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The Town of Round Hill received its official Appalachian Trail Community designation at a ceremony on Saturday during th...
06/19/2019

The Town of Round Hill received its official Appalachian Trail Community designation at a ceremony on Saturday during the Appalachian Trail Festival at B Chord Brewery.
The designation is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the AT. Mayor Scott Ramsey and several members of the Town Council, Town staff, and members of the Round Hill Outdoors committee were on hand to accept the designation and proclamation.

Loudoun Now
06/07/2019
Loudoun Now

Loudoun Now

The wickets will be out and the mallets will be swinging.

CROQUET TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT WOODGROVE PARKRound Hill will host the US Croquet Association’s Southeast/Mid-Atlanti...
06/02/2019
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CROQUET TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT WOODGROVE PARK
Round Hill will host the US Croquet Association’s Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional 9-Wicket Tournament on June 7-9 at Woodgrove Park. Players from across the country will travel to Round Hill to participate.
The USCA will also be sponsoring a free clinic on the days prior to the tournament to introduce local residents to the sport of croquet. Clinic attendees are then invited to join the tournament; the tournament is free for spectators.
To learn more about the US Croquet Association and their activities, visit www.croquetamerica.com.

05/31/2019

PARK MOVIE SERIES PLANNED
The Town of Round Hill has scheduled three Movie Nights in the Town Park this season. All movies begin at dusk for that time of year. The schedule is as follows:
June 7: “Mary Poppins Returns” (host Girl Scout Troop 2548)
August 23: “Lego Movie 2” (host Boy Scout Pack 961)
October 4: “Smallfoot” (host Round Hill Outdoors)

05/29/2019

TOWN AND COUNTY TAXES DUE JUNE 5
Under a new centralized billing system, residents and businesses in Hillsboro, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg and Round Hill will no longer receive two separate bills with separate due dates for county and town real property taxes.
Instead, residents and businesses will receive one bill listing both the county and town taxes. This will result in taxpayers making a single payment made payable to the County of Loudoun. Collection, billing and administering of both county and town real estate taxes will be effective with the first half real estate tax bill due June 5, 2019.
The County Treasurer’s Office will process the tax payments and remit the appropriate amount to each town. The Treasurer’s Office will also undertake any collection efforts for accounts that may become delinquent after the Jan. 1, 2019, effective date. The towns will continue with delinquent collection efforts for any real estate taxes due for 2018 and for years prior to 2018.
Beginning in 2020 personal property taxes and vehicle decal fees for the five participating Towns will also be included in County personal property tax bills.

Round Hill Hometown Festival
05/27/2019

Round Hill Hometown Festival

The Hometown Festival would like to say thank you to all our veterans and active duty service members for their dedication to our country. We appreciate and honor the sacrifices you have made for our freedom.

Round Hill Hometown Festival
05/24/2019

Round Hill Hometown Festival

ARE YOU READY?
One more day until the Round Hill Hometown Festival! It’s almost time to celebrate and have lots of fun! The festival kicks off tomorrow morning with the 5K run at 8am by the Round Hill Elementary School...so get up early, grab your coffee and come on out to cheer on your neighbors!

For the latest updates on this Saturday's Hometown Festival, follow us on www.facebook.com/rhhometownfestival!
05/22/2019

For the latest updates on this Saturday's Hometown Festival, follow us on www.facebook.com/rhhometownfestival!

The 17th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival is almost here! From the 5k, parade and memorial ceremony in the morning to the afternoon’s pie-eating contest, downhill derby, and stage entertainment, all the way through to the evening community feast and free concert in the park, this Saturday will be filled with family fun!
For more information, see the Festival website, www.hometownfestival.org.

