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Traveling Loudoun In The Pre-Auto Era Margaret Morton Staff Writer It is easy for us, as we whiz down a modern highway in our fast and powerful automobiles, to know that, barring major back-ups or a crash, we can be in Washington, DC, in about an hour from just about anywhere in Loudoun County. Unless there is a blinding snowstorm or icy conditions, we don’t think twice before setting out on that journey. But, spare a thought for our poor forefathers. One did not go anywhere on a whim—one traveled for a purpose. Considering that in colonial days a horse and rider traveled on average four miles an hour, a trip from Leesburg to the trading city of Alexandria would take quite a while. And it would be slower by wagon. So, what was it like in the pre-auto age? It is hard for us to imagine.

used for trading purposes and to get to their buffalo hunting grounds. Early Souian tribes included the Monacan and Manahoac tribes; the Susquehannas and, later, the Iroquois and Algonkian tribes traded north and south. Catoctin Creek has a history of Indian habitation going back many thousands of years. River passages—Point of Rocks was a favorite crossing of the Potomac—were forerunners of 18th and 19th century ferries. And those trails in turn were adopted, and adapted, by the early settlers as they moved into the county after 1722. They evolved into today’s Rt. 7, Rt. 9, Rt. 15 and Rt. 50, along with the

Snickersville Turnpike, a former Iroquois hunting trail the settlers once called the Shenandoah Hunting Path. Today’s Rt. 15 in part follows the Indian “Great Warrior’s Path,” later to become the major Colonial era north-south trade route, the Carolina Road.

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The early “drove,” dirt, roads were so called for the cattle, hogs and sheep that were driven to market on them. Even as they evolved to accommodate more traffic, they remained little more than country lanes, deeply rutted by coach and

Indian Trails: The Early Road System

Just as some of Britain’s major, pre-super highway, roads lie on Roman roadbeds, the basis of Loudoun’s road system today is the network of trading routes established by the county’s earliest inhabitants. The Indian tribes in Loudoun before the 1722 Treaty of Albany with the Five Nations, which saw them recede west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and across the Potomac River, created trails, which they

wagon wheels. The Carolina Road, for example, was no more than a bed of dirt, less than 10 feet wide. Travel in the 1700s was arduous, as could be seen from the not uncommon recollection of Mrs. Frances Trollope. “I felt like a potato in a wheelbarrow,” she wrote of one ride on the stage. Not only was every muscle aching at the end of the journey, which also could involve a night in a less than salubrious inn, but clouds of dust in summer and ice, axle-deep mud and potholes in winter also were constant companions—not to mention the distinct possibility the wagon or coach might break down. One early 19th century traveler was advised not to come to Loudoun until May because the roads would not be passable until then; the thawing ice in late winter created huge potholes in the primitive road surfaces—indentations that made last week’s potholes seem like mere puddles. As the county began to flourish commercially, a network of secondary roads sprang up to get first tobacco, and then flour from the mills to the markets—feeding into the main arteries, which included the north-south Carolina Road; the east-west King’s Road, today’s Rt. 7, linking Alexandria to the western settlements; the Colchester Road to Snicker’s Gap, Rt. 734; John Mosby Highway, Rt. 50, that linked Winchester to Alexandria, passing through Middleburg, the half-way “burg” or town on

A Civil War depiction of Gen. Pleasanton’s encampment off the Little River Turnpike, today’s Rt. 50, by well-known lithographer Edwin Forbes.

More Online... As always, you can check for further information on county resources. To find a complete listing, go to the website and look for the Guide To Loudoun section under the “More” tab.. There you’ll find all the articles you see here, plus extended details that we weren’t able to fit in this year’s issue. Online exclusives for 2012 include Public Health Services; Senior Opportunities; County Committees; the Planning Commission; County Events calendar; County Recyling; HOA listings; County Organizations; and Community Center information.

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gaudio (R-Sterling) were returned to the dais. York, who had spent years campaigning and governing as an Independent, returned to the local Republican Party in April 2011 and beat back a primary challenge from a former supervisor. Delgaudio was re-elected after a three-way race in the Sterling District. York is now serving his fifth term on the board, fourth as chairman. Delgaudio is serving his fourth term. After the previous board faced the county’s worst economic downturn in decades, and was forced to deal with large budget shortfalls, the housing market’s decline and ever-increasing needs of a growing county, the new board was elected on a united platform to control spending in the county and school governance, lower tax bills for residents, improve the county’s focus on economic development and find solutions to continuing road and quality of life issues. To help meet its goals, the board revitalized the Economic Development Committee, which had been disbanded by the previous board in 2009 for the preference of dealing with those issues as a full board. That committee joins the Finance, Government Services/Operations Committee, the Transportation/Land Use Committee and the Joint School Board/Board of Supervisors Committee. The previous board established the joint committee to improve communication between the two governing bodies—a priority that remains with sitting supervisors. Throughout their first months in office, “increasing the commercial tax base” and “improving economic development” have been familiar refrains from supervisors, who have worked to put the county’s time and money where their mouths are. During the budget deliberations in March, supervisors voted to increase spending heftily in the Department of Economic Development, and supervisors have begun to take an active role in the recruitment process. In addition, the board has made a commitment to better involve and utilize existing businesses and resources in the county to draw in new prospects. Many of the supervisors campaigned on the

SEPTEMBER, 2012 idea that there had to be a better way to run Loudoun government than simply following the way it “had always been done.” To that end, supervisors created the Government Reform Commission, made up of 13 members—one appointed by each supervisor and four at-large appointments. The commission has been charged to look at the overall form of government, the organization of government, including whether functions could be consolidated, and best practices from other jurisdictions that could be applied to Loudoun. To date, the commission has recommended that the Assessor’s Office be brought back under the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office, which was accepted, and the formation of an Economic Development Authority, which so far has not gained traction with supervisors. This board has been helped in its bid to lower taxes by Loudoun’s slowly improving the economy. Residential assessments have, on average, held flat or seen a slight uptick, even while commercial values have dropped in recent years. Construction has begun again in the county, helping with the overall economy as well. But after the past several years of required budget cuts, most of the meat is off the bone on the county government side. To help find the savings, supervisors this year are charging the School Board—also with six new conservative members—to fund savings on its side of the budget. Loudoun County Public Schools makes up just less than 70 percent of the overall budget, and has seen continued growth and the opening of new schools throughout the economic downturn. While school administration has already warned of the potential impacts to cutting only from the schools in the FY14 budget, supervisors have expressed confidence in their counterparts on the School Board. In Virginia, the Board of Supervisors can only allocate a dollar amount to the schools. It has no line-item authority. The new Board of Supervisors amended its meeting schedule this year to meet the needs of many of its working members. The board meets for a public input/general business meeting the first Tuesday night of the month at 5 p.m. Public input begins no earlier than 6 p.m. The first business meeting of the month is held on the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. There is a time on the agenda for public input from senior citizens and other members of the public who cannot attend evening meetings. The second business meeting of the month is held the third Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. Public comment is included on the agenda for the start of the meeting. The board holds its monthly public hearing the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Residents may sign up to address the board at any of the sessions by calling the clerk of the Board of Supervisors at 703-777-0200. Advanced signups will be taken until noon the day of the meeting. In-person sign-up also is available for each meeting, except the first business meeting of the month. Only pre-sign up is allowed for that meeting. The meetings are televised on Comcast Government Channel 23, OpenBand Channel 40 and Verizon FIOS Channel 40. The broadcasts are also available for viewing live through streaming video on the Internet at and are archived for later on-demand viewing.

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SEPTEMBER, 2012 two years on the Purcellville Town Council, as well as on the Loudoun County Community Services Board. Clarke has also been a member of numerous organizations and has decades of volunteer work experience. She was recently awarded “Rotarian of the Year” 2011 by the Rotary Club of Purcellville. She and her husband Tom have three children.

Washington Council of Governments’ Board of Directors; as vice chairman of the National Capital Region Transportation Board; the Northern Virginia Regional Commission; and the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission. He also serves as the board’s representative on the Community Policy and Management Team. York represents Loudoun on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Counties and on the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance. He has served as Chairman of the Virginia High-Growth Coalition, which he founded, and currently serves on the executive committee. He has also been treasurer of the Northern Virginia Planning District Commission. He and his wife, JoAnn, live in Sterling and have four children, two daughters-in-law, one sonin-law and four grandchildren.

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Ralph Buona

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of the board’s Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee and is a member of the Economic Development Committee. He represents Loudoun on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee and the board on the county Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board and the Fiscal Impact Committee. Buona is senior vice president of corporate business development at Ashburn’s Telos Corporation. Prior, he was the vice president and general manager of Telos Managed Solutions where he managed the $120 million Managed Solutions Division of Telos, and has served as vice president of product development cultivating new offerings. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman in 2010. He also was appointed to the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission in 2010; has been a member of the Loudoun County CEO Cabinet, and served on the Route 7 Task Force. Buona began his career as an Air Force Officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s in systems management from the University of Southern California. He and his wife live in northern Ashburn.

Shawn Williams

Broad Run District (R) Office Phone: 703-771-5088 Fax: 703-777-0421 Email: Aides: Caleb Weitz, Nicole Mayor

Shawn Williams was elected to his first term on the Board of Supervisors in the reconfigured Broad Run District in November 2011. He serves on the board’s Economic Development Committee and the Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee. He represents Loudoun on the Dulles Area Transportation Association and the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission. He also is the board’s representative on the Loudoun County Family Services Board. Williams was born and raised on Maryland’s

SEPTEMBER, 2012 Eastern Shore. He has a bachelor’s degree in science, a master’s in business administration and a law degree. He began his career as an active duty U.S. Marine. Currently, he is the federal counsel for Sprint. Previously, he has held legal positions for Raytheon and ASC. Williams is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association, the National Contract Management Association and the Association for Corporate Counsel. He resides in Broadlands with his wife Joy and their three children. They attend Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church.

