Leesburg Budget Sessions Begin
The Lesburg Town Council is holding work sessions on a budget recently proposed by Town Manager Jeff Minor totaling more than $12.9 million. The 1986-87 fiscal plan is a 25 percent increase over last year's but will not require an increase in the 18 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value or in the $1 per $100 rate on personal property, finance director Paul York said.
Minor told the Town Council that a 1986 reassessment of real estate showed an average 14.8 percent increase. He said this could raise the taxes of a homeowner with a $90,000 house about $1.95 a month. The budget calls for more than $1.1 million in capital improvements, including expansion of town offices, a public works building and a parking facility. Round Hill Officials Seek Bypass
Round Hill officials again put in their bid for a Rte. 7 bypass around the town at a State Highway Department preallocation hearing for Northern Virginia, held recently in Prince William County. Vice Mayor Ben Fordney said town officials were encouraged to request funding after Gov. Gerald L. Baliles mentioned the bypass in his State of the Commonwealth speech in January. The $6 million that was earmarked for the bypass was removed last year from the department's six-year plan.
Fordney told highway officials that the town, plagued by increasingly heavy traffic, wants the construction now being done on the Rte. 7-Purcellville Bypass to continue on to Round Hill when the current work is finished in the fall of 1987.
"We want them to just keep going and do Round Hill next," Fordney said. "The traffic is getting worse all the time, and when the Purcellville Bypass is done, traffic from it will flow into Round Hill." Fordney said the request was supported at the meeting by Loudoun Supervisor Betty Tatum. In addition, state Sen. Charles Waddell (D-Loudoun) has given his support to the project. Only the preliminary engineering work on the Round Hill bypass is complete. Purcellville Readies Cable TV Package
The Purcellville Town Council last week put the final touches on its cable television bid package and authorized consultant Doug Herald of Front Royal to advertise it. Town Manager William Dennis said officials hope to award the contract by the end of August. The successful bidder will pay Herald's $4,000 fee, Dennis said. Any system awarded the bid will have to offer at least 36 channels, he added. Blue Ridge Alliance to Present Play
Last week a dozen Northern Virginia residents won roles in a play titled "Twelve Angry Jurors," sponsored by the Blue Ridge Alliance of the Performing Arts. The script is a combination of "Twelve Angry Men" and "Twelve Angry Women."
According to producer Becky Limert, the original all-male script, set in the 40s, was too dated, and the all-female script, written later, was too weak. Said Limert, "The lead role in 'Twelve Angry Women' was played by a woman who brings her needlepoint into the jury." Limert's director-husband, Washington jazz musician Brooks Tegler, combined the two scripts and will use other techniques to modernize the play, she said.
Ben Winn of Reston will play the jury foreman in the production, which will run June 20 to 22 and June 27 and 28. Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 p.m.; the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. For information call 430-9228.
The Loudoun Business and Professional Women group is accepting applications for a scholarship that it is making available to a county resident. For information call 777-1707 after 5:30 p.m. or 430-6530 after 6 p.m.
Market Station, the new shopping complex in Leesburg begun two years ago as a joint public-private development venture, will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow through May 4. Described by its promoters as "20th century shopping in a 19th century setting," the 50,000-square-foot, $5 million project boasts seven historic buildings renovated to their original 1800s style. They are now used as shops, boutiques, restaurants and stores. In June Market Station will host Leesburg's Farmers Market. The project is sponsored by the town, KDA Architectural Firm in Reston and Brownell Construction Co. When fully operational, the complex will employ more than 200 people, and, according to spokeswoman Penny Thomas, more than 1,000 tourists and local shoppers are expected to visit every weekend this summer. Wooden planking through the market is an attempt to recreate the time when the area was a thriving wharf, Thomas said. For information call 777-9310.
The Leesburg United Methodist Church will present its quilt show today through Saturday. For information call 777-8957. Explorer Troop to Use Equestrian Farm
Paper Chase Farms, an equestrian complex in Middleburg, has welcomed a Scout Explorer Troop made up of 15 high school boys and girls who will use the facility to learn how to train and show horses. According to Paper Chase manager Bruce Rosenbaum, the young people, who use the farm twice a month, will earn their badges by learning stable management and helping to plan horse shows. Troop members come from throughout the Northern Virginia area.