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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

November 9, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Be the first to comment
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 have been creatively cut out by scissors.
Called the “Crux Gloria” (Cross Glorious in Latin), it resides at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on St. Francis Court in Purcellville. No matter what religious beliefs one might avow, the cross impresses with a fantastic beauty, especially at night when the interior of the cross is illuminated, highlighting the outline of Jesus. The lights that brighten its interior automatically turn on every twilight and extinguish at each sunrise.

The sculptor of the Crux Gloria, Tomas Fernandez, was a member of St. Francis De Sales in 1988. He recalls being “literally woken up by God” sometime that year and being inspired to create the structure. “God told me, ‘My cross is a cross of light, and I want you to build one,’ ” Fernandez said. … Continue Reading

New Facebook Page for the Town of Purcellville

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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The Town of Purcellville has announced the formal launching of its new Facebook page.

Said Mayor Kwasi Fraser: “We have an obligation to educate and inform our citizens and other stakeholders about our town.  The town’s new Facebook page presents another avenue enabling us to engage our audience and other communities of interest – often and consistently via social media.  We hope all will ‘like’ our page and become engaged and informed.”

The page is designed to keep citizens and interested parties informed about community events and news, governmental activities, zoning appeals and other development-related activities being considered by various town departments and advisory councils, school and local sports activities and announcements, and more. … Continue Reading

Denstock Real Estate Investments Eyeing Property in Purcellville

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News Be the first to comment
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In October, Purcellville Vice Mayor Ben Packard disclosed that he and town council member Joan Lehr had met with Denstock Real Estate Investments of Charlottesville to discuss a potential new development near the western entrance to town.

The company is interested in the O’Toole property, located on Main Street across from Crooked Run Orchard. The company is looking into putting luxury apartments on the parcel, which also borders the Southern Collector Road.

Denstock Real Estate Investments describes their focus as “primarily [on] multifamily development,” building “Class A luxury communities.” Per its website, the company claims to have “created significant value for both our investors and our residents,” focusing on establishing apartments near medical facilities.

Other Denstock developments include the 170-unit Meadow Branch Apartments complex in Winchester (under construction), the 155-unit Stonegate Apartments at Zion Crossroads, the 204-unit Apartments at Goose Creek in Fishersville (under construction) and the 348-unit Lakeside Apartments in Charlottesville.

Purcellville Halloween 2015 Bash a Huge Success

November 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Events, Lifestyle Be the first to comment

“The costumes this year were so unbelievably creative and clever. People are finding out that the top prize is $500 cash and a trophy … so it seems like they are going all out!”

That – according to Halloween 2015 sponsor Michael Oaks of the Re-Love It consignment store – just about sums up the fantastic happenings surrounding Purcellville’s 5th Annual Halloween Block Party.

MC’d by Dave Wright, founder and moderator of the Improv Comedy Troup Last Ham Standing, Halloween 2015 was attended by thousands of people this year – a crowd that greatly surpassed last year’s bash.

The cash was flowing as was the creativity, enthusiasm and energy of the crowd.

And who won? Well, that’s the important part, noted Michael and his wife and business partner, Kim. “Our favorite part of the event … besides seeing the winners’ faces light up … is seeing the joy on the kids’ faces through out the evening. The adults really enjoyed themselves, too!” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police To Host Town Hall Meeting

October 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police To Host Town Hall Meeting
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The Purcellville Police Department will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at 221 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville, Wednesday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. to educate the public on the growing concerns regarding the accessibility of heroin and the addiction to the drug. There will be a panel presentation consisting of members from the Purcellville Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Purcellville Rescue Squad, Loudoun County Mental Health, and Loudoun County Public Schools. The panel members will provide information on the prevalence of heroin in our country as well as our community, the difficulties in breaking the addiction, and the support available to families struggling with drug usage.

Summer 2015 Citizen Survey Reveals Deep Disillusion with Town’s Approach To Growth and Zoning

September 30, 2015 by Andrea Gaines News, Our Towns Comments Off on Summer 2015 Citizen Survey Reveals Deep Disillusion with Town’s Approach To Growth and Zoning
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“Stop the developers who, when given the chance, will Fairfax-ize this beautiful town and not look back.”

In July of 2015, Purcellville surveyed its citizens to “obtain vital information and a snapshot of [residents’] overall level of satisfaction” with the town. The survey measured 370 overall responses with questions about town services and staff, Loudoun County services, taxes, government and elected officials, and more.

