Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will temporarily close the Sterling Customer Service Center, 100 Free Court, beginning Saturday, Jan. 27. The center is expected to remain closed until Thursday, Feb. 22, in order to replace the heating and air conditioning system.

Customers are encouraged to conduct business online, www.dmvNOW.com; by phone, 1-888-337-4782; or by mail, Virginia DMV, P.O. Box 26506, Richmond, VA 23260-6506.

In addition, customers can visit the DMV Select at the county Commissioner of the Revenue, 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 100, Sterling, VA 20166; or the following DMV locations: 945 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, or 14950 Northridge Drive, Chantilly.

<sh>Community Meeting

<bt>There will be a community meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., at the Senior Center in Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, regarding the design plans for future Route 7 improvements. The scheduled improvements extend along Route 7 from the county line with Fairfax in the east, to the intersection between Route 7 and Countryside Boulevard in the west.

<sh>Town Hall Meeting

<bt>Del. David Poisson of the 32nd Virginia House District will hold a mid-session town hall meeting, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at Inova Loudoun Hospital in conference rooms A & B. Coffee and doughnuts will be served and all Loudoun residents are invited to attend.

Poisson will discuss legislation under consideration in this year’s General Assembly, with an emphasis on transportation-related issues. In addition, Secretary of Natural Resources L. Preston Bryant Jr. will update residents on pending environmental legislation.

<sh>Potomac Seat

<bt>The School Board is accepting applications to fill former School Board member John Andrew’s Potomac District seat for the last 10 months of his term. Andrews stepped down from his position to run for U.S. Senate. Potential candidates must live in the Potomac District and be a registered voter. Applicants must hand in their applications to the Clerk of the School Board Christine Coleman, 21000 Education Court, in Ashburn by Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

<sh>Woman Dies from Injures

<bt>A Sterling woman who was struck by a car Jan. 17 in eastern Loudoun County died from her injuries Friday, Jan. 26.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Melanie Ann Yost, 25, was attempting to cross Algonkian Parkway at Countryside Boulevard shortly before 8 p.m. when she was struck by a 1993 Toyota Celica. The car was driven by Oscar Arteaga Roosell, 19, also of Sterling. Roosell was traveling east on Algonkian Parkway when Yost was struck.

Yost was crossing in the crosswalk, but was going against the signal. She was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

<sh>Historic Site Fire

<bt>On Thursday, Jan. 25 around 6:34 a.m., Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services received a 911 call for a structure fire at the Old Waterford School, 40222 Fairfax St., Waterford. First arriving units discovered a heavy fire coming from the auditorium of the Old Waterford School. Due to the extensive damage to the building, the structure began collapsing. Firefighters established defensive operations to keep the fire from spreading into the front building. Crews were able to bring the bulk of the fire under control around 8:45 a.m.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's office said that the cause of the fire, which resulted in an estimated $300,000 loss, has been determined to be accidental in nature. The fire appears to have originated in an area around a propane furnace located in the basement of auditorium.

One firefighter, who was injured at the scene, was transported to Loudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg for treatment.

<sh>New Hours

<bt>The Loudoun Courts Law Library has new, expanded hours. Starting immediately, the law library will be open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The law library is staffed by a professional librarian to provide legal research assistance.

The Loudoun Courts Law Library provides a collection of legal materials that is needed, much used and not generally available elsewhere in Loudoun County. The law library is located adjacent to the Courts Complex bordering King Street in Leesburg.