Manassas Park Taxicab Law Revised

The Manassas Park City Council last week approved a revision of its taxicab ordinance that will require cabs operating within the city limits to have city inspection stickers.

City Clerk Lana Conner said the revision will bring the city's taxi ordinance into line with those of Prince William County and the City of Manassas. Although the ordinance is effective immediately, Conner said the city will honor current inspection stickers from the other two jurisdictions. In addition, the council approved requests for operating certificates from three of the taxicab companies that operate within Manassas Park's city limits: Prince William Cab, Yellow Cab and Manassas Taxi Cab.

Recycling Contest Results AnnouncedWinners of the Prince William County Litter Control Council recycling contest are: Ruby Clements of Nokesville, who won in the adult category with a lamp she made from a jug; Christopher Critchfield, a sixth grader at Dumfries Elementary School who built a toy battleship out of recycled materials, and the ecology clubs of Godwin and Rippon middle schools, who made a bird feeder out of plastic and old wood, and a bouquet in a vase from a gold-painted soft drink bottle, respectively.

Other winners were Lisa Dennis, a fourth grade Dumfries student who made and furnished a five-room doll house from recycled materials, and Maryann Bannwart's third grade class at Bennett Elementary School, who made an entire town from recycled materials as part of their study unit on planning and zoning. No prize was awarded in grades nine through 12, according to council spokeswoman Janet Ellis, because entries in that age group did not meet the criteria of using only recycled materials.

Ellis said the council has won the governor's award of excellence for its litter control efforts for the second consecutive year, as well as honorable mention in Virginia's "Take Pride in America" program.

The "Take Pride in America" award makes the group eligible to compete in the national competition sponsored by the Federal Department of the Interior, Ellis said.

'Camelot' Performance ScheduledThe Prince William Little Theatre at Jennie Dean Middle School will offer "Camelot" at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday.

Tickets are $6, $4 for children and senior citizens. For information, call 791-5092.

Prince William Activities SlatedThe Prince William Constitution Bicentennial Commission will present a debate on the U.S. Constitution at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas. For information, call 369-5524.

The Prince William Park Authority will hold a bird walk at Locust Shade Park for beginner and experienced birdwatchers at 8 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 491-2183.

Recital Scheduled in WoodbridgeSt. Paul's Methodist Church in Woodbridge will hold a student recital at 3 p.m. Sunday.

There will be vocal and instrumental performances, a spokesman said. For information, call 494-6342.

Record Attendance at Waterford FairAn attendance record was set at last month's annual Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit in Waterford, according to a fair spokesman. The spokesman said more than 24,000 people crowded into the 18th century village for the three-day event, billed as the oldest fair in the country. Thirty-eight bus tours brought fair-goers from outside the county and the state, the spokesman said. Waterford is a national historic landmark.

The Oatlands board of directors recently elected Gustav Eyssell, a seven-year member of the board, to replace B. Powell Harrison as chairman. Harrison, who retired from the post, was honored with a dinner dance for his 25 years of service to Oatlands, which is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at Rte. 15, six miles south of Leesburg.

Round Hill Water Study ProposedThe Round Hill Town Council last week received a proposal from the engineering firm of Dewberry & Davis to make a $5,500 study of the town's water delivery system and water treatment plant. Round Hill is considering a proposal by developer Bruce Brownell to supply water to the town from wells on 700 acres he owns outside of town. In exchange, Brownell, who plans to build 170 housing units, wants 100 sewer connections from the town.

The study will determine whether the water hookup is feasible and if the town's sewer system can accommodate 100 new connections or whether the system can and should be expanded, Town Clerk Betty Wolford said. The council is expected to make a decision on the study at its Nov. 19 meeting.

In other business, the council heard Intergate Co. principal Bruce D'Ately's request for 40 sewer connections on 27 acres the company owns near Hillwood Estates just outside the northwest end of town.

D'Ately also told the council that Intergate officials are willing to meet with town officials and residents to discuss a massive residential project the company plans on about 3,500 acres of land that would nearly surround Round Hill. The planned development could include as many as 6,000 houses and would be the largest single residential project in Loudoun County. Details of the proposed development have not been publicly announced, but word of the project has upset many of Round Hill's 500 residents. According to Wolford, D'Ately told the council that the company has submitted a contract for the 600-acre Anita Eckles estate but "nothing has been signed yet."

Work on the old Ford's store, a building the First American Bank of Virginia donated to Round Hill last year for use as a town hall, has come to a standstill for lack of volunteers. The council may hire a contractor to scrape, prime and paint the exterior of the building before cold weather sets in, Wolford said. But council member Kim Peele is still calling for volunteers to paint the inside of the building. To help, call Peele at 338-3453.

Lovettsville Applies for Water PermitsLovettsville officials have applied for permits that would allow the town to pump water from the Potomac River to serve new houses, Mayor Ken Harrington said. Officials are awaiting word from the Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Maryland, the Virginia Department of Health and the state water control board.

Because of the number of development plans submitted during the past year to town zoning administrator Tom Kane, Lovettsville has asked the Loudoun County planning department to develop an interim area land management plan that will guide officials until a permanent plan can be put in place. Other towns awaiting area plans from the county include Round Hill and Purcellville. Although the county's rural land management plan calls for growth around its seven incorporated towns, none of them is fully prepared for the explosive growth heading for the mostly rural end of the county. "We have to start getting ready now," Harrington said. "It's just a matter of time."

Fish Farming Seminar in LoudounThree Loudoun agencies will sponsor the county's first fish farming seminar between 1 and 4 p.m. today in Sykes Hall at the Loudoun 4-H fairgrounds. The seminar is designed to introduce Loudoun farmers and other interested landowners to commercial fish production and marketing, according to county agricultural development officer Helene Lepkowski. There is no admission charge. For information, call the Loudoun Cooperative Extension Service at 777-0373, the county's Department of Economic Development at 777-0426 or the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation district, 777-2075.

Leesburg Woman Wins Car in RaffleGeorgia Bell, Loudoun Memorial Hospital's vice president of corporate development, recently handed the keys to a 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier to Leesburg resident Cissy Grimm, who won the car in a hospital fund-raising raffle.

Grimm is the mother of three children, including a teen-age daughter, Missy, who is allowed to drive the new car "with certain restrictions," her mother said. "It's the first thing I've ever won and I'm nervous about it."

The car is a black convertible with a beige interior, a far cry from the minivan she usually drives, Grimm said. The raffle ticket sales garnered $40,000 for the hospital, according to Bell. The money will be used to support the hospital's maternal and child health services department.

Sterling Film Festival ScheduledThe Sterling library will present a festival of four short films for preschoolers at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Quinn room. The hourlong program is free, a library spokesman said. Pick up tickets at the circulation desk. -- Donna Acquaviva