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    Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, shows some of his drawings to children at Kenneth Culbert Elementary School in Hamilton Nov. 24. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney inspires students at two Loudoun schools
    Mon., Nov. 24 | 04:46 PM - Jeff Kinney stood before a room of enraptured students, their attention completely captivated. At that moment, he was the envy of every teacher in the room.
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    MORE: Team Mathias unleashing childhood cancer awareness
    Mon., Nov. 24 | 10:23 AM - Mathias Giordano, 13, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, cancer of the bone, in July 2012. In the years since, the local boy has endured more than 50 rounds of chemo and radiation, major lung surgeries and a below-the-knee amputation of his right leg.

    Loudoun Interfaith Relief hands out food and other help to the county’s families all year. But the holiday months are an especially hectic time for Loudoun’s largest food pantry. Stock photo

    No small potatoes: Loudoun Interfaith rebounds in time for the turkey
    Fri., Nov. 21 | 12:01 PM - Last minute donations closed the gap in a food shortage just in time for Loudoun Interfaith Relief's Thanksgiving dinner distribution.

    The Koennels welcomed baby Harper at Inova’s Natural Birth Center on Nov. 14. From left to right: Dad Dan, big sister Addison, mom Caitlyn, baby Harper Certified Nurse Midwife Shannon Wise and Dr. Michelle Roberts-Borden, medical director, Inova Loudoun Hospital Natural Birth Center. Photo Courtesy/Renee Brohard

    First baby born at Inova’s new Natural Birth Center
    Fri., Nov. 21 | 10:00 AM - For Ashburn mom Caitlyn Koennel, the birth of her second child, Harper, on Nov. 14 came without any beeping monitors, needles or tubes.
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    Heather Coleman, who suffers from bipolar disorder, speaks at a recent event at Briar Woods High School about suicide prevention. Courtesy Photo/Julie Fisher McCarter

    ‘This is My Brave’: Community responds to growing suicide, depression rates
    Wed., Nov. 19 | 03:14 PM - A nationwide survey of ninth to 12th-graders found that 16 percent reported seriously considering suicide, 13 percent reported creating a plan and 8 percent reporting trying to take their own life.
    Things to know about Virginia’s health insurance enrollment
    Mon., Nov. 17 | 07:14 AM - The nation began the second year of health coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act with open enrollment on Saturday.

    Amanda Wirtz, USN, was crowned Ms. Veteran America 2014 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg Oct. 12 by reigning queen Allaina Guitron. Wirtz also won the talent competition for her original violin melody.Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Boots & beauty: Pageant showcases women in service
    Wed., Oct. 15 | 12:00 PM - In its third year, the Ms. Veteran America contest has become known as one that gives a more true representation of the American woman.
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    Three nonprofit leaders accepted donations totaling $70,000 from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Nov. 22. (Director of CMCF J. Hamilton Lambert; Gary Brown, CMCF trustee; Nicole Acosta, director of Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter; Rahman Parker, director of Loudoun Free Clinic; Jennifer Montgomery, director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief; and Peter Arnston, CMCF trustee) Courtesy photo

    Claude Moore gives surprise end-of-year funding to local nonprofits
    Mon., Nov. 24 | 12:30 PM - The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation has gotten into the spirit of the season by donating to three Loudoun-based nonprofits.
    2015 Future Leaders Scholarship Award
    Fri., Nov. 21 | 06:02 PM - It's that time of the year again. The Loudoun Times-Mirror is accepting applications for the 2015 Future Leaders Scholarship Award.
    Dreaming of a white ... Thanksgiving?
    Fri., Nov. 14 | 01:23 PM - Climatologist Roy Spencer, PhD, says the arctic cold sweeping down from the northern Midwest will blanket much of the U.S., including Virginia, in snow over the next week to 10 days.
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    Ken Falke, founder of Bouder Crest, a retreat for wounded veterans in Bluemont. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Healing holistically, Loudoun leads trend in wellness
    Thu., Nov. 13 | 08:00 AM - The marriage of conventional and holistic medicine in Loudoun County is opening new options for residents looking for healing.
    Northern Virginia veteran to receive all-terrain wheelchair
    Tue., Nov. 11 | 07:59 AM - In recognition of Veterans Day, Freedom Alliance presented Cpl. Jeramie Green with a custom-made, all-terrain wheelchair, also known as an Action Trackchair, on Monday.
    Veterans Day Observance at the Marshall House
    Mon., Nov. 10 | 07:47 PM - The George C. Marshall International Center, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg are joining with the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment of the National Guard to honor veterans on Nov. 11.
    Leesburg Parks & Recreation Department to host 9th Annual Charity Dance and Food Drive
    Mon., Nov. 10 | 03:12 PM - The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Loudoun Interfaith Relief to offer its 9th annual charity dance and food drive at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Friday, Nov. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.

    Garden of Eatin’ executive chef and Northern Virginia native Kiet Ly. Courtesy Photo

    Garden of Eatin’ executive chef Kiet Ly provides healthy menus while battling his own food demons
    Sat., Nov. 8 | 08:00 AM - It takes a passionate chef to build up a tempting menu. Even more, it takes a chef who respects and understands nutritious and flavorful ingredients, and then can stir them into recipes geared to promote good health.
    Middleburg’s Red Fox Inn: Second-oldest eatery in America
    Fri., Nov. 7 | 02:12 PM - Southern Loudoun's Red Fox Inn and Tavern, established in 1728, is topped only by the 1686-founded Old 76 House in Tappan, New York.
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    Run the road for charity in Ashburn
    Thu., Nov. 6 | 08:06 AM - In the upcoming weeks, there are at least four charitable road races to enter.

    Ray Isle, executive wine editor of Food and Wine magazine, served as the keynote speaker at the third annual Virginia Wine Summit in Richmond Oct. 21. Isle said the best wines in Virginia without question measure up to the top wine from around the globe. Photo Courtesy/Virginia Wine

    Virginia producing ‘seriously astonishing wines,’ says Food & Wine editor
    Wed., Nov. 5 | 04:06 PM - As the event's keynote speaker at Richmond's tony Jefferson Hotel, Ray Isle rhapsodized over the state's top-tier producers.
    Bald eagle released into the wild in Lansdowne Nov. 5
    Wed., Nov. 5 | 11:52 AM - The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center released an eagle, which was found near the Potomac River on Sept. 11 in Lovettsville, back into the wild at the National Conference Center on Nov. 5.
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    Comstock to succeed Frank Wolf in House of Representatives
    Tue., Nov. 4 | 10:02 PM - Veteran of D.C. politics and three-term Virginia state Del. Barbara Comstock, a Republican, will be the first new U.S. representative from Virginia's Loudoun-centric 10th Congressional District since 1981.
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    Middleburg Film Fest charms thousands of guests, out-of-towners
    Mon., Nov. 3 | 05:22 PM - Drawing nearly 3,000 attendees throughout the weekend, the 2014 film festival charmed out-of-town filmmakers, producers, screenwriters and cenophiles with 20 films, panels and exclusive tributes to Oscar-winning artists.
    Snapshots of the Middleburg Film Fest’s opening days
    Sat., Nov. 1 | 12:28 PM - Filmmakers, producers, screenwriters and lovers of all things cinema are in Loudoun County this weekend for the second annual Middleburg Film Fest.
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    The Teal Pumpkin Project is being promoted by Food Allergy Research and Education to raise awareness to food allergies during a candy-centric holiday. Courtesy Photo

    Local parents use teal pumpkins to promote food allergy awareness
    Thu., Oct. 30 | 02:06 PM - This Halloween season, some Jack-o-lanterns are being painted teal, the color of food allergy awareness.

    Sterling’s Ryan Sill has made it through the first elimination round of “The Voice.” Courtesy Photo

    Crescendo: Sterling resident aims high on “The Voice”
    Thu., Oct. 30 | 07:00 AM - For Sterling resident Ryan Sill, one comment on a viral music video became the turning point for his singing career and life aspirations.

    Salamander Resort CEO Sheila Johnson, left, and Susan Koch, right, a filmmaker and the executive director of the Middleburg Film Festival, held press roundtables at last year’s fest. Times-Mirror File Photo/Beverly Denny

    Middleburg Film Fest lineup: Oscar contenders and independent gems
    Wed., Oct. 29 | 11:17 AM - With a mix of Oscar contenders and independent gems, Old Virginia landscape and scenes of the nation's capitol nearby, it seems a foregone conclusion this weekend's second running of the film fest will be a success.
    Standard Oil heiress Ruth Bedford leaves Middleburg’s Foxcroft $40 million bequest
    Tue., Oct. 28 | 05:18 PM - With Video: Foxcroft alumna and oil heiress Ruth Bedford leaves $40 million to boarding school she graduated from in 1932.
    Remembering Gabriella Miller
    Sun., Oct. 26 | 09:41 AM - Sunday is the one year anniversary of the passing of Gabriella Miller, a childhood cancer awareness advocate from Leesburg who died from brain cancer at the age of 10.
    Book Review: “Happiness The Universal Dilemma.”
    Sat., Oct. 25 | 10:00 AM - Bailey Bloxsome researches the premise of happiness and pens his findings in his debut body of work: “Happiness The Universal Dilemma.”

    Residents in Leesburg, weather permitting, should be able to view the Orbital rocket launch on Oct. 27, starting at 6:45 p.m. Rendering Courtesy/Orbital Sciences

    Orbital to launch Antares rocket Oct. 27 from Wallops Flight Facility
    Sat., Oct. 25 | 08:00 AM - Launch can be seen by residents in Leesburg and Ashburn
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    Comstock’s property taxes raise questions about a central campaign narrative
    Fri., Oct. 24 | 01:07 PM - Comstock has repeatedly said Foust is an enthusiastic supporter for tax hikes, including in a TV ad titled “Taxman,” which highlighted a claim oft-used by the GOP camp that says Foust raised property taxes by 22 percent.
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