HOMETOWN AND APPALACHIAN TRAIL FESTIVAL SCHEDULES ANNOUNCEDThe Town of Round Hill will be hosting two Festivals in May a...
05/17/2019

HOMETOWN AND APPALACHIAN TRAIL
FESTIVAL SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED
The Town of Round Hill will be hosting two Festivals in May and June: the 17th Annual Hometown Festival on May 25 and the first Appalachian Trail Festival on June 15.
The Hometown Festival begins with a 5k through the streets of town and culminates with a community dinner and free evening concert in the Town Park. It also features a parade, memorial ceremony, pie-eating contest, downhill derby, stage entertainment and amusement rides. Food will be available for purchase throughout the day; beer and wine sales begin at 5 p.m.
The Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival opens with the official designation of Round Hill as an Appalachian Trail Community at 11 a.m. This designation recognizes that the Round Hill community is committed to protecting and promoting this natural treasure in its backyard.
Representatives from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Piedmont Environmental Council, Friends of the Blue Ridge, Virginia Master Naturalists and more will be on hand to talk about their stewardship projects.
The AT Festival will also feature live music entertainment, including two jam sessions, a scavenger hunt, food and drink. It will be hosted by B Chord Brewery on Williams Gap Road west of town.
Both Festivals are looking for sponsors and volunteers. For more information on the Hometown Festival, visit www.hometownfestival.org or www.facebook.com/rhhometownfestival. AT Festival information can be found at www.roundhillat.org.
Additionally, follow the Round Hill Outdoors website and page to receive notices of community hikes this summer.

05/16/2019

FESTIVAL PLANS, ROBOTICS, NEW PLAYGROUND AT RHES
The Round Hill Elementary School Green Team (3rd-5th) and Sprouts club (K-2nd) will have a booth with fun activities for children and families to do at the Hometown Festival on May 25. They are also excited to give out free plants that they have planted and grown. There are close to 80 students in the two clubs!
Additionally, approximately 80 students will be running in the Hometown Festival 5k under the leadership of coaches Kate Doherty and Jamie Wheelbarger.
RHES is finishing up the second year as one of Virginia's first computer science immersion schools. Students learn to code and work with robotics starting in kindergarten.
Of the program, Principal Andrew Davis said, “We are incredibly proud of our students and believe that the creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills they are gaining from this work will serve them well as they go on to change the world.”
Finally, RHES has unveiled a new playground behind the school. Davis would like to thank the Round Hill PTA under the leadership of Emily Dickson (2016-2018) and Marquex Faulkner (2018-2019) for their efforts to raise the money to purchase and install the playground. He would also like to thank Epling Landscape for partnering with the school on the installation of the path to the playground.

The Coalition of Loudoun Towns (COLT), including Round Hill, is speaking out against the current drafted revisions to th...
05/15/2019
Loudoun Comprehensive Plan | Coalition of Loudoun Towns

The Coalition of Loudoun Towns (COLT), including Round Hill, is speaking out against the current drafted revisions to the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan. The draft, prepared by the Loudoun County Planning Commission and now under debate by the Board of Supervisors, would substantially increase the amount of housing that can be built in Loudoun County. Most of the additional housing would be in the Transition Policy Area (TPA), a region splitting the suburban east from the rural west and designated in the existing plan as a transitional region with low-density residential and agricultural uses.
"The TPA is the canary in the coal mine," says Round Hill Mayor Scott Ramsey. "If they change the plan to rezone much of it at suburban densities, the rural west will have no buffer left to protect it. This draft also does not reform or strengthen policies for attainable and workforce housing—developers will continue to prioritize large expensive homes."
COLT has prepared a position paper with its own vision for Loudoun's future that can be read at www.loudountowns.com. Ramsey, along with the mayors of the other six Loudoun towns, spoke at the recent public hearing by the Board of Supervisors urging revisions to the Planning Commission's draft.
"I urge all residents concerned about protection of the TPA and the need for more attainable housing to let the Board of Supervisors know your position. Email them at [email protected], write them letters, or speak during public comment at one of their meetings," Ramsey added.

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On April 28, the Town officially opened Niels Poulsen Park, on Greenwood Drive, and planted a tree near the new playgrou...
05/14/2019

On April 28, the Town officially opened Niels Poulsen Park, on Greenwood Drive, and planted a tree near the new playground in the park in honor of Arbor Day. Members of the Poulsen family attended the ceremony; Poulsen’s 94-year-old granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Quispe, cut the ribbon.

