School Official Gets a Promotion

Ned D. Waterhouse, the assistant superintendent for pupil services for Loudoun County public schools, was promoted Tuesday to deputy superintendent. He begins his new assignment Jan. 24.

A 22-year veteran of the school system, Waterhouse, 46, was chosen from a field of 38 candidates, but he was the only applicant already working in the school district. He will be second in command to Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III in the 29,000-student district.

Waterhouse makes $101,014 annually as an assistant superintendent. Because his salary falls within the pay range for the deputy superintendent's job, he will not receive a raise, school officials said.

Waterhouse, who lives in Leesburg, replaces Harry Bibb, the former deputy superintendent who retired in 1997. Molly Converse, a spokeswoman for the district, said school officials plan to hire a new assistant superintendent to replace Waterhouse.

Holidays Bring a Halt to Animal Adoption

Animals adopted from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter will not be released to go home with their new owners or to veterinarians for sterilization tomorrow through Dec. 26. The shelter will resume releasing adopted pets Dec. 27.

Shelter officials said new pets need special, quiet time to adjust to their new homes and bond with their new owners--and the holidays, though joyous, can also be hectic and stressful. Officials also want to avoid impulse adoptions for the holidays and "surprise" pets.

Pet adoption gift certificates are available for those who wish to give a pet as a gift, allowing recipients to choose an animal when they're ready to own one. Recipients must meet all adoption requirements, and they will have 12 months to redeem their certificates.

The shelter will close for the holidays at noon Thursday, and there will be no animal viewing or pet adoption hours that day. The shelter will be open as usual Dec. 27. For more information or gift certificates, call the shelter at 703-777-0406.

Thriving Economy Boosts Leesburg Funds

Leesburg's financial department has reported a $9.3 million increase in its fiscal year 1999 general fund, which now totals $26.6 million. Town officials attribute much of the rise to increased collections of taxes--property, meals, utility and sales--as well as money for permits and licenses associated with residential and commercial building.

Parts From Old Store to Move to Museum

The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to accept parts of the Old Waxpool General Store and Post Office for a display at Claude Moore Park as part of the Lanesville Heritage Area and the Loudoun County Heritage Farm Museum.

The old store and post office, now owned by William P. and Edgar Tillet and once operated by their father, is on Waxpool Road (Route 625) near Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) on Tillet Farm. It was opened in 1906. The Tillets recently offered the entire building to the county, but staff members recommended against accepting it "due to its seriously dilapidated condition." But staff members said parts of the store--including signs, counters, displays and shelving, and some of its remaining wares--are historically significant.

Leesburg Researching Historical Buildings

The Town of Leesburg is beginning to collect historical information on 191 buildings in the western and northern sections of its historic district, funded by part of a $14,000 matching state grant.

The project involves gathering architectural data and taking pictures of the outsides of buildings along the following streets: West Market, North King, Liberty, Cornwall, Ayr, Union and West Loudoun, along with Memorial Drive, Morven Park Road and Dry Mill Road.

Government Cancellations and Closings

The Leesburg Town Council canceled its Tuesday and Dec. 28 meetings because of the holidays. The Leesburg Planning Commission will not hold its work session Thursday, and the Environmental Advisory Commission rescheduled its Dec. 27 meeting for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The town's government center also will adjust its hours for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. It will close at noon Thursday and at 2 p.m. Dec. 31.

The offices will be closed Friday and Jan. 3.