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    Nikole James, holding her dog Parker, gives a sampling of her voice during a recent interview. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

    An aria of her own: Potomac Falls’ Nikole James finds her voice
    Wed., Jul. 23 | 10:30 AM - Music has been a larger part of Nikole James' life. From singing in choir at school to belting out tunes in the house, she loved to use her voice. But it wasn't until middle school that she seriously thought about training.

    Bo Fox (5) of Berkeley Springs stalls out in the finals after an impressive performance Monday night in The Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby at the Loudoun County Fair. Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock

    The fair hits Loudoun. Hard.
    Wed., Jul. 23 | 05:00 AM - Bang! Metal on metal. It's under a slightly overcast otherwise docile sky that the crowd erupts as cars smash into each other at The Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby, which on Monday kicked off the Loudoun County Fair.
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    Melanie and Jaye Bailey will open Painting with a Twist in Ashburn on Aug. 21. Courtesy Photo

    Painting with a Twist coming to Ashburn
    Tue., Jul. 22 | 01:38 PM - The fast-growing franchise Painting with a Twist is opening its first location in Virginia, with a grand opening celebration in Broadlands Aug. 21.

    Chef Nathalie Dupree, a two-time James Beard Award winner, will be on hand for chef demonstrations and a book signing at Visit Loudoun’s Epicurience festival Labor Day weekend. Courtesy Photo/Facebook

    Chef Nathalie Dupree ‘coming early and staying late’ for Epicurience
    Tue., Jul. 22 | 08:28 AM - Dupree will return to the Old Dominion Labor Day weekend to headline the second installment of Visit Loudoun's Epicurience wine and food festival.

    At least 7,000 people attended this years Purcellville Wine and Food Festival. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Purcellville Festival a grape turnout
    Mon., Jul. 21 | 01:00 PM - While event organizers are still counting the final numbers, they estimate it is likely there were more attendees at the 2014 Purcellville Wine and Food Festival than last year's 7,000 attendees.

    The Key West Band lay down a smooth reggae groove at Breaux Vineyard’s 9th annual Key West Fest. Photo Courtesy/Breaux Vineyards

    Breaux Vineyards and wine; a beautiful pairing
    Sun., Jul. 20 | 07:00 AM - Last weekend, Breaux Vineyards hosted its 9th annual Key West Fest, a tropics-themed party that included well-known D.C.-based reggae band, The Archives, and the Jimmy Buffet-influenced Key West Band. The event attracted over 2,200 visitors.

    The Old Arcola School was the fifth Public Works Administration construction project, and the only PWA school built in Loudoun, according to the National Parks Service documents, which go on to state “the school is a classic example of PWA architecture and the local, state and national civic pride for which it stood.”

    Supervisors discuss future of historic, PWA-era Arcola School
    Sat., Jul. 19 | 05:27 AM - The future use of the Old Arcola Elementary School remains an open question, with Loudoun supervisors this week referring the project to the board's finance committee to further consider future use of the New Deal Public Works Administration structure.

    Steve Thomas and Mark Newton.Photo Courtesy/Newton & Thomas

    Newton & Thomas: Bringing bluegrass back to Loudoun
    Fri., Jul. 18 | 11:00 AM - Newton & Thomas will be playing a much-anticipated set as part of the Bluemont Summer Concert Series on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn in Leesburg on July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
    Bus service to Dulles changes with Silver Line
    Sun., Jul. 20 | 10:44 AM - The Washington Flyer bus service that currently operates between the West Falls Church Metro station and Dulles will follow a new route after the Silver Line opens July 26.
    Purcellville gears up for third annual Wine and Food Festival
    Wed., Jul. 16 | 10:24 AM - For the third year, Purcellville is hosting The Wine and Food Festival July 19, highlighting the town's local businesses and rural economy.

    James “Butch” Miller helped renovate the Paxton Campus in Leesburg for the Arc of Loudoun. Courtesy Photo

    Constructing a legacy: The Aurora School in Loudoun dedicated to “Butch” Miller
    Wed., Jul. 16 | 06:57 AM - On July 11, The Aurora School dedicated its main building to James E. “Butch” Miller, who was instrumental in the renovations of Paxton Campus in Leesburg for The Arc of Loudoun, an advocacy program for people with disabilities and their families.

    Sarah Ablard and her daughter Sadie. The Sadie’s Smile Foundation raises money for children with cleft lip or palate. Photo Courtesy/Facebook

    Out of tragedy, smiles
    Tue., Jul. 15 | 07:26 AM - At least 170,000 children are born with a cleft lip or palate every year, but Purcellville-based Sadie's Smile Foundation is fighting to combat the burdensome condition.
    Walk the Line: Tribute to Johnny Cash comes to Franklin Park
    Fri., Jul. 11 | 10:56 AM - Johnny Cash fans celebrate. Taking the Franklin Park Center for Performing Arts stage July 12 is a tribute to the legendary country music artist and 50 years of country music.

