Chief Meteorologist Named

James E. Lee has been appointed chief meteorologist of the National Weather Service's office in Sterling. Lee replaces James Travers, who retired Sept. 3.

Lee will be responsible for providing weather warnings and forecasts as well as climate and water information to the Washington-Baltimore region and parts of West Virginia. His responsibilities also will include working with emergency management groups and the media and providing severe weather awareness, preparedness and safety education programs for the public.

Previously, Lee was chief of the fire and public weather branch of the climate, water and weather services office at NWS headquarters in Silver Spring.

Preservation Award

The Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for the 12th annual Loudoun History Awards, which honor people who have made a significant contribution to preserving Loudoun County's past.

Nomination letters should include a brief statement in support of the individual's accomplishments and be sent by Oct. 12 to Alexandra S. Gressitt, Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg, Va. 20176.

The awards ceremony will be held at the library Nov. 14. For more information, call 703-737-7195.

Nursing Program Donation

Broadlands Regional Medical Center plans to donate $100,000 to Shenandoah University on Tuesday to benefit the school's nursing program and pay for a full-time nursing professor at the school's Northern Virginia campus in Leesburg.

HCA Corp. plans to open the Broadlands center in eastern Loudoun in 2007. It will be Loudoun's second hospital.

'Yappy' Happy Hour

A "yappy" happy hour for dogs and their owners will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Marriott Pavilion at Dulles International Airport.

There will be munchies, a cash bar for the humans and doggie treats and other goodies for the canines.

The event is sponsored by Hinge, Total Strategy and Canine Caterers, and proceeds will benefit the Homeless Animal Rescue Team.

The cost is $30 for owners; dogs are free. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-378-9655 or send an e-mail to kguarino@studiohinge.com.

-- Compiled by DIANE L. MATTINGLY and LESLIE SHEPHERD