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Mark IV Builders of Cabin John was named to the 2002 Top 500 by “Qualified Remodeler” magazine. The annual listing is published to recognize remodeling firms for six criteria: annual sales volume for the previous year, total number of years in business, association membership, certified employees on staff, industry awards and community service. The company was also named one of the 101 Best Companies to Work For in the residential construction industry. An independent research firm, on behalf of the Reed Residential Group — “Professional Builder,” “Luxury Home Builder,” “Professional Remodeler” and “Housing Zone” — determined the 2002 national award.

Montgomery County’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) will conduct its annual vacuum collection of leaves from the southern part of the County (see map) this year from Nov. 4 through mid-December. DHS tries to make two collections on every street during the fall.

Residents should look for signs posted along the streets announcing the collection dates in their neighborhood. Green signs indicate the first collection, and red signs will serve as the second and final notice.

The leaf vacuum collection district is bounded by I-495, I-270, the Rockville City limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant Roads, Northwest Branch Park, and the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines.

Leaves should be placed in piles or containers on the grass or behind the curb. Placing leaves in streets or alleys can disrupt traffic and surface drainage, hamper snow removal operations or pose a fire hazard to automobiles parked over them.

Collections are restricted to leaves only. Sticks, branches or coarse garden debris should be placed in containers or tied in bundles not more than four feet long and placed where household trash is regularly picked up.

Residents who miss the two scheduled vacuum collections can still have their leaves collected by placing them in paper yard waste bags or reusable containers for pick-up on their regular yard waste collection day. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be accepted.

For more information or to determine if your residence is within the boundaries of the leaf vacuum collection district, call the Division of Highway Services at 240-777 ROAD (7623) or visit www.dpwt.com and click on “Highway Services.”

The county is seeking applicants to fill seven vacancies on the Agricultural Advisory Committee. Four vacancies must be filled by bona fide farmers selected to represent the total farm community.

Three vacancies must be filled by public-at-large representatives having no direct financial interest in farming. Three farmer representatives and three non-farmer incumbents are eligible to apply for reappointment.

The farmer representatives serve three-year terms and the public-at-large members serve one-year terms without compensation.

The 15-member committee advises the County Executive and County Council on all matters affecting agriculture in the County. Membership includes farmers, non-farmers, and at least one farm economist and one conservationist. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday evening of each month in Germantown.

Applicants should write by Oct. 25 to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan at the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850. A brief resume, including home and work phone numbers, should be included. Members of County boards, committees, and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time.