The Town of Round Hill welcomes Lauren Runyan as its new Town Planner. According to Town Administrator Melissa Hynes, th...
05/13/2019

The Town of Round Hill welcomes Lauren Runyan as its new Town Planner. According to Town Administrator Melissa Hynes, the position allows for promotion to Zoning Administrator within two years or less, pending sufficient training and other recommended experiences.
Hynes cited a number of reasons for choosing Runyan, who has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech, over more than 100 other applicants.
Former employers “sang her praises,” Hynes said. Runyan was described by her references as being “skilled at wearing many hats, amazing with research/GIS and has created new systems to make their departments more efficient.”
Runyan comes to Round Hill after spending a little over four years in the private sector working for Bohler Engineering, conducting research on zoning and development processes, shepherding clients thru the development process from idea to special exception to construction.
For the whole article, see www.newsaroundthehill.org.

Round Hill Hometown Festival
05/10/2019

Round Hill Hometown Festival

Who will be this year's King or Queen of the Hill? Find out on Saturday, May 25, at 3 p.m. when the heats are on at the Round Hill Hometown Festival Down Hill Derby!
Information on race requirements and registration can be found online at https://hometownfestival.org/about/downhill-derby/

Round Hill Hometown Festival
05/02/2019

Round Hill Hometown Festival

The Round Hill Hometown Festival relies on the help of volunteers to make the day possible! Please consider signing up for one of our time spots throughout the day on Saturday, May 25, so we can make the Festival the Best Day of the Year in Round Hill!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4ba9a72ca1f49-volunteers
Thank you!

Town of Round Hill
04/29/2019

Town of Round Hill

The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will sell Mother’s Day Flowers on Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th at the firehouse (4 Main Street). Sale hours begin on Friday at 9 am until 6 pm and then on Saturday from 8 am until sold out. A wide variety of flowers, plants, and prices will be available. Come support your local fire department!

Round Hill Outdoors invites the community to Round Hill’s celebration to honor Earth Day, Arbor Day, and the official ...
04/25/2019

Round Hill Outdoors invites the community to Round Hill’s celebration to honor Earth Day, Arbor Day, and the official ribbon cutting for the new Niels Poulsen Park on Sunday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m..

The park is located on Greenwood Drive in the stretch between Main St (719) and Evening Star Drive.

ROUND HILL OUTDOORS PLANS SCREEN FREE WEEKThe Round Hill Outdoors committee is partnering with the Round Hill Elementary...
04/24/2019

ROUND HILL OUTDOORS PLANS SCREEN FREE WEEK
The Round Hill Outdoors committee is partnering with the Round Hill Elementary School PTA to promote this year’s Screen Free Week, April 28-May 3. Tentative plans for the week include:
• Sunday: Earth Day Festival at Niels Poulsen Park on Greenwood Drive from 1-3 p.m.
• Monday: Outdoor Family Night at B Chord Brewery with outdoor games and if raining, indoor games.
• Tuesday: Family Book Fair Night with possible story time readings by teachers/volunteers
• Wednesday: Hike Night followed with spirit Night at Vocelli’s and Pop Culture
• Thursday: Family/Neighbor Game Night
• Friday: A scavenger hunt for all students who took the pledge and completed their activity log and spirit night at Atomic Trampoline
Screen-Free Week is an annual event that encourages people of all ages to put down their digital technology and enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family and friends.

Round Hill Hometown Festival
04/11/2019

Round Hill Hometown Festival

The Round Hill Hometown Festival 5k registration is LIVE!
The race begins and ends at Round Hill Elementary School at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 25.
Registration is $20 for youth under 18 and $25 for adults.
Groups of 20 or more may sign up as a group for $20/runner.
Register online at http://roundhillva.org/hometown-festival-order-form/.
The race kicks off the 17th Annual Round Hill Hometown Festival: The Best Day of the Year in Round Hill!

