Pr. William School Retirees
The Prince William County School Board joined School Superintendent Richard Johnson last week in honoring dozens of employes who retired after 20 to 40 years of service to the schools. Among the retirees were planning supervisor Charles Wildman, who served 30 years, and support services supervisor Edward Thomas, who retired after 33 years. Two employes -- Lynn Middle School teacher Pearl Best and Osbourn Park High School teacher Purmon Ellis -- received pins for 40 years of service. Price Breaks for Tall-Ship Crews
Restaurant owners in Quantico will offer reduced-price meals to the approximately 300 crew members of the dozen tall ships that will sail into Quantico Harbor Sunday on their way to the Statue of Liberty centennial celebration in New York next month. Because the crews are expected to stay overnight, town officials said both dinner and breakfast will be offered at lower than usual prices. Marine Corps public affairs officer Capt. Barry Moore said extra parking will be available at the Marine base for the crowds that are expected to view the ships, led by Venezuela's Simon Bolivar. Quantico Unit Command Change
Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen will assume command of the Marine Corps Development and Education Command at Quantico at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, succeeding retiring Lt. Gen. David Twomey. Quantico officials said Twomey will be missed. "He has been real good to us," said Mayor Lively Abel. "Relations between the town and the base have never been better." The change-of-command parade will be held for military personnel and their guests at the parade deck at the Basic School, Moore said. Occoquan Mayor's Swearing-In
The Occoquan Town Council last week broke with tradition by not having the swearing-in of the new mayor as the last agenda item at its final June meeting. Instead, the ceremony will be held June 28 at the town park, Mayor-elect Chuck Pugh said. Pugh, who will be sworn in by Prince William Circuit Court Clerk Charles Gnadt, said the town has invited the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and local legislators to the ceremony. Pugh said he hopes the changes will add new dignity to the swearing-in tradition. Dumfries Budget Up $100,000
The Dumfries Town Council has approved a budget of more than $500,000, an increase of about $100,000 from last year. The council added the $100,000 to pay for salary increases for the town's seven police officers and other employes and for maintenance of town property, which has never had a budget allocation before, Mayor-elect Marjorie Davis said. Poetry Night Set in Manassas
The Manassas Center for the Performing and Fine Arts will hold a poetry night at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Local writers Wayne Kline and Rod Smith will present the works of Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The fee is $2 for members, $3 for nonmembers. For information call 368-FINE. German Music in Pr. William
The Prince William County Park Authority will present a band concert of German music at Ben Lomond Park at 7 p.m. Sunday. For information call 484-PARK. Leesburg Council Votes Raises
In a 5-to-1 informal vote last week, the Leesburg Town Council decided to increase the salaries of the mayor and council members in the town's budget, which will be acted on this month. The raise was approved despite Mayor Robert Sevila's statement to the council that he did not want a salary increase. Vice Mayor Charles Williams said he approved the raise because council business "takes up an increasing amount of time with several night meetings nearly every week."
Charles Bos, who had served on the council for six years, said he cast the lone dissenting vote because "the citizen legislator in Virginia has always served not for the money but for the community." If the budget is approved, the mayor's salary will increase from $6,000 annually to $7,500; council members' salaries will go from $4,200 to $6,000.
The town council also is considering a 2 percent meal tax that would be levied on food prepared in restaurants, fast-food establishments and convenience stores. If the tax is approved at Wednesday's council meeting, it would become effective Jan. 1, said the assistant town manager, Steve Owen.
The council also is considering a 3 percent transient occupancy tax on establishments such as hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast inns. Loudoun County officials have asked the state attorney general for an opinion on whether such a tax could take the place of the current 2 percent county transient occupancy tax. If approved next week, that tax would be effective July 1. Hamilton Eyes Annexation
The Hamilton Town Council last week asked town attorney Julia Cannon to discuss with state and Loudoun County officials the annexation of 157 lots adjacent to Hamilton that are now being served by town water and sewers. The request was made, Cannon said, because the town's water and sewage treatment facilities are old and will need to be replaced soon. "The town will be better able to pay for the replacement if it can collect taxes from the housing units it already serves," Cannon said. She said she will meet with county attorney Edward Finnegan and officials of the Commission on Local Governments to determine if annexation is feasible.
In other business, water and sewer rates in Hamilton were raised without public comment, Town Clerk Kay Tewell said. Nobody attended public hearings on the increases, she said. Water rates for in-town residents increased from $6 to $6.50 per month per 4,000 gallons; sewer rates went from $9 to $10 per 4,000 gallons. Water rates for the 157 housing units outside town lines increased from $10 to $11 per month and sewer rates went from $15 to $17 per 4,000 gallons. "The customers might complain when they get their bills," Tewell said. "But then it will be too late." Hamilton Day Festivities Set The second annual Hamilton Day parade and fair will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Recreation chairman Ruth Tillett said more than 25 groups will participate in the parade, which will begin at the west end of Reed Street and end at the Harmony Methodist parking lot. In addition, the Creative Playground Committee will host family games, the Hamilton Rescue Squad will sell refreshments, the fire department will offer a barbecue chicken dinner -- $5 for adults and $2.50 for children -- and the women's auxiliary will sell homemade ice cream. For information call 338-2764. Middleburg Water Ban Begins
The Middleburg Town Council's ban on outside water use begins today. Town Manager Gerard Rogers said he hopes people will comply voluntarily but that fines ranging from $5 to $500 may be imposed for each day of violation. Purcellville Plan Being Studied
A proposal by Purcellville resident Kevin Goeller for a development at the Rte. 7 bypass now under construction may be considered by the Purcellville Town Council after the county planning staff completes an area management plan that would set guidelines for development outside town limits, Town Manager William Dennis said. The Purcellville bypass is just outside town limits.
Goeller's plan would include a stand at which he would sell produce grown on his farm, which is next to the bypass, as well as a greenhouse, bakery and cafe. The second phase of the project would include a market at which all Loudoun farmers could sell their produce; currently, there is no single produce outlet for county farmers. Goeller, who rented a produce stand on Rte. 7 until the property was sold in December, said a plan for a farmer's market at the new Market Station complex has never materialized. Loudoun Rent-Aid Waiting List
Beginning next month the Loudoun County Office of Housing Services will allow residents to add their names to its rental assistance waiting list on the third Wednesday of each month between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Low-income families and elderly persons needing help with rent payments should call Brenda Gallahan at 777-0369 or toll-free from Washington at 478-1850, ext. 389. Persons who qualify for aid will pay about 30 percent of their rent and utilities, and the housing office will pay the rest directly to the landlord. Participants may stay in their present housing or choose a new place to live, Gallahan says. "If our lines are busy, people should keep trying until they reach us," she said. "We can serve them better if they call rather than come in." Loudoun Hospital Contribution
The Loudoun Memorial Hospital recently received a $2,500 contribution from the Virginia Fall Steeplechase held last year at Glen Wood Park in Middleburg. According to hospital spokeswomen Irene Cromer, the Glen Wood property was left in trust to the hospital in 1963 in the will of horseman Daniel Cox Sands. Sands and his sister, Nannie Fred, shared a lifetime interest in the hospital's welfare, Cromer said.