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The Tall Trees Of Loudoun, Silent Observers Margaret Morton Staff Writer

They stand as sentinels, solitary relics of an earlier Loudoun, towering over the landscape or soaring above the forest canopy in stands of woods so secluded hardly anyone knows of their existence. You can see them in fields, outlined against the sky, in urban gardens or hidden deep in the woods. Trees have figured largely in our memory throughout history—lovers carve their initials in the bark, children play at their base while their older siblings climb up into their boughs, messages for secret rendezvous are left in their hollowed trunks and famous figures have sought refuge in their dense foliage. They have withstood ravages by man and nature alike, albeit battered by both, and remain giants in the landscape, silent guardians. They age like humans, becoming more gnarled and knotted with every passing year. What stories they could tell of the unfolding life of Loudoun County if we could but hear. Loudoun has many big trees over 100 years old, some even around the 300-year mark, according to local arborists and county and state foresters. Quite a few of them are listed on the Virginia Big Tree data base, with probably many more eligible for inclusion.

The growing interest in all things green and the environment has produced “a lot more excitement about big trees today,” State Forester Bryant Bays said. The county’s inventory of big trees includes oaks, red and white, shagbark hickory, hornbeams, beeches, ash, tulip poplars,

sycamores, walnuts, maples, chestnuts and baldcypress. The slow-growing oaks dominate, especially in western Loudoun, such as the magnificent white oak at the United Methodist Church in Hillsboro that provides a visual boost to commuters each morning. Dana Malone, the county’s urban forester,


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For those looking to find a tree care professional, go online or check the yellow pages. To find a qualified arborist, information on Loudoun’s big trees listed on the Virginia Big Tree Program or instructions on how to measure and nominate a tree, Leesburg Today suggests the following sources: For online sources of information on arborists, visit or www. (consumer branch of the International Society of Aboriculture). For the Big Trees Program, visit For state information on pests, hurricanes and other weather-related events and publications, visit For Virginia Tech publications and information, visit Local Sources: Dana Malone, Loudoun Urban Forester: 703-771-5991; Bryant Bays, Virginia Department of Forestry: 703-777-0457; bryant.bays@dof.virginia. gov.

Board of Supervisors.............................................6 Elections Information............................................11 Planning Commission............................................12 Parks.................................................................14 Public Schools.....................................................16 Public Libraries....................................................24 Homeowners Associations......................................30 Leesburg TC, Boards and Commissions....................31 Law Enforcement.................................................44 Western Loudoun.................................................48 Courts................................................................56 Fire/Rescue.........................................................61 Community Centers...............................................65 Recycling Resources..............................................64 Business Card/Houses of Worship...........................67 Advertiser Index...................................................70 * Cover shot by Roger Vance

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then. Land was cleared for crops or for dairy farming, particularly in eastern Loudon. Although eastern Loudoun soils were better for cows than crops, there were pockets of fertile soils that still produced good-sized trees. It may come as a surprise to many golfers at Algonkian Park, but deep in a wooded area at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s property is the state champion Shumard Oak, on the Potomac River near Sugarland Run. It’s not the only champion in Loudoun. Others include Nancy and Jeff Lesourd’s American little leaf linden tree in Lincoln, and their bald cypress also was nominated to

the state register. The graceful, arching linden located by their house was nominated by Jeff Kirwan, co-author of Remarkable Trees of Virginia, who had come to the area in search of great Loudoun trees. Even though the tree was hit by a tornado about seven years ago, its crown was still assessed as the largest in the state. The Lesourds’ towering baldcypress by the springhouse has a compelling story for Loudoun collectors of historical tidbits. It was planted in the 1820s or 1830s by noted Quaker cartographer Yardley Taylor, who made the first detailed map of Loudoun County in 1853 and was sometimes known as the “Thomas Jefferson of Loudoun County,” because “he was into so many things,” Lesourd said: historian, abolitionist, map-maker,


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Board of Supervisors: The County’s Leadership The nine-member board consists of eight supervisors, who represent the county’s magisterial districts, and a chairman at large elected by voters countywide. All nine members are elected to four-year terms, which are served concurrently. The current board of supervisors was elected in November 2007. Its term will end Dec. 31. For coverage on the upcoming elections and a complete list of candidates, see page 11. The Board of Supervisors sets county policies, adopts ordinances, appropriates funds, sets an annual budget and tax rate, approves land rezonings and special exceptions to the Zoning Ordinance, and carries out other responsibilities set forth by the State Code. It also appoints a County Administrator, who manages county operations; the Planning Commission, which serves in an advisory capacity on land use issues; and various other boards and commissions. In late 2009, the board hired County Administrator Tim Hemstreet to replace Kirby M. Bowers, who left the county to take a post in North Carolina. Prior to taking up the Loudoun post, Hemstreet had been an executive with the City of Miami Beach. In Florida, he served as assistant city manager, overseeing the Departments of Public Works, Planning, Capital Improvements, Economic Development, Public/Private Joint Ventures and the Redevelopment Agency Construction. He also was Capital Improvements Projects Office director for four years before that. Before joining the City of Miami Beach, he held several management positions with the cities of Tamarac and Hollywood, FL. He also served as assistant city manager and finance and policy officer for the City of Tamarac, FL. Hemstreet was selected after a nationwide search and began his tenure Dec. 7, 2009. When the Board of Supervisors was elected in 2007, it represented a comprehensive shift in the make-up of the county’s leadership. Democrats ousted four incumbent Republicans in the Sugarland Run, Potomac, Dulles and Leesburg districts. In addition, Chairman Scott K. York, then an Independent, and Supervisors Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge) and Sally Kurtz (DCatoctin) were all re-elected, York and Burton to their fourth terms and Kurtz to her third. The only Republican supervisors reelected to the board were Supervisors Eugene Delgaduio (Sterling) and Lori Waters (Broad Run) The new board also represents the first time that women, holding five of the nine seats, have represented a majority on the board. After years of increased residential growth and rising residential tax bills, the new board was elected on the promise to slow residential growth, increase the commercial tax base,

increase communication with the School Board and school leaders and get the focus of the county back on existing communities. Whether they have succeeded in those goals is the subject of many debates this election year. To help with communication with the Loudoun County Public Schools, the board created a Joint School Board/Board of Supervisors Committee, which joins the Finance, Government Services and Operations and the Transportation/Land Use committees. The Economic Development, the Energy and Environment, and Public Safety/Human Services committees were eliminated last year. These supervisors have seen some of the most arduous work on the county budget that any board has seen—faced with the impacts of years of increasing foreclosures and falling assessments on residential homes. Residential taxes have represented the bulk of the county’s revenue stream, and the county has tried to focus on economic development to offset that reality. In addition, over the past couple of years supervisors have begun to face similar trends in the county’s commercial tax base that they have seen in the residential market. The board also has raised the ire of some members of the public on some topics. Review of the proposed Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act ordinance, which was shelved after heated and vitriolic debate in the public, as well as the Limestone Overlay District, has caused conflict with many residents and property rights’ advocates. Approval of the Kincora Village mixedused project on Rt. 28 also split residents in support and opposition. On the other hand, the approval of new zoning and development options along Rt. 28 and the portion of the Zoning Ordinance that governs signs have been seen as positive steps being taken by this board. The Board of Supervisors meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, beginning each meeting at 9 a.m. Monday nights before each business meeting are reserved for general business, presentations and public input. The meetings begin at 6 p.m. and residents are encouraged to come to the County Government Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. to address the board. The Board of Supervisors holds one public hearing each month, at 6 p.m. on the second Monday. The meetings are televised on Channel 23, the Loudoun County government access cable channel. The broadcasts are also available for viewing live through streaming video on the Internet at and are archived for later on-demand viewing. In general, board meetings, public hearings, board committee meetings and workshops are open to the public. However, the Board of Supervisors sometimes schedules executive ses-



sions to discuss issues relating to personnel, legal matters or land acquisition. These meetings are closed to the public, but full disclosure of the topics discussed must be made public for any closed meeting to meet legal standards. Comments may also be sent to the board by email at, or by calling the Citizen Comment Line 703-777-0115. Supervisors also can be reached by mail at PO Box 7000, Leesburg, VA, 20177-7000 The board meets in the Board of Supervisors meeting room, on the ground floor of the County Government Center, which is located at 1 Harrison Street, S.E., in Leesburg.

He has also been Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Planning District Commission, Chair of the Finance Committee of the NVTA and Chair of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.  After leaving the local Republican party and running, and serving, as an Independent for the past two terms, York returned to the Loudoun County Republican Committee earlier this year. He and his wife, JoAnn, live in Sterling and have four children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Scott K. York

Sugarland Run District (D), Vice Chairman Office Phone: 703-771-5033 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: Susan Klimek Buckley was elected to her first term on the Board of Supervisors in November 2007. She serves as the Board of Supervisors’ Vice-Chairman, as well as on the Joint Board/School Board Committee. She previously served on the Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee. Buckley represents Loudoun on the Human Services Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the county board on the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission and the Family Services Board. Prior to her work on the board, she was founder of the Eastern Loudoun Civic Network, Eastern Loudoun Schools Association

At-Large County Chairman (R) Office Phone: 703-771-5988 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: Scott K. York was elected to a third term as chairman of the Board of Supervisors in November 2007. Before he was elected as chairman in November 1999, he served one term on the board as the Sterling District representative, and prior to that, he served on the Loudoun Planning Commission from 1992 through 1995. He currently serves on the Board of Supervisors’ Transportation/Land Use Committee and Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee.  In addition, he represents the Board of Supervisors on the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission. York also represents the county on the


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Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Northern Virginia Regional Commission. He also represents Loudoun on the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission and the Virginia High-Growth Coalition. York represents Loudoun on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Counties.  He also serves on VACo’s Community Development and Conference Planning Committees.    York has served in a variety of leadership positions, including chairman of the Virginia High-Growth Coalition, which he founded, and currently sits on the executive committee.

and Concerned Citizens of Sugarland Run. She has also served as vice president of the Lowes Island Elementary School PTO, chair of the Lowes Island Playground Committee, coordinator of the Sugarland Elementary School/Lowes Island Elementary School Volunteer Program, and vice-chair of the Loudoun County Commission on Women. A native of Middletown, N.J., she earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She served as an Assistant County Attorney for Fairfax County from 1994 to 1998. She and her husband Gene have two chilContinued On Page 8



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Kelly Burk

Leesburg District (D) Office Phone: 703-777-0203 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: Kelly Burk was elected to her first term on the Board of Supervisors representing the Leesburg District in November 2007. She is chairman of the Transportation/Land Use Committee. She currently represents Loudoun on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. She also represents the Board of Supervisors on the Annexation Area Development Policy Committee, the Loudoun County Disability Services Board, the Joint Committee of the County of Loudoun and Town of Leesburg, and the Community Action Agency Advisory Board. Burk served on the Leesburg Town Council from 2004 to 2007. As a member of the

Town Council, she served as liaison to the town’s Environmental Advisory Commission, Public Arts Commission and Thomas Balch Library Commission. She had previously served on the town’s Board of Architectural Review. Gov. Mark Warner appointed her to the Advisory Board for Education Business Partnerships and the Virginia Board of Optometry. She serves as chair of the Shenandoah University Northern Virginia Advisory Board and served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia and Loudoun Education Associations. She was named Loudoun County Woman of the Year in 2001. She and her husband Lawrence live in Leesburg. They have two sons. Burk is a special education teacher in Loudoun County Public Schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and her master’s


degree from Virginia Tech.

James “Jim” Burton

Blue Ridge District (I) Office Phone: 703-777-0210 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: James G. Burton was elected to his fourth consecutive term on the Board of Supervisors in November 2007. This is his second term as the Blue Ridge supervisor. He previously served two terms as the Mercer District supervisor until that district was eliminated during redistricting. He was first elected to county office in 1995. Burton serves as chairman of the board

Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee, as well as on the Joint Board/ School Board Committee. He represents the Board of Supervisors on the the Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board, the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Policy Review Committee, Loudoun County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Hamilton Area Sewer Study Committee. Burton also serves as chair of the Fiscal Impact Committee. He previously served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Air Quality Committee. He has also represented the board of supervisors on the Rt. 28 Transportation Commission Improvement District, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Commission, Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees, Fiscal Impact Analysis Technical Review Committee and Rural Economic Development Council. Burton is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1959 and received an M.B.A. from Auburn University in 1969. He and his wife, Lina Baber Burton, live in Aldie. He has two children and five grandchildren.

Eugene Delgaudio

Sterling District (R) Office Phone: 703-771-5819



Since 1981, Delgaudio has been the executive director and is now president of Public Advocate, a conservative nonprofit organization. For 10 years, he served on the board of directors of the national nonprofit organization Young Americans for Freedom. Delgaudio received a bachelor’s degree in political science from York College in New York in 1976. He is a member of Rotary International, and served as secretary of a Cub Scouts pack for five years. He and his wife Sheila have six children.

Sally R. Kurtz

Catoctin District (D) Office Phone: 703-771-5028 Fax: 703-777-0421 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: Eugene Delgaudio was first elected as the Sterling District Supervisor in November 1999 and re-elected in November 2003 and 2007. Delgaudio serves on the Board of Supervisors’ Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee and the Transportation/Land Use Committee and represents Loudoun on the Dulles Area Transportation Association. He previously represented Loudoun on the Virginia Regional Transportation Association, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission, and Potomac Watershed Roundtable.


Email: Sally R. Kurtz was elected to her third term as the Catoctin District supervisor in November 2007. She is a former high school teacher, registered nurse and is the co-owner of Water Ways Nursery, a native perennial and water plant nursery located near Lovettsville. Kurtz is chair of the Joint Board/School Board Committee, and also serves on the board’s Transportation/Land Use Committee. Kurtz represents Loudoun on the Potomac Watershed Roundtable. She also represents the Board of Supervisors on the county’s Agricultural District Advisory Committee, the Community Action Agency Advisory Board, Joint Committee of the County of Loudoun and Town of Leesburg, Annexation Area Development Policy Committee, and Western Schools Task Force. She has also served on the county’s Rural Economic Development Task Force, Loudoun Valleys Horticulture Association, and with local PTA and scouting programs. Kurtz graduated from North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and was head nurse at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a special education teacher at Broad Run High School. She has two children.

