Home » Dear Editor » Recent Articles:

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 to tax. Thankfully, our Mayor and Council have shown great restraint and responsibility when exercising that power.

At the beginning of this process I challenged each of us to be bold.  The status quo has not worked. A few highlights from this budget for our citizens:

No tax rate increase
No increases in water or sewer (14 percent was proposed)
No negative impact to Town-provided services 
All staff receive 3 percent pay increase 
… Continue Reading

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 believe Ms. Walbridge fully understands those issues and will work tirelessly to support our region. … Continue Reading

Move Forward with Taintor

On June 13, the people of the 33rd District will have an opportunity to select a forward-thinking, problem-solving, issue-focused candidate who will work tirelessly in Richmond on our behalf.   This is an important choice as so much is at stake.  We cannot afford to continue with the extremist agenda set forth by Mr. LaRock when there is crucial work that needs to be done.  With that in mind, I feel that there is no better candidate to best represent the people of the 33rd than Mavis Taintor.  Mavis’ resume is impressive! From her time as a Head Start teacher where she saw the importance of early learning programs in impoverished rural areas…to her work in the banking industry where she rose to an upper level management position during a time when there were no such opportunities for women… to her time as the co-founder of an asset management company where she grew a business from scratch, employed dozens, and then sold the business with $4 billion in assets under management…to her time on her family’s horse farm in Waterford where she’s spent the last 10 years…Mavis brings a full life’s experience to the table.  This will be a tremendous benefit to the people of the 33rd.  Mavis is skilled at negotiations which will be critical as she works across the aisle to maximize positive results and is a proven leader who has never backed down from a challenge.   Mavis also has a personal understanding of the challenges of families who are dealing with loved ones who struggle with addiction.  She will use that passion to bring forth much needed change in Richmond as she will be a leader who will fight for all people in the 33rd and across the Commonwealth.

I have grown weary of my representative working to divide rather than working to make positive changes for people and families in the 33rd District.   We need to move Virginia forward and we can do just that with Mavis Taintor.
Kristine Condie
Lovettsville

Loudoun Needs More than a Plan

I am concerned for the future of Loudoun, a future that may already be lost if major factors that now determine the path of the County are not managed. Loudoun is already looking like any sprawling landscape in any part of the country. Loudoun needs more than a plan, it needs a vision.

The word “vision” is defined as “the act or power of seeing” – in planning terms, defining what you want your future landscape to look like. … Continue Reading

Saving Western Loudoun County

The following three major changes need to be made during the on-going work on the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan in order to “save Western Loudoun County”:

  1. Delete Agricultural Residential District 1 (AR-1) and combine it with Agricultural Residential District 2 (AR-2), i.e., all of Western Loudoun County would come under the requirements for AR-2. Why should there be two separate districts, one allowing more houses than the other?
  2. Delete all references to “clustering.” The idea of clustering new houses was originally conceived (naively) as a means of conserving “open space.” It has turned out to be a very bad idea. Why should a developer be allowed to build four times as many houses if he is allowed to spread them out (cluster them?) anywhere he wishes? A cluster was never defined; neither was “open space” adequately defined.
  3. Delete “Minor Special Exceptions.” Why should some land owner wanting to convert his property into an “events center” not have to go through a normal Special Exception process? The new Comprehensive Plan needs to strengthen the requirements/limitations of what an events center is before they engulf Western Loudoun County.

Realistically, does Loudoun County have the intestinal fortitude to do any of the above?

Henry Plaster
Bluemont

Letters for May Issue

May 3, 2017 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Letters for May Issue

Council Moving Forward with People’s Values

After two years serving with Mayor Kwasi Fraser in a minority position on the Purcellville Town Council, voters went to the polls in May 2016 to express their desire for continued change and allow us a platform to create meaningful change.

More importantly, voters said it was time for new council dynamics. The public had witnessed a hostile council that for two years attempted to marginalize new ideas, usurp the Mayor’s authority, and took every opportunity to disparage us in the public sphere. The promise of delivering a positive way of doing business and reasonably handling the challenges that face the town prevailed with the 2016 election.

This Council has been told by some that it needs to “move beyond the fruitless effort to lay blame” toward previous Councils. It is necessary to acknowledge that we are limited by the enormous debt incurred by previous councils because we have to explain to the public why we can’t build them sidewalks, bike paths or parks, or improve road intersections they request. When a resident or business complains about their high water/sewer rates it is important to give background as to why they are charged those amounts.

The public has been clear to us about their values. They voted in those they felt would be more creative and find simpler solutions to our complex problems. The overwhelming majority of people in Purcellville are open to strategies and creativity in an effort to lower our tax burden and utility rates, as well as keeping our Town unique and full of character.

On April 11 and 18, what the Council did new was give the Town Manager his annual review as required in his employment agreement. During his decades long career, all seven members of a council have never completed his review at once, until this year. What should have been a routine process became perverted by innuendo and reckless rumors.

