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What the Current Board of Supervisors Could – But Probably Won’t – Do for a Better Loudoun

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 5 comments
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By Malcolm Baldwin

Over the past 21 months, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed its interest in improving Loudoun’s economy, business friendliness and fiscal soundness, while actually working in many ways counter to a sound vision of a vibrant Loudoun County. Despite glimmers of hope in a few areas, future prospects look dim for our board to reverse itself in time to promote a better, sounder vision for Loudoun during its current term.

So, what should citizens know? How can they encourage the board to redirect its efforts and further the vision that most Loudoun citizens could favor and benefit from? … Continue Reading

The Art of Rezoning

October 2, 2013 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver Development, News Be the first to comment
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At its September 4 business meeting the Loudoun Board of Supervisors approved plans for 199 town homes on land originally zoned for non-residential uses. In return, the county received approximately $6.5 million in cash proffers. Unfortunately, the county’s cost to provide necessary capital infrastructure for the new residents is slightly more than $7 million. The county does not receive contributions for on-going operating costs (such as salaries for teachers and rescue workers) created by the new development.

With these two applications, one in University Center and the other between South Riding and Stone Ridge on Route 50, the board has approved a total of six rezonings. The other four rezonings include:

One Loudoun – Edelman Field Ball Park
Stone Ridge East – 160 additional single family homes
ProLogis Park Gateway – Industrial park
Waltonwood Ashburn – approximately 211 senior housing units … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

May 5, 2013 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors recognized recipients of the 2013 Volunteer Loudoun Outstanding Volunteer Awards during the Board’s general business meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. These awards honor individuals, groups, organizations and businesses for their extraordinary volunteer efforts in the community.

The 2013 award recipients include:

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Gabriella Miller – Ten-year-old Gabriella Miller, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, was determined to help other children suffering from cancer by enhancing her own letter-writing campaign to the Make a Wish Foundation. She raised over $250,000 for the Foundation, which inspired Macy’s to donate an additional $25,000. Her fundraising efforts resulted in 36 additional wishes being granted for children facing serious health issues. … Continue Reading

BOS Public Comment Time Limits

April 5, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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For a very long time, Loudoun residents who wished to speak before the Board of Supervisors during public comment sessions of hearings or meetings, were limited to three and sometimes five minutes. It depended on the number of sign-ups or whether meetings were running late. Those representing organizations were often given five minutes or longer to speak, because they spoke on behalf of large numbers of residents. But no longer.

Board Chairman York, citing ‘time constraints’ and other excuses decided some time ago that comments be limited to two minutes, or even one minute (when certain agenda items drew in many speakers). The only individuals for whom this does not apply are usually public officials and those who have submitted applications to the County, such as developers. This time limit applies even when the Board is considering highly complex and detailed proposals such as the current debate over the stadium on Rt. 7, or major transportation initiatives, etc. Thus, although the current BOS considers itself responsive to the public, it is anything but. … Continue Reading

Reducing Threats To Our Rural Economy

February 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Be the first to comment
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By Malcolm F. Baldwin

Our Board of Supervisors has made lowering property taxes a key objective, to be balanced by higher commercial tax revenues. Several supervisors recently noted that each new Loudoun residence costs $1.61 in schools and other public services for every dollar it contributes to property tax revenue, while commercial development costs only $0.31 for every revenue dollar it contributes. The board justifies its approval of Metro into Loudoun by plans to ensure net positive returns from new commercial development around the two Ashburn Metro stations, despite cries of dismay and coming taxpayer doom. … Continue Reading

An Elected Assessor?

December 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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BOS Poised To Give New Powers To The Commissioner of Revenue

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

Should political appointees have any job protections? The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will vote on two such items at its December 5 business meeting: An amendment to the county’s ordinances replacing a non-elected, professionally certified real estate appraiser known as the county assessor with the elected commissioner of revenue and a revision of employment policies for board aides. Based on public comments and off-the-record conversations, the board appears poised to send the public a very contradictory answer to this question.