Andrea McGimsey

Potomac District (D) Office Phone: 703-771-0105 Fax: 703-777-0421

Email: Andrea McGimsey was elected to the Board of Supervisors representing the Potomac district for her first term in November 2007. She serves on the Transportation and Land Use Committee. McGimsey currently represents Loudoun on the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the COG Climate, Energy & Environment Policy Committee, the Dulles Area Transportation Association and the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission. She also serves on the Executive Committee of Climate Communi-

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ties, the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties, and the Telecommunications & Utilities Steering Committee of the Virginia Association of Counties. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in telecommunications from New York University. She previously owned a Loudoun-based business for Internet consulting, and now is the executive director of Oatlands, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site south of Leesburg on Rt. 15. From 1998 to 2003, she worked in senior management for America Online. In 2004, while working for the Piedmont Environmental Council, she founded and directed the Campaign for Loudoun’s Future, a coalition of 17 local groups. She is a former member of the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department and received the department’s 2003 Administrative Member of the Year Award. She lives in Dulles Town Center.

Stevens Miller

Dulles District (D) Office Phone: 703-771-5069 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: Stevens Miller was elected to his first term on the Board of Supervisors representing the Dulles District in November 2007. He serves on the Board’s Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee.

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He previously served as chairman of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety/Human Services Committee. He currently represents Loudoun on two committees of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments—the Committee on Noise Abatement and Aviation at National and Dulles Airports, and the Public Safety Policy Committee. He also represents Loudoun on the Route 28 Transportation Improve-


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Lori Waters

Broad Run District (R) Office Phone: 703-771-5088 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: Lori Waters was elected to her second term as the Broad Run District supervisor in November 2007. She serves on the Board’s Finance/Government Services and Operations Committee. She was previously chairman of the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development Committee. Waters represents Loudoun on the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board and the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission. In addition, she also represents the board on the Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Board. From 1997 to 2004, she worked for the Eagle Forum, a conservative, pro-family nonprofit organization. While living in Alexandria, she served on the Social Services Advisory Board and the Early Childhood Commission. She is also involved with Mothers of Preschoolers in Ashburn. Waters works for Ideal Schools, a charter school organization. A native of North Carolina, she graduated cum laude from Furman University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Waters lives in Lansdowne with her husband Matt and daughter Leigh Anna and son Tyler and attends Cornerstone Chapel.




Who’s Up Next? Candidates For 2011’s Election In January 2012, there will be a new batch of men and women on the Board of Supervisors and School Board dais, following a heated election season this fall. In addition, all of the seats in the General Assembly—both the House of Delegates and the Senate—are up for reelection. To coincide with the 2010 Census numbers, Loudoun and the state went through a lengthy redistricting process. As any resident of Loudoun in the last 10 years could point out, the county’s population has continued to grow dramatically. And in February, the Census numbers proved it. According to the data, Loudoun’s population topped 300,000 in 2010, growing 84.1 percent since the 2000 Census to 312,311 people. That number also made Loudoun the fourth most populated county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. No other county in Virginia saw a population change of more than 45 percent. Following the Census numbers, the election districts in Loudoun were very disproportioned, with some districts needing to add upwards of 10,000 constituents and others around, or more than, double the size of the allowed district. What resulted was a tumultuous fight, which pitted residents of the homeowners associations in the east against those living in the rural west, and between political factions on the board. The biggest issues resulted in the attempt to define “communities of interest” as the Board of Supervisors made a priority of keeping such communities together in the same district. Residents in Loudoun suburban east argued that homeowners’ associations should be given the same weight as western Loudoun towns and villages, while those living in the west argued that the rural and transition policy areas should continue to have two representatives on the Board of Supervisors.

What resulted was a plan that some called gerrymandering and others called an attempt to maintain Loudoun’s dual ways of life. There are still two districts that split western Loudoun, but both bring in portions of the suburban east, most notably Brambleton’s inclusion in the Blue Ridge District. Also, the easternmost part of Loudoun lost one of its three seats, which was shifted toward the center part of the county. But those in central Loudoun, districts, many said, do not have boundaries that make any sense and some homeowners’ associations feel disenfranchised once again because their communities area split. Despite the controversy, the board’s plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice without any changes. In the General Assembly, Loudoun’s growing population will bring it more representation in Richmond in the coming years. Its representatives in House of Delegates increased from four to seven and its Senate seats doubled—from two to four. Only two of the Senate seats are districts with a majority of Loudoun precincts, and only four of the House seats have a majority of Loudoun constituents. The 2011 election for the Board of Supervisors, School Board and General Assembly will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open that day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. is the last day to register to vote in the 2011 election. Nov. 1 is the last day absentee ballots will be mailed, and Nov. 5 is the last day to vote on an absentee ballot in person. Answers to questions about what district you live in, where your polling place is, and who the candidates are can be found online at n

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year to $22,334 a year, while commissioners’ salaries were raised from $14,500 to $21,315. Comments to The Planning Commission may be sent to through mail, email or fax: Loudoun County Department of Planning 1 Harrison Street, S.E., 3rd Floor P.O. Box 7000 Leesburg, VA 20177 Telephone: 703-777-0246 Fax: 703-777-0441 Email: Kevin Ruedisueli, Chairman, At Large This term marks Kevin Ruedisueli’s second time serving on the Planning Commission. While not appointed after the 2007 election, he was nominated to replace Commissioner Christeen Tolle in May 2009. Ruedisueli also replaced Tolle during the last board’s term when she resigned from the commission in 2005. Ruedisueli has lived and worked in Loudoun since 1979. He received a BS and a Masters of Architecture from MIT. His is licensed as an architect in Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. During his first years in Loudoun he worked as both a carpenter and a design/builder before completing his internship as an architect and opening his own office, which he now runs near Waterford. He has had a long interest in sustainable design, and the preservation and adaptive reuse of old and historic buildings. He served two terms on the County Historic District Review Committee before his appointment to the Planning Commission in 2005. He returned to the committee before his re-appointment as a Planning Commissioner in 2009. Cliff Keirce, Vice Chairman, Dulles District Cliff Keirce was already a familiar face in the county boardroom when he was tapped in January 2010 to replace Commissioner Sandra Chaloux, who resigned at the end of 2009. Keirce has served on the Broadlands Homeowners Association Board for more than 10 years, including several years as its president. He also is a member of the Loudoun Library Foundation Board and has served the county for the two years before his appointment to the commission as a member of the Facilities Standards Manual Public Review Committee. Keirce received a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan. He works as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration and lives with his wife and children in Broadlands. Peggy Maio, Blue Ridge District Appointed to the planning commission


for the first time this term, Peggy Maio is well versed in the issues facing the rural west. Maio, who spent 18 years as field officer for the Piedmont Environmental Council, has been an active player in Loudoun’s land use debates ranging from the early planning for growth in Ashburn and Dulles South to the rural downzoning approved by the previous Board of Supervisors. Since retiring in 2004, Maio has worked as a substitute teacher for Loudoun high schools. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters and the Preservation Society as well as serving on the county’s Fiscal Impact Committee and the Zoning Ordinance Committee in 1993. Maio received her degree in English with a minor in secondary education from Westminster College. The mother of two grown daughters, she lives with her husband in Round Hill. Robert J. Klancher, Broad Run District Robert J. Klancher is once again representing the Broad Run district on the Planning Commission. He has served as chairman and vice chairman of the commission during both his terms on the panel. Klancher is a principal of Interplan Incorporated, a full-service architecture and interior design firm in Washington, DC. Klancher received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1984 where he received a thesis design award for the redesign of the Washington National Airport and integration of transportation facilities serving the airport. He is a member of The American Institute of Architects, serving on the board of the DC Chapter for three years. He served on the National Architectural Accrediting Board for two years and was involved in the development and implementation of learning standards for collegiate programs in architecture. He and his wife Janet have four children and live in Ashburn. Erin Austin, Catoctin District Erin Austin is an attorney and a small business owner in Loudoun. Austin was appointed to her first term on the Planning Commission in 2008. Before moving to Loudoun, Austin was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Artisan Entertainment, now a division of Lions Gate Entertainment, an Assistant General Counsel in Warner Bros. motion picture department, and a corporate and securities associate at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Austin earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at George Washington University and her law degree at Harvard Law School. Austin has been a member of the Economic Development Commission and currently serves on the Annexation Area Development Policies Committee with the Town of Leesburg. She lives with her family in Taylorstown.



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The following is a listing of the public parks and facilities by geographical area:


Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail: The Potomac Heritage Trail corridor is one of only 24 national historic and scenic trails in the National Trails System. Phase I of the natural hiking trail in Loudoun is a 15-mile section from the Loudoun/Fairfax County line to Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park along Goose Creek, east of Leesburg. Phase II is being planned and will connect Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park with Whites Ferry. Tel: 703-777-0434. (National Park Service, Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services, and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) W&OD Trail: A 45-mile bicycle, walking/running, in-line skating paved trail from Arlington to Purcellville; 32-mile crushed gravel trail for horseback riding from Vienna to Purcellville. Tel: 703-729-0596. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority)


Ashburn Park: 43645 Partlow Road; 16 acres. Three age-appropriate playground units, picnic pavilion and tables, nature trail and parking lot. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Beth Miller Park: 20270 Leier Place; nine acres. Passive park located in Belmont Greene, adjacent to Trailside Park. Contains a walking trail, gazebo, pond, and parking lot. Tel: 703777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Bles Park: 44930 Riverside Parkway; 124 acres. Located at the end of Riverside Parkway in University Center. Includes a 30-acre active area with soccer fields, walking/hiking trails, a tot lot, parking lot and restrooms, and a 94-acre passive area with wetlands, fishing area, and a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and Broad Run Corridor Trail. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Brambleton Fields Site: 22389 Belmont Ridge Road. Includes four large baseball fields, two softball fields, and a parking lot located on a portion of Brambleton Regional Park. The site is leased by PRCS from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Brambleton Regional Park: 42180 Ryan Road. The 450-acre park includes an 18-hole golf course, driving range, pro shop, snack bar and events pavilion. Tel: 703-327-3403.


(Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Chick Ford Field and Ryan Bickel Field: 21594 Ashburn Village Boulevard. Two small baseball fields with a parking lot. Tel: 703777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Edgar Tillet Memorial Park: 21561 Belmont Ridge Road, 51 acres. This park near Broadlands features two lighted baseball fields, two lighted softball fields, picnic areas, parking lot and sweeping views of Beaverdam Reservoir. Approximately 21 acres are still undeveloped. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Greg Crittenden Memorial Park: 21401 Windmill Drive, Ashburn Farm; 16 acres. Three baseball fields, restroom/concession stand and parking lot. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Lyndora Park: 43624 Lucketts Bridge Circle, Loudoun Valley Estates; 17 acres. Soccer field, softball field, tot lot, walking trails and parking lot. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Ray Muth Sr. Memorial Park: 20971 Marblehead Drive; 17 acres. Active park with one large soccer field, one small soccer field, a football/lacrosse field, and parking lot near Potomac Station. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Trailside Park: 20375 Claiborne Parkway, Ashburn Farm; 20 acres. Located along the W&OD Trail, the park includes lighted baseball field, two lighted softball fields, playground, in-line hockey court, restroom/ concession stand, and parking lot. Tel: 703777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services)

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Byrne’s Ridge Park: 24915 Mineral Springs Circle, Stone Ridge; 26 acres. Active park contains three large soccer fields, one large baseball field, two softball fields, asphalt trail and parking lot. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Conklin Park: 25701 Donegal Drive, South Riding; 30 acres. The active portion of the park includes a basketball court, two soccer fields, sand volleyball court, two tennis courts, and parking lot. The passive area has a pond and hiking trails. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services)


Hamilton Community Park: 31 West Colonial Drive. 4.8 acres. Contains picnic tables, gazebo, grills and playground equipment. 540-338-2811. (Town of Hamilton)


Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park: 43513 Squirrel Ridge Place; 122 acres. Passive linear


park along the Potomac River and Goose Creek, with ample fishing opportunities. Home to the historic Elizabeth Mills canal lock system and a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Tel: 703-7770343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Kephart Bridge Landing: 43942 Riverpoint Drive. Canoe and kayak launch facility located on Goose Creek within Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Lansdowne Sports Park: 18900 Kipheart Drive; 15-acres. Active park adjacent to Belmont Ridge Middle School with two large soccer fields, one softball field, tot-lot, one large pavilion, one small pavilion, restrooms and parking lot. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services)




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Ball’s Bluff Regional Park: At the end of Ball’s Bluff Road off Battlefield Parkway. Surrounding one of the nation’s smallest national cemeteries on the northern edge of Leesburg, the property includes Civil War battlefield markers and trails with interpretive displays. Interpretive tours offered Sat.-Sun. May through Oct. 223 acres. Tel: 703-779-9372. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve: 21085 The Woods Road; 722 acres. Open to the public year-round on weekends from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and to scheduled organized groups with a permit. Visitor center, education center, fishing ponds, over two miles of frontage along Goose Creek, and 22 miles of natural hiking trails. Tel: 703-669-0316. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Brandon Park: S. Harrison Street, Leesburg. Open space with picnic tables. Three acres. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Carrvale Park: Marshall Street, Leesburg. Four acres of open space. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Catoctin Skate Park: Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Free. Ramps and room for inline skaters and skateboard enthusiasts. Tel: 703-7714771. (Town of Leesburg) Edwards Landing Park: East Leesburg. Facilities include picnic shelter, tables, nature trails and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail access. 32 acres. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Evergreen Mills Equestrian and Hiking Trail. 21332 The Woods Road. Trailhead parking lot and trail around the western side of the County landfill. Currently closed due to landfill expansion construction. Tel: 703777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Foxridge Park: Catoctin Circle NW, Leesburg. Softball field, soccer field and halfbasketball court. Picnic pavilion, playground Continued On Page 28

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Association and the Countryside Elementary Parent Teacher Association. He has also served on the Loudoun County Social Services Board, Housing Advisory Board and Industrial Development Authority. He is as a software engineer who owned a Loudoun-based business for 10 years before taking his current position with Unisys Federal Systems. Stevens was a platoon leader and Company Executive Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve for 10 years, a candidate for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in 1995 and for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. He joined the School Board in 2007. In 2008, Stevens created a scholarship for the children of LCPS custodial, food service, maintenance, transportation and warehouse employees called the Unsung Educators scholarship; the first award was made in 2009. He and his wife Lori have five children, each of whom attend Loudoun public schools. Stevens serves on the School Board’s finance and facilities committee, the special education advisory committee, the technology steering committee, the health, safety and wellness committee, the joint committee with the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, and serves as the liaison for the economic development commission.

