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    Henriette Repolt has worked for 14 years at the Leesburg Ben Franklin store, which is slated to close on Saturday. - Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock

    Ben Franklin will close its Leesburg location this weekend after 40 years
    Thu., Apr. 17 | 07:00 AM - Bare aisle after bare aisle and an empty frame shop, sitting along a few remaining products marked down to 80 percent off signal the end of a 40-year run for Ben Franklin at its location on Catoctin Circle.

    Micheal Lipscomb works at Bricks 4 Kidz in Ashburn packaging meals to feed the world’s hungry April 12. Photo Courtesy/Tammy Reynolds

    Feeding the world one meal at a time
    Wed., Apr. 16 | 04:30 PM - The Loudoun Chapter of the Jack and Jill Foundation prepared 10,000 meals to help feed the world's hungry

    After a slow winter, homes such as these in Sterling Park flying off the market. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Loudoun home sales recovering from sluggish market
    Wed., Apr. 16 | 12:22 PM - Homes sales, a driving factor in Loudoun County’s expanding economy, showed signs of a strong recovery as a late-breaking spring season brought out buyers for a large inventory of townhomes and single-family residences throughout the county.

    The National Conference Center is poised for a revamp from LaKota Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality management company specializing in turning around under-performing hotels, resorts, and conference centers. - Courtesy Photo

    National Conference Center in Lansdowne bought by NCC PS Enterprises, LLC
    Tue., Apr. 15 | 04:05 PM - Stoneleigh Asset Management, along with LaKota Hotels & Resorts, will take over the conference center and West Belmont catering from ARAMARK effective May 16, and "will immediately begin the operational upgrade of all aspects of the property"

    Monk’s BBQ in Purcellville found a permanent home at 251 N. 21st St. in Purcellville, next to Southern States. Photo Courtesy/

    Monk’s BBQ opens in Purcellville
    Tue., Apr. 15 | 07:00 AM - After several years as a food truck based at Corcoran Vineyards in Waterford, Monk's BBQ has found a permanent home in Purcellville.
    Hitting the mark: Loudoun charity closing in on $1 million in giving
    Mon., Apr. 14 | 12:23 PM - 100WomenStrong, a Loudoun-based philanthropic group announced Monday it's closing in on its goal of reaching $1 million in giving.
    Inova Loudoun Hospital supports Mobile Hope
    Sun., Apr. 13 | 08:00 AM - With support from Inova Loudoun Hospital, Mobile Hope has become its own nonprofit, a pending 501(c)(3) organization.

    Ike and Tina Turner, Las Vegas, 1969
    Photos Courtesy/Richard Busch

    Wine and Art: “It’s Only Rock and Roll” at 8 Chains North
    Sat., Apr. 12 | 08:00 AM - For photographer Richard Busch, his photos of rock and roll legends were “just luck”
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    Both Solar 4 Leesburg and North Gate Vineyard won awards at the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Green Business Awards. -Courtesy/North Gate Vineyard

    Powering a western Loudoun winery with solar
    Fri., Apr. 11 | 08:35 AM - When Vicki Fedor and her husband Mark, owners of North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville, decided to construct the building that would become their tasting room and main center of operations they wanted it to be eco-friendly.

    Neustar has acquired the rights to .co domain.

    Neustar acquires rights to Colombian Internet domain
    Tue., Mar. 25 | 10:16 AM - Neustar, a Sterling-based telecommunications and Internet services company, has announced it will buy Bogota, Colombia-based .CO Internet S.A.S., which controls the Colombian domain address .co for $109 million.
    MWAA still not prepared to share timeline for Phase 1 completion
    Thu., Mar. 20 | 10:34 AM - With patience wearing thin for many of the Silver Line’s backers, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority officials said Wednesday that they still cannot provide a date or a timeline for when the new rail line will be completed.
    Inspiration abounds at the Leesburg Community Home Show
    Fri., Mar. 14 | 12:00 PM - The host of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers,” Alison Victoria is the keynote speaker at the Leesburg Community Home Show on March 16. Victoria is scheduled to speak at 1 and 3 p.m.
    Middleburg office complex builds on town’s charm
    Wed., Mar. 12 | 03:15 PM - An office complex designed to match Middleburg’s character is being developed just off the town’s historic retail district at Lincoln and The Plains roads.

    Doc Scantlin and the Palmettos of Washington, D.C. perform at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg during their Roaring 20s dinner and speakeasy on Aug. 31. -Times-Mirror/Jonathan Taylor

    Visit Loudoun survey shows a way forward for Epicurience
    Wed., Mar. 12 | 11:31 AM - Visit Loudoun, in preparation for this year's Epicurience event, a wine and culinary festival, recently decided to conduct a third-party led survey to identify strengths and weaknesses of its 2013 iteration.
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    Airport authority’s chief builder sets an example for excellence
    Fri., Mar. 7 | 06:00 AM - As the new vice president of for engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Ginger Evans is showing what's possible for women in engineering.

