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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Watch this space … Dulles Town Center under new management

The Busy Dulles Town Center is under new management

By Andrea Gaines We all know that delicious and exciting, “Yeah! I’m free! Let’s go shopping!” feeling. We’ve cleared our busy schedule … or maybe taken the day off.We’ve had a nice, long walk and have worked up a real appetite. Our minds are racing with anticipation … to take advantage of that great big…

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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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New service to shuttle transit riders to vaccination clinic at Dulles Town Center

In an effort to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations, Loudoun County has launched a free shuttle service between the Loudoun County Transit bus stop at Dulles Town Center and the county’s vaccination site located at the other end of the…

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The developing tale of two villages: What’s the story on St. Louis and Aldie?

Out of the haze of proposed land swaps, buyouts of by-right developments, and sale of County-owned parcels for a commercial “gateway” to Western Loudoun, the futures of the historic villages of Aldie and St. Louis are beginning to take shape. …

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Historic District height limit runs into a snag

By Valerie Cury The Purcellville Town Council, on April 27, voted 3-3, with Council member Ted Greenly absent, on lowering the height in the downtown C-4 District.  Vice Mayor Mary Jane Williams, and Council members Joel Grewe and Tip Stinnette…

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Cardinal in window

I see you!

Have you ever wondered why your car has so much bird droppings by the side mirrors?  According to Joe Coleman of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, “cardinals are notorious for pecking at their image in windows and car side mirrors –…

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The Solar Dilemma: County leaders to fast-track policies on solar installations

Virginia is now fourth in the nation in solar power installations. Only California, Texas, and Florida rank higher. Blame the pandemic, but Loudoun County government and community leaders agree it’s past time for the County to create solar policies.  There’s only one problem: The County is in the middle of…

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Grewe lectures PC based on anonymous sources; Commission members push back: Let’s not go political, let’s just do our work

By Valerie Cury At the end of an almost four-hour meeting, the Purcellville Planning Commissioners heard comments and reflections from Town Council Member Joel Grewe, who was invited to speak by Vice Chair Ed Neham at the commission’s April 15 meeting. Grewe was there to reiterate his comments at the…

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Cicada fashion …get ready … we are

Dog in a hat

By Andrea Gaines Everyone knows they are down there. And, as temperatures climb, they will be climbing out. Are you ready for them? We are. With cicada fashion advice. Arming ourselves with everything from old wedding veils, to 99-cent hairnets, to the piled up old sheets and tablecloths we were about to throw…

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Loudoun to Resume Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The Loudoun County Health Department will resume using the single-dose Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine following a joint announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration indicating the pause in the use of the J&J vaccine should be lifted. Loudoun County’s next scheduled clinic that…

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Assistance available for Loudoun residents impacted by COVID-19

While COVID-19 vaccines are bringing hope for the future, the pandemic’s economic impact continues to affect Loudoun County residents. If you or someone you know has been economically affected, Loudoun’s Information and Referral Program can connect you with a variety of services such as food resources, employment services, housing and homeless services,…

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Government

Purcellville Town Hall reopens for public meetings

Purcellville Town Hall, located at 221 South Nursery Avenue, has reopened its doors for public meetings and started with Mayor Fraser’s State of the Town address on May 4. Beginning with the May 5, 2021 Budget Work Session, Town Council…

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Opportunity to Serve: Member Sought for Loudoun Board of Zoning Appeals

Are you a Loudoun County resident who is interested in zoning? Loudoun County is seeking applicants to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). There is one opening for an alternate member whose term would begin immediately upon appointment…

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The Solar Dilemma: County leaders to fast-track policies on solar installations

Virginia is now fourth in the nation in solar power installations. Only California, Texas, and Florida rank higher. Blame the pandemic, but Loudoun County government and community leaders agree it’s past time for the County to create solar policies.  There’s…

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Grewe lectures PC based on anonymous sources; Commission members push back: Let’s not go political, let’s just do our work

By Valerie Cury At the end of an almost four-hour meeting, the Purcellville Planning Commissioners heard comments and reflections from Town Council Member Joel Grewe, who was invited to speak by Vice Chair Ed Neham at the commission’s April 15…

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Chapman endorses Glenn Youngkin

Dear Editor: Virginia is at a crossroads when it comes to the safety of our citizens, the education of our children, and our economic recovery. Glenn Youngkin has the leadership qualities, conservative values, and policy skills to succeed at all…

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Charlie Houston’s Greatest Hits

By Charles Houston  My Op-Eds have almost always been about protecting western Loudoun County, often taking a circuitous route to make my points. What if all the columns were distilled to their land-use essence? Have I been right?  2017 May:…

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The tears never stop, seven years later –May 2014 shooting death of Purcellville teen a raw memory

The pain of losing her young son is clearly still raw for this mother, Sandra Sierra, even seven years later. Sierra’s 17-year-old son, Christian Sierra, was shot dead by Purcellville…

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The Solar Dilemma: County leaders to fast-track policies on solar installations

Virginia is now fourth in the nation in solar power installations. Only California, Texas, and Florida rank higher. Blame the pandemic, but Loudoun County government and community leaders agree it’s…

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Grewe lectures PC based on anonymous sources; Commission members push back: Let’s not go political, let’s just do our work

By Valerie Cury At the end of an almost four-hour meeting, the Purcellville Planning Commissioners heard comments and reflections from Town Council Member Joel Grewe, who was invited to speak…

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Cicada fashion …get ready … we are

By Andrea Gaines Everyone knows they are down there. And, as temperatures climb, they will be climbing out. Are you ready for them? We are. With cicada fashion advice. Arming ourselves with everything…

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And how does your garden grow…? How do you want it to grow? Or don’t you know?

Then it may be time invest in the knowledge and skills of an expert landscape…

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The Grove Theatre: Everything’s goin’ their way…!

It’s been a year of mighty big challenges for all of our high school students,…

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According to Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser:‘Purcellville is in a great place with glasses prepared to be filled.’

In late April, the Blue Ridge Leader interviewed Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser and here’s what…

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