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Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Metro to Loudoun

April 17, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Be the first to comment
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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 Be the first to comment

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 Be the first to comment

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 by Blue Ridge Leader Loudoun County Be the first to comment

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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Sustainable Planet

Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

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When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
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Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

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Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Heritage High School
520 Evergreen Mill Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
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Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014

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In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …

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Editorial

Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014

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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …

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Lifestyle

Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014

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Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014

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At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger

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By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Sports

Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014

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Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Letters

Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014

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Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …

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Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …

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