Mayor Ron Masters, concerned that plans for a new post office in town have been stalled "possibly by funding cutbacks," said last week he will contact either the real estate division of the U.S. Postal Service or Rep. Frank Wolf's office to inquire about the status of the project.

The site, at the east end of town, will house a larger facility with plenty of parking space, if it gets off the ground, said Masters. According to the mayor, the postal service initiated the proposal, "but then the town got excited about it and now we're wondering what happened."

The Purcellville Preservation Association, formed by Masters two months ago to ensure the town's role as the center of commerce in the Loudoun community and to preserve the town's present character, meets "almost weekly," he said.

The group is attempting to "define the town's character as well as determine its own direction," Masters said.

Despite recent resident opposition to a state grant that will allow the town to upgrade its water supply, thus encouraging growth, the new association will "allow room for growth," Masters said, while trying to keep "what is best in the town."

Purcellville's Town Council will consider an ordinance designed to preserve trees during site development. A second public hearing will be held this week to help the council to decide how to implement the ordinance.

Today from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Purcellville offers its "World Fun Fair," with games, dancing, fire truck rides and a water slide. It is free. Call 338-4122 for information.