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  • Salamander Resort: Adventure and Luxury In One Location

    Salamander Resort: Adventure and Luxury In One Location

    Four years into its operations, the Salamander Resort and Spa draws conferences, families, and individuals from international clientele. Still, the staff philosophy is firmly rooted here in Loudoun County. “We are very much open to the public,” General Manager Reggie Cooper said in the crackling firelight of Salamander’s library. “Even though it’s a fine, luxury

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  • Virginia Tire & Auto: 13 Shops, 400 Employees, Still Growing

    Virginia Tire & Auto: 13 Shops, 400 Employees, Still Growing

    Over 40 years ago, Myron Boncarosky left Texaco Oil to pursue a dream of opening his own business.  Starting with less than a dozen workers at Main Street Shell in Fairfax, spending a decade growing from one full-service station to several – his one-time dream has strategically grown into a 400 – employee chain of

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  • Pets/People Event to Fight Cancers Shared by Kids and Dogs

    Pets/People Event to Fight Cancers Shared by Kids and Dogs

    Two and four-legged athletes are running and walking to help crush cancer in the inaugural Two By Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancer. The Canines-N-Kids Foundation and Smashing Walnuts Foundation are partnering to host this timed 5k race and un-timed 1 mile Dog Jog/Fun Run. All net proceeds will support these nonprofits’ work to raise

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  • Dr. Mike: Make Humility a Priority… and Start Now!

    Dr. Mike: Make Humility a Priority… and Start Now!

    Humility comes from the Latin word humilis, which literally means low.  But as a virtue, humility is often misperceived as being something that is undesirable or unattainable.  How is appearing small or insignificant or worthless in relation to others an attractive quality?  To the contrary, truly humble people are strong in that they possess the

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  • CIDER ME: An Education on Local Cideries

    CIDER ME: An Education on Local Cideries

    The growth of breweries, cideries, and distilleries in Virginia are as much a part of history as our founding fathers and treasured landmarks. The next time you sit down to enjoy a glass of your favorite spirit, pause to consider the rich history behind the making of that beverage. Take hard cider for example. Apples

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  • Answering The Call For Help

    Answering The Call For Help

    In August, the nations’ eyes were fixed on the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas.   Many businesses and residents of Loudoun County acted to support through donations and volunteering time, yet one local couple decided to roll up their sleeves and answer the call for help. Doug and Sally Coiner traveled to Texas shortly

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  • Ellie’s Hats, Childhood Cancer, Cars & Coffee

    Ellie’s Hats, Childhood Cancer, Cars & Coffee

    Car shows are often much more than horsepower, polished chrome or bucket seats. A special edition of the Cars & Coffee car show at the Dulles Landing shopping center near South Riding this weekend benefited Ellie’s Hats, a Loudoun based nonprofit organization that offers a variety of support mechanisms to children battling cancer and their families. 

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  • What Has 5,002 Feet And 8 Paws?

    What Has 5,002 Feet And 8 Paws?

    What has 5,002 feet and 8 paws? A single-engine airplane (at 5,000 ft), a pilot and 2 puppies that were just rescued as part of the PilotsNPaws (PNP) program. PNP is a volunteer program that teams animals in jeopardy with pilots and rescuers through the internet. Moving animals to rescue centers with greater resources (people,

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  • Coal Fire Restaurant:  An Experience In Great Food

    Coal Fire Restaurant: An Experience In Great Food

    One thing you must know before visiting the new Coal Fire restaurant in Sterling: arrive hungry.  How else would you be able to sample and enjoy the vast array of appetizer, entrée, and pizza choices? Situated upon the hill in the new Plaza at Cascades Overlook (off Route 7, across from Northern Virginia Community College

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  • Do Dogs Dream?

    Do Dogs Dream?

    By Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIM Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chewing jowls, and twitching noses inspire us

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  • PROJECT EXILE: Hype or Worth Bringing Back?

    PROJECT EXILE: Hype or Worth Bringing Back?

    An anti-crime program that was said to have helped thwart violent offenses in Richmond could be revived and expanded statewide, including Loudoun County. Project Exile, which formed in 1997, transferred certain criminal cases — mostly those involved in violent crimes and charged with illegal firearms possession —from local courts to federal jurisdictions. At the time,

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  • D&V Autobody Masters:  30 Years In Business Earning The “Masters” Name

    D&V Autobody Masters: 30 Years In Business Earning The “Masters” Name

    This is no joke: A man walks into an auto body repair shop. He looks around and sees a Lotus parked between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini, and down the row, he sees Maserati, Maserati, BMW, Maserati. Along the other wall, at various heights on or off numerous lifts, he sees more Maseratis, a Corvette,

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  • What Is An Aquiary (ā•kwee•air•ee)? Take A Tour Right In Ashburn

    What Is An Aquiary (ā•kwee•air•ee)? Take A Tour Right In Ashburn

    Water, water everywhere — but only 1 percent to drink. Children learn in school that 70 percent of the earth is covered by water, so it’s easy to think humans have no problem finding adequate supplies of fresh water. Not so fast. Ninety-nine percent of that water is in the oceans or locked up in

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  • UPDATE: Crash Landing at Leesburg Airport

    UPDATE: Crash Landing at Leesburg Airport

    UPDATE: A new picture of the crashed airplane shows it on the runway and a witness confirmed it was on approach for runway 35 where it seems to have crash-landed, not on Sycolin Road as the State Police indicated.  The witness indicated that the landing gear was not down upon approach. The image shows the

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  • Drop Offs: Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

    Drop Offs: Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

    Loudoun County has scheduled three more Household Hazardous Waste Events in the upcoming months. The next event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on September 23 at Harmony Park and Ride in Hamilton. The address is 39464 E. Colonial Highway. Another hazardous waste disposal day is scheduled Oct. 14 at Leesburg Park and Ride, 19730

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  • BEER ME: An Education On Local Beer

    BEER ME: An Education On Local Beer

    Where does one start with all these local breweries? For folks living in or visiting Loudoun County, local breweries are as active and popular as local wineries. There are 23 local breweries and three more making preparations to open. With so many of these establishments, each location has still found a way to stand out

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