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    Stone Bridge skated past Bishop O’Connell 5-2 in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League championship game Feb. 27 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The Bulldogs won their sixth NVSHL championship.—Photo Courtesy/Elliott Root

    Stone Bridge rallies past O’Connell in hockey championship game
    Sun., Mar. 1 | 08:53 AM - The Bulldogs (13-0) put the finishing touches on a perfect season and claimed their sixth NVSHL championship.

    Philly Eagles linebacker, Emmanuel Acho, visited Woodgrove High School student Hannah Delmonte Feb. 20 after she got 17,000 retweets on her request to take him to prom. Courtesy photo

    Woodgrove high schooler to take Philly Eagles linebacker to prom
    Fri., Feb. 27 | 02:00 PM - A Woodgrove High School student is taking Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho to prom after winning a retweet bet, according to Comcast SportsNet.
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    Jacob Dentu , 16, talks to Imam Abdul Rafaa of the ADAMS Center following the daily evening prayer session at the mosque in Sterling. Tin Nguyen/Fairfax County Times

    Growing Islamophobia a concern for ADAMS Center in Sterling
    Fri., Feb. 27 | 12:00 PM - Rizwan Jaka, Board Chairman of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, has a personal beef with the Islamic State, perhaps better known to many as ISIS.
    MORE: Two Loudoun wineries place in the Governor’s Case
    Tue., Feb. 24 | 08:22 PM - Two Loudoun wineries, North Gate Vineyards and Catoctin Creek Winery, placed in the Governor's Case at the Governor's Cup Wine Competition Gala in Richmond Feb. 24.

    Twenty Northern Virginia youth will perform in “Behind the Label” to raise awareness on the struggles people with disabilities face. Courtesy photo

    A lesson in empathy: Disabled persons share challenges in Loudoun nonprofit’s annual performance
    Mon., Feb. 23 | 01:02 PM - Sunday was one of the last rehearsals for the performers in The Same Sky Project before their March 6 show at Loudoun County High school in Leesburg.

    First elected to the House in 1980, Congressman Frank Wolf will pass the baton to Barbara Comstock Tuesday. Times-Mirror Photo

    Congressman Frank Wolf left indelible mark on region
    Mon., Jan. 5 | 12:09 PM - Wolf earned a tremendous amount of respect from colleagues on both sides of the aisle as someone who is both principled and willing to break with his party when he thought it was in the best interest of his constituents.
    Loudoun Lowdown: The week’s buzz
    Fri., Feb. 27 | 04:10 PM - The Loudoun Lowdown is a new Times-Mirror buzz section published weekly.

    Fans show up to catch the Washington Redskins during a practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, where the team’s corporate headquarters is located. Times-Mirror File Photo

    Redskins: Canceling trademark violates free-speech rights
    Thu., Feb. 26 | 12:00 PM - A federal government decision to cancel the Washington Redskins' trademark because it may be disparaging infringes on free-speech rights and unfairly singles the team out, lawyers argued in court papers filed Monday.

    Supervisor Shawn Williams (R) will not seek the county chairmanship, reversing course from a previous announcement. Williams will also not seek re-election for the Broad Run seat. Courtesy Photo

    UPDATE: Supervisor Shawn Williams bows out of chairman’s race
    Tue., Feb. 24 | 03:58 PM - Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) announced this morning that he will not seeking the county chairmanship.
    Ashburn high school hosts first annual African American read-in
    Mon., Feb. 23 | 02:52 PM - Ashburn's Broad Run High School hosts its first annual African American Author's Read-In Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
    Loudoun Lowdown: The past week’s buzz
    Thu., Feb. 19 | 05:22 PM - The Loudoun Lowdown is a new Times-Mirror buzz section published weekly. Contact the writer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on Twitter at @TrevorBaratko.
    Comstock announces 10th Congressional District Art Competition
    Thu., Feb. 19 | 03:07 PM - Congresswoman Barbara Comstock on Wednesday announced the Congressional Art Competition for Virginia's 10th District, a competition open to all high schoolers in the Northern Virginia-based district.

    Attendees of the 2014 Epicurience wine and food festival post in front of the “LOVE” sign at Morven Park, the center stage for the event. Courtesy Photo/Trevor Baratko

    Loudoun wins big with Virginia Tourism Corporation grants
    Thu., Feb. 19 | 01:34 PM - At least four organizations with direct ties to Loudoun earned the matching funds.

    A breakdown of how tax dollars are spent in the county. - Graphic/Ben Hancock

    Infographic: Where your Loudoun County tax dollars go
    Wed., Feb. 18 | 02:36 PM - A breakdown of how tax dollars are spent in the county.

