Loudoun officials plan to celebrate the new millennium with a look back at people and events that helped shaped the county's history.

A millennium commission, appointed by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, will spend 2000 noting milestones in the county's past during short presentations at board meetings. "It's a significant time in our history," said Supervisor Joan G. Rokus (R-Leesburg), who spearheaded the commission's creation and will serve as a member. "This will give us direction to reflect on where we've been and contemplate what future activities might be pursued."

The board approved a $5,000 appropriation for the commission to complete its year-long mission. Seven members have been appointed to the commission, and the incoming board will choose five others.

The commission, working with the Loudoun County Bar Association, plans to make a time capsule that will be placed in the county's new courts complex when it is completed. The group is also considering scheduling monthly activities to highlight the county's historic preservation, arts community, schools and high-tech businesses.

Rokus said that at the start of each board meeting, the commission will offer a short presentation recognizing an individual or group that made a significant contribution to Loudoun. These small history lessons, Rokus said, could also examine the effect of commercial growth on the county or even the changes brought about by major highways such as Route 15.

"We want to make sure the history of Loudoun is remembered," said commission member Tracy Gillespie, executive director of The Loudoun Museum. "We're in danger of losing touch with our past because there's so much change and growth."