Purcellville to Consider Budget Rise
Purcellville's mayor-elect, Eric Zimmerman, and newly elected council members Chrissie Beck and John D. Marsh have been sitting in on budget workshops and Town Council meetings to familiarize themselves with the process, according to town Manager William Dennis. The new officials will take their seats July 1. The town's proposed $815,000 budget presented to the council by Mayor Ron Masters is a slight increase over last year's; it will require no increase in the personal property tax, which is $20 per $100 of assessed value. However, the $1 per 1,000 gallons water rate has been approved at $2.90 per 1,000 gallons. The sewer rate of $2 per 1,000 gallons will not change, Dennis said. A public budget hearing June 10 will be followed by a council vote. No Tax Increase Expected in Middleburg
On June 12, the Middleburg Town Council is expected to adopt a $400,000 budget that represents a 10 percent increase over the 1985 fiscal plan. According to town Manager Gerard Rogers, no tax increase is expected. Rogers, who has served for six years, said he will retire as soon as the town finds a replacement. Said Rogers, "It's easy to be town manager in Middleburg. It's a nice job." Inn at Round Hill Considers Expansion
The attorney for Mary Lou Kegelman and Gloriana May, proprietors of a bed and breakfast inn in Round Hill, put a list of requests before the Town Council recently that included using the facility for an antique shop, wedding receptions and a 50-seat restaurant. "I appreciated their candor," said Mayor Jeff Wolford, "but they are in a residential zone and already operating with a special-use permit. We don't want them to leave -- they bring new people into town -- but I doubt the council would approve any of this." Kegelman said the requests were meant to see how the council would react. "We won't make the next move until our attorney advises us," she said. Playground Campaign Begins in Hamilton
The Hamilton Creative Park Committee has begun its "Buy-a-Board" campaign to fund construction of a wooden playground designed for the town by New York architect Robert Leathers. Committee chairwoman Nancy Helmke said donations are $5 for a board, $15 for stairs and $25 for a platform. Contributors' names will be written on a drawing of the playground in the town office. Campaign posters about the fund-raiser were drawn by members of the Childrens Committee. Leathers told parents last month that unless children were involved in the project, he could not participate, Helmke said. Veteran Jobs Workshop Set in Loudoun
The Virginia Job Service will offer a free one-day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today to assist veterans in their job search. John Giunta, a veteran of two Army tours, will run the workshop at 152 Enterprise St. in Sterling. "Many who leave the military find they need assistance in marketing skills they learn there for which there is no direct relationship to civilian employment," a spokesman said. "People in that situation can benefit greatly from this workshop." For information call 444-2300.
Letters and entry forms for the Loudoun Memorial Hospital Golf Classic will be mailed next week to participants in previous tournaments, according to committee chairman John Sullivan. The seventh annual charity event will be held July 25 at the Leesburg Westpark Hotel and Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit the long-term care center at the hospital. The event has raised more than $125,000 since 1980, Sullivan said. The $100 golf entry fee includes lunch and a reception and dinner at Morven Park in Leesburg after the tournament. Dinner tickets may be purchased separately for $30. Sullivan said that sports celebrities, politicians and other area personalities are among the approximately 400 guests who attend each year. This year WMAL radio personality Bill Mayhugh will be the emcee of the awards dinner. Interested persons should call Janet Broy at 338-7918 or A.D. Bogle at 777-3848. Reservation forms are also available at area golf clubs, WAGE radio and Loudoun Memorial Hospital in Leesburg. For information call Irene Cromer at 771-2850.
