Prince William 'Slide for Life' Set
The Price William Park Authority will sponsor a "Slide for Life" from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Woodbridge. The authority will donate the 25-cent admission fee to local projects of the American Heart Association.
Coordinator Connie Crawford said the authority's goal of $700 can be reached if six people a minute use the slide. "Naturally, we hope that some people will donate more than the 25 cents," she said. Local radio personality D.J. Crockett will broadcast live from the park, and record albums and other prizes will be given away throughout the afternoon. There will also be a scuba demonstration, Crockett said. For information, call 491-2183. Brentsville Cookout Raises $1,288
Brentsville district School Board member George Mullen acted as chef for the recent Eighth Annual Cookout to benefit the Lake Jackson Fire Department and its 49 volunteers. The event raised $1,288 toward a new building. Mullen, president of the Lake Jackson Auxiliary, which sponsored the event, said residents and local politicians throughout the county participated.
The drive for a new building, for which a five-acre site has already been purchased, will continue this month with letters and phone calls to residents of the Lake Jackson district. A total of $275,000 is needed, Mullen said. Manassas Park Family Course Lauded A six-week family living pilot course introduced in January at Manassas Park's Conner Elementary School has been termed a success by parents, teachers, administrators and Prince William County health officials. The innovative course allowed boys and girls to participate together in the class, in which they were encouraged to discuss with their parents the moral aspects of what they were learning. The course was designed and sponsored by the State Board of Health.
The county health director, Dr. Jared Florance, who is evaluating the course with an eye toward placing it in Manassas City and Prince William County schools, said parents were so positive about it that "it changed all my perceptions about parents and sex education." Teacher Karen Hunter said the course was introduced first in Manassas Park schools because parents there had been saying for a long time that they wanted such a course.
"One of the reasons parents so often object to sex education is that it either doesn't instill moral values or parents are afraid the values taught won't match their own. This course encourages students to get the facts and talk them over with their parents, not with each other," Hunter said.
Jared said students did just that. They also were asked in a post-course questionnaire which age group -- adolescents, adults, senior citizens or young children -- is most curious about sex. Jared said the 102 participants responded by a 2-to-1 margin that young children were the most curious. Jared will present his report to the Manassas Park School Board this summer. Manassas Council Member Analyzes LossLongtime Manassas City Council member and Vice Mayor Stewart Vetter, back on the job after a month-long bout with pneumonia, last week analyzed his loss in the May 6 election. "I guess after 25 years in this job you make some enemies," he said. Vetter said another factor may have been that only 24 percent of the city's eligible voters went to the polls. "It can be a tough job. Maybe they did me a favor." Questions on Dumfries Landfill Raised After 14 county agencies reviewed a proposal for a construction debris landfill near Dumfries, the county planning staff sent it back to the applicant, Southern Excavation and Lumber Co., with a list of questions, said county planner Sherman Patrick. The questions raised must be answered before the planning commission will consider the proposal.
Meanwhile, the planning staff has been fielding angry phone calls and letters from residents in and around Dumfries who believe that one such facility in the area, the Potomac landfill on Battery Hill, is enough for the town, Patrick said.
Last month the Dumfries Town Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing the landfill and wrote to the Prince William Board of Supervisors asking for help in defeating the proposal. "Just because we're named Dumfries doesn't mean you can dump here," said council member and mayor-elect Marjorie Davis. The county is conducting a study on whether landfills should be privately operated or run by the county, Patrick said. "Most people tell us they trust the government to monitor a landfill more than they trust a private operator who is doing it for profit," he said. Haymarket Horse Center on Bond Ballot A $42 million county bond referendum that will go to the voters in the fall will include $100,000 for a proposed equestrian facility at Long Park in Haymarket on Rte. 15. Park Authority Chairman William Broadus said that if the bond issue is approved, the funds will be used to build a horse ring, fencing, a parking lot and a road at the site. About 30 horse owners braved a sleet storm in February to attend a meeting to support such a facility.
The equestrian center would be the first built on county-owned land. A meeting to discuss the issue will be held this summer at Long Park. The park authority will announce the date soon, Broadus said. Leesburg Parking Facility Backed
More than two dozen members of the Leesburg Downtown Business Association attended last week's Town Council meeting to support a $2.6 million parking facility the council recently approved as part of the town's capital improvements project. Association president Chip Groff said the group attended to encourage the council to approve the selling of $11 million worth of bonds this fall that would be used to pay for the facility as well as for a new municipal building and water and sewer improvements.
The association also gave Town Manager Jeff Minor a letter, signed by 40 business owners and managers in the historic downtown district, stating their support. "Without adequate parking downtown we could conceivably lose the town," Groff said. "There's nothing different about Leesburg until you get to the heart of it. That's what we have to sell."
At least two council members hesitated to include funds for the parking facility in the bond issue. One of them, Brian Kelly, said he has asked the town to include a questionnaire in its quarterly publication, "The Lamplighter," to be mailed to all Leesburg residents this month. "Since incorporated towns in Virginia don't have to go to the voters for bonds, I think the average person would like some input," Kelly said.
