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    Hitting the mark: Loudoun charity closing in on $1 million in giving
    Mon., Apr. 14 | 12:23 PM - 100WomenStrong, a Loudoun-based philanthropic group announced Monday it's closing in on its goal of reaching $1 million in giving.
    Inova Loudoun Hospital supports Mobile Hope
    Sun., Apr. 13 | 08:00 AM - With support from Inova Loudoun Hospital, Mobile Hope has become its own nonprofit, a pending 501(c)(3) organization.

    Ike and Tina Turner, Las Vegas, 1969
    Photos Courtesy/Richard Busch

    Wine and Art: “It’s Only Rock and Roll” at 8 Chains North
    Sat., Apr. 12 | 08:00 AM - For photographer Richard Busch, his photos of rock and roll legends were “just luck”
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    ArtSquare to reopen in June in downtown Leesburg
    Thu., Apr. 10 | 01:36 PM - The facility, home to the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation, will be located at the Shops at Dodona, 312 E. Market St.

    Mathias Giordan, 12, an amputee from Leesburg, accepts an autographed copy of “Unthinkable,” which chronicles Scott Rigsby’s experience as a double amputee and Iron Man Triathlon veteran. Rigsby was among speakers at the Prosthetic Care Facility of Virginia in Leesburg. Mathias is a patient of facility owner and chief prosthetist John Hattingh. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Double amputee speaks to Prosthetic Care Facility in Leesburg
    Wed., Apr. 9 | 06:49 AM - Scott Rigsby attended an event at the Prosthetic Care Facility of Virginia in Leesburg April 3 along with other amputee speakers.
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    Along with being a multi-sport standout, 14-year-old Karlie Harman has started Kar-D-O By Karlie, a sportswear firm specializing in fitness apparel for women. Harman plays basketball, soccer and was recently named Player of the Year in Dulles South Youth Sports’ football league.—Courtesy Photo

    14-year-old Aldie girl has skills for sports, business
    Fri., Apr. 4 | 01:24 PM - In January, a 14-year-old quarterback from Aldie was selected as the Player Of the Year for Dulles South Youth Sports, the largest such organization in the metropolitan Washington region.
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    At just 32, Fatoumata (she prefers “Fatou”) already has an accomplished acting career in film and theater. Today she’s forging a new musical identity with great fanfare in Europe, Africa and now North America.
    Photo Courtesy/Forklore Productions

    French-Malian actress forges new identity in world music
    Sat., Mar. 29 | 08:00 AM - Fatoumata Diawara will perform at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville on April 3.
    Inspiration abounds at the Leesburg Community Home Show
    Fri., Mar. 14 | 12:00 PM - The host of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers,” Alison Victoria is the keynote speaker at the Leesburg Community Home Show on March 16. Victoria is scheduled to speak at 1 and 3 p.m.
    Airport authority’s chief builder sets an example for excellence
    Fri., Mar. 7 | 06:00 AM - As the new vice president of for engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Ginger Evans is showing what's possible for women in engineering.

    Bao Bao will make her public debut Jan. 18 and may be visible inside or outside, depending on the weather and her mother’s choices for any given day. Zoo members will have an early preview beginning Saturday. Photo Courtesy/Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    National Zoo prepares panda cub for debut in DC
    Tue., Jan. 7 | 01:19 PM - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bao Bao, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, is getting used to seeing fans outside her panda house enclosure as she prepares for her public debut this month.
    Understanding teen suicide
    Sun., Apr. 13 | 10:00 AM - Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides.
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    Send us your Loudoun photo story
    Fri., Apr. 11 | 05:21 PM - “Mirror Image” is a new feature about you and your photos of Loudoun County

    Loudoun County Fire Deputy Chief Howard Dawley, in white, received a Lifesaving Award, and private nurse Lauren Bland received a Civilian Valor Award from Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price and Chief W. Keith Brower, Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, at the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Valor Awards ceremony April 4. —Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Rick Wasser

    Chamber honors dozens at annual Valor Awards
    Tue., Apr. 8 | 12:00 PM - The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 29th annual Valor Awards April 4 at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, honoring police, first responders and citizens who used their judgment to help save lives or protect the community.
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    Notaviva Vineyards in Purcellville pairs local, award-winning wines with music of all genres. Courtesy Photo/Notaviva Vineyards

    Notaviva Vineyards: Fostering creativity, encouraging culture
    Mon., Apr. 7 | 01:42 PM - PURCELLVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The tasting room at Stephen and Shannon Mackey's Loudoun County vineyard is every bit as quaint and cozy as one would expect to find at a local family-run winery.