This Council has challenged the status quo and engaged in constructive confrontation. We are determined to impose the people’s values with fundamental and strategic resolutions. Simply put, we will continue to repair the damage caused by a bad values agenda. This Council has devoted time and energy in pushing forward the people’s values and I feel confident in the direction Purcellville is headed.

Karen Jimmerson
Purcellville Vice-Mayor

Cluster Development: The Worst of the Worst

Under the Revised Zoning Ordinance, residential lots can be as small as about one acre if they are “clustered.” Regular zoning in AR-1 districts limits developers to 20 acres per house; but by using the cluster option, developers are able to build new houses with only five acres per house. This has turned into a disaster.

The cluster option came from a meritorious idea: Re-create little groupings of houses surrounded a good bit of open space (think Philomont, Bloomfield or Morrisonville), and the rural experience is protected. The idea failed. Clusters, are poison to country life.

The first problem is obvious: cluster zoning enables developers to quadruple density; with an unholy effect on our pocketbooks and our quality of life.

The second problem is execution. Developers pour over the zoning regulations, looking for loopholes to slide their project through with the least hassle. Developers work hard and spread around a lot of money to get their way.  A classic example was the Short Hill Mountain imbroglio, where AT&T tried to define a data center as a “utility substation.” Housing developers work hard to find loopholes, inconsistencies and ambiguities, as well – to justify dense development. They love clusters.

While the RZO does say that clusters should not look like typical subdivision streets, developers have been allowed to build long rows of cookie-cutter houses – like any generic subdivision – and call it a “cluster.”

Our RZO is woefully deficient. Here are a few examples of requirements that would help:

Permit no more than three houses in a row before there is a side street; long enough to accommodate two houses. Side streets should be mandatory – they create a true cluster. 

The zoning ordinance should use drawings to illustrate cluster requirements.

Large properties can have multiple clusters, but each should have a maximum of 20 houses with at least 700 feet between clusters.

The road into the subdivision should not be paved unless it intersects an already-paved road, to better fit into the environment.

There should be significant setbacks for the first houses, perhaps 700 feet.

Finally, any new development should blend into rural Loudoun, not assault it aesthetically. Apply effective design standards; like those required in nearby historic districts.

Charles Houston
Paeonian Springs

Is The Loudoun County Planning Department Listening?

The Northern Virginia development industry is conducting a well-funded effort to justify a new onslaught of development in Loudoun County that citizens don’t want and the county can’t afford, as the county revises its Comprehensive Plan. This campaign appears to be warmly welcomed by Loudoun County’s Planning Department.

Industry members have sponsored and promoted spurious “surveys” and “research” in the past few years that first say how wonderful it is to live in Loudoun and how happy everyone is (as a campaign to create “demand”), and then produced an “analysis” that says there is a huge demand for new housing.

It is a much more sophisticated approach than the one citizens experienced during the 2004-07 Board of Supervisors, with Supervisor Steve Snow telling citizens to move to Canada if they didn’t like the Board’s votes to approve thousands more houses, as massive numbers of citizens protested against the onslaught of overdevelopment. (Snow and other supervisors were later investigated by the FBI, and were voted out at the next election.)

Here are some of the recent “surveys” and “studies.”

A 2012 survey of “Best Counties in America,” which also put Loudoun at the top, was a “survey” that rated such few things as “new housing starts” as the definition of “best.” The survey was produced and promoted by a real estate blog.

The SmartAsset.com website, which promotes the interests of housing developers, repeatedly has “ranked” Loudoun as happiest county for about three years—based on a slender and selective list of criteria (it’s primarily an assessment of wealth; it doesn’t include, for example, traffic congestion or citizen concerns about overdevelopment). 

The housing need study that the Planning Department has embraced was produced by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, which has received more than $10 million from real estate/mortgage executive Dwight Schar (there is even an endowed chair named after him). Schar’s company, NVR Inc., is the parent company of Ryan Homes. The parent and its child have massive interests in Loudoun, with at least 14 large housing developments (many near the Transition Area). 

The study’s methodology is deeply flawed. It contains major technical errors and the Planning Department has not validated the inputs, checked the forecast for reasonableness, or examined its implications. It calls for total “build-out” of the Transition Area (which separates the suburban East from the rural West) – as a preliminary move to complete development of Loudoun’s rural area.

Citizens have forcefully expressed their opposition to this scenario. A scientific poll conducted recently by the University of Virginia shows that Loudoun’s citizens consider overdevelopment and traffic congestion their greatest concerns. That also was citizen’s overwhelming message during the Envision Loudoun public input sessions in 2016 and early this year.

If you are one of thousands of citizens who took the time to tell the planning department about Loudoun’s future, you will be dismayed to know how little regard was given to your input. Here’s what happened: The comments were sorted robotically according to keywords (often perversely), and the first 144 characters of each were put into a spreadsheet. The Comprehensive Plan Stakeholders Committee (which has an overwhelming majority of development industry representatives), spent a total of 75 minutes in a perfunctory review of the thousands of partial comments and providing the county’s planners with several-word “ideas” that “captured” them. That’s it.

