Loudoun County Board Seats Filled
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors last week filled four seats that were left vacant on the eight-member School Board when three members resigned and one lost his bid for reappointment.10352d because of increased responsibilities at his work place. He was replaced by Carroll Laycock Jr., a federal employe.
Thomas Radford of the Mercer District also cited job responsibilities in leaving the board. He was replaced by Edward Kiley, a Washington attorney. Sterling representative Robert Lucas, who resigned because he is moving out of the district, was replaced by James Purkes, chairman of the county Board of Zoning Appeals. Purkes' appointment created a vacancy on the zoning board that the supervisors must now fill.
Supervisor Anne Kavanagh appointed Barbara D'Elia to the board, replacing Leonard Warner, a 14-year veteran of the board. Teacher Evaluation Program Set
The Loudoun County School Board last week unanimously approved a four-step evaluation system for teachers, a merit bonus for teachers who successfully reach tenure after three years and a volunteer career development program in which experienced teachers will assist nontenured teachers to reach that goal.
The evaluation program is a pilot project in Round Hill and Sugarland Run elementary schools, Simpson middle school and Park View High School. Administrators will rate teachers on a scale of 1 to 4 instead of the satisfactory/unsatisfactory system now used. An administrator may recommend that a teacher who receives a rating of three for three consecutive years be fired, according to school spokeswoman Molly Converse.
Administrators are attending special workshops to learn the new system, she said. Tenured teachers with a "one rating" will be paid for the hours they spend with the career development program, Converse said. The board has not decided on the amount of the bonus teachers who make tenure will be given, she said. Park View High Senior Wins Award
Carlos Figueras, a Park View High School senior, is among the 500 Hispanic students throughout the country who won $1,500 in the National Hispanic Scholar Awards program. The award will pay for one year's study at a college of the student's choice, principal Richard Bonieskie said. Sponsored by the National College Board and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the scholarships are based on academic achievement as well as personal qualities and community involvement, Bonieskie said. This year, 2,800 Hispanic students applied for the award. Volunteers Needed for Womens' Shelter
Loudoun's Shelter for Abused Women needs volunteers to work at least four hours a week in its Leesburg facility. Shelter manager Carmen Howell said that volunteers will attend seminars with speakers, who include an attorney from the county's Legal Aid Office, Sheriff John Isom, professionals from the county's social services and mental health programs and ministers from local churches. Volunteers will learn how to handle crisis calls and where to refer abused women for the help they need.
Howell said there are 30 volunteers working three shifts at the shelter; at least 30 more are needed. Training sessions will be held June 18 and June 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. and June 25 from noon to 5 p.m. Interested persons should call 777-6552. Hospital Facility Accredited
Loudoun Memorial Hospital and its long-term care facility recently received a three-year certificate of accreditation by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals. Spokeswoman Irene Cromer said the hospital requested on-site evaluation by the commission surveyors, who applied national standards designed to improve patient care. The standards are periodically updated to reflect changes in health care, Cromer said. Library Expansion Funds Sought
The Loudoun County public library board of trustees will apply for a $444,000 grant to the Virginia State Library to be used for building projects at the Purcellville, Lovettsville and Leesburg libraries, according to spokeswoman Patty Kilpatric. The board has also applied for a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will give the library system more than $1.4 million to expand the three facilities. Kilpatric said the board is also seeking other gifts and grants to buy books for the three branches and to complete the conversion of the Leesburg library into a special branch specializing in local history and genealogy.
Summer activities at the Thomas Balch Library will include reading programs for preschoolers and elementary school children beginning June 16 and a film festival beginning June 18, spokeswoman Janice Hedick said. Story time for children ages 2 and 3 will be held at 11:30 a.m. every other Monday and will feature songs, crafts and finger puppet plays. Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 will meet at 10:30 a.m. Mondays for crafts, songs, films and puppet plays.
For children from kindergarten through sixth grade, the "Catch a Tale and Read" program involves a reading competition in which participants will win special stickers. The film festival will feature "The Legend of Paul Bunyan" and the folktale "I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly." To register call 777-0323. Longtime Postal Worker Honored
Leonard Wilt, a 30-year post office veteran, was honored recently with an onyx pin, a plaque from the Leesburg Post Office and a Driver of the Month trophy from the Northern Virginia Postal Center. Wilt, who served Lovettsville for 28 years, now drives 61 miles a day to deliver mail to customers in Waterford, Leesburg and Paeonian Springs. "I've met a lot of nice people in this job," he said. "It's nice to get an award for it, too." Wilt plans to retire in 1988. Late School Principal to Be Honored
Glen Robinette, a principal who served elementary schools in western Loudoun County for 22 years before his death earlier this year, will be honored by his colleagues with a scholarship established in his name. Scholarship Committee spokesman Tom Woodall said that Robinette had a "great impact on the people and the children of western Loudoun." Woodall, principal at Lincoln Elementary, and four other current and former elementary school administrators hope to establish a $5,000 scholarship to send one or more Loudoun Valley students to college.
