News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Nov. 7-13.
Teacher Draws From Illness
If she had all the time in the world, Annette Meyer figures, her journal wouldn't be anybody's business but her own. But the 51-year-old Loudoun County art teacher knows she doesn't. She has advanced breast cancer and has been told that even the most promising treatments probably will only prolong -- not save -- her life. And so she is baring the illustrated diary she has kept for the past five years documenting, in intensely personal detail, an ordinary life with cancer. First, she paged through it with friends and family. Then came a show in Berryville and another in Winchester. Her work also formed the core of the first annual Breast Cancer Art Show at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
Small Market Starts to Grow
Loudoun County has the fastest-growing population in the United States, but it remains the smallest commercial real estate market in the Washington region. The largely rural county had 9.9 million square feet of office space in the third quarter of this year, up from 9.8 million in the same period last year, according to CoStar Group Inc. But Loudoun is on the move, with 1 million square feet under construction, up from 930,050 last year. Loudoun's largest project, by far, is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's 750,000-square-foot Janelia Farm research campus, which is scheduled to open in 2006. Office rents in Loudoun have edged down from $21.78 per square foot in the third quarter last year to $21.57 this year. That is mostly because of the county's 13.4 percent office vacancy rate, the area's second highest after Fairfax County.
Chapter 11 Filing Possible
The parent company of Dulles-based low-cost carrier Independence Air warned that it would be "forced to consider" a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for protection from its creditors if it cannot renegotiate aircraft lease payments of $83 million that it owes in January.
Private Help Sought for Highway
Virginia transportation officials are asking private businesses for help building a 50-mile highway that would stretch from Interstate 95 in Stafford County to Route 7 just east of Leesburg, reviving a controversial project that has flipped on and off state plans in recent years.