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Dulles Airport Travelers on Thanksgiving Journey

Diana White, of Springfield, VA, and her son, Matthew White, are headed to Mexico City for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. As we all waited in line for security (which shockingly took less than 10 minutes), I overheard Diana say, “Wow, this isn’t so bad.” I pulled the pair aside once we made it through security to see how their travel was going so far, the day before the busiest travel day of the year. Watch the video above to hear their tips on a speedy security process and their thoughts on the new TSA body scanners. Before you head to the airport this year, check out TSA's helpful holiday travel tips and what to expect with pat-downs.

Council Extends Free Holiday Parking in Town Hall Parking Garage Until February 23, 2011

From the Town of Leesburg – The Leesburg Town Council has extended free parking in the Town Hall parking garage beyond the holiday shopping season, to Wednesday, February 23, 2011. 

Each year, the Town of Leesburg offers free downtown parking from Thanksgiving to the New Year holidays, in support of the downtown merchants during the holiday shopping season.  The holiday parking promotion will begin this year at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 and will continue until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2011.  During this time, parking in the Town Hall parking garage and at all on-street parking meters in the Historic Downtown will be free.  The two-hour time limit at the on-street parking meters will still be in effect, as will loading zone and handicapped parking restrictions.

Cheapest Gas Price in Leesburg

According to AAA, The cheapest gas in Leesburg is $2.859 a gallon at Saban Khouri & Michael Shell. This gas station is located at 602 East Market Street in Leesburg, VA.

Free Parking in Downtown Leesburg for the Holidays

Parking in the Town Hall parking garage  and at all on-street parking meters will be free from Thursday, November 25, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011

Town Issues Reminder to Citizens about Snow Emergency Routes & Snow Removal Policies

From the Town of Leesburg – In preparation for the winter weather season, Town officials remind residents and businesses about Town policies for dealing with snow, sleet, ice and other wintry precipitation.

Snow Emergency Routes.  A snow emergency is declared when two or more inches of snow, sleet or other icy precipitation has accumulated on Town roadways.  When a snow emergency is in effect, all vehicles must be removed from the designated streets.  Any vehicle not removed from the designated streets when a snow emergency is in effect will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Snow emergency routes are:

Leesburg Police to Conduct Training Exercise

From the Leesburg Police Department:

The Leesburg Police Department will be conducting a training exercise on Saturday, November 6, 2010 in the Sycolin Road // Miller Drive SE area.  The exercise is for training purposes only, and there will be no live weapons fired during the training exercise.  The exercise is scheduled to begin at 8am and conclude at 12 Noon. There will be signboards in place on Sycolin Road during the timeframe of the exercise.  The exercise should not impact normal flow of traffic on Sycolin Road.  Traffic will be impacted on a portion of Miller Drive, SE.

Volunteers to Install Rain Garden at Freedom Park on Saturday, November 13, 2010

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg’s Watershed Committee is seeking volunteers to help install a rain garden at Freedom Park in Leesburg on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

A rain garden is a landscaped area that collects rainfall and stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots and rooftops and filters pollutants from the runoff before it drains into local streams. On the surface, a rain garden looks like any other landscaped area, but it is different in three key ways.  First, rain gardens are located in low areas, or depressions, so that stormwater is intercepted before flowing into storm sewers or streams.  Secondly, a rain garden features native plants that absorb and transform stormwater pollutants.  Finally, the soil in rain gardens is engineered to detain stormwater runoff long enough for the plants to absorb the pollutants.