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The Near Future of Drones in Loudoun and Beyond

Written by Vanessa Wagner, Loudoun County Economic Development.
Loudoun County is working to establish itself as an early adopter in the unmanned aerial systems space by attracting companies that manufacture, operate and support drones. Although the industry focus is new for many jurisdictions, Loudoun has already had almost a dozen drone-related startups move to or start here in this county, due to our close ties to the Virginia FAA test sites, high-tech workforce and local manufacturing relationships.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS – MAN OF LA MANCHA IS CAST!

Director Kathy Bleutge of Sterling and Producer Lora Buckman of Ashburn announced the casting of Sterling Playmakers newest endeavor. Man of La Mancha, tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Based on Miguel de Cervantes’ classic book Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha has been deemed as one of the all-time great musicals of the American stage.

Fairfax County Staff Lead Tour of Restored Stream in Lake Fairfax Park

Reston, Va. – On, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, staff from the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and Fairfax County Park Authority joined Park Authority Board members, contractors, and residents for a brief tour of the recently completed stream restoration project in Lake Fairfax Park. The project team discussed the benefits to the park and surrounding environment, which include reduced flooding hazards, higher water quality, a new vehicular bridge, a stabilized pedestrian bridge, and access points for environmental education programs.

Loudoun-based consultant Snowflake LLC becomes Certified B Corporation

Round Hill, VA – Snowflake LLC (www.snowflakellc.com), a Virginia Small, Woman-owned and Minority (SWaM) and Micro-business consultancy headquartered in western Loudoun County, has become a Certified B Corporation®, joining the ranks of nearly 2,200 companies worldwide dedicated to creating a society with a more shared and durable prosperity for all.

Lyme Music Fest Seeks Sponsors

KeyLyme LLC and the National Capital Lyme Disease Association are teaming up to host the first ever Hope for Lyme Music Fest, planned rain or shine for Saturday, Oct. 7.

​KeyLyme is an Ashburn-based company that sells all-natural, DEET-free insect and tick repellent.

Salad Science – A Sustainable Project Based Learning Opportunity.

With on-site support from an ANS Naturalist, students grow lettuce while learning about plant science and nutrition through a variety of sustainable hands-on lessons. Students log data, make predications, record observations and track plant growth in a journal. Geared for grades PreK to 5th, the project culminates with a harvest and salad party including healthy toppings and dressings.

At this time of year, most of us are focused on the possibilities and opportunities that come with fall: a new school year, brisker air, and the desire to dive into new efforts. For the families we serve at Loudoun Hunger Relief (formerly Loudoun Interfaith Relief), fall is never quite that simple.

Life Skills: Farm to Table

Britepaths’ clients and staff enjoyed a Healthy Eating Workshop at our office on Saturday, August 19. Master Food Volunteer Sue Gonzalez and Katie Strong, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, for the Virginia Cooperative Extension, made two delicious summertime salads and gave us tips on how to eat healthier and how to make our own recipes healthier without losing the taste. Their recommendations include: