Sterling Man Killed in Car Accident

A Sterling man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday night, and Loudoun County sheriff's investigators said speed and alcohol may have been factors.

Elmer H. Mejia, 19, was traveling north on Sterling Boulevard near West Ivy Road just before 8 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his 1994 two-door Honda Civic and struck a tree, the Sheriff's Office said. Mejia, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle. He was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died.

Witnesses said that the vehicle appeared to be going faster than the posted speed limit and that there were no other vehicles nearby when the crash occurred. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call J.M. McClintic of the traffic safety unit at 703-771-5798.

Leadership Loudoun Taking Applications

Wednesday is the deadline to apply for the class of 2005 of Leadership Loudoun, a nonprofit organization that engages current and emerging leaders to work together to serve Loudoun County. For more information call 703-771-5511 or visit

Fellowship Offered to Young Artists

The Waterford Foundation is seeking applications for the $2,500 Florence Kiley Fellowship, which is awarded each year to a Loudoun County artist who has just graduated or is entering his or her senior year of high school.

The award, named after a late teacher and dean in Loudoun schools, is intended to provide young artists time and opportunity to explore their talents. The prize money may be used for study at any institution or with any teacher.

Entries are limited to two works per artist and must be submitted to the Corner Store in Waterford on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The works must be ready to hang with screw eyes and wires attached. Entries will be exhibited at this year's Waterford Fair on Oct. 1-3.

Other artists and photographers throughout the region are also invited to enter their work in the 61st Annual Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit, the oldest juried crafts fair in the state. The fair includesan art exhibit and a photography exhibit, both of which offer awards.

For a complete prospectus and entry form, and for more information on the art and photography exhibits, call the Waterford Foundation at 540-882-3085 or 540-882-3018.

Naturalist Center to Close for Cleaning

The Smithsonian Institution's Naturalist Center in Leesburg will be closed from Tuesday through Sept. 14 for its annual cleaning and care of its collection.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD