Program Provides Loans For Home Septic Systems

The Loudoun County Division of Environmental Health and the Department of Housing Services will provide low-interest financing to Loudoun homeowners to repair or replace failing on-site septic systems.

The loans can be used to repair existing systems, provide replacement systems or introduce alternative systems approved by the Health Department.

Funding is provided from a $909,000 loan from the Virginia Revolving Loan Fund, through the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Interest rates are determined by the gross household income of all homeowners and can range from no interest to 3.5 percent. Depending on the amount of the loan, it can be repaid over five to 10 years.

Homeowners can call the Health Department at 703-777-0234 to have their current systems evaluated. For more information about the loan program, call Chris Vogel at the Department of Housing Services, 703-777-0389.

County Red Cross Chapter Seeks Vehicle Donations

The Loudoun County chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking donations of cars, trucks, vans and boats. The donations are tax-deductible, and free towing is provided.

Call Terry McCarthy at 703-777-7171.

2 Girls Scouts Donate Shed To Young Parents Network

The Young Parents Network yesterday dedicated a new storage shed donated by senior Girl Scouts Cheryl Martin and Rachel Wittington. Completing the shed at the Loudoun County Youth Shelter on Meadowview Court in Leesburg and collecting baby supplies was part of the pair's Gold Award Project for Leadership and Community Service, the Girl Scouts' highest award.

The Young Parents Network provides counseling and support for pregnant teenagers and teenage parents. The shed will be used to store donated items needed by those teenagers.

Local Playwrights Take Their Show on the Road

"Porches," a musical drama by local playwrights Tom Sweitzer and Meredith Bean McMath, was invited to appear over the weekend at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona, Pa., during the city's annual Railfest and as part of its sesquicentennial celebration.

The play, which premiered in April at Middleburg's Hill Playhouse, is set in Altoona in 1944. The all-expenses-paid trip for the original cast and crew was sponsored by the Altoona Sesquicentennial Commission. The Mishler Theatre, built about 1906, is among the country's largest regional theaters and has just undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Sweitzer, who created the original story and the music, is an Altoona native who teaches drama at Hill School. He co-wrote the script with McMath, author of historic fiction, plays and a magazine column.

After the show's Altoona run, "Porches" will return to the Hill Playhouse at 130 S. Madison St. in Middleburg for four performances, at 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10.