Rippon Middle School Club Awarded a National Prize

Sarah Zamora, an eighth grader at Rippon Middle School and president of the school's Ecology Club, accepted a second prize award at the Keep America Beautiful awards luncheon Friday.

The event was held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington.

The club, composed of 20 sixth, seventh and eighth graders, was nationally recognized for its efforts in litter prevention, recycling and beautification this year.

A school in Texas took first place.

In August, the club won first place in the 1987 Keep Virginia Beautiful awards program, thereby earning the right to represent the state in the national program.

The club is sponsored by the school's guidance counselor, LeRoy Boyd.

Members collected and sold more than 60,000 pounds of newspaper this year, made lamps from aluminum cans, and sold firelogs made from newspapers.

Sewer, Water Service Expansion The Prince William County Service Authority last week approved an expansion plan that calls for more than $120 million in construction over the next five years to meet new demands on water and sewer service caused by growth.

The five-member board, which is appointed by the Board of County Supervisors, unanimously passed the annual capital improvements plan, a document that attempts to forecast where major sewer and water projects will be required and how much they will cost.

Most of the new construction will be paid for by fees on developers, rather than with rate increases for current customers, according to service authority engineers.

Among the leading items called for in the capital plan are $74 million for the expansion of Fairfax County Water Authority facilities, in which Prince William participates, and $40.1 million to expand the Mooney sewage treatment plant along Neabsco Creek in eastern Prince William.

Holiday Open House at Battlefield The National Park Service is sponsoring a Christmas open house at the historic Manassas National Battlefield Park today from 7 to 9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the free gathering. Refreshments will be served and Civil War music will be played on an acoustic guiter.

This is the third year the Park Service has held such an event to acquaint guests with the park.

The park is one mile north of Rtes. 234 and 66. For information, call (703) 754-7107.