News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Sept. 5-11.
Some in Loudoun Look to Sell
Aleta Kennedy found her 44 acres in Loudoun County more than three decades ago, enough space to raise a family and some cattle and for her welder husband to tinker with his cars. But after developers submitted a rush of proposals to build suburbs bordering her property on three sides, the former Marine Corps administrator was hoping to cash out and move south.
Kerry Seeks Inroads
Loudoun and its neighbors along Interstates 66 and 95, brimming with new jobs and new arrivals, are home to some of Sen. John F. Kerry's most sought-after voters in the state's electoral powerhouse, Northern Virginia. After Democrats largely passed by the area in 2000, the Kerry campaign is juicing up its investment this fall, with rallies, fieldwork and money.
Restaurant Cited for Crowding
About 400 people gathered at a Mexican restaurant in Sterling Park to watch a World Cup soccer qualifying match between Honduras and Canada. The restaurant, however, seats only about 150 people legally, so authorities shut it down and arrested three people for disorderly conduct, a Loudoun sheriff's spokesman said.
Bonding With Students Is Key
Dominion High School Principal W. John Brewer has again embarked on a mission to visit the home of every new student. Last year, the school's first, there were 700 of them, and his home visits made him a legend in the community, in part because they don't end when school starts.
Partial Victory on Power Lines
Dominion Virginia Power Co. has decided it will not install high-voltage transmission lines along a wooded, nine-mile stretch of the Washington & Old Dominion trail in Loudoun. Elected officials and residents said they viewed Dominion's decision as an incremental victory because two miles of the trail in the southeastern edge of Leesburg are still available as potential sites.
A Different Line of Work
David Quirin gave up a lot to stand in front of 30 desks as a teacher at Sterling's Potomac Falls High School for the first time and say loudly: "Everyone, look at your schedule! Does everyone have 'Mr. Q' written down for this period?" His evenings, for instance. For 10 years, Quirin, 34, worked in the tech industry, most recently at a company where he trained military medical personnel to use health care software. When work was over, it was over.
Horse Trailer Overturns
A horse trailer overturned on a Loudoun highway during the evening rush hour, backing up traffic for more than six miles and sending authorities in pursuit of the horse, which galloped away.
A Boost for Downtowns
Main Street Loudoun, a 20-month-old grass-roots program, is part of a nationwide effort started by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revitalize historic downtowns such as Leesburg's and those in Loudoun's six other towns. The towns, Main Street's supporters say, can help give the nation's fastest-growing county a sense of place and a unique flavor, even as suburban homes spring up across the landscape.
Tornado Hits Fauquier
A tornado touched down in Bealeton and moved north into Warrenton.
Woman Killed in Wreck
Flossie Cook of Hamilton was killed in a car accident in Reston when the station wagon driven by her husband swerved into oncoming traffic, Fairfax County police said.