News of interest to Loudoun County that appeared in the daily Post May 30-June 5.


A Natural Lifestyle

Not far from the newly sprouted subdivisions of Loudoun County, a gravel path winds through tall grasses toward a cluster of homes where life is lived differently than in most places. At EcoVillage, near Lovettsville, the idea is to live in harmony with the Earth, and with one another. The tight-knit neighborhood has special covenants designed to foster a sense of community and promotes an equally remarkable devotion to protecting the environment, with homes and land-use rules that take Mother Nature into consideration.


Fitch Aims High, Again

Warrenton Mayor George B. Fitch knows about uphill fights. Well, downhill, actually. He was the founder of the world-famous Jamaican bobsled team, the unlikely warm-weather athletes who were something of a novelty act at the 1988 Olympics and later became the subject of a Disney movie. Now, the international trade consultant, one-time sports promoter and political leader of a town of 8,000 is seriously considering an idea that he admits is just as much of a long shot: running for the Republican nomination to be governor of Virginia.


Aldie Woman Killed in Wreck

An Aldie woman driving a minivan along Fairfax County Parkway crossed over the grassy median into oncoming traffic and was killed, Fairfax police said. Kristen R. Morikawa, 21, of the 40500 block of Sousa Place was driving a Nissan Quest about 8:30 p.m., headed north on the parkway near Lee Highway. Police said they did not know why the minivan crossed into the southbound lanes, where it was struck head-on by a Ford Econoline van. Morikawa was pronounced dead at the scene.


South Riding Recognized

The National Wildlife Federation has designated South Riding, home to 13,500 people, a Food Lion and a McDonald's, as a Community Wildlife Habitat for its five-year effort to register the back yards of individual homes with the group and to make the development's common areas environmentally friendly. It is the sixth community in the nation to receive the certification.