The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings on Saturdays in an effort to make it easier for residents to attend. The board also moved its bimonthly meetings to Mondays.

Hearings previously were held on Wednesday evenings after the board meeting, taxing the stamina of supervisors and audience members alike. "I'm hopeful this new schedule will make it more accessible to folks and make it easier on the board," said Supervisor James G. Burton (I-Mercer).

The board's meetings will be held the first and third Mondays of each month. When Monday is a government holiday, the meeting will be held the next day. Yesterday marked the first Saturday public hearing. Because of Lee-Jackson-King Day, the board meets next on Jan. 18.

CAPTION: Members of the new Loudoun County Board of Supervisors gather for a group photo last week. Front row, from left, Eugene A. Delgaudio (R-Sterling), Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large), J. Drew Hiatt (R-Dulles) and Mark R. Herring (D-Leesburg). Back row, from left, Eleanore C. Towe (D-Blue Ridge), James G. Burton (I-Mercer), William D. Bogard (I-Sugarland Run), Charles A. Harris (D-Broad Run) and Sarah R. Kurtz (D-Catoctin).