Auditions for Choral Group

The Master Singers of Virginia, an a cappella ensemble, is holding auditions for one tenor and one bass for its 10th season. To schedule an audition, call the group's president, Diana Manfredi, at 571-213-6306. For more information, visit www.msva.org.

Music to be performed this season includes Frank Martin's "Mass for Double Choir," Francis Poulenc's "Four Motets for Christmas" and "Chansons Francaises," Heinrich Schutz's "Musikalische Exequien" and music of Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. The Master Singers will also perform a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols at Christmas, based on services at King's College in England.

Grant to Aid Fire Education

The Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue Services received a $9,000 grant from Allstate Insurance Co. to buy a "hazard house," a tabletop model of a home that will be used to give demonstrations on identifying and removing fire hazards.

The department said it expects to take the house to schools, day-care facilities, community centers, senior citizen groups, after-school clubs and health and safety fairs.

Purcellville to Get Station

The Purcellville Preservation Association has agreed to turn the restored Purcellville Train Station over to the town of Purcellville. The association acquired the building from a family 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.

Loudoun Museum Fills Post

The Loudoun Museum has appointed Eric Larson as director of curatorial services.

Larson comes from the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, where he researched and developed a permanent exhibit, "The Country People."

He has also worked at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; the Sherwood Forest Plantation, the home of John Tyler, the 10th U.S. president; and the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum Foundation in Illinois.

Drive for School Supplies

The Loudoun County Department of Social Services, the United Way and nonprofit human services agencies are collecting school supplies for children in low-income families.

Shoppers can leave donations in marked boxes and shopping carts at Giant and Safeway grocery stores, Rite Aid stores, the Leesburg Pharmacy and the Sonak family practice in Sterling.

Students need book bags, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, No. 2 pencils, loose-leaf three-ring paper, scissors (round end), rulers, crayons, composition books, pocket folders, facial tissues, plastic storage bags and liquid soap. For more information, call 703-771-5718.

Vote Counters Sought

The Loudoun County Electoral Board is looking for seven or eight people to count ballots in the Central Absentee Precinct on Election Day, Nov. 2.

The hours are 6 a.m. until about 9 p.m., when all of the votes have been counted, election materials packed and results phoned to the Electoral Board.

This precinct is different from other polling places because workers do not deal with the public and work in small groups of four.

The pay is $100 plus $15 for training in September or October. Many employers view this as community service and will give employees the day off.

Application forms can be obtained by calling 703-777-0548 or visiting www.loudoun.gov/government/officers.htm. Mail the form to Electoral Board, P.O. Box 31, Leesburg, Va. 20178. Exhibit B, the oath, must be notarized. Exhibit C, the Virginia and federal tax forms, must be completed.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

From left, Mike Sanders of Allstate Insurance; Leesburg Allstate agent John Bennett; Joy Dotson, public education manager for the Department of Fire and Rescue Services; and Roy Dunseith of the Leesburg Allstate agency.