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Priscilla Godfrey, Vice Chairman

District: Potomac Residence: Broad Run Farms Phone: 571-233-9810 Email: John Stevens is a 17-year resident of Sterling and currently the Potomac District Representative and Chairman of the Loudoun County School Board. Stevens has a long history of service to Loudoun County. He has chaired the Community Criminal Justice Board, the Broad Run Farms Civic

District: Blue Ridge Residence: Philomont Phone: 540-687-5689 Email: Priscilla Godfrey has served as the Blue Ridge District representative since 2004. Since 2006, she has served on the Virginia School Boards Association Board of Directors. Godfrey is also on the board of direc-


tors for the Rotary Club of Purcellville and serves as president of the Loudoun Volunteer Financial Council. A resident of Philomont since 1979, she was a school volunteer and Parent Teacher Association president through the 20 years her three children were in Middleburg Elementary, Blue Ridge Middle and Loudoun Valley High School. In 2003 she was awarded Most Outstanding Woman in the Arts by the Loudoun Commission on Women for her leadership in The Growing Stage, a nonprofit children’s theatre group. She is a nationally certified quilt judge, certified by the National Quilting Association in 1986. Godfrey’s oldest daughter works as an English teacher in LCPS, her son works as a U.S. Air Force jet pilot, and her second daughter is a medical school graduate working as a pathologist in Kentucky. Godfrey is currently chairman of the School Board’s curriculum and instruction committee and the health, safety and wellness committee. She also serves on the discipline hearing committee, the legislative and policy committee and the personnel services committee.

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Sterling District *Eugene A. Delgaudio, Republican Al R. Nevarez, Democrat Ali Shahriari, Independent Broad Run District *Andrea C. McGimsey, Democrat Cliff J. Keirce, Independent Shawn M. Williams, Republican

Constitutional Offices

Commissioner of Revenue *Robert S. “Bob” Wertz Jr., Republican Sheriff * Steven O. Simpson, Independent Michael L. “Mike” Chapman, Republican Ronald D. Speakman, Independent Commonwealth’s Attorney *James E. “Jim” Plowman, Republican Jennifer T. Wexton, Democrat Treasurer *H. Roger Zurn Jr. - Republican

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Jill A. Turgeon Sterling District *Brenda L. Sheridan Broad Run District Kevin J. Kuesters

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District 13 Richard H. “Dick” Black, Republican Shawn Mitchell, Democrat District 27 Shaun Broy, Democrat *Jill Holtzman Vogel, Republican Donald C Marro, Independent District 31 Barbara Favola, Democrat Caren Merrick, Republican District 33 *Mark Herring, Democrat Patricia Phillips, Republican

House of Delegates

District 10 David Butler, Democrat J. Randall “Randy” Minchew, Republican

Countywide At-Large Jay Bose Robert J. Ohneiser (incumbent in Broad Run District) *Thomas E. “Tom” Reed

District 32 *Thomas “Tag” Greason, Republican

Catoctin District Pablo A. “Paul” Arias *Jennifer Keller Bergel

District 34 *Barbara Comstock, Republican Pamela Danner, Democrat

Algonkian District Debbie K. Rose *John B. Stevens Jr. Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock

District 67 Eric Clingan, Democrat *James LeMunyon, Republican

Dulles District Anjan S. Chimaladinne Margaret G. Michaud Jeffery E. Morse Ashburn District John A. Andrews II Eric D. Hornberger Deborah D. Piland John W. Ryan Chris H. Souther

District 33 *Joe May, Republican

District 86 *Thomas Rust, Republican District 87 Michael Kondratick, Democrat David Ramadan, Republican Editor’s Note: As of press time, there were still two month’s before the Nov. 8, 2011, election. After that time, winners

Leesburg District William D. “Bill” Fox *Tom C. Marshall Mark J. Nuzzaco

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QUESTION:  Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvement bonds in the maximum amount of $3,000,000 to finance in whole or in part, the cost to acquire fire and rescue capital apparatus? School Projects

QUESTION:  Shall the County of Loudoun, Virginia contract a debt and issue its general obligation capital improvements bonds in the maximum amount of $169,620,000 to finance in whole or in part, the cost to design, construct and equip the new Moorefield Station Elementary School (ES-16), Ashburn Area Elementary School (ES22), Ashburn Area Middle School (MS-6), Ashburn Area High School (HS-8), and Park View High School Renovation?



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There’s a joke among Loudoun educators—people move to Loudoun to have kids. Some say there’s something in the water, but the school system’s expert on enrollment projections Executive Director of Planning and Legislative Services Sam Adamo says there’s a clear explanation of the surge in the county’s youngest population. Throughout the past two decades, the Washington metro area has added a substantial number of jobs, from defense contractors to technology consultants. “They’ve created thousands of vacancies throughout the metro area,” Adamo said. “And the people who are most likely to move for a job are young people in their prime child-bearing years.” That’s translated to record enrollment numbers for Loudoun County Public Schools. Student population has almost doubled in the past decade from 34,589 students in 2001 to 66,266 students this fall. And it’s kept the school system in a continuous state of planning for more schools, more teachers and more resources to keep up with the enrollment surge. In the past decade, the school system has opened 29 new schools. Yet, there’s a need for more schools— and fast. The school system’s capital plan projects that in 10 years it could be short 20,000 student seats. “That’s not a minor problem. That’s huge issue that has to be resolved,” Superintendent of Schools Edgar B. Hatrick III wrote in his annual address. “If we’re going

to head off those kinds of shortages in the future, we have to work on them right now.” The division opened its 80th school building this year, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, in South Riding, and it claims its fair share of firsts. It is the first two-story middle school, and the first to have its own track and baseball field. The school opened in August to 1,190 students. Two schools are expected to open in the fall of 2012, Frederick Douglass Elementary School and John Champe High School. The boundaries for Frederick Douglass Elementary will be debated and adopted by the School Board from late October through early December. The school is located on Plaza Street near Old Sycolin Road, in Leesburg. Located at 41535 Sacred Mountain St., in Aldie, John Champe High School will be Loudoun’s 13th high school. The school sits on 82 acres and will have space to house 1,800 students. As the school system plans for and awaits the construction of new schools, it has added trailers to some of its campuses and, at Freedom High School, an annex to house students for the school year. The high school’s freshmen split their time between the high school and the annex, located at Mercer Middle School. The crowded high school will be relieved next fall when some Freedom High School students will move to the new John Champe High School. If all goes according to the school system’s capital plan, it will open several schools within the next four years. The plan projects two new elementary schools in fall 2013, one at the Moorefield Station site and one in the Ashburn area; one new middle

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By The Books: Loudoun’s Libraries Loudoun County Public Library offers services at seven facilities. The 41,000square-foot Gum Spring Library, the eighth branch of the public library system, is currently under construction. The Middleburg Library, the smallest in the county system, is planning a major expansion. Story times, reading programs, book discussions, technology assistance and online book clubs as well as a variety of speakers, lectures and entertainment programs are available through LCPL. At http://library.loudoun. gov patrons have access to a variety of databases and listings of library events. Volunteer opportunities for teens and adults are available at all branches.


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years old in 1956.” David Campbell, owner of Campbell’s Tree Service, noted there used to be a whole grove of oaks on Maple Avenue that later were cut down, while to the east Dillon Woods at Fireman’s Field comprise the largest urban stand in the county. There are about 125 trees at the town-owned Fireman’s Field that are well over 100 years old, with some far older. Ted Dillon, whose forebears planted those trees, “years and years ago,” can remember as a kid sitting in the wooden bleachers watching his father play baseball. “One night, two drunks were smoking under the bleachers and burned it down,” he said. Early photographs show the bleachers framed by tall white oaks. The stand also includes American elm, black walnut, hickories, black gum, post oaks and Chinese chestnut. Some of the old white oaks had to be taken down, revealing they


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and restrooms. Nine acres. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Freedom Park: Located at the intersection of Evergreen Mill Road and Tolbert Lane adjacent to Simpson Middle School. Four lighted baseball fields, football field, pavilion, batting cages, concessions. 20 acres. Tel: 703-777 1368. (Town of Leesburg) Georgetown Park: S. King Street, Leesburg. Picnic tables, bench and W&OD Trail access. One half-acre. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Greenway Park: Greenway Drive off Rt. 15 south, Leesburg. Open space, playground, basketball court, picnic tables and benches, trails. Four acres. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Ida Lee Park/Recreation Center: North King Street, Leesburg. Indoor recreation center with lap pool and warm water therapy pool, large fitness room, women’s and men’s locker rooms, meeting space and social hall, art room, gym, aerobics/dance studio, basketball court, racquetball courts, childcare drop-off service and multipurpose room. 130 acres of open space with picnic pavilion, seven deco-turf tennis courts (six lighted), restrooms and service building, soccer/lacrosse fields, walking trails, playgrounds, gazebo, community and demonstration gardens. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park: 43055 Golf Course Road; three acres. Picnic area, grills, benches, and parking lot, with canoe and kayak access to Goose Creek. Trailhead for the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Olde Izaak Walton Park/Leesburg Dog Park: Located on the east end of Davis Avenue adjacent to Food Lion. Three-and-a-half-acre pond, stream and 7,500-square-foot building. Proposed uses include a nature center, fishing pier, picnic facilities, playground and trails. 21 acres. One acre of the facility is home to the dog park, which features a staging area leading into a fenced area, dog waste stations with disposable mitts, picnic tables, water and park benches. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park: [Partially completed]. Located at 42405 Claudia Drive, the county’s newest park opened in June and, so far, features a visitors’ center, maintenance facilities and many lighted athletic fields, four 300-foot softball fields, two 90-foot baseball diamonds with 300-foot fences, two skinned baseball diamonds with 200-foot fences, one grass infield diamond with 200-foot fence, six large soccer fields and two football/lacrosse fields. Future development plans include picnic areas, trails and approximately 200 acres of natural woodlands. Tel: 703-777-0100. (County of Loudoun)


Potomac Crossing Park: [Partially completed]. Access is from road in Potomac Crossing community. Picnic shelter, tables (complete), playground, restrooms, tennis courts, ballfield, and basketball courts. 10 acres. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Raflo Park: S. Harrison Street, Leesburg. Picnic tables, gazebo and W&OD Trail access. Three acres. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park: 43098 Edwards Ferry Road, along Potomac River northeast of Leesburg. Hiking trails and nature sanctuary. 67 acres. Tel: 703779-9372. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Robinson Park: Plaza Street, next to Leesburg Elementary School. Trail, baseball and multipurpose field. 10 acres. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Rotary Park: North Street, Leesburg. Basketball court, playground, picnic tables and benches. One-half acre. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg) Temple Hall Farm Regional Park: Limestone School Road off Rt. 15 north of Leesburg. Working farm with limited summer hours, spring and fall public open house days and interpretative group tours by appointment. Eleven-acre cornfield maze (Sept. through Oct.) and pumpkin patch (Oct.) each autumn. Plans are to increase interpretive programs of farm’s history. 285 acres. Tel: 703-779-9372. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Tuscarora Creek Park: Solitude Court, Kincaid Farms. Picnic shelter, tables, playground, W&OD Trail access. 29 acres. Tel: 703-7771368. (Town of Leesburg) Veterans Park At Ball’s Bluff: Located along the Potomac River adjacent to the NVRPA’s Ball’s Bluff Regional Park. 86 acres. Permanent access to be provided in future. A master plan has been developed, but as yet has not been funded. Tel: 703-777-1368. (Town of Leesburg)


Lucketts Community Park: 14560 James Monroe Highway; 10 acres. Adjacent to Lucketts Elementary School and Community Center. Lighted softball field, soccer field and walking trails. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) White’s Ford Regional Park: Hibler Road; 245 acres. Opening 2012, the park will feature passive recreational facilities, hiking trails and great bird watching. Tel: 703-352-5900. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.)


Aldie Mill Historic Park: 39401 John Mosby Highway; The restored Aldie Mill, an imposing fourstory brick structure with tandem metal waterwheels, offers visitors and students a glimpse of how life was lived in the rural south during


a time when the facility served as a vital center of the community. The twin overshot waterwheels were restored in October 2010 and grinding demonstrations are ongoing. Tel: 703-327-9777 (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park: 39401 John Mosby Highway; the park includes 155 acres of rolling countryside with much Civil War historic significance. The location is part of the study area for the 1863 Battle of Aldie. In the future, more hiking trails and interpretive historical programs will be added. Tel: 703327-9777. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Mickie Gordon Memorial Park: 22670 Carter’s Farm Lane; 49 acres. Lighted baseball field, three soccer fields, two tennis courts, Little League field, two snack bars, picnic pavilion and small fishing pond. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Mt. Zion Historic Park: 40309 John Mosby Highway; 7 acres. Located adjacent to the historic Mt. Zion Church, the park features a variety of events, including historical reenactments. Tel: 703-327-9777. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority)


Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship: 11661 Harpers Ferry Road; the 893acre preserve provides 10 miles of walking paths to wander. More than 200 acres of the land is actively farmed and pastured by resident and partner farmers, providing fresh local food and, in the process, stewarding and conserving the land. Tel: 540-668-7640, Nell Boone Park: 11762 Harpers Ferry Road; six acres. Adjacent to the Neersville Fire Station. Little League/softball field, playground, basketball court and tennis court. Tel: 703777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services)


Fireman’s Field: 250 S. Nursery Ave.; 12 acres. Lighted baseball/football field, batting cage, concession stand and parking lot. Tel: 540338-7421. (Town of Purcellville) Franklin Park: 17501 Franklin Park Drive; 203 acres. This western Loudoun regional park includes two baseball fields, three Little League/softball fields, two soccer fields, two lacrosse/football fields, sand volleyball court, two tennis courts, inline hockey rink, leisure and lap swimming pool, fishing pond, two picnic pavilions and gazebos, memorial gardens, playground and an equestrian/hiking trail. The park is also home to the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center. Tel: 540-338-7603. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) MarÊ Pocket Park: Behind the Town Hall on Main Street Gazebo and sitting area. 540-3387421. (Town of Purcellville)