Geary Higgins

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E UTRO G L OT UO DDOAUYN LGEUEI SD B Matthew Letourneau was elected to represent the Dulles District in November 2011. He serves as chairman of the board’s Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Transportation/Land Use Committee. He also serves as one of the board’s representatives on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Board of Directors and as one of the Board of Supervisors’ representatives on the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission.  Letourneau is Director of Communications and Media for the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was the Republican Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Early in his career, he served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico, as an aide to U.S. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona and as a White House intern. In Loudoun, Letourneau previously was president of a large condominium unit owners association in the Brambleton area and served as Dulles District chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee. Originally from central Massachusetts, he was a cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  He and his wife Margaret live in Loudoun Valley Estates with their three children. They attend St. Theresa Catholic Church in Ashburn.

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By The Book: Loudoun’s Libraries Loudoun County Public Library offers services at seven facilities. The eighth and largest branch, Gum Spring Library, is expected to open in 2013. The Middleburg Library, the smallest in the county system, is planning a major expansion, but, as yet, no construction timetable has been set. Story times, book discussions, online book clubs, technology and online assistance as well as a variety of programs, lectures and entertainment are available throughout the year. The www. website provides access to a variety of databases, a listing of library events and the ability to request and renew library materials. Volunteer opportunities for teens and adults are available at all branches. Additionally, the Town of Leesburg operates the Thomas Balch Library for History and Genealogy, which has an extensive collection of local history resources.

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2012 Marks Another Enrollment Surge In Loudoun’s Public Schools Loudoun County Public Schools continues to be one of the fastest-growing school districts in the nation, opening with a record 68,170 students this fall. In the past decade, the local public schools’ enrollment has almost doubled, pushing the system to build new schools as quickly as it can get land use approval from the county and voter-approved bond money to pay for them. This fall, the district opened two new schools—John Champe High School in Aldie

and Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Leesburg—to bring its total countywide to 82 schools. To meet the cost of the average 2,500 students who are added to the district’s roster each year, Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick’s budget requests for local funding have grown as well. His initial FY13 budget proposal for the school district was $831.6 million, an 11.5 percent increase over the previous year. The School Board—six of

the nine whom were newly elected toward the beginning of the budget process—trimmed that by more than $12 million by scaling back the elementary school foreign language program and eliminating 69 newly requested full-time equivalent positions. Board members had to cut another $12.2 million from their budget in April after the county Board of Supervisors would not match its request for local funding. They finally adopted an $809 million budget in April, an 8 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. The rate of the county’s growth is expected to begin to slow, but not by much, according to the school district’s Executive Director of Planning and Legislative Services Sam Adamo. He initially predicted 2,500 new students this school year, but enrollment of new students was closer to 2,000. In his presentation on the school district’s Capital Improvement Program, he projected a need for $653.85 million worth of capital projects to meet the needs of 10,475 more students through 2017. When the School Board adopted its CIP, it placed the renovation of Loudoun Valley High School at the top of its six-year capital priorities to 2013. It placed the addition of a Dulles area elementary school to 2014, as well as another Dulles area elementary school and a middle school to 2015. Meanwhile, the district is overseeing the construction of two Ashburn area elementary schools this year—both Discovery Elementary School and Moorefield Station Elementary School are slated to open next fall.

A nine-member elected board governs the school system. The board hires the superintendent and approves staff-hiring decisions and establishes all school division policies. It adopts an annual budget, but does not have independent taxing authority. Funding to operate the school division comes from the state government and local tax revenues as appropriated by the county Board of Supervisors. The School Board’s regular meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the school system administration office, 21000 Education Court in Broadlands. For more information about Loudoun County Public Schools, go to

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citizens advocacy group Ashburn Farm Parents United. He works as the executive director of The Mustard Seed Foundation, a private family foundation based in Falls Church. In the role, he oversees a variety of giving programs and international offices in Cairo, Hong Kong, Manila, Mumbai, Nairobi and Bratislava. He serves on the Board of Supervisors/ School Board’s Joint Committee and as a School Board liaison to the Economic Development Commission. Hornberger and his wife Paula have lived in Ashburn since 2004. Paula works as a reading specialist at Potowmack Elementary School, and the couple has three children enrolled in Loudoun County Public Schools; their two oldest children attend Stone Bridge High School and their youngest attends Sanders Corner Elementary School.

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Brenda Sheridan

Curriculum and Instruction Committee and serves on the Personnel Services Committee. She is also the School Board liaison to the Economic Development Commission’s Education Workforce Committee and the Special Education Advisory Committee. Turgeon’s family has spent a lot of time in Loudoun County Public Schools. Her husband, Bill, also teaches in the school system; their oldest daughter graduated from Loudoun Valley High School last year and their youngest children attend Woodgrove High School.

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Board member. She served a partial term in 2011 when she was appointed to represent the Sterling District after the death of longtime School Board member J. Warren Geurin. She has two children in Loudoun County Public Schools and serves as the president-elect of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association. Previously, she served as the Forest Grove Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association vice president for three years and president for two years; she also worked as a substitute teacher in Loudoun before she was appointed to the board in June. Sheridan is chairman of the School Board’s Legislative and Policy Committee and serves on the Health, Safety, Wellness and Transportation Committee and the Personnel Services Committee. She is also the School Board liaison to the Gifted Advisory Committee and a Virginia School Boards Association delegate.


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School Board Continued From Page 15 the board, having been re-elected in 2011. He also serves as chairman of the Washington Area Boards of Education. He works as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Minority Student Achievement Committee. He and his wife, Valarie, live in Leesburg and have four children—two daughters who graduated from Loudoun County High School, a son who graduated from Heritage High School in June and a daughter who is a senior at Tuscarora High School.

Jeff Morse

District: Dulles Residence: South Riding Phone: 571-420-2243 Email: Jeff Morse is an 11-year resident of South


Riding and is in his first term on the School Board. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as a commander in 2006. He is a lead associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, managing and procuring technology and services for the federal government. He is co-chairman of the Board of Supervisors/School Board Joint Committee and serves on the Finance and Facilities Committee. He is also the School Board liaison to the Loudoun Education Foundation. He and his wife Karen have three children attending Loudoun schools.

Bill Fox

District: Leesburg Residence: Leesburg

Email: Phone: 571-420-0721 Bill Fox, a nine-year resident of Leesburg, is serving in his first term on the School Board. He joined the board as a former teacher and attorney. He owns Fox Installs, which installs home entertainment theater systems. He is the chairman of the School Board’s Personnel Services Committee and serves on the Discipline Hearing Committee, Curriculum and Instruction Committee and the Board of Supervisors/School Board Joint Committee. He is also the School Board liaison to the School Business Partnership Executive Council. Fox and his wife Suzanne have three daughters; two are students at Loudoun County High School and one graduated from the same school in 2009.

Debbie Rose

District: Algonkian Residence: Potomac Falls Phone: 571-291-5983 Email: Debbie Rose is in her first term on the School Board. She works as an intellectual property fellow for the Association for Competitive Technology. She also worked at the Entertainment Software Association and as a counsel on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. She served on the Lowes Island Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization for several years and as a District Chair of Loud-

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Leesburg: The Heart Of Loudoun

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. 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 United States 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 park. 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 up to 80,000 at build-out, depending on whether additional land is annexed and how currently vacant land is developed. 2012 marks a new era in the town, politically speaking. For the first time in history Leesburg will hold its election for mayor and Town Council in November with the national elections. This year’s election is Nov. 6 and three seats for council and the mayorship are up for grabs. The Leesburg section will be on the back side of the ballot—and near the bottom of the electronic ballot—when voters head to their polling stations to vote in the presidential, senatorial and congressional races. The results could mean an unexpected result for the local body, as thousands of new voters who may not recognize any council members’ names on the ballot punch their votes. Of course, the voters could also neglect to flip over the ballots or forgo the vote entirely. It’s impossible to say what will happen before it does,

and the council, town staff and those who follow town happenings will be waiting with baited breath to see the result.

Leesburg Government

Leesburg operates under the council-manager 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.

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 will be held Nov. 6.

Kristen Umstattd, Mayor

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Mayor: Kristen Umstattd (second year of fifth term) Annual Compensation: $8,500 per year. The two-year mayoral term now begins Jan. 1 of evennumbered 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), Kelly Burk (first year of first term), David Butler (fourth year of first term) and Tom Dunn (fourth year of first term).

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Leesburg Continued From Page 19 Leesburg Town Council in 1992, making her the longest-serving member of the council. She was named vice mayor in 2000 and was first elected mayor in 2002. She’s lived in Leesburg for more than 20 years and, outside of her mayoral duties, maintains a private law practice with husband Charles Moss. She is the council’s liaison to the Leesburg Planning Commission. She is also a member of the Loudoun County Health Council, representing the Coalition of Loudoun Towns, a trustee for, and chair of the chief elected officials advisory committee to, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, chair of the Towns Association of Northern Virginia, and serves on the Dulles Area Transportation Association, Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

Kevin Wright, Vice Mayor

Kevin Wright, a project manager for Cisco Systems, has served on Town Council since 2006 and was named vice mayor in 2010. 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. He is also a member of the Virginia Municipal League’s Finance Committee, the Leesburg Form-Based Code Task Force and the Joint Loudoun/Leesburg

Annexation Area Development Policy Committee. The former youth soccer referee and his wife, Dena, and daughter, Katelyn, live in the Northwest Quadrant.

Fernando “Marty” Martinez

Marty Martinez, a resident of the Exeter community in the Northeast Quadrant, was elected to his first term on Town Council in May 2002 and served as Vice Mayor from July 2004 to June 2006. He now serves as the town representative to VML’s Environmental Policy Committee as well as the council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Standing Residential Traffic Committee and the Board of Architectural Review. Professionally, Martinez is employed by Booz Allen Hamilton. He is also the co-founder of La Voz and the Boys and Girls Club of Loudoun

County. Martinez and his wife, Doris, have lived in Leesburg for 17 years. They have five children and five grandchildren.

