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Purcellville Comprehensive Plan Meeting Rescheduled

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Saturday, February 6 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center

The Town of Purcellville has rescheduled the comprehensive plan meetings from January 23 to February 6. 

Residents of the Town of Purcellville and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about Purcellville’s future and discuss updating the Town’s comprehensive plan at two public meetings being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center located at 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville..  The meetings will be led by town staff and are expected to last approximately two hours each.  Both meetings will cover the same topics with a focus on discussing the opportunities and constraints the Town may face over the next 20 years. … Continue Reading

An Invitation from the Mayor: Let’s Plan Purcellville

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By Mayor Kwasi Fraser
Purcellville’s current Comprehensive Plan has not been updated since December 19, 2006.  A review was completed in 2011, but that review was not thorough and did not involve significant citizen participation.  Currently, we are in the process of initiating our review and revision of the Comprehensive Plan, and I encourage all of our citizens to become engaged in this process. … Continue Reading

Police Investigating Student Death

January 15, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office along with the Purcellville Police Department is investigating an apparent suicide of a Loudoun Valley High School Student, on Thursday, along the W&OD Trail near LVHS.

LVHS Principal Sue Ross sent out an email and a recorded phone call to the school community saying, “This death, while tragic, does not involve any of our other students, nor does it pose a safety threat to our campus.”

The school will have additional counselors Friday, January 15, to help the students and staff work through this difficult time, stated Ross in the email.

Conflicts of Interest Real or Perceived Continue To Run Rampant

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The Conflict of Interest Act can be subject to interpretation by just about anyone looking to stand on the side of a politician or appointed public servant that decries there is nothing wrong with the issues that have been raised. Usually, it is the public that raises the question with anticipation the elected official will have the integrity to recuse themselves, or step down from their position for the good of the business of the people. Over the nearly nine years I have lived in Purcellville, residents registering Conflict of Interest concerns receive harsh criticism or are simply ignored. … Continue Reading

Vice Mayor Packard Resigns Purcellville Town Council

January 13, 2016 Government, News 1 comment
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At the Purcellville Town Council meeting Tuesday, January 12, Vice-Mayor Ben Packard submitted his resignation which he said would be effective at the end of the council meeting. He said he had been looking at other options and would be listing his house on the market in February. He said that he had planned to live in Purcellville for 15 years, but his plans had changed. Additionally, he said that he had to deal with a health problem and would be in surgery the next day, January 13.

In his resignation letter which he did not read, he said, “As I have mentioned informally to several friends over the last few months, I have been exploring housing options. As this is not a move of necessity, but choice, I did not feel it appropriate to make any comment over the dais until I crossed a certain point in the process where I felt confident that things were going to move forward.” In his letter he also said that he would rather resign before the budget process starts.

At the end of the meeting the Town Council voted to appoint Council Member Patrick McConville Vice Mayor.

Purcellville Providing Sports Funding

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The Town of Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for the Annual Sports League Funding. Applicant organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area and have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players. Priority consideration will be given to sports teams from Purcellville that have an open participation policy where all players are allowed to play regardless of skill level.

There is $5,200 allocated in the FY 2015 – 2016 budget to disperse. Applications can be found on line at www.purcellvilleva.gov. Follow the instructions, and mail the completed application to, Town of Purcellville, Annual Sports League Funding, 221 S. Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, VA 20132 or e-mail mscoggins@purcellvilleva.us All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 18.

Help Plan Purcellville

January 7, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Help Plan Purcellville
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First Comp Plan Review Meeting Saturday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Residents of the Town of Purcellville and all other interested persons are invited to express their opinions about Purcellville’s future and discuss updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan at two public meetings being held by the Purcellville Planning Commission on Saturday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Carver Center located at 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. … Continue Reading

An Interview with Mayor Kwasi Fraser

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on An Interview with Mayor Kwasi Fraser
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The Blue Ridge Leader sat down with Mayor Kwasi Fraser to go over his first eighteen months in office and what he sees for Purcellville’s future. He comments on recently passed zoning use changes, the Fireman Field debt, the Kline annexation, and numerous other issues facing Purcellville today.

Blue Ridge Leader: What do you think about your eighteen months in office? 

