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    Jim Hanna sips in his Catoctin Creek Winery tasting room, or basement, at his home on Richards Run outside of Purcellville. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

    Wine Wednesday: No, not that Catoctin Creek
    Jim Hanna's Catoctin Creek Winery produces just 300 cases a year of Loudoun County wine.

    Loudoun Cares is a nonprofit that serves as a hub and resource for other nonprofits in the area. After a long search, the organization has hired its next executive director.

    Loudoun Cares names Marty Bartels new executive director
    “In an area like this, where we enjoy so much, I don’t think anyone should ever need to feel like they have no where to turn for help,” Bartels said.

    Nearly 300 people were in attendance for Visit Loudoun’s annual tourism awards at Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg Monday afternoon. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

    Loudoun’s tourism champions honored at Visit Loudoun awards
    The Purcellville Wine and Food Festival, an annual fête that continues to boom year after year, was named the event of the year.

    Wegmeyer farm partnered with Oatlands to bring strawberries to the historic plantation. Photo Courtesy/Wegmeyer Farms

    Planting history: Hamilton’s Wegmeyer Farms and Oatlands partner to harvest strawberries in Leesburg
    A new partnership between one of Loudoun’s strawberry farms and a historic property in Leesburg is bringing a new angle to the world of strawberries – a chance to learn both history and farming.

    The poet – Claudia Gary – at Beans in the Belfry. Photo Courtesy/John Flannery

    Lovettsville’s music in verse
    Lovettsville’s Claudia Gary has been a poet since she wrote, what she called, “simple” poesy, haikus, when she was only in the second grade.

    Angel, the horse of passer-through Leslie Fender, has been the talk of Leesburg since first being spotted at MacDowells Brew Kitchen Wednesday evening. Times-Mirror Photo/Trevor Baratko

    MORE: Leesburg’s visiting cowboy given a citation for failure to display reflective gear
    The man is Leslie Fender, a modern-day cowboy who said he is riding through several states to raise awareness about stroke victims and inspire people to, as the cliché goes, live every day like it's your last.

    Amina Bukasa, 17, started the nonprofit Define Yourself, which won as part of the Step Up competition from Loudoun Youth. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

    Define yourself : Ashburn teen spreads positive self-image
    The 17-year-old from Ashburn, Amina Bukasa, is helping middle and high school girls find self-appreciation through Define Yourself, a positive self-image campaign.

    A ball for all seasons. Loudoun Valley junior Trey McDyre is a standout on the Vikings’ football, basketball and baseball teams. While McDyre says his favorite sport is always the one he’s currently playing, he will most likely play baseball in college.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Loudoun Valley’s Trey McDyre has a game plan for every season
    It was once the standard course of electives for young men in high school with an athletic bent: Football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring, repeat.
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    Sigrid Fry-Revere of Lovettsville at a TEDMED Talk on organ transplant policy. Courtesy photo/TED Talks

    Saving lives at their own expense: Loudoun native starts charity for living organ donors
    In 2013, almost 6,000 people were living donors out of 28,954 people who chose to give their organs. What the vast number of U.S. citizens might not know is the invisible issues living donors face, namely financially.

    Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville is one of the largest grape growers in Loudoun County. Photo/Trevor Baratko

    Wine Wednesday: We’re talking grapes by the tons
    Loudoun County grape growers outpaced a robust statewide showing in the 2014 wine grape harvest, boasting a 20 percent increase from 2013.

    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
    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.
    Leesburg fifth in list of family-friendly cities
    Leesburg was named number five on an annual list of Top 10 Best Cities for Families created by
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    Loudoun student makes ‘promposal’ at White House
    A Loudoun student visiting the White House April 28 took the opportunity to make a "promposal" in the Nation's Capital.
    IN PHOTOS: The Oatlands Gala
    At a black-tie gala under a soaring tent, Oatlands honored the Eustis family for an extraordinary gesture -- the gift of the estate 50 years ago to the National Historic Trust. On Saturday, April 25, friends and supporters of the nonprofit raised funds to extend the legacy and preserve a Loudoun County treasure.

    Woodbrook and West North streets in West Baltimore were in the middle of the pandemonium Monday night. Times-Mirror Photo/Trevor Baratko

    VIDEO: Photos, stories from the unrest in Baltimore
    We arrived in West Baltimore shortly after 9 p.m. Monday night, following a day of looting, scorched cars and buildings and violence between law enforcement and protesters.

    The front entrance of Chris Cooley’s $2.39 million mansion, now up for sale. - Courtesy Chase Realty Video

    Chris Cooley’s Leesburg mansion is still for sale
    For $2.39 million a lucky homeowner can own Cooley's 13,000 square foot home, including six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, media room, theater, billiard room, spa, pool, wine cellar, elevator, four-car heated garage and more on 3.67 acres west of Leesburg.
    100WomenStrong awards $113K in grants to local nonprofits
    Around 50 people packed into Shoes, Cup and Cork in Leesburg April 22 for 100WomenStrong's annual award of $113,000 in grants to local nonprofits.

    Jayme Stone, the banjo player for Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, will play at the Barns of Rose Hill on Thursday. Photo Courtesy/Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

    Capturing the spirit of American roots
    Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project honors America’s rich tradition of folk and roots music

    Broad Run High School varsity softball players show their solidarity for Madison Small by displaying her jersey No. 24 on the left sleeve of their uniform and the tape on their wrists.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Playing for No. 24: At Loudoun’s Broad Run High School, Madison Small remains a uniting force
    To pay their respects, a bunch of kids from Broad Run High School got together over the weekend and played a little softball. Tim Small chuckled at the recent memory.

    Dominion High School students and members of the robotics team RoboLoCo, Siddharth Nanda, right, and Karston Steele, left, oversaw the return of the teams stolen robot Tuesday morning. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

    Robot Red Baron back home in Loudoun
    Members of the local RoboLoCo robotics team have their beloved robot, The Red Baron, back in their possession.

    Rob Kaylin with some of the store’s newest customers. Photo Courtesy/ Comic Logic

    Comic Logic to host grand opening in Ashburn April 25
    Comic Logic will be only comic book store in Loudoun, according to its owners.
    Loudoun suicide support group battles stigma against mental illness
    A local nonprofit and Leesburg resident have created Loudoun's only support group for those who've loved ones someone to suicide.

    Members of Loudoun’s business and education community present the RoboLoCo robotics team a check for $15,000 April 10 at Telos Corporation in Ashburn. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

    RoboLoCo’s stolen robot has been found, will land in Loudoun Tuesday
    A Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman said the robot was located in some woods in Tennessee, is intact and will be returned Tuesday to RoboLoCo.

    Tina Johnson, president of JP Events and Consulting, and Robyn James with Billy Casper Golf swap business cards at a Sterling Women networking event. Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock

    Loudoun’s businesswomen break rules
    Networking groups bind together a faction of females forging paths

    Ashburn Pub has been a friendly eastern Loudoun neighborhood spot since 1995. Courtesy Photo

    A claim to fame at Ashburn Pub
    Gaining even greater fame because of its recent television appearance, The Ashburn Pub has been a public favorite and popular local watering hole for nearly 20 years.
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    Loudoun Lowdown: April showers bring The Donald and Rosé
    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.

    Maimah Karmo, of Aldie, a breast cancer survivor, founded The Tigerlily Foundation. To date, its raised more than $1 million for the cause. Photo Courtesy/

    Aldie’s Maimah Karmo has a passion for empowering women
    Karmo, a breast cancer survivor, founded the The Tigerlily Foundation

    The Hill Highl Marketplace in Round Hill has been a staple for decades. Now its doors are open to artists seeking studio space. Photo Courtesy/Hill High Marketplace

    Hill High Marketplace provides artists working space
    In keeping with an effort to be a center of organic local food, wine, beer and art, Hill High Marketplace in Round Hill will opens its doors May 1 to working artists seeking studio space.

    Kevin Grigsby in the Oatlands Greenhouse where slaves once tended to George Carter’s crops. - Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock

    Leesburg’s Oatlands Plantation invites descendants of slaves to tell their families’ stories
    Much of the long hours, blood, sweat and hard labor used to build the Oatlands mansion and grounds landed on the backs of slaves, and their story has, by and large, been left out of the history books.

    On April 13, hundreds gathered at St. Theresa’s Church in Ashburn for Broad Run High student Madison Small’s funeral. The teen died suddenly last week of neisseria sepsis. The line for Small’s viewing preceding the funeral reached steadily out the door. Times-Mirror/David Manning

    Loudoun continues to mourn the death of Broad Run student
    The turnout for Madison Small's funeral in Ashburn on April 13 showed the impact the vivacious, likable young woman had on those she met. But it also showed a community rebounding from massive whip-lash.
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