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    Iris Burkart (middle, wearing light blue)met her sister Elisa (in orange),  her brother Daniel (in yellow)  and nephews and nieces Nov. 11 at Elisa’s home in Mayyaguez, Puerto Rico. Courtesy photo

    Reunited: Purcellville woman finds birth family after 65 years
    Mon., Dec. 22 | 08:00 AM - Iris Burkart found her biological family after 65 years on Oct. 2, 2014, a day that is ingrained in her memory like her birthday and wedding anniversary.

    Holly Heider Chapple, a Loudoun native, and owner of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers in Lucketts, spent several days at the beginning of December assisting with hanging the extensive array of holiday decorations at the White House. Photo Courtesy/Holly Chapple

    An executive decorator
    Sat., Dec. 20 | 09:00 AM - Lucketts' Holly Chapple has helped decorate the White House for three years.
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    Michael Murray met Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III along with other players at FedEx field. He and his family also had taking a trip to Disney World, seeing New York in Winter and visiting all 50 states on their bucket list. Courtesy photo/Dena Murray

    Purcellville’s Murray family make memories in the face of ALS
    Fri., Dec. 19 | 08:00 AM - When Michael Murray of Purcellville was diagnosed with amyotrphic lateral sclerosis he and his family made a bucket list of memories they want to make with the time they have.

    Lew Parker is the founder and winemaker at Loudoun County’s first winery, Willowcroft Vineyards, in southern Leesburg. Loudoun now boasts more than 40 wineries, more than any other county in Virginia. Times-Mirror Photo/Rick Wasser

    Loudoun Wine: ‘We get up with the sun and live and die by the weather’
    Thu., Dec. 18 | 12:33 PM - “The wines of Loudoun County are on the rise in terms of quality and intrigue."

    Northern Virginia band Native Run will take the Tally Ho Theatre stage in Leesburg Dec. 22. Courtesy Photo

    Native Run: Home in Leesburg for the holidays
    Thu., Dec. 18 | 12:25 PM - The Northern Virginia band takes a break from Nashville to play to the people who gave them their start

    A suspect has been named in the 2012 murder of former Winchester Star reporter Sarah Greenhalgh. -Courtesy/Fauquier Times

    Suspect named in 2012 murder of Sarah Greenhalgh
    Tue., Dec. 16 | 12:17 PM - Fingerprints from John Sheldon Kearns – Greenhalgh's former boyfriend – were obtained on Dec. 8, according to an affidavit filed in the Circuit Court Dec. 11.
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    Aaron Monsey of Sterling claimed his $1 million lottery prize on Dec. 15 – less than one week before it was set to expire. Photo Courtesy/Virginia Lottery

    Sterling man claims $1 million Powerball prize one week before it expires
    Mon., Dec. 15 | 05:31 PM - Aaron Monsey was in no hurry to claim his $1 million winning lottery ticket.

    Ryan Gould of Purcellville helps spread the Christmas spirit in western Loudoun with his elaborately decorated home. Times-Mirror Photo/Elizabeth Stinnette

    Dreams of Christmas lights dance in the head of Purcellville resident
    Sun., Dec. 14 | 07:48 AM - Ryan Gould, a Purcellville resident and software engineer for Orbital, has spent seven years crafting a light show extravaganza choreographed to Christmas music.

    Mike Carroll has owned Leesburg Vintner in historic downtown for more than two decades.

    Loudoun’s most essential holiday sauces
    Sat., Dec. 13 | 08:31 AM - In a county dotted by wineries, breweries and now a couple cideries, is there a better, more convenient present than booze?

    Sterling’s Ryan Sill faces the crowd “singing for his life” with Howie Day’s “Collide.” Courtesy photo

    Sterling’s Sill survives to top eight of “The Voice”
    Wed., Nov. 26 | 07:28 PM - Sterling native Ryan Sill moves on to the top eight on NBC's “The Voice” after barely surviving Tuesday's elimination round.
    Reaching high: The “Big Church” on Route 7 looks skyward to a towering vision
    Fri., Dec. 19 | 06:08 PM - It was in a space at Rolling Ridge Elementary School 29 years ago that The Community Church held its first service. The congregation numbered 30 members that day.
    LCPS welcomes new director of transportation
    Tue., Dec. 16 | 12:27 PM - The new director of the Department of Transportation for Loudoun County Public Schools is in town.
    Route 50 lane closure expected Saturday in Dulles South area
    Fri., Dec. 12 | 05:00 PM - A lane of Route 50 west from Stonecroft Boulevard to Pleasant Valley in Fairfax will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow contractors to complete work and open a third lane of traffic to motorists.
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    93-year-old Ashby Ponds resident Charlotte Nurge has volunteered a county-estimated 3,300 hours of her time to improve Loudoun County. Times-Mirror Photo

    Charlotte Nurge, ‘Mayor of Ashby Ponds,’ honored by Loudoun supervisors
    Thu., Dec. 11 | 08:21 AM - The Board of Supervisors surprised Nurge by announcing the central recreation room in the forthcoming Dulles South Senior Center will be named “The Charlotte Nurge Recreation Room.”
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    Mathias Giordano met with players and coaches of the New York Giants, his favorite NFL team, earlier this year. The local teenager who battled bone cancer died Dec. 7. Courtesy Photo

