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LaRock Announces VDEM Disaster Grants To Purcellville and LCPS

On May 23, Delegate Dave LaRock met with Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser to congratulate Purcellville on being awarded nearly $95,000 in Virginia Department of Emergency Management disaster grant funds for damages sustained during Winter Storm Jonas. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s Memorial Day Observance

The Town of Leesburg will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 29, on the lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse in downtown Leesburg, beginning at 10 a.m. Veterans, active duty military, their families and members of the public are invited to join in this tribute, which will feature patriotic music and a traditional rifle salute. … Continue Reading

Round Hill Hometown Festival To Be Held May 27

May 21, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Round Hill Hometown Festival To Be Held May 27

The Town of Round Hill is gearing up for its 15th Annual Hometown Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, May 27. From the 5k, parade and memorial ceremony in the morning to the afternoon’s pie-eating contest, downhill derby, and stage entertainment, all the way through to the evening community feast and free concert in the park, the day will be filled with family fun. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Announces Line-Up for Fourth Music and Arts Festival

May 10, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Announces Line-Up for Fourth Music and Arts Festival

The fourth Annual Purcellville Music & Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fireman’s Field, 250 South Nursery Ave. This free, family-oriented event features live music, an art exhibit, children’s activities, a live animal show, workshops, and arts and crafts, as well as local food, beer, and wine. … Continue Reading

Sponsor a Painted Bench or Planter

May 3, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Sponsor a Painted Bench or Planter

Discover Purcellville is proud to announce that the 3rd community art project “Painted Benches & Planters Around Purcellville” is under way. Fifty local Artist have volunteered their creative talents to paint 30 custom made wood benches and 20 planters. Starting in late May each Painted Bench & Planter will be placed at their sponsoring business around Purcellville to be enjoyed by the public. Fifty pieces of local art are going to make a huge artistic impact around Purcellville this summer according to Michael Oaks, Vice President of Discover Purcellville. “Last year we had the “Painted Barrels around Purcellville” and the “Painted Holiday Decorations Downtown which were both tremendously popular,” said Oaks.

To sponsor a bench or planter, contact Michael Oaks or Kim Patterson at 540-751-0707.

Honoring Sadie’s Endless Smile

May 3, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Honoring Sadie’s Endless Smile

By Andrea Gaines
“I remember meeting a 63-year-old man who had just had the surgery,” said Sara Ablard. “He had been held back by his cleft palette all of his life. He never knew that it could be fixed.”

This man’s story is now part of the legacy of five-year-old Sadie Grace Ablard, Sara’s daughter, who, as her mom writes, “joined her angel friends in heaven” on August 9, 201l, after sustaining a head injury at the Purcellville Roller Rink. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Debuts New Bike Trail Network

April 19, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Debuts New Bike Trail Network

Town officials will unveil new trail signage on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Fox Ridge Park.

Thanks to a joint effort between Bike Loudoun and the Town of Leesburg, bicyclists can now enjoy a network of designated bike trails around Leesburg, connecting to the W&OD Trail. … Continue Reading

Incident at Loudoun Valley Community Center – All Clear

March 31, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Incident at Loudoun Valley Community Center – All Clear

Purcellville Police were called to the Loudoun Valley Community Center for two suspicious people who had left the property. The two people a male and female in their early to mid-50’s had walked into the child care area of the community center. The female was saying odd things and appeared to be in a mental crisis. The staff escorted the people off of the property.

There was no danger to any of the children and the people left without incident. As a precaution the community center contacted nearby schools to make them aware. Police checked the area butthe couple were not located.

If you see any suspicious activity, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Number at 703-777-1021 who will dispatch a Purcellville Police Officer to your location. For emergency situations, please call 911.

Loudoun Valley Student Injured In Fall From Water Tower (Updated)

March 30, 2017 News, Our Towns, Public Safety Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Student Injured In Fall From Water Tower (Updated)

Update 3/31/17 – The student who fell from the Purcellville water tower March 30 is fine physically

Update 10:50 a.m. – According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, at 8:38 a.m. a student from Loudoun Valley High School entered the Purcellville water tower property by climbing a secured fence. School security and a school resource officer had become aware of the incident while it was taking place.

LCSO states that the student then scaled the water tower, and fell from approximately 20 ft. onto a grassy area. The student was airlifted from Hamilton to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment. The extent of the student’s injuries is unclear at this time.

Residents can expect a police presence in the area while the investigation continues.

9:30 a.m. – Emergency rescue personnel have been called to the Purcellville water tower in response to an incident involving a Loudoun Valley High School student.

This is a developing story, and will be updated as details become available.

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Purcellville To Offer Car Magnets

March 25, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville To Offer Car Magnets

The Town of Purcellville, through an initiative of the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), is excited to announce the release of new stickers and car magnets representing the “brand” of Purcellville. In keeping with the common practice of abbreviating a name, the new brand is bold and simple: PVL. Along with the abbreviation, the new brand includes a marketing tagline: “Loudoun’s Rural Destination.” This brand was voted on by the public through Facebook and Polco, the Town’s online polling portal. … Continue Reading

Keep Leesburg Beautiful Campaign Begins April 1

March 22, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Keep Leesburg Beautiful Campaign Begins April 1

The Town of Leesburg’s 13th annual “Keep Leesburg Beautiful” community clean-up and beautification campaign will begin on April 1and will run the entire month of April.
 
