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Supervisors ‘right a wrong’ as road is formally renamed

After a years-long effort by Loudoun County resident Christene Fulcher and her daughter Carolyn Lineberry, Bears School Road (Route 857) was formally renamed Carters School Road last Sunday.

The event followed a recent Loudoun Board of Supervisors resolution to rename the road.

Fulcher, who attended the one-room Carter’s School in the 1930s, has advocated for the change for more than 20 years. The road was named Bears School Road, after a school a few miles away, by mistake, county officials said in a statement.

Supervisors Kenneth D. “Ken” Reid (R-Leesburg) and Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) sponsored the resolution to rename the road and attended the ceremony.

“It’s an honor to be here to right a wrong from 24 years ago,” Reid said in the statement. Supervisors were “pleased to be able to do this,” Letourneau said.

Letourneau, Fulcher, Lineberry and historian and Catoctin District Planning Commissioner Eugene A. Scheel also attended the ceremony, which was at the road’s intersection with Old Ox Road (Route 606). Scheel brought attention to the issue when he wrote about the road’s incorrect name in his “Piedmont Stories” column in The Washington Post.

Loudoun and HOA partner
in bid to increase recycling

The Loudoun County Department of Construction and Waste Management has announced a partnership with the Lakes at Red Rock Homeowners Association to boost recycling in the community.

The Lakes at Red Rock, a community of more than 370 homes in the Leesburg area, is representing Virginia in the S.C. Johnson company’s Green Choices Recycling Challenge, a national six-month contest involving a community from each state. The winning community will receive a $100,000 grant for a sustainability project. So far, the Lakes at Red Rock community is leading the competition, which began in July, county officials said in a statement.

The community’s newly formed recycling committee is spearheading the effort to promote the program through efforts such as fliers, door-to-door visits, the community Web site and placing banners around the neighborhood.

“We’ve met with the HOA and provided advice and promotional materials for their efforts,” county recycling specialist Tony Hayes said in the statement. “Hopefully, we can build on the momentum of this project to come up with proven outreach strategies to help increase residential recycling countywide.”

Loudoun offers technical assistance to community associations, commercial property management and businesses to make recycling cost-effective. For information, go to www.loudoun.gov/recycle or call the Department of Construction and Waste Management at 703-777-0187.

Deadline to pay second half
of property taxes is Dec. 5

Loudoun County Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr. is reminding taxpayers that the deadline for paying the second half of the real property tax is Dec. 5.

Payments postmarked after that date will incur a 10 percent late penalty. The due date will not be extended for residents who have filed assessment questions with the Board of Equalization. Additional interest is assessed at the rate of 10 percent per year.

Payment can be made with an electronic check or by using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. A fee is added to credit card transactions but not for electronic checks.

Payment can be made at www.
loudoun.gov/re
; by mail at Loudoun County, P.O. Box 1000, Leesburg, Va. 20177-1000; by phone at 703-777-0280; or at Treasurer’s Office locations, including 1 Harrison St. SE, first floor, in Leesburg or 21641 Ridgetop Cir., Suite 104, in Sterling. There are 24-hour deposit boxes outside the offices.

Residents who have not received a bill should call the Treasurer’s Office at 703-777-0280 or e-mail taxes@loudoun.gov.

For information about property tax relief for the elderly and disabled, contact the Tax Relief Division at trcor@loudoun.gov or 703-737-8557, or go to www.loudoun.gov/taxrelief.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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