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Blue Ridge Regional Park: 19178 Blue Ridge Mountain Road; 168 acres. Located in Bluemont on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this newly developed property offers an escape to the mountains for organized youth group tent camping. The 168-acre park offers three primitive camping areas that can accommodate 30 campers each. Basic necessities such as vehicle parking, fire rings, picnic tables and portable restrooms are provided.  Access to the park is limited to registered campers only. Tel: 703-352-5900. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Loudoun Street Park: 3 E. Loudoun St., Round Hill. Playground, horseshoe pits, picnic bench, nature trail, chess tables. Oneand-a-half acres. Soon to open: pedestrian trail from Loudoun Street Park to Franklin Park in Purcellville. 540-338-7878. (Town of Round Hill) Woodgrove Park: 17020 Evening Star Drive; 30 acres. Baseball fields, softball fields, soccer fields, and parking lot. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services)


Algonkian Regional Park: 47001 Fairway Drive off Cascades Parkway. 18-hole golf course, miniature golf course, driving range, cottages, picnic shelters, nature trail, paved trail, boat launch and storage, soccer fields. Swimming at Downpour Water Park. 800 acres. Tel: 703-450-4655. (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) Briar Patch Park: 21660 Sterling Boulevard, Sterling Park; 5 acres. Contains three creative age-appropriate playground units, picnic pavilion, sand volleyball court, basketball court, two tennis courts, walking trail and parking lot. Tel: 703-777-0343. (Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services) Claude Moore Park: 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road; 357 acres. The passive portion of this eastern Loudoun regional park includes a visitor center, woodlands, meadows, two fishing ponds, 11 miles of nature trails, nature center, two picnic pavilions, and the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. The Lanesville Heritage Area includes remnants of Vestal’s Gap Road, the historic Lanesville house, a schoolhouse, a late 19th Century tenant house and barns, and the converted 1860s log cabin that houses the Frogshackle Nature Center. Located within the active portion of the park are the Claude Moore Community Center, Claude Moore Recreation Center, and the Sportsplex, which includes two football/soccer fields (one lighted), two lighted baseball fields, three lighted softball fields, two lighted Little Continued On Next Page



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Leesburg: Rich In History Loudoun’s county seat traces its history back to 1758 when the Virginia General Assembly designated the area as the County Court House one year after Loudoun County was established. The land was originally part of the sixth Lord Fairfax’s estate. Nicholas Minor, who owned 60 acres surrounding the courthouse site, had the land surveyed and laid out in streets that today make downtown Leesburg. Oct. 12, 1758, the Virginia General Assembly created the Town of Leesburg encompassing the area that is now the heart of the town’s Old and Historic District. Originally a settlement called George Town in honor of the king of Great Britain, Leesburg was renamed for the Lee family of Virginia. Because the new town’s location was near the geographical center of the county and was at the intersection of the main roads in the area, the north-south Carolina Road and the east-west Leesburg Turnpike, it quickly became the county’s commercial and political center. An appointed Board of Trustees governed Leesburg in its early history and elected its first mayor in 1813. During the War of 1812, Leesburg served as a temporary capital of the U.S. and home to the Federal Archives, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Leesburg was also the site of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, the largest Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has preserved a portion of the battlefield as a public park—Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park—and the town owns another portion it plans to develop into a town park. The town’s Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. More in-depth information about Leesburg’s history can be obtained at the Loudoun Museum, located next to Town Hall, and the Thomas Balch Library, which is one block west of Town Hall on West Market Street and serves as a repository of genealogical history. Leesburg is situated in the Virginia Piedmont between the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the Potomac River, 35 miles northwest of Washington, DC. The town is approximately 12 square miles with elevations ranging from 275 to 425 feet above sea level. The town’s center is the crossroads of Rt. 7 and Rt. 15. The W&OD Trail runs through Leesburg, providing walkers, bikers and equestrians park-like access from Arlington to Purcellville. The town’s population remained stable at approximately 2,500 from the late 18th century until the mid-1900s. But it has

increased more than tenfold during the past 45 years, and has been growing in the past decade at over 1,000 new people per year. The town has grown 34 percent since 1980 when there were 8,357 residents in town. Today, more than 43,000 people call Leesburg home, making it the largest town in Virginia. If the Virginia Tech student population is counted, Blacksburg becomes larger than Leesburg. Leesburg continues to grow, albeit piecemeal, and now spans 7,700 acres. A committee of Town Council members and county supervisors is studying additional annexation potential and has forwarded a recommendation to study bringing an additional 2,400 acres into the town. Most of this land is located south and east of Leesburg. Future town population estimates range from 40,000 to 80,000 at build-out, depending on whether additional land is annexed and how currently vacant land is developed.


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Leesburg operates under the councilmanager form of government, which divides responsibilities between an elected mayor and Town Council and an appointed town manager. The council determines town policy, adopts all ordinances and resolutions, sets the annual tax rates and adopts an annual budget based on a staff-prepared draft. The town manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of town affairs, implementing the Town Council’s policies and hiring a staff to assist in that work. Mayor: Kristen Umstattd (second year of fifth term) Annual Compensation: $8,500 per year. The two-year mayoral term begins July 1 of even numbered years. Council members: Vice Mayor Kevin Wright (second year of second term), Fernando “Marty” Martinez (second year of third term), Katie Hammler (fourth year of second term), Kenneth “Ken” Reid (second year of second term), David Butler (fourth year of first term) and Tom Dunn (fourth year of first term). Annual Compensation: $8,000 per year. There are six Town Council members. Terms are for four years and are staggered with three seats filled each even-numbered year in town-wide elections. The next town election is scheduled for May 2012, although a voter referendum this Election Day may change town elections to November of even-numbered years.

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Kristen Umstattd is the longest-serving member of Town Council with more than 19 years under her belt and is now serving her fifth consecutive mayoral term. After


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Kevin Wright, Vice Mayor

Kevin Wright was re-elected last year to his second four-year council term, and his first two-year term as vice mayor. Prior to his council election in 2006, the lifelong

Loudoun County resident served as chairman of the town’s Planning Commission. Now, in his council liaison role, he serves on the Public Art Commission and the Airport Commission. He has also served as liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission. Along with Hammler, Wright is a representative on the Annexation Area Development Policies Committee and serves as the town liaison to the Virginia Municipal League’s Finance Committee. He is a board member for Plan Virginia. In his professional capacity, Wright is a project manager for Cisco Systems. He and his wife, Dena, live in the Northwest Quadrant with their daughter.

David Butler

David Butler is in the fourth year of his first council term. Butler serves as council liaison to the Economic Development Commission, the Environmental Advisory Commission and the Tree Commission. Butler is also the town’s representative to VML’s Environmental Quality Committee. He also chaired the Southeast/Southwest Trails Committee and was a member of the Planning Commission, Standing Residential Traffic Committee




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Katie Sheldon Hammler

Katie Sheldon Hammler is in the third year of her second four-year term. Hammler


also served a two-year stint as the town’s vice mayor from 2008 until this July. She is the council liaison to the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission and the Technology & Communications Commission. She also serves as the town’s representative to the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission and chairs VML’s Community & Economic Development Committee. Along with Wright, she represents the town on the Annexation Area Development Policies Committee. A former U.S. Army Reserves captain, Hammler has worked in the high-tech sector as a marketing and business development professional for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Rich, have lived in the Northeast Quadrant for more than 17 years. They have two children.

Boards and Commissions:

Leesburg has 12 formal commissions, most of which are comprised of seven voting members appointed by the Town Council as a whole. Some of the commissions are referred to as committees or boards. Representatives serve for four-year terms to match the terms of the council member who appointed them. The mayor’s appointees serve for two years, matching the mayoral term. A council representative sits on each commission as a non-voting member. Airport Commission The Airport Commission oversees rules and regulations at Leesburg Executive Airport and makes recommendations to the Town Council to ensure efficient administration of the facility. The commission reviews all requests for services, leases and proposals for airport developments, maintains continuous oversight of the airport rules and regulations, maintains a capital improvement and master plan, reviews proposed annual budgets for airport improvements and operations, maintains liaison with county offices to ensure appropriate land use controls affecting the airport and conducts public surveys and meetings to aid in planning improvements and acquiring public support for the airport. The commission also has primary responsibility for the annual air show. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Leesburg Executive Airport. Dennis Boykin is the chairman and Tom Toth is the vice chairman. Other members are Stanley Caulkins, Bob Hall, Stephen Axeman, Thomas Dunlap and Rich Vaaler. Jonathan Corcoran serves as the representative to the Board of Supervisors and Kevin Wright is the council representative. Annexation Area Development Policies Committee The Annexation Area Development Policies Committee is a joint town-county committee formed to discuss planning and


zoning issues in the 2,200 acres currently proposed to be annexed into the corporate limits of the town. When necessary, the committee meets at 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month, and alternates meeting locations between Town Hall and the Loudoun County Government Center. Vice Mayor Kevin Wright and Councilwoman Katie Hammler represent the town and Supervisors Sally Kurtz (D-Catoctin) and Kelly Burk (D-Leesburg) represent the county. Leesburg Planning Commissioners Earl Hoovler and Doris Kidder serve in an advisory role to the committee along with county Planning Commissioners Erin Austin (Catoctin) and Gigi Robinson (Leesburg). Board of Architectural Review The Board of Architectural Review administers the historic district zoning regulations in downtown and entrance corridors leading to the downtown. Unless otherwise scheduled, it holds a business meeting at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month in the Town Hall Council Chambers to review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness in the H-1 and H-2 Overlay districts. As necessary, the BAR holds a work session on the first Monday of every month to discuss other board business. Dieter Meyer is chairman and Jim Sisley is vice chairman. Other members are Teresa Minchew, Richard Koochagian, Tracy Coffing, Edward Kiley and Paul Reimers. Mary Harper serves as the Planning Commission representative and Marty Martinez is council representative. Board of Zoning Appeals The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides cases for variance requests, appeals of administrative decisions and appeals of zoning map interpretations. A Loudoun County Circuit Court judge appoints each member. Meetings, when necessary, are held at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in Town Hall Council Chambers. Susan Moffett is chairman. Other members are Peter Vanderloo, John Pumphrey, John Elgin and Elizabeth Coomes. Economic Development Commission The Economic Development Commission advises Town Council on policies that promote economic development and tourism, and works to retain and expand existing business, attract and recruit desirable new businesses and enhance economic activities that will benefit the business community, residents and visitors to the town. The commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Town Hall lower level conference room. Scott Gustavson is chairman and Jim Sisley is vice chairman. Other members are Ara Bagdasarian, Sandra Kane, Gwen Pangle, Eunggil Choi and Butch Porter. Peggy Coleman serves as Planning Continued On Page 40




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find any in Loudoun that are that old, except on old estates,” Peter Deahl said. When George Carter began building his

mansion in 1804, he cut down a number of old oaks for timber to be used in the house, barn and dependencies. He also hewed down other species from which to make farm tools and implements. But Carter planted more trees over a 40-year period in a renewal pat-

tern that was followed by Edith Corcoran Eustis, a century later. One of the largest and most beautiful black walnut trees in the county is owned by Bruce and Carol Clendenin near Waterford. The huge tree fills the horizon at the back of


the house. “My grandfather used to have turkeys. They’d walk up a ladder into the tree at night, then he’d pull the ladder up into the tree, so nothing could get at them,” Clendenin recalled. He estimates the tree is at least 150

Breaux’s Big Oak Top: The branches of the Grand Oak at Breaux Vineyards fill the view from Paul Breaux’s circa 1750 log cabin, almost thrusting into the space after falling one morning about a month ago. The tree, estimated at about 217 years old, predated the cabin and had been in failing condition. Breaux was at the point of taking action to take the tree down on advice from arborist Peter Deahl. The day before he left on a 13-day motorcycle ride, his son-in-law had seen the oak at 8 a.m. looking its normal self. An hour later, the giant tree had fallen so quickly to the ground that Breaux, inside his house, did not hear a sound. An image of that fallen giant is below.


years old, probably older, and has a dripline of about 150 feet. Clendenin laughed as he recalled one of his most frequent callers. The tree’s wood is highly sought after for veneer, and about every year or so a Pennsylvania man who exports


to Asia and Europe calls him up to see if he’s interested in selling the tree. “He knows I’ll never sell, it’s got to be almost a joke; he even laughs now as he says ‘I’ve got to ask you, how’s the tree?’” Clendenin said. He has a variety of other large trees

on the property, including a tall, leaning cedar that was there at the time of the Civil War, a shagbark hickory, three tulip poplars and an ash tree. Morven Park has a very large post oak that is popular for weddings, its low-hang-


ing, crooked branches making a dramatic backdrop for couples’ exchange of vows. The tree is probably between 200 and 300 years old, Morven Park’s Teresa Davenport said. There is a legend of a Civil War soldier sitContinued On Page 46

Care of Trees climber Dave Bloom casts a quizzical upward eye at the height he is to scale on the Lesourds’ bald cypress. Photo by Care of Trees

This white oak (above) is well over 300 years old and a landmark on Maple Avenue in Purcellville. Its former owner told Walter and Louise Fleming in 1956, “don’t let anything happen to that tree. It has history.” Photo Courtesy of the Town of Purcellville

Some of the huge white oaks at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville (left). Photo Courtesy of the Town of Purcellville







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Contact: Broadlands Governing Body: Nine-member Board of Directors Meeting Time: 5:30 p.m., second Tuesday of the month Location: Broadlands Nature Center, 21907 Claiborne Parkway Contact: Cabin Branch Forest 1 & 2 Governing Body: Five-member Board of Directors Meeting Time: Quarterly meetings held at 7 p.m. Location: Cascades Library Contact: Cabin Branch Forest 3 & 4 Contact: Cardinal Glen Governing Body: Seven-member Board of Directors Meeting Time: 7:30 p.m., second Monday of the month Location: Cascades Library Contact: Cascades Governing Body: Nine-member Board of Directors Meeting Time: 6:30 p.m., last Thursday of the month Location: Lowes Island Community Center Contact: Cascades Park Governing Body: Five-member Board of Directors Meeting Time: 7 p.m., second Monday of the month Location: Cascades Park Clubhouse Contact: CountrySide Governing Body: Seven-member Board of Directors Meeting time: 7 p.m., first and fourth Wednesday of the month Location: Parkway Pool Meeting Room Contact: Courts and Ridges of Ashburn Governing Body: Seven-member Board of Trustees Meeting Time: 7 p.m., second Monday of the month Location: Community Clubhouse, 20361 Susan Leslie Drive Contact: 703-771-9355, ext. 19 Dominion Station Governing Body: Five-member Board of Directors Meeting Time: 6 p.m., fourth Tuesday of the month Location: Dominion Station Community Center Contact: Exeter Governing Body: Seven-member Board of Directors


