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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

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

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 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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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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Ask Dr. Mike

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


Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


Kipyn Martin Live at North Gate VIneyard

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The Essential Elvis Tribute Show


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The Capitol Steps


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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event


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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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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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