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    Sparky leaps over an obstacle in a straight course competition with the guidance of his handler. Courtesy Photo

    Hopping toward victory at Loudoun County Fair
    Wed., Jul. 30 | 12:00 PM - It's a straight shot. One rabbit with a few jumps to make. Fastest time with the fewest faults wins. For Sparky, a 3-year-old lionhed buck, the 2014 Loudoun County Fair Rabbit Hopping Competition on July 23 meant victory.
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    Ashley Donovan from Hamilton partnered with her friend Adam Meyer to run across the country as part of Run 2 Connect, a nonprofit organization the two founded to engage communities and individuals. Courtesy Photo/Melissa Hope

    Hamilton native running across the country to connect
    Tue., Jul. 29 | 06:07 AM - On Monday, Ashley Donovan and Adam Meyer embarked on a 3,000-mile journey by foot, starting in Portland, Oregon, and planning to close out the voyage in Washington D.C.
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    Patrons enjoy a recent screening of “Mary Poppins” at the National Conference Center’s Screen on the Green. Photo Courtesy/National Conference Center

    Enjoy the outdoors and a movie in Loudoun
    Sun., Jul. 27 | 07:00 AM - Laying on a blanket beneath the stars. Watching a movie on a large screen outside with the whole family. It is today's pop-up version of the old drive-in movie concept, and has become a big trend in Loudoun this summer.
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    Federal report outlines impact of national parks in Virginia
    Thu., Jul. 24 | 12:57 PM - Fewer people visited Virginia's national parks last year and spent less money during those visits, according to a report by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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    Nikole James, holding her dog Parker, gives a sampling of her voice during a recent interview. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

    An aria of her own: Potomac Falls’ Nikole James finds her voice
    Wed., Jul. 23 | 10:30 AM - Music has been a larger part of Nikole James' life. From singing in choir at school to belting out tunes in the house, she loved to use her voice. But it wasn't until middle school that she seriously thought about training.
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    Bo Fox (5) of Berkeley Springs stalls out in the finals after an impressive performance Monday night in The Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby at the Loudoun County Fair. Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock

    The fair hits Loudoun. Hard.
    Wed., Jul. 23 | 05:00 AM - Bang! Metal on metal. It's under a slightly overcast otherwise docile sky that the crowd erupts as cars smash into each other at The Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby, which on Monday kicked off the Loudoun County Fair.
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    “The Kill” A book review By Diane Lunsford
    Tue., Jul. 29 | 11:41 AM - Tally Ho! Jan Neuharth strikes gold in her third Hunt Country Suspense Novel, “The Kill.”
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    Send us your Loudoun photo story
    Sun., Jul. 27 | 12:20 AM - “Mirror Image” is a new feature about you and your photos of Loudoun County
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    Melanie and Jaye Bailey will open Painting with a Twist in Ashburn on Aug. 21. Courtesy Photo

    Painting with a Twist coming to Ashburn
    Tue., Jul. 22 | 01:38 PM - The fast-growing franchise Painting with a Twist is opening its first location in Virginia, with a grand opening celebration in Broadlands Aug. 21.
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    Chef Nathalie Dupree, a two-time James Beard Award winner, will be on hand for chef demonstrations and a book signing at Visit Loudoun’s Epicurience festival Labor Day weekend. Courtesy Photo/Facebook

    Chef Nathalie Dupree ‘coming early and staying late’ for Epicurience
    Tue., Jul. 22 | 08:28 AM - Dupree will return to the Old Dominion Labor Day weekend to headline the second installment of Visit Loudoun's Epicurience wine and food festival.
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    At least 7,000 people attended this years Purcellville Wine and Food Festival. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

    Purcellville Festival a grape turnout
    Mon., Jul. 21 | 01:00 PM - While event organizers are still counting the final numbers, they estimate it is likely there were more attendees at the 2014 Purcellville Wine and Food Festival than last year's 7,000 attendees.
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    Bus service to Dulles changes with Silver Line
    Sun., Jul. 20 | 10:44 AM - The Washington Flyer bus service that currently operates between the West Falls Church Metro station and Dulles will follow a new route after the Silver Line opens July 26.
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    The Key West Band lay down a smooth reggae groove at Breaux Vineyard’s 9th annual Key West Fest. Photo Courtesy/Breaux Vineyards

    Breaux Vineyards and wine; a beautiful pairing
    Sun., Jul. 20 | 07:00 AM - Last weekend, Breaux Vineyards hosted its 9th annual Key West Fest, a tropics-themed party that included well-known D.C.-based reggae band, The Archives, and the Jimmy Buffet-influenced Key West Band. The event attracted over 2,200 visitors.
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    The Old Arcola School was the fifth Public Works Administration construction project, and the only PWA school built in Loudoun, according to the National Parks Service documents, which go on to state “the school is a classic example of PWA architecture and the local, state and national civic pride for which it stood.”

    Supervisors discuss future of historic, PWA-era Arcola School
    Sat., Jul. 19 | 05:27 AM - The future use of the Old Arcola Elementary School remains an open question, with Loudoun supervisors this week referring the project to the board's finance committee to further consider future use of the New Deal Public Works Administration structure.
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    Steve Thomas and Mark Newton.Photo Courtesy/Newton & Thomas

    Newton & Thomas: Bringing bluegrass back to Loudoun
    Fri., Jul. 18 | 11:00 AM - Newton & Thomas will be playing a much-anticipated set as part of the Bluemont Summer Concert Series on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn in Leesburg on July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
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