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The Kell Family
The Kell Family

The Church of Our Saviour, Oatlands, has called the Rev. Jonathan M. Kell as its rector. He will be taking over from the Rev. James Basinger , who is retiring on August 31.

The Rev. Kell is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has served as rector at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Flowood, Mississipi, for the last four and half years. Prior to his service at St. Stephens, the Rev. Kell served as assisting priest at Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Fairfax and St. Mark’s Reformed Episcopal Church in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.S. degree in Bible from Cairn University and a M. Div. degree from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary.

Rev. Kell and his wife, Annie, have four children. Mrs. Kell is a native of Fairfax. The Rev. Kell looks forward, with great anticipation , to beginning a long and fruitful ministry at the Church of Our Saviour.

The Church of Our Saviour, Oatlands, began in 1876 and is one of the oldest continuing Anglican congregations in Loudoun County. In 2016, the church moved to its new location at 20340 James Monroe Highway, Leeburg. Worship services are held each Sunday at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Social distancing and masks are required during the Covid19 pandemic. Details:

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Chef Lindell Smith is delighted to share the news from The Board of Directors of the Middleburg Tennis Club. They have announced that Chef Lindell Smith has accepted the position of Executive Chef.

Chef Lindell has extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality business, primarily in Puerto Rico. His experience in managing both restaurant and hotel banquet functions will be a major asset for the club. In addition, his Caribbean food experience should be a very exciting addition to the menu.

Chef Lindell will be assisted in the transition by consultant, Chef Jason Lage. For information go to: or please contact Interim General Manager Kevin Brundle:


The Town of Middleburg Planning Commission approved a by-right, ministerial preliminary plat application for a proposed subdivision located outside the Town’s corporate boundaries at its meeting on Monday, August 10,. While no portion of this subdivision is within the limits of the Town of Middleburg, part of this subdivision, which is named Banbury Cross Reserve, is within one mile of the town limits and falls under the regulations of the Town’s Subdivision Ordinance, which requires action by the Town’s Planning Commission.

Under Virginia law, a ministerial application is one that compels approval if all requirements of the applicable ordinances are met. In this particular case, the original application did not meet all the requirements, and the Planning Commission denied the application in September 2019. The property owner subsequently submitted a new application in January 2020, and the application was subject to review by the town, the town’s engineer, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Loudoun County. Each entity reviewed the application under their specific area of authority for compliance with their respective regulations.
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Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association

Say hello to the "Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association" (VPHA).

As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations this year, the nonprofit education and preservation organization formerly known as the Mosby Heritage Area Association has transformed into an organization to ensure the continued protection of the area's extraordinary landscape and its history in the next quarter-century.

After extensive discussions, the Board of Directors has decided to adopt the new name, which will more accurately capture the broad scope of its mission to highlight the diverse history, from the time of the Native Americans through the twentieth century.

“Our mission of Preservation Through Education is as important today as ever," said C. Dulany Morison, the chair of the Heritage Area Association. "We are committed to continue examining every aspect of our complex history to develop a deeper understanding of our past, foster constructive dialogue, and preserve the area's unique beauty."

The VPHA will continue to offer student and adult education programs that ask thought-provoking questions, address history’s difficult truths, and provide scholarly context of our local history. Since the onset of virus restrictions, the group has offered digital remote learning resources several days a week.

The reach of these programs has been remarkable, as people from across the country have engaged with our history through virtual historic site tours, Zoom panel discussions with noted historians, and Facebook Live events.

The VPHA President Jennifer Moore, who has long served the organization, said, “We have spent a considerable amount of time over the years explaining that our focus goes far beyond just the Civil War. With the name change our broad mission will now be far more apparent to those who are unfamiliar with our organization.”

The future of the Heritage Area is bright and the three full-time staff and eighteen.

Directors are pleased to announce "Piedmont Crossroads," a project that will explore the past 500 years of history in the Heritage
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