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Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Metro to Loudoun

April 17, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Metro to Loudoun
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The Board of Supervisors will soon decide whether or not to make an open-ended financial commitment to Metro. If they decide to go ahead, it is final. Estimates are coming in daily, and the costs are significant.

The purpose of this town hall meeting is to encourage the public to get informed, and to discuss ways to let their voice be heard before the votes are cast at the beginning of July 2012. … Continue Reading

Catoctin Corner Traffic Study: 7,500 Additional Car Trips Per Day

October 27, 2010 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Public Safety Comments Off on Catoctin Corner Traffic Study: 7,500 Additional Car Trips Per Day

According to a memo written 3/23/07 from Robin Antonucci, a consultant with Wells and Associates LLC to Senior Planner for Loudoun County, Rodion Iwanczuk, the Catoctin Corner Shopping Center planned at the intersection of Rt. 287/Rt. 7 will attract thousands of car trips from regional and local customers and will require extensive road improvements that could entail a round-about and lights.

But wait, extensive research shows that round-abouts don’t work if there are lights anywhere near the approach, as the lights interrupt the flow that the roundabout is there to create, and without that flow stacking will occur. Round-abouts can handle up to three thousand cars per hour (see Charrette 2010) and would reduce the stacking that is going to be an inevitable result of the 2 shopping centers at build-out.

How are you going to combine a round-about with the two exit/entrances that will be necessary for the shopping center without adding lights at either of those exit/entrance points? To add more confusion and difficulty to the engineering problems created by a round-about, how are you going to turn left out of Patrick Henry College which is, already, a very dangerous exit? Not only do you wait to get out now, you will wait a great deal longer when those additional 7,500 vehicle trips are added. How, for instance, are the people coming out onto Rt. 287 from the shopping center going to turn left to go north back to Lovettsville or the bypass? A light would be essential there. But you can’t put a light there because it will interrupt the flow going into the round-about. The Southern Collector Road isn’t going to help because the actual traffic flow will increase as it always does when new roads are built, so more cars will be convening at this intersection once the SCR is finished. (See Tony Vanderbilts’ book-TRAFFIC) There are already two lights north of the roundabout that may be too close to maintain the flow, but the lights that will be essential to the exits/entrances to the shopping center’s will be even closer.

According to Robin Antonucci’s memo, left turn lanes need to be built both on Main Street and on Berlin Turnpike for the shopping center. But without any kind of light to allow cars to cross opposing traffic, the stacking on the turn lanes may extend way out into the regular lanes and stop traffic flow. Left turn lanes may be adequate during periods where traffic is light, but since many people shop before and after work this could be very restrictive.

A four-lane divided highway for Rt. 287 from the bypass to the 287/Rt. 7 intersection was also discussed at the Charrette, but it won’t solve the problems of exiting and entering the shopping center if no lights are installed. It certainly will be far less safe for the school buses our children ride on nearly everyday.

On the other hand, the idea of putting a traffic light at this intersection would be, frankly, an insane idea, as the stacking would become unacceptable with the additional shopping center’s traffic, and no doubt the number of crashes would increase exponentially. The cut-through traffic on Pickwick and East Gate Drive would become so burdensome to the residents of Kingsbridge and Villages of Purcellville that police would have to be posted at both the Pickwick entrance and the East Gate entrance to keep the dangerous cutthrough traffic out of the residential neighborhood.

A version of this report appears on local blog The Purcellville Post.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

April 24, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Public Safety Comments Off on Keep Your Eyes on the Road

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The Purcellville Police Department is partnering with the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and over 90 other Public and Private Agencies throughout Virginia to raise awareness to Distracted Driving and Distracted Driving Awareness Day on April 29. Governor Kaine is expected to issue a proclamation for that day. The prohibition against texting while driving will also go into effect on July 1. It will become a secondary violation at that time and Law Enforcement Officers will be able to cite drivers if they are stopped originally for another violation.

1,026 people died on Virginia’s roadways in 2007. That’s nearly three fatalities every day. Understand this! Cars don’t kill people. Cars are navigated by people. Cars crash by the actions of people.

A Virginia Tech study showed that 80 percent of all crashes, and 65 percent of all near crashes involved a distracted driving incident within 3 seconds of the event. Distracted driving may be defined as anything that takes your eyes and/or mind off of the road.

Tips to Minimize your Distracted Driving

1) Change your Ways and recognize the activities that distract you; such as eating, conversing on the phone, or changing a CD. Once you recognize these distractions, you can work to eliminate them.

2) Make a Plan. Know your route in advance and make sure that you have a good understanding of your directions. Check weather and road conditions. If you are transporting children, make sure they are all properly buckled up.

3) Manage your time so that you do not have to multi-task or drive aggressively on the road.

4) Don’t let your drive time become your down time. Understand that driving is not your down time or time to catch up on phone calls, personal grooming, or dining.

5) Scan the Roadway to make sure that you are aware of others on the road at all times. Be prepared for the unpredictability of others.

6) Concentrate on your driving. Make sure that you are not upset or tired when getting on the road. This is not the time to have serious or emotional conversations with your passenger.

7) Pull Over if you need to do something that will take your eyes and/or mind off the road. Make sure that you find a safe place to pull over first.

8) Reduce the Use. Use Technology sensibly.

9) Take a Refresher Class. Everyone can pick up bad habits through the years. A driver improvement class can raise your awareness and help assess your driving ability.

10) Buckle up, Every Trip, Every Time. Making sure that everyone is properly buckled up.

To learn more about Distracted Driving, contact Sgt. Joe Schroeck of the Purcellville Police at 540 338-7422 and visit www.drivesmartva.org.

Bicyclist Advocacy Group Seeks Input

March 27, 2009 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Comments Off on Bicyclist Advocacy Group Seeks Input

March 27, 2009

BikeLoudoun is a new bicycle advocacy group whose mission is to achieve a safe, comprehensive network of bikeways throughout the county. It believes that the goal can be reached if recommendations contained in the Loudoun County Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan are implemented by the county.

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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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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Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

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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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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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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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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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 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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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– 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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– 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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Letters

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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