    Maddie Peyton (right) and Hayli Maloney (left), two juniors from Loudoun County High School, took to the streets last weekend to place winter hats and scarves on the fence surrounding the county courthouse in Leesburg. Courtesy Photo

    Warm souls warming heads in Loudoun
    Wed., Feb. 18 | 01:02 PM - Amid the most shivery days of the year, two Leesburg high schoolers are hoping to keep their neighbors warm -- and the young ladies are warming our hearts in the process.
    IN PHOTOS: A LoCo snow
    Tue., Feb. 17 | 08:07 PM - Loudoun County took in several inches of snow Monday night into early Tuesday.
    Member-owned grocery store coming to Lovettsville Town Center
    Sat., Feb. 14 | 07:10 AM - In late January, the Lovettsville Cooperative Market announced that it finalized a letter of intent to become the anchor store in the long-anticipated retail development in the Town Center.
    Loudoun Lowdown: This week’s buzz
    Fri., Feb. 13 | 01:58 PM - The soft side of Scott York
    Frank Wolf launches religious minorities advocacy group
    Thu., Feb. 12 | 03:01 PM - Former Congressman Frank Wolf has co-founded a religious freedom organization, the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, and the group has claimed its first charge: saving Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq from “looming genocide.”

    Chrysalis Vineyards is one of the many draws for Middleburg. Courtesy Photo

    Middleburg the only U.S. location on CNN’s romantic getaway list
    Thu., Feb. 12 | 12:55 PM - Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Middleburg landed a spot Tuesday on CNN’s “10 Romantic Destinations You Should Know About.”
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    Wine Wednesday: Another strong showing for Loudoun in Governor’s Cup
    Wed., Feb. 11 | 11:29 AM - Loudoun County wineries have landed five of the 29 gold medals served up in the 2015 Governor's Cup Wine Competition.
    The Loudouns: At $122,000 a year, an average family can’t keep pace with cost of living
    Wed., Feb. 11 | 08:00 AM - Meet the Loudouns, a hypothetical Loudoun County family living “in the middle.” They live in a townhome in Brambleton valued at $429,000, the mean cost of housing in the county. Their lifestyle is typical for a family balancing jobs, raising children and navigating Loudoun County life.
    Local bookstore patrons donate books for students and Inova patients
    Tue., Feb. 10 | 07:14 PM - Dulles bookstore Books-A-Million is partnering with Loudoun County Public Schools and Inova Loudoun Hospital to get books to hospital patients and Loudoun school students.
    Wine Haven opening in Lansdowne Town Center
    Tue., Feb. 10 | 11:39 AM - Frequenters of the Lansdowne Town Center have likely seen the poster for the new restaurant and bar inside what used to be Velocity Five and Lansdowne Tavern.

    Corey Stitzel is thoroughly enjoying his first season at Stone Bridge after 13 years as a collegiate coach. “It’s been fun because I’ve never seen a group of kids that want so badly to get better, to make Stone Bridge High School a tradition in boys’ basketball.”—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Former college coach has Stone Bridge reaching new heights
    Sun., Feb. 8 | 02:26 PM - Stone Bridge coach Corey Stitzel has done a few things in the game of basketball. He played four years in high school, two more in college, then 13 years as a collegiate coach at three levels before taking over the Bulldogs' program for this season.

    The 28th annual Chocolates Galore event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 20. Times-Mirror File Photo

    Craving for a good cause
    Sat., Feb. 7 | 07:00 AM - The 28th annual Chocolates Galore event at Lansdowne Resort will fulfill your stomach and your heart

    Laura Pearson worked at the post office in Philomont for 50 years. Courtesy Photo

    Philomont Postmaster retires after a half-century of service
    Fri., Feb. 6 | 02:05 PM - “It has meant a lot to me and I’ve enjoyed my customers who have been so good to me,” Laura Pearson said.
    Therapy in the digital age: Ashburn psychiatrist develops app to track adolescent behavior
    Thu., Feb. 5 | 01:00 PM - Three years ago, Nick Gentile, an Ashburn psychologist, decided to create an app that would serve as a useful tool for parents: tracking their child's behavior patterns.
    Let’s Get Weird: Five funky wines in Loudoun
    Wed., Feb. 4 | 01:39 PM - Do we love cabernet franc here in Virginia? We do. Is viognier splendidly suited for the commonwealth's terroir, deserving of its “Grape of Virginia” status? Indeed.

    Waterford’s George Haas, director of the Cydonia Institute, and his colleagues published their study on the Nefertiti face on Mars in the December issue of the Journal of Space Exploration. They’re jumping into the next paper and hope to inform the public on the conversation surrounding the surface of Mars. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Close encounters of the Mars kind: Loudoun researcher analyzes faces on planet’s surface
    Wed., Feb. 4 | 08:00 AM - A resident of Waterford recently co-authored a study on an image on the surface of Mars known as the Nefertiti face. Is it a natural formation, or something more?
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