Katie Sheldon Hammler

Katie Hammler is serving the fourth and final year of her second term, during which she served as the town’s vice mayor from 2008 to 2010. She is the appointed member from the Leesburg Town Council to the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission and the Joint Loudoun/Leesburg Annexation Area Development Policy Committee. She serves as the councilmanic representative to the Technology and Communication Commission and the Thomas Balch Library commissions. She was unanimously selected Town Section Chair by towns throughout the com-

monwealth, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Municipal League. She also serves on the Community and Economic Development Committee and on VML’s Legislative Committee while chair of the Community and Economic Committee. She is the council’s representative to the National League of Cities. She and her husband Rich live in the Exeter community and have two children. She is president and CEO of KSH Technology Solutions.

David Butler

David Butler is a native of Oswego, NY, and moved to Leesburg in 2002 with his wife,

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Diamond, who’s also done a lot of historic preservation work in the area, discovered that the unpaved Unison Road near his home was the site of a Civil War battle. “J.E.B. Stewart and George McClellan fought here, right down our road, in 1862,” he said. The debate about whether to pave has pitted

Sure, Loudoun County boasts its modern data centers, international airport and promised Metrorail that will soon connect it by train to the capital of the free world. But the county also embraces its unpaved roads, and even the smallest threat of altering them is sure to rile up an army of opponents. Stroll along Old Waterford Road outside Leesburg or Featherbed Lane near Lovettsville, or myriad other dirt paths that cut through the county’s bluffs and tree groves, and you’ll take in a view similar to that enjoyed by Loudoun’s earliest residents, long before freeways and carpool lanes existed. The dusty byways throughout the county’s countryside carry enough stories to fill a textbook, from Civil War battles to traces of how the county once operated. “This network of roads is still in the same roadbeds as [it was] in the early 19th century. [The roads] show how the villages and rural communities were connected, and how they did commerce,” Mitch Diamond, a retired businessman who happily lives along a dirt road near Round Hill, said. Millville Road winds through farmland west of “These roads are a specMiddleburg. tacular resource.” While the county now maintains the area’s new and old county residents dirt roads, that task fell to the property owners on against one another. either side of the road in the early 1800s. If they Gillespie remembers when had the right equipment, they would run a horse- the county paved Woodburn Road, drawn rake across the roads with a dump cart which connects Harmony Church full of crushed rock. Otherwise, they had to get Road and Dry Mill Road just west creative with whatever equipment they had around of Leesburg, more than 10 years ago. “There was a lot of argutheir farms. “The county didn’t have money for anything ment over that,” Gillespie recalled. like that,” Rich Gillespie, director of education for “They finally decided to pave it, the Mosby Heritage Area Association, said. “So if it and now everyone uses that as a cut wasn’t you or your slaves, or your sons if you didn’t through.” Seeing a few once-dirt roads have slaves, who was going to do it?” In 2001, Gillespie and five others wrote a paved over has prompted some resibook, Loudoun By Foot: Darn Good Walks In West- dents to take action to do what they ern Loudoun, aimed at educating the local public can to protect what of Loudoun is about the strolls available along dirt roads in their still unpaved. With signatures from own backyard and the importance of preserving the majority of its residents, the Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadthem.

ways District was created in the far west end of the county to recognize the historical significance of the roads, and the stone walls and trees that line them. It does not completely protect them from any future Virginia Department of Transportation plans, Loudoun County Historic Preservation Planner Heidi Siebentritt said. “There’s nothing

that’s a no-touch zone…But it heightens the recognition of the history of those roadbeds, and gives [the residents] a seat at the table if VDOT were to ever consider changes.” While some who aren’t used to their cars being perpetually dusty are on board with seeing more of the county under asphalt, proponents of preserving them as is can rattle off convincing arguments. They draw fewer cars for obvious reasons, freeing them up to be frequent byways for horses, cyclists and walkers. Cyclist Elizabeth Van Winkle has pedaled miles on the county’s paved roads, but said she continues to return to the dirt. “I like it because you see a lot more of the beautiful countryside of Loudoun County, old barns and farms and scenery that you don’t get to see on the main roads,” she said. “If they ever took those roads away they’d lose a lot of what Loudoun County is and was.” Gillespie offered his own encouraging words to those still new to the dirt: “Don’t be afraid of dirt roads. You moved here; get used to it. That’s Loudoun.”

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Toth is the vice chair, and Stephen Axeman, Stanley F. Caulkins, Robert Hall Jr., Thomas M. Dunlap and Rich Vaaler round out the membership. Kevin Wright is the council’s representative and Dwight Dopilka, who is running for Town Council, is the Board of Supervisors’ 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 meet-

ing locations between Town Hall and the Loudoun County Government Center. Vice Mayor Kevin Wright and Councilwoman Katie Hammler represent the town and Supervisors Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) and Ken Reid (R-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 Tom Dunn and Eugene Scheel. 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

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The commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Town Hall lower level conference room. Scott Gustavson serves as chairman and Jim Sisley—who is running for Town Council—is the vice chair. Other members are Ara Bagdasarian, Sandra Kane, Eunggil Choi, Butch Porter and Gwen Pangle. Peggy Coleman serves as Planning Commission representative and Stanley Caulkins represents the Airport Commission. Dave Butler is the council liaison. Environmental Advisory Commission The Environmental Advisory Commission promotes the environmental interests of the town through its review of town planning and policy documents as it relates to the environment and community outreach and education. It meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Town Hall second floor conference room. Linda Shotton, who is challenging Kristen Umstattd for mayor, serves as the chairwoman and Mary Haberl is the vice chair. Other members are Neely Law, Barbara Bayles-Roberts, Lyndsay Welsh Chamblin, Karen Terzian and Joseph Sanchez. Brett Burk serves as Planning Commission representative and David Butler is council liaison. Parks and Recreation Commission The Parks and Recreation Commission guides the acquisition, development, funding and programming of the parks and recreation system in the town. Meetings are at 7:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month in Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. Rob Fulcer is chairman and Laurie Burke is vice chairwoman. Other members are Jan Joseph, Clint Walker, Russ Shaw, Joe Cooper and Stephen DeAngioletti. Marty Martinez serves as council representative. Planning Commission The Planning Commission is appointed by the Town Council and is responsible for oversight of planning and the land development process, as mandated by state law. The commission also reviews the Capital Improvements Program, the Zoning Ordinance and the Town Plan and makes

SEPTEMBER, 2012 recommendations to Town Council. The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of every month in Town Hall Council Chambers. Mary Harper is the chair, Peggy Coleman serves as vice chair. Other members are Ad Barnes, Brett Burk, Earl Hoovler, Doris Kidder and Betsy Mayr. Mayor Kristen Umstattd serves as council’s representative. Public Art Commission The Public Art Commission serves to develop and foster a public arts program throughout Leesburg and establish a funding mechanism to help support it. The commission meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the Town Hall second floor conference room. Pamela Butler is chairman and Mollie Eaton is vice chairman. Other members are KD Kidder, Thomas O’Neil, Bob Miller, Debbie Cooke and Donna Cid. Kevin Wright is the council’s representative. Standing Residential Traffic Committee The Standing Residential Traffic Committee concentrates largely on studying and implementing pedestrian safety and traffic calming tools to slow traffic within residential communities. The committee includes representation from town residents, staff and the police and fire departments. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the Town Hall lower level conference room, unless a conflict requires rescheduling. Liz Whiting is chairman and Sandra Kane is vice chairman. Other citizen members are Sandy Grossman, Shawn Pickrell, Brian Caney and Dale Goodson. There is one vacant seat. Betsy Mayr

O GL OTUODDOAUYN LGEUEI D S EB UT R is the Planning Commission representative and Marty Martinez is council representative. Technology and Communications Commission The Technology and Communications Commission serves to advise Town Council on the efficient, economical and productive use of technology and telecommunications for the town’s citizens and businesses. The commission makes recommendations regarding the use of public access channels, the utilization and efficiency of the Information Technology Department and enhancements to the town’s website, among other duties. J.B. Anderson is chairman and Oliver Peters is co-chair. Sandra Smallwood, Kevin Sheldon, Jim Wynn, Tom Coleman and Michael Healy comprise the rest of the members. Katie Hammler serves as the council-

manic representative. Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission The Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission serves as advisers to the library director and reports to Town Council about their activities. Commissioners help publicize the library as well as sponsor the annual Loudoun History Awards and an annual award for excellence in local history research for the Loudoun County Public Schools Social Science Fair. The committee also works with Friends of the Thomas Balch Library, Inc., to promote and support programs and collections. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Thomas Balch Library. Francis Fera is chairman. Other members are James Hershman Jr., James Morgan III, James Roberts, Joan

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18 E. Market Street Leesburg, VA 20176 Clerk of the Circuit Court: 703-777-0270 Fax: 703-777-0376 Judges’ Chambers: 703-777-0464 Judges’ Fax: 703-777-0676 Loudoun County is part of the 20th Judicial Circuit, which includes Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. In Loudoun, there are four Circuit Court judges, who are appointed by the General Assembly to eight-year terms. The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over criminal cases, civil claims for more than $15,000, divorce cases and disputes over wills and property. The Circuit Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the General District Court for civil suits involving amounts of money between $4,500 and $15,000. The Circuit Court also has jurisdiction over appeals from General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Grand Juries are held the second Monday of each month. Court convenes at 9 a.m. Recordation of deeds is between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and financial transactions are accepted between the same times. All visitors to the courts complex in Leesburg are subject to security screening by sheriff ’s deputies upon entering the facility. Cell phones with cameras are not permitted in the courtrooms, and no still cameras or video cameras are permitted in

the courts complex at any time. Free lockers are available for personal belongings, including cell phones and small cameras, in the area before the security area. A recent renovation to the lobby of the courts complex provides more lockers and an expanded security area. There is also an information desk at Security for help with which courtroom visitors should go to and where aspects of the court system are located within the building. Chief Judge Thomas D. Horne Judge Horne has served the longest of any of the three judges in the circuit. He was Loudoun’s Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1980 to 1982, before he became a judge in 1982. Horne received his bachelor’s degree in 1965 from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and in 1969 he earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Horne is a leader in the annual Law Camp, held for students in the 20th Judicial Circuit. He guides the campers through moot court trials and speeches and also brings in special guests to talk to the students. Judge James H. Chamblin Judge Chamblin was born in Loudoun County and was appointed to his first eight-year term in 1987. He has been reappointed by the General Assembly two other times, in 1995 and 2003. He currently serves as Loudoun’s Chief

