Manassas Mayor Edgar E. Rohr, hospitalized for five weeks this fall in his battle with cancer, has received an outpouring of support from local residents.

"I have gotten cards from different {city schools}," said Rohr, 71, who has lived in Manassas 53 years. "It all has helped, because it gives you a chance to think about something besides yourself."

Since his stay in the hospital, the mayor of six years has been working to regain his strength. Rohr came to the last City Council meeting for about an hour.

When Quantico Treasurer Georgia Raftelis got the check in the mail from the county, she knew something was wrong.

The town usually gets about $1,200 a month in sales tax reimbursements from the county. The check had been made out for $651 and covered two months. Considering that the town's budget this year is $280,000, getting shortchanged $875 a month is a big deal.

Raftelis called county officials, who explained that only 21 public school students live in Quantico. Sales tax reimbursements are made based on the number of students living in an area.

But Raftelis knew otherwise. "I said that wasn't really true," she said. To prove the point, Raftelis decided to do her own survey. "I thought I should have something to base my appeal on."

Raftelis went out to just one of the town's several bus stops and counted 44 children. "I couldn't get all the numbers but I feel confident there are 91 students," she said.

Raftelis notified county officials of the discrepancy, prompting them to "resurvey" the town. "They said they will pay us retroactively once the survey is done," Raftelis said. "It was just an error," she explained diplomatically.

Prince William County has gotten into the book publishing business just in time for the holidays. Last month, 2,500 green-bound copies of "Landmarks of Old Prince William: A Study in Origins of Northern Virginia," a book originally published in 1927 and now reprinted by the county, arrived at the McCoart Building. The books are available at the county office complex, at the Manassas Museum and at several bookstores in the county for $14.11.

The two-volume work is by Fairfax Harrison, president of Southern Railroad from 1913 to 1937 and an amateur historian. When he first published the book, Harrison had 200 copies printed and distributed them to friends and acquaintances.

It was about two years ago that county historical commission head Anne Flory, who died last year, and John Schofield, a history buff and now the county planning director, convinced the Board of County Supervisors that the book should be made available again. With an allocation of $22,400 from the supervisors, the historical commission engaged Gateway Press Inc. of Baltimore to print the book. Proceeds from its sale will go back into the county's general fund, according to Mavis Standfield of the planning department.

The "old" Prince William was considerably larger than the new, encompassing what is now Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Arlington counties as well as Alexandria.

County officials are hoping for a best-seller.