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    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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    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.

    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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    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 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
    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.
    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.

    Five Loudoun breweries will be on tap at this year’s inaugural Brambleton Brewfest.

    Brambleton announces inaugural Brewfest
    Brambleton Community Association has announced it will host a beer festival May 30 at the Brambleton Town Center in Ashburn.

    The nonprofit Trinity House cafe offers a great deal of fanfare, but also has a reputation as the go-to place for quiet times. Photo Courtesy/Trinity House Cafe.

    Leesburg’s Trinity House Cafe: A place to sit and be
    Trinity House Cafe in Leesburg is building a welcoming and tasteful setting
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    A total of 16 bands performed at the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival May 17, 2014. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Second annual festival to highlight western Loudoun artists, musicians
    A fun day filled with music, art and good food will be found at Purcellville’s second annual music and arts festival May 16 at Fireman’s Field.
    Loudoun Lowdown: Winery cats and prom make this a great place
    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.

    Potomac Falls High School’s Caileigh Chadwick flitted between the table in the school’s entryway and the presentation in the darkened auditorium, where around 50 people sat. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

    Human trafficking awareness group speaks at Potomac Falls High
    High school senior Caileigh Chadwick handed out blue bracelets at a table in Sterling's Potomac Falls High School lobby with other UNICEF club volunteers on April 29.
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    Great white shark pings off Virginia coast
    A 16-foot-long, 3,456-pound great white shark named Mary Lee has emitted a signal, or "pinged" of the Virginia-Maryland coast.

    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.
    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 Livability.com.
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    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.
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