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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

Election 2016: Scott Ramsey

April 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Election 2016: Scott Ramsey
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By Amanda Clark

Round Hill Mayor

Scott Ramsey, the current mayor of Round Hill, is seeking reelection. Ramsey says, “Round Hill is facing several challenges in the next few years, but fortunately is well positioned to address most of them.” … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Mike Minshall

April 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Election 2016: Mike Minshall
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Round Hill Town Council

Minshall says, “I feel like the biggest issue facing our Town is growth. Round Hill is faced with a decision of what do we do? Do we stay a small residential community or do we jump on the development bandwagon?” Minshall feels that the decision must be a little bit of both. “We need to continue to restore and maintain our infrastructure and we need to look for things that will enhance Round Hill, but keep that small town feel that everyone who lives here enjoys,” says Minshall.

Election 2016: Mary Anne Graham

April 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Election 2016: Mary Anne Graham
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Round Hill Town Council

Mary Anne Graham is running for re-election to the Round Hill Town Council. The first issue that Graham would like to address is developing a greater tax base and providing utility services as cheaply as possible. Graham says, “Current Town revenues are limited; the Council will need to look for new sources through commercial development on the east edge of town or expanding the tax base by bringing more properties within the corporate limits.” … Continue Reading

Election 2016: Kim Fortunato

April 7, 2016 Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Election 2016: Kim Fortunato
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Round Hill Town Council

Kim Fortunato is running for Town Council and believes the major issues of Round Hill have to do with growth, zoning, and infrastructure. “Round Hill is adding hundreds of new houses outside the town limits and these residents rely upon town streets for their daily commutes and town services for everyday necessities,” she says. … Continue Reading

LCSO Expands Into Western Loudoun

March 2, 2016 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Expands Into Western Loudoun
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By Nathaniel Stephens

Round Hill will soon host the newest staging and community outreach station for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, with construction crews nearing completion on a Western Loudoun Station on West Loudoun Street heading towards Route 7.

The station has been in the works since 2008, and will be run by the civilian and law enforcement staff now occupying a small leased room above the Round Hill town offices. A welcome change of scenery, the new complex will provide 9,000 sq. ft. of space to include a community room, a gym, locker rooms and administrative areas. At first impression large, the western facility’s footprint is in fact small in comparison to the other spaces from which the Sheriff’s Office operates in other parts of the county. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Hometown Festival Highlights

June 3, 2015 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Hometown Festival Highlights
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Round Hill’s 13th annual Hometown Festival was May 23. There was a full-day of activities. Highlights included 187 runners in the Round Hill 5K starting the day. The popular pie-eating contest was won by Robert Cairns from Round Hill Exxon with Round Hill Elementary School Principal Andrew Davis coming in second and RHES PE teacher Eric Turrill coming in third.

The day also included a parade, Memorial Day ceremony and downhill derby. Entertainment was provided throughout the day and into the evening. … Continue Reading

Little League Opening Day around the Towns

May 5, 2015 Sports Comments Off on Little League Opening Day around the Towns
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By Carri Michon 

Spring is here and with it comes the crack of bats, the smell of leather and whoops of delight – it’s baseball season.  Under water colored skies, our local western Loudoun Little League teams recently opened their season having waited all winter for the spring thaw and the chance to play baseball.  … Continue Reading

Round Hill Welcomes Holiday Season on December 7

November 22, 2013 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Welcomes Holiday Season on December 7
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The Round Hill community will celebrate “Holidays in Round Hill” on Saturday, December 7, with an array of activities.

On Saturday afternoon, the Round Hill Arts Center will offer a special family ornament workshop from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All ages are welcome; children under seven should have adult assistance. The workshop costs $25, which includes refreshments and all materials for four different ornaments. The Round Hill Arts Center is located in the Hill High Orchards complex on Route 7 just west of Round Hill. Register by calling 540-338-5022 or visiting www.roundhillartscenter.org. While at Hill High, be sure to visit the Country Store and the Gateway Gallery for unique locally produced gifts, and leave time to enjoy a glass of mulled wine by the fire at Bogati Bodega. … Continue Reading

Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival

June 12, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thanks To All For Annual Round Hill Festival
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The 2013 11th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival, held on Saturday, May 25, was attended by hundreds. Families enjoyed the annual 5K race, parade, downhill derby, pie eating contest, arts and crafts in the park, amusement rides, cookouts, concerts, and the town feast in the park. The Festival could not have been a success without the support of our generous sponsors. As the sponsorship coordinator and on behalf of the Round Hill Hometown Festival committee, I would like to thank the following 2013 sponsors: … Continue Reading

Round Hill Readies for Hometown Festival

May 5, 2013 Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Round Hill Readies for Hometown Festival
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Plans are shaping up for Round Hill’s Eleventh Annual Hometown Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, May 25.

From the 5K and parade in the morning to the community feast and evening concerts in the park, the fun-filled family-friendly event features something for everyone.

Registration is open now for the 5K race, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the streets of town before finishing back at the school. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers and the top two male and female finishers in eight age group classes. … Continue Reading

Let’s Play Ball

April 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Let’s Play Ball

By Carri Michon

The past two glorious Saturdays have found many a family at the baseball diamond. Games have begun and with that Opening Day ceremonies for Little League baseball around our small towns here in western Loudoun. A snapshot includes:

Parades: Both Lovettsville and Hamilton had parades. Erik Rohs, a AAA Reds player said, “My favorite thing about Opening Day is riding in the parade with my team through town.” A young Hamilton T-baller, Maggie Mills, who was in the parade for the first time highlighted that she “liked riding in the truck!” That statement was seconded by her little brother, Jack, who added, “and the candy!”.

Ceremonies: Lovettsville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Purcellville all held individual Opening Ceremonies. The colors were officially presented in Lovettsville by Colonel Wesley Fox of the Young Marines and in Hamilton by the US Navy Presidential Color Guard. Around the towns, National Anthems were sung by elementary school students, a mayor’s daughter as well as by the barbershop quartet, Mint Condition, in Round Hill. Purcellville included a tribute to the late Don Rose, Sr. It was noted that there have been many instrumental people over the 53 years of Upper Loudoun Little League who have keep the league running so that the children can play the great game of baseball. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K Accepting Registrations

April 18, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K Accepting Registrations
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Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival 5K on Saturday, May 25, starting at 8:00 a.m. The course begins at Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the town of Round Hill before finishing back at the school.

Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers. Awards will be given to the top two male and female finishers in each of the following age categories: 11 and under, 12–17, 18–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60 – 69, and over 70.

Children are invited to participate in their own ½ mile Fun Run, to be held immediately following the conclusion of the 5K (usually around 8:45 a.m.). There is no registration or fee required for the Fun Run; all participants will receive ribbons. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Fingerprints on Climate Change

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Presented to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – June 23, 2016 Recently I was asked whether humanity’s fossil fuel use was the cause of the current global warming. This is a good question and I’m not surprised that there …

Ice house, Hot House and Mad House

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Recently, I was asked: “I know we are putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and scientists say that will warm the planet but there were also ice ages and warmer climates in the past before humans so what caused those …

Sugar Crash

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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is …

The Art of Memory

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel Still Alice. A movie that not only elicits tears, but naturally incurs reflection. This heartrending movie was the starting point of a personal wrestling with the implications of human memory. Remembering can bring us back to a …

Living in Debt

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Dr. Mike, My husband has issues with money that are hurting our relationship and family. He makes a lot of money, but he spends more than he makes and we are in debt. He can’t just have a luxury car, …

June in the Garden

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Conserve Water, Beat the Heat and Keep Things Blooming By Andrea Gaines It’s getting hot out there. And, there’s nothing more discouraging for a gardener that to come home after a weekend away – or miss a regular watering schedule …

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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 …

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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 …

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Thank You

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It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Monday, June 27, 2016. On that day new Purcellville Town Council members will be sworn into office, at Town Hall. …

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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Rummage Sale Trailers Open July 9

27 Jun 2016

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78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale Ready For Donations The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital is officially accepting donations for the annual Rummage Sale. The first Donation Day of the summer will be on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, and at Inova Loudoun Medical Campus – Leesburg, …

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Troy and Paula Haag Perform at Old Stone School

9 Jun 2016

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Troy and Paula Haag, will appear on The Gap Stage at the Old Stone School on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Dinner will be sold by Big Mike’s BBQ, drinks will be sold by the glass, and there will be desserts at intermission. Troy and Paula will be joined by Max Haag …

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Here’s To the Colorists, Manicurists and Blow Dry Mavens… Thanks for Listening!

1 Jun 2016

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Sunday, June 26 is Beauticians Day, celebrating the cosmetology and other experts who keep us looking and feeling our best – whether it’s with a haircut and style, a facial, a manicure, or just some quiet and light conversation.

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HUD Awards $2 Million in Housing Counseling Grants To Virginia

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Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that Catholic Charities USA, headquartered in Alexandria, will receive $951,150 in federal funding, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, located in Richmond, will receive $1,040,918. This nearly $2 million grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …

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Four Hop, Skip and a Jump Local Destinations

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Last month we encouraged our readers to consider visiting any one of five great destinations within just a stone’s throw of Loudoun’s history-lined borders – Berryville and Harper’s Ferry among them. This month we feature four destinations – two right here in our much-celebrated county, and two just over the …

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Out and About Loudoun and Beyond

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Five Stone’s Throw Spring and Summer Destinations By Andrea Gaines Bordered by the Potomac River to the north and beautiful mountains to the west – and with easy access to Rt. 95, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 66 – Loudouners have no short list of fun spring places to …

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Sports

The Lady Vikings Earned Back-to Back Conference Title

1 Jun 2016

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The Lady Vikings earned the back-to back conference title with a 4-1 win over Heritage in late May. The team earned a first round playoff bye finishing first in the conference and then went on to defeat Rock Ridge 12-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Lady Vikings ended their regular …

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Big Baseball Coming To Fireman’s Field

1 Jun 2016

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Got Your Father’s Day Gift Lined Up Yet? The Purcellville Cannons’ Brett Fuller couldn’t be happier. He’s the owner of one of the most popular teams in the Valley Baseball League. The team, up until recently was called the Charles Town Cannons but now calls Purcellville its home.

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