    Updated with arrangements announcement: Mathias Giordano dies at 13
    Wed., Dec. 10 | 11:16 AM - Mathias Giordano, a Leesburg childhood cancer awareness advocate who inspired the “Team Mathias” movement, died Sunday. He was 13.
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    Karlie Harman of Aldie met Robert Griffin III, football quarterback for the Washington Redskins, at FedEx Field in Maryland when she was told she was a finalist in the NFL contest “Together We Make Football.” Courtesy photo

    ‘A Jane-of-all-trades:’ Aldie’s female football player NFL contest finalist
    Tue., Dec. 9 | 05:14 PM - It's been a busy year for Karlie Harman, a freshman at John Champe High School. Harman is one of three final contestants in the NFL's "Together We Make Football" contest.
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    Sterling’s Sill sings in wildcard round in “The Voice”
    Tue., Dec. 9 | 04:10 PM - Sterling resident Ryan Sill didn't make it to the top five of NBC's "The Voice." But he still has one last chance to make it to the final round thanks to the show's first ever installed wild card round.

    Michael Hardin, a South Riding resident, hand crafts pens made out of unique materials. His work will be on display Dec. 12-14 at the Sugarloaf Festival in Chantilly. Photo Courtesy/Michael Hardin

    Loudoun County veteran one of hundreds of artists to be featured at Sugarloaf Festival
    Sun., Dec. 7 | 10:00 AM - At least 250 artisans will showcase their work at this year's Sugarloaf Festival in Chantilly and among them will be Loudoun County resident Michael Hardin.
    2015 Future Leaders Scholarship Award
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 08:04 PM - It's that time of the year again. The Loudoun Times-Mirror is accepting applications for the 2015 Future Leaders Scholarship Award.

    Kelli Lockhart of Harper’s Ferry with Brian Eichman of Greencastle, Pa. model their selections for this year’s ugly Christmas sweater parties. Times-Mirror/Karen Graham

    I’m dreaming of an ugly Christmas sweater
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 05:58 PM - A recent and growing trend finds people on a quest for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater, and it has become a booming business for Re-Love It in Purcellville.
    Stone Ridge neighborhoods to get a visit from Santa
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 03:16 PM - Residents in the Stone Ridge area should be on-the-lookout for Santa riding through their neighborhood on a big, bright fire engine.
    A baking bonanza at Layered Cake Patisserie in Leesburg
    Fri., Dec. 5 | 12:56 PM - Owners and bakers Anthony and Barbara Chavez are likely familiar faces to Leesburg locals because the couple has sold their goodies at the Leesburg farmer's market for several years – and with great success.
    Sill falls in live elimination for ‘The Voice’ top five
    Wed., Dec. 3 | 08:45 PM - Sterling's Ryan Sill was eliminated on Tuesday's episode of "The Voice."
    “Makers” eyeing a move to Leesburg: Nonprofit to spark creative interests in Loudoun
    Wed., Dec. 3 | 06:04 PM - Makersmiths, a community-led nonprofit led by Patrick Scannell, has plans to stake its flag in Leesburg next month with a 4,000-square-foot facility.
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    Live from Fabbioli Cellars: It’s Virginia Wine Time
    Wed., Dec. 3 | 05:06 PM - Loudoun County's Fabbioli Cellars recently played host to Virginia Wine Chat, a podcast and Twitter conversation launched by wine blogger Frank Morgan.
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    Leesburg Diner grand opening set for Dec. 13
    Wed., Dec. 3 | 07:05 AM - Loudouners can get their first glimpse and taste of Leesburg Diner, formerly Leesburg Restaurant, during December's First Friday in historic downtown.

    U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) has been named the 2014 ‘Daniel of the Year’ by WORLD News Group for his work advocating for religious freedom. Times-Mirror File Photo/Trevor Baratko

    Frank Wolf named WORLD news’ ‘Daniel of the Year’
    Tue., Dec. 2 | 04:39 PM - Wolf, who is stepping down this year after more than three decades in the House, has consistently advocated for global religious freedom throughout his tenure.
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    Cindy Kemper, owner of Heaven and Elle, brushes on beauty with a client. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Looking good in Loudoun
    Sat., Nov. 29 | 02:00 PM - As a flourishing and fast-growing county, Loudoun is an attractive prospect for specialized businesses offering cosmetic procedures.

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    Loudoun hosts presidentially pardoned turkeys at Morven Park
    Thu., Nov. 27 | 08:00 AM - Yesterday President Barack Obama pardoned Mac and Cheese, two turkeys from Ohio, who were jointly spared in the President's National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.
    Sterling’s Sill competes for top eight spot on “The Voice”
    Tue., Nov. 25 | 12:59 PM - It's up to the public's vote for Sterling's Ryan Sill to make it to the top eight of "The Voice" tonight. Voting is open till noon today.
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