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Do You Want a Frat House Next Door to You?

August 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion, Uncategorized 7 comments
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On August 16 at the new Town Hall (7:00 p.m.) the Purcellville Planning Commission and Town Council will hold a joint meeting on a proposal to amend residential zoning to accommodate “Student Homes”. What is driving this proposed amendment? Patrick Henry College wants to rent available homes and put up to eight students and a Residential Assistant (and other employees) per home to resolve their obvious failure to properly plan for the needs of their expanding student population. Patrick Henry also appears to be in a bit of a time crunch; trying to gain approval using combined Planning Commission/Town Council meetings where minimal quorums for both can be gathered. Taking from a popular conservative broadcaster’s mantra, “Here is what you need to know”: … Continue Reading

Purcellville Sleight of Hand on Meals Tax Increase

June 12, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 3 comments
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The question is this: If the Budget Committee now supports a 25 percent increase in the meals tax, when did this shift occur – as an increase from four percent to five percent was voted down in April?

At the April 3, 2012 Budget Committee meeting Vice Mayor Joan Lehr made a motion to keep the town meals tax at its current rate of four percent. The motion passed 5-1-1, with Council Member Wiley voting against and Council Member Nave absent for the vote.

The May 8, 2012 Town Council meeting agenda showed the meals tax rate being supported by the Budget Committee at four percent. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …

March 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Residents Brace for Change …
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­­­Board Votes to Dismiss County Lawsuit – Purcellville Moves to Eliminate Barriers to Development

At its recent February 14 meeting, the new Board of Supervisors, on a motion by Supervisor Clarke, voted to direct the Loudoun County Attorney to dismiss a County lawsuit that had challenged the Town of Purcellville’s authority to ignore a longstanding Town/County agreement designed to uncontrolled land annexations.

The following week, the Joint Purcell-ville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP) Committee, consisting of Purcellville’s Mayor Lazaro and Council-man Priscilla, both representing the Town, and Supervisor Clarke and Planning Commissioner Douglas representing the County, met and voted unanimously to recommend that the County and Town nullify the Annexation Agreement and eliminate PUGAMP altogether. It is reasonable to assume that this recommendation will be followed. … Continue Reading

Richard Lake of Roadside Development Addresses Council

April 13, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, Government, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Richard Lake of Roadside Development Addresses Council

Richard Lake of Roadside Development addressed the Purcellville Town Council at a meeting on April 12.

The Cabal that Spends Your Taxes

April 1, 2011 by Valerie Cury Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on The Cabal that Spends Your Taxes

You sometimes got to wonder how a small town like Purcellville with about 7000 residents got itself into debt to the tune of $66 million. That number adds up to more than $9,000 per person. If you contrast that amount to the $4,000 per person debt of Loudoun County, you’ve got to conclude that something is going on. The answer is not obvious to the casual observer, but I will show you how it happens.

What we have in play in Purcellville is a good old fashioned “cabal” or group of individuals and organizations that has legally figured out how to impose taxes on you, the taxpayer and then spend the money for their benefit and not necessarily yours. … Continue Reading

Purcellville destroys 250 year old White Oaks for Town Hall parking

March 26, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Development, Government, News, Our Towns 1 comment

VIDEO: March 22, 2011. Town of Purcellville cutting down 250-300 year old White Oak Trees at Fireman’s Field. The trees were removed to make way for more parking for the new Town Hall.

Update: Crooked Run Condemnation Hearing Scheduled for Jan. 11

January 12, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader News Comments Off on Update: Crooked Run Condemnation Hearing Scheduled for Jan. 11

*UPDATE: At last night’s Purcellville Town Council Meeting January 11, 2011, a public hearing was held regarding Condemnation-Quick Take of the Crooked Run Orchard property. Over 50 Town and County residents attended, and more than 20 people spoke at the hearing. Only two speakers were in favor of the agenda item. In a 7-0 vote, the Purcellville Town Council voted to Condemn via quick take condemnation powers over seven acres of Crooked Run Orchard for the Southern Collector Road. (the parcel is 16 acres)

Town Council members kept repeating that this was the “original” alignment. It is not, it is an entirely new alignment. The road has been moved entirely onto the Brown property, locating the road less than 75 feet from their home and making the annexation of the O’Toole property unnecessary. In preparation to seek State and Federal funding the Town has submitted documents for 4 lanes and 40 mph. The original alignment only required 3.08 acres, the new alignment will take almost half the 16 acres and destroy the main barn and farm road to the back 40 acres.