In related business, the town council unanimously approved a resolution that will allow officials to apply to the National Endowment for the Arts for a $25,000 grant to conduct a design competition for the town complex and parking garage. If the funds are granted, the town will provide a matching $25,000.
The assistant town manager, Steve Owen, said that as part of the Leesburg East Market Street landscape plan, a local landscaping company has planted 20 ash trees and five flowering crab apple trees on East Market. This month 80 juniper bushes will be planted in front of the Leesburg Plaza Shopping Center, he said. Cookie Sales Aid Loudoun Center Fund
In an effort to establish a humanities center for people over 60, the Loudoun County Retired Senior Volunteer Program has launched a fund-raising project called Nancys' Cookie Shop. Project spokeswoman Jo Ellen Carci said the month-old effort consists of about a dozen women who bake six varieties of cookies one day a week at the St. James Episcopal Church and sell them in four-hour shifts six days a week at the cookie shop at the new Market Station complex. The shop's name comes from the fact that two of the women involved in the project are named Nancy. About 25 more volunteers are needed, Carci said.The cookie shop's president, Martha Bernhart, said volunteers are covered by liability insurance, and transportation or mileage reimbursement is available.
The proposed humanities center, to be located in Leesburg, would offer cultural, social and educational activities, including travel, Bernhart said. For information, call 777-0505. Loudoun School House Wins Award
The Preservation Society of Loudoun County has named the restored Waterford one-room school house as one of the 10 winners in its fourth biennial awards program. According to jury chairman Richard Calderon, a county planner, all 10 projects "jumped out" at the jury. "They were all so well done and it's such a nice collection of different things," he said.
Other winners for preservation and restoration include the Mt. Zion Cemetery at the intersection of Rtes. 50 and 860, a stone wall in Bluemont, a log cabin in Round Hill, a parsonage now used as a site for several shops in Leesburg and a private residence in Bluemont. The awards gala will be held June 28 at Rokeby, a private residence in Leesburg that was used for two weeks in 1814 to preserve the country's archives when the British burned the capital. Literature Series Scheduled in Leesburg
The Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg will present a two-part lecture and discussion series at 7:30 p.m. June 11 and June 25 on literature from the southern United States. Spokeswoman Janet Hedrick said the series, whose theme is "Growing Up in the South," will include "The Member of the Wedding" by Carson McCullers and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by prize-winning author Maya Angelou.
The series is part of an ongoing program throughout the state paid for by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Participants are encouraged to read both books before attending the lectures, Hedrick said. Admission is free. For information call 777-0323. Middleburg CPR Classes Planned
Classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation are slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Middleburg Fire and Rescue Station and 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad. For information call 771-9553. Purcellville Park to be Discussed
Purcellville Town Manager William Dennis will meet with developer Lynn Cornwell this week to discuss Cornwell's proposed donation of a half-acre of land for use as a park in the middle of the industrial development Cornwell plans to build. Although the park land is in a 100-year flood plain, Dennis said the Town Council will probably accept it and may name an advisory council to determine the best way to use it.
Under the town's zoning ordinance, officials may ask an industrial developer to donate 10 percent of his land for use as a park. This is the first such donation because, Dennis said, "This is our first industrial development." The industrial park will encompass all of the property zoned for industrial use in Purcellville. The recreational park, also the town's first, will be south of the Rte. 7 bypass under construction.
The Town Council will hold a public hearing on the $815,000 proposed budget Tuesday and is expected to approve it, Dennis said. The town will be able to retain the current personal property tax rate of 20 cent per $100 of assessed value. Paeonian Springs Council 'Pleased'
The new Paeonian Springs Council, formed to give the village a more official voice in making requests to state and county agencies, is pleased with recent grading of Rte. 662, which leads to the village off Rte. 9, said spokeswoman Betty Shiflett, who added that the road may soon be paved as well.
In addition, the highway department told the council it will erect 25-mph signs along the road, which has never had posted speed limits. However, the request for a lowered speed limit at Rte. 9 as it nears Rte. 662, which is posted at 35 mph, has been referred to highway officials in Richmond and may require a study, Shiflett said. The council has also asked county officials to determine who owns a parcel of land on Rte. 662 on which two cars and an old boat have been abandoned. "We would like to have them removed before Paeonian Springs Day on June 14," Shiflett said.
In other business, council Chairman Henry Burkhardt will ask the county Board of Supervisors to place Paeonian Springs on the state highway department road map. The request will go through Supervisor Frank Lambert, whose district includes the village. New Middleburg Trailer Site Sought
Retired Middleburg science teacher Bob Dornin, who has run a scrap paper recovery program to benefit The Hill School, a private elementary school, for 15 years, is looking for a home for the storage trailer he uses. According to Dornin's wife Heloise, the trailer has always been on a parcel of land belonging to the Emanuel Episcopal Church, but church officials have decided to build a creative playground on the site. Dornin uses the funds he raises to pay for field trips for Hill students. Persons who can donate a site should call The Hill School at 687-3611.