Judge. 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 he 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 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 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 Archives Division maintains all historic records for the clerk’s office dating back to 1757. The Clerk of the Circuit Court issues marriage licenses, accepts applications for trade names and processes applications to become a notary public. The Clerk of the Circuit Court accepts deeds and other legal land documents for recordation. The office also accepts the filing of lawsuits consistent with the Code of Virginia. The Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Probate Department has the authority to probate wills, appoint and qualify executors and/or administrators for a decedent’s estate and the authority to qualify conservators and guardians. The Clerk’s Office also is responsible for Circuit Court juries and judicial support. The Clerk of the Circuit Court processes all Circuit Court suits and appeals from the lower courts,

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Clerk: Tammy Hummer Dinterman Public Information: 703-777-0312 Fax: 703-771-5284 Address: 18 E. Market Street, Leesburg, VA, 20176 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The General District is the court with which the most Loudoun residents will come into contact, as it handles most traffic violations and misdemeanor criminal cases and conducts preliminary hearings for felony criminal cases. The General District Court also hears civil cases with claims of $4,500 or less and shares authority with the Circuit Court to hear cases with claims between $4,500 and $15,000. Examples of civil cases are landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and personal injury actions. General district court judges are elected by the General Assembly for six-year terms. There are four judges assigned to Loudoun’s General District Court. Longtime District Court Judge Julia T. Cannon retired this year, and Judge Deborah C. Welsh was tapped to replace her. Judge Dean S. Worcester and Judge J. Frank Buttery, Jr. were both appointed in 2006. Worcester currently serves as the 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

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recommended reserving the median of the airport access road for the future rail line. That location is where the Silver Line will eventually run, just shy of 30 years after the plan was adopted. In 1985, the first mention of extending public transit past Dulles Airport and into Loudoun was made in the Dulles North Area Management Plan. Future amendments stated that the county “will coordinate with affected landowners to accept dedications of land for future transit stations and parking facilities.” That plan, which is now part of the county’s Revised General Plan, was a “watershed moment” for the county, Director of Planning Julie Pastor said, because it established the proffer guidelines for the county and it was from where all the county’s area plans evolved. “It also was the first time we drew that line on the map that is now the Dulles Greenway where rail would ultimately go, ” Pastor said. A few years later, the county took its planning to the next level—and those plans continued to include rail. In 1991, the county created the Choices and Changes General Plan, which carried forward the idea that the then-planned Dulles Greenway “is designed to accommodate transit, such as a rail system.” Transportation policies included plans for a rail system in the county, and the Conceptual Transit System Post 2010 map in the plan identified potential rail terminals near Dulles Airport and in the vicinity of Rt. 659/Belmont Ridge Road. The plan also was the first time the county envisioned Transit Related Urban Centers along the Dulles Greenway corridor. Those centers would be high-intensity mixed-use developments proximate to future rail stations—like Loudoun Station and Moorefield Station, approved by the Board of Supervisors more than a decade later. During the next few years, plans moved forward for construction of the Dulles Greenway, including local legislative approval, and the Metro extension, including the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s endorsement that rail be implemented in the Dulles Corridor by 2005. Then, in 1995, the county adopted its first Countywide Transportation Plan, which showed the Dulles Greenway as the transit corridor, and the Greenway opened to traffic. That same year the county created the Toll Road Plan, which set

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location criteria, design and development policies for the mixed-use transit nodes along the Dulles Greenway. In that plan, transit nodes were to be within a quarter-mile of the Metro station, and the first two were identified at Rt. 606 and near Rt. 772—the locations of the two stations still included on the rail map. The Rt. 772 node was designated as a “super node” on the Toll Road Plan, expecting high-density development on both sides of the Dulles Greenway. Loudoun Station and Moorefield Station will bracket the Greenway and the Metro station at that location. The area north of the Rt. 606 interchange on airport property was designated as a potential Regional Transit Center. “We really have planned for transit for a long

time,” Pastor said. At that time rail was envisioned to extend from Dulles Airport all the way to Leesburg. “We still have a policy in the plan that says we are not going to preclude the possibility it could go to Leesburg,” Pastor said. “But that got pulled back.” At the time the county, and the nation, was coming out of the recession, and Loudoun’s population was continuing to grow rapidly. “We had all these schools on the [Capital Improvement Program] and all these developments were starting to happen,” Pastor said. So at the suggestion of then-Sterling District Supervisor Roger Zurn, who now serves as the county’s treasurer, the plan was pulled back.

31 “He said, ‘We can’t afford this yet,’” Pastor recalled. “So take the Toll Road Plan, take the CTP and take off all nodes west of Rt. 659, and we will have to phase into the rest.” “Then a little while later we took that one step further and said the transition area is not going to have that level of development, the rural area is not going to have that level of development,” Pastor said. Colloquially known as the York Initiative, because it was put forward by County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large), who was then serving his first term on the board representing the Sterling District, that change brought the rail plan down only to the stations still on the map today.

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Courts Continued From Page 29 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, which are generally infractions that carry fines of not more of $250. 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. • Virginia State Police: Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., courtroom 1D; Friday, 8:30 a.m. courtroom 1D. • Middleburg/Purcellville Police Departments: Friday, 10 a.m., courtroom 1D. • Dulles Airport police: Friday, 1:30 p.m. courtroom 1C. • Dulles Greenway Toll Violations: first and third Friday, 1:30 p.m. courtroom 1D.

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Clerk: Evamari 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: 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 those 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 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 specifically permitted by law to have such access. Court officials or others who violate this confidentiality requirement are subject to criminal penalties. The court records of a juvenile over 14 who has been adjudicated delinquent for an act, which would be a felony if committed by an adult, are not confidential. Court Service Unit The Court Services Unit works with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Sometimes called the Juvenile Probation Department, it serves the court and facilitates the rehabilitation or treatment of those who come before the court. The court service unit’s functions include: • Intake. Reviews all complaints and determines whether there are enough facts to involve the

SEPTEMBER, 2012 court. If so, the intake officer may either proceed informally to make practical adjustments without filing a petition or may authorize the filing of a petition to bring the matter before the judge, and may effect the placement in secure detention of those juveniles whose present offense requires such security prior to a detention hearing by a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge. Intake does not handle those criminal charges against adults, which are started by obtaining a warrant from a magistrate. • Investigation. Conducts all background studies required by the judge and regulations promulgated by the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice, such as examination of a juvenile’s familial, social and educational history. Such studies may be used by the court as a factor in determining the disposition appropriate to the subject and by the probation staff in the formulation of a services and supervision plan. • Probation. Supervises delinquent juveniles and children in need of services released into home probation and supervises adults released on probation in support and other cases involving the defendant’s relation with family members and individuals to whom he has a support duty. • Parole. Supervises and provides communitybased case management services to juveniles in direct state care and those recently released from state institutional care. • Domestic Care. Supervises juveniles being held in detention, shelter care and post-dispositional probation facilities. In most localities, the staff of these facilities are employees of the localities served by the court and work cooperatively with the staff of the respective court service unit.

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Law Enforcement In Loudoun As Loudoun has grown, so has the need for law enforcement. Loudoun’s main law enforcement agency is the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, led by an elected sheriff. The towns of Leesburg, Purcellville and Middleburg have their own police departments. Virginia State Police also has a presence in Loudoun, as troopers have arresting authority throughout the state. In addition, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officers are often seen in the county as Dulles International Airport spans the line between Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

and notify citizens and businesses of emergency situations that may require time-sensitive actions. It sends a recorded message to Leesburg homes and businesses on local phone lines, providing pertinent safety information or instructions. The Leesburg Police Department also provides access to, which allows residents to view incidents and crimes based on their address. The alert and information systems can be found at www. The police department also operates its own dispatch center. The Leesburg Police Department’s

non-emergency phone number is 703-771-4500. For emergencies, dial 911.

Purcellville Police Department

The Purcellville Police Department, led by Chief Darryl C. Smith, is a full-service law enforcement agency, providing 24-hour, seven-days-a-week patrol coverage in the Town of Purcellville. The department currently employs 13 sworn officers and two civilians. The department is supplemented with two support arms, the Purcellville Citizen’s Support Team and the Purcellville Explorer Post #1908.

These units are made up of men, women and teens who assist the police department at town and community events. The department is responsible for patrol, traffic enforcement and criminal investigations within the town, covering about three square miles. The Purcellville Police Department has teamed with Silent Partner Alert to offer residents free broadcast email alerts from Chief Smith. Residents may sign up for the alerts at www.silentpartneralert. com.