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Catoctin Corner Development Is a Go!

August 15, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Catoctin Corner Development Is a Go!
The Purcellville Town Council voted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 to approve 6 special use permits for up to 50,000 sq.ft. of commercial development.  The rental/lease sign was put up on the property several days before the Council vote to approve the development.

The Town Council voted Tuesday, August 10, to approve six special use permits for up to 50,000 sq.ft. of commercial development.

At the August 10 Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Lazaro and the Town Council approved both the rezoning application of Catoctin Corner and the approval of six special use permit applications for the commercial development totaling up to 50,000 sq.ft. The vote was 6-1 with Lehr voting against the rezoning application, and 6-1 to approve the five special use permits Wagner voting no. Catoctin Corner is a 6.5 acre property located at the northwest corner of 287 and West Colonial Highway. This intersection is rated an FF and with planned traffic improvements will be rated a D.

The special use permits for this development that were approved were as follows: one drive through restaurant, one drive through bank, two restaurants of over 4,000 square feet, one drive through pharmacy, and one gas station with pumps and convenience retail area.

The retail advertising sign on the property was put up several days before the Purcellville Town Council vote to approve the development.

Davenport Report on Current and Future Status of Town Funds Delayed

April 29, 2010 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Davenport Report on Current and Future Status of Town Funds Delayed

Submitted By Ryan Cool

Peel back the layers of the front page news of an “equalized tax rate” a bit more and some of the realities of the Town’s Financial situation come into view. The Town employs Davenport and Company, LLC to evaluate the current and future status of the Town’s General Fund and Utility Enterprise Funds Capital Plans. Here are some … Continue Reading

Voters Toolbox

April 29, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Voters Toolbox

When: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Emerick Elementary School, 440 South Nursery Ave., Purcellville, VA 20132
Absentee Voting: Absentee in-person voting begins approximately 45 days prior to a general election (30 days for primaries) and ends at 5:00 p.m. this Saturday (May 1, 2010). Obtain Absentee … Continue Reading

New Blood Needed

April 28, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on New Blood Needed

In this election, I believe voters in Purcellville have a clear choice to make: continue the policies of the current Council or vote to bring new, fresh thinking and – frankly – some dissension to our Town Council.

Under the current Council, our debt has risen to a staggering $61.5 million while our population has hardly increased at all over the same time period. Some examples of the spending practices of this Council include the purchase of an 80 year old church with a flooding basement and mold to become the new Town Hall with a total cost projected to reach upwards of $8 million. The town also approved the building of a new maintenance building at a cost of $5 million.

The town takes credit for good financial stewardship on the basis of awards for budget presentation (note: not actual financial performance). They claim a surplus each year, despite an unprecedented growth in Purcellville’s outstanding debt. The Mayor and Council continue to pass an equalized tax rate year after year while shoving off to future Councils and generations the fiscal responsibility for repayment of the debt they have accumulated. This makes perfect political sense: it makes the incumbents look good and, should they lose, those future representatives will be left holding the bag and the bills.

This year the Council has changed their budget format to hide the full cost of capital improvement projects (CIP) by not including the “out” years. This means you and I, the taxpayers, do not see the true cost. For example, instead of the real cost of the Main/Maple intersection improvement of over $9 million, the cost shown in this year’s budget shows a mere $1.9 million. And now the Council has delayed the scheduled budget meeting of April 28 to a date after the election.

The choice seems apparent to me: vote for the current fiscal policies that have spent millions and run up our debt for which we all must somehow pay or, vote in new, fresh thinking that will counterbalance some of these decisions and enable some alternative ideas to spend, borrow and spend more. Let’s reestablish democracy in action within the Council. We need representatives on the Council that have full access to all of the information and discussions that the council members have and who can raise the concerns that many share to curb spending. I endorse Sam Brown, Kelli Grim and Keith Melton to represent the cause of true fiscal conservatism and responsibility.

