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Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Metro to Loudoun

April 17, 2012 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 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 Public Safety Comments Off on Keep Your Eyes on the Road

April 24, 2009

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 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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Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

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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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

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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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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Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

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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 …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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