Hey, kids! Want to win $75, $45, or $25… just for being you?

Calling all kids in Loudoun County – kindergarten through grade 5. Why not enter the Blue Ridge Leader & Loudoun Today’s “Best Gift Ever!” contest? Best Gift Ever asks a simple question.  “What was the best ever gift you ever received, or gave?” The gift can be birthday-related, or holiday-related, or whatever.  That’s up to…

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Fate of land at entrance to Purcellville under discussion – Thinking outside the box

Chuck Kuhn and Hobie Mitchell present on Warner Brook project

By Valerie Curry The Purcellville Town Council held a joint meeting Oct. 6 with Purcellville’s Economic Development Advisory Committee to listen to a presentation by Chuck Kuhn of JK Land Holdings, LLC, along with developer Hobie Mitchel. The presentation addressed uses for the 118.81-acre Warner Brook property, located at 17110 Purcellville Road. Kuhn bought the property on July 31, for $3.25…

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Sheriff Mike Chapman considering the big leap: from LoCo Sheriff to Governor of Virginia

Sheriff Mike Chapman is considering running for governor of Virginia

Michael L. Chapman, the popular, outspoken, and very forward-thinking Sheriff of Loudoun County, is considering a run for the governorship of Virginia in 2021. The Blue Ridge Leader & Loudoun Today interviewed Sheriff Chapman in late October. While Chapman had not made a final decision about his possible run, he did not hold back, providing…

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Latest News

Lessons from the battle over Goose Creek Overlook

Goose Creek Overlook votes will be remembered for turning the tide on a big development, but what they surfaced about Loudoun’s leaders and “place types” may be more revealing in the long run. Until March 16’s final Board of Supervisors…

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Sen. Kaine visits Catoctin Creek Distillers

At Catoctin Creek Distillers, Sen. Tim Kaine offers help with tariffs

On a sunny and surprisingly warm March 26th near the end of Women’s History Month, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) arrived in Loudoun to visit Leesburg, Purcellville, and Round Hill and deliver a long-awaited message:  With vaccinations and the new American…

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Purcellville Town Manager presents $22.4 million budget proposal

By Valerie Cury At the March 17 Purcellville Town Council Special Meeting, Town Manager David Mekarski presented the Town’s Fiscal Year 2022 proposed budget of $22.4 million. This is a 7 percent increase over last year. The General Fund is…

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Puddles walking on the farm

Newborn calf rescued in Lincoln. Welcome to the world “Puddles”

It’s a story that would send a panic through any mother … as well as great relief. Imagine, this. You are taking a nice country walk with your sister and over the ridge you see what appears to be a…

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Loudoun celebrates public safety communications staff April 11 – 17

Headset Heroes

As proclaimed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 6, the week of April 11 – 17, is designated as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Throughout the week, the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Animal Services will…

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Purcellville PD hosts cupcake with a cop April 12

The Purcellville Police Department will be hosting Cupcake with a Cop event on Monday, April 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sweet Rose Bakeshop located at 201 N. 23rd Street, Purcellville. Based on the traditional “Coffee with a Cop” events, which encourage community members to engage in conversations with police…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations to include all essential workers in Virginia’s Phase 1c Priority Group

The Loudoun County Health Department is announcing that effective today, Monday, April 5, Loudoun County will expand COVID-19 vaccination opportunities to include all people who are in the Virginia Department of Health’s Phase 1c priority group, which includes people in 13 additional categories of front-line essential workers. Appointments for people in the…

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Loudoun County encourages continued pre-registration for vaccination waitlist

Loudoun County continues to make progress through the waitlist of people who are pre-registered for a COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, the county is currently making vaccination appointments for people who are pre-registered and in Virginia’s Phase 1a and 1b priority groups. Anyone who has not yet pre-registered for a COVID-19…

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Fraser appointed to National League of Cities’ EENR Committee

Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2021 Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee. Fraser was elected to a one-year term, and will provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy agenda and policy priorities. The appointment was announced by NLC President Kathy Maness,…

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Government

Nominations sought for 2021 Signatures of Loudoun Design Awards Program

The Loudoun County Design Cabinet is seeking nominations for the 2021 Signatures of Loudoun Awards program. The Signatures of Loudoun program recognizes the buildings and public spaces that reflect outstanding design, renovation, adaptive reuse and visually groundbreaking projects throughout the…

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Lessons from the battle over Goose Creek Overlook

Goose Creek Overlook votes will be remembered for turning the tide on a big development, but what they surfaced about Loudoun’s leaders and “place types” may be more revealing in the long run. Until March 16’s final Board of Supervisors…

Read more...
Sen. Kaine visits Catoctin Creek Distillers

At Catoctin Creek Distillers, Sen. Tim Kaine offers help with tariffs

On a sunny and surprisingly warm March 26th near the end of Women’s History Month, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) arrived in Loudoun to visit Leesburg, Purcellville, and Round Hill and deliver a long-awaited message:  With vaccinations and the new American…

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Purcellville Town Manager presents $22.4 million budget proposal

By Valerie Cury At the March 17 Purcellville Town Council Special Meeting, Town Manager David Mekarski presented the Town’s Fiscal Year 2022 proposed budget of $22.4 million. This is a 7 percent increase over last year. The General Fund is…

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Sat 10

Spring Native Plant Sale

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun 11

Live Music by Scott Clark at Breaux Vineyards

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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E-Edition

Opinion

Dinner for Four

By Charles Houston “What are you going to serve them?” Robert Rood asked his wife. “Barbecue. Collard greens. Black eyed peas. Pecan pie from Mom’s,” Byne answered. “They served us a Lyonnaise salad, consommé, lamb chops in cognac, leeks …There’s…

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Do you know how big a trillion dollars is?

By Joe Lafiandra With the passage of the $1.9 trillion dollar stimulus and the current $28 trillion national debt, don’t you think it would be important to really understand how much a trillion dollars is and why it is important…

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Wait… A “hotel,” for bees?

This article will lift up your spirits; I promise. You know the term “worker bees” … right? Creatures – human and otherwise – who toil away behind the scenes, getting…

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Purcellville, Loudoun get millions in American Rescue Plan Funds

By Valerie Cury The American Rescue Plan Act, also known as the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, will net Purcellville $9,250,037 as it stands today, but could be as low as $2.2…

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Ignoring Planning Commissioners, split Town Council – Names Dooley Purcellville Zoning Administrator

By Valerie Cury At the March 9 Purcellville Town Council meeting, Don Dooley Purcellville’s newly-hired Planning and Economic Director was voted in as Zoning Administrator.  The Council voted 4-3, with…

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Waterford Traffic Calming and Byway Study meeting April 15

Loudoun County is hosting an online public information meeting for the Village of Waterford Traffic Calming and Byway Assessment Study. The purpose of the meeting is to seek feedback from…

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So how – and how much – should you mulch your garden?

There’s more to mulch than a bag of wood chips. Just ask Caroline Armstrong, a…

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Arbor Day Photo Contest 2021: ‘Trees That Make Me Feel Happy’

The annual Loudoun County Arbor Day tree photo contest is underway. The theme of this…

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Northam announces administration appointments

Gov. Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration on Feb. 26. Secretariat of the…

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