With the exception of the town’s water and wastewater policies – where citizens gave the town a low 41 percent satisfied/very satisfied rating – Purcellville got high marks from its citizens. But, looking deeper, citizens expressed quite a bit of skepticism about town policies, particularly with respect to its approach to growth and zoning. … Continue Reading

Final Art in the Train Station this Sunday

September 17, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Final Art in the Train Station this Sunday
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Join local artists and musicians for the final Art-in-the-Train-Station of the summer in the historic Train Station in Downtown Purcellville on Sunday September 20 from noon-6:00 p.m. At the beginning of the W&OD Trail, sits a restored train station that will be used to showcase local artists and musicians. Magnolias will be serving food and wine can be bought by the glass.

The following artists will have their pieces on display and for sale:

ALICE POWER’S watercolors are inspired by both the traditional rural life that surrounds her as well as the events and places she visits. Her favorite subjects tell a story or evoke a memory. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

September 10, 2015 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Purcellville Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Residents of the Town of Purcellville are invited to Fireman’s Field for the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. The Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, September 11, at the First Responders Monument near the Historic Bush Tabernacle at Fireman’s Field located at 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.

Please join us in honoring our local first responders and the memory of all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Stover Appeal Goes To Circuit Court

September 3, 2015 by Valerie Cury Government, News Comments Off on Stover Appeal Goes To Circuit Court
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Acting on behalf of Purcellville resident and 21st Street business owner Mary Ellen Stover, attorney Frank Bredimus of Hamilton filed an appeal in early August to the Loudoun County Circuit Court challenging the decision of Purcellville’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The BZA ruled that the Town of Purcellville Zoning Administrator, Patrick Sullivan, was correct in his determination that the Vineyard Square project had commenced.


Vineyard Square, a five story mixed use development planned for historic downtown Purcellville, obtained Certificate of Design Approval (CDA) permits from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to demolish certain buildings on 21st Street, each requiring a separate CDA.

To proceed with the project John Chapman and Mark Nelis had to meet time limits on each CDA. At the time, zoning administrator Patrick Sullivan said, “Each of the CDAs has a time limit of one year that is imposed by ordinance (Chapter 54 Section 54-78 (f) of the Town Code). The CDAs will expire and a new CDA will have to be applied for if the applicant does not commence construction on each CDA prior to its expiration date.” The deadlines laid out in Sullivan’s May 29, 2014 memo were as follows: … Continue Reading

Annual Halloween Block Party: Save the Date

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Annual Halloween Block Party: Save the Date

On Friday, October 30 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. the 5th Annual  Purcellville Halloween Block Party will be held in Old Town 21st Street. It’s going to be the best one yet. So start working on that award winning costume for big cash prizes. More info at www.purcellvillehalloween.com. Volunteers needed to help with the event. Call Michael at 540 751-0707 for more info on volunteering and also to sign up to be a sponsor.

Franklin Park: The Arts House Hidden upon the Hill

September 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park: The Arts House Hidden upon the Hill

By Hannah Hager

It’s safe to say most Western Loudouners are well aware of Franklin Park. There’s a strong chance you’ve cooled off in the swimming pool and cheered on players on sports fields in summer, or took to its rolling hills as sledding slopes in winter. 

While much emphasis is placed on its grounds, however, not many residents or visitors who have stepped foot in the the 200-acre park have also walked through the doors to the Franklin Park Arts Center. 

“We are a hidden gem in Loudoun County,” said Elizabeth Bracey, manager at Franklin Arts Center. 

The arts are ready for their time to shine.  … Continue Reading

Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee

August 16, 2015 by Contributor Committees at a Glance, Government, News Comments Off on Town Seeks Volunteers for Economic Committee
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The Town of Purcellville is seeking two (2) volunteers to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). The EDAC is an advisory committee that will assist Town Council and staff on matters pertaining to economic development and tourism including:

  1. Working on strategies for advancing economic development within the town which facilitates community sustainability in areas of business attraction, expansion and retention;
  2. Collaborating with other Town committees and business groups to establish economic development and tourism initiatives for the good of a sustainable community;
  3. Assisting the Town in building strategic relationships and alliances with regional stakeholder groups and other Town committees to foster new business opportunities and growth for the good of Purcellville.

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PDH Districts Go Down, More Big Box Stores and Restaurants

August 7, 2015 by Andrea Gaines Development, News Comments Off on PDH Districts Go Down, More Big Box Stores and Restaurants
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You win some you lose some. But, citizens participating in three days of Purcellville Planning Commission public input sessions held their own in expressing concerns about the large number of town zoning use changes being proposed by the commission.
With more than 200 zoning regulations up for debate – covering everything from alterations to the purpose of the Planned Development Housing Districts (PDH) to additional permitted uses in the Commercial, Mixed-Use Commercial, Industrial and other designations – the tenor of the three public input sessions – held July 7, 8 and 9 – reflected the polarized zoning debate taking place in Purcellville, pitting the preferences of most citizens against the special interests of a few. … Continue Reading

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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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