    Rio Cantina in Sterling is one of the major nightlife offerings in the “fourth most exciting place in Virginia,” according to Movoto. Courtesy Photo

    Sterling gets its exciting back
    Thu., Jul. 10 | 03:39 PM - Marvin Broyhill Jr. had a simple vision for the expansive farm land north of Washington’s new airport.
    Dixie Power Trio to perform in Leesburg July 13
    Thu., Jul. 10 | 10:44 AM - With their mix of New Orleans jazz, zydeco, Cajun and original compositions, the Dixie Power Trio will charm with their zany wit.

    Cpl. Ronny “Tony” Porta thanks friends and well-wishers at the groundbreaking of his smart home in Lovettsville. Courtesy Photo

    Love, family and home. Now, Lovettsville vet is believer
    Thu., Jul. 10 | 09:43 AM - Cpl. Ronny “Tony” Porta lost two friends when his Humvee struck an improvised explosive device in Iraq on May 5, 2007.

    Westmain, a band of four area Virginians, will take the Tally Ho stage in Leesburg July 11. Photos Courtesy/Westmain

    Westmain: NOVA’s hardest working DIY band
    Thu., Jul. 10 | 07:00 AM - Westmain has built a base of loyal fans attracted to their intriguing blend of grooves, including classic and progressive rock with a touch of jazz, country, folk and funk thrown in.

    Gallery co-owner Jo Debusk talks about the upcoming art show. Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock

    Leesburg’s Night Gallery hosts Civil Rights art show
    Wed., Jul. 9 | 05:59 AM - July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and Jo Debusk, co-owner of the Night Gallery in downtown Leesburg, wants to make sure that it isn't forgotten.
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    Jeffery Witte is the culinary director at the Airlie Center in Warrenton. Photos Courtesy/Dianne Murphy

    A preordained career and a heavenly menu
    Sat., Jul. 5 | 06:00 AM - Jeffrey Witte, culinary director at Warrenton's Airlie Center, cooks with an eclectic style
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    Forrest Stone Allen and Liz Gilliland perform at The Hill School in Middleburg as part of A Place To Be music therapy. Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger

    Music triumphs over silence
    Fri., Jul. 4 | 07:00 AM - After head injury, Forrest Stone finds his voice with music therapy
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    Breaux Vineyards has launched the Virginia School of Wine to offer instruction to all levels of wine drinkers. The school will be fully operational this fall. Courtesy Photo/Facebook

    Wine Wednesday: Two new wine schools launch in Loudoun
    Wed., Jul. 2 | 02:26 PM - Loudoun County recently became home to two new wine education centers, with the National Conference Center in Lansdowne launching the West Belmont Wine Institute and Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville initiating the Virginia School of Wine.
    J. Macaron brings a taste of France to Ashburn
    Wed., Jul. 2 | 02:00 PM - For Jessica Aviles, making macarons is a love affair on many levels. She enjoys the taste, the endless options for flavors and colors, and even the precise process involved with making them.

    John P. Mann of Warrenton is a World War II veteran. Mann delights the crowd with his story of how he met his now late wife and dedicates the planting of his tree to her. Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

    Honoring sacrifice
    Sun., Jun. 29 | 07:17 PM - The Journey Through Hallowed Ground dedicated 500 trees in honor of fallen Civil War soldiers
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    Loudoun celebrates the Fourth of July
    Sat., Jun. 28 | 06:00 AM - Here are some suggestions for how to commemorate the birth of America in our own backyard.

    Tori Nelson is undefeated through the first 12 fights of her professional boxing career. Nelson will look to extend that streak to 13 on June 28. Times-Mirror File Photo/Beverly Denny

    Ashburn boxer to defend title
    Fri., Jun. 27 | 01:04 PM - Fresh off her second-round stoppage of former champion Mia St. John, Ashburn's Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson will put her WIBA welterweight belt on the line June 28 against Nicole Woods in the main event of a Ponytail Promotions card in Baltimore.

    A rendering of the extension to Ashby Ponds. - Courtesy/Erickson Living

    Ashby Ponds extension coming to Ashburn
    Fri., Jun. 27 | 10:13 AM - Ashby Ponds, an Ashburn retirement community owned by Erickson Living has begun construction on more than $23 million of renovations which include a brand new residential building and a clubhouse for residents.
    Walt Plummer of Sterling wins $1 million playing Mega Millions
    Fri., Jun. 27 | 09:43 AM - Walt Plummer knew he had a winning ticket. He thought he’d won a couple of bucks, as he had several times before. So the Sterling man showed his ticket to a store clerk and received a startling response.  
    Send us your Loudoun photo story
    Fri., Jun. 27 | 09:01 AM - “Mirror Image” is a new feature about you and your photos of Loudoun County

    Ian Pham and Friar John Mosimann pose for a picture in front of the new sigh Pham built for St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg. Photo Courtesy/Chau Pham

    Eagle Scout project gives opportunity for Monroe Tech student to shine
    Thu., Jun. 26 | 11:01 AM - Ian Pham, a Monroe Tech student with autism, is one step closer to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
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    “The Capricious Pearls” cast members, from left to right, Bud Klein, Jennifer Lumley, LeRon Bielak, Dick Sherman and Beth Mills, rehearse at the Carver Center on June 18. Times-Mirror/Crystal Owens

    A capricious cast
    Wed., Jun. 25 | 06:00 AM - The senior citizens of the Carver Center Drama Club will keep you – and themselves – laughing.
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