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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 NE. 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 85 sworn officers and 16 civilian employees. Prior to coming to Leesburg, Price served 25 years in Montgomery County, MD, where he retired as a Bureau Chief. The department includes patrol/community policing officers, canine officers, crime prevention officers, bicycle officers, detectives, ID technicians, motorcycle traffic officers, school resource officers, a Special Operations Team, Civil Defense Unit, crisis negotiators and its own Emergency Communications Center. The department has two divisions: Field 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 operates under two community commanders—Lt. Brian Rourke for District 1 and Lt. Vanessa Grigsby for District 2—and a special operations commander, Lt. Carl Maupin. The town’s two districts are broken down to patrol beats for officers. The patrol beats are divided further into Community Policing Sectors and officers are assigned to a sector and are responsible for handling any issues within that area. The Administration and Support Division consists of Community Services and Criminal Investigations and Administrative Services sections. The Administrative Services Commander is Lt. Wesley Thompson, the Operational Support Commander is Lt. Jeff Dube and the Criminal Investigations Commander is Lt. Thomas Kinnally. The Leesburg Police Department offers several alert systems for residents to be aware of incidents and crime in their areas. Alert Loudoun/Leesburg is a free emergency broadcast system that provides need-to-know information from Leesburg Police and Loudoun County to individuals who sign up to receive alerts on things like wanted and missing persons, traffic accidents, weather emergencies and other topics. The Reverse 911 system is a notification tool to enhance emergency preparedness

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Middleburg Police Department

The Middleburg Police Department is the smallest law enforcement agency in the county. Chief Anthony “AJ” Panebianco is the new head of the department, which consists of four officers. Panebianco was hired in March to replace former Chief William Klugh who retired. Middleburg Police Department provides law enforcement services within the corporate limits of the town for most hours of the day and night. If there is not a Middleburg officer on duty, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responds to emergency calls in Middleburg. The police department’s headquarters are located at 14 South Madison Street. Contact the department at 540-687-6633 or go to

Virginia State Police

Loudoun is part of the Virginia State Police’s Division 7, which includes Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church. The Loudoun office, Area Office 10, is located off Sycolin Road south of Leesburg and has an authorized strength of 17 troopers. In

addition to regular patrol duties, troopers enforce traffic laws on the Dulles Greenway toll road under a contract with its owner. Also, troopers perform truck safety checkpoints and respond to vehicle wrecks and airplane crashes throughout the county. The Virginia State Police operates the state’s sex offender registry. The Loudoun office’s mailing address is 41904 Loudoun Center Place, Leesburg, VA, 20175. To reach Virginia State Police for a non-emergency in Loudoun, call 703-771-2533. The emergency number is 1-800-572-4510. Residents who require specific help from Virginia State Police, especially while driving, dial #77. In areas where the locality is unable to do so, the Virginia State Police also handles wireless 911 calls and transfers them to the appropriate agency.

MWAA Police

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police is led by Chief Stephen L. Holl. It is a full-service law enforcement department with more than 200 sworn officers. The department’s Explosive Dog Detection unit, which has been in operation since 1997, consists of 12 dogs and their handlers. Its enforcement capabilities are the same as any county or municipal law enforcement agency and it primarily is responsible for public safety on the property of Dulles International Airport, which includes the Dulles Airport Access Highway and Reagan National Airport. In 2009, MWAA assumed operational control over the Dulles Toll Road, and the MWAA Police Department is now the primary law enforcement along the corridor.

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office: Under New Leadership For the first time in almost two decades, there is a new sheriff in Loudoun. Sheriff Michael L. Chapman was elected after a three-way race in November 2011, defeating four-term incumbent Stephen O. Simpson. Prior to being elected, Chapman served as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton on global security and law enforcement. Previously, Chapman served the Drug Enforcement Administration as a special agent for 23 years, ending his tenure as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Field Division where he directed enforcement operations throughout the Northern District of California. Chapman also served as the Acting Director of Regional Operations, Far East, where he directed all operations throughout 13 countries in East Asia—ranging from China to the Philippines to Australia—from Bangkok. From 2000 to 2002, Chapman served as Chief of DEA’s Public Affairs Section. For the two previous years, Chapman served as the country attaché of the Seoul country office. Chapman also served as a supervisor for the DEA in Texas and in field assignments in Miami and Tampa, Florida, and Karachi, Pakistan. He started his career with the Howard County, MD, police department. He received his bachelor’s in business management from the University of Maryland and a master’s in public administration from Troy State University.

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The sheriff ’s office headquarters is in Leesburg, at 880 Harrison Street SE. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The agency may be contacted in a variety of ways. For emergencies, dial 911. •Sheriff ’s Office Administration: 703-777-0407 • Non-Emergency Line: 703-777-1021 • Crime Prevention: 703-777-0607 • Community Relations: 703-737-8648 • Traffic Hotline: 703-771-5798 • Narcotics Tip Line: 703-779-0552 • Loudoun Crime Solvers (anonymous tip line): 703-777-1919, 1-877-777-1931 • Recruitment: 703-771-5276. The Loudoun County Sheriff ’s Office employs 543 sworn deputies and 112 civilian personnel. Established in 1757, the sheriff ’s office is the largest law enforcement agency in the county and is the largest full-service sheriff ’s office in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The sheriff ’s office is split into five divisions: Field Operations, Special Operations, Criminal Investigations, Administration/Technical Services and Corrections/Courts Security. The sheriff ’s office uses these divisions to provide law enforcement and crime prevention services to citizens of Loudoun County on a 24hour basis. Following his election, Chapman brought in several new faces to the leadership team of the sheriff ’s office. Lt. Col. Christopher Harmison was brought in as a chief deputy; Major Richard Fiano was tapped to head the Criminal Investigations Division; and Major John Fraga was hired


to lead the Special Operations Division. Chapman also created a full-fledged Communications Division that deals with the public and media relations. That division is headed by Liz Mills. From inside the sheriff ’s office, Chapman tapped Major Robert Buckman to continue to head the Operations Division. Buckman was recently promoted to Chief Deputy, and Bev Tate was promoted to Major to oversee the operations. Tate previously headed the Western Loudoun Sheriff ’s Substation. Major Ricky Frye was put in charge of Corrections and Court Security and Major Eric Noble was promoted to head the

Administrative Division. The Sheriff ’s Office conducts around-theclock patrols, enforces laws, responds to emergency calls, investigates crimes and operates the Adult Detention Center, and work-release programs. The sheriff ’s office also has an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to address illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the county.


In recent years, the sheriff ’s office saw a large increase in interest regarding the Neighborhood Watch program, and continued work on

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personnel and is led by Chief W. Keith Brower. Brower previously served as Loudoun County Fire Marshal before stepping up to replace Chief Joseph Pozzo who left the county in 2010. 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 fire-

fighting 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 cost-effective 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-ofthe art equipment and a staff of highly trained volunteer and career personnel located in strategically placed facilities throughout the county. It is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week system. The Fire Marshal’s Office seeks to provide a safe working and living environment for residents, workers and travelers within Loudoun County. It investigates the origin and cause of fire- and explosive-related incidents as well as offenses related to threats to burn and/or bomb, the release of hazardous materials, juvenile fire-setter intervention, proactive public fire and life safety education programs, rapid and professional emergency response and reduction of fire risk through abatement of common fire prevention code violations. The office is organized in three primary sections: Fire and Life Safety Education, Fire Prevention Code Enforcement and Investigations.

There are several special operational programs, including the Bomb Squad and the Canine Program. The fire-rescue system also has a variety of educational outreach programs and resources for residents, including on fire prevention, children’s programs, smoking safety tips and smoke alarms. The department has implemented the “Put A Finger On It!” campaign, designed to educate residents about the importance of smoke alarms in their homes. Fire-rescue personnel system will visit residents’ homes to offer a free smoke detector check, as well as provide additional fire safety information, and will replace batteries and provide or replace smoke alarms if needed. More information can be found on the department’s website. The county is proud of its volunteer firefighter and rescue history. Records show that in the 1800s, Leesburg created the first pre-fire 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 Established: 1955 39459 John Mosby Hwy (Rt. 50) Aldie, VA 20105

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Leesburg Continued From Page 27 URAC was established in 2007 to annually review the relevant information provided by staff necessary for the establishment of utility rates and provides a recommendation to the Town Council so that rates can be established as part of the town’s annual budget process. The Town Council generally sets annual utility rates as part of the approval process for the annual town budget. In-town representatives are Dan Connally, Kimberly Hicks, Frank Holtz, Gigi Robinson, Jerry Hill and Joseph Mydlinski. Deputy Utilities Director Aref Etemadi serves as staff liaison.

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Town Manager: John Wells Rich Williams Town property owners pay real estate and Deputy Town Manager: Kaj Dentler Plan Review Department Director: Bill Ackman personal property taxes to both Leesburg and Assistant to the Town Manager: Scott Parker Planning and Zoning Department Director: Loudoun County. Leesburg’s real property tax rate Town Attorney: Jeanette Irby Susan Berry-Hill for FY2013 is $1 per $100 of assessed value. Real Chief of Police: Joseph Price Public Works Department Director: Tom estate property taxes are collected semiannually, on Clerk of Council: Lee Ann Green Mason June 5 and Dec. 5. Leesburg’s real estate tax is 19.5 Airport Director: Kaj Dentler Thomas Balch Library Manager: Alexandra cents per $100 of assessed value. Personal property Airport Operations Manager: Scott Coffman Gressitt taxes are collected annually and are due on Oct. Director of Capital Projects: Renée LaFollette Utilities Department Director: Amy Wyks 5; pro-rated personal property taxes on vehicles Economic Development Direct: Marantha Zoning Administrator: Chris Murphy acquired after June 15 are due on March 15. Edwards Town Hall Number: 703-777-2420 Finance Department Director: Norman Water and Sewer Service 1/4 Butts page: Human Resources Director: Nancy Fixx (retiring Finances The Town of Leesburg provides public water at the end of 2012) The Leesburg governmenttobudget is orga- and sewer service its residents andToday some areasand A to run in special "Guide Loudoun" issue in forLeesburg Information Technology Manager: Annie nized into three funds that are segregated to allow outside the town’s corporate limits. The town’s burn Todayseparate accounting for different activities and water treatment plant, named the Kenneth B. RolCarlson Parks and Recreation Department Director: before projects: camera-ready discount.lins Memorial Water Treatment Plant in honor of $384.90 • The General Fund is the town’s primary the former mayor and state delegate, draws from operating fund into which all standard revenues the Potomac River under a permit with Virginia are deposited and from which all standard expen- and has a capacity of up to 12.5 million gallons per ditures are disbursed. The airport is now incor- day and will eventually expand to 15 million gpd. 703-771-8802 in FY13: display poratedSusan into the Styer General Fund. $47.6 advertising The sewer plant has a capacity of 7.5 million gpd. million. • The Utilities Fund accounts for the town’s Effective July 1, 2011, water rates are $3.90 Treatsper 1,000 gallons and sewer rates are $5.21 per self-supporting water and sewer system, Lorraine Hooper Lola Cookies & collects developers’ hook-up fees and all system user fees. 1,000 gallons for in-town residential users. Out-ofcell: 571-242-7965 FY13: $19.9 million. town users currently pay $5.50 for 1,000 gallons • The Capital Fund is divided into sev- of water and $7.92 for 1,000 gallons of discharge. eral sub-funds established by the town’s Capi- Quarterly sewer bills are based on winter quarter tal Improvements Program, a five-year plan for consumption so users are billed the same rate major acquisitions and construction projects that is throughout the year. To encourage conservation, revised annually by the town council. FY13: $21.3 there is a 45 percent surcharge for any water usage million. during other quarters that exceeds the winter level by more than 35 percent.


