Dumfries to Establish An Architectural Panel

The Dumfries Town Council last week approved formation of a five-person architectural review board to oversee construction and renovation in the town's historic district. One of the board's first projects will be to establish the boundaries of the 40-acre district. Council member Sam Bauckman said a 1790 map was used to determine the boundaries, which begin at Quantico Creek and run to what is now Rte. 1. At 238 years old, Dumfries is considered the oldest town in Virginia.

In other news, the council authorized Mayor Marjorie Davis to borrow $140,000 to fund a town recreation center. "I campaigned for this and I'm excited that we're really going to do it," Davis said. "This is a big step for the town." The plans include ball fields and a recreation building with a special room for senior citizens. Some residents opposed the proposal at last week's public hearing.

2 Renamed to Manassas Park Panel

The Manassas Park City Council last week reappointed Patricia Gottfries and William Heckman to the seven-member Industrial Development Authority board. In addition, police Officer Gary Orndorff was appointed to the Transportation Safety Commission, succeeding former fire chief Carl Winsted, who resigned recently to take a similar position in Petersburg, Va., town clerk Lana Conner said.

Occoquan to Help Fund Park Landscaping

In adopting Occoquan's $128,000 budget for fiscal 1988, the Town Council also decided that the anticipated income from the two annual arts and crafts shows held in town will be used to hire a landscaper to design and construct the Mamie Davis Park. One show is sponsored by the town every June and was held last weekend, and one is held in September and is sponsored by the Merchant Association. A gazebo will be the focal point of the park, which will be "a showplace and as maintenance-free as possible," Mayor Chuck Pugh said. In addition, the budget contains a $76,000 appropriation for sidewalks. A majority of the Town Council has indicated a preference for brick sidewalks in the downtown historic district, but others, along with some residents, object to the cost, which is about three times higher than for concrete.

Manassas, Dale City Farmers' Markets

Two new farmers' markets will open next week in Prince William, one in Old Town Manassas and one in Dale City. The Manassas market, to be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday through October, is sponsored by historic Manassas Inc. and the Prince William County Extension Service. The market in Dale City will be open in the commuter lot at Minnieville Road and Dale Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through October beginning June 21. It is sponsored by Prince William County and the Extension Service. An extension office spokesman said the Virginia Department of Agriculture predicts that the two markets will be the busiest in the state because of their proximity to two interstate highways. The Manassas market is a 10-minute drive from I-66; the Prince William market is five minutes from I-95. For $30, farmers can rent spaces in both markets for the season. For information, call 335-6285.

Workshop on Starting a Small Business A workshop titled "So You Want to Start a Small Business" will be held Tuesday at the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College. For information, call 670-2191, ext. 235 or 256.

Group Home for Boys Is Dedicated

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors and the Board of Social Services held dedication ceremonies last week for the county's first group home for boys. The home is at Potomac Mills and Telegraph Roads in the Neabsco District. The facility will provide supervision, counseling, education, job training, recreation and medical care for 12 youths, ages 14 through 17, who have behavior problems or have committed minor offenses, county spokeswoman Susan Mack said. Curt D. Harstad is the group home manager.

County Personnel Office Moves

The Prince William County personnel office has moved from the county administration building on Davis Ford Road to 4308 Ridgewood Dr. in Woodbridge, less than half a mile east of the county building.

The move was made to make room for communications equipment and additional staff at the county building, spokeswoman Susan Mack said. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; the office telephone number is 335-6640.

Golf Camp for Children Scheduled

A junior golf camp for children ages 8 to 17 will open Wednesday at the Prince William Golf Course. The camp will offer professional instruction, a tournament and a cookout. For information, call 754-7111.