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Lisa Beatty Joins Town of Leesburg as Controller

Lisa Beatty Feb 2016

Lisa Beatty recently joined the Town of Leesburg as Controller. In her new position, Lisa will be responsible for ensuring proper fiscal procedures and internal controls are in place, producing the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and overseeing a variety of special projects.

Ms. Beatty comes to the Town of Leesburg from the accounting firm Kearney & Company in Washington, DC, where she was an Audit Readiness/Audit Liaison Manager. Previously, Ms. Beatty served as Accounting Manager for the Millville (New Jersey) Board of Education, Assistant School Business Administrator for the City of Vineland (New Jersey) Public School District and Audit Manager at Fort, Scott and Associates in Ocean City, New Jersey. … Continue Reading

Snow Emergency Route Restrictions for Leesburg Go in Effect at Midnight


Current forecasts call for one to two inches of snow to fall in Leesburg late this evening and into early Tuesday morning. In preparation for possible snow removal operations, Town officials will put Snow Emergency Route restrictions into effect at midnight tonight.

When Snow Emergency Route restrictions are in place, all vehicles parked on the street along snow emergency routes (King, Market and Loudoun Streets) must be removed. Any vehicles remaining on snow emergency routes once snow removal operations begin will be towed at the owners’ expense. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Receives Clean Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2015  

January 7, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Receives Clean Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2015  

The Fiscal Year 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and audit report was presented to the Leesburg Town Council on Tuesday December 8.  The audit was conducted by  PBMares, LLP, a public accounting audit firm that specializes in audits of local governments in Virginia.

The Town received a clean audit report which means there were no material findings of problems with the financial statements, internal controls, fraud, or noncompliance with regulations or debt covenants.  The only significant changes to the financial statements from the previous year are the addition of the Town’s Internal Self-Insurance Fund for healthcare and new Governmental Accounting Standards Board accounting requirements for accrued unfunded pension liabilities.  … Continue Reading

Quiet Firebrand Kristen Umstattd Moves from Mayor’s Seat To BOS

January 7, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Quiet Firebrand Kristen Umstattd Moves from Mayor’s Seat To BOS

Kristen Umstattd’s Facebook page says a lot about who she is as a person, a politician, and a woman. Energetic. Engaged. Productive. And, fun.

In a recent entry she highlights a news article about a teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, singled out over the holidays for her generosity towards her students by the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In another she reassures concerned citizens about a police investigation into shots fired near a residence in Leesburg.

And, when Umstattd herself appears in any of the many photos posted there she is almost always wearing sneakers – on the move and right in the middle of the action. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Family Receives Free Roof from DryHome Roofing

January 7, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg Family Receives Free Roof from DryHome Roofing

DryHome Roofing and Siding has selected Leesburg’s Sandy Leoni, a widow and mother of two elementary-aged children, as the recipient of a new roof through its 12th annual Free Roof for the Holidays program.

“Sandy and her children have struggled through so much hardship and loss. We hope this new roof lessens some of the burden. Knowing that they will spend the holidays safer and warmer makes this even more special for our team,” said Steve Gotschi, president of DryHome. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price To Retire March 1

January 6, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price To Retire March 1

Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph R. Price announced yesterday that he will retire on March 1, 2016.

“Chief Price’s retirement announcement is a bittersweet moment for the Town of Leesburg and myself,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg Town Manager. “I am very happy for him to be able to retire after a such a successful 40 year career in law enforcement including 16 years as Chief of Police for the Town of Leesburg. Chief Price has faithfully served and protected the Town in his role while being recognized both nationally and regionally. His leadership and guidance transitioned our police department to the professional organization that it is today with a philosophical focus on being a guardian of our community versus just a warrior mentality. His commitment to community policing and positive interactions with our residents and businesses reflect his dedication to serve everyone in our community, and will have an everlasting impact on the Town of Leesburg. From a personal standpoint, I will miss his professional guidance and support, and I wish him the very best as he pursues his next chapter in life.” … Continue Reading

Leesburg Town Council May Appoint a Mayor at the January 12 Council Meeting

January 6, 2016 Elections, News Comments Off on Leesburg Town Council May Appoint a Mayor at the January 12 Council Meeting

Effective January 1, 2016, a vacancy in the office of Mayor of the Town of Leesburg will exist as the result of former Mayor Kristen Umstattd’s election to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Vice Mayor Kelly Burk will perform the duties of the Mayor until the Town Council makes an interim appointment of Mayor. … Continue Reading

Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

December 31, 2015 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Mayor Kristen Umstattd Resigns to Take Position on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

Vice Mayor Kelly Burk will fulfill the duties of the Mayor until an interim appointment is made.

Kristen Umstattd tendered her resignation as Mayor of Leesburg, effective 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016, Umstattd will take office as the Leesburg District Supervisor on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, a position to which she was elected in November 2015. … Continue Reading

Town of Leesburg Promotes Lisa Haley

December 2, 2015 Government, News Comments Off on Town of Leesburg Promotes Lisa Haley

The Town of Leesburg recently announced the promotion of Lisa R. Haley to Deputy Director of Finance and Administration Services.  Ms. Haley is currently a Senior Management Analyst with the Town’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, a position she has held since September 2012.

In her new position, Ms. Haley will provide dedicated support for the forecasting of cash flows and management of the Town’s investments and debt. She will continue to fulfill a leadership role in the budget preparation process and will supervise the Finance Operations, Procurement and Management Analysis functions of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services. … Continue Reading

Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Leesburg

December 2, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Free Parking for the Holidays in Downtown Leesburg

Parking in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters will be free from Thanksgiving to New Year’s

The Town of Leesburg will be offering free parking throughout the holiday season in the Town Hall parking garage and at on-street parking meters in the Historic Downtown.  The two-hour limit at on-street meters will remain in effect during the free holiday parking promotion. 

Free parking began at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4.  The annual free holiday parking program is in support of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association’s holiday shopping promotions.

Town of Leesburg To Celebrate Opening of Hope Parkway

December 1, 2015 Development, News Comments Off on Town of Leesburg To Celebrate Opening of Hope Parkway

At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, members of the Town Council and representatives from Loudoun County, VDOT and K2M will celebrate the opening of Hope Parkway with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will take place near the intersection of Hope Parkway and Oaklawn Drive.

Construction of the 1,400 linear foot extension of Hope Parkway, from Whipp Drive to Miller Drive, began in June 2015 and is completed less than a year after Governor McAuliffe announced the K2M Global Headquarters expansion. The total cost of construction was an estimated $1.8 million. The Virginia Department of Transportation provided an Economic Development Access Fund grant of $650,000 in conjunction with the construction of K2M’s new global headquarters facility. The Oaklawn development will reimburse the Town for the remaining costs of construction. The design engineer was Paciulli, Simmons & Associates, and the construction contractor was Phillips Construction, LLC. For more information about the project, visit the Town of Leesburg website at www.leesburgva.gov/government/departments/capital-projects/current-projects/streets/hope-parkway-extension.

Fire at Leesburg Restaurant

October 17, 2015 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 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






Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)


“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


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

Bull Run Creek

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


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


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 …


Grief and Greed


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 …


Oh No, It’s the Christians!


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


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


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


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


Music Together Classes - Winter Session


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session


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

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY


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


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

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard


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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday


THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert


Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY


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


VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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

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Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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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Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016


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


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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