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The Western Loudoun Towns

Loudoun County has seven incorporated towns, six of them in the western portion of the county. Although they only achieved incorporation considerably later in their history, the towns represent some of the earliest settlements in Loudoun: Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville and Round Hill. Western Loudoun forms two-thirds of the county’s land mass, but town populations are relatively small. With a population of almost 44,000, Leesburg is the county’s oldest and largest incorporated town, formed in 1758. The town acts as the divider between eastern and western Loudoun. Three of the towns are located on Rt. 7, the old colonial road that connected the trading centers of Alexandria and Winchester. After the Civil War, they benefited from the coming of the railroad as it continued to move west from Leesburg. Hamilton and Round Hill flourished as 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, consisting of farmers of German stock from Pennsylvania in the early 1730s. Hillsboro, in the northwest quadrant of the county, is one of the smallest towns in the state, but also 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—a commercial position it still holds, recognized for the charm of its architecture and its upscale shopping. Town taxes and user fees are used to operate and maintain utility systems, develop parks, arrange for trash disposal and cover administrative costs. Purcellville maintains its own streets; 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; the entire town of Hillsboro is listed as a state and national historic district and Round Hill and Lovettsville also have districts that are listed on the state and national registers. Municipal elections are held in May every two years for all western Loudoun towns with the exception of Hillsboro, which moved its election to November, as did Leesburg. 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. New this year, western Loudoun mayors were invited to share their goals for the coming year: some have submitted separate statements, some have incorporated them in their town’s general information.


The forerunner of today’s town was known as Harmony, settled in the mid-18th century. 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, attracting visitors from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD, drawn by the pure water and cooler, fresher air of the Loudoun Valley in contrast to the heat of those 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 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 long-awaited Well 14 on line in 2010, the town continues to work on the integration of the well’s resources with the existing town water system. The installation of a SCADA system to automatically control the integration of the town’s water will be completed by the end of this year. Over the next year, the town hopes to construct a water line to connect two dead ends of main lines at the east end of Hamilton, to form a continuous loop that will bring more consistent water pressure to customers. The Planning Commission has revised the town’s Comprehensive Plan and is working with

the Town Council on revisions to the Zoning Ordinance to better maintain the character of the town. Hamilton has recently been included in a book, Hamiltons of the World, available later this year. The book is a collection of the histories of towns with that name across five continents. •VITAL STATISTICS Incorporated: 1875 Area: 120 acres 2010 Population: 506 Median Age: 41 Mayor: Greg Wilmoth Salary: $15,000 per annum Town Council: Vice Mayor Kenneth Wine, Brent Campbell, Dimitri Kesari, David Simpson, Michael Snyder and John Unger ($1,200 per annum salary) Council Meeting Dates: Second Monday of each month Zoning Administrator: David Beniamino Treasurer: Lori Jones Assistant Treasurer: Christina Ashby Town Attorney: Maureen Gilmore Contact: 53 E. Colonial Highway, P.O. Box 130, Hamilton, VA 20159; 540-338-2811; 540-338-9263 (fax); hamilton.; Real Estate Tax: $0.28 per $100 of assessed value

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Western Towns Continued From Page 41 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.


The town, originally known as 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 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. Settlers began

moving into the area in the 1730s and the town became an important stop on the western trade route between Alexandria and the Shenandoah Valley. The small Quaker 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, which became the focus of developing trade along that route. Hillsboro’s thriving businesses slowly declined, leaving the 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—an snapshot of the evolution of American architecture, featuring simple log structures and elaborate stone houses as well as Colonial and Victorian-style homes. Accomplishments this past year included enacting a Zoning Ordinance, replacing a 40-yearold two-page ordinance with a state-compliant document that provides the town with some measure of protection without being too restrictive on homeowners. Currently, the town’s near 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 town undertook a comprehensive hydrogeological study to find the best locations for new water resources. Late last year, a test well proved successful and in early this year

the town applied for loan and grant funding from the Virginia Office of Drinking to complete the new well and tie it into the existing system, along with water main replacement and other improvements. In September, the town received an initial offer of $1.9 million in grants and low-interest financing for the project. Negotiations on details of the project and the financing structure are underway between the town and the state and are expected to be completed by the end of the year. The heavily traveled commuter route to and from West Virginia raises continuous safety concerns for residents. The town received $2.4 million in federal grants and $600,000 from the county and the School Board, to be put toward a longplanned comprehensive traffic-calming plan managed by VDOT. The plan includes roundabouts at each end of town and other measures to slow traffic within town. The total cost of the project is estimated at $20.8 million. Following a recent public information session, design approval by the town, county and VDOT is anticipated by early 2013. The project is listed in the state’s six-year road plan, but full funding has yet to be identified; the town and VDOT are exploring the potential for constructing the project 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 town’s historic assets include the 19th century Old Stone School, which is owned by the town and operated by the nonprofit Hillsboro Community Association. The property is the site of the Saturday Hillsboro Farmers market, which

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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 two town events: the popular Oktoberfest event, held annually on the last weekend in September, and Mayfest, held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. 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, 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 has already been constructed and landscaped, including the Veterans Memorial near the town flagpole, which was dedicated last November. The town is selling engraved pavers to honor veterans. Eventual construction of commercial development on two sides of the square 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

DE LGEUEI S B UT RO GL OT UODDOAUYN 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 town was awarded more than $400,000 in 2012 from VDOT enhancement funds to assist with the construction. Easement acquisition should begin in 2013. This summer, the town’s historic district nomination was approved for listing on both the state and national registers of historic places. 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 is prioritizing and coordinating its efforts for all town parks through a new Parks Committee. This committee is currently designing the Walker Pavilion, a large open-air structure that will be the future home for concerts, festivals and the summer movie series. Construction is planned for early 2013. The committee also is finalizing plans for Quarter Branch Park, a town-owned, multi-use property that will be the location of a support facility for town equipment supplies as well as open areas for recreation, a grass nature path, wildflower meadow and a handicapped accessible walking trail with fitness stations. The town is boosting cooperation with the business community through the formation of “We’re In Lovettsville,” a group of business owners and interested citizens interested in promoting Lovettsville as a good place to live and do business. •VITAL STATISTICS Incorporated: 1876 Area: Approximately 525 acres 2010 Population: 1,613 Households: 566 Median Age: 33.5

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Western Towns Continued From Page 43 Main Access Roads: Rt. 287, Rt. 672, Rt. 681 and Rt. 673 Mayor: Bob Zoldos II Salary: $8,000 per annum Town Council: Vice Mayor Mike Senate, Kimberly Allar, Jack Burden Tiffaney Carder, Rodney Gray and Jim McIntyre Salary: $1,200 per annum Council Meeting Dates: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, both at 7:30 p.m. The town has added four Saturday morning meetings throughout the year to encourage greater community participating in the Town Council process. Planning Commission Meeting Date: First and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Town Manager: Keith Markel Salary: $75.000 per annum Town Project Manager: Karin Fellers Town Zoning Administrator: Melissa Hynes Town Clerk: Harriet West Town Treasurer: Lawrence Gladstone Town Attorney: Elizabeth Whiting Contact: 6 E. Pennsylvania Ave., P.O. Box 209, Lovettsville, VA 20180; 540-822-5788; clerk@; Real Estate Tax Rate: $0.21 per $100 of assessed value Meals Tax: 3 percent gross receipts Cigarette Tax: $0.40 per pack Personal Property Tax Rate: None Water/Sewer Rates: $6.31 per 1,000 gallons; $9.47 per 1,000 gallons; minimum quarterly bill: $94.73 for usage up to 6,000 gallons


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 half-acre lots. Powell renamed his settlement Middleburg, to emphasize its position as the halfway 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 town soon established itself as the major agricultural and commercial center in southwestern Loudoun, an area that at one time had 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 became more built up. They provided an infusion of money to the struggling local economy as they acquired 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. Its 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. It is also home to the National Sporting Library and Museum, whose extensive collection comprises more than 24,000 books and works of art dedicated to equestrian and field sports. The organization celebrated the opening of its SportingArt Museum last October. 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. Current streetscape projects will provide enhanced pedestrian amenities in front of the town’s Pink Box visitor center and within the central business district. Middleburg has created several green energy and environmental stewardship programs and has received awards for 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.



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The largest town in western Loudoun, Purcellville has long been the hub of commercial activity in the county’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 area in the early 20th century. Two major fires in 1914 destroyed the town’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 owned by the town and is a popular meeting space for town government and public use. Purcellville’s population has grown dramatically over the past decade, from 3,644 to 7,727, spurred by both residential and commercial growth as the town seeks to build its commercial tax base. Purcellville’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 numerous large construction areas in town—ongoing commercial development projects along Rt. 7 east from Maple to Rt. 287; and the public town complex on either side of Nursery Avenue completed last November, featuring new parking arrangements at Fireman’s Field and conversion of the former Baptist Church Sanctuary that became the new Town Hall. The town reopened the Bush Tabernacle/Purcellville Skating Rink at Fireman’s Field after extensive stabilization and renovation work on the centuryold structure in 2010. As pat of the Fireman’s Field parking rearrangements and Nursery Avenue frontage improvements, the town undertook a comprehensive program of tree preservation and maintenance, with the removal of dead and diseased trees and 129 new tree plantings. Also at Fireman’s Field, the town last November dedicated its First Responders’ Monument, which contains an I-beam section from Tower II at the World Trade Center, in memory of those lost, civilian and emergency personnel, in the 9/11 attacks. The monument is dedicated to the community’s first responders. Two large commercial projects include the expansion and renovations to the Loudoun Valley Shopping Center, now renamed The Shoppes At Main and Maple, and ongoing development at Purcellville Gateway, anchored by Harris Teeter. 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. Continued On Page 46

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Western Towns Continued From Page 45 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 longplanned Southern Collector Road. Better traffic patterns have been installed, including making busy North 21st Street a oneway 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 with the construction of 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 under construction and the town anticipates completion next June. The bypass is intended to link commuters with Rt. 287 and the Rt. 7 Bypass. Utilities received a boost with the opening of the improved and expanded Basham Simms Wastewater Treatment Plant and a comprehensive new maintenance facility; upgrades to sewer lines and water mains; and several new water resources coming on line to boost the town’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 town’s street tree canopy and other environmental features. The town continues to receive recognition for its environmental and green energy projects. In April, the town was selected from among 132 communities across 40 states to be one of three communities honored as a Siemans Sustainable Community Award winner. Purcellville was recognized by VML for the fourth year as a Certified Green Government. Other green features include continuation of a pilot program with Virginia

Dominion Power, installing 54 high-efficiency LED streetlights in town and the installation of geothermal heating and cooling at the new Town Hall. The town has placed several conservation and historic preservation easements on its properties, including 1,300 acres surrounding the town’s reservoir, a 10-acre stream valley, the Purcellville Train Station and Fireman’s Field. The Purcellville Committee on the Environment and the Parks and Recreation Department spearheaded the effort to create the town’s first Community Garden this spring. Along with a push to revitalize the downtown area is the town’s commitment to augment its commercial base. The town has simplified its ordinances relating to development review, landscaping requirements and site regulations to make it easier for companies to do business in Purcellville in a move that is beginning to pay dividends. In a shift, the town renamed its former Planning and Zoning Department the Community Development Department, to bring more balance to its planning and economic development functions. It is also focused on seeking and retaining new business operators in town. Simultaneously, the town is focusing on reversing the current trend of considerable retail leakage to other jurisdictions, notably Leesburg. The town now has two high schools: the 1960s Loudoun Valley High School and Woodgrove High School, which opened in the fall of 2010. The Townwide Tag Sale, held each October, has grown into a major promotional two-day event for the town, drawing close to 3,000 visitors to town. The town has a thriving farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. The town sponsored Loudoun Grown Expo in February drew about 2,000 visitors and this July the town followed up with the first Purcellville Wine and Food festival, highlighting 12 vendors and musical entertainment that drew more than 5,000 visitors to town. Mayor Bob Lazaro cites Purcellville as “a great place to live, work and raise a family.” Thanking an active citizenry, business and faith community for generous donations of time and

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Western Towns Continued From Page 47 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 has 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 future inclusion into the town. The county purchased a 14-acre parcel just west of town on which a Loudoun County Sheriff’s substation is planned. Despite residents’ objections to its location and size, the county and the town are working to fine-tune the project which remains under review along with discussion on a water and

DA OY UN LG E UE ISDBE U TROG L TO OU D 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 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 fall. 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. A just completed pavilion at the park will be a central local for concerts and events. The town also holds a Fourth of July picnic in the Town Park. Mayor Scott Ramsey said the main goal will be to continue to improve services and infrastructure while maintaining prudent fiscal policies. In that light, Ramsey said property taxes again were equalized this year, dropping from $0.125/$100 in FY2012 to $O.209/$100 in FY2013. No other General Fund fees or taxes were increased, the town continues to carry no general debt and there are no plans to add to utility debt to execute the 5-year capital improvements plan, according to the mayor. A new utility rate study will be produced this year, Ramsey said, to review the current rate policy of 3 percent annual increases. The town’s primary General Fund project will be to assist the county in getting the Franklin Park Trail ready to go out for construction bid, and advancing the town’s Main Street Enhancement Project. The town also will consider whether to construct the planned Sleeter Lake Park. The primary utility project will be the current upgrade to the Rt. 719 lift station to support new users south the Rt. 7 Bypass and the long-awaited extension of utility services to Hayman Lane. The town also will look to compiling an updated Water Resources Plan to identify future needs for water supply and storage. • 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: 7:30 p.m. Third Thursday each month Town Administrator: John Barkley Salary: $83,748 salary Town Planner & Zoning Administrator: Robert E. Kinsley, Jr. Town Treasurer: Betty Wolford Administrative Assistant: Debbie Krueger Town Attorney: Maureen Gilmore Contact: 23 Main St., PO Box 36, Round Hill, VA 20142; 540-338-7878;; Real Estate Tax Rate: $0.215 per $100 of assessed value Personal Property Tax Rate: $1.15 of $100 of assessed value Water Rates: $.00737/gallon in town; $.011055/ gallon out of town Sewer Rates: $.01105/gallon in town; $0.016576 out of town Trash Recycling/Recycling pickup: Wednesday • Statistics provided by the individual towns, Loudoun Department of Economic Development and the 2010 U.S. Census.


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Sheriff’s Office Continued From Page 35 The sheriff ’s office also has implemented an online crime report, where residents can report incidents including alcohol violations, civil disputes, destruction of property, fraud/ false pretenses, harassment, theft, lost property, narcotics activity or suspicious events, among others. All cases filed using the Citizen’s Online Crime Reporting System will be reviewed by law enforcement and if further investigation is warranted, the reporter may be contacted. All residents are reminded that filing a false police report is a crime. Chapman has also put an emphasis on unsolved crimes, creating a “cold case” initiative early in his term. Fiano, Chapman and members of CID reviewed unsolved cases to identify those they believe can be solved and warrant the dedication of additional resources. More can be learned about that program at www.loudoun. gov/coldcase. 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 at, under the Reports & Resources tab. 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. It is headed by Capt. Ed Leonard. The Eastern Loudoun Sheriff ’s Station can be reached by calling 571-258-3356. It is headed by Capt. Allen Gabrielli. In 2010, the previous Board of Supervisors approved plans to construct the Western Loudoun Sheriff ’s Station outside the Town of Round Hill. The current board reduced the scope of that plan to 10,000 square feet. Capt. Brian Courneya is the new head of the western Loudoun sector. The station can be reached at 540-338-5555.

OO UD L GE UE ISD BE UTROG L T D OA UY N Plans also are in the works for an Ashburn area station. The Ashburn area sector operates out of leased space in University Center. It can be reached at 571-258-3000. Capt. Brian Harpster heads that station.

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The county’s Adult Detention Center, which opened in 2007, is located off Sycolin Road in Leesburg. The expansion to Phase 2 began early in Chapman’s term—the new sheriff had made it a priority during his campaign. The ADC uses both the direct and podular remote methods of inmate supervision. The Loudoun Adult Detention Center houses maximum, medium and minimum security level inmates. Local inmates receiving 12 months or less from a judge will serve their sentence at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center. The property also houses the Work Release Facility, which can accommodate up to 47 nonviolent, minimum-security inmates that are soon to be released back into the community. The inmates at the facility pay $12 per day for their stay. Inmates in the work release program are released each day to go to and from their jobs, with stringent rules and regulations. The money they make helps pay their fines, courts costs, make restitution to victims and support their families. Also housed at the Work Release Facility is the inmate work force, a group of non-violent minimum-security inmates who work in the community under an armed guard and perform landscaping, trash pickup along roadways, parks and waterways, minor construction, painting and other tasks. They work on state, county and town property as well as that of charitable organizations. The group has performed snow removal from county facilities, mowed areas that used to be under commercial contract, and has received a grant to buy a commercial power washer to aid in the removal of graffiti. The inmates are credited $5 per hour that goes directly to paying fines and court costs. The equipment used by the work force, like mowers and weed eaters, is purchased from the inmate canteen fund. This fund receives no tax money and is supported by the inmates’ purchases and telephone dividends.


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that route; and Charles Town Pike, Rt. 9, a more northern east-west route than The King’s Road. The Carolina Road, the Colchester Road, Vestal’s Gap Road, Snickersville Turnpike, The King’s Road or the King’s Highway, Rogues Road (a shifty area of the Carolina Road)—these are just some of the names of Loudoun’s early road system—some of them variations of names for one road, such as Potomac Path or Shenandoah Road. Slowly roads improved, including better maintenance. Inns or “ordinaries” grew up to provide bed and board to weary travelers and feed and stabling for horses and wagons—evolving from basic accommodations of three to a bed—or the floor—to more upscale amenities.

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Rivers became “roads” also from the 18th century. There were six ferries crossing the Potomac River and one on Goose Creek, feeding more passengers and trade into the county’s road system. Today, only White’s (Conrad’s) Ferry remains, a busy commuter crossing, fulfilling a similar purpose to that of 200 years ago. For a brief period, the idea of a network of canals to provide water highways to the markets of Alexandria and Georgetown took off, fueled by irritation with the notoriously slow and hazardous road system. Leading commercial barons and political figures led the push, including Oatlands owner George Carter and Charles Fenton Mercer of Aldie, builder of the Aldie Mill, who were the main founders of the Goose Creek and Little River Navigation Company, chartered by the General Assembly in 1832. The bold new initiative eventually collapsed—the victim of insufficient funds, better roads and the beginnings of the railroad.

The Turnpikes

Not until the arrival of the turnpike era, which had its heyday in the early 19th century, did roads improve—eventually leading to the establishment of a more coherent transportation program. The same anger over the parlous state of Loudoun’s roads that led to a flirtation with canals, also spurred the beginning of the turnpike roads. As early as 1758, The General Assembly

appointed a commission to establish a turnpike from Alexandria to Vestal’s and Snicker’s Gap. The 1795 Fairfax and Loudoun Turnpike Road Company was the nation’s first privately owned turnpike company, designed to build an improved road between Alexandria and Little River in Fairfax County. The Little River Turnpike Company, the successor to that failed company, was formed to improve what is now Rt. 50, from Alexandria to Aldie, paralleling the old Colchester Road. Further sections were built and the final turnpike was known as the Winchester-Alexandria Turnpike. In 1810, a company was authorized to operate the Snickersville Turnpike, from Aldie to Snickersville (Bluemont), today’s Rt. 734. Many roads took a long time to get from authorization to completion, including the Leesburg Turnpike, Rt. 7 from Dranesville to Leesburg and the Leesburg-Snickersville portion of Rt. 7, in both cases about 13 years. The Leesburg-Charlestown Turnpike Company was formed in 1818, building today’s Rt. 9 alignment. Today’s Rt. 287, linking Brunswick, MD, and Lovettsville with Rt. 7, had its genesis in the Loudoun-Berlin Company in the 1850s. At first, the turnpikes were controlled locally. Toll houses were built to enforce collection of dues, some of them still standing, including the Broad Run Toll House, now a private residence that was purchased by the county earlier this year. By 1812, 18 charters had been granted, and Loudoun saw the glory days of the turnpike era. But, again, lack of state backing, downturn in revenues and increasing revenues from the railroad accelerated the decline. By 1875, most of the many turnpikes in Loudoun had passed into public ownership. It was not until 1998, with the advent of the Dulles Greenway’s public/private toll road partnership that the trend was reversed, although the road eventually will pass to the state. These and many more roads and independent bridges eventually were deeded to the Commonwealth of Virginia by 1922, some 200 years after the Treaty of Albany had opened up the area for white settlement and subsequently the establishment of the fledgling road system.

