The Leesburg Town Council has opted not to close a four-block stretch of the town's historic district to vehicular traffic Oct. 27 to make way for the filming of a made-for-television movie.
McGee Street Productions, of Arlington, a subsidiary of Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions Inc., had asked the council to close Market Street between Wirt and Church streets, and King Street between Cornwall and Loudoun streets, to cars and trucks from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.
Pedestrian traffic would not have been affected.
Some council members and some merchants along the streets said they were worried about missed deliveries and the inconvenience to their customers.
Town Manager Robert S. Noe said he would work with the movie's producers to figure out a way to allow the 60-member film crew to shoot its scenes while still allowing traffic to move through the area.
The movie, "Cupid and Cate," is based on the novel "Cupid and Diana" about an Italian family, and stars Peter Gallagher, who has a role in the feature film "American Beauty."
"Cupid and Cate" is scheduled to air next year on CBS. The rain date for Leesburg location filming is Oct. 29.
-- Dana Hedgpeth
'We Do Windows' Is Their Motto at Dodona Manor
Restoration work on Dodona Manor, the Leesburg home of George C. Marshall, has reached the window phase.
The Oak Grove Restoration Co. has been hired to remove and fix all 69 windows on the 2 1/2-story brick manor, which Marshall and his second wife, Katherine, bought in 1941. Marshall, an Army general and secretary of state, is best known for his authorship of the Marshall Plan, which helped restore Western Europe after World War II. He lived in Dodona Manor until his death in 1959.
The house dates to the early 1800s and is being restored to its 1947 appearance. Work has been completed on the four chimneys, which were rebuilt from the roof up, and the windowsills in four rooms have been leveled. A new roof should be in place later this month.
The window portion of the restoration project will cost about $232,000, for which corporate donors are being solicited. The cost of restoring a single window ranges from $1,500 to $5,000, with contributions matched by funds from a state grant.
For more information, call the George C. Marshall International Center, the nonprofit group that owns the estate, at 703-777-1880.
Purcellville Community Center Gets New Manager
David Shockley, former assistant manager of the Loudoun Valley Community Center in Purcellville, is now the manager, succeeding Alice Power, who retired in August after 27 years in the post.
Shockley, a native of Purcellville who now finds himself instructing the children of friends from high school, has a degree in physical education from James Madison University and has worked for local health clubs and at a physical therapy center in Leesburg.