Purcellville Hopeful About Water

According to Purcellville officials, the state health department said it will "look favorably" on a request to increase the flow of the town's reservoir from 254,000 gallons to 300,000 gallons per day to accommodate about 115 new water taps. According to a $12,000 engineering study the town submitted recently to state health officials, the change can be made without adversely affecting the water level, Purcellville Town Council member Chrissie Beck said. The town has been inundated with development proposals since the moratorium on accepting them was lifted several months ago, but has not been able to offer water taps to developers.

Beck also said residents have reacted favorably to the town's newly painted water tower, which recently was decorated with the legend "Home of the Vikings," the name of Loudoun Valley High School's football team. Students at the school raised the $1,000 needed to buy the green and cream paint and art students designed it, she said. "People tell me they can see it a long way off, but most of the comments have been good," she said.

Hamilton to Review Sewer Expansion Hamilton officials are expected to meet this week with representatives from the Copper Land Co. to discuss the company's request for an expansion of the town's sewer plant to accommodate 50 houses it wants to build outside town. According to council member John Unger, the town is planning to upgrade its sewer system from 80,000 to 100,000 gallons a day to allow about 48 hookups to houses in town that are on private sewer systems. To allow 50 additional houses to hook up would require a major upgrading to 140,000 gallons per day, something the town is not sure it can afford, Unger said. Copper Land has offered to "prepay" $75,000 for the hookups to give the town the capital to work with, he said.

The third Hamilton Days celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday with a parade that will start at the west end of town and end at the Methodist Church, followed by games, contests, races and sports competitions at the new community park. According to parks and recreation chairman Ruth Chillett, the event, which is a fund-raiser for the fire and rescue squad and the women's auxiliary, will offer barbecued chicken dinners, hot dogs, homemade ice cream, soft drinks, helium-filled balloons, face painting and Rainbow the Clown. The event will run until about 7 p.m., Chillett said. Because parking in the town is scarce, out-of-town attendance is not encouraged. "This is really just a chance for the community to come together and celebrate Hamilton," she said.

Cajun Concert to Open Bluemont Series The Bluemont summer concert series will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday on the steps of the old courthouse in Leesburg with a performance by Beausoleil, a Cajun band from Louisiana. According to Bluemont director Peter Dunning, the band incorporates traditional Cajun music with New Orleans jazz and southern boogie for an "energetic and original" sound. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center and has recorded nine albums, he said. The donation is $2 per person; Dunning said concert goers may bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic. Folding chairs will be available for senior citizens, and homemade refreshments will be sold during intermission. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the United Methodist Church parish hall at 5 Wirt St. Local radio station WAGE will broadcast decisions to move the concert inside by 5 p.m. For information, call 777-0574.

Leesburg Officials to View Design Entries Leesburg officials are expected to meet this week with advisers to the town's design competition to evaluate the nearly 660 applications received since the contest opened in February. Town Council member Brian Kelley said the contest, paid for in part with a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a national competition for a winning architectural design for the proposed town municipal building and a parking structure. Winners will be announced June 25, Kelley said.

Leesburg Farmers Market to Open The Leesburg Farmers Market will open Saturday and will operate every Saturday through October, a spokesman said. The market, at Market Station on Loudoun Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At least three of the booths will be rented by organic farmers, growers who use no pesticides or use only natural fertilizer, the spokesman said. County farmer John Sleeter will offer produce and plants at a redwood booth created from the top of an old silo that was removed from a barn being torn down for development. The silo is located near the entrance to Market Station.

Middleburg Council Acts on Parking The Middleburg Town Council last week authorized newly appointed Town Manager William Leach to find a site in town for a parking area for the business community and tourists. In addition, Leach said, the council asked him to determine the feasibility of hiring an engineer to oversee all proposed building plans to ensure that they meet the guidelines of Middleburg's land use plan. Leach also will hire a police officer to fill a vacancy on the three-member force, he said. According to Leach, a resident told the council at last week's meeting that the old, vacant buildings in town that may have historic significance should be preserved, an idea that the council agreed with. "They {the council members} have directed me to determine which buildings should be preserved and then find out if the town can acquire them through donation or purchase," he said. An old building behind the town office probably will be the first one he inquires about, Leach said.

Bank Sets Up Scholarship Fund The First American Bank of Virginia, Loudoun Region, has established an annual $8,000 college scholarship fund that will provide $2,000 to a graduate of each of the county's four high schools, said school spokeswoman Molly Converse. In addition, four 1987 graduates will receive college awards of $500 each from the $2,000 left in the coffers of Loudoun Citizens for Quality Education, a group that worked for passage of the $10.2 million school bond referendum, which was approved.

Museum Sets Stone-Tool Demonstration County residents and visitors can learn about the manufacture and use of stone tools at a demonstration on the lawn of the Loudoun Museum in Leesburg June 24. Participants are invited to bring their lunches, a museum spokeswoman said. For information, call 777-7427.