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LCSO Student Resource Officer The agency also runs a School Resource Officer program at all of the county’s middle and high schools. The SRO program deals with criminal issues within the school, as well as assisting in gang prevention activities. The sheriff’s office continues to run its crime reports website that helps residents keep track of any incidents worked by the agency in their neighborhood, as well as a site for real-time information on any traffic incidents in the county. Both sites can be accessed by visiting The sheriff’s office has been working on its decentralization program, with the Dulles South Public Safety Center opening in 2007 and the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Substation in Sterling Park opening in summer 2010. The Dulles South facility can be reached by calling 571-258-3200. The Sterling substation can be reached by calling 571-258-3356. The Board of Supervisors last year approved plans to construct the Western Loudoun Sheriff ’s Substation outside the Town of Round Hill, and plans are in the works for an Ashburn area station. The sheriff’s office headquarters is in Leesburg, at 880 Harrison Street. The county’s Adult Detention Center, which opened in 2007, is located off Sycolin Road in Leesburg. The expansion to Phase 2 was approved in the FY11 budget, and is under construction. A final opening date has not been set, but it is expected to be open sometime in early 2012. The sheriff ’s office administration’s phone number is 703-777-0407. For emer-


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Leesburg Police Department The Leesburg Police Department provides service to Virginia’s largest town, a total of 12 square miles. The Leesburg Police Department, founded in 1758, is a full-service law enforcement agency emphasizing community policing. The Police Department is headquartered at the Public Safety Center, 65 Plaza Street, N.E. The center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chief Joe Price, who was hired in 2000, leads the department, which consists of 83 sworn officers and 18 civilian employees. The Leesburg Police Department provides law enforcement and crime prevention services, including Internet safety training and tips, to the town as well as community policing. The police department utilizes social media sites, such as Facebook, as well as list serves and other devices to inform residents of crimes, events and pertinent information. The department has two divisions: Operations, which is supervised by Capt. Jeff VanGilder and Administration and Support Services, which is supervised by Capt. Clagett H. Moxley, Jr. The Operations Division consists of three patrol platoons—each platoon has a day shift from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., an evening shift of 3 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and a night shift of 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The Administration and Support Division consists of Community Services and Criminal Investigations and Administrative Services sections. Each section has its own commander. The Leesburg Police Department also has a School Resource Officers program, which places officers in the town’s middle and high schools. The police department also operates its own dispatch center. The Leesburg Police Department’s non-emergency phone number is 703-771-4500. For emergencies in town, dial 911.

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the tree as he wrote in his journal. Sadly, although Confederate soldiers were known to have been billeted at Morven Park, so far no documentation can be found on the story. Gov. Westmoreland Davis is said to have bought the estate in large part because he loved the oak trees there. Another tree at Morven Park is an old sycamore in an unusual location—on the backstretch within the steeplechase track itself. Loudoun’s trees are of “amazingly high quality and very diverse,” Bays said. But the trend is against these large historic trees, with many under threat from climate, fragmentation, invasive plants, insects and disease, Bays said, citing oaks on the Blue Ridge that have been wiped out by Gypsy moth, while large ash trees are now susceptible to emerald ash borers. So the race is on to get candidates for nomination to the Virginia Big Tree Program measured and certified, and to continue looking for those as yet unknown trees. There are candidates, including a huge white oak at Rosemont west of Waterford and a massive silver maple at Edgehill Farm north east of the village. Nor is there any lack of owners willing to protect a big tree. The developer saved a white oak at Gardengate Circle at Ashburn Farm by proffering the tree to the community. Hill-

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est white oak in the country—the Wye Oak on the eastern shore of Maryland—fell, at age 480, in 2002. Unfortunately, the Rogers’ tree had not been assessed by the state when it fell in two sections just before the 2004 tornado. “It was hollow, and split in two the day before the storm. One side fell then and the other gave up the ghost in calm weather the next day, the morning before the tornado,” which came across Rt. 704 “like a howling ball,” Malone said. He still mourns the white oak. “It would have been the national champion,” he said. However, there was some compensation. Last year, the county’s Arbor Day tree was a sapling grown from a Wye Oak seedling that Malone provided to be planted at Morven Park in honor of “Dr. Joe.” Another giant, estimated to be 277 years old, was lost when the “Grand Oak” at Breaux Vineyards fell about a month ago. Owner Paul Breaux had long treasured the white oak and was reluctantly contemplating having to follow Peter Deahl’s advice the ailing tree needed to come down, when it took action on its own. It was fine the night before and it was still there the next morning when his son-in-law saw it from the winery. When next he checked, it was down. Breaux had heard nothing. The immense tree had fallen about five feet from the circa 1750 log cabin. In Breaux’s words, appropriately, the tree fell on its own, “like an old man passing in his sleep … so quietly.” n

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The Western Towns Loudoun County has seven incorporated towns, six of them in the western portion of the county, representing some of the earliest settlements in Loudoun: Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville and Round Hill. The towns represent two-thirds of the county’s land mass, but their populations are much smaller than those of the new communities of eastern Loudoun. Leesburg is the county’s oldest and largest incorporated town, formed in 1758, one year after the county was established. With a population of 43,000, the town acts as the divider between eastern and western Loudoun. Three towns located on Rt. 7, the old colonial road connecting Alexandria and Winchester, benefited from the coming of the railroad after the Civil War as it moved west from Leesburg. Hamilton and Round Hill became popular spa towns while Purcellville became and remains the commercial hub and the largest town of western Loudoun, with a population close to 8,000. To the north, Lovettsville is Loudoun’s northernmost town, also known as The German Settlement. It was one of the first settlements, comprised of farmers of German stock from Pennsylvania in 1732. Hillsboro, in the northwest quadrant of the county, is one of the smallest towns in the state, but one of Loudoun’s earliest Quaker settlements. Middleburg, to the southwest of Leesburg, was settled in the late 18th century and quickly grew to be an important stop on the trading route west from Alexandria to Winchester. That role is reprised today as the town is recognized for the charm of its architecture and its upscale shopping. Town taxes are used to operate and maintain utility systems, develop parks, arrange for trash disposal and cover administrative costs, except in Hillsboro, where no taxes are collected and where there is no town administrative center. Purcellville maintains its own streets, while VDOT maintains streets in the other five towns. Purcellville, Hamilton, Lovettsville and Middleburg have a meals tax. Middleburg and Hamilton have a transient occupancy, or bed, tax also. Most of the towns have a town manager or town administrator. Only in Hamilton and Hillsboro do the mayors also act in the capacity of town executive. Middleburg and Purcellville have their own police force; Round Hill has a community police officer to help with day-to-day concerns; and Hamilton and Lovettsville are assisted by the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Department. Middleburg and Purcellville have architectural review boards overseeing their historic districts; the entire town of Hillsboro

is listed as a state and national historic district and Round Hill has a historic district. Lovettsville also is seeking state and national historic designation for a historic district in town. Municipal elections are held in May every two years for all towns with the exception of Hillsboro, which last year opted to shift its election to November. Mayoral terms are for two years, apart from Hamilton where it is four years; and council members’ terms are for four years. The towns serve as hubs for smaller, historic communities, including Lincoln, Aldie, Lucketts, Paeonian Springs, Philomont, Airmont, Unison, Taylorstown, Waterford and Bluemont. They are unincorporated and fall under the jurisdiction of the county Board of Supervisors. Below is a history, status of current and future projects and listing of the vital statistics for the six incorporated western Loudoun towns.


The forerunner of today’s town was known as Harmony, settled in the mid-18th century west of Leesburg. The community changed its name in 1826, to Hamilton’s Store, after the town’s first postmaster, Charles Bennett Hamilton, the grandson of a prominent landowner and justice. In 1835, the name was simplified to Hamilton. Forty years later, Hamilton, then ranking as one of western Loudoun’s larger settlements, became incorporated. In 1868, Hamilton became the first stop on the railway line west of Leesburg, and a thriving summer resort business sprang up. Visitors from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD, came each year to the Blue Ridge countryside, drawn by the pure water and cooler, fresher air of the Loudoun Valley in contrast to the stifling heat of the cities. In 1926, a disastrous fire destroyed the town’s wooden boardwalk and much of its central business district. The summer business eventually declined and Hamilton returned to the quiet of pre-railroad days. Today, the town and surrounding area is a popular living locale for families with young children, drawn to its character and friendly small town appeal. The town council is working to revitalize its central commercial business district as well as bring in additional commercial at each end of town. Having brought its longawaited Well 14 on line last year to serve the schools community at Harmony west of Hamilton, the town is continuing to work on the integration of the new water treat-


ment plant at Harmony with the existing water system. The Planning Commission has revised the town’s Comprehensive Plan and is working on revisions to the Zoning Ordinance to better reflect the character of the town. New entrance signs have been constructed at both ends of town, and the Hamilton Park has received renovations as a result of three local Eagle Scout projects. VITAL STATISTICS Incorporated: 1875 Area: 120 acres 2010 Population: 506 Households: 225 Median Age: 41 Main Access Roads: Rt. 7, Rt. 704 Mayor: Greg Wilmoth Salary: $15,000 per annum Town Council: Vice Mayor Kenneth Wine, Dimitri Kesari, James Rollins Jr., David Simpson, Michael Snyder and John Unger Salary: $1,200 per annum Council Meeting Dates: Second Monday of each month Zoning Administrator: David Beniamino Treasurer: Lori Jones Assistant Treasurer: Christina Ashby Town Attorney: Maureen Gilmore Address: 53 E. Colonial Highway, P.O. Box 130, Hamilton, VA 20159 Tel: 540-338-2811 Fax: 540-338-9263 Website: E-mail: Real Estate Tax: $0.28 per $100 of assessed value Personal Property Tax: $1.10 per $100 assessed value Meals Tax: 4 percent Transient Occupancy Tax: 2 percent In-Town Water Rates: Bi-monthly billing of $4.75 per 1,000 gallons up to 8,000 gallons; $11.50 per 1,000 gallons over 8,000 gallons. Out-of-Town Water Rates: Bi-monthly billing of $6.50 per 1,000 gallons up to 8,000 gallons; $11.50 per $1,000 gallons over 8,000 gallons. A $19 surcharge applies to all water customers. In-Town Sewer Rates: Bi-monthly billing of $7 per 1,000 gallons up to 8,000 gallons; $17.50 per 1,000 gallons over 8,000 gallons. Out-of-Town Sewer Rates: Bi-monthly billing of $9 per 1,000 gallons up to 8,000 gallons; $20.50 per 1,000 gallons over 8,000 gallons. A $13 surcharge applies to all sewer customers not within the Hamilton Sewer Tax District. Trash/recycling pickup: Wednesday


The town, originally named The Gap, was first settled by Quakers in the early 18th century. Its geographic location between


two hills dictated its future history, both its early prosperity and today’s commuter traffic congestion. Charles Town Pike or VA Rt. 9 is located along the path of a trail through The Gap, originally used by American Indians as a major trade route, a function that continued long after their departure west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When white settlers began moving into the area in the 1730s, the town became an important stop on the western trade route between Alexandria and the Shenandoah Valley. The small enclave quickly became one of the area’s most prosperous commercial centers. But the town began to decline after the Civil War, first from the deprivations and damage caused during the war, and, more importantly, from the location of the railroad to the south along the Colonial Highway/Rt. 7 corridor. Trade then developed along that route, bypassing Rt. 9. Hillsboro’s many businesses slowly declined, leaving the once thriving town economically isolated. However, the town’s relative isolation contributed to its extraordinary level of preservation, leaving its appearance today little changed since the late 19th century. The town provides a snapshot of the evolution of American architecture, featuring simple log structures and elaborate stone houses as well as colonial and Victorian-style homes. Today, Hillsboro is one of Virginia’s smallest incorporated towns. Traffic, water resources and a wish to preserve its historic character are high on the town’s list of priority objectives. Town government has spent years working on a Zoning Ordinance that would give the town some measure of protection without being too restrictive on homeowners. The Town Council and Planning Commission are close to finalizing language, which likely will be ­­­­­­­­acted on by the council by the end of this year. Currently the town’s approximately 100 residents receive water from one drilled well and the Hill Tom Spring, which the state has been pressing the town to eliminate. Following the failure of a second drilled well, the county awarded a grant to the town last year to hire Emery and Garrett to undertake a hydrogeological study to find the best locations for new water resources, for one or more wells, in the Hillsboro vicinity. The town plans to drill an exploratory test well shortly, according to the findings of the study. Based on those results, Loudoun Water will complete its infrastructure study of the town which focuses on water sources and evaluation of sewage conditions. The heavily traveled commuter route to and from West Virginia raises continuous safety concerns for residents. The town has received $2.4 million in federal grants and $600,000 from the county and the School Board, to be put toward a long-planned comContinued On Page 50





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prehensive traffic-calming plan managed by VDOT. The plan includes roundabouts at each end of town and other measures to slow traffic within town. The estimated cost of the project is between $12 million and $15 million. The town and VDOT are in the last phase of design for the project and a public hearing will take place early in 2012. The roundabouts and in-town traffic-calming elements are basically designed and environmental review is underway. The final design stage involves working with property owners on specific needs and right of way. Construction is planned in phases, depending on funding availability. The entire town was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s in recognition of its pristine 18th and 19th century architecture. The Department of Historic Resources recently updated the town’s historic assets and expanded the Hillsboro Historic District. Hillsboro is not included in the county’s historic and cultural zoning districts, but the town’s proposed Zoning Ordinance contains some protective components. VITAL STATISTICS Incorporated: 1880 Area: 56.7 acres (0.1 sq. miles) 2010 population: 100 Households: 39 Median Age: 41 Main Access Roads: Rt. 9, Rt. 690, Rt. 719 Mayor: Roger Vance Salary: None Town Council: Vice Mayor Stephen Morgart, John Dean, Joe Gertig, Amy Marasco and Belle Ware Council Meeting Dates: Third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Town Manager: None Town Attorney: Elizabeth Whiting Address: 36966 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA 20132 Tel: 540-668-6966 Email: Real Estate Tax: None Personal Property Tax Rate: None Water Rates: $5 per 1,000 gallons (up to 10,000 gallons, then graduated increases) Sewer Rates: None Trash/recycling pickup: Wednesday


The 1732 town is one of the county’s oldest settlements. As the county’s northernmost community, it was one of the first areas to be reached by German farmers coming south from Pennsylvania who found its combination of good soil and abundant


streams ideal. That heritage is celebrated in the town’s popular Oktoberfest event, held annually on the last weekend in September. The town council focuses on managing its growth in a manner that is consistent with Lovettsville’s rural setting and encourages open space within an urban development framework. With good access to Maryland and the MARC train just across the Potomac River to the north, Lovettsville has become an increasingly popular place to live and the town has seen a number of completed residential developments over the past few years. Two projects are ongoing—the mixed use Lovettsville Town Center and the Heritage Highlands retirement home. While Elm Street Development’s Town Center project has seen brisk construction and residential sales after the developer turned to moderately priced builder Ryan Homes, the commercial component abutting Town Square is on hold until the economy improves. The area is designed to be the heart of the new commercial center for the town, linking to its traditional business area on Broad Way. Meanwhile, Town Square, around which the rerouted Rt. 287 passes, has already been constructed and landscaped, with more embellishments planned. Eventual construction of commercial development on two sides will include offices, shops and restaurants. The development also includes the Town Green three-acre park that is becoming popular for special events and the free summer movies series. The Heritage Highlands independent living retirement center for ages 55 and older on the west side of Rt. 287 has 20 out of 80 ultimate units already occupied. The town is currently working with an engineering consultant and residents on the design and development of streetscape improvements along the East Broad Way corridor. The improvements will include sidewalks, storm water management and traffic calming. Construction is slated to begin over the next couple of years. Other ongoing town projects include the Berlin Pike Path, a long-planned bike path stretching from north to south along Rt. 287. The project is managed by VDOT and is currently in the engineering phase. The town has completed revisions to its Comprehensive plan, last revised in 2004. The town is also seeking nomination for historic district designation on the state and national Registers of Historic Places. A nomination is being prepared by a historic preservation consultant for submission this fall and review at the end of the year, with a decision expected early in 2012. Engineering and design work is ongoing at the 92-northern Loudoun regional park on the town’s eastern boundary, which mostly lies in the county. The first phase


envisions passive recreational uses including trails, picnic shelters and gardens in the town portion of the park, and athletic fields in the larger county portion in a second phase when funding becomes available. The town also is prioritizing and coordinating its efforts for all town parks through a new Parks Committee and boosting cooperation with the town’s business community through the formation of an Economic Development Advisory Commission. The third module on the town’s wastewater treatment plant opened earlier this year and is now online. As part of a comprehensive program of repairs to the existing sanitary collection system, the town is working to reduce infiltration and inflow of surface and groundwater into the system. The town continues to work with the county on a schools complex location north of Rt. 9. VITAL STATISTICS Incorporated: 1876 Area: Approximately 525 acres 2010 Population: 1,613 Households: 566 Median Age: 33.5 Main Access Roads: Rt. 287, Rt. 672, Rt. 681 and Rt. 673 Mayor: Elaine Walker Salary: $6,250 per annum Town Council: Vice Mayor Robert Zoldos II, Tiffaney Carder, Charlotte Coleman, Mike Senate, Tim Sparbanie and Shaun


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As did several other western Loudoun towns, Middleburg began life as a small crossroads settlement, originally named after local landowner Joseph Chinn, first cousin to George Washington. Chinn sold 50 acres to Virginia statesman Lt. Col. Levin Powell, who laid out the town in 1787 in 79 halfacre lots. Powell renamed his settlement Middleburg, to emphasize its position as the half-way stop on the trading route between Alexandria and Winchester, today’s Rt. 50. The town soon became the flourishing agricultural and commercial hub of southwestern Loudoun, an area that prior to the Civil War boasted more than 18 grain and lumber mills in a 10-mile radius. The Civil War ruined that prosperity and the Middleburg area suffered a severe economic decline that did not reverse until about a half century later, helped in large part by the arrival of wealthy New Yorkers looking for land on which to hunt as the Long Island, NY, area was developed. They provided an infusion of money to the struggling local economy as they bought large properties, drawn by the beauty of the countryside and foxhunting and horse racing opportunities. Today, the area is renowned for its equestrian and breeding centers, with Middleburg maintaining a reputation as the “Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital.” The town continues the links to its historic commercial history having built a reputation as an upscale shopping, dining and accommodations destination in a beautiful setting that is a lure to visitors from metropolitan Washington, DC, and beyond. Today the town is a hub for residents of both Loudoun and Fauquier counties. It’s Christmas in Middleburg event celebrating the best of what the town has to offer in shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities is the major festival of several promotional efforts throughout the year. The town has a strong focus on preserving the architectural integrity of the town and providing a safe, walkable environment to be enjoyed by both residents and visitors. A current streetscape project will provide a pedestrian plaza and safe crosswalks in front of the town’s visitor center, The Pink Box. Middleburg has received a number of citations for its green energy programs and environmental stewardship and for its success in preserving the old while creatively establishing new spaces. In 2008, the town was recognized for its historic preservation efforts as a Preserve America Community. In 2010, the town’s main street, Washington Street, received a national Great Streets award


from the American Planning Association. One of the town’s biggest projects has been delayed by the uncertain economy, but hopes to restart construction soon to complete the Salamander Resort and Spa. The 168-room luxury resort is slated to open in the spring of 2013, three years later than its originally scheduled opening. The council had approved a new zoning district for portions of the 350-acre property to allow mixed use residential and commercial in the future, including primarily office space along with workforce housing and/or senior housing for the Middleburg community. Future plans for the project include an extension of the town’s existing street system to accommodate single-family housing. Salamander Development, LLC, has built wastewater and water treatment facilities to serve both the resort and the town and that have been turned over for operation by the town. The majority of the Salamander tract will remain in open space through a conservation easement held jointly by the town and the Potomac Conservancy. VITAL STATISTICS Incorporated: 1787 Area: Two-thirds of a square mile 2010 Population: 673 Households: 350 Median Age: 47.2 Main Access Roads: Rt. 50, Rt. 626, Rt. 776 Mayor: Betsy Allen Davis Salary: $1,000 per annum Town Council: Vice Mayor Darlene Kirk, Kevin Hazard, Bundles Murdock, Kathy Jo Shea, Mark Snyder, David Stewart and Trowbridge Littleton. Salary: $20 per meeting Council Meeting Dates: Second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Morning work sessions are held on the Monday preceding regular council meetings at 8 a.m. Regular work sessions are on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. All meetings are held at the Middleburg Town Office. Town Administrator: Martha Mason Semmes Salary: $89,000 per annum Town Planner and Zoning Administrator: David Beniamino Town Treasurer: Debbie Wheeler Town Clerk: Rhonda North Economic Development Coordinator: Cindy Pearson Town Attorney: Elizabeth Whiting Police Chief: William Klugh Maintenance Supervisor: Marvin Simms Utilities: Loudoun Water (After Hours: 571-291-7878) Address: 10 W. Marshall St., P.O. Box 187, Middleburg, VA 20118 Tel: 540-687-5152 Fax: 540-687-3804 E-Mail: www.townadmin@townofmiddle-

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The largest town in western Loudoun, Purcellville has long been the hub of commercial activity in the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s western portion. Growth took off when the railroad reached Purcellville in 1874 and increased steadily over the next 50 years, with the town becoming pre-eminent in the early 20th century. Two major fires in 1914 destroyed the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial core on 21st Street and the downtown area slowly declined in importance over the next 50 years. The railroad closed and the 1883 train station was slated for demolition. It was eventually rescued and preserved by the Purcellville Preservation Association. The decline has reversed over the past decade or so, and North 21st Street is once more thriving with new specialty stores and dining venues as the town continues to boost its historic commercial area with current streetscape and lighting plans. The restored train station is now owned by the town and is a popular meeting space for town government and public use. Purcellvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population has grown dramatically over the past decade, from 3,644 to 7,727, spurred by residential and, currently, commercial growth as the town seeks to build its commercial tax base. Purcellvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service area has an effective population of 19,000 within a 10-minute drive and 62,000 within a 25-minute drive. There are two large ongoing construction areas in townâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;commercial development projects along Rt. 7 east from Maple to Rt. 287; and the public town complex on either side of Nursery Avenue featuring new parking arrangements at Firemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field and conversion of the former Baptist Church Sanctuary to become the new Town Hall by November. Last October, the town re-opened the Bush Tabernacle/Purcellville Skating Rink at Firemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field after

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extensive stabilization and renovation work on the century-old structure. The town also is carrying out a comprehensive program of tree preservation and maintenance, removal of dead trees and new plantings at Firemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field. Also at Firemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field, the town recently formally dedicated its First Respondersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Monument, which contains an I-beam section from Tower II of the World Trade Center, in memory of those lost, civilian and emergency personnel, in the 9/11 attacks. The monument is dedicated to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local first responders. The two commercial projects are expansion and renovations to the Loudoun Valley Shopping Center and ongoing construction at Purcellville Gateway where the planned anchor Harris Teeter store is rising. Across Rt. 287, also on the north side of Rt. 7, is Catoctin Corner, another approved shopping center, on which work has not yet begun. At the same time, the town is pushing ahead with efforts to install top transportation improvements, particularly to ease congestions along Main Street/Rt. 7 and complete construction of the long-planned Southern Collector Road. Improved traffic patterns have been installed, including making busy North 21st Street a one-way street. Traffic lights, low speed zones, landscaping, new crosswalks and upgrades to existing sidewalks have been added as part of the Downtown Streetscape Plan. After years of negotiation and litigation, the town is moving forward on the southern bypass to secure the right of way needed to complete the SCR linkage from the already built-out section of A Street to a roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Rt. 287. The project is in the final design and engineering stages and the town anticipates breaking ground in early winter. The bypass is intended to hook up commuters with Rt. 287 and the Rt. 7 Bypass. Utilities received a boost last year, with the opening of the expanded Basham Simms Wastewater Treatment Plant and a comprehensive new maintenance facility, upgrades to sewer lines and water mains and bringing on line several new water resources to boost the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply. Along with the ongoing construction, town leaders are determined to retain the small-town character of Purcellville, which they seek to ensure through a number of advisory commissions, boards and committees to protect and further enhance its historic architecture as well as promoting the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street tree canopy and other environmental features. The town has received state recognition for its environmental and green energy projects, including a rebate program for energy efficient washing machines and toilets and Continued On Page 54





















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Hooper McCann Town Clerk: Jennifer Helbert Director of Public Works: Samer S. Beidas Assistant Director of Public Works: Alex Vanegas Director of Finance: Elizabeth Krens Town Attorney: Maureen Gilmore Address: 130 E. Main St., Purcellville, VA 20132 Website: Email: Tel: 540-338-7421 Fax: 540-338-6205 Real Estate Tax Rate: $0.23 per $100 of assessed value Personal Property Tax Rate: $1.05 per $100 of assessed value for vehicles; $0.55 for machinery and tools, computers and business personal property Meals Tax: 4 percent Cigarette Tax: $0.65 Water/Sewer Rates: See website, for rate details in different categories Trash/recycling pickup: Wednesday


As with Hamilton and Purcellville, Round Hill’s historical commercial fortunes were linked to the railroad when it extended west of Leesburg after the Civil War. From 1875 to 1896, Round Hill was the terminus of the W&OD Railroad until the line was extended to Bluemont. At the turn of the 20th century, the town had a thriving summer resort business with many of its late Victorian houses turned into boarding houses and hotels for the urban clientele escaping from the heat of Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. By 1939, the town boasted a large number of commercial establishments, but they slowly declined after the closing of the railroad in the mid-20th century. Significant development occurred around the town’s boundaries during the last two decades, the largest of which is the planned 1,100-unit Villages of Round Hill bordering the town on the north, east and south. To the southwest, are the Stoneleigh and Fallswood neighborhoods, while Greenwood Commons is adjacent to the town’s northern boundary. A planned community at the former Snyder Farm fell through, but the land is still for sale. All of these neighborhoods are within the town’s water and sewer service area and some may be considered for inclusion into the town. A Loudoun County Sheriff ’s substation is planned on land just west of town, purchased by the county. The proposal was objected to originally on grounds mainly of location and size, but the county and the town are working to fine-tune the project


which remains under review along with discussion on a water and sewer agreement. The town government continues to take an active role in influencing the development of new neighborhoods in an effort to better integrate them into town as well as preserve and protect the area’s environmental and historic features. To accommodate growth within a cohesive framework and better meet its planning goals and objectives, the town is continuing to upgrade its municipal water and wastewater infrastructure, further develop the Round Hill Streetscape and Stormwater Master plans and continue to update its Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. As part of its long-range planning, the town has approved retail/business rezoning applications within the town’s central business district as well as the Lake Ridge residential neighborhood. This area has been designed to further define the southern gateway into the town as well as provide the connection to the Round Hill Trail Network from and through the town, linking various neighborhoods and the future indoor aquatic facility at Woodgrove Park. The town is also refining its zoning regulations for the town’s new community commercial center on the eastern edge of town. The town and the Villages of Round Hill hope to open Sleeter Lake Park soon to residents of the greater Round Hill community for passive uses. The long-awaited Franklin Park Trail street improvements along Loudoun Street East through the central commercial district and thence to Franklin Park are anticipated to begin construction next spring. The annual Round Hill Hometown Festival, which features a Memorial Day parade followed by typical small-town activities and entertainment, grew out of a successful 2000 centennial celebration and has become the town’s major event. The town also holds a Fourth of July picnic in the Town Park. VITAL STATISTICS Incorporated: 1900 Area: 236 acres 2010 Population: 600 Households: 210 Median Age: 35.8 Main Access Roads: Rt. 7, Rt. 719 Mayor: Scott T. Ramsey Salary: None Town Council: Vice Mayor Mary Anne Graham, Daniel Botsch, Janet Heston, Clarkson Kipple, Christopher Prack and Jennifer Grafton Theodore Council Meeting Dates: Third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Town Administrator: John Barkley Salary: $83,748 Town Planner & Zoning Administrator: Robert E. Kinsley, Jr.


