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Sergeant John Kelly to Retire in October

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Chief of Police Cynthia A. McAlister announces that Sergeant John Kelly will be retiring from the Purcellville Police Department on October 1, after a successful 38 year career as a sworn police officer.

Sergeant Kelly began his law enforcement career in 1977 while serving in the United States Army as a Military Policeman. He was honorably discharged and moved on to his local law enforcement career with the Purcellville Police Department in 1980. In 1983 he went to serve with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office until 1986. At that time he returned to the Purcellville Police Department and remained here until 1988. He then went to serve with the Middleburg Police Department for almost ten years, before returning to the Purcellville Police Department to serve his last eighteen years in local law enforcement. It is clear when reflecting back on Sergeant Kelly’s career, western Loudoun is where his heart is! He will remain in western Loudoun with his wife, Patty, who is a Loudoun Valley High School English teacher. … Continue Reading

Anytime Fitness Purcellville Wins Club Platinum Award

July 25, 2016 Business, News Comments Off on Anytime Fitness Purcellville Wins Club Platinum Award
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Anytime Fitness Purcellville, a 24-hour co-ed fitness club, is honored to receive the prestigious Club Platinum Award, placing it within the top five percent of all Anytime Fitness clubs worldwide. The Club Platinum award is given to clubs that maintain the highest standards of operational excellence while also maintaining excellent customer satisfaction scores. Anytime Fitness Purcellville is ranked 68 out of 3000 gyms in 20+ countries across five continents. … Continue Reading

Take a Virtual Tour with Town’s New Program

July 20, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Take a Virtual Tour with Town’s New Program
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CGI Communications, Inc. and the Town of Purcellville are proud to announce the development of a community video program which will be featured on www.purcellvilleva.gov. This program will be an innovative way that Purcellville businesses market themselves to new and prospective clients.

Throughout a series of videos, CGI and the Town will be highlighting everything that makes Purcellville a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Through the creation of a video tour, CGI will be filming at locations all throughout the area, ensuring that those who watch the videos get a real taste of Purcellville’s charm, character, and unique way of life. It is the goal of CGI Communications, Inc. to provide the community with the latest in digital marketing technology in order to help Purcellville continue to grow and thrive. … Continue Reading

Town Water Staff Addresses Taste and Odor Concerns

July 11, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Town Water Staff Addresses Taste and Odor Concerns
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Over the past weekend, Town staff noticed a slight change in the taste and odor of the water produced in the Town’s water system. Specifically, water customers may notice a musty or earthy taste in their water. Although this represents a change from our water’s normal aesthetic properties, this water meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and does not pose a public health risk. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Offering Free Movie and Skating Nights on Wednesdays this Summer

June 23, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Offering Free Movie and Skating Nights on Wednesdays this Summer
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The Bush Tabernacle Teen Center and The Town of Purcellville are offering free movie and skating nights on Wednesdays from June 22 through August 24. The Bush Tabernacle skating rink (located at 250 S. Nursery Ave, Purcellville VA 20132) is set up with hundreds of comfy padded chairs so the entire family can enjoy a movie and night out in comfort. The movies start at 7:00 p.m. and are immediately followed by free skating until 10:00 p.m. Popcorn, pizza, candy, and drinks are available for purchase; no outside food is permitted.

The movies for the 2016 season are: (1) June 22 — Inside Out; (2) June 29 — Norm of the North; (3) July 6 — Pan; (4) July 13 — Minions; (5) July 20 — Max; (6) July 27 — The Good Dinosaur; (7) August 3 — Hotel Transylvania; (8) August 10 — Mall Cop 2; (9) August 17 — Open Season Scared Silly; and (10) August 24 — Cinderella.

Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Workshop May 19 – Going through the Pro Development Motions

June 1, 2016 Development, News Comments Off on Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Workshop May 19 – Going through the Pro Development Motions
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By Nathaniel Stephens

On May 19, the Town of Purcellville hosted a rezoning workshop to explore resident feedback on future town growth. Only thirty citizens attended, as the workshop was not widely advertised. … Continue Reading

The Strength of Our Town Is Our People

June 1, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on The Strength of Our Town Is Our People
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To the people of Purcellville: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am truly humbled and gratified by your confidence in me and the opportunity to serve you for a second term as Mayor of Purcellville.