Chris Bledsoe

Temporary Injunction Granted

January 22, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Temporary Injunction Granted

In August and December of 2009 the Town of Purcellville, without county participation, annexed four properties that, by their own admission, were outside of the Phase I annexation area outlined in PUGAMP (Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan). The county objected … Continue Reading


January 20, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns Comments Off on Condemnation

At the Purcellville Town Council meeting January 19, the Purcellville Town Council voted 7-0 in favor of a resolution which authorizes condemnation and exercise of quick-take powers to acquire a portion of Crooked Run Orchard in order to proceed with the Purcellville Town Council’s plan to build the Southern Collector Road. Crooked Run Orchard, a 250 year old working farm, will be split in two by this action. Customers of the farm will have to traverse (with the full buildout) a four lane road with a speed limit of 40mph.

Councilman CJ Walker, in his council comments, stated that because only two and a half acres of Crooked Run Orchard are needed to move forward with the SCR (splitting the farm in two), he would support the road. In 2004 Councilman Walker wrote the following: “There are proposals now by developers for the town to annex as many as six new parcels. This along with the Southern Connector Road, a ten million dollar developer’s dream, will make traffic worse and inevitably increase taxes. There are millions of dollars at stake. Theirs and yours. If we don’t have a town council willing to stand up to the developers to defend our small hometown, Purcellville will become another Ashburn, just as a new member of the board of supervisors said we should be.” Former Mayor Bill Druhan in his 2002 campaign brochure echoed a similar position against the Southern Collector Road. When Mayor Lazaro ran for town council in 2004, he was against putting in the Southern Collector Road, also.

In 2002 when Bill Druhan ran for mayor, in a letter to the editor to the Loudoun Times Mirror, he stated: “One reason the PBA (Purcellville Business Association) strongly supports the planned road (SCR) is quite simply that everyone on the Town Council, including the Town Manager, is a member of this organization…I would submit that this organization ought more accurately to be viewed as a mouthpiece for the Town governmant.” He goes on to write: ” No one would question that the area in and around Purellville is experiencing high levels of growth. Town population grew by 106 percent, and that growth is partly responsible for the congestion problem on Purcellville’s Main Street. However, in the absence of compelling proof that southern commuters are primarily responsible for the congestion, it makes sense to examine cheaper, less disruptive, and more environmentally friendly alternatives to a southern collector road.” In the same article Druhan wrote: “Who, then, are the drivers, who are choking Main Street during the rush hour identified by the study? In all likelihood, they are the bus drivers, the faculty and staff of the schools, the merchants in town, and the parents dropping off their children at schools and preschools.These people will still be driving on Main Street between 8 and 10 regardless of how many new bypasses and collector roads we might build.”

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Trusting Science

14 Nov 2015


“The Four Corners of Deceit: Government, academia, science, and media. Those institutions are now corrupt and exist by virtue of deceit. That’s how they promulgate themselves; it is how they prosper.” – Rush Limbaugh [1] I previously reported [2] on …

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Some Thoughts on Veterans Day

13 Nov 2015


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and it is also a time to reflect and remember with gratitude. America is a free and democratic nation today, …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Phil Bolen Memorial Park

4 Nov 2015


I never knew Phil Bolen as the Loudoun County Government Administrator; I never even got to know him as Director of Parks and Recreation, and I certainly never knew Phil Bolen the teacher and coach at Loudoun Valley High School. …


Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Willisville

30 Sep 2015


You may never feel the urge to travel to this little, unincorporated community; it’s not exactly a conduit for commuter traffic, and there aren’t really any places to shop, or gas up, or procure much of anything else from a …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Choosing To Live in the Present

4 Nov 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel I love a good story. I love telling stories and hearing other people’s stories. Our experiences bring meaning to our lives, and help shape us into the people we are today. Yet inherent in storytelling is the …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Trusts

4 Nov 2015


A common estate planning device is the trust. A trust is simply an agreement between two people: the person who establishes the trust, who may be called the Settlor, the Grantor or the Trustor, and the person or institution who …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


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


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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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November 2015

Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Mrs. Lucketts’ Haunted Garden & Playground


Illuminate: an exhibit by fiber artist Susan Trask and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Notaviva Vineyards Haunted Vineyard Tours

Red, White, & Boo!

