Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun


<bt>The story regarding the Sterling Playmakers' production of "Our Town" left out the second week of shows. The productions runs this Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. All performances take place at Sterling middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. Tickets are $10. Call 703-729-8901.

<sh>Episcopal Church Receives Land Donation

<bt>St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, a daughter church of St. JamesÕ Episcopal Church in Leesburg, has received close to 10 acres of land in Loudoun County for a future church site.

Long-time Loudoun resident and St. JamesÕ parishioner, Mary Harris and her family are making the donation in honor and memory of Huntington Harris, MaryÕs late husband, who died in 1993.

The donated parcel is located at the northeast corner of Ft. Evans Road and Battlefield Parkway.

The Harris family was honored at St. JamesÕ and St. GabrielÕs churches on Sunday, with Mary Harris, Henry, and his wife Joyce, in attendance. Parishioners of the two churches first learned of the donation this week. A joyful prayer service was held on the land Sunday afternoon.

St. GabrielÕs currently meets Sundays at 10 a.m., at the Belmont Ridge Middle School in Lansdowne.Ê

<sh>Meet the Democratic Candidates

<bt>The Potomac, Sterling and Sugarland Run Districts of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee are co-hosting a "Meet the Candidates" forum on Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Eastern Loudoun Regional Library in Cascades, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling.

Leslie Byrne, former U.S. congresswoman and state senator, who is a candidate for lieutenant governor; David Poisson, who is running against Del. Richard Black for delegate (32nd House District), and Bruce Roemmelt, who is running against Del. Bob Marshall for delegate (13th House District), will participate in the forum, giving people an opportunity to learn more about them, their ideas, and their views.

For more information, visit the LCDC Web site at www.lcdems.com.

<sh>Second Input Session Added

<bt>The Loudoun County Planning Commission has added a second community input session to hear public comment on a proposed amendment to the Revised Comprehensive Plan for the Upper Broad Run and Upper Foley subareas of the Transition Policy Area, Monday, April 11, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E. in Leesburg.

The amendment is known as Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM) 2005-0003.

A map of the subareas and other information about the CPAM can be found on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/compplan/transition.htm.

<sh>Constitutes Chat

<bt>Frank Sadler, the regional representative for U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), will hold local office hours April 13, at the Loudoun County Government Building, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg, from 1-2:30 p.m. Constituents are welcome to discuss issues facing the area or any problems they are experiencing with a federal agency. Call Sadler at 703-966-6036.

<sh>Honoring Victims

<bt>This year marks the 25th Anniversary of National

Crime VictimsÕ Rights Week.

During the week of April 10-16, many people and agencies across America will observe National Crime VictimsÕ Rights Week. In Loudoun County, the Victim/Witness Program will have a variety of displays set up throughout the community with information about the services our program provides, as well as information regarding Crime VictimsÕ Rights Week, with keepsake items to include ribbons, magnets and bookmarks.

On April 15, from 2-4 p.m., the Loudoun County Victim/Witness program will be hosting an ÒOpen HouseÓ in its office, located just inside of the courthouse, 18 East Market St., Leesburg. Beginning at 3 p.m., we will have the annual Victim Services Awards ceremony. This year, the program

will present awards and certificates to two assistant commonwealthÕs attorneys and an investigator with the Loudoun County SheriffÕs Office. In addition, certificates of appreciation will be presented to the Leesburg Police Department and the Loudoun County SheriffÕs Office for serving victims and serving justice. Chief Joseph Price, Leesburg Police Department, will be speaking at this event.

The events are open to the public. Contact the Loudoun County Victim/Witness Program at 703-777-0417 or visit the Web site at www.loudoun.gov/vwp.

<sh>Antifreeze Spill Contained

<bt>Around 2:22 p.m., Saturday, April 2, Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services responded to a possible hazardous materials incident in the 18900 block of Potomac Station Drive. Fire and Rescue personnel discovered an undetermined amount of ethylene glycol (antifreeze) mixed with water had escaped from a 12,000 gallon container on the Dominion Transmission Substation property. Fire and rescue crews contained the spill, minimizing the impact. A correction order was issued and Dominion Transmission hired an environmental cleanup firm to clean up the spill.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Fairfax County Water Authority were advised of the situation and they will be monitoring for any further environmental impact.

<sh>Grant Awarded

<bt>The March of Dimes National Capital Area Chapter has awarded a grant to InMed/MotherNet Loudoun to support Spanish-language parent education and support groups to help under served Latino families overcome social isolation and strengthen parenting and coping skills.

The grant, formally called the Froehlich 2005 Chapter Grant, is named after Dulles Greenway Chief Financial Officer Rick Froehlich, who was the top walker last year at the Loudoun County WalkAmerica in Leesburg. The 2005 walk will return to Ida Lee Park in Leesburg on May 1. For more information on Loudoun County WalkAmerica, call 703-824-0111, Ext. 20.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish web site at http://www.nacersano.org. For more information on the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica, visit the Web site at http://www.walkamerica.org.