The Round Hill Town Council last week approved an across-the-board increase in several fees charged by the town's planning and zoning department. According to Zoning Administrator Mary Ann Graham, the action was taken to bring the fees more in line with the increasing cost of advertising for public hearings on rezoning requests and building plans, as well as with fees charged by Northern Virginia towns of similar size.

In other business, the council appointed resident Peter Gray to the Board of Zoning Appeals to replace Smyrna Holland, who resigned recently because she was moving out of town. More Than a Fair-Weather Friend It pays to have a weather expert as a graduation speaker, according to Betty Wolford, Round Hill town clerk. "We were told to expect rain," she said, "but they invited {WJLA-TV meteorologist} Dave Sweeney to speak at Loudoun Valley High School, and it turned out to be a beautiful day." Matthew Wolford, the son of Betty and Mayor Jeff Wolford, was one of Loudoun's graduates in the class of 1987 last week. Paid Positions Extended for Fire-Rescue The Loudoun Board of Supervisors last week approved a one-year extension for the two paid positions at the Arcola-Pleasant Valley volunteer fire and rescue department, despite a request by acting Loudoun Fire and Rescue Director Keith Brower that the positions be extended through 1990. Catoctin District Supervisor Frank Lambert said such an extension could result in a weaker recruitment effort in the Arcola area.

Brower said the department will not stop recruiting for volunteers but does not expect tangible results until future development in the area increases the number of potential volunteers.

The two positions will cost the county about $50,000 a year, he said. State Urged to Move on Bypass Paving The Board of Supervisors last week asked the Virginia Department of Transportation to proceed "as quickly as possible" with paving the Purcellville bypass to relieve the "unbearable traffic problem" on Rte. 7 through Purcellville. In addition, the board asked that if the paving is not finished before winter, the bypass be opened to traffic that would drive on just the base, a coarse pavement, with the job to be finished in the spring.

The transportation department awarded the paving contract last week. Leesburg Hires Chief of Plan Review Leesburg Town Manager Jeff Minor last week hired Paul Gauthier, a partner in a Falls Church architectural and engineering firm, as chief of plan review. Gauthier, who will work at the town's temporary engineering review office at 11 Loudoun Southwest, replaces Mark Nelis, who resigned recently to take a job with Leesburg developer Bruce Brownell. Tree Crops Conference Planned in Bluemont The Sunny Ridge Tree Crops Center will offer its first tree crops conference from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the old schoolhouse in Bluemont. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the $30 fee includes lunch, a plant and a tour of Sunny Ridge, an area on the Blue Ridge mountain near Round Hill where tree crops, including some experimental plantings, are grown. For information, call David Via at 554-8356. Singer-Storyteller to Perform in Leesburg Storyteller, folk musician and singer John McCutcheon will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the second Bluemont concert performed this summer on the steps of the old courthouse in Leesburg. Donations of $2 are requested; for information, call 777-0574. Meredyth Vineyards Wins for Top Wine Meredyth Vineyards in Middleburg, one of Virginia's first wineries, won the Virginia Governor's Cup in a recent competition in Culpeper for having the best Virginia wine, a nonvintage Sauvignon Blanc. Meredyth President Archie Smith said his winery was one of only two vineyards in Virginia when he planted his first vines in 1972; there are now 35 vineyards in the state.

The award was the second one for Meredyth in three years. "There is no reason whatever why Virginia can't produce wines as good as any place else in the world. And we do," Smith said. Seniors Win Byrd Scholarships Two Loudoun graduating high school seniors were among 109 Virginia recipients of the newly established $1,500 Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) Honors Scholarships. Byrd, who is Senate majority leader, was the graduation speaker at Loudoun County High School last week. The two winners were Mark Brunkhart of Broad Run High School and David McGranahan of Loudoun County High School.

The new scholarship program will award more than $8 million this year to graduating seniors throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

McGranahan is enrolled at Princeton University, and Brunkhart plans to enter the University of Virginia in the fall. Both are members of the National Honor Society, school spokeswoman Molly Converse said. Glassware, China Exhibit Planned An exhibit of American glassware and china featuring new and antique collectibles will be on display Saturday and Sunday at the Southern Exchange, 312 Market St. in Leesburg. For information, call 777-6175. Antique Automobile Club to Hold Show The Antique Automobile Club of America's annual auto show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Morven Park equestrian center north of Leesburg. More than 300 vehicles will be on display, a spokesman said. For information, call 777-2414 or 777-7837.