Steve Potter Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Elementary Drama Camp

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Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – painter Karen Hutchison and glass artists David and Dale Barnes


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Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


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 sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family – Another Perspective

4 Oct 2015


By Malcolm Baldwin Who can disagree with the title to Dave LaRock’s September article in the Blue Ridge Journal – “Good Government Reinforces the Family”? But sadly he largely misunderstands what government has done and ought to do for such reinforcement. Many of his prescriptions would harm families while others would forestall any improvement in family conditions. His conclusions become …



2015 Loudoun 10K Trail Race Raises over $30,000 to Support Boulder Crest Retreat and Our Nation’s Veterans

16 Nov 2015


“I continued to be humbled by our community and all they do to make Boulder Crest Retreat a success. Jim Schatz and his team at Loudoun Road Runners are amazing. This trail run is in alignment with the rural nature of Boulder Crest Retreat and we look forward to the event every year. My personal appreciation goes out to all …

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Purcellville Cross Serves as Beacon of Hope for Highway Travelers

9 Nov 2015

Crux St. Francis de Sales

By Mark Gunderman The Crux Gloria was erected and dedicated by St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in November 1990. If you’re traveling from Leesburg on Highway 7, passing through Purcellville just west of the Berlin Turnpike exit, you can look to your right and see a majestic metal cross sculpture. Within the cross, the shape of Jesus appears to …

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Carver Center November Events

4 Nov 2015


The Carver Center is at 200 Willie Palmer Way in Purcellville. Call 571-258-3400 to sign up for the following programs. November 6, Friday Lunch and movie Still Alice 12-2 p.m. (ages 55 and up).  To sign up call 571-258-3459. November 9, Monday AARP Driver Safety Class 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (ages 50 and up). Pre-registration required. AARP members $15, …

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Wild Loudoun

Wild Loudoun: of Chipmunks and Chestnuts

4 Nov 2015


Chipmunks are small, beautifully elegant little creatures, with large glossy eyes, a sleek brown body, a short, pointy head, dainty white stripes above and below the eye, and a series of black land white lines down their sturdy little backs. They have a very sweet posture – sitting upright and holding food with their two perfectly formed front feet, while …

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Around Virginia

Comstock Speaks on Syrian Refugees


Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) released the following statement on the current terrorist attacks in Paris: “After September 11, 2001, we tragically learned that al Qaeda was at war with us, but we weren’t at war with them. Again, with the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris, we have learned that …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Tourism Revenues Topped $22.4 billion in 2014


Statewide data shows increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2013 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s tourism revenues topped $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013. In 2014, tourism in Virginia supported 216,949 jobs, an increase of nearly 700 jobs to the previously reported forecast estimate of …

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Good Government Reinforces the Family


By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Funding Sought for Scholarship for Loudon Students Participating in Youth Sports

4 Nov 2015


The Don Rose, Sr. Youth Scholarship Fund is seeking financial support to provide scholarships at college, technical or trade school. Applicants from public, private, and home schools are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they participated in youth sports within Loudoun County. The fund aims to award two $500 scholarships …

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Leesburg Ladies Tennis Team Wins State Tournament

4 Nov 2015


Ida Lee Park Tennis Center’s Ladies Singles 2.5 Team, Simply Smashing, won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship tournament, held October 16-18, at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. Simply Smashing members include team captain Beth Cioni, Debbie DeLadurantaye, Jennifer Fox, Robin Haast, Holly McMullen and Deja O’Malley. They train …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Behind Closed Doors

4 Nov 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde It’s sad to say that the norm now is to wonder about the next school shooting. For a student it is the most terrifying thing, the next shooter could come at any moment, and any day could be the day that you die. It could be …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You for Another Successful Halloween Block Party

4 Nov 2015


The 5th annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party was the best attended to date with an estimated 6,000 descending on 21st street in Old Town this past Friday evening. Costume …

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Ethics in Campaigning and Voting

1 Nov 2015


My Dad used to say it’s what you do when nobody is watching that counts. Over 80 percent of my “zoning permitted” and “land owner …

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$17 Dollar Tolls-Ouch!

27 Oct 2015


Recently Gov. McAuliffe proposed $17 round trip tolls on I-66 inside the beltway with Chuck Hedges the Democrat nominee for the HOD 33rd district being …

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