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High Water Rates a “Mandate?”

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on High Water Rates a “Mandate?”

Absolutely Not
By Ryan J. Cool

According to Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro: “When I was elected to the Town Council [in 2004] our certification for water was about 540,000 gallons a day. We peak in the summer now over 700,000 depending on the circumstances. We have the investments we have made not only for today but for the future. We have just received certification from DEQ [Department of Environmental Quality] for over 1,000,060. We had to upgrade our sewer plant to meet the mandate of the Chesapeake Bay Act, and while I understand your concern all of us up here are rate payers. None of us gets a discount. Decisions made in the 90’s in terms of development in the community have made a real squeeze on the amount of water we need and we have to meet that challenge.” … Continue Reading

Candidate Endorsements

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Candidate Endorsements

Voting Day is Tuesday, November 8, Polls open 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Burton for Blue Ridge Supervisor … Unbought and Unbossed

A member of our editorial board suggested that Jim Burton be described as “Unbought and Unbossed.” As descriptive as that is of Burton’s remarkable career, even that does not begin to describe the man or his accomplishments. A better word and a more simple one, would be Integrity. … Continue Reading

Special Opinion From an 18-Year-Old – VOTE

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Special Opinion From an 18-Year-Old – VOTE

By Samuel Moore-Sobel

This year Election Day is on November 8. Candidates are campaigning for positions such as School Board Representative, Board of Supervisors, and even State Senator. These positions are all critical to the future of our community, and these candidates, if elected, will make decisions that will directly impact our lives.

The sad fact is that many people will not vote. Traditionally, local elections’ turnout is very low compared to those for President and United States Congress.

While voting in national elections should absolutely be encouraged, citizens should vote in local elections, too, as local politicians, arguably, have more of an immediate impact on our lives. … Continue Reading

Fair Funding and Smart Fixes for Transportation in Northern Virginia

November 2, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Fair Funding and Smart Fixes for Transportation in Northern Virginia

Where do your candidates for Senator, Delegate, and Supervisor Stand?

Whether you vote Republican, Democratic or Independent, you will agree that we need elected officials from Northern Virginia who will fight for fair funding and smart fixes to our transportation challenges. We are very concerned that VDOT leadership is not investing enough in Northern Virginia, and, when they do, they aren’t setting the right investment priorities. … Continue Reading

7 Million Wasted Bucks: Clarke Can’t Escape Her Role in Woodgrove High School Debacle

October 7, 2011 Editorial, Opinion 5 comments

In her September 8, 2011 campaign e-newsletter, Janet Clarke attempts to take credit for helping to resolve overcrowding in western Loudoun’s High Schools. Ms. Clarke’s statements are a misrepresentation of the facts. She also mischaracterizes Supervisor Jim Burton’s very supportive role in getting the high school built. The public record reveals what truly transpired and reveals how Ms. Clarke actually supported the use of taxpayer money to prevent the construction of the new Woodgrove High School.

On October 30, 2000, Chairman York informed the Chairman of the School Board by letter that the County had settled on the purchase of Fields Farm. “The Board of Supervisors purchased the property with the understanding that sufficient acreage would be provided for a high school and an elementary school.” The letter went on to state that the remaining acreage would be used for ball fields. The School Superintendent’s proposed FY03-FY08 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) called for opening HS-3 (Woodgrove) in the fall of 2007 on Fields Farm. … Continue Reading

Farm Bureau Right on the Money

October 7, 2011 Editorial, Opinion 2 comments

By Kelli Grim

A recent front page article in the Virgina Farm Bureau News highlighted the plight of Crooked Run Orchard and Sam and Uta Brown. The focus was the recent eminent domain condemnation of the Brown’s farm by the Town of Purcellville.

According to the Loudoun representative for the Farm Bureau, the organization was contacted by Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro about what the Mayor saw as inaccuracies in the article – inaccuracies regarding how close the Southern Collector Road would actually come to the Brown farm house, whether or not the farm was “surrounded on three sides by development,” and other issues. The Farm Bureau was, in fact very accurate in its presentation of each of the issues disputed by the Mayor. But, the larger issue seems to be that the Mayor takes issue with the fact that the Farm Bureau is calling out the Town of Purcellville and citing the Crooked Run Orchard case as a clear example of significant eminent domain abuse. … Continue Reading

From the Editor: Janet Clarke, (R)

September 1, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on From the Editor: Janet Clarke, (R)

Neither Janet Clarke nor her Campaign Manager responded to numerous requests for an interview with the Blue Ridge Leader. However, Ms. Clarke does have a two-year record while serving on the Purcellville Town Council (she was appointed to fill Bob Lazaro’s unfinished Town Council term after he was elected Mayor in 2006). And, Ms. Clarke’s election platform, as detailed on her website, http://clarkeforloudoun.com, promotes her candidacy in a manner which the Blue Ridge Leader believes is in stark contrast to her very public record while on Town Council.

