PTA to Host 'Olympic' Event

The Mountain View Elementary School PTA will hold a community fair this afternoon to raise money to build a school playground. The event, billed as the Moose Olympics, after the school's mascot, will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., rain or shine. An opening ceremony, featuring a child from each grade lighting an Olympic-style torch, will start at 12:45 p.m. Food, games and gifts will be available at the fair, which will conclude with a medal ceremony. The school is at 36803 Allder School Rd., Purcellville.

Hospital Lab Wins Panel's Support

Loudoun Hospital Center said it has received the support of a state advisory panel to open a cardiac catheterization lab at its Lansdowne campus. The recommendation of the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia's board of directors now goes to Virginia Health Commissioner Robert B. Stroube for a final decision.

Loudoun Hospital Center's application to open the lab was opposed by HCA Inc., the country's largest for-profit hospital chain, which recently received permission to build Loudoun County's second hospital, in the Broadlands area of eastern Loudoun.

Man Charged in Attack on Sterling Family

A Sterling man has been charged with three counts of malicious wounding in connection with a suspected gang-related attack on a family, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

A 50-year-old man and his 57-year-old wife were attacked by several people April 11 when they attempted to help their 28-year-old son, who was fighting with a group of Hispanic men outside their home on Sherwood Court in Sterling, the Sheriff's Office said.

The husband was stabbed several times, and his son was also injured. Both were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital and have since been released. The wife was taken to the emergency room at Loudoun Hospital Center, where she was treated and released.

Fredy Portillo-Miranda, 31, is being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond, the Sheriff's Office said. The case remains under investigation.

Grants to Fund Historical Efforts

The Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County and the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library were among the 35 organizations that shared grants totaling $130,600 from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to research and interpret Virginia's history and explore issues of importance to Virginians.

The Afro-American Historical Association, located in The Plains, received $3,000 to help create a virtual museum tour to make its collection more accessible to both on-site and online visitors.

The Friends of the Thomas Balch Library, in Leesburg, also received $3,000, to help publish a book on the Loudoun County Emancipation Association, an influential organization that promoted African American advancement and social change in Loudoun County from 1890 to1970.

County Expands Store Hours

The Loudoun County Surplus Store will expand its hours. Beginning June 2, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays and Fridays of each month, and on the last Saturday of the month.

Merchandise ranges from computers, desks and chairs to unclaimed items confiscated by the sheriff's department, such as bicycles, CDs and luggage. Some of the more unusual items for sale recently included an antique gas stove, children's chairs and Christmas lawn ornaments.

The Surplus Store began operating four years ago and in its first year made about $30,000 -- six times more than the revenue generated by the annual auction through which the county used to sell its surplus property. Typically, prices at the store run between $15 and $90 for bicycles; $15 and $40 for computer monitors; $10 and $40 for desks; $3 for keyboards; and $2 for chairs.

The store is located at 14 Cardinal Park Dr., Suite 106, in Leesburg. Directions to the store and photographs of the merchandise can be found on the Loudoun County government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/maps/direct/sstore.htm.

18 Tons of Waste Collected

Eighteen tons of waste products were dropped off for proper disposal or recycling by 278 residents when the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management held the second of eight planned household hazardous waste collection events April 24 at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville.

Typical household hazardous waste items brought in included oil-based paints, stains and varnishes; paint thinners; old fuels such as gas and oil mixes, kerosene and diesel fuel; oven, drain, bathroom and all-purpose cleaners; scouring powders; mothballs; mildew removers; metal polishes; rust removers; wood preservatives; furniture polishes and waxes; and pool chemicals.

Loudoun Class Scheduled

The Discover Loudoun Student Series, a program that teaches students in grades 7 through 9 about government, community involvement and leadership, is accepting registrations for the June 21-23 class. The deadline to register is June 11. To obtain information or a registration form, contact Meghan Bowe at mbowe@loudoun.gov or 703-771-5839, or visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/discover.htm. The cost is $35.

Community Grants Offered

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant program. Projects must meet the goals of the program, which include providing affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, renovating substandard housing and expanding economic opportunities, especially for people with low and moderate incomes.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Loudoun will receive about $866,000 in grants in fiscal 2005. The program is administered locally by Loudoun County's Office of Housing Services.

Application forms are available on the county government Web site, www.loudoun.gov/housing, or by calling Housing Services at 703-777-0389 (voice and TTY). The deadline is June 4. The board will make its selections by July 1.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

and ROSALIND S. HELDERMAN

The Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad's 25th anniversary celebration May 8 brought out 16 of the 26 charter members. Front row, from left, Vince McGregor Jr., Vince McGregor Sr., Mary Kay Graham, Sharline Thomas and Andy Thomas. Back row, from left, Mike Schilling, Edwin Hoeltzel Jr., Bruce Hall, Bob Moore, Bentz Rhoades, Betty Cooper, John Cooper, Robert Foreback, James Graham, Neil Hall and Clint Bailey.