Simms Renovations Blocked

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has upheld a ruling blocking renovations to the historic Simms House in Waterford.

The Simms house, which is believed to have been built in 1911, was occupied for more than half a century by Lizzie Simms and her family. She was an assistant teacher at the nearby Second Street School for black children. She raised her son in the home and took in other children in need.

The house has never had electricity, indoor plumbing or a heating system. Because of a previous unfinished renovation, parts of the house have been exposed to the elements for about three years.

The current owners wanted to build a 2,000-foot addition and two-car garage on the one-quarter-acre lot at 40153 Janney St. Opponents said the size of the proposed addition would engulf the 1,350-foot house.

Loudoun's Historic District Review Committee denied the owners' petition to make the renovations in July, a decision upheld Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors in a 6 to 2 vote, with one abstention.

Patient Training Simulators

The Loudoun County paramedic program is one of 15 emergency medical services training programs in Virginia that will receive patient training simulators that both look and respond like real patients.

"The simulators test the clinical and decision-making skills of EMS providers during realistic patient-care scenarios," said Robert B. Stroube, state health commissioner.

Skills that can be practiced on the $32,600 simulators include accessing airways swollen from allergic reactions; taking blood pressure, pulse and respiratory readings; monitoring heart rhythms; inserting stomach, bladder and windpipe tubes; and using defibrillators.

Boxwoods Given to Oatlands

Oatlands Plantation will receive 186 boxwoods this month to restore three terraces under the English oak inside the walled garden.

The plants were paid for by the Garden Club of Virginia, which also donated 150 boxwoods last year that were planted on the parterre, an ornamental garden area in which flower beds and paths form a pattern.

Oatlands has hundreds of English and American boxwoods on its grounds, but the English ones do not do well in this climate.

Possible Funds for Charity

The House Appropriations Committee has included $250,000 for the Good Shepherd Alliance in the annual spending bill that finances the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.).

The full House is expected to vote on the bill this fall. The Good Shepherd Alliance operates homeless shelters, a thrift store and other services in Loudoun County.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD