Anti-Smoking Grants

Two groups in Loudoun County are among 81 in the state receiving money from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation to implement anti-smoking programs aimed at young people.

The Loudoun County Community Services Board will receive $69,507, and the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will get $73,148.

The programs will run from July 1 though June 30, 2005. Statewide, the foundation will distribute nearly $4.2 million.

Duplex Fire Displaces 8

Eight people were displaced after a fire broke out in their duplex in the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Sterling on Saturday morning, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services said.

The Loudoun County fire marshal's office said the fire started when heat from a closet light that had been left on ignited clothing and other combustibles in the closet. The fire spread quickly into the first-floor room.

Firefighters from Sterling and Fairfax County extinguished the fire within minutes, but smoke spread throughout the home. Damage was estimated at $8,000. There were no injuries.

Road Shut for Graduation

Dry Mill Road in Leesburg will be closed from Catoctin Circle SW to Davis Avenue SW from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Thursday while Loudoun County High School holds its graduation ceremony on the school's front lawn. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

Firefighters Plan Benefit

The Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad and the fire and rescue department will hold a benefit today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Coldstone Creamery, 1013 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg.

Donations, as well as a portion of all ice cream sales, will help pay cancer-related medical bills for Julia Grubb, the wife of career firefighter and medic Chris Grubb.

Donations also may be sent to Loudoun Credit Union, 112-A South St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175 with a note that they are for Grubb Gift Fund Account #7799.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD