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Purcellville Named Tree City USA

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The Town of Purcellville has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  This is Purcellville’s 10th year achieving this national recognition.
 
Mayor Fraser stated, “The Town of Purcellville takes great pride in this distinction as it confirms our commitment to the environment and the value of having a green and healthy community.” … Continue Reading

A Duplex That Is Not a Duplex

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Property owner Shawn Rowley spoke before the Purcellville Town Council, February 28, regarding the R-3 Duplex Zoning District. His issue … can’t a structure that looks – for all intents and purposes – like two separate homes above ground, still be considered a duplex, if, underground a hidden wall in the back connects the two?

Rowley built a duplex on G Street recently. Even though the property is currently zoned R-2 (Single-family Residential), and duplexes are not allowed, he was able to do so because the previous Town Council had grandfathered the property under the R-3 (Duplex Residential) zoning district in 2008. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Parent Challenges “Fly-By Drivers”

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327 school-age children died in school-transportation related crashes in the United States from 2003 to 2013. Local newspaper headlines report a September of 2016 accident involving an LCPS school bus with six children aboard, another accident in December of 2016 and a third hit-and-run incident in January 2017.

No deaths were involved in the Loudoun County headlines cited here.

But, behind each school bus fatality is a devastated family. And, behind every near miss is the hidden agony of the concerned school official or shaken parent – both of whom know that next time they might not be so lucky. … Continue Reading

Emerick Elementary Nominated As a National Blue Ribbon School

January 27, 2017 Schools Comments Off on Emerick Elementary Nominated As a National Blue Ribbon School
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Emerick Elementary has been nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program was established in 1982 to honor America’s most successful schools. Emerick is one of seven 2017 Virginia nominees for this award. The Virginia Department of Education selects nominees based on the eligibility criteria required by the United States Department of Education. “High performing” is defined by the superintendent of each state, but at a minimum means: Performance for all tested students in both reading and mathematics must be in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state. For each of the school’s subgroups, the performance of all tested students in reading and mathematics must be in the top 40 percent of all schools in the state. Emerick now begins an application process that will end when the Secretary of Education announces the Blue Ribbon honorees in September.

The last Loudoun County Public Schools to receive the Blue Ribbon designation was Belmont Station Elementary in 2011. Other LCPS schools that have received this award include Meadowland Elementary (2003), Leesburg Elementary (2005) and Lincoln Elementary (2010).

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 17, 2017

January 22, 2017 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of January 17, 2017
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01/12/2017 – 02:26 p.m. 400 Blk. N. Maple Ave. Unauthorized use of Motor Vehicle
The complainant reported that a family member had taken her vehicle without permission. The family member returned with the vehicle a short time later but the complainant did not wish to pursue criminal charges. … Continue Reading

Crooked Run Is in It for Nature

January 4, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Crooked Run Is in It for Nature
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New Conservation Easement Protects 55 Additional Acres

In the United States, land conservation is about both personal choice and the public good. From a fiscal point of view, conservation returns between $4 and $10 for every dollar invested – creating recreational opportunities, controlling flooding, enhancing air and drinking water quality, conserving income-generating wildlife habitat and farmland, and forming the economic basis for industries such as tourism and fisheries.
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser Gives State of the Town Address

December 31, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser Gives State of the Town Address
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Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser will be presenting the State of the Town address at Town Hall, 221 South Nursery Avenue, on Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. “I am looking forward to covering our current economic state and the challenges and opportunities before us,” said Mayor Fraser.

The State of the Town will be published on the Town’s website the following day. This presentation is open to the public, and citizens are welcome to attend.

This is an excellent time for citizens to become engaged. If you have any questions before or after the presentation, e-mail Mayor Fraser at kfraser@purcellvilleva.gov.

Purcellville Launches Financial Transparency Platform

December 15, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Purcellville Launches Financial Transparency Platform
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The Town of Purcellville announced the launch of its financial transparency platform through OpenGov, which is designed to bring visibility, openness, and accountability to our operations. The Town Council has emphasized its commitment to honest budgeting, responsible spending, and financial transparency and approved the contract with OpenGov in September. … Continue Reading

Request for Town Donations to Events Due December 31, 2016

December 15, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Request for Town Donations to Events Due December 31, 2016
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As designated in section 6-8 B. of the Town’s Event Ordinance, the Town of Purcellville will consider donating funds or in-kind services to events in Town that are sponsored by qualified organizations. Examples of such donated resources include maintenance staff time, police time for safety of the event, and direct funding. … Continue Reading

LaRock Announces DMV Select Service in Purcellville To Be Restored in December

November 30, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on LaRock Announces DMV Select Service in Purcellville To Be Restored in December
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After nearly a year of negotiation and work, Delegate Dave LaRock is pleased to announce that DMV Select service is being restored at the Virginia Regional Transit location in Purcellville. Following a December 11, 2015, FBI raid on VRT’s office, DMV was forced to close the Purcellville Select office. Delegate LaRock has been in communication with Federal, State, and local government officials for the last year, working to restore the DMV Select service in Western Loudoun. DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb has notified Del. LaRock that the DMV Select service will be restored under VRT’s new management by the end of 2016. … Continue Reading

Calling All Artists

November 2, 2016 Arts, Lifestyle Comments Off on Calling All Artists
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Calling all Loudoun County artists or want to be artists. You are invited to take part in a fun community project to paint large holiday ornaments that will be used yearly and that will be displayed throughout Purcellville this November and December. Discover Purcellville, a non-profit organization handling fun events in town, is excited to provide the opportunity for local artists of all ages to showcase their talents in support of the Town of Purcellville and its citizens. They still need about 15 people to help paint them. Deadline has been extended to November 15.

The purpose of this fun project is to bring a Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa feel to the town of Purcellville this Holiday season.
Submission forms are available by e-mailing Michael Oaks at ReLoveIt@aol.com or stop by Re-Love It, 138 N. 21st Street.

Polco Goes Online in Purcellville

November 2, 2016 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Polco Goes Online in Purcellville
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Get Involved in Your Local Government

Polco, a civic engagement platform to help people get involved in their local government is now live and ready for citizens of Purcellville to get engaged in issues relating to the town. There are many ways to interact with the Polco program ­– including by voting, by commenting and by sharing. Everyone can “vote,” and votes and will be cross- referenced with the voter file, so only registered voters of a particular town can vote on an issue. This also limits everyone to one vote. … Continue Reading

Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority

November 2, 2016 Government, News Comments Off on Lowering High Utility Rates – New Town Council’s Priority
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In late October, the Purcellville Town Council held an open meeting with the Municipal & Financial Services Group President Edward J. Donahue III and manager Eric Callocchia. The town’s financial advisor Kyle Laux from the Davenport Group was also in attendance. The town council is looking for ways to reduce utility rates for citizens. One of the ways the town council is trying to accomplish this is by exploring ways to generate new revenue that can help reduce utility cost. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

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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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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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 …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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