Robinette, whose five children attended Loudoun schools, "embodied Christian principles, worked hard and never complained and knew all its 175 students and their parents personally," Woodall said. Persons wishing to donate may mail a check to the Glen Robinette Memorial Fund in care of Carol Smith, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Hamilton, Va. 22068. For information call Woodall at 338-4807. Paeonian Springs Celebration Set
The second annual Paeonian Springs Day celebration will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and will feature a carousel, local craftsmen, hand-dipped ice cream and a walking tour of the historic village. Village Council member Bonnie Epling said the day will include a tour of the American Work Horse Museum, the village's only business, which features Clydesdales Sam and Doc. There will also be squaredancing by the Beaux and Belles Old Tyme Country Music by the Earl Haymakers. The rain date is Sunday, Epling said. The village is on Rte. 662 off Rte. 9 six miles west of Leesburg. Upperville Feast Draws 3,000
The Upperville Fire and Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary cooked for two weeks to feed the nearly 3,000 people who attended last week's 133-year-old Upperville Colt and Horse Show, one of the oldest horse shows in the country. Marie Thomas and Betty Triplett, who have cooked for the event for the past 30 years, said it takes about 12 persons to prepare the 350 pounds of hamburger, 30 turkey breasts, 10 hams and other dishes for the crowd. Cakes are donated by the community, Triplett said. In addition to dinner, the auxiliary served ham and egg breakfasts for the weeklong event. Will they continue to do it? "Yes," Triplett said, "I will cook again next year. We're just waiting for volunteer work to kill us." The auxiliary averages $5,000 at the event, which is used by the fire and rescue squad to purchase equipment. Manassas Park Names Manager
The Manassas Park City Council last week named John Gilbert Cartwright as city manager. Cartwright, city manager of Richfield, Minn., is expected to take his position this week, according to Mayor Edgar Rohr. More than 115 candidates applied for the post, left vacant when Macon Sammons resigned in November. Cleanup Efforts Rewarded in Pr. William
The Prince William Litter Control Council honored the winners of its cleanup competition at its third annual awards reception in Manassas recently. Spokeswoman Janet Ellis said winners included Janet and Ernest Anastasi, who led the Johnson Woods Homeowners Association in monthly cleanups of Godwin Drive, and Tim Wilson of Boy Scout Troop 1365, who spearheaded a cleanup and beautification program along the Rte. 1 entrance into Woodbridge as his Eagle Scout project.
In addition, the council honored the Rippon Middle School ecology club, the Southland Corp. and the Sudley Towne Plaza and dozens of businesses, individuals, groups and government agencies. This was the group's first business award contest, Ellis said. Future contests will expand the winning categories to include businesses that have begun beautification projects on their premises, that participate in a community litter control or beautification program, or that initiate employe litter awareness program.
Because of the dry weather, the Prince William Board of Supervisors last week again asked residents who receive their water from the Prince William Service Authority or the Virginia American Water Co. to continue to observe the voluntary restriction on outside water use to one day this weekend. Residents with odd-numbered addresses are asked to water lawns and wash cars on Saturday; those with even-numbered addresses should do so only on Sunday. Before the voluntary program was established, high water usage resulted in reduced water pressure and water outages for residents in Dale City and Montclair, the board said. For information call 335-6600. Manassas Park Jobless Rate at 2.3%
Manassas Park has its problems -- high tax rates, a falling student population and a standoff with county officials in its attempt to annex more than 400 acres of county land it owns. But Virginia's smallest incorporated city continues to boast of the lowest unemployment rate in Virginia at 2.3 percent. The state's jobless rate for April was 5.2 percent, officials said. Reasons for the continuing low figure in Manassas Park include the fact that many of the city's residents work in Prince William and Manassas, and Manassas Park's own industrial and commercial base is increasing with the fast developing Conner Center, a spokesman said. Bath County in western Virginia reported the highest jobless rate at 20.6 percent. % Manassas Crafts Festival Set
The Sugarloaf Mountain Works Inc. will present its sixth annual Manassas crafts festival tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Prince William County fairgrounds on Rte. 234 in Manassas. Spokeswoman Deann Verdier said the event will feature pottery and glass-blowing demonstrations, 50 petting-zoo animals, face painting and marionette shows. Debbie Williams and Don Barnes will be playing contemporary and country music. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information call (301) 831-9191. Handicap Screening to Be Offered
The Prince William public schools program for handicapped children will offer free screening for children 2 to 4 years old beginning Monday and running through August. Children will be tested for developmental delays in speech, language, hearing, vision, motor skills and behavior. Parents may call 791-7296 to schedule an appointment at one of the county's several testing sites. No Tax Increase Expected in Occoquan
The Occoquan Town Council is expected to adopt a $75,000 budget this week that is not expected to raise the real estate tax rate of 25 cents per $100 of assessed value or the personal property tax rate of 90 cents $100. The water and sewer rate of $4.20 per 1,000 gallons is also expected to stay the same, officials said. The council may also adopt a $107,000 program for repair of old sidewalks and the construction of new ones, hiring an expert to rewrite the town's zoning ordinance and writing an architectural design manual that would set guidelines for the historic town's building projects. Dumfries Business Tax Approved
In a 5-to-1 vote last week, the Dumfries Town Council adopted a business license tax that will tax the gross receipts of most businesses in town. The measure, which will be effective Jan. 1, 1987, will repeal a flat $30 business tax. While officials do not yet know how many businesses operate in Dumfries, last year's gross receipts, based on state figures, were $12 million, they said. The rates, which are about half of what the county collects in its new business tax, are:
*8 cents per $100 for contractors and construction.
*10 cents per $100 for retail sales.
*30 cents per $100 for financial, real estate and professional services.
*18 cents per $100 for repair, personal services and "all others not listed."
*3 cents per $100 for wholesalers.
The minimum to be collected annually from any one business was set at $30 and the maximum at $1,000. Despite the cap, Mayor-elect Marjorie Davis said she voted against the measure because "the rates were set too high; I wanted a compromise." Officials said the funds will be used for capital improvement projects such as new sidewalks, curbs and gutters and development of the town's new park.