Purcellville Police Seek Citizens for Patrol

Purcellville police are forming a volunteer civilian patrol to help with crime prevention and public activities such as parades and sporting events.

Police officials said the 10-member unit will assist them in controlling traffic during large events such as the town's annual Heritage Day festival.

Patrol members will be trained in crime prevention techniques, spotting suspicious activity and managing large public events.

Applicants must be 21 or older and live in Virginia. For more information, call Officer Charlie Pickett at 540-338-7421.

United Way to Kick Off Drive With Rally

Loudoun United Way campaign leaders will kick off their 1999 fund-raising efforts with a rally at 8 a.m. Friday on the Town Green in Leesburg.

This year's campaign will be headed by Keith Muerlin, airport manager for Dulles International Airport. The campaign goal is $410,000, a more than 10 percent increase over last year's donations.

The public is invited to the rally, and coffee will be donated by Starbucks. Call 703-777-3920 to tell United Way how many people from your organization will attend.

The rally also represents the start of the third annual United Way at Work day. Cooperating businesses allow employees to volunteer for one day at a local nonprofit agency, donating their time and labor to complete projects that might otherwise go undone.

So far, the Town of Leesburg, Motorola Inc., the Costco Cos. administrative office, Federal Express Corp., Atlantic Coast Airlines Inc., Middleburg Bank and Airline Tariff Publishing Co. have agreed to participate this year. To learn about work opportunities, call Gary Wells at 703-777-3920.

Student Grants Offered to Visually Impaired

The Sterling Lions Club is seeking applicants from the Sterling and Ashburn area for $1,500 scholastic awards to students with visual impairments. The awards are sponsored by the Virginia Lions Eye Institute Foundation and may be used for college, trade school or a rehabilitation program or to enhance opportunities to attend any educational institution.

Last year, two eastern Loudoun County students received $1,000 each from the Lions. J.T. Fetter is using his grant to upgrade his computer with a text reader and scanner. Julianna Raiche, a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, will use her grant for tuition and other expenses while she continues her studies in music education.

To be eligible, applicants must have a visual acuity of 20/70 correctable or less in their best eye or a binocular visual field of 30 degrees or less. The applicant also must receive a recommendation by the sponsoring Lions Club. An essay and a certification of visual impairment also is required.

Requests for applications should be received by Oct. 1. They may be obtained by writing the Sterling Lions Club, P.O. Box 45, Sterling, Va., 20167-0045. Applications should be returned by Oct. 20. For more information, call public relations chairman Mike Ryan at 703-723-0077.

Public Safety Agencies Hold Disaster Drills

Today and tomorrow, Loudoun County fire, rescue and law enforcement officials will wrap up a series of disaster drills at the Sterling Fire and Rescue Station at Cascades Parkway and Middlefield Drive. The drills began Friday.

Authorities have created the fictional town of "Abbottville," and the drills involve scenarios such as multiple fires, hazardous material spills, floods and tornadoes. The drill is sponsored by Sterling Volunteer Fire Company No. 11 and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services. Other participants include the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police and American Red Cross.