On May 3, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, which is closely aligned and funded by the development industry, hosted an event promoting the GMU study’s call for tens of thousands more houses in the Transition Area.

If you are concerned about overdevelopment and congestion in Loudoun, and do not want its quality of life and beauty destroyed, it is time to sit up and pay attention.
Martha Polkey
Lucketts

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

February 5, 2017 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains was named for him, and why the rural character of historic Williams Gap Road should be preserved are all significant to our heritage, particularly to those living in Western Loudoun.

In the early 1700s, settlers moving west sought farmland along the old Indian trail roads. In 1731, Robert “King” Carter took out a land patent for his 13-year-old son George. … Continue Reading

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

November 28, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You all seemed genuinely surprised that the 60 some Catesby opponents in attendance at the October hearing would rather have a bed and breakfast, as opposed to a banquet and events venue at Catesby. … Continue Reading

It’s Our Right

November 28, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on It’s Our Right

On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property.

Unfortunately, our limited proposal has been met with an undue and unwarranted level of misinformation and mischaracterization by many opponents, especially those who seek to use this vote to make a broader and more complex point about growth in western Loudoun, rather than focus on the true and just merits of our minor and straightforward request. … Continue Reading

Thank You All for Making the Halloween Block Party a Huge Success

November 13, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You All for Making the Halloween Block Party a Huge Success

Another successful Halloween Block party is now history. We must thank Mother Nature for absolutely perfect weather. Thousands upon thousands ascended on 21st street in Old town Purcellville in costume or to check out the costumes. We awarded over $2000 in cash and trophies to the best costumes in 6 categories. The Judges had some tough decisions to make this year. Let us give a Big Thank you to County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard, Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson, Councilman Ryan Cool and Magnolias owner Shawn Malone. Great job Judges! For the 3rd year now Dave Wright was the MC who conducted all the festivities and also kicked off this year’s Block Party with a performance by Last Ham Standing, the crowd loved them. … Continue Reading

Thank You from The Ladies Board of Inova

November 2, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You from The Ladies Board of Inova

Thank you, Loudoun County and beyond, for making the 78th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale another record-setting success. With over $282,000 in gross sales, we are so grateful for the generosity of spirit and gifts from Loudoun County and throughout the region.

A volunteer described this event at Morven Park Equestrian Center as the “ultimate team effort.” A happy shopper wrote that this was “more fun than a day at Disney!” A single mother who spoke of living on a tight budget said, “I was in heaven in the children’s area. Not only does this help your charity, but it helps folks like me.” So how did we manage to raise this amount to support patient services at Inova Loudoun Hospital and our Nursing Scholarship fund? … Continue Reading

Bennett Will Move Congress Forward

November 2, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Bennett Will Move Congress Forward

Next January, a new President and a new Congress will be sworn into office. Over the last several years, the lack of cooperation between the President and the Congress has led to gridlock, with nothing getting done.

Whoever we elect to represent the 10th Congressional District must be able to help move Congress forward and take the necessary steps to make our government function again. Congress is facing issues, such as repair of the nation’s infrastructure, that are going to require bipartisan cooperation to resolve. What we need is fewer partisan warriors and more collaboration. … Continue Reading

A New Location – But No Notification to the Neighborhood

November 2, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment

It wasn’t until reading the latest issue of Loudoun Now that I found out Marty Dougherty has purchased 64 acres near my home with the intention of building his B Chord Brewery enterprise there. Unfortunately, I did not receive this information until after the hearing held on October 20. As I was not present at this hearing, my question is whether the “people living … near the property” who “have expressed support for his plans to build a farm brewery growing hops or grain on the property for use in the brewery” are aware that, at least as regards to his failed attempt to build his B Chord Brewery in Bluemont, Mr. Dougherty’s business plan also included daytime and nighttime festivals and outdoor concerts. … 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, …

(Be the first to comment)

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. …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

ATTENTION CALENDAR USERS: IT IS NO LONGER NECESSARY TO LOG IN TO POST EVENTS. PLEASE CLICK HERE INSTEAD.

Calendar

June 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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
Current Print Issue:
Sign up for our email newsletter:

Recent Comments

  • jonathan weintraub on Cultivate Innovation-Driven Solutions: Delegate LaRock, Your constituents have grown tired of your unoriginality, your constant cut and paste of terrible, untested "ideas" from...
  • Brenda Davis on Gina’s Pies: The Perfect Crime: Gina makes the best pies! You will not even know her crusts are gluten free - it has taken her...
  • Julia Faber on Gina’s Pies: The Perfect Crime: It's Faber, not Farber! And her pies are amazing, I've had many!
  • Bob Ohneiser on Buzz Words: Public input should focus on the most important issues and not be distracted by creative imagery type titles of areas...
  • MATTHEW GALLELLI on Update on Catoctin Corner: traffic projections? how often will there be jams in the circle? should we contact Lazaro about this?

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(1 comment)

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, …

(1 comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

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 …

(Be the first to comment)

Archives

  • +2017
  • +2016
  • +2015
  • +2014
  • +2013
  • +2012
  • +2011
  • +2010
  • +2009