School Consulting Deal Canceled

Fauquier County Superintendent J. David Martin said the school system and Moseley Architects have mutually canceled an agreement for consulting services for a bond referendum for the county's third high school.

The school system had planned to use the consultants to help explain the need for the school and the cost to taxpayers should the referendum pass in March.

"In order to maintain a clear line between education and advocacy and to avoid even the appearance of the school system's engaging in advocacy activities, the school system and Moseley agreed that the cancellation of the consulting services agreement was appropriate," the school system said in a news release.

In an effort to relieve crowding at Fauquier and Liberty high schools, the School Board decided last year to build another high school, which will probably be near Marshall or in New Baltimore. The cost of the 1,200-student school, expected to open in August 2007, is estimated at $46 million. Officials say that figure could change after design work is completed.

Hurricane Debris Waiver Extended

The fee waiver for residents bringing hurricane-related debris to the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility has been extended to Oct. 30.

The waiver covers debris such as wood, siding, roofing materials, tree limbs, branches and other yard waste.

Residents must give the landfill staff their name and address and sign a statement certifying that the waste is related to Hurricanes Ivan or Jeanne. Residents who hire someone to dispose of their debris must provide the same information. A form letter is available from the Office of Solid Waste Management and online at www.loudoun.gov/oswm/landfill.htm.

The landfill is at 20939 Evergreen Mills Rd. (Route 621), about four miles south of Leesburg, and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Man Says Shooting Was Accident

Leesburg police said they were investigating a shooting Monday evening in which a man said he accidentally discharged a .45-caliber handgun that killed his pet cat and struck him in the leg.

"The victim told the responding officer that he had recently cleaned the gun and he thought it was unloaded when he . . . pointed the gun in the general area of the foot of his bed where his cat was laying and pulled the trigger," police spokesman Jeff Dube said.

The 33-year-old man was taken to the Loudoun Hospital Center's emergency room at Lansdowne for treatment. No charges have been filed.

Police Giving Away Gun Locks

Leesburg police said free cable-style gunlocks provided by Project ChildSafe are available at the department's headquarters, 65 Plaza St. NE.

Electronic Equipment Recycling

Unwanted consumer electronic items can be taken for recycling Oct. 23 to the Telos Corp. parking lot at 19886 Ashburn Rd., near Route 7.

Items that will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. include computers and accessories such as a keyboard and mouse, laptop computers, USB backups, computer monitors, televisions, stereos, VCRs, DVD players, video game consoles, digital cameras, camcorders, cell phones, pagers, small desktop copiers, scanners, small desktop printers, fax machines, typewriters, adding machines, surge protectors and power cords.

There will be a $5 charge for USB backups, $8 for computer monitors, $12 for televisions and $20 for console televisions.

Items that will not be accepted include stereo speakers; kitchen, laundry and bath appliances including refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ovens, microwave ovens, toaster ovens, clothes washers and dryers, clothes irons, hair dryers, curling irons and electric razors; and large or stand-alone copiers, printers, scanners and fax machines.

There is a limit of 15 items per vehicle. A personal computer with mouse, keyboard and monitor combined will be considered one item. Anyone with more than 15 items should call the Loudoun County recycling hotline at 703-771-5318 or visit www.loudoun.gov/oswm/recycle/electronics.htm for recycling alternatives.

County Parks Director to Retire

Cynthia H. Welsh, director of Loudoun County's Parks, Recreation and Community Services since 1991, will retire Jan. 1, County Administrator Kirby M. Bowers said.

Welsh joined the county government in December 1969 as a secretary in the parks and recreation department and rose through the ranks, holding such positions as programmer, recreation supervisor and assistant director.

During her tenure, Loudoun County's parks and recreation system grew significantly, with the development of Claude Moore and Franklin parks, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Potomack Lakes Sportsplex and Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.

Youth Orchestra Holding Auditions

The Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra has openings for the 2004-05 season for musicians who play oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone and percussion instruments.

The orchestra is open to players 10 to 18 years old who have had a minimum of two years of private instruction or have participated in a school band or orchestra program for two years.

The orchestra meets weekly in Leesburg and performs three to four times a year. The conductor is Ron Dillard, an orchestra teacher at Herndon Middle and High schools in Fairfax County and principal violist for the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. Tuition is $300 a year; some scholarships are available.

The audition consists of a short solo, scales up to five flats and five sharps, and sight reading. Students must bring their own instrument. For more information or to arrange an audition, call 703-443-8170 or e-mail info@loudounsymphony.org.

Arts Instructors Needed

The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is seeking instructors for adult and children's art classes. Applicants must have experience teaching and a degree or an equivalent. They should send a letter outlining their qualifications and a resume to LAAF Art Instructor, 222 South King St., Leesburg, Va. 20175.

Holiday Group Seeks Space

The Community Holiday Coalition is looking for a new location for its annual holiday program after losing its distribution site in eastern Loudoun about two weeks ago. Last year, the coalition helped 850 families at Thanksgiving and 1,100 families during the December holidays.

Holiday Coalition coordinator Karen Velez said the group needs a building it can move into by the middle of this month and use until mid- to late January.

"We would then need storage for the remainder of the year for equipment and supplies," she said. "In the past, we have had approximately 30,000 square feet to work with, but we can consolidate and would like to look at any space over 10,000 square feet."

Anyone with available space can call Velez at 703-771-5718. For more information, visit www.loudoun.gov/dss/holiday.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD