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Town of Purcellville Creates Committee for the Arts

April 10, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Be the first to comment
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In February, the Town of Purcellville began the work needed to create the Town’s first Committee for the Arts. Based on action taken by Town Council, the Town will be creating the Purcellville Committee for the Arts which will be an ad hoc committee operating under the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Committee for the Arts will be staffed with volunteers from the community that will work to help promote visual and performing arts within our community. Working with existing non-profit and other government groups, the committee will help promote events and advise Town Council on matters pertaining to arts within the community.

All interested persons that would like to volunteer to serve on this newly created committee should contact the Town with a letter of interest. Applicants will be asked to fill out a basic application with background and contact information.

Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 2 comments
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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 (PBA). Looking for additional information, I visited the town’s website and found that the Purcellville Business Association has a reference section. This menu item took me to the PBA website, but there was no additional information about the awards.

To assist me in completing the application, I contacted the town manager for the criteria of the awards. I questioned the PBA’s listing on the town’s website, since it seems they are a “for profit” business. There are many organizations similar to that of the PBA that could benefit from publicity offered by the town via the website. … Continue Reading

Candidates Announce Bids for Purcellville Town Council

March 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Be the first to comment
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All announced Town of Purcellville candidates who filed as of our deadline have been contacted to send us their press releases. The statements from three of the four candidates for town council are featured below. Kwasi Fraser, who is running for mayor, sent us his press release last month.  We contacted mayoral candidate Keith Melton; however as of press time we have not received anything.

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Karen Jimmerson is pleased to announce her candidacy for Purcellville Town Council in the upcoming May 6 town election.
“Among other reasons, I wish to become a member of the Town Council to protect the small town values that are being undermined by out-of-town developers,” says Jimmerson. Recent votes and annexations make it clear that developers have great representation in Purcellville, and Jimmerson believes that residents deserve to be better represented. … Continue Reading

Fraser To Run for Mayor of the Town of Purcellville

February 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News 12 comments
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Kwasi A. Fraser is pleased to announce his candidacy for Mayor of the Town of Purcellville in the upcoming May 2014 election.

Fraser states: “I am running for Mayor of the Town of Purcellville because I want a better and lasting future for every citizen of our community. Having settled in Purcellville years ago, I understand the local challenges of fellow neighbors. What we face today is the fact that our town taxes are out of control. Last year alone, we saw our sewer rate increase by 20 percent and our water rate increase by seven percent. Town property tax has increased by 17 percent. Locally, we pay an 11 percent meal tax – the highest in all of Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Maple Avenue and A Street Are Now 4-Way Stop

January 15, 2014 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The stop signs at the intersection of Maple Avenue and A Street have been installed, making this a new four-way stop intersection. With the recent Southern Collector Road opening and the volume of traffic that is at this intersection, a four-way stop is necessary. Additional pavement markings will be made tomorrow, weather permitting. Be alert and use extreme caution when approaching this intersection’s new traffic pattern.

Demystifying Purcellville’s Debt Burden and AAA Bond Rating

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Government, News Be the first to comment
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By Kwasi Fraser

Recently, Purcellville received stellar bond ratings from all three Wall Street rating agencies. Standard & Poor’s awarded Purcellville with an AAA rating, while Moody’s and Fitch Ratings issued double-A ratings.

At first glance, these rating seem great, but this is without analysis of the rationale and assumptions behind them. This article will attempt to further analyze and present a clear view of what drove these ratings and what they mean to Purcellville’s current $64 million debt burden.

Current Debt Burden and Debt Service

With an estimated population of 7,829, the current debt burden is about $8,175 per Purcellville resident. According to the Adopted Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Plan & Capital Improvement Program Fiscal Year 2014-2018, Purcellville has an outstanding debt of $64,184,129 of which 48.59 percent, equating to $31,190,323, is attributed to the Waste Water Fund. The amount of interest and principal that is due on Purcellville’s Fiscal Year 2014 debt service is $5,085,366. With estimated fiscal year 2014 total budgeted expenditures of $17,355,533, the debt service accounts for 29.3 percent of total expenditures. … Continue Reading

Bumper Cars on Main Street

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 2 comments
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By Karen Jimmerson

America’s main streets are on a path to all look the same – the same McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Starbucks and Jiffy Lube. They fill the landscape of our everyday paths. Our lives have been franchised or chained. It is so commonplace that is now seems inevitable, unavoidable, and just a fact of our modern lives. Small towns that used to belong in a Norman Rockwell painting are losing that very real esthetic.

As you drive into western Loudoun, large tracts of open space still embrace you. A drive into neighboring counties and parts of eastern Loudoun, you see tangible evidence of development gone awry. Every few miles, fast food restaurants repeat themselves. Strip malls flank bumper to bumper traffic. Western Loudoun is slowing falling prey to this, and remember eastern Loudoun looked like western Loudoun not too long ago. … Continue Reading

BAR Recommendations Rejected By Town Council

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, News 2 comments
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By Valerie Cury

Historic Preservation Threatened

The Purcellville Town Council held a special meeting December 17 to hear an appeal by developers John Chapman and Mark Nelis on their Vineyard Square project.
The Board of Architectural Review (BAR) had earlier voted to stop demolition of two historic structures on 21st Street, noting that the existing facades in the town’s Historic Corridor Overlay District had to be maintained and incorporated into the design for the 6-story mixed-use project. In the BAR’s motion to deny the demolition, it noted that the buildings “possess integrity of design, craftsmanship and materials from their early twentieth-century period of significance that cannot be replicated.” “These buildings embody the early twentieth-century development of Purcellville’s business district and incorporate original period features such as brick facades, storefront windows, period appropriate entry doors, sign bands, and steeped parapet walls which are distinctive architectural elements of Purcellville’s downtown and link the design of these buildings with other buildings of the same period on the street which contribute to the historic context of the street.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter

December 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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12/19/2013 8:53a.m 200 blk Misty Pond Terrace Domestic Dispute

Police called to the scene of an ongoing domestic situation that had been going on for several weeks. The situation was mediated and the police left when incident had calmed down.

12/19/2013 2:07 p.m. 100 blk. N. 16th St. Assault

Two acquaintances involved in an ongoing dispute that had become physical and one party had assaulted the other. No serious injuries were reported and the injured person was going to seek charges.

12/19/2013 9:13 p.m. 100 blk. Hatcher Ave. Destruction of Property

An off-duty officer observed a vehicle that had been damaged in a possible act of vandalism and reported it to on-duty police personnel. The damage was reported at $100. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Department Warns Residents

December 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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At 3:00 a.m. on December 27, the Police Department was dispatched to a vehicle tempering in the area of Pickwick Dr and Drawbridge Way. The victim of the vehicle tampering got into a physical altercation with the suspect. The suspect was described as a white teenage male wearing blue jeans, a black Nike sweat shirt and had brown hair. Another person of interest with the suspect, was described as a white teenaged male wearing blue jeans, white sweatshirt and sandy blonde hair, ran from the scene with the suspect.

Anyone with any information call the Purcellville Police Department at 540-338-7422.

The Purcellville Police Department reminds all residents to secure their vehicles at all times.

21st Street Is Charming and Authentic

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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Purcellville’s old-town business district on 21st Street is charming and appealing because it is authentic. Many of the businesses have changed over the years, but the exteriors of the buildings have remained essentially the same.

A drugstore becomes a restaurant. A car dealership becomes a furniture store, then a gift store, then a distillery. Part of another auto dealership becomes a storage facility and then a bazaar. A grain mill becomes a restaurant and another mill becomes a bicycle shop and bookstore. On and on, the buildings are adapted and modified in a natural progression to accommodate new enterprises without destroying the basic architectural character of the old town. … Continue Reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Be the first to comment
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The good citizens of the Town of Purcellville and the surrounding neighbors have seen few good things happen in and around Purcellville over the past several years. Many people moved here from areas of rapid growth to get away from it all. They liked the small unique character of the town and surrounding community. Now these same people feel the need to move away: Purcellville is becoming “Any town USA.”

Here are some of the reasons: 50 acres of proposed residential and commercial on 287 north of Hirst Road. Travel further south on 287 towards the traffic circle and you have another planned retail area including a gas station, travel south around the traffic circle along the Southern Collector Road, and yet another soon to be planned commercial development. There may be plans to build across from Blue Ridge Middle School, also. … Continue Reading

Board of Architectural Review Holds Second Vineyard Square Review

December 3, 2013 by Andrea Gaines Development, News Be the first to comment
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Developer’s Architect Defends Six Stories And Widespread Demolition

At the Town of Purcellville Board of Architectural Review meeting in November, developer/owners Mark Nelis and John Chapman presented arguments in favor of a virtually unchanged design for Vineyard Square’s 21st Street project. As first proposed, Vineyard Square reached heights of five – six stories, with one part up to seven stories. The meeting was attended by many local residents, including business owners and 21st Street tenants that will be directly impacted by the approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial – and 45 condominium – residential project.

Following Vineyard Square’s first attempt at approval, the board requested new designs from Nelis and Chapman that more seriously considered the current building proportions and styles of the historic downtown area, the highest current building being the restored mill (Magnolia’s restaurant at approximately 50 feet). The BAR also addressed the issue of incorporating rather than demolishing several historic buildings. … 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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