Snow Removal Proposal Dropped

County Attorney John H. Foote notified the Board of County Supervisors last week that Prince William cannot legally pass a snow removal ordinance, prompting the board to cancel a public hearing that had been set for Feb. 12.

The board had scheduled the hearing a few weeks ago at the suggestion of Supervisor Hilda M. Barg (D-Woodbridge). The proposed ordinance would have authorized fines of up to $100 for residents who did not shovel their walkways within a few hours of a snowfall.

Also, the ordinance would have required that ice and sleet be removed or covered with ash, sawdust or other materials.

Foote told the supervisors last week that the county does not have the authority from the state to enact and enforce such a provision.

Black History to Be Celebrated In celebration of Afro-American (Black) History Month, the Prince William Symphony Chamber Players will perform works by contemporary black composers at Gar-Field High School at 8 p.m. Feb. 12.

Composer Easley Blackwood is expected to be present to hear the Washington area debut of his work "Pastorale and Variations." Blackwood, a faculty member at the University of Chicago, was commissioned by the New York Woodwind Quintet to compose the piece.

The concert, sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP and Women in Community Action, is free.

Also in celebration of Afro-American (Black) History Month, the Nubian Theatre Company will perform "A Story, A Story: Adventures in Afro-American Folklore," at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Potomac Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd.

The program, for children 5 through 12, comprises traditional songs and dances woven into African folktales performed by theater company members in colorful traditional costumes.

Tickets, which are free, may be obtained in advance at the library's children's information desk.

High School Equivalency Test Set People without high school diplomas are invited to take a test for a high school equivalency certificate Feb. 13 at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas.

Applications for the General Educational Development test must be completed in person at the School Board Annex in Independent Hill before Feb. 12. The cost is $15.75.

For more information, call 791-7297.

4 Nominated for Gifted Program Osbourn High School in Manassas has nominated four students to the Governor's School for the Gifted, a summer program for sophomore and junior high school students with exceptional scholastic, performing arts or visual arts abilities.

The four are Amy Koman, viola; Erin Carper, dance; Ted Dinklocker, technology, and Brian MacDonald, humanities.

Last year, two of the school's seven nominees were selected for the program, which allows private and public high school students to pursue academic and artistic studies not generally available in high school.

Selected students will spend four to six weeks this summer at one of the following sites: Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Radford University, the University of Richmond, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center in Hampton and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point.

The program, in its 15th year, had 800 participants last summer.

Prince William announced its 36 nominees for the program last month.