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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

Comstock Supports School Choice

November 2, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Comstock Supports School Choice

As a mother, I support school choice. I believe in unique educational opportunities for all children. No two children are the same, so they shouldn’t be forced into a one-size-fits-all education box. Parents should be given the opportunity to craft an approach to education that works for their child. For some, that may mean public schools with a specialized after school program. For others, that might mean a charter or parochial school. For other still, that might mean homeschooling. … Continue Reading

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

October 20, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space easement as a condition of the approval for construction of the development), be on notice that those quiet natural or agricultural areas may cease to be so after a vote of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors this Thursday, October 20.

The Board will be voting again on permitting 18 new uses for these properties in open, adding noise, traffic, strains on water and septic systems, and activities inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the terms of many of the easements themselves. No outreach to affected property owners has been made. There are 290 such easements in 2,750 parcels covering 22,500 acres in Loudoun. Of these parcels, 694 are owned by homeowners’ associations and 2,056 are owned privately. Many residents will be affected. … Continue Reading

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All

October 6, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All

In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful small business, LuAnn Bennett knows what is needed to improve northern Virginia’s economy and create good jobs.
Her family owned real estate and construction company has helped create job opportunities for more than 1,000 workers and generated millions of dollars in economic development throughout the local region. Her company has also been on the cutting edge of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable development projects. … Continue Reading

Kirkpatrick West Decision Could Prove Costly

October 6, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Kirkpatrick West Decision Could Prove Costly

Thursday’s [September 22] 5-3-1 vote by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Kirkpatrick West Commercial Center had larger implications on whether the Board intends to retain its ability to hold developers accountable for the increase in intensity of their projects as development expands both west and south. … Continue Reading

Thank You for Your Generosity

October 5, 2016 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Thank You for Your Generosity

Music, laughter, and dancing were the theme of the day at the LoudounLIVE Music Festival on September 10, hosted by the United Way of the National Capital Area. At the heart of the event was hope for the people of Loudoun whose lives will be positively affected because of the UWNCA’s generous contributions. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

STEM Turns To STEAM

– By Mary Rose Lunde Virginia Tech is a renowned STEM school, and is known for its engineering school and strong research presence. As such, compared to other schools, Virginia Tech does not include a lot of non-STEM students. It …

Giving Voice To The Voiceless

– By Samuel Moore-Sobel “It’s to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Wendy Melcher, coordinator at McLean Bible Church’s Loudoun Campus, tells me when I ask the source of her motivation. “It’s to see them smile.” I first met …

Seeking Child Advice

– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our daughter, who is a sophomore in high school, is furious with us for not allowing her go to beach week this year with her boyfriend who is graduating from high school in …

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Choosing a Fiduciary

The choice of an executor or trustee is very important and will likely have long range consequences. Family wounds can linger for years from a mistake or unwise conduct of the person in charge of the estate or trust. An …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: The Stone House

At Harper Park – By Tim Jon No – they don’t serve fresh oysters here, there are no wi-fi hook-ups, and there is no Happy Hour; from what I hear, though – this little place used to jump and swing …

Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

“Earthrise”, photo taken from Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. By Tony Noerpel On March 2, 2017, the appearance of Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont caused a small riot [1]. The media blamed …

Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

In a new paper Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen [1], present a high order abstraction of the Earth System, E, in the form This is fine as an abstraction and shows the subsystems which impact the Earth System. The authors …

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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May 1, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 2, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Equality Loudoun [re]Launch

Equality Loudoun [re]Launch
May 3, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 4, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 5, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

TGIF@NG

TGIF@NG

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 6, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 7, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”
May 8, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 9, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 10, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 11, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 12, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 13, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Dog Day

Dog Day

Healing Service

Healing Service

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 14, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 15, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 16, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 17, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 18, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 19, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Fourth Friday

Fourth Friday

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 20, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 21, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv
May 22, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 23, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 24, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova
May 25, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale
May 26, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 27, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 28, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
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
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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Begins Monday, May 22

21 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest has begun, 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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Weber Joins BCT in Loudoun

21 May 2017

BCT, Bank of Charles Town, of Middleburg is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Weber, founder and former publisher of the Purcellville Gazette, as their newest Mortgage Loan Originator. “We are pleased that Ben is now part of our growing family, his insight into the growing real estate market and marketing skills will be a great benefit to our …

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Animal Shelter Hosts Homeward Bound Adoption Event on May 20

19 May 2017

Loudoun County Animal Services will host its second annual “Homeward Bound” free pet adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 20 at the Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Adoption fees will be waived on all adoptable cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, small pets and reptiles. While supplies last, adopters will receive a goody bag for …

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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

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 …

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 …

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

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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Rep. Comstock Returns from Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after returning from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon: “As believers around the world observed Holy Week, I appreciated the opportunity to visit and hear from those who serve our fellow man – our military men and women …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Growth in Solar Industry-Related Jobs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth. The Commonwealth is ranked …

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Sports

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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Cannons in the Batter’s Box for Second Season

3 May 2017

– By Andrea Gaines This year marks the Purcellville Cannons’ 2nd season in Purcellville. Baseball fans, rejoice. “If I could identify one thing that I hope to accomplish this year,” said General Manager Ridge Fuller, “it would be to sustain the level of community support we got in 2016. To …

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