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A.V. Symington Tennis Center Hosts 3rd Annual Leesburg Cup Tennis Tournament

From the Town of Leesburg – The A.V. Symington Tennis Center at Leesburg’s Ida Lee Park, hosted the 3rd annual Leesburg Cup Tennis Tournament on September 17 through 19, 2010.  The Leesburg Cup is an invitational team tournament for senior players (age 50 & over) from Middleburg Tennis Club, Chestnut Forks Athletic Club and Ida Lee Tennis Center.  The Leesburg Cup is part of an annual tournament series hosted by these three clubs.
The team from Chestnut Forks Athletic Club, of Warrenton, won this year’s tournament, winning for the first time since the tournament moved to Ida Lee three years ago.  Previously, the tournament was held at the former Loudoun Sport & Health Club.  Tournament sponsors included All Recreation, Inc.; Blake Landscapes; R. B. Hinkle Construction, Inc.; and Potomac Financial Group LLC.

More Charges Filed Against Leesburg Stabbings Suspect

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A man suspected in a series of stabbings in Michigan and two other states has been charged with murder and four new attempted murder charges, a prosecutor announced Monday.

Elias Abuelazam, 33, is charged with open murder in the Aug. 2 killing of Arnold Minor in Flint, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. If convicted, he faces life in prison with no chance of parole.

Abuelazam previously had been charged in just one case, the attempted murder of a 26-year-old man. He was arrested at an Atlanta airport on Aug. 11 while trying to travel to Israel, his native country, and is being held in the county jail.

Abuelazam "terrorized our citizens," Leyton said. "We've got the guy responsible for these crimes. ... We will convict him. We will lock him up for the rest of his life. His victims deserve nothing less."

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Friday's Business Feature: Little Gorilla Design

Shoes and jewelry are usually the first things we think of when you want to accessorize an outfit. But how about taking a step out of that norm and jazz up your wardrobe with a collection of very unique belts. Little Gorilla Design specializes in stylish belt buckles you won’t find elsewhere. These buckles are inspired by scrapbook paper and transformed into a beautiful work of art adorned with Swarvoski Crystals.

Let’s get to know a little bit about Little Gorilla Design and owner, Cindy Perkins:

Loudoun Needs 21 More Schools, Says Superintendent

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- The head of Loudoun County's Public Schools laid out an ambitious growth plan for his district in his State of Education address.  It is one he says is needed.

Dr. Edgar Hatrick released his report and proposals on the school's website.  He wrote Loudoun will be the third-largest school district in Virginia, with nearly 92,000 students - up from just under 60,000 now.  Hatrick said Loudoun will need 21 new schools to meet the growing number of students.  However, Hatrick wrote only eight are planned through 2015. 

STATE OF EDUCATION: Read Dr. Hatrick's address and presentation (PDF File)

Virginia Wine Festival

Virginia's Annual Wine Festival is being held this weekend, the 18-19th, at Bull Run Regional Park. What is better than spending a beautiful day trying over 400 varieties of wine in only a few short hours!

Virginia has grown to be the 5th state in US wine prodcution and this event is the #1 tasting event in Virginia. You get all your favorite wines (and probably a few you won't like) in a one stop shop with gourmet food, arts shows, musical entertainment and unique vendors. This is a "Wine enthusiast paradise" you don't want to miss.  And check out the 1000 Oaks Barrel Company. They have the cutest little barrel's you can actually keep liquor in right on your bar! Need to convince the kids it'll be a fun time? There's face painting!

Tickets range from $25 (advance) to $30 at the door.

Great Country Farms Cider Fest

Great Country Farms is doing their annual Cider Fest and Antique Tractors event this Saturday/Sunday from 12-4. Enjoy tasting freshly pressed cider and demonstrations with 1800's antique presses. Enjoy Cider Slushies and apple pies while taking a tour of the farm and their antique tractors.

For the kids, there is a Corn Maze, a 2800 sqft Jumping Pillow (this is a MUST while there!), Putt Putt Golf, Wagonrides to U-Pick produce, farm animals to visit and feed, rope swings, giant slides, tire mountain and more. Admission price is $10-12 and those with Military ID are free.

Their official Fall Harvest Festival start September 25th and goes until October 31st. Find more information by clicking here.