MADD Sponsors Poster, Essay Competitions

The Loudoun County MADD Chapter announces its fourth annual poster and essay contest. The theme is "Keep Virginia Roads Safe and Sober."

The poster contest is open to students in grades 1-12. The essay contest is for students in grades 4-12. Middle school and high school students may enter a public service announcement or a black and white photograph in addition to their poster or essay. The deadline for entries is Feb 29.

Students must submit a completed entry form, including parental permission and a Social Security number, with their poster or essay to be eligible for prizes. Last year, the county chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving awarded $2,250 in savings bonds to the winning students. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in April.

For more information, leave a message at 703-771-8127 or e-mail

Library Trustees Change Meeting Dates

The Loudoun County public library's board of trustees has changed its meetings to the third Wednesday of each month.

The next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl. in Sterling. The February meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. The March meeting and all subsequent meetings will be held at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd. in Leesburg.

Voter Deadline Looms for GOP Primary

Virginia residents who want to vote in the state's Feb. 29 Republican presidential primary must register by Jan. 31. They may apply at:

* The general registrar's office at 26-C Fairfax St. SE in Leesburg in the Virginia Village shopping center.

* The Department of Motor Vehicles, 945 Edwards Ferry Rd. in Leesburg or 100 Free Court in Sterling.

Applications also may be picked up at public library branches and community centers.

For more information, call the registrar's office at 703-777-0380.

King Celebration to Peer Into the Millennium

The eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Leesburg will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 on the courthouse lawn at King and Market streets with a performance by the Baha'i Chorale and an invocation by the Rev. Kent Jeter.

At 10:30 a.m., participants will march to the Douglass Community Center for refreshments and an 11:30 a.m. ceremony featuring several speakers. This year's theme is "Realizing the Dream in the New Millennium."