Election Officers Needed at Polls

The Loudoun County Electoral Board is seeking 600 election officers to work at the polls Nov. 2.

Election officers must be United States citizens and registered to vote in Virginia. On Election Day, they must be at polling places from 5 a.m. until the polls close, the results are called in and equipment is packed and ready to return to the registrar's office.

Election officers are paid $100 for the entire day or $50 for a half-day, in addition to $15 for a training session that will be held before the election.

More information and application forms are available on the Loudoun County government Web site (www.loudoun.gov/government/officers.htm) or by calling 703-777-0548. Questions also may be directed to Dianna Price, secretary of the electoral board, at dprice@loudoun.gov.

Purcellville Seeks Design Ideas

The Town of Purcellville is accepting entries for its Main Street design competition. The corridor to be renovated runs from North 23rd Street to the Purcellville Library. It will include a streetscape, a bus stop, a garage that will be converted into public space and three intersections.

The winner will receive $1,000 but will not necessarily go on to work on the project. Town officials simply want ideas. The competition closes Aug. 13, and town officials expect to make a decision by Sept. 1.

For more information on the competition, visit http://town.purcellville.va.us.

Volunteers Sought to Help Poor

The Good Shepherd Alliance is looking for individuals to spend one year living in Theseus House, Northern Virginia's first volunteer house, and serving the poor throughout Loudoun County.

Theseus House, scheduled to open in September, is a partnership between the alliance, which serves the poor and homeless in Northern Virginia, and the Windy Hill Foundation, which provides affordable housing to low-income residents in the Middleburg area.

The four tenets of the Theseus House program are simple living, community living, faith and social justice. Volunteers will live in the house in Middleburg free while working on a variety of human service programs in the county.

Selected individuals also will receive food, health insurance, transportation, a biweekly stipend, professional development experiences and a $4,725 award to use for further education or to pay off student loans. Applicants must be 18 or older and have a college degree or equal life experience. For information, visit www.loudounhomeless.org/theseushouse or call John Brothers at 703-433-2631.

Valley Run Meeting Rescheduled

The Loudoun County Planning Commission has rescheduled a community meeting about Valley Run Estates for 7 p.m. July 29 at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 43987 John Mosby Hwy., Chantilly.

The project could change the planned use of certain areas south of Route 50 near the Fairfax County line from business to residential. To participate, call the planning department at 703-777-0246 or e-mail dop@loudoun.gov.

Students Spruce Up Recycling Site

Loudoun County's newest recycling center has a new sign, thanks to two students at Harmony Intermediate School in Hamilton.

Ninth-graders Glynis Condon and Conor Backman designed and painted a 40-by-96-inch aluminum sign for the Central Western Loudoun Recycling Dropoff Center.

The recycling center, which was established in October 2003, is open daily. It is between Hamilton and Purcellville at the Loudoun public schools' western bus annex on Colonial Highway, across from Harmony Intermediate School. So far, more than 500,000 pounds of bottles, cans and paper have been collected at the site.

For more information about county's recycling program, visit www.loudoun.gov/oswm/recycle or call 703-771-5318.