    Thomas Ramsay, Nancy Goetzinger, KD Kidder and Neil Steinberg in the Photoworks studio space discussing their recent merger and opening of a new photo school. - Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Photoworks to absorb Art Square photo classes in Leesburg
    Mon., Mar. 3 | 11:39 AM - On March 11, the first class will be held at the Leesburg Photography School at Photoworks.
    Silver Line Playbook: County seeks $200 million loan
    Wed., Feb. 26 | 01:36 PM - As the Loudoun Board of Supervisors has signaled in recent months, Loudoun County plans to apply for a $200 million federal loan to help pay its share of extending Metro’s Silver Line into Loudoun.
    Business groups clash on Va. Medicaid expansion
    Wed., Feb. 26 | 09:52 AM - The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and state business leaders renewed their call Monday for Republican House lawmakers to accept billions in federal Medicaid funds.
    K2M looking to go public
    Wed., Feb. 5 | 10:47 AM - K2M, a spinal device company in Leesburg, has filed an S-1 draft registration with the Securities and Exchanges Commission to become a publicly traded company.
    Dulles Greenway tolls rise again
    Tue., Apr. 15 | 10:49 AM - Tolls are up again along the Leesburg-based Dulles Greenway, with full-use rates spiking from $4.90 to $5.10 during peak hours, 6:30 to 9 a.m. eastbound and 4 to 6:30 p.m. westbound.
    ArtSquare to reopen in June in downtown Leesburg
    Thu., Apr. 10 | 01:36 PM - The facility, home to the Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation, will be located at the Shops at Dodona, 312 E. Market St.

    VIP Sports and Entertainment is looking to use taxable bonds from the Economic Development Authority to capture a lower interest rate loan. -Courtesy/VIP Sports and Entertainment

    Hounds hope taxable bonds will help finance stadium at One Loudoun
    Thu., Apr. 10 | 07:25 AM - VIP Sports and Entertainment, the company hoping to bring professional baseball and soccer to Loudoun, wrote to the Economic Development Authority last week asking for a resolution for $55 million in taxable bonds to finance a stadium.
    Times-Mirror takes nine first place honors in Va. Press Assn. contest
    Wed., Apr. 9 | 11:20 AM - The Loudoun Times-Mirror fell just short of a four-peat as the best large-division weekly newspaper in Virginia, but still took home nine first place honors at the 2013 Virginia Press Association competition.
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    Rail contractor says Dulles project ready to turn over to MWAA
    Wed., Apr. 9 | 11:18 AM - Substantial completion is the key construction milestone that the project has been struggling to reach for months.
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    Notaviva Vineyards in Purcellville pairs local, award-winning wines with music of all genres. Courtesy Photo/Notaviva Vineyards

    Notaviva Vineyards: Fostering creativity, encouraging culture
    Mon., Apr. 7 | 01:42 PM - PURCELLVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The tasting room at Stephen and Shannon Mackey's Loudoun County vineyard is every bit as quaint and cozy as one would expect to find at a local family-run winery.

    Trang Bowers, owner of Sweetz Bakery, offers a wide selection of hand-decorated cupcakes. She’s pictured here in 2012 at a kiosk in Dulles Town Center. Times-Mirror File Photo/Tin Nguyen

    Leesburg chef realizes dream with Sweetz Bakery
    Sun., Apr. 6 | 07:59 AM - Passionate about cooking, especially about baking, Trang Bowers of Leesburg has finally realized her dream: her very own bakery.
    County receives donation for Lovettsville Community Park equine facilities
    Sat., Apr. 5 | 10:00 AM - The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) on March 31 received a donation of $14,123 from the Loudoun Horse Association for future equestrian amenities at Lovettsville Community Park.

    Many of the spaces on the north side of the property are currently vacant. - Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Atlantic Realty hoping to revamp Sterling Plaza
    Sat., Apr. 5 | 07:00 AM - Sterling Plaza I, LLC has filed a pre-submission application with the county to discuss possible renovations to the Sterling Plaza Shopping Center, as well as the addition of 10,500 square feet of residential use, including 30 "stacked multi-family dwelling units along the rear of the property."
    Lexington 7 rezoning application denied by Loudoun board
    Thu., Apr. 3 | 12:15 PM - The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night to deny a residential rezoning application within the Lexington 7 development, which has long been planned for commercial use.
    Helldiver on display at Udvar-Hazy
    Thu., Apr. 3 | 10:29 AM - A World War II dive-bomber, the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver, went on exhibition April 1 at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where it has been undergoing restoration for the past 15 months.

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