County Encourages a Family Day

Loudoun County is urging residents to hold neighborhood gatherings Nov. 20 as part of National Family Volunteer Day.

The day, sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, is intended to encourage families to volunteer together on endeavors that strengthen the family, address critical social needs and help build a sense of community spirit.

Marilyn Dunnill, the county's community relations manager, said the gatherings can be organized around a community project or simply be a party for people to get to know one another.

"A neighborhood party is a great way for folks to get together," she said. "There are a lot of ways to party--you can celebrate community and organize a community project, collect food for the Community Holiday Coalition, have a multifamily garage sale or just dedicate the day to fun activities like playing football or having a barbecue."

To help residents plan the event, free kits are available from the county's Public Information Office. To receive one or for more information, call Dunnill at 703-771-5839.

DMV Approves Tribute to Horses

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has authorized a new license plate honoring horses for their assistance to humans in sports, recreation, transportation, agriculture and the military.

Before the plate can be issued, Ashton W. Burke--DMV representative for the plate--must collect 350 prepaid applications for it. Burke, who has lived in Fauquier County for more than 30 years, said he lobbied for the plate after being involved with horses since his childhood in Rappahannock County and in New Jersey.

Each plate will cost $10; a personalized plate will cost $20.

For more information and an application, contact Burke by mail at 38-A Garrett St., Warrenton, Va. 20816 or by telephone at 540-347-2121. His fax number is 540-347-1603.

Residents Sought for 3 Panels

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking residents to participate on the Advisory Commission on Youth, the Commission on Women and the Industrial Development Authority.

The youth commission has a vacancy for a Sterling representative to fill a four-year term expiring in October 2003. The women's commission has vacancies in the Mercer and Sugarland Run districts to complete terms that expire in December. The authority has a vacancy for an at-large representative to complete a term expiring March 15, 2001.

Interested residents are asked to send a letter of interest or a resume to the Board of Supervisors, 1 Harrison St. SE, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Va. 20177. The letter should indicate which committee you would like to serve on and in which district you live.

For more information, call 703-777-0204.

For Landlords, Section 8 Review

Loudoun County Housing Services will conduct an outreach program for landlords from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 to go over procedures in the Section 8 program, which subsidizes the rent of low-income tenants.

The session will be held at the Fire and Rescue Training Center, 16600 Courage Ct. in Leesburg. It will cover changes in the program and will involve recognition of landlords for outstanding service in low-income housing.

Call 703-777-0389 if you plan to attend.

CAPTION: If enough people sign up to buy them, these plates will be available to Virginia drivers.