Haymarket Orders Town House Redesign The Haymarket Town Council last week sent Great Falls developer David Tinkham back to the drawing board after discovering that his plan for a 149-unit town house complex called for more housing units in a cluster than are allowed in the town's new zoning ordinance. The new ordinance allows eight units to a cluster; Tinkham had requested nine.
After a year of work by the council, all of the town's ordinances have been updated and are "ready to be put in order and published," Mayor Gertrude Bean said. There are no significant changes, she said. The council focused on bringing the town's code into line with state law.
Toymaker Set for School Rounds Harried parents aren't the only ones looking forward to opening day at Prince William County schools. John (Pop) Harden, a 92-year-old Dale City resident who makes toys for elementary school children and delivers them himself, is "fussing to get back to it." Said Becky Irvin, a school employe who will take Harden on his rounds this year, "I wasn't able to get Pop to the schools before they let out last spring and he says he's got 150 new toys ready to go. I promised I'd take him about mid-September. He's raring to go." Harden, a native of Scotland, is a widower who spends his spare time carving and painting wooden toys out of materials he buys himself. His monthly trips to Prince William kindergarten and first grade classes usually include stints at the piano, where he entertains with lively versions of American and Scottish folk songs.
Manassas Battle Reenactment The 125th anniversary of the Battle of Second Manassas, or Bull Run, as northerners call it, will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday with battle reenactments, a Civil War band concert, a Civil War fashion show, soldier drills and an authentic Civil War camp worship service. Saturday's events will be held in Baldwin Park in Old Town Manassas from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Some events will be held in James Long Park in northern Haymarket from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 per car. Confederate and Union camps at both sites will be open to the public. For information, call the Prince William Park Authority at 361-7181.
Last Summer Concert Scheduled The Prince William Symphony Orchestra will offer the last in a summerlong series of concerts under the stars from 7:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Tackett's Mill in Woodbridge. The woodwind quintet will perform. For information, call 494-6691.
Red Cross Seeks Volunteers The Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross is calling for volunteers for its disaster action team and the Service to Military Families and Veterans, a chapter spokesman said. The action teams assist during natural and man-made disasters such as house fires and floods. Service to military families includes transmitting messages to members of the services regarding births, deaths or family emergencies that require the person's presence at home. The Red Cross provides training for all positions. For information, call 221-2161.
Safety Program Planned The Prince William Park Authority will present a children's safety program titled "Mother Goose's Proclamation" at 7 p.m. Sunday in Lomand Park in Manassas. The play is designed to teach children safety rules and is aimed at elementary pupils returning to school next month. Admission is free. For information call 361-7126.
High School Orientation Today Osbourn Park High School in Manassas will hold orientation from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today for all ninth graders and other new students. Participants will meet administrators and will tour the school. Parents are invited. For information call 361-1101.
Low-Cost School Lunches Available Children from Prince William County families with incomes at or below certain levels are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches, said spokeswoman Kristy Larson. Application forms to determine eligibility have been sent to all county households; parents are asked to fill them out and return them to the school as soon as possible, Larson said.
Loudoun Asks Disaster Status The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors last week agreed to ask Gov. Gerald L. Baliles to declare the county a disaster area because of the detrimental effect the drought is having on pasture, hay, corn and soybeans. The disaster designation would make county farmers eligible for low-interest federal loans for feed and livestock watering systems. Loudoun extention agent Gary Hornbaker, who made the request to the board, said Loudoun farmers are expected to lose $7.5 million in crops this year.
Loudoun Fights Gypsy Moths The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors last week agreed to hire three full-time temporary employes at a cost of $7,000 to assist with the county's gypsy moth program. The new employes will conduct a survey of egg masses. The state may share in the costs of the program. County staff members told the board that until 1986, defoliation caused by the moth was mostly a mountain ridge problem, but in the last two years, defoliation has become a major concern in highly populated eastern Loudoun as well.
Round Hill Council Meeting Taped While last week's meeting of the Round Hill Town Council was uneventful, it marked the first time the meeting was taped. According to town clerk Betty Wolford, there have been disagreements about the minutes in the past, with some council members stating that the minutes did not accurately reflect "what they meant to say." To avoid confusion, Mayor Jeff Wolford and the council agreed to tape all meetings in the future. Last week's meeting was taped with a recorder that one council member brought from home, but the council intends to purchase its own recorder soon, Betty Wolford said.
Architect Sought for Library The Loudoun County Public Library board of trustees is searching for an architect to design a 2,000-square-foot facility in Lovettsville where the county recently purchased a site. According to library spokeswoman Patti Kilpatric, the board has begun acquiring the books for the Lovettsville library. It may be the first of the five library projects planned by the board to be completed. In November 1984, voters approved a $6.5 million bond issue to fund the projects, but site acquisition, an expensive and complex process, has held up construction.
A site adjacent to the Middleburg Community Center is where that town's new 2,000-square-foot facility will be located. A search for an architect will soon be under way, Kilpatric said.
The county Board of Supervisors last week authorized library officials to negotiate for the acquisition of property adjacent to the Purcellville library to provide adequate parking when a 6,700-square-foot wing is added to the facility.
The board of trustees has recommended that the supervisors approve the acquisition of a seven-acre library site in eastern Loudoun to accommodate the largest of the county's proposed projects. The site has been offered by Kettler and Scott, developers of Potomac Lakes.
In Leesburg, owners of the Greenway property on Rte. 15 have indicated an interest in dedicating a six-acre plot for a 21,000-square-foot library that would allow parking for future expansion, Kilpatric said. The library board had to turn back a three-acre gift from Leesburg businessman William Rust when the trustees determined that the plot was too small to accommodate such expansion.
School Supply Donations Sought The employes of the Leesburg K mart store have built a cardboard schoolhouse at the store's entrance and are asking shoppers to donate school supplies for needy children. According to assistant manager Steve Spencer, "the store management had nothing to do with the idea" but has been very supportive of employe efforts to make it succeed. Someone from a Leesburg elementary school called a K mart employe and asked for school supplies for needy children, Spencer said, and everyone in the store donated to get it started. The drive will continue until Sept. 15.
Art Show Raises $400 for Charity The First Annual Willowcroft Art Show held recently at Market Station netted $400 for the American Cancer Society, a spokesman said. More than 100 pieces by 30 regional artists were entered in the show.
Lucketts Country Fair Set The Lucketts Country Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will feature bluegrass bands, country and gospel singers and dancers, storytelling, antique booths and more than 100 craftsmen. In addition there will be a fun fair for children, hand-churned ice cream, barbecued ribs and chicken, hayrides and fire truck rides. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the Lucketts Community Center. Lucketts is eight miles north of Leesburg on Rte. 15. For information call 777-0519.
Sock Hop to Close Concert Series The Blue Ridge Concert Series will offer its last event at 7 p.m. Sunday on the courthouse lawn with a rock 'n' roll sock hop featuring Flash Gordon and the Rocketts. Admission is $2. For information call 777-0574.