Keep Leesburg Beautiful is an opportunity for all Leesburg residents to get involved in helping clean up the Town’s streets, alleyways and streams,” said Mayor Kelly Burk. “I invite everyone to join us, the Leesburg Town Council, in picking up trash around town.   Come down to Town Hall for free orange vests, gloves and bags, join with your family, a church group, a civic group, or by yourself to pick up trash and help keep Leesburg beautiful.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Named Tree City USA

March 22, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Named Tree City USA

The Town of Purcellville has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  This is Purcellville’s 10th year achieving this national recognition.
 
Mayor Fraser stated, “The Town of Purcellville takes great pride in this distinction as it confirms our commitment to the environment and the value of having a green and healthy community.” … Continue Reading

Purcellville Seeks Win-Win Options for Fireman’s Field

March 8, 2017 News, Our Towns Comments Off on Purcellville Seeks Win-Win Options for Fireman’s Field

“Looking at options here, we can stay status quo and just get nothing for the property, or we can think outside the box.” – Council Member Ryan Cool

Fireman’s Field is 15.84 acres and is located at 20th Street and Nursery Avenue. It is made up of Haske Field, Fireman’s Field, Dillons Woods (where special events are held) and the Bush Tabernacle. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Public Input June 6, 2017

Public input June 6, 2017 “We must, incidentally, make it clear from the beginning that if a thing is not science, it is not necessarily bad. For example, love is not a science. So, if something is said not to …

Anatomy of a Sunflower

By Andrea Gaines Nothing is as simple and summery as that big yellow ray of light known as the sunflower. These not-so-bashful beauties enter the world from seeds we’ve sown intentionally, or from seeds tossed out as happy, uneaten castaways …

Parental Help Needed

Dr. Mike, My husband and I are planning to hold our son back to repeat eighth grade. He plays on a travel sports team, and the extra year would give him an advantage for high school. My sister did it …

Misconceptions about 529 Plans

Just like the kids you’re saving college funds for, 529 plans are often misunderstood. Read on to learn 529 plans are more flexible than you may think. They can be set up by anyone, for anyone, and used for a …

Transforming Scars – Engendering Hope

By Samuel Moore-Sobel The woman’s voice on the other end of the line is warm and inviting, speaking softly in crisp tones, with great excitement, and at a hurried pace. Her words are eloquent and profound. Furiously I type, trying …

Addicted

By Mary Rose Lunde When most people think of addictions, they choose the more well-known types, such as alcohol or drugs. But there are other addictions that people don’t always want to talk about. These can include: screen time, video …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Cooksville Road

By Tim Jon You see – there’s this bell: A church bell, suspended inside a little white tower atop the old Mount Olive Baptist church building – that you can see for just a few split-seconds as you make your …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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

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

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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June 2017
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May 29, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 30, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 31, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA

OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA
June 5, 2017 June 6, 2017 June 7, 2017

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus

Beale Street Puppets: Teddy Bear Circus
June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 10, 2017

20th Annual Cajun Festival

20th Annual Cajun Festival

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Dear Creek Live at North Gate Vineyard

Healing Service

Healing Service
June 11, 2017

Come Paint with Us

Come Paint with Us
June 12, 2017 June 13, 2017 June 14, 2017 June 15, 2017 June 16, 2017 June 17, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard

Pete Lapp Live at north Gate Vineyard
June 18, 2017
June 19, 2017 June 20, 2017 June 21, 2017 June 22, 2017 June 23, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo
June 24, 2017

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

Acoustic Soul Live at north Gate Vineyard

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You

THE PICKWICK PLAYERS: You Can’t Take It With You
June 25, 2017
June 26, 2017 June 27, 2017 June 28, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 29, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
June 30, 2017

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

MAIN STREET THEATER PRODUCTIONS: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
July 1, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Willie White Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
July 2, 2017

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard

Quentin Walston Live at North Gate Vineyard
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Lifestyle

Music with a Cause June Concert: Bud’s Collective

31 May 2017

The Music with a Cause Concert celebrates the culmination of its first year with a concert to be held at Otium Cellars at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Bud’s Collective is a powerful trio of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. The evening will also feature an auction of a piece from David Norton Pottery. Norton is an …

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Has Begun

31 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest, which began May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Loudoun Art Advisory Committee – Call for Artists

31 May 2017

All Loudoun County artists are invited to submit original photographs for the 2017 Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee show “Loudoun’s Evolving Landscape: At-Risk Art Project.” The photographs, which may be in color or black and white, will be exhibited in Gallery One on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg, from September …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

– 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

– 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 …

Dear Editor

A Winner of a Budget

On May 23, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and the Purcellville Town Council voted to finalize the FY18 budget on behalf of our taxpayers. As an elected government, this is the greatest responsibility that we have. We also have the unlimited ability …

Supports Walbridge

I am proud to endorse and express my full support for Tia Walbridge to represent the 33rd District in Richmond.  As a current Town Council member in Purcellville, I understand the concerns of Purcellville and western Loudoun citizens and I …

View From the Ridge

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

Around Virginia

Tuesday, June 13 – Primary Elections Voting Information

A Primary Election for both parties is scheduled on June 13. Voters will choose a candidate for the Republican Party for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. For the Democratic Party voters will choose a candidate for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and House of Delegates for the 33 …

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Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions

By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Schools are letting out for summer break and many families are celebrating graduations and making plans for college. Few would disagree with the importance of quality affordable education. While it may not be prominent in the conversations, our state and local governments play key roles …

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Transportation: Problem Solving and Promises Kept

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, …

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Sports

Purcellville Cannons: Talent, Talent and More Talent

31 May 2017

By Andrea Gaines Cannons home opener vs. the Winchester Royals at Fireman’s Field, Friday, June 3. At their 2017 home opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers absolutely trounced the San Diego Padres. Said one sports commentator: “Their opening-day bats were so special … it was easy to forget the Dodgers also …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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