Leesburg Streets Will Close For YMCA Race on Sunday

Several streets in Leesburg will be closed Sunday morning for the annual YMCA 10K and 20K races that start and end at Market Station.

Harrison Street SW, Catoctin Circle, South King Street, First Street, Davis Avenue and Dry Mill Road will have rolling closures as racers get to and clear the various locations. The race will be run from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

For more information, contact the YMCA of Loudoun at 703-777-9622.

Habitat in Western County Is Ready for Applicants

Habitat for Humanity has broken ground for its next home in western Loudoun County and is looking for qualified applicants to move in. Applicants must have a steady job, have lived or worked in Loudoun for at least a year and meet income range qualifications, which are $15,000 to $26,000 for an individual, $16,500 to $35,500 for a family of four, and $17,500 to $41,500 for a family of six.

Pet Shelter Gets Grant to Produce Video on Adoption

The Loudoun County Animal Shelter said it received a $19,500 grant from PetsMart Charities to make a 20-minute video about the most common reasons animals are returned. The video, "Your Love of a Lifetime," will be given to anyone who adopts a pet from the shelter.

An average of 11.4 percent of pets adopted from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter have been returned in each of the past five years, although in the last fiscal year the figure was 9.5 percent.

Loudoun Valley Seeks Funds To Laud Principals

Parents, students, teachers and alumni of Loudoun Valley High School are trying to raise $4,000 for a project to honor those who have served as the school's principals.

Loudoun Valley staff are preparing a wall outside the auditorium on which will hang framed portraits of former administrators Philip Boepple (1962-1966); George Atwell (1966-1970); Donald Larson (1970-1972); Gerald Shipp (1972-1991); and Kenneth Culbert (1991-2003). A portrait of the current principal, Gerald Black, will also be displayed.

Because of Shipp's love for reading, the library will be dedicated in his memory and an additional portrait will be placed there at a ceremony this fall.

Contributions can be sent to: Loudoun Valley High School, Principals' Portrait Project, ATTN: Randy Poland, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville, Va. 20132

Preservation Group Aids Effort to Save Paxton Estate

The Loudoun Restoration & Preservation Society has given the group Friends for Saving Paxton $4,000 to help save a Victorian manor and two outbuildings east of Ida Lee Park.

The group was formed in March to stop the sale and demolition of the 32-room Second Empire-style Carlheim Manor, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the surrounding 16.2-acre grounds.

Trustees of the Paxton estate have said through their attorney that they want to demolish the buildings for financial reasons. They want to sell the property and redirect the trust's funds, and they say the property would be worth more without the 1870s manor and stone outbuildings. They are suing the Town of Leesburg, alleging that the town improperly expanded its historic district to include the Paxton property.

Restored Train Station Returned to Purcellville

The Purcellville Preservation Association has agreed to turn over the restored Purcellville Train Station to the Town of Purcellville. The association acquired the building 10 years ago and has restored it as a branch of the Loudoun Museum that is open to the public.

The town paid $40,000 for the building and the association gave the town a $295,000 donation for the remaining assessed value.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD