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87th Class Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program

September 7, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on 87th Class Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program
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Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson and Council Member Kelli Grim attended and completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner program in Roanoke, August 30. The program focused on the responsibility of planning commissioners, and the legal framework for planning and zoning principals, to name a few. “Going through this program solidified to me how critical our zoning ordinances are and how important it is to follow our comprehensive plan. Proper zoning protects our plan – present and future – and knowing what our community wants is a key component to our vision,” said Grim. “The Land Use Education program provided a good foundation for creating inclusive citizen participation at all levels of planning,” said Jimmerson. She continued, “Effective comprehensive planning provides for efficient and sustainable development or can help stimulate redevelopment opportunities. Gaining better insight of the planning process will allow our council to weigh zoning applications or changes with greater confidence and more measurable results.”
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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

Signing the Oath of Office

June 1, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Signing the Oath of Office
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Kelli Grim signing the oath of office for the Purcellville Town Council, May 6. Grim took her seat immediately after the May 3 election, which was for the vacant seat of Ben Packard. The official swearing in for Mayor and Council-elect will take place on Monday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Election 2016: Kelli Grim

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Purcellville Town Council

Kelli Grim has lived in Purcellville for nine years. She lives with her husband of 17 years, Bobby, and daughter. Grim was coach of her daughter’s WLBL basketball team this past winter. She has served as president and board member of her HOA, and currently serves as treasurer. For seven plus years Grim has attended most town meetings on a regular basis. … Continue Reading

Conflicts of Interest Real or Perceived Continue To Run Rampant

January 13, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Conflicts of Interest Real or Perceived Continue To Run Rampant
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The Conflict of Interest Act can be subject to interpretation by just about anyone looking to stand on the side of a politician or appointed public servant that decries there is nothing wrong with the issues that have been raised. Usually, it is the public that raises the question with anticipation the elected official will have the integrity to recuse themselves, or step down from their position for the good of the business of the people. Over the nearly nine years I have lived in Purcellville, residents registering Conflict of Interest concerns receive harsh criticism or are simply ignored. … Continue Reading

Cozy Relationship

March 4, 2015 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Cozy Relationship
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During the February Purcellville Town Council meeting, members had a discussion about the Volunteer Award program. The debate was about separating the town from a private event hosted by a private organization. This award ceremony is not a program the town council organized. It was brought to the public’s attention at the January 2014 Purcellville Business Association (PBA) by former Mayor Bob Lazaro in his State of the Town Address, “…after discussion with Business Association President Bowman, this March at the PBA’s Annual meeting luncheon, we will recognize an outstanding volunteer and/or volunteer organization…”. … Continue Reading

Doing the Wrong Thing … In Private

February 6, 2013 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Doing the Wrong Thing … In Private
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By Kelli Grim

No citizen should have to go to the time and expense of a formal Freedom of Information Act request to find out the basics of what their local government is doing. However, because the Town of Purcellville routinely conducts public business under the shroud of private emails and other communications – as opposed to open discussion in committees where citizens can listen in – it has also become routine for ordinary citizens to have to avail themselves of the protections of FOIA, just to understand what is going on …
For example, a recent FOIA request produced the following emails and letters on the subject of Hirst Farm II – an 84-acre parcel of undeveloped land outside of the Purcellville town limits directly across from the entrance to the original Hirst Farm development on 690. There has been no mention of this subject in a single town council or committee meeting. However, the correspondence clearly reveals that this issue has been discussed by the town council and staff in numerous emails, letters, meetings, and closed sessions. … Continue Reading

Who Will Represent All of the People, All of the Time … Honestly?

October 3, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Who Will Represent All of the People, All of the Time … Honestly?

I am deeply disappointed to have recently found out that my Loudoun County and Blue Ridge District representatives, Janet Clarke and Scott York, do not feel inclined to be open and transparent with all of their constituents, all of the time. Mrs. Clarke’s recent actions are completely contrary to her flowery promises during the campaign. She stated in many speeches and on her website that she would “create more transparency, openness, and accountability in government to promote better communication between individuals and their elected officials.” I would like to know when she decided that she would completely exclude Blue Ridge District residents living inside and outside the Town of Purcellville from two meetings regarding Autumn Hill and the “pending lawsuit” between the property owner/developer and Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

A Town Out of Control

July 31, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on A Town Out of Control
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I am still trying wrap my head around the picture in the paper a few months ago showing two roundabouts. But, it is true that the current one lane roundabout at the corner of Rt. 287 and Main St. is going to be torn out, and a new two lane roundabout will be built in mid-September approximately 90 ft. away paid for by the residents and businesses of Purcellville. Further investigation confirmed that the decision to wait until the middle of September to begin construction is the Town’s decision alone as this is the town’s project. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) can only make suggestions, and comments, but the ultimate decision on the time frame is made by the town officials.

