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Holiday Closing

<bt>The Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. The landfill will reopen at 8 a.m., Tuesday Sept. 4.

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

For more information about the Loudoun County landfill, visit the county government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/oswm/landfill.htm or call the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187.

<sh>Juror Questionnaires Coming

<bt>Loudoun citizens should be prepared to receive a juror questionnaire in the mailbox by the end of next week. Each year, the Supreme Court of Virginia mails out questionnaires for the Circuit Court, which marks the beginning of the jury trial process.

Once citizens receive their jury questionnaire, they will have two options for completing it. Potential jurors can access the county Web site at www.loudoun.gov/circuitcourt/jury.htm, and go to the link provided, "Loudoun County Juror Questionnaire," or they can complete the paper questionnaire by hand and return it by first-class mail.

Should anyone experience difficulty using the Web site, contact the jury management department at 703-777-0677 and a jury office representative will provide assistance.

Citizens who receive the questionnaire are expected to complete and return the document to the Clerk's Office. Once the questionnaires are processed, a list of prospective jurors is created. Later in the fall, jury commissioners will be impaneled for the purpose of certifying those individuals who are qualified to serve as jurors. The jury management department will use the certified list of qualified jurors to issue jury summonses for the 2008 term of jury trials. Citizens who receive a summons will be required to report for jury duty on the prescribed day of jury service unless they have been released from service.

For more information about jury duty and the juror questionnaires, click on "Jury Information" on the Clerk of the Circuit Court Web page at www.loudoun.gov/clerk or go to www.loudoun.gov/circuitcourt/jury.htm.

<sh>Be Aware of Students

<bt>Now that the summer break is coming to an end Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson is reminding all drivers to watch for school-aged children walking to and from school, as they may forget to watch for you.

During the first few weeks of September deputies will be conducting a back-to-school campaign strictly enforcing speed and other traffic violations in the area of elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county. The campaign is to ensure the safety and welfare for the children returning to school.

Deputies will be utilizing RADAR, LIDAR and "Smart Trailers," marked and unmarked cruisers as well as the motorcycle unit. The SheriffÕs Office would also like to remind all drivers to obey signals by law-enforcement officers and crossing guards. Last school year there were several incidents where drivers disobeyed the signals given by crossing guards. By ignoring their signals the drivers put the lives of the children and the crossing guard in danger.

<sh>Fuel Spill

<bt>Around 6:46 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, Loudoun County received a 911 call for a fuel spill at the Citgo Gas Station located in the 300 block of East Market Street in Leesburg. The driver of a gasoline tanker, who was filling the underground gasoline storage tanks at the Citgo Station, accidentally overfilled the tank causing approximately of 200 gallons of gasoline to spill. The station was closed temporarily while crews contained the fuel which had traveled to a nearby storm sewer.

With the assistance of the Leesburg Department of Public Works, the storm sewer was flushed. An environmental company was brought in to mitigate and clean up the spill.

<sh>Get Carded

<bt>September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and the Loudoun County Public Library wants to make sure everyone in the community get a library card. The first 50 adults at each branch library to sign up for a Loudoun County Public Library card in September will receive a READ book bag and the first 50 children will receive A READ to ME finger puppet bookmark.

For information on how to sign up for a library card, visit a branch library or the Web site www.lcpl.lib..va.us/borrow.htm.

<sh>Channel Change

<bt>The Loudoun County Government Access Channel has been moved on Comcast CableÕs lineup from Channel 2 to Channel 23. Programming includes Loudoun County Board of SupervisorsÕ meetings, monthly board public hearings and monthly Planning Commission public hearings.

Comcast made significant changes to its channel lineup that also affect the Leesburg Government Access Channel, now Channel 67, and the Public Access Channel, now Channel 98, as well as the Loudoun County Government Access Channel. Verizon customers will continue to see Loudoun County Government Access on Verizon Channel 40, Leesburg Government Access on Channel 35, and Public Access on Channel 41.