The 40th Annual Loudoun Sketch Club art exhibit will be held this week through June 20 at the second-floor gallery of the Loudoun Museum in Leesburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information call 777-7427. Oatlands to Host Sheep Dog Competition
The second annual Sheep Dog Trial will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Oatlands Plantation, the National Trust property six miles south of Leesburg. According to Executive Director Nan Giles, sheep dogs and their handlers from throughout the United States and Canada will compete for prizes. The performance and timing of each dog in herding sheep through a course will be judged by Geoff Billingham, a border collie handler, trainer and judge from Scotland, where he is a shepherd for the Duke of Roxburghe . "The border collie is to the Scottish shepherd what the cutting horse is to the American cowboy," Giles said. In addition, Oatlands will offer a country art and craft fair and live entertainment both days, including performances by the Alexandria Pipers and Highland Dancers, the Bluemont Morris Dancers and the Any Old Time Jazz Band. Spectators may buy or bring their lunches. Admission, which includes a tour of the house and garden, is $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children between 7 and 18. Children under 7 will be admitted free. For information call 777-3174. Horse Show Set in Upperville
The Upperville Colt and Horse Show, slated for June 3-8 at the Grafton Farm Show grounds, will feature amateur, hunter and pony classes and a ladies' sidesaddle class. The 133-year-old event, touted as the oldest horse show in America, will feature horses and riders from throughout the United States, according to spokeswoman Betty Harman. Located on Rte. 50 about an hour's drive from Washington, the show charges $3 for adults and $1 for children. Special group rates and box seats are available. For information call 687-5634. All-You-Can-Eat Barbecue in Arcola
The Arcola Community Center's all-you-can-eat fresh pork barbecue will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. In addition to refreshments, the event will feature live music, games and hot-air balloon rides. Advance tickets are $6.50 and $3.50 for children ages 4 to 12; at the door, tickets will be $1 more. For information call 327-6906. Prince William Schools Director Retires
Charles Wildman, Prince William County schools' longtime director of planning and services, retired last week after 30 years with the school system, 10 of the years in his current post, according to school spokeswoman Kristy Larson. Wildman's educational career, which began in the early 1950s, includes the positions of teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. A search for Wildman's replacement will begin soon, Larson said.
The Prince William Board of Supervisors last week recommended that residents limit their outside water use to Saturdays and Sundays due to an excessive demand that caused water pressure problems in Dale City and Montclair this month. Residents with odd-number street addresses are asked to limit their use of water for lawns and car washing to Saturdays, and residents with even-number addresses should limit their outside uses to Sundays only. The Prince William Service Authority and the Virginia American Water Co., which serve the area, receive their water from the Fairfax County Water Authority. Fairfax plans to build an additional water main and is constructing a storage tank in Dale City to ease the problem, the board said. The recommendation will remain in effect until further notice.
In other action, the board unanimously approved a five-year plan to improve and expand facilities at the Dale City recreation center. The board also increased the center's recently adopted $100,000 budget to $210,000 to pay for the first phase of the new projects. They will include an addition to the main recreation center, development of the outdoor area, a wading pool, a concession building, additional parking and an access road. In succeeding phases, the plan calls for tennis and volleyball courts, two soccer fields, a picnic area, a whirlpool bath and sauna and walking trails. The cost of the five-year plan is estimated at $1.4 million, the board said.
The Prince William Litter Control Council reported a 63 percent increase in volunteer participation this year and a 29 percent increase in litter tonnage picked up. According to program coordinator Janet Ellis, the council will recognize winners of its fifth annual cleanup campaign at an awards dinner at 7:30 p.m. today at the Manassas Holiday Inn. For information call 335-6272.
The Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a fish-pond management clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Effingham Plantation in Nokesville. The clinic will cover such topics as pond siting and design, farm pond management, fish population and hydrilla management. For information call 361-1710. Occoquan May Consider Sidewalk Options
In its budget workshops, the Occoquan Town Council may specify new and repaired sidewalks as a top priority in its capital improvement plan, according to council member Bob Lehto. The council will have to decide between the more expensive but more esthetically pleasing brick sidewalks, which could cost up to $70 per foot, or concrete, which would cost a third as much. According to town ordinance, a landowner pays 50 percent of all such improvements and the town the other half. The new plan may also include a river walk, a proposal that property owners along the Occoquan River are finding more acceptable lately, Lehto said. The council may also consider a plan to bury all utility lines in the historic part of town if officials can find grant money to pay for it. The central part of Occoquan is on the National Historic Register and the Virginia Register of Historic Places; it draws thousands of visitors annually, especially during the Occoquan Days arts and crafts show slated for June 7-8, which attracts crafts people and artists from throughout the country. Haymarket Approves Town House Clusters
The Haymarket Town Council last week approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance that will allow as many as eight town houses in one cluster. According to Mayor Gertrude Bean, the new law will allow a Falls Church developer to build town houses in groups of four, six and eight in order to allow more open space and a large parking area on a parcel at the town's north end on Jefferson and Washington streets. In other business, the council sent back to the drawing board plans for six new houses on a parcel at the south end of Jefferson Street because a Gainesville developer declined to build curbs and gutters for the project. Bean said the town's comprehensive plan calls for curbs and gutters on any project that includes more than four houses. Antiques and Crafts Fair at Nokesville
The November Hill Equestrian Center in Nokesville on Rte. 28 will hold an antiques and crafts fair from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For information call 368-4511. Spring Festival at Triangle Church
The annual spring festival at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle will be held Sunday from 1 p.m. until dark. For information call 221-4044 or 670-5087.