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<sh>Book Chosen for County Read

<bt>The Fairfax County Public Library hosts, "All Fairfax Reads," a one-book, one-community project encouraging residents to read and discuss the same book between now and Sept. 20. This year's featured read is Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," a story about the friendship between a wealthy Afghan youth and his servant's son. Book discussions take place on May 17 at 7:30 p.m., at the Kings Park Library in Burke and on May 23 at 10 a.m., at the Centreville Regional Library. For more visit www.co.fairfax.va.us/library.

<sh>Nominations Sought for Park Award

<bt>Nominations can be taken starting Saturday, May 20 for the Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. The annual award, sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority and established in 1988, recognizes outstanding volunteer service by groups and individuals in support of Fairfax County parks and park programs. Nominations close on July 8. The award honors the past service of Ellamae Doyle, a former member of the Park Authority Board and well-known activist dedicated to the preservation of parkland and open space in this community and across the region.

Individuals and organizations can be nominated. Current members of the Board of Supervisors, Park Authority Board and paid park staff are ineligible. Award recipients will be honored at a reception and volunteer recognition celebration on Nov. 18. For more information about the award and to receive an application form, call 703-324-8662 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/2005doylenom.htm.

<sh>Become a Relay Partner

<bt>Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) recently announced the launch of Virginia Relay Partner, a statewide program that connects registered businesses with Virginians with hearing or speech difficulties who use relay telephone technology. By joining Virginia Relay Partner, businesses will receive on-line information or free on-site employee training about how to place and receive relay calls and how to distinguish them from prank and marketing calls. Becoming a Virginia Relay Partner is free and businesses can sign up for the program at http://relaypartner.org/.