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    The Psychedelic Furs will take the Tally Ho Theatre stage June 2. Courtesy Photo

    The Psychedelic Furs: Loving their new way
    sk anyone what song comes to mind from the ‘80s alternative band the Psychedelic Furs, and nine times out of 10, it will be “Pretty in Pink,” a song featured in John Hughes’ wildly popular movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald in 1986.

    Children are a major beneficiary of Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s good work. Approximately 50 percent of those fed through the local nonprofit are kids. Courtesy Photo/InterfaithRelief.org

    Nonprofit of the Year: Loudoun Interfaith Relief feeds the hungry, empowers lives
    “If you're hungry, it's hard to do anything else,” says Jennifer Montgomery, executive director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief.

    Steering Loudoun County through unprecedented growth, Citizen York creates a legacy of stability amid change. Times-Mirror/Jon Taylor

    Citizen of the Year: Scott York leaves his fingerprints on county’s present and future
    It was in November 2014 that Scott York allowed himself to take seriously the idea of leaving public office.
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    Baltimore mom Toya Graham and pastor of Loudoun Bible Church in Ashburn Wayne Wyatt laugh as she says her son received multiple prom proposals after the video of her confronting him at the Baltimore riots went viral. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

    Ashburn church gives aid to Baltimore mom
    The Baltimore mother who beat her 16-year-old son, Michael, off the streets during the Baltimore riots in April got a surprise when she visited Ashburn's Loudoun Bible Church on Sunday.
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    From left to right: Sindy Gonzalez-Baires (Park View), Megan Hite (Woodgrove), Alizah Robinson (Woodgrove), Mihaela Suciu (Tuscarora), Sabrina Chira (Freedom) and Miriam Peacock (Heritage).Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

    Loudoun at-risk students emerge from hardship
    Megan Hite didn't know she would be receiving $10,000 at the Beat the Odds awards ceremony May 21 at Leesburg's Old Courthouse.
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    Soldiers salute during the wreath laying at Leesburg’s Memorial Day Observance at the Loudoun County Courthouse on May 25.

    IN PHOTOS: Leesburg honors its fallen
    Dozens turned out May 25 at the Loudoun County Courthouse for the Town of Leesburg's annual Memorial Day observance. The ceremony included a wreath laying at each war memorial, honoring soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
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    Veterans salute during Loudoun Valley High School’s Memorial Day service, which honored Lt. Col. Todd Douglas Thomson, a 1992 graduate of the school. Thomas died March 13 after a battle with cancer. Times-Mirror/Karen Graham

    Loudoun Valley alum honored at Memorial Day service in Purcellville
    Honor. Service. Sacrifice. This Memorial Day weekend, the nation takes time to remember and say thank you to the men and women who serve our country.

    Locavore Kevin Malone and Tuscarora Mill restaurant chef Patrick Dinh. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Tuscarora Mills’ Kevin Malone: Early pioneer in Loudoun locavore movement
    Kevin Malone was a devout locavore 20 years before the word entered our lexicon. In 1985 he opened Tuscarora Mill Restaurant (Tuskies) in Leesburg with a commitment to stock his kitchen with the bounty from local farms.

    Sommelier and well-known Loudouner Mary Watson-Delauder is right at home at Ashburn’s Wine’ing Butcher. Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Mary Watson-DeLauder: At your service
    Whether you're a novice or a veteran of vinous ventures, Mary Watson-Delauder will guide you.

    Lexi Bognar, 13, at her Leesburg home with her mother, Wendy, while 10-year-old sister, Gwen, tries to photobomb the shot. Bognar was diagnosed with POTS in 2014, a disease which can cause imbalance, fatigue and depression. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

    Finding balance: Leesburg teen battles symptoms, isolation of obscure disease
    Lexi Bognar, 13, of Leesburg, has Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, also known as POTS, an obscure disease that caused the imbalance that led to her concussion in 2013.
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    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.
    Loudoun student faces-off with nation’s top spellers
    One of Loudoun's students has a spell-off with the 285 top spellers in the U.S. at the 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday in D.C.
    A confirmation 90 years in the making in Sterling
    On Sunday, May 17, a woman stood up before the congregation at Sterling United Methodist Church on Church Road, read aloud her personal statement of faith and was thus confirmed in to the Methodist Church.
    Memorial Day tradition returns to Winchester National Cemetery
    For those staying in the area for Memorial Day weekend, a holiday tradition is being renewed at one of the city's Civil War landmarks.
    Loudoun County fastest-growing in the state, again
    This just in from the Census bureau's American Community 5-year survey for 2010-2014: Loudoun County is experiencing a large population growth.
    Loudoun Lowdown: Engineering a new brew and some rural consciousness
    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.
    Four NoVa students named to Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
    Four students from Northern Virginia Community College, including one from Sterling, were named to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's top ten All-American Academic Team during a ceremony April 22 in Richmond.

    Connor Milligan, 4, and Brian Staton, 4, both of Ashburn, enjoyed building a wall together at the Scouting for Bricks display at Heritage High School last year. The two-day Lego-themed extravaganza is a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 39 in Purcellville. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    One brick at a time in Leesburg
    Third annual Scouting for Bricks returns to Leesburg next weekend

    Synthetic turf fields are used by Loudoun schools for several sports and in most weather conditions. The fields are expensive, about $1 million to build, but are durable and easy to maintain. The fields contain rubber pellets made form materials that could pose health risks, but links have not been proven. Some school districts are replacing the fields. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Loudoun parents rally against toxins in synthetic turf school fields
    A Loudoun parent group has called for a ban on allegedly toxic materials used in county schools' sports fields.
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    Mathias Giordano and his mother, Roya Giordano, from April 2013. Courtesy photo/Facebook

    ‘Team Mathias’ mom wants to name new Loudoun school in honor of son
    A Leesburg mom carrying her son's legacy forward after he died of bone cancer advocates for a new middle school (MS-9) opening in Dulles to be named after him.
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    Jen Shailor of Bluemont Vineyards is one of roughly a dozen female winemakers in Loudoun County, home to the most wineries of any county in Virginia. Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Ladies of the Vine: Loudoun’s wine scene welcomes women winemakers
    In an industry dominated by men, women are increasingly driving Loudoun’s wine game.
    Film about historic Loving case to shoot in Virginia
    Virginia has been chosen as the filming location for a movie about the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple who were arrested in 1958 for violating a state law that prohibited interracial marriage.
    Trinity Church Stable Tour in Northern Virginia set for May 23-24
    Trinity Church in Upperville will host its 56th annual Stable Tour on Memorial Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23- 24, including 14 of Northern Virginia’s notable horse farms and equine facilities.

    Broad Run senior Sara Deutsch plays a header with Freedom senior Brooke Hillenbrand in close pursuit during a Conference 14 game May 8 in South Riding. Deutsch and her twin sisters, sophomores Anna and Leah are enjoying their time together playing for the Spartans.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Turning Broad Run into Deutsch-land on the soccer field
    The sister act that is Broad Run High School's varsity girls' soccer team is undeniable.
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    Loudoun Lowdown: Where we’re crafting a community
    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.

    An Odyssey of the Mind team from Steuart Weller Elementary School is heading to the World Finals in Michigan May 20. Courtesy Photo

    Loudoun students head to Odyssey of the Mind world finals
    A combination of child play, creative thinking and problem-solving, Odyssey of the Mind is the largest international academic competition for students from kindergarten through college.
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    McGimsey steps down as executive of Oatlands
    Well-known Loudoun resident Andrea McGimsey has stepped down as executive director at Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site south of Leesburg, after more than four years on the job.
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