    Trang Bowers, owner of Sweetz Bakery, offers a wide selection of hand-decorated cupcakes. She’s pictured here in 2012 at a kiosk in Dulles Town Center. Times-Mirror File Photo/Tin Nguyen

    Leesburg chef realizes dream with Sweetz Bakery
    Sun., Apr. 6 | 07:59 AM - Passionate about cooking, especially about baking, Trang Bowers of Leesburg has finally realized her dream: her very own bakery.
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    Cleaning up with the Cascades Green Team
    Fri., Apr. 4 | 03:51 PM - This week, Mark Lenko, director of the Cascades Trash Bash and a vice president of Keep Loudoun Beautiful, is putting the finishing touches on preparations for the annual spring Cascades Trash Bash and Food Drive, taking place on Sunday, April 6, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
    Helldiver on display at Udvar-Hazy
    Thu., Apr. 3 | 10:29 AM - A World War II dive-bomber, the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver, went on exhibition April 1 at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where it has been undergoing restoration for the past 15 months.
    Wine Wednesday: Local sparklers arrive just in time for warmer weather
    Wed., Apr. 2 | 12:08 PM - In February I wondered why the shortage of sparkling sauce at Loudoun's wineries. As I should have known, local wine leaders were a few steps ahead of me.
    Brambleton Ribbon Run set for April 5
    Tue., Apr. 1 | 07:00 AM - Runners of all ages will unite April 5 for the 7th annual Brambleton Ribbon Run, which features a 5K, 10K and kids fun run.
    First brief filed after Virginia gay marriage ruling
    Mon., Mar. 31 | 07:40 AM - RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge who struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban usurped the state's authority to decide whether same-sex unions should be allowed, a lawyer defending the ban said Friday.
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    Heart Marks brings art therapy to the community
    Sun., Mar. 30 | 09:00 AM - By networking with her friends, family and colleagues, Jessica Payne has gathered a team of 15 to 20 professionals to join her effort, now called “Heart Marks Art Therapy.”
    Local authors in the spotlight
    Fri., Mar. 28 | 06:59 AM - The indoor set and the outdoor crowd can keep pretty busy in eastern Loudoun this weekend.

    Students at J.L. Simpson Middle School in Leesburg rehearse for the upcoming performance of “The Wiz,” directed by Martha Lynch.
    Courtesy Photo

    On stage: It’s school musical season in Loudoun
    Thu., Mar. 27 | 11:00 AM - Music is in the air, and hopefully spring is too, which means area middle and high schools are preparing their big theater productions of the year.
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    Historic Round Hill church seeks funds for update
    Thu., Mar. 27 | 07:00 AM - Members of the Ketoctin Baptist Church in Round Hill are reaching out to the community to help update the historic church building, which dates to 1854.

    Elaine Stephanos and Steve Conlan give a presentation at a recent Loudoun Chamber of Commerce event.
    Photo Courtesy/Mojo Life Coaches

    Mojo duo brings positive thinking to Loudoun
    Wed., Mar. 26 | 01:00 PM - Elaine Stephanos and Steve Conlan, of Ashburn, have both experienced losing their mojo – but they've found it now. As trained and certified Tony Robbins life coach speakers, they're on a mission, and have launched the “Loco’s Got MoJo” TM movement.
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    The Redskins’ practice facility and headquarters, pictured here in 2007, is located in Ashburn. Times-Mirror File Photo

    Snyder: Redskins to assist Native Americans
    Wed., Mar. 26 | 07:58 AM - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says it's time to put some money behind his claim that his team's nickname honors Native Americans.
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    Rev. Daniel Rivera of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Leesburg was one of several local faith leaders who spoke during an event embracing same-sex couples in downtown Leesburg March 20. Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Photo gallery: First-ever ‘Witness for Love’ celebration in downtown Leesburg
    Mon., Mar. 24 | 01:37 PM - More than 30 advocates of same-sex marriage legalization graced the grounds of the Loudoun County Courthouse March 20 to engage in the first-of-its-kind “Witness for Love” event in Leesburg.
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    Need a break? Loudoun’s various day spas may be the answer
    Sun., Mar. 23 | 08:00 AM - After a long and cold winter, and many days with kids home from school, a few hours at a day spa sounds like heaven on earth. Fortunately, there are several options in the area that can warm up your body and spirit and help rejuvenate you as we head into spring.
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    Special needs concert set for March 29
    Sat., Mar. 22 | 08:00 AM - For the third consecutive year, the Loudoun Youth Symphony Orchestra is presenting Ensembles for Everyone, a student coordinated event to bring music to those with special needs.

    Stone Bridge Principal Jim Person
    Times-Mirror Photo/Jonathan Taylor

    Stone Bridge principal Jim Person reflects on 39 years of service
    Thu., Mar. 20 | 12:00 PM - Stone Bridge Principal Jim Person will retire June 30.
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