A compilation of stories and legends on Manassas history edited by local resident June Rabatin has been published by the Manassas Museum and is available at the museum for $6.50, according to Curator Doug Harvey. The museum has been collecting oral histories and legends since its inception 10 years ago. The museum has printed 1,500 copies of the 84-page book, titled "Count the Ties to Manassas," which recounts life in Manassas around the turn of the century.

Harvey also announced new winter hours for the volunteer-staffed museum. The facility, open weekdays and beginning May 1, also will open on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. year-round. "We found that on Sunday Old Town Manassas is a ghost town," Harvey said. "If we stay closed on Sundays, we hope to have enough volunteers to stay open all year on Saturdays."

Rita Koman, a social studies instructor at Osbourn High School, has been named Northern Virginia district "Teacher of the Year" by the Virginia Council for Social Studies. She was selected from 15 applicants from school systems in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Stafford, Fauquier, Front Royal, Winchester and Prince William County. Koman has been teaching at Osbourn since 1977 and was an instructor both at the public school and community college level five years prior to that.

Judges considered each applicants' contributions to education as well as their general philosophy on schooling, according to a spokesman for the orgnaization.