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Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

October 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the October 12 fire at 1607 Village Market Boulevard, which resulted in $15,000 in damages, was accidental and caused by a lack of maintenance on the restaurant’s flue.

At 11:20 a.m., Monday, October 12, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Kincora, Moorefield, Cascades, Ashburn, Hamilton, Purcellville and Brambleton responded to 1607 Village Market Boulevard for a structure fire. First arriving units quickly determined the fire was located on the roof of the restaurant located at this address. Firefighters contained the fire to the restaurant’s duct work and surrounding area within the roof itself. Fire crews also conducted extensive overhaul from within the occupancy below ensuring no fire extension to the adjacent businesses or the nearby apartments. Residents in the immediately adjacent apartments were evacuated as a precaution.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has issued two correction orders to the owner of the property for repairs to the flue. There were no reported injuries to fire and rescue personnel; however, one civilian was transported to a local area hospital for checkout.

New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

August 22, 2015 by Contributor Our Towns Comments Off on New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

The Town of Leesburg recently created a new bike route connecting the trail system on the north side of town with the W&OD Trail.

The new bike route begins at the W&OD Trail crossing on Sycolin Road, near Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and extends north along Sycolin Road, Principal Drummond Way and Plaza Street to Battlefield Parkway. The bike route, which is approximately 1.6 miles long, contains both dedicated bike lanes and “share the road” sections. The dedicated bike lanes are marked with white lines separating them from the motor vehicle travel lanes and from the on-street parking lanes. The entire route will be designated with bicyclist stencils on the pavement and signage alerting drivers to the presence of bicyclists on the road. … Continue Reading

Exeter Sinkhole Repairs Continue

August 19, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on Exeter Sinkhole Repairs Continue

The sinkhole on Currant Terrace NE in the Exeter neighborhood will be filled today in preparation for expected rain this evening and tomorrow.

According to Renée LaFollette, the Town’s Director of Public Works and Capital Projects, the fill is a temporary measure to prevent rain water from enlarging the sinkhole or further damaging utility lines.

“Once we have the geotechnical analysis done to determine if other underground voids exist, we’ll proceed with a permanent solution, including installation of new manholes for the sanitary sewer line and restoration of the water line, as well as replacing the pavement,”. LaFollette explained. … Continue Reading

Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager

July 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager

The Town of Leesburg is pleased to announce that Mike Goodrich has been hired as the new Finance Operations Manager. Mr. Goodrich started in his new position on Monday, June 22. He will oversee the collection of taxes and fees and the operation of the finance counter at Town Hall.

A Certified Public Manager (CPM), Mr. Goodrich comes to the Town after 20 years with Arlington County, where he was most recently the Director of Administration for Arlington Economic Development. Mr. Goodrich has extensive previous experience in the finance and contracting aspects of parks and recreation, public safety and other local government functions. … Continue Reading

Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg

June 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg

At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday June 6, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn, Hamilton, Lucketts, Sterling, Purcellville, Moorefield, Philomont, and Fairfax County responded to a fire in a three-story, commercial tax-payer type structure located at 11 King Street South, in the Town of Leesburg. The building is comprised of a business on the first floor, with residential apartments located on the second and third floors of the building.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find fire and smoke showing from a second floor apartment in the rear of the structure as well as a large amount of smoke issuing from the front and other attached buildings. Due to the volume of fire and the speed with which it was spreading to other units, a second alarm was struck bringing additional resources. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced

May 10, 2015 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced

The Town of Leesburg has announced the nominees for the 14th annual Leesburg Business Awards.

“We received a great group of nominees this year,” said Marantha Edwards, Economic Development Director for the Town of Leesburg. “I know it’s a cliché, but being nominated by a customer or a colleague is an honor and speaks to the quality of the business. All of the nominees should be proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to announcing the awards winners next week!” … Continue Reading

Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25

April 23, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25

Town of Leesburg officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Mervin Jackson Park on Saturday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. The new park is located on the south side of the Town Hall Parking Garage, 14 W. Loudoun Street.

The park is named after the late Vice Mayor Mervin Jackson. He was an active and respected member of the Leesburg Community. He served on the Town Council from 1999 to 2004, and held the seat as Vice Mayor from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Planning Commission from 1975-1999, and Chair of the Planning Commission from 1989 – 1998. … Continue Reading

Abandoned House Fire on Dry Hollow Road

March 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Abandoned House Fire on Dry Hollow Road

Tuesday, March 24, at 12:43 p.m. fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Lansdowne, Lucketts, Hamilton and Ashburn responded to 41966 Dry Hollow Road in Leesburg for a reported house fire. Upon arrival of emergency personnel, they found an abandoned two story, single family home fully engulfed in fire. Once confirmed that the home was completely unoccupied, firefighters immediately initiated a defensive attack. The fire was quickly contained to the home, keeping it from spreading into nearby wooded areas. Crews remained on scene conducting extensive overhaul with the last units clearing the scene at 7:15 p.m.

The Loudoun County’s Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire to be arson and estimated the dollar loss at $280,000.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries as a result of this incident.

Parking Rates in Downtown Leesburg Change April 6

March 18, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns 3 comments

Beginning April 6, rates for the Leesburg Town Hall Parking Garage and the on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will change.

The first hour of parking in the town hall parking garage will remain free. Downtown merchants offer validation to customers for one additional free hour of parking. After the first hour, parking in the garage will be $1 per hour with a daily maximum rate of $10. Rates apply in the garage from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking will free in the town hall parking garage after 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends and holidays.

Rates for on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will increase to $1.50 per hour. All downtown meters, with exception of the two 15-minute meters in front of the post office on East Market Street, will have a two-hour limit.

Renée LaFollette Named Director of Leesburg’s Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, Effective July 1

March 1, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Renée LaFollette Named Director of Leesburg’s Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, Effective July 1

Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that Renée LaFollette has been selected to lead the newly combined Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, effective July 1.

Ms. LaFollette is the current Director of Capital Projects, a position she has held since June 2012. She first joined the Town of Leesburg in November 2000 as a Senior Engineer in the Department of Engineering and Public Works, with the Office of Capital Projects Management. In 2004, the office was separated into its own department. She was promoted to Deputy Director of Capital Projects in December 2009, and served as Acting Director from October 2011 until June 2012. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration

November 30, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration

The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year” and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. On Friday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m., join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting on the Town Green (25 West Market Street).

The festive ceremony will feature performances from local schools, the renowned Loudoun Chorale, and a holiday message from Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd. The crowd will be invited to join in a holiday sing-a-long and then the Mayor will “throw the switch” to light the beautiful tree. … Continue Reading

12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results

November 30, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on 12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results

More than 800 runners and walkers came out and ‘froze their gizzards’ at Ida Lee Park on Saturday, November 22, 2014, as the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, hosted the 12th annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Runners took on a cross-country course that featured several steep climbs and rugged terrain. The winning time for this year’s race was posted by Josh Showalter, of Leesburg, who completed the course in 16 minutes and 37 seconds. The top female finisher was Melissa Nestel, posting a time of 20 minutes and one second.

All runners and walkers were asked to bring canned food items to donate to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food pantry. This year, a grand total of 1,094 pounds of food was donated by Gizzard runners. … Continue Reading

5th Annual Monster Mash

October 17, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns 1 comment

It will be a frightfully fun day at the Village at Leesburg Monster Mash on Saturday, October 25 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. For the fifth year in a row the community event will feature free hay rides, live music, strolling entertainment, festive food, trick-or-treating and non-stop family fun. New activities this year include a parade and pet costume contest. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

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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Ask Dr. Mike

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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