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Loudoun’s Many Parks & Recreational Facilities Loudouners are fortunate to have many spots to enjoy a picnic, work on personal health, take a hike or jump in for a swim. Many of the facilities that provide these valuable amenities also offer classes, fitness instruction, childcare and other services to the community. Below, find a geographical listing of municipal recreational facilities located throughout Loudoun.

Countywide Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (NPS, PRCS, NVRPA)

Hamilton Community Park (TOH) 4.8 acres: 31 West Colonial Drive, 540-338-2811


Ashburn Park (PRCS) 16 acres: 43645 Partlow Road

Kephart Bridge Landing (PRCS) 43942 Riverpoint Drive

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park (NVRPA) 67 acres: 43098 Edwards Ferry Road

Lansdowne Sports Park (PRCS) 15 acres: 18900 Kepheart Drive

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve (PRCS) 722 acres: 21085 The Woods Road, 703-669-0316

Beth Miller Park (PRCS) 9 acres: 20270 Leier Place Bles Park (PRCS) 124 acres: 44930 Riverside Parkway

Brandon Park (TOL) 3 acres: 878 Harrison Street SE

Brambleton Fields Site (PRCS, NVRPA) 22389 Belmont Ridge Road

Carrvale Park (TOL) 4 acres: 919 Marshall Drive NE

Brambleton Regional Park (NVRPA) 450 acres: 42180 Ryan Road, 703-327-3403 Chick Ford Field and Ryan Bickel Field (PRCS) 21594 Ashburn Village Boulevard

Catoctin Skate Park (TOL) 141 Catoctin Circle SE, 703-777-8837 Edwards Landing Park (TOL) 32 acres: 1200 Tennessee Drive Evergreen Mills Equestrian and Hiking Trail (PRCS) 21332 The Woods Road *Currently closed due to landfill expansion construction.

Edgar Tillet Memorial Park (PRCS) 51 acres: 21561 Belmont Ridge Road Greg Crittenden Memorial Park (PRCS) 21401 Windmill Drive, Ashburn Farm Lyndora Park (PRCS) 17 acres: 43624 Lucketts Bridge Circle, Loudoun Valley Estates Drive

Trailside Park (PRCS) 20 acres: 20375 Claiborne Parkway, Ashburn Farm Dulles South Byrne’s Ridge Park (PRCS) 26 acres: 24915 Mineral Springs Circle, Stone Ridge Conklin Park (PRCS) 30 acres: 25701 Donegal Drive, South Riding

Potomac Crossing Park (TOL) 8 acres: 508 Shanks Evans Road Raflo Park (TOL) 3 acres: 345 Harrison Street, SE

Ball’s Bluff Regional Park (NVRPA) 223 acres: terminus of Ball’s Bluff Road off Battlefield Parkway, 703-779-9372


Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park (PRCS) 42405 Claudia Drive

Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (PRCS) 122 acres: 43513 Squirrel Ridge Place


W&OD Trail (NVRPA) 703-729-0596

Ray Muth Sr. Memorial Park (PRCS) 17 acres: 20971 Marblehead


Foxridge Park (TOL) 9 acres: 525 Catoctin Circle SW Freedom Park (TOL) 20 acres: 101 Colonel Grenata Circle, SE Georgetown Park (TOL) .5 acres: 221 S. King Street Greenway Park (TOL) 4 acres: 103 Shade Tree Way, SW Ida Lee Park/Recreation Center (TOL) 60 Ida Lee Drive, NW, off Rt. 15 north Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park (PRCS) 3 acres: 43055 Golf Course Road Olde Izaak Walton Park/Leesburg Dog Park (TOL/volunteers) 21 acres: 850 Davis Court, SE

Robinson Park (TOL) 10 acres: 345 Plaza Street, NE Rotary Park (TOL) 1 acre: 22 North Street, SE Temple Hall Farm Regional Park (NVRPA) 286 acres: 15855 Limestone School Road Tuscarora Creek Park (TOL) 29 acres: 425 Solitude Court, SE Veterans Park At Ball’s Bluff (TOL) 86 acres: 42314 Balls Bluff Road, adjacent to Ball’s Bluff Regional Park


Lucketts Community Park (PRCS) 10 acres: 14560 James Monroe Highway White’s Ford Regional Park (NVRPA) 245 acres: off Hibler Road northeast of Leesburg Middleburg/Aldie Aldie Mill Historic Park (NVRPA) 39401 John Mosby Highway Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park (NVRPA) 39401 John Mosby Highway Mickie Gordon Memorial Park (PRCS) 49 acres: 22670 Carter’s Farm Lane Mt. Zion Historic Park (NVRPA) 7 acres: 40309 John Mosby Highway


Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (independent nonprofit) 893 acres: 11661 Harpers Ferry Road, 540-668-7640 Nell Boone Park (PRCS) 6 acres: 11762 Harpers Ferry Road


Fireman’s Field (TOP) 12 acres: 250 South Nursery Avenue Franklin Park (PRCS)

203 acres: 17501 Franklin Park Drive Maré Pocket Park (TOP) East Main Street, behind town offices

Round Hill/ Bluemont

Blue Ridge Regional Park (NVRPA) 168 acres: 19178 Blue Ridge Mountain Road Loudoun Street Park (TORH) 1.5 acres: 3 East Loudoun Street Woodgrove Park (PRCS) 30 acres: 17020 Evening Star Drive


Algonkian Regional Park (NVRPA) 800 acres: 47001 Fairway Drive Briar Patch Park (PRCS) 5 acres: 21660 Sterling Boulevard, Sterling Park Claude Moore Park (PRCS) 357 acres: 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road Claude Moore Recreation Center (PRCS) 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Claude Moore Park Countryside Park (PRCS) 1 acre: 20756 Countryside Boulevard Potomack Lakes Sportsplex (PRCS) 47 acres: 20280 Cascades Parkway

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Metro Continued From Page 31 Since that time county plans—and successive Boards of Supervisors—have included plans and support for the extension of Metro into Loudoun. The 2001 Revised General Plan, which brought together all the previous planning documents, included refined policies for Transit Oriented Development around the Rt. 772 Metro station and Transit Related Employment Center

development around the Rt. 606 station. Those policies still stand today. In 2002, the Loudoun Station and Moorefield Station development applications were approved in anticipation of the rail. In 2011, almost a decade later, development began in earnest at Loudoun Station. In 2010, the updated Countywide Transportation Plan included a detailed Transit Plan to address rail and bus needs in the county, and work continues to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to the future Metro stops.


Then, with the July 3 vote of a new Board of Supervisors, the decades of planning and work made rail a reality for Loudoun. However, the work is hardly done. The Board of Supervisors is continuing to grapple with a funding mechanism for the project, with public hearings scheduled on special tax districts in October. And as development plans come forward for land long-left unused around the future Loudoun stations, supervisors will have to work on mitigation plans for the increased density, which will inevitably bring more

people and more traffic to an already congested area. But there is light at the end of the proverbial (rail) tunnel. Construction has been ongoing on the first phase of the project, which will extend from Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, and the first trains are scheduled to begin running next year. And some of the people who spent the last two decades planning for Metro’s arrival will see the train move just a little closer to Loudoun.

Rail Comes To Loudoun


Who doesn’t love trains? They’re in our blood and from 1847 to 1968 were Loudoun’s lifeblood. The railroad’s history was a 121-year struggle. During its heyday, the new transportation mode brought goods to market, became the center of small-town life, the lifeblood and growth catalyst for a number of western Loudoun towns and an essential bearer of mail to the communities along its path. The Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad, later to become the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, was chartered to go from Alexandria to Bluemont, while the Loudoun branch of the Manassas Gap Railroad was planned to reach Rt. 7 east of Purcellville—a plan that never came to fruition. Having reached Leesburg just before the Civil War, after hostilities ceased, the railroad continued to push west—to Hamilton, Purcellville, Round Hill and the terminus at Bluemont—the former Snicker’s Construction continues on the Silver Line, which is set to begin transporting passengers between Tysons Corner and Gap that was renamed to reflect a more idyllic concept of its healthy Reston by next year. mountain air and surroundings. Those towns enjoyed a period of success, becoming spa towns and places of cool refuge for city dwellers fleeing the summer heat. At its height, the W&OD ran 10 trains a day from Washington, DC,’s D Street station through Alexandria to Bluemont. But all good things come to an end. First it was the passenger service that closed, in 1951, then freight. When the railroad closed in 1968, part of the right of way on the 45-mile line was sold to the commonwealth and used to build an at-grade crossing for the new I-66 road in Arlington. The remainder was sold to then-named Virginia Electric Power Company for transmission lines. The former roadbed was purchased for $3.6 million in 1974 by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. We know it as the W&OD, now only a nostalgic memory for some and a footnote in history for others. A leading example of the “rails to trails” movement, the track that once bore steel monsters thundering westward now is taken up, and a concrete path is home to some two million users each year, drawn to the former rail bed for relaxation and recreation, and by its peace and beauty as they run, walk, jog, cycle or ride horses along its length.

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