How Janet Clarke’s Record on the Purcellville Town Council Informs Voters About Her Candidacy for the Board of Supervisors Blue Ridge District … Continue Reading

“Mr. Lazaro, Tear Down This Wall!”

August 4, 2011 Editorial, Opinion 6 comments

When President Ronald Reagan uttered his famous words at the Berlin Wall in 1987 asking Chairman Gorbachev of the Soviet Union to “Tear down this wall,” he was responding to the despicable cold war symbol of oppression.

Well, we have our own “Berlin Wall” right here in Purcellville. As these photos show, the Mayor and the Purcellville Town Council have decided to erect a “Berlin” wall around the land they annexed by “quick take” for the Southern Collector Road.

Just look at these pictures of the hundreds of feet of the fence the Town put up and how it prevents the Browns from freely operating their 250 year old working farm.

The fence goes right across the road Sam uses to access the remainder of his property. This stops Sam from farming and harvesting his crops on the southern forty four acres and conducting the annual hayrides that thousands of children have loved over the years. … Continue Reading

Opinion – Retail Leakage?

July 1, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Opinion – Retail Leakage?

By Kelli Grim

In February 2006, at the height of the Real Estate boom, the Town of Purcellville paid for a study to be done by Arnett, Muldrow & Associates regarding “leakage”. They determined the meaning of leakage was when a Purcellville resident needs to buy something, they would travel to Leesburg (in Loudoun County) and spend their money there. Muldrow said this equates to tax revenue “leaking” from Purcellville.

Other experts also define retail “leakage” to be when money spent inside a community is transferred outside the community. For example, most big box and chain/franchise stores have high leakage rates due to the transferring of sales revenue to a corporate headquarters. Statistics show that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, approximately $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the community tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community. Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, plus the success of locally owned independent businesses provide real-life inspiration to our young people. … Continue Reading

Purcellville’s Endangered Species List

June 9, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Purcellville’s Endangered Species List

By Kelli Grim

Agriculture, farmers, and senior citizens are now on the new Purcellville endangered species list. If you are a long time resident, a farmer, and a senior citizen than you may be eligible to be put on Purcellville’s endangered species list, too. Sam and Uta Brown, owners of Crooked Run Orchard, a 250 year old historic, working pick-your-own farm are now facing major hardships, and tens of thousands of dollars in expenses to defend their home, and their business just to continue to exist in the Town of Purcellville.

On November 30, 2010 the Town made an offer to purchase approximately 7+ acres of the Brown’s 16 acre parcel currently owned jointly by Sam and Tim Brown for the construction of the Southern Collector Road. Neither of the Brown brothers accepted the town’s offer to purchase this portion of the property for only $432, 024. … Continue Reading

Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Property “Ownership” a Fantasy in the State of Virginia

By Kelli Grim
(The following information was gleaned from an extensive study of eminent domain in Virginia written by Jeremy P. Hopkins, Esq. , and published by the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.)

The right to own property protects the individual by dividing power between the people and the government, and between the people themselves. The right to own, use and dispose of property gives the individual true security and independence. It is the bedrock of our constitution and all laws and freedoms are dependent upon it. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Economic dependence begets subservience and venality,” while economic independence begets freedom, liberty and industriousness. It is no wonder that tyrannical governments make common property a method by which to control people. If everyone owns something, no one owns it, and the government is, of course, the default owner of everything. … Continue Reading

Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

June 5, 2011 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Opinion – Is Janet Clarke the Right Choice?

Janet Clarke is on the fast track to being nominated as the Republican candidate to run for the Blue Ridge Supervisor spot this November. She is currently unopposed on the Republican side. But, is she the best challenger to represent the party of “fiscal responsibility?”

Clarke was handpicked by Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro to replace him on the Town Council when Lazaro was elected Mayor in 2006. Serving on the Council from 2006 to 2008, Clarke voted with the Mayor’s majority voting block on every major issue.