A story published by The Blue Ridge Leader last month pointed out that a proposal to shift the real property assessment function to the commissioner of revenue’s office would transform the assessors from county employees into at-will political appointees. Under a Memorandum of Understanding between Loudoun County and the commissioner of revenue, they would lose protection from county grievance policies. According to former and current employees of the county, such a change might leave assessors without protection from political pressure to reduce property assessments. This could subject them to similar pressures faced by board aides, the subject of an on-going investigation. … Continue Reading

Committees at a Glance – October

November 7, 2012 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver Committees at a Glance, Government, News, Uncategorized Be the first to comment
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Finance/Government Services and Operations Committee, October 22, 2012

Topic: Aldie Fire Station

At the October 22 Finance/Government Services & Operations Committee meeting, the supervisors resumed the discussion where to build a new Aldie Fire and Rescue Center. As one of its first actions in January, the new Board unanimously approved a motion by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke (R) to reject the site purchased by the prior Board within the Little River Estates subdivision and initiate a more transparent public process by asking landowners to submit potential sites for consideration.

The county received four submissions of which two met the county’s requirements. The first proposal is a 14.66 acre lot to be subdivided from the larger parcel owned by Gilberts Corner, LP at the southeast quadrant of Gilberts Corner. It comes with a steep price tag of $3.5 million. At $238,745 per acre, it is about 1.5 times the amount paid for the original site. … Continue Reading

What Are They Talking About?

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment

This is the first in an occasional series, which will showcase some of the more interesting public comments made by members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors during their regular business meetings. DISCUSSED HERE: “Distance Pricing”, and potential toll increases on the Greenway … new Potomac River crossing, including to possibility of tunneling under the Broad Run Farms community … new taxes to fund construction of a new Loudoun sports stadium …

“I’m all in support of somehow finding a funding mechanism to purchase the Greenway for Loudoun County residents.” (Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) during a Sept. 5 discussion of whether the Board should endorse legislation by the General Assembly to study the feasibility of distance pricing on the Greenway.) … Continue Reading

Open Letter to BOS – Time to Clean Up Delgaudio’s Act

October 1, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment

By John P. Flannery

Dear Chairman and Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors exclusive of Sterling Supervisor, Eugene Delgaudio,

It’s high time that this Board of Supervisors took a long hard look at Mr. Delgaudio’s alleged misconduct.

The Southern Poverty Law Center charged recently that Delgaudio headed a gay-bashing hate group called Public Advocate.

Last week, we read reports that Hannah Scoggins, of Public Advocate, that same hate group, was telling Delgaudio’s County staffers what to do, rather than another Senior County employee or the Supervisor himself.

We also learned that Mr. Delgaudio had allegedly misappropriated a private copyrighted wedding picture of a same sex marriage, altered the photo and ridiculed the couple in an out of state political campaign. … Continue Reading

County Reaches Multimillion Dollar Redskins Deal

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News 1 comment

By Mary M. Bathory Vidaver

On June 19, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted 8-0-1 to enter into an 8-year marketing agreement with the Washington Redskins at a cost to the County of $2 million, payable in $500,000 installments over the first four years. The agreement is part of a $12.4 million initiative spearheaded by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).

McDonnell announced the initiative as a multi-part deal to retain the Redskins corporate headquarters, training facilities, and summer training camp in Virginia and to assist with a planned $30 million expansion of the team’s training facilities. All three are currently located at Redskins Park in Ashburn. According to a press release from the governor’s Office, the Redskins have agreed to keep their headquarters and training facilities at the current location. However, the summer training camp will shift to the City of Richmond beginning in 2013. The City of Richmond has agreed to contribute $400,000 to McDonnell’s initiative. In a 2010 presentation to the Board of Supervisors, county staff and the Redskins calculated that the summer training camp generated 20,000 visitors and an estimated $1.13 million in spending annually. … Continue Reading

County Supervisors Move $2.64 Million To School Capital Fund

March 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Be the first to comment
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On Wednesday, March 7, Vice-Chair Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) led a motion for the “acquisition of land and preliminary engineering for a future school site.”

The Board of Supervisors approved reallocating $2.64 million from the County Land Acquisition Capital Fund to the Loudoun County Public Schools Capital Fund Project Account. The vote was 6-1-2 with Delgaudio (R-Sterling)voting no and Reid (R-Leesburg) and Higgins (R-Catoctin) abstaining. The vote came after an executive session that lasted over an hour at the end of the morning business meeting.

Although not much information was given, the money will be used to purchase a new school site in the Blue Ridge District. Clarke said that the property was a “bargain” and if the school is not needed then the County can sell the land.

The issue came to the Board early Wednesday morning. Delgaudio said that there could be other locations suitable for the school and that the Board should first look at other property owned by the County. “This is in the middle of a budget season and this is rash, rash, rash,” he said.

Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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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 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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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

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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