Parks Agency to Give Grant

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services is accepting applications through Aug. 31 for the 2000 Make It Happen program.

The program provides financial assistance of as much as $15,000 to community nonprofit organizations interested in developing or improving recreational facilities under the department's jurisdiction. Participating organizations must provide matching funds through in-kind donations, labor or cash.

The county Board of Supervisors began the program in 1996 with $104,542, which resulted in improvements worth about $350,000. Examples include lights at the Broad Run High School softball field and construction of the skate park in Leesburg.

For more information, call 703-777-0343.

Money Donated for River Cleanup

Keep Loudoun Beautiful has received a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to support its Potomac River cleanup project Aug. 20. More than 120 volunteers will collect trash along about nine miles of the river between Point of Rocks and the Monocacy River.

The goal, according to cleanup director John Phillips, is 16 tons of trash and 220 tires.

The project is a three-state effort: In Maryland, Frederick County has waived landfill and tire fees for debris hauled from the river, and personnel from the U.S. Park Service will help haul trash; in West Virginia, the EcoWarriors, a group of river guides, has volunteered to participate.

Half of the volunteers will put in at 12:30 p.m. at Noland's Ferry on the Maryland side and cover the river to the Monocacy. The other half will put in at 1:30 p.m. at Point of Rocks on the Virginia side and cover the river to Noland's Ferry.

To volunteer, call Shirley Pearson at 703-777-7425 or Phillips at 703-771-1770.

Photos of Dodona Manor Needed

The George C. Marshall International Center is seeking photographs of Marshall and his wife and their Leesburg home, Dodona Manor, during the time they lived there.

The center is restoring the house and grounds to the way it looked in 1949-50 and needs more photographs for its records, including interior or exterior shots of the house or yard, or even a glimpse of fencing. All photographs will be returned to their owners.

Call Anne Horstman or Pat Muth at 703-777-1880.

Renovations at Thomas Balch Library

Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg will close tomorrow for renovations and reopen in its temporary location--the old Inglenook Bookstore at 206 E. Market St. in Leesburg--on Aug. 23.

County Seeks Input on Textbooks

Loudoun County Public Schools are seeking input as new math textbooks are selected for all grade levels.

Starting Aug. 30, school libraries will display suggested texts--for kindergarten through fifth grade at elementary schools, sixth through eight grade at middle schools and ninth through 12th grade at high schools.

A steering committee of educators and parents, which began work June 1, is expected to propose its choices to the School Board in December, and those texts will be displayed at the schools' administrative offices at 102 North St. NW in Leesburg through December and until the board takes action.

Parents and anyone else who would like to be involved in the process should call Richard L. Rose, the school system's mathematics and science supervisor, at 703-771-6435.

United Way Asks for School Supplies

Loudoun United Way is collecting school supplies for lower-income children.

For a list of retailers where supplies may be dropped off, call United Way at 703-777-3920.