighborhoods and inappropriate development for a particular area. … Continue Reading

View from the Ridge

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By Karen Jimmerson

Since people are free to move, we can assume that they have sorted themselves into areas that meet their preferences. Politicians make determinations about the appetite for growth on the basis of what they hear from their constituents. If we clamor for job and population growth in order to improve economic opportunities and amenities, then go for it. If we ask for this growth without significant increase in population, or if we believe that the quality of life is about as high as it can possibly be, then better to listen.

Purcellville Town Council has been spending on street walk improvements, an expensive water/sewer system upgrade, a new town hall, and now a second roundabout. I believe the quest to bring in more residents is to offset this debt and fulfill a promise made to businesses who have recently moved into town or wish to. Though it is a private developer who wants to build the proposed Catoctin Creek Apartments off Hirst Road, because it will be done with HUD financing, taxpayers foot the bill with our local, state, and federal dollars to provide that financing. But the cost goes much further. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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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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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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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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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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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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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