Parking for Cold Commuters

County bus commuters who park in the lots near Potomac Mills will now be allowed -- during certain weather conditions -- to leave their vehicles in a lot that is closer to the bus stops and the Waccamaw Pottery store.

The allowance will be made during severe ice or snow conditions or when the 6 a.m. temperature reading is below 32 degrees. The Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. weather line at WE6-1212 can provide early risers with that information.

In addition, until a bus shelter is constructed, commuters will be able to stay warm inside their cars while waiting for the buses to arrive at the stops.

Red Cross Short of Goal

Despite a public appeal three weeks ago, the American Red Cross chapter in Prince William has been able to raise only $600 for its disaster relief fund, which was depleted last month.

Local Red Cross officials said they have been financing the relief program by diverting funds set aside for educational programs.

In the first six months of fiscal 1988, the chapter spent more than $18,000 on disaster relief, officials said, $3,000 more than was budgeted for the entire fiscal year, which began last July.

A large number of house fires resulted in an unexpected increase in the number of homeless families in the county, the officials said.

"The response from readers has been positive -- more than $600 -- but nowhere near the goal of $15,000," said David Goetz, the chapter's spokesman.

Student Musicians Honored

Trombonist Michael Mosely, a Woodbridge High School senior and member of the school's marching band, placed first in the 1988 Youth Orchestras of Prince William Solo Competition held this month at the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Mosely was awarded $100 and a membership in a music guild for his rendition of "Morceau Symphonique" by Alexander Guilmant and arranged by E. Falaguerra.

Clarinetist Heather Embrey, a senior at Osbourn High School, placed second with her selection of "Concertino" by C.M. von Weber, op. 26, edited by Don McCathren. She was awarded $50 and a membership to a music guild.

Comprised mostly of high school students from Prince William and Fauquier counties, Youth Orchestras of Prince William is an independent, nonprofit organization funded by the Cultural Arts Federation. Students audition for places in the wind or full orchestra. The wind orchestra will hold four concerts this year beginning in March.

Meanwhile, middle and high school students selected through auditions for Prince William's All County Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stonewall Jackson High School. The concert will feature one program by the middle school students and another by the high school students. -- Peter Pae