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Shawn Pahlavani in his backyard near the intersection of Routes 7 and 28 overlooking construction underway on part of his property that will extend and connect Russell Branch Parkway. Times-Mirror/Sydney Kashiwagi

Construction continues, VDOT sues as Ashburn man holds on to his home

After months of waking up to bulldozers and the sound of drilling in his backyard, Ashburn resident Shawn Pahlavani has recently learned that the fate of his property – which is being taken by the state through eminent domain – is just about finalized.

Inaugural HopeFest to kick off Sept. 10 in Leesburg

In an effort to curb the stigma of mental illness and provide support in the form of sharing and education, the inaugural HopeFest and Wellness Fair will take place Sept. 10 at Leesburg Community Church.

Leesburg-launched Car Seat Headrest and Sen. Kaine to appear on Colbert Thursday

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" will have a decidedly Virginia flavor Thursday night.

Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Seven photos that perfectly capture the final 9/11 ride in Leesburg

The ride began in Somerset, Pennsylvania, swung past the Pentagon and ended at ground zero in New York City Saturday to honor those died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.

Purcellville Cruise-In to benefit project to build homes for veterans

Hundreds of classic cars will arrive in downtown Purcellville at 4 p.m. Saturday for the HeroHomes Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In.

Times-Mirror/Sophie Scheps

Bluemont farm creates opportunities for those less ordinary

Maya Wechsler and Greg Masucci are self-proclaimed city slickers. Living in D.C. proved to be a difficult place to raise their nonverbal, autistic son Max and his younger sister Delilah. In an effort to provide a safe environment for their family, the couple made the pilgrimage to Bluemont after buying a 24-acre farm.

A dash of education has been added to historic Snickersville Turnpike in western Loudoun

Six new historical markers, erected by the Snickersville Turnpike Association, have added a sense of history for motorists and bikers who travel the Virginia byway.

Inova Children’s Emergency Room hosting focus groups for parents/caregivers of autism

Inova Loudoun is hosting two focus groups for parents/caregivers of children who have autism or a sensory processing disorder. The focus groups will give parents/caregivers and opportunity to provide suggestions and insight for creating an environment that meets the needs of these patients.

“Subject line” site of the nearly seven acres HK Investments, LLC is trying to rezone behind the Noble Pointe Collection at Brambleton homes. Department of Planning and Zoning

In Brambleton, a battle to save backyard views

Vincent Chiusano said he loved everything about the Noble Pointe Collection: the style of the home, spacing, the treeline and the fact that the builder – Loudoun developer Miller & Smith – promised him an unobstructed backyard view.

Times-Mirror/File Photo

One Loudoun Revival: Unity through evangelism

Pastor Michelle Thomas of Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries International church first sought a connection with other local pastors after feeling she lacked a network of support.

Courtesy Photo/Sterling UMC

Historic Sterling church to meet its final fate

After a long fought battle to save what remains of Old Sterling, the Sterling Historical and Heritage Preservation Committee will only be able to pick up the pieces. The historic Methodist church at Davis Street and Church Road will be demolished to build a multi-story, 90,000-square-foot storage facility by the end of the month.

Loudoun County staff members, along with local and state health officials, cut the ribbon on the Nursing Moms Lounge at the Loudoun County Government Center. Photo Courtesy/Loudoun County Government

Loudoun County government implements Comprehensive Employee Lactation Support Program

Loudoun County on July 1 became the first county government group in the commonwealth to implement a comprehensive lactation support program that provides employees an appropriate place to express milk.

Times-Mirror/Ed Felker

Horse Power: Loudoun Therapeutic Riding strengthens bodies and minds through equine-assisted therapy

For over 40 years, LTR has provided equine-assisted activities and therapies to people with a wide variety of cognitive, physical and psychological disabilities, using three main types of therapy programs.

Nathan Hackett created woodwork for Creek’s Edge Winery in Lovettsville. Times-Mirror/Ed Felker

Lovettsville’s Nathan Hackett gives wood new life by creating unique furniture

A Virginia native, Hackett got his start as a high school senior working in a cabinet shop in Yorktown. Entry level work in a cabinet shop typically means sanding doors by hand all day. It was a job, but definitely not a career.

Local Wireless Zone owner Sean Moran at his store in South Riding. Times-Mirror/Sydney Kashiwagi

Giving back to military families, one phone at a time

Giving up $2 of profit on every sale for a small business may seem like a lot, but for local business Wireless Zone, it’s a small price to pay if it means helping out military families around the country and in Loudoun County.
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