Mayor Kwasi Fraser: I remain encouraged by the continuing support of Purcellville’s citizens and business owners who understand that I represent their views about maintaining the town’s pastoral uniqueness, and I challenge the idea of increased residential/commercial development (being the only solution) to tackle our $60 Million debt burden by effectively managing the over $125 million dollars in assets the town owns. Over the past eighteen months, we have accomplished a lot without incurring any new debt and have instituted plans to sell an underperforming asset for over $300,000. Some of our accomplishments are as follows: … Continue Reading

Mayor Kwasi Fraser Announces His Bid for Re-Election

January 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mayor Kwasi Fraser Announces His Bid for Re-Election
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser has announced that he will be seeking a second term as mayor. The Purcellville town election for mayor and three town council seats is Tuesday, May 3. Mayor Fraser said, “I am humbled by the outpouring of support while serving my first term as mayor. Granted, it has been tough at times to get winning votes on council that reflect our citizens’ will because I have but one vote, but I am committed to fulfilling their vision for our town. The vision is to guide Purcellville to being a more fiscally conservative, transparent government and to implement strategies to obtain optimal value from our existing assets rather than seeking inconsistent and uncharacteristic growth outside our borders. Currently, there is enormous pressure to grow the town by hundreds of acres, and the upcoming election will determine the future of Purcellville.” … Continue Reading

Packard Pushes Vote for Purcellville Crossroads Annexation

January 7, 2016 Government, News 2 comments
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At the December Purcellville Town Council meeting, the council voted 4-3 on a motion by Vice Mayor Ben Packard to proceed with the Kline annexation request – sending the Purcellville Crossroads Annexation proposal forward to the Board of Supervisors to commence work with the town to reach an agreement. Vice Mayor Ben Packard and Council Members Joan Lehr, Doug McCollum, and Patrick McConville voted to move the annexation process forward. Mayor Kwasi Fraser and Council Members Karen Jimmerson and John Nave voted against this action. … Continue Reading

Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) Work with Town of Purcellville To Provide Free Trigger Locks to Gunowners

January 6, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Goose Creek Friends (Quakers) Work with Town of Purcellville To Provide Free Trigger Locks to Gunowners
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In an effort to reduce gun deaths and injuries in the local community, Goose Creek Friends Meeting (Quakers) in Lincoln is working with the Town of Purcellville to make 60 high quality trigger locks available for free to the public. The locks, which work with almost all types of firearms, can be picked up starting January 3 at Purcellville Town Hall and Purcellville Police Department.

According to the most recent statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control, more than 33,600 people in the United States were killed by firearms in 2013. Of that number, more than 21,000 were suicides. There are no statistics available for gun-related injuries which are not reported to the CDC. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of December 22, 2015

January 2, 2016 News, Public Safety 1 comment
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12/22/2015 – 12:00 a.m. Rt 7 Bypass/Hillsboro Rd. Liquor Law Violation

Caroline Lampl, 18 years old, of Bluemont, was pulled over for an equipment violation. During the traffic stop it was determined that she had an open container of alcohol within her reach. She was charged and released on a summons.

12/22/2015 – 4:00 p.m. 200 Block of N. Maple Ave. Larceny

Victim reported his wallet was stolen from the building. No witnesses or surveillance were available. Victim had already cancelled credit cards and was given a case number to take to DMV for a new ID card. … Continue Reading

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 17, 2015 Our Towns Comments Off on Christmas Tree Recycling
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The Town’s curbside refuse and recycling contractor, American Disposal Services, will collect Christmas Trees for recycling on the regular Wednesday collection days in January 2016. Christmas trees are recycled into free mulch which is available at the Loudoun County Landfill. However, trees collected with decorations, wire, tinsel, lights and tree bags will contaminate the mulch. Follow the guidelines below to recycle your tree.

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines:

  • Remove all decorations from trees – please check carefully for hidden items
  • Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc.
  • … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

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

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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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

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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 …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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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

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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

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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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Calendar

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

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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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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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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

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Lifestyle

Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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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

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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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6th Annual Loudoun Grown Expo February 27

3 Feb 2016

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It’s that exciting time of year again for the Sixth Annual Loudoun Grown Expo. The yearly event will take place at the Bush Tabernacle 250 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, on February 27 with new expanded hours starting at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer exhibitors, farm exhibitors, artisans and makers, restaurants and other rural economy …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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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

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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

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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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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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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

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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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