I promised to be a Mayor for all of Purcellville and to work with all of you to build, collaborate and create solutions for a vibrant Purcellville. I believe that is what I have done for nearly two years. I will work just as hard in the next two years to meet our shared goals: … Continue Reading

Signing the Oath of Office

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

Fraser Wins Purcellville – Big

May 6, 2016 Elections, News 2 comments
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Bledsoe, Cool, Grim And Ogelman Win Town Council

On Tuesday May 3, incumbent Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser won his re-election bid beating out two term Council Member Joan Lehr with 70.87 percent of the vote. Fraser received 1,090 votes to Lehr’s 440.

“I think it’s a clear mandate. The people have spoken, said Fraser. “This is a council we can work with. We’ve put four people in place, and we all have the same vision, which is to listen to the voice of the citizens.” … Continue Reading

And the Results Are in….

May 3, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on And the Results Are in….
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Purcellville election results are rolling in, and here are the current numbers:

Purcellville Mayor
Kwasi Fraser – 1090
Joan Lehr – 440

Purcellville Town Council
Chris Bledsoe – 954
Sam Chapman – 481
Ryan Cool – 795
Chris Hamilton – 319
Patrick McConville – 356
John Nave – 361
Nedim Ogleman – 938

Purcellville Town Council (ends 6/30/2018)
Kelli Grim – 733
Melanie Fuller – 403
Sandy Nave – 308

The Simple Truth – Citizen’s Response to Former Mayor’s Bulk Water Sale

April 17, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on The Simple Truth – Citizen’s Response to Former Mayor’s Bulk Water Sale
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Because the need to know the facts seems to be bypassing us, I did some research into bulk water sale. The Town has sold bulk water for decades as per the Town Code:

Chapter 82 Utilities, Article II, Division 2, Sec. 82-80. – Charges for and limitation on use of public meter. The rate for water drawn at the public meter shall be in accordance with the schedule referred to in subsection 82-77(a) and the minimum charge shall be as set by the council from time to time. … Continue Reading

Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates

April 15, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Town Council Adopts Real Property and Personal Property Tax Rates
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At its April 12, 2016 Regular Meeting, the Purcellville Town Council adopted the Real Property Tax Rate, Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate, Personal Property and Business Property Tax Rates, and the Personal Property Tax Relief Act Resolution.

The Real Property Tax Rate was adopted at the current rate of $0.22 per $100 assessed value, representing no change in the rate. This is also slightly less than the equalized tax rate of $0.222. New growth in the community will result in higher revenues even though the rate remains unchanged. The Fireman’s Field Service District Tax Rate was also approved at its current rate of $0.035 per $100 assessed value. The Town Council noted that this Service District covers more than just the improvements at Fireman’s Field, including the Bush Tabernacle/Skating Rink, signature events such as the Wine and Food Festival and the Music and Arts Festival, support of the recreational and cultural advisory committees and activities, and oversight of the special events ordinance. … Continue Reading

May 3, 2016 Town Election Voter Information

April 6, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on May 3, 2016 Town Election Voter Information
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The DEADLINE to register to vote in the upcoming May 3, 2016, elections is Monday, April 11.

REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE at www.vote.virginia.gov (have your driver’s license ready).

ABSENTEE BALLOTS for the town elections are now available. Last day to apply to have a ballot mailed to you is Tuesday, April 26, 5:00 p.m. Last day to vote absentee in person is Saturday, April 30. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Defending the Over-Pampered

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“The purpose of studying economics is to learn how not to be deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson, Professor of economics at Cambridge University, Basel Lecture, 1969. “[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists …

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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August 1, 2016

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August 3, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 4, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 6, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

OysterFest & Roussanne Release!

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August 7, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 8, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 11, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 15, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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August 17, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 18, 2016

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August 19, 2016

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August 20, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

The Lucketts Fair

August 22, 2016

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AUDITIONS

August 23, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 25, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 26, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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The Fabulous Hubcaps

August 28, 2016

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August 29, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 30, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

August 31, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

September 1, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 2, 2016

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September 3, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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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 …

Around Virginia

Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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