  • While on Council Clarke voted for numerous lawsuits to sue the County of Loudoun to stop the building of Woodgrove High School which had been in Purcellville’s Comprehensive Plan since 1995. All lawsuits failed. And, Clarke was part of the group the Mayor put into action to give an ultimatum to the County: give Purcellville just under $6 million (for unspecified transportation needs unrelated to the school) or the town will continue to “sue and appeal” all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court – delaying the building of the High School another year or more. In the interest of area students – many of whom were being taught in trailers due to severe overcrowding – the County gave in. … Continue Reading

Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording

April 27, 2011 Editorial, Opinion, Uncategorized Comments Off on Tinkering … Rearranging … Rewording

Editorial

By Kelli Grim

The Town spends a great deal of time tinkering, rearranging and rewording all the ordinances, every regulation, zoning law, building height and setback, façade, window pane, sidewalk width and site plan – all of the nitpicking details that are supposed to make the town run smoothly, create an atmosphere of consistency and purpose, and lend some sort of harmony and vision to the Town.

It’s a great deal of time wasted. Despite all the reams of paper, the numerous drafts, the meetings and discussions, the town routinely and capriciously overturns or completely ignores its own regulations. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

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 …

Famous Estate Blunders and How To Avoid Them

These celebrities’ tales are a strong reminder to review your estate plan before it’s too late. There’s a calm comfort that comes with estate planning: a sense that your family will be taken care of after you pass away (hopefully …

Fidget Gear, Good or Bad?

What do you think about the new fidget cubes and fidget spinners, and do they really help kids with ADHD? They’re making their way around our neighborhood, but I couldn’t find any good studies out there on either of the …

A Community Together: The Ten-Year Remembrance of 4/16/2007

Time moves forward, whether we are ready to move on or not. It’s been ten years since the massacre that shocked America. I’m talking about the event that started a standard of condolences from the president, tears and prayers from …

Soul Lost in Translation

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good,” Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) tells us in the 1987 movie Wall Street. The newly released book, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: North Fork Road

It’s difficult to be in a hurry when all the surrounding geography seems to encourage thoughtful, relaxing contemplation – maybe even a meditative cat nap thrown in for good measure; now – turn your TV off and take the music …

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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CA$H Bingo

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
April 3, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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April 4, 2017

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April 7, 2017

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First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery
April 8, 2017

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Cherry Blossom Celebration

Cherry Blossom Celebration

Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Come Paint with Us! Cherry Blossom

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Meet the Artist - Robert Merhaut

Healing Service

Healing Service

North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting

North Gate Vineyard presents a Vertical Tasting
April 9, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

SPRING AWAKENS: DECORATED EGG AUCTION

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
April 10, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

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April 12, 2017

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April 14, 2017

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CA$H Bingo

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
April 15, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Easter at the Park

Easter at the Park

Easter Extravaganza

Easter Extravaganza
April 16, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Easter Sunrise Service

Easter Sunrise Service
April 17, 2017

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”Homage to Mother Earth”
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April 19, 2017

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April 20, 2017

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Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras

Jules & The Hammer Band with Teddy Chipouras
April 22, 2017

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”Homage to Mother Earth”

20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

20th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Re-Opening

Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard

Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders

Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders
April 23, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Franklin Park Big Band is Coming to Franklin Park Arts Center

Jammin' at James

Jammin' at James
April 24, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”
April 25, 2017

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April Fourth Friday

April Fourth Friday

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2017 Virginia Touch-A-Truck

2017 Virginia Touch-A-Truck

Live Music: Dear Creek

Live Music: Dear Creek

Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale

Music With a Cause - The Loudoun Chorale
April 30, 2017

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Lifestyle

Welcome Home to this Colonial in Lovettsville

6 Apr 2017

By Hannah Hager All of us seek to put down roots in ?a pleasant, safe and prosperous area, and you’ll find as much within this home in the Dutchman’s Creek neighborhood in Lovettsville. Today, Lovettsville has all the trappings of an all-American hometown – a pizzeria downtown, excellent schools and busy streets that settle into quiet nights. Its claim to …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful

5 Apr 2017

Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.  Contact Lovettsville area leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to coordinate pick-up  locations:  laura.long.lieberman@gmail.com.

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Take Me To the Garden Show

5 Apr 2017

The 27th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival comes to town Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The award-winning event, estimated to attract 40,000 visitors over the two days, gets better and better every year. And, that’s not just the vendors and organizers talking; that’s the truth, …

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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

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 …

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 …

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

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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McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

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Sports

Woodgrove Training for Spring Track

9 Apr 2017

Woodgrove students get ready for the upcoming Spring track season. Photos courtesy of Robert Nelson

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Summer Camp Launched

6 Apr 2017

Western Loudoun Volleyball Club will be hosting its first ever summer camp June 26-29 at Foxcroft School in Middleburg.  The coed, four-day camp will run from 9-5 each day and feature advanced skills training, game strategy and mental approaches to the game.  The program will be managed by WLVBC’s Technical …

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