Time Decides Leesburg Street Connection Issue

The Leesburg Town Council failed to get a quorum for a special meeting called Saturday to decide the controversial issue of whether to require the Pulte Home Corp. to connect two streets as part of its proposed 246-unit town house development. As a result, the two streets will not be connected.

According to council member Arl Curry, who was at the meeting, the council approved a special exception application for the development in May, but the decision about whether to connect Heritage Way to Marshall Drive had to be made within 60 days. The 60-day limit expired Monday.

The council's finance committee had recommended approval of the connection based on a traffic study by a consultant. The study showed the connection would ease congestion on Edwards Ferry Road and Plaza Street. But Christine Forster, a resident of the Carrvale subdivision, which includes Marshall Drive, spearheaded a move to stop the connection. "An awful lot of people bought homes on this street because it was closed and safe for their kids," she said.

The town council has granted a request by the Goose Creek Kiwanis Club to conduct a "Day in the Park," a family-oriented musical festival at Ida Lee Park on Aug. 29. The club will use the festival proceeds to help fund the development of the park, a town spokesman said.

Middleburg Doubles Developer Parking Fee

The Middleburg Town Council last week increased from $1,500 to $3,000 the amount a developer must pay for parking spaces he is required to put in with any development in the historic district. The money will go into a fund being set aside by officials to build a parking structure since curb and parking lot space downtown is limited. "We raised it because we found out the lowest price anybody pays for one parking space is $2,400 and we know the cost will continue to go up," Mayor Loyal McMillin said.

Middleburg's annual Free Church Homecoming will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Baptist Church, Mayor Loyal McMillin said. The event is an annual celebration of the fact that all five of the town's churches, as well as one in Aldie, began in the Baptist Church, which was donated by Levin Powell, the town's founder. The ecumenical service will be followed by a potluck dinner on the church lawn, McMillin said.

Leesburg Concert to Feature Big Band Sound

The Bluemont Concert Series will present a big band performance at 7 p.m. Sunday featuring Dr. Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. The concert will be held on the steps of the Old Courthouse in Leesburg; in case of rain, it will be moved to the Leesburg United Methodist Church parish hall at 5 Wirt St. Offerings will include the original big band arrangements of "Stardust," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Deep Purple" and "Pennies From Heaven." Donation is $2; families are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic if they wish. Folding chairs will be available for senior citizens. For information call 777-0574.

Loudoun Center Offers Therapy Group for Abusers

The Loudoun County mental health center this month began offering a therapy group for people who abuse others (usually men who abuse their wives) at 207 E. Holly Ave., Suite 102, Sterling. Sessions are from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. For information call 430-8595.

Living History Program Draws 500 Pupils

About 500 third and fourth graders from Loudoun and Fairfax counties participated this spring in the living history program sponsored by the Waterford Foundation at the Waterford one-room schoolhouse. Local pupils had the opportunity to dress in 19th-century garb and play the role of a child who attended school in the building in the 1880s. For information about the program call 882-3018.