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Judge James H. Chamblin Judge Chamblin was born in Loudoun County and was appointed to his first eightyear term in 1987. He has been reappointed by the General Assembly two other times, in 1995 and 2003. Prior to being a judge, Chamblin practiced law for about 17 years. He graduated from Loudoun County High School in 1964 and seven years later earned his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He received the Charles T. Norman Medal for being the best graduate of the class of 1971. Judge Burke F. McCahill Judge McCahill first was appointed to the bench by the General Assembly in 2000. Before becoming a judge, beginning in 1980, McCahill practiced law at a Leesburg firm. He also presides over the Loudoun County Drug Court Wednesdays at 8 a.m. with Judge Thomas D. Horne. He earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. Judge Jeffrey W. Parker Judge Parker, while a resident judge in Fauquier County, has previously served as Loudoun’s Chief Judge. Parker was appointed to his judgeship in Fauquier in 2001. Parker began practicing law in 1980, after receiving his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1977. Prior to sitting on the bench, Parker was an attorney and practiced as a managing partner with Niles, Dulaney, Parker and Lauer, since 1986. Parker received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1974. That same year he married his wife Lawrie. The couple has four grown children. Circuit Court Clerk Gary M. Clemens Clemens was first elected as Clerk of the Circuit Court in 2000 to an eight-year term. He was re-elected in November 2007. Clemens was also a court clerk in Fairfax, where he managed the records section. He was an investigator for the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office before he was elected Circuit Court Clerk. The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the custodian of the county’s court records, land records, marriage licenses, judgments, estate records and other legal documents. Most of the records are available for public inspection in the Clerk’s Office in the courts complex in Leesburg. The Clerk of the Circuit Court issues marriage licenses, accepts applications for trade names and processes applications to Continued On Page 58





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District Court Chief Judge. Judge J. Gregory Ashwell rounds out Loudoun’s presiding District Court judges. The General District Court does not conduct jury trials. All cases in this court are heard by one of the court’s four judges. The Code of Virginia defines criminal offenses heard by the District Court and sets penalties. For many offenses the penalty prescribed is a fine. The amount of court costs is set by the state legislature, and the court cannot suspend or waive costs. Judges, clerks, and magistrates are salaried with public funds and they collect no individual fees. The court is not operated to produce revenue. District Court courtrooms are located on the lower level of the county courts complex in the main courthouse in downtown Leesburg. The District Court Clerk’s area on the first floor of the courts complex in Leesburg recently went through a renovation. The area, which is where traffic tickets and other fines may be paid, is located just beyond security. District Court Cases: Civil Cases: The General District Court decides civil suits involving amounts of money up to $15,000. Unlawful detainer (eviction) suits that include a request for rent can be heard by the court if the amount of rent requested is more than $15,000. A suit is begun by filing a civil warrant or complaint with the Clerk of the Court and


paying a fee. Criminal Cases: The General District Court decides cases in which a person is charged with a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is any charge that carries a penalty of no more than one year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500, or both. Preliminary hearings in felony cases are held to determine whether there is enough evidence to justify holding the defendant for a grand jury hearing. The grand jury determines whether the accused will be indicted and held for trial by the Circuit Court. Traffic Cases: The General District Court hears cases in which a person is charged with a traffic offense. Most offenses are traffic infractions. Cases involving awards to individuals for damage in connection with traffic violations are civil in nature. Traffic court is held for the Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office, the Dulles Airport police, the Virginia State Police, the Leesburg Police Department, the Middleburg Police Department and the Purcellville Police Department in District Court. The traffic court schedule is as follows: • Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office: Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., courtroom 1D; Thursday, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., courtroom 2F; Wednesday and Thursday, 1:30 p.m., courtroom 1D; Friday, 1:30 p.m., courtroom 1D. • Leesburg Police Department: Monday, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., courtroom 1C.


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Clerk: Evamarie Bates E-mail: Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone 703-777-0300 Fax: 703-771-5039 Address: 18 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Judges: Presiding Judge/Chief Judge Avelina S. Jacob, Judge Pamela L. Brooks and Judge Jonathan S. Lynn In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court hears all matters involving juveniles such as criminal or traffic matters. Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if it were committed by an adult. Other juvenile offenses may be referred to as status offenses—those acts that are unlawful only because they are committed by a minor, such as possession of tobacco or a

curfew violation. In addition, the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court handles other matters involving families, such as custody, child support and visitation. The court also hears family abuse cases, where adults have been accused of child abuse or neglect, as well as criminal cases where the defendant and alleged victim are family or household members. If the matter is between two adults and a trial is sought, domestic criminal cases often are concluded in the Circuit Court. The commonwealth can petition to have a minor charged with a serious criminal matter tried as an adult. Preliminary hearings before that decision is rendered will be heard in the juvenile court. The judges of the juvenile and domestic relations district court are elected by the General Assembly for six-year terms. Juvenile Records and Trials A juvenile or adult charged with committing a criminal act or traffic infraction has the right to a public trial. This right may be given up if the person so chooses. If a juvenile is accused of committing an act that would be a misdemeanor if committed by an adult, the hearing is closed to the public. If a juvenile over 14 is accused of committing an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, the hearing is open, unless the judge makes the decision to close the hearing. Court reports and records in juvenile cases are generally open only to those speContinued On Page 60

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than once. Drug courts are aimed at curbing instances of repeat offenders who are also nonviolent. The country’s first drug court was established in Dade County, FL, in 1989. The Loudoun Adult Drug Court meets at 8 a.m. every Wednesday and is presided over by Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne and Judge Burke McCahill. The drug court team includes employees from the Circuit Court, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Community Corrections, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office and a defense attorney. The program celebrated its seventh anniversary this year, and to date it has seen 21 graduates. The next graduation is planned for December. The program has a capacity of 20 participants at any one time. The mission of the Adult Drug Treatment Court is to enhance public safety by reducing the impact of drug-driven crime on the community through providing a cost-effective and accountable system of supervision and treatment. By expediting the criminal justice process and improving access of offenders to an enhanced treatment program, the drug court works to help reduce recidivism, decrease the jail population and achieve associated costs benefits for the county. To be eligible for the program, offenders must live in Loudoun, be alcohol or drug dependent, be on supervised probation for a felony conviction, have a pending probation violation related to their addiction, have no prior convictions for violent felonies or weapons offenses and have no other pending charges that have the potential for jail sentence. Participants may also not be on probation for a felony DUI or be on parole, under post-release supervision or on probation in any jurisdiction other than Loudoun County. Confidential informants for law enforcement are also not allowed to participate in the program. Participants must pay $100 to enter the drug court program and for their treatment, a fee that is based on a sliding scale. While on a personal recognizance release status, participants are supervised daily by a a Community Corrections Probation Officer, a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy and the Drug Court Administrator. Their attendance at drug court and therapy sessions is mandatory. They have a curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and they are not allowed to leave the state. Loudoun’s drug court has four phases, with the last phase having fewer court visits and less intense supervision. In addition to the curfew restrictions, participants can face requirements to perform community service, attend more meetings and treatment sessions and comply with home electronic monitoring. Positive or missed urine screens automatically involve immediate jail terms. Michelle T. White is the program coordinator and can be contacted at 703-737-8212. n




Loudoun County Fire-Rescue­­: A Combined Service Fire and rescue services in Loudoun County are provided through a combination system that includes almost 500 career personnel, both uniformed and civilian, and more than 1,500 volunteer personnel and is led by Chief W. Keith Brower. Brower previously served as Loudoun County Fire Marshal before stepping up to replace Chief Joseph Price who left the county in 2010. He served as the interim chief, before being officially appointed to the position last November. He has more than 25 years of experience with the county’s system, and has served as a volunteer firefighter since 1973. The Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management coordinates Fire and Emergency Medical Services, including emergency response, the administration and delivery of fire, EMS and related training, fire prevention and investigation, hazardous materials, wild land firefighting and swift water rescue. The department also provides administration of the E-911 emergency communications center, public education, and the coordination and mitigation of large-scale emergencies and disasters utilizing an “all hazards” approach. It is the mission of the combined Fire and Emergency Medical Services system to provide residents and visitors with efficient and costeffective fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services. The system also responds to and mitigates hazardous materials and related life safety and property threatening incidents, utilizing state-of-the art equipment and a staff of highly-trained volunteer and career personnel located in strategically placed facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management administrative offices are located off Sycolin Road in Leesburg and can be reached at 703777-0333. The non-emergency number for the department is 703-777-0637. For emergencies, call 911. The county is proud of its volunteer firefighter and resuce history. Records show that in the 1800s, Leesburg created the first prefire company with a bucket brigade known as the “Star Company.” In 1863, the group organized itself and changed its name to the Leesburg Fire Company. Now the county’s fire-rescue system is a combination of volunteer and career personnel run out of more than 20 stations across the county and uses hundreds of fire and rescue apparatus. Aldie Fire and Rescue Company, Company 7 39459 John Mosby Hwy (Rt. 50) Aldie, VA 20105 Phone: 703-327-6712

The Aldie Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1955. In 1956, Company 7 purchased its first station, which was formerly a garage and service station, and bought a 1939 Ford fire engine. In 1971, Company 7 built a new station on the same property as the old fire station. Arcola Pleasant Valley Fire and Rescue, Company 9 24300 Gum Springs Road Chantilly, VA 20166 Phone: 703-327-2222 The Arcola Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1957. In the 1960s, the first ambulance was put in service and the Ladies Auxiliary was formed. During Hurricane Agnes in the 1970s, 200 people were sheltered and fed at Station 9. The 1980s and ‘90s saw an addition built onto the station, and a recruitment program was started to help prepare for future growth. Ashburn Fire and Rescue, Company 6 20688 Ashburn Road Ashburn, VA 20147 Phone: 703-729-0006 Lansdowne Company 22 19485 Sandridge Way Leesburg, VA 20176 Phone: 571-258-3722 The Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department was started in 1947 after the tragic deaths of three children in a house fire. It was officially established in 1948, and its first piece of equipment was a 1927 American LaFrance pumper. The station was built in 1950, with expansions in 1963 and 1993. In 1991, Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department expanded it services and added its first ambulance. In 1996, it officially became the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Both companies used to operate out of the Ashburn Road station. The Lansdowne station began operations in August 2009 with a combination of career and volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel. Dulles Safety Center, Station 19 25216 Loudoun County Parkway Chantilly, VA 20152 Phone: 571-258-3719 Station 19 is one of the newest additions to Loudoun Fire and Rescue. Constructed by the county, it houses both Fire-Rescue and a Continued On Page 62

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Sheriff’s Office substation. It began operation in May 2007, with a grand opening in June 2007. Hamilton Fire, Company 5 P.O. Box 44 39077 E. Colonial Hwy Hamilton, VA 20158 Phone: 540-338-6001 The Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department held its first organized meeting in July 1944, and a year later purchased its first fire truck. In January 1946, it moved into its firehouse, which, with remodeling and additions, is still in use. In 2000, HVFD and the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad together purchased 10 acres of land to build the Hamilton Public Safety Center where both companies are housed. Hamilton Rescue, Company 17 P.O. Box 111 39077 E. Colonial Hwy Hamilton, VA 20158 Phone: 540-338-3111 Establishing its roots in 1952 as one of Loudoun’s first rescue squads, the members of the Hamilton community were volunteering their time and skills long before Station 17 was renamed in 1979. The Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad serves the town of Hamilton and its surrounding areas. Leesburg Fire, Company 1 P.O. Box 70 Leesburg, VA 20178 Phone: 703-777-1343 Leesburg Fire, Company 20 61 Plaza Street N.E. Leesburg, VA 20176 Phone: 703-771-9103 Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company occupies two locations in Leesburg. Company 1 is located at 215 W. Loudoun Street. Company 20 runs out of the station located on Plaza Street next to the Leesburg Police station. Loudoun County Rescue (Leesburg), Company 13 P.O. Box 1178 143 Catoctin Circle S.E. Leesburg, VA 20177 Phone: 703-777-7185 or 703-777-8088 Sept. 12, 1952, 12 men throughout the county started the first rescue squad in the county, the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Over the years, units were housed in Purcellville, Hamilton and Leesburg

Lovettsville Fire & Rescue, Company 12 12837 Berlin Turnpike Lovettsville, VA 20180 Phone: 540-822-5258 The Lovettsville Rescue Squad received its charter in 1966. In 1967, a fire company was begun and combined with the rescue squad to form one company the following year. The current building was built in 1974 and has had two subsequent additions built. Lucketts Fire & Rescue, Company 10 42367 Lucketts Road Lucketts, VA 20176 703-777-9344 The Lucketts Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1960 with one fire truck and a two-bay firehouse. Today, Lucketts’ original firehouse provides seven bays to house its apparatus. Middleburg Fire and Rescue, Company 3 P.O. Box 122 910 West Washington Street Middleburg, VA 20117 Phone: 540-687-3001 When the Middleburg Volunteer Fire Department was incorporated in 1936, it had one fire truck and covered the Rt. 50 corridor from the top of Paris Mountain to Chantilly. In the early 1950s, Company 3 was given an ambulance and initiated emergency medical care, becoming fire and rescue. Moorefield Fire and Rescue, Company 23 43495 Old Ryan Road Ashburn, VA 20148 Phone: 703-726-1583 Moorefield was formed as a company staffed 24 hours a day by career firefighters in August 2009. It was previously affiliated with Ashburn Volunteer Fire-Rescue. The new fire station opened this summer off Old Ryan Road, after previously being located on Red Rum Drive. Neersville Fire & Rescue, Company 16 11762 Harpers Ferry Road Purcellville, VA 20132 Phone: 540-668-6974 Neersville Volunteer Fire and Rescue began in 1976 as a sub-station of Round Hill. Two years later it became the Neersville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and in July 1979 it became Neersville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. Philomont Fire and Rescue, Company 8 36560 Jeb Stuart Road Philomont, VA 20131 Phone: 540-338-6506

SEPTEMBER, 2011 The Philomont Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1955 and was equipped with a used pumper and tanker provided by other fire stations. In 1956, PVFD got its first new pumper, and in 1968 it bought a 1,500-gallon tanker. In 1975 and 1994, two expansions we added to the station, adding a meeting hall and providing a total of seven bays to house the apparatus. Purcellville Fire, Company 2 500 N. Maple Ave. Purcellville, VA 20134 Phone: 540-338-5961 The Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company formed in the early 1900s. The company has had three different station locations in the town over the years. Two years ago, it moved to a new home on North Maple Avenue with the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Company. Purcellville Volunteer Rescue, Company 14 500 N. Maple Ave. Purcellville, VA 20134 Phone: 540-338-4706 The Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad has been in existence since 1969, and was in the same 20th Street location with a remodeling of the building to facilitate necessary housing and storage issues, until late 2009. PVRS maintains an all-volunteer rescue squad. Round Hill Fire and Rescue, Company 4 P.O. Box 145 4 Main Street Round Hill, VA 20141 Phone 540-338-7982 The Round Hill Fire Department started in the early 1900s. In 1938, the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department was formally organized. The first piece of equipment purchased was a used truck that had a water tank and



pump mounted on it. Next, a siren and fire extinguishers were added. In 1949, the first ambulance was purchased. Sterling Fire, Company 11 104 Commerce Street Sterling, VA 20164 Phone 703-430-7010 Sterling Fire, Company 18 46700 Middlefield Drive Sterling, VA 20165 Phone: 703-430-4013 The Sterling Volunteer Fire Department started in 1966 with two old, used pumpers and a tanker in a barn on Holly Ave. By 1998, SVFD had two stations; one in Sterling Park and the other in Cascades, housing two engines each. Construction of a new station in Cascades, in a joint effort with Sterling Rescue, Company 25, was completed in 1997. Sterling Volunteer Rescue, Company 15 P.O Box 108 104 Commerce Street Sterling, VA 20164 Phone 703-430-1780 46700 Middlefield Drive Sterling, VA 20165 Phone 703-430-4013 Founded in 1964, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad originally had one donated vehicle, which responded to calls out of a garage of a gas station in Sterling Park. SVRS moved to its present quarters on Commerce Street and was renovated in 1990. Sterling Rescue maintains an all-volunteer company. Company 15 partners with Sterling Volunteer Fire Company 11 in Sterling Park, and Company 25 partners with fire Company 18 in Cascades. n

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Loudoun’s Community Centers Loudoun’s community centers offer a broad selection of classes and programs for all ages. The centers are operated by the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and serve as focal points for many communities. Many feature outdoor play areas and pavilions, as well as indoor meeting and event space. Call individual facilities for hours and program details. Bluemont Community Center: The facility temporarily operates out of the Round Hill Center, located at 20 High St. in Round Hill, during renovations at the community center. Classrooms, meeting and multipurpose rooms, a performance stage, outdoor basketball courts, practice field/open space and a playground area all are located on site. Manager: Rick Gleason. Tel: 540-338-4485/540-554-8643. Carver Center: 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. The Carver Center serves as a multigenerational center for senior citizens and other members of the community. The center is open Monday through Friday as a senior center and adult day care facility and is available for general community use on evenings and weekends. Manager: Carol Hough. Tel: 571-258-3400.

a childcare room, Olympic weight room and cardiac fitness center and an outdoor playground. Manager: David Schockley. Tel: 540-338-4122. Lovettsville Community Center: 57 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. The center includes: gymnasium, kitchen, classrooms, baseball field, volleyball and basketball courts, two lighted tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, portable performance stage and playground. Manager: Elizabeth Bracey. Tel: 540-822 5284. Lucketts Community Center: 42361 Lucketts Road, Lucketts. The facility is currently operating out of cottages during renovations of the community center. Auditorium and stage, meeting rooms, a childcare room, kitchen, game room and preschool rooms, lighted Little League field, volleyball and basketball courts, will not be available until renovations to the center are completed. Tennis court, playground, and picnic pavilion are among the center’s outdoor features. A community park is located adjacent to the center, as are soccer fields and a walking trail. Manager: Hilary Cooley. Tel: 703-771-5281.

Claude Moore Community Center: 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Classrooms, meeting rooms and a playground are included among featured attributes. A community recreation center is located adjacent to the center, which features a rock climbing wall, aquatic swimming pool, leisure pool and spa, weight room, conference room, gymnasium and basketball court. Manager: Christina Dantro. Tel: 571-258-3500.

Middleburg Community Center: 300 W. Washington St., Middleburg. The center includes an auditorium, performance stage, kitchen, meeting room, multipurpose room, aerobics/dance room and preschool room. Outdoor features include a Little League field, volleyball court, outdoor swimming pool, softball field, two playgrounds, amphitheater and picnic area. Manager: Sheri Conrad. Tel: 540-687-6375.

Douglass Community Center: 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. The center includes a full-size gymnasium, classrooms, outdoor basketball courts, a Little League field, in-line hockey deck, volleyball court, barbeque pit/grill, playground, picnic pavilion and walking trail. Manager: John Mattia. Tel: 703-771-5913.

Philomont Community Center: 36592 Jeb Stuart Road, Philomont. Indoor facilities include a multipurpose room, preschool rooms, meeting room and kitchen, while outside patrons may enjoy basketball and volleyball courts, barbeque pit/grill, playground, picnic tables and pavilion. Manager: Debbie Ludtke. Tel: 540-338-5882.

Dulles South Multipurpose Center: 24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding. Classrooms and meeting rooms and an outdoor playground are available for public use. Proposed baseball/softball fields, an aquatic swimming pool, leisure pool and spa may materialize in the future. The multigenerational center is open to senior citizens and other members of the community as are adjacent community basketball and volleyball courts. Manager: Paul Goudeau. Tel: 571-258-3456. Loudoun Valley Community Center: 320 W. School St., Purcellville. The recently renovated facility includes a multipurpose room with basketball and stage, meeting rooms,

Sterling Community Center: 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. The center features a mix of indoor and outdoor attributes including: gymnasium, teen room, computer room, kitchen, basketball and volleyball courts, playground, barbecue pit/grill, gazebo and picnic tables. Manager: Nick Wilt. Tel: 703-430-9480. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36447 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Loudoun’s only center dedicated to supporting local arts culture features theater, dance, opera, art exhibits, classes, community events and more. Manager: Jeff Stern. Tel: 540-338-7973. n

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Call for free estimate: 571-242-2283

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Conservative Traditional Anglican Worship

1928 Prayer Book - 1940 Hymnal

Sunday, 8:00am and 9:30am Sunday School and Nursery 39918 Oatlands Mill Road â&#x20AC;˘ Leesburg, VA 20175 Daytime 540-338-4357

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A Conservative Synagogue in Leesburg, VA 19357 Evergreen Mills Rd

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Stone Age

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Serving Northern VA Loudoun County area since 1983

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Leesburg Presbyterian Church 207 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA 703.777.4163

Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Church School: 9:45 a.m.

New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Church Preaching, Teaching and Living the Word of God

Worship every Sunday at 9:30 AM at J.L.Simpson Middle School 490 evergreen Mill road, leesburg, Va 20175 571 252-3083 Also visit us @ Dr. alvin h. steward iii, pastor

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church 37730 St. Francis Court, Purcellville, VA 20132 540-338-6381 Fax 540-338-6431

ConFeSSionS: Friday at 10:45-11:45am, Saturday at 8-8:30am, 3:30-4:30pm or anytime by appointment MASSeS: Saturday at 5pm; Sunday at 7am, 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 6pm (Teen Mass) DAily MASSeS: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9am, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30am, Friday at 6:30 amd 12noon FirST FriDAy: Confession at 10:45am, Mass at 12noon followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 8:30 Saturday




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St. John the Apostle Church 101 Oakcrest Manor Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176 703 777 1317 • FAX 703 771 9016

Join Us To Worship Christ Sunday Service 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Nursery and Children’s Class Adult Sunday School Home Groups, Bible Studies Vibrant Youth Programs Meeting at our NeW LoCaTioN!

21660 Red Rum Drive, Ashburn 703-729-2928

Join Us

Sunday 9:00 & 10:45am Saturday 6:30pm

44180 RIVERSIDE PARKWAY LANSDOWNE, VA 20176 703-770-8684

Visit our website for info on programming for all ages!


45425 winding road . Sterling, Va 20165



a United Methodist Congregation

Looking for something different? Join us, our doors are open

For the last 50 years Galilee United Methodist Church has served as a hub for all those interested in connecting, teaching and serving. Join us as we kick off the next 50! Sunday service times: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bring the kids! There is Sunday school for all ages and nursery services. www.galileeumc.orG | | (703) 430-2203

Web page: Mass Times: 5:30 PM Saturday 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM Sunday 2:30 PM Spanish Mass Sunday Weekday Mass at: The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on the corner of Union and N. King Street 8:30 AM and Noon M – F 9 AM Saturday




Index of Advertisers AH & T Insurance....................................18

County Christian School.....................10, 32

Inova Loudoun Hospital.............................3

Noodle Doodle..........................................13

American Chimney....................................21

Creative College Connections.....................10

Joe Fleming Painting Contractors...............62

NOVA Medical Group...............................60

Andy’s Pizza & Subs..................................17

Creighton Farms........................................9

Joseph A. Banks.........................................6


Angler Construction..................................20

Curiosity Zone...........................................24

Leesburg Animal Park.................................51

Ocean Breeze Cleaning Service..................50

Arris Montessori Academy..........................16

Dance Academy of Loudoun.....................14

Leesburg Church of the Nazarene..............30

Other Kind of Jewelry................................33


Dominion Academy...................................35

Leesburg Dental..........................................42

Potomac Swim School................................57

Ashburn Square Barber Shop......................15

Doukenie Winery.......................................28

Leesburg Sterling Family Practice...............48

Property Services........................................13

Ashburn Village Country Day School........20



Purcellville Family Health...........................39

Backflow Technology, LLC........................62

Epling Nursery...........................................63

Lola Cookies & Treats................................60

Purcellville Florist.......................................33

Baldwin Pools............................................66

Erwin Penland.......................................5, 49

Loudoun Dept. of Econ. Development......46

Radiology Imaging Associates.....................25

Barker Foundation.....................................21


Loudoun County Rideshare .......................53

Sharon Buchanon - Remax.........................32

Belfore USA................................................28

Family First Dental.....................................12

Loudoun Country Day School...................22

Sherry Wilson.............................................23

Belmont Nail Spa.......................................18

Fantastic Sams............................................43

Loudoun Credit Union..............................44

Short Hill Design.......................................54

Ben Franklin...............................................30

Fitness Together..........................................31

Loudoun Family Dentistry..........................54

Stanley Martin Homes................................72

BG Healthcare Services...............................65

Flow Yoga...................................................61

Loudoun Gymnastic Center.......................61

Stone River Masonry..................................46

Blake Landscapes........................................65

Franklin Park Performing Arts...................26

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity.................51

Sunfire Health Patios..................................59

Blue Ridge Grill..........................................15

Freedom Center.........................................24

Loudoun Mutual Insurance.......................48

Swim Kids Swim School.............................21

Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing....................22

Friends of Homeless Animals.....................38

Loudoun Nursery, Inc...............................52

Terry’s Auto Body.......................................47

Bluemoon Construction.............................30

Frilly Frocks................................................16

Loudoun Valley Floors...............................40

Tiny Toes....................................................44

Body Energetics..........................................27

Fuller Family Dentistry...............................64

Loudoun Valley Home Grown...................56

Town Pediatrics..........................................27

Bonnie’s Country Kitchen..........................29


Loudoun Valley Roofing............................50

Tuscarora Mill.............................................4

Brad Kaminsky...........................................33

Gary S. Nelson, DMD...............................45

Marvil Peridontics......................................52

Vintage 50..................................................39

Brookfield Homes.......................................71


Massage Envy.............................................2

Wayne’s World Music Studios.....................58

BTI Whitewater..........................................8

Golden Pond School...................................14

Morven Park..............................................55

Wegmeyer Farms........................................38

C3 Creative, LLC.......................................19

Goodstone Inn & Estate.............................11

Mountcastle Plastic Surgery.......................7

Whole Pet Central......................................56

Cajun Experience........................................64

Hooked on Seafood....................................44

My Deli & Cafe.........................................26

Williams Martial Arts.................................29

China King.................................................55

Ikars Lans D.D.S. and Associates...............41

Neurology Associates..................................58

Your Virginia Pets R My Pets.....................55

Cornerstone Chapel....................................27

Inksanity Tattoo Company.........................47

Next Day Blinds.........................................45




The HOW, WHY, & WHERE You Live

Brookfield Homes understands what families need today. That’s why our communities include neighborhood recreation and are near great schools. It’s also why our homes feature current, innovative designs. And it’s why our homes offer superior efficiency lowering your bills, and making a healthier environment for everybody.

Earth-Friendly Efficiency. Superior Savings. Incomparable Style and Innovative Design.

The Preserve at Goose Creek

Little River Preserve

Snowden Bridge

Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County, VA

Frederick County, VA

• Single-Family Homes priced from mid $500’s • Parks, Trails, Clubhouse, Pool, Fitness Center, and More • Located off Greenway and Belmont Ridge Road

• Wooded Homesites, Swimming Pool, Bath House, Trail System, Pet Parks • Located just off Route 50 and Gum Springs Road

Single-Family Homes and Townhomes near Winchester priced from the upper $100’s

21187 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148

42153 St. Huberts Place, Chantilly, VA 20152

• Brand New Community with Excellent Amenities • Near Shopping and Dining


Single-Family Homes priced from upper $400’s

101 Sawtooth Drive, Stephenson, VA 22656



Townhomes priced from the mid $300’s


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Meet the Home Inspired by Your Life in Loudoun County

Stanley Martin builds homes for the way your family really lives, every day. We have many exciting new communities opening in 2012. Visit our website to keep up on all coming soon communities and register for our VIP list. GREENE MILL PRESERVE


New single-family homes nestled within a 340-acre nature conservancy in picturesque Loudoun County. From the $440’s.

First-floor master suites now available! Expansive lots, luxury homes, and the ideal Leesburg lifestyle. Just 4 miles from Downtown Leesburg. From the $500’s.

703.542.8844 Decorated Model Now Open

703.777.8128 Decorated Model Now Open

HUNTLEIGH AT CREIGHTON FARMS Opening early 2012! Luxury singlefamily homes on beautiful lots in Aldie. 800.466.4807

Your Life is Our Blueprint

Join us on: Hours: Mon 1-6; Tues-Sun 11-6 Prices, financing and offers subject to change without notice. See a Neighborhood Sales Manager (NSM) for more details.

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