Town of Round Hill
04/08/2019

Town of Round Hill

The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will sell Easter Flowers on Friday and Saturday, April 19th and 20th at the firehouse (4 Main Street). Sale hours begin on Friday at 9 am until 6 pm and then on Saturday from 8 am until sold out. A wide variety of flowers, plants, and prices will be available. Come support your local fire department!

Town of Round Hill
03/23/2019

Town of Round Hill

The Town of Round Hill would like to thank everyone who braved the blustery conditions this morning to come out to Sleeter Lake Park and help plant trees. Special thanks to the Friends of Sleeter Lake Park (a sub-group of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains) for planning the event, and to Cub Scout Pack 961 for providing so many volunteers!

03/21/2019

COUNCIL CONSIDERS AMENDING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ADDRESS PROPERTIES OUTSIDE JLMA POLICY AREA

At its March 7 meeting, the Town Council debated an Intent to Amend the Comprehensive Plan to update its policies for utility extension outside the existing Joint Land Management Area (JLMA).
The debate was spurred by a presentation in February by Tree of Life Ministries Executive Director Paul Smith regarding their interest in providing senior and special-needs housing at the old Weona Villa motel site on Route 7 east of town. The motel site is outside the current Town service area boundary, but the proposal likely depends on Town utility service to be viable.
In discussion directly after the Tree of Life presentation, and in subsequent discussions at later meetings, the Council decided the Tree of Life proposal had potential to fill local housing needs identified in the current Comprehensive Plan. The current Plan, however, does not envision utility service outside the existing JLMA boundary so the Plan would need to be amended to provide policies to guide such decisions.
At the March 7 meeting, the Town Council also discussed including a policy for utility extension to public facilities when they adjoin the current JLMA. In addition, a representative for an undeveloped parcel adjacent to Town but outside the JLMA on Yatton Road requested to be considered not just for utility extension, but to be brought into Town jurisdiction and zoning as well.
Council directed Town staff to update the Intent to Amend based on the debate and in particular to draft sample guidelines for the Planning Commission to consider. An updated Intent to Amend resolution will be discussed at the March 21 meeting.
If the Council approves an Intent to Amend, the next step would be for the Planning Commission to prepare updated policies for the Plan that would be presented in public hearings by both the Planning Commission and Town Council before they could be adopted.
If the Plan were thus updated after public hearings, then the Council would use the adopted policies to make extension decisions for applicants outside the existing JLMA, such as Tree of Life, on a case-by-case basis if the applications meet the objectives and guidelines in the updated Plan.

VOLUNTEERS TO PLANT TREES AT SLEETER LAKE PARKThe Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains is sponsoring a tree planting even...
03/21/2019

VOLUNTEERS TO PLANT TREES AT SLEETER LAKE PARK
The Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains is sponsoring a tree planting event at Sleeter Lake Park on Saturday, March 23. The volunteer planting event will begin at 10 a.m. with a rain/inclement weather date of March 30. The park officially opens for the season on April 1.
Volunteers will plant 1½ to 2-inch caliper trees donated by Meadows Farms Nurseries into predug holes. Instructions and tools for planting will be provided.
This collaborative project to enhance Sleeter Lake Park is possible through donations from Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains members and partners including Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC), Loudoun County Master Gardeners Association (LCMGA), and the Town of Round Hill. The environmentally friendly master plan for the park is based on a design by James Remuzzi of Sustainable Solutions.
Meadows Farms Nurseries also donated 20 trees for the project. LWC is developing a pollinator meadow with native plants and shrubs. LCMGA has identified existing mature trees along paths through the woods and assisted in the selection of indigenous trees to plant along the paths that connect existing and future park amenities.
Other improvements planned for Sleeter Lake Park include an outdoor classroom for teaching environmental stewardship, a viewing platform, pollinator gardens and meadow, picnic areas, benches, rest rooms, and fishing pads along the lake.
Contact [email protected] for registration and additional information on the planting event.

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