An article in the Virginia Weekly Cities & Towns column last week incorrectly stated the number of emergency calls generated by Neersville's 200 households. The rescue squad receives about 70 calls annually. (Published 8/13/87)

Neersville Set to Regain Rescue Squad

Service by the Neersville Rescue Squad, suspended in the spring because of a lack of certified personnel, is expected to be in operation again by late fall, volunteer squad president Cissie White said.

Rescue officials of Neersville, in Loudoun County's far western end near the West Virginia state line, had allowed rescue squad volunteers to train in Jefferson County, W.Va., in winter because it is closer than the Leesburg training center. But the training did not adequately prepare the volunteers for the West Virginia test, which is "extremely difficult," White said. Loudoun trainees take the Virginia test, which is not as difficult, she said. Loudoun rescue officials offered a training class in Neersville for volunteers recently, but it was canceled because only four persons attended, according to volunteer squad secretary Doris Calhoun. The county requires at least six participants for such classes. The course will be offered again next month and a higher attendance is expected. Meanwhile, rescue squads from Brunswick, Md., and Round Hill are responding to emergency calls, she said. According to county officials, Neersville's 200 households generate about 70 calls monthly.

Fund-Raiser Planned for Sterling Youth

A fund-raising point-to-point rally involving four-wheel-drive vehicles will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday to benefit the family of 13-year-old Sterling resident Jonathan Hancock, who recently underwent extensive liver transplant surgery. Bills for the surgery, performed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh last month, are expected to reach $500,000. Rally spokesman Rick Young said none of the expenses are covered by the family's insurance policy. The 150-mile rally will begin at the K mart parking lot in Leesburg and is expected to last four to six hours. Donations requested are $15 per vehicle or $10 per mile for sponsors. There will be a cookout after the rally in Potomac Farms. For information, call Young at 777-9264 or Roger Ahalt at 777-4264. Community efforts have raised nearly $250,000 so far, a rally spokesman said.

Art Show, Sale to Feature N.Va. Works

The Willow Craft Art Group and Market Station in Leesburg will offer an art show and sale Wednesday through Aug. 17 featuring the original works of 30 Northern Virginia artists. The show can be seen at the Wharf Barn at Market Station. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society, a spokesman said. For information, call 777-9310 or 771-8686.

Pan Masters to Play at Bluemont Concert

The Bluemont Concert Series will present the Pan Masters of Trinidad in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the steps of the Old Courthouse. The group uses pans and several types of drums to create its Caribbean sound. The group has performed at the American Folklife Festival in Washington, at Constitution Hall and at Wolf Trap Farm Park. For information, call 777-0574.

Manassas Council Names Task Force Chief

At its first meeting in the new City Hall last week, the Manassas City Council appointed council member Steve Randolph as chairman of its new task force to deal with issues raised in a recent survey of residents in the Georgetown South neighborhood. City Manager John Cartwright said the task force hopes to establish five subcommittees to handle such issues as loitering, unsupervised children, speeding, noise, property upkeep and an increase in certain types of crime. Of the community's 864 households, 428 responded to the survey, he said. The task force is expected to be operating by next month.

The council also requested that the city staff provide a resource book that will give residents information on how and where to obtain city services. About 8,000 copies will be printed at a cost of $7,500; the resource books will be mailed to the city's more than 5,000 households, Cartwright said. The book will be updated every two or three years.

In other business, the council said it will ask the Virginia Department of Corrections for the maximum reimbursement of local funding to the state prison system to help pay the city's share for proposed expansion of the Prince William/Manassas Regional Jail. The expansion is expected to cost between $2.5 million and $3 million, and will house 85 prisoners. Manassas officials threatened to sue the state last winter to reduce the number of state inmates kept in the jail beyond the 60 days permitted by state law. But Vivian Watts, Virginia's secretary of transportation and public safety, told city and county officials that although the state is taking steps to increase its prison capacity, Prince William and Manassas must do the same.

The Prince William County School Board recently made several appointments to its administrative staff. They are: Robert Ferrebee, principal of Potomac High School, who was named associate superintendent for management, and Zuill Bailey, Garfield High School principal, named director of curriculum services. Stonewall Jackson High School assistant principal Roger Dallek was appointed to replace Bailey at Garfield; no replacement for Ferrebee has been named yet, a school spokeswoman said.

Pr. William Chamber Players to Perform

The Prince William Symphony Chamber Players will present their seventh concert under the stars from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Tackett's Mill. The Woodwind Trio will be featured. For information, call 494-6691.