Over the past five years while attending town meetings I have constantly heard empty promises from Mayor Bob Lazaro and most Council Members about how the building of the Southern Collector Road (SCR) would not hurt the Crooked Run Orchard Farm operations. … Continue Reading

Unlimited Power for Loudoun Politicians

July 5, 2012 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Unlimited Power for Loudoun Politicians
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Political expedience” suggests that what a politician will do will be based on what is convenient politically rather than what is in the best interests of residents. On July 10, 2012 a dog and pony show will be held at the Purcellville Town Hall known as a “public hearing.” The subject will be the utter destruction of the Town/County agreement known as the Purcellville Urban Growth Management Plan (PUGAMP). There is no question that there are pros and cons to PUGAMP. But it depends on one’s true agenda. I believe from speaking to countless people who participated in PUGAMP from the beginning, that they had nothing but true unadulterated care and concern for their town and county. None of them had a politically charged agenda, it was sincere, and the words in the overall plan reflect that. … Continue Reading

Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate

April 27, 2012 Elections, News Comments Off on Kelli Grim Announces Run as Write-In Candidate
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Purcellville resident and business owner Kelli Grim announced today that she has decided to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor.

“My decision to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor came late because my commitment to my community prevents me from allowing Mayor Lazaro to run unopposed again. There are many critical issues facing residents that jeopardize our quality of life, and I want to make a difference.

I am not funded or supported by any special interest groups or developers. It has always been my sincere intention to bring multiple views forward for discussion that would protect the existing residents and business owners. I found myself lied about and criticized by this current administration. In a democracy everyone should feel comfortable to voice their concerns and ask tough questions without the fear of retaliation, and this is the kind of leadership I will bring to the Town of Purcellville.”

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Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns

April 27, 2012 Elections, Feature, News Comments Off on Two More Purcellville Residents Announce Write-In Campaigns
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Six Tips To a New Year and a New You in 2017

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By Michael Oberschenider, Psy.D. Research has shown that as many as 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent are actually successful in achieving them. And it seems that age is a factor: about 39 …

Investing in the Family Stock

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Family relationships are usually not considered under the rubric of “investments”. Yet, the personal gain and loss from family relationships is much more significant than economic return from stocks and bonds. Taking time out to relate to a person without …

Choosing a Different Lens

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We have all heard, “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” maybe even said it aloud while perusing old photo albums or scrolling through Facebook timelines. Sometimes words fall short of adequately describing an emotion encapsulating a distinct moment. Pictures fill …

Freedom Park

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A great name for a great place, this public space shows us – in my opinion – what’s best about Leesburg, Loudoun County and our country. Freedom Park – just off the Dulles Greenway on the South side of Town …

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

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(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January) “The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1]

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

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

January 2017
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December 26, 2016 December 27, 2016 December 28, 2016 December 29, 2016 December 30, 2016 December 31, 2016

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

January 1, 2017

New Year's Day Musikabend

Restore & Renew

January 2, 2017 January 3, 2017 January 4, 2017 January 5, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 6, 2017 January 7, 2017

Core Purpose, Core Practice Yoga

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

January 8, 2017
January 9, 2017

AUDITIONS - SEUSSICAL

January 10, 2017 January 11, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

January 12, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 13, 2017 January 14, 2017

THE IMMORTALS

January 15, 2017

Come Paint with Us at Breaux Vineyards

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2017 January 18, 2017

Virginia Opera: Deep River- The Marion Anderson Story

January 19, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 20, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

January 21, 2017

DANNY KNICELY CONCERT

January 22, 2017
January 23, 2017 January 24, 2017 January 25, 2017 January 26, 2017

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

January 27, 2017 January 28, 2017 January 29, 2017
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
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Upcoming Waterford Concerts Feature St. Lawrence String Quartet and Four Other Acts

18 Jan 2017

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Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale for five upcoming concerts, the Waterford Concert Series announced. All concerts begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the Waterford Old School auditorium, 40222 Fairfax Street in Waterford. The concert series begins March 19 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, known for exalted performances and joyful connection with audiences. First violinist Geoff …

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Historian Rich Gillespie Speaks on Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape

12 Jan 2017

The Mosby Heritage Area Association announced an event in conjunction with the Purcellville Library on January 29, at 2:00 p.m,. which will feature Rich Gillespie, Historian Emeritus of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, speaking on the “Haunts on the Loudoun Landscape.” The stories are all from the personal experiences of long-time local historian and teacher Rich Gillespie, or from close …

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Help Joseph … and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

4 Jan 2017

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Blue Ridge Middle School’s PTO is seeking help with its drama department, working diligently on the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. The children in the show are enthusiastic and very talented. And, the school has a long history of first class productions with recent shows such as The Lion King, which won 11 National Youth Arts Awards …

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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

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

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 …

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 …

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

Ida Lee Spring NFL Flag Football Registration Filling Fast

18 Jan 2017

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Deadline for the House League registration is February 13. Registration for the Spring 2017 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast. We are excited to offer again two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football …

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Woodgrove Grabs First at Glory Days

10 Jan 2017

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The Woodgrove Varsity Gymnastics took first place in the red division of the Glory Days Invitational at Park View High School on Saturday, January 7. Woodgrove competed against Rock Ridge, Potomac Falls, Loudoun Valley and Heritage high schools. Host team Park View came in first in the lower blue division. …

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