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CD Release Party

<bt>Ashburn Village resident, Lyndsi Hicks, 14, who performs as Laurelle, will hold a compact disk release party at Kirkpatrick's in Ashburn Village, Dec. 27, 7-10 p.m. The public is invited.

<sh>Tree Recycling

<bt>Loudoun County is offering five locations for residents to drop off their Christmas trees for recycling. From Tuesday, Dec. 26 to Saturday, Jan. 20, Christmas trees will be accepted free of charge at the following locations:

* Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Road, Sterling, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Use Loudoun Park Lane entrance.

* Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

* Lovettsville Game Protective Association, 16 S. Berlin Pike, Lovettsville.

* Loudoun County Landfill, 20939 Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621), Leesburg, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Monday, Jan. 1.

* South Riding, in the parking lot near Town Hall; located at the corner of South Riding Boulevard and Center Street.

The Christmas tree drop-off program is not available to vendors or solid waste collectors with multiple trees to recycle. Contact the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187 for additional recycling options.

Residents that receive regular curbside recycling service should contact their homeowner association, town office or curbside service provider for Christmas tree collection schedules and information.

Trees should be free of all decorations, tinsel, lights, wire, stand, bag and netting so that the trees may be processed into a clean mulch product. Free mulch is available year-round to Loudoun residents at the County Solid Waste Management Facility on Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg.

<sh>Holiday Hours

<bt>The Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility will close at noon, Saturday, Dec. 23, and will be closed all day Monday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The landfill will reopen at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 26. In celebration of the New Year, the landfill will be closed Monday, Jan. 1. The landfill will reopen at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The normal operating hours at the landfill are Monday-Saturday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The landfill is located at 20939 Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621). The disposal fee is $60 per ton with a $5 minimum per vehicle. Additional charges are added for tires and refrigerated appliances.

More information about the Loudoun County Landfill is available on the county government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/oswm/landfill.htm or by calling the Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187.

<sh>Convention Set

<bt>The Republican Party of Loudoun County approved the method of nomination for the constitutional officers, as well as for the Board of Supervisors to be elected in the November 2007 general election. The convention will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at The Community Church in Ashburn. Interested voters and potential candidates for public office should visit www.LoudounGOP.com to download the filing forms.

Candidates for public office must have their candidate filing form to the nominations committee chair, Suzanne Volpe, by 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7.

The delegate filing forms must be submitted to the nominations committee by 5 p.m., Sunday, March 4. Voters wishing to participate as delegates and alternate delegates to the convention will not be required to pay a registration fee.

<sh>Beware of Scams

<bt>The Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Unit is reminding residents to be aware of scams this holiday season.

The agency has received numerous reports of residents and businesses receiving fake American Express gift checks as payment. So far Sheriff's investigators have recovered more than $20,000 in fraudulent checks. The checks are usually in the amount of $500 and according to American Express they are not legitimate.

Some residents have received the checks as payment for items sold over the Internet. Usually the person sending the fraudulent checks overpays the seller and then asks the recipient to send back part of the money.

In other cases homeowners and businesses receive the checks and are asked to pay back a portion of the money.

Residents receiving the checks can verify their authenticity through American Express or the issuer of the check. Members of the community who believe they have received counterfeit checks and are the victim of fraud should contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Unit at 703-777-0475.