Ornaments Sought for Tree

The Town of Leesburg is seeking ornaments to decorate the Capitol Christmas tree. For the first time, Virginia is providing the tree, a 70-foot red spruce from Highland County, that will adorn the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The tree will be on display at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Nov. 14 before it is brought to Washington. Town officials will present the ornaments to the delegation accompanying the tree.

Ornaments will be chosen from three age groups: 10 and younger, 11 to 17 and 18 and older. Participants must live in Leesburg. The ornaments should reflect the theme "From Leesburg, Virginia" and reflect the town's agriculture, wildlife and historical or natural resources. The ornaments should be made of lightweight, durable and water-resistant materials; be 9 to 12 inches in size; have 12 to 15 inches of heavy gauge (20 gauge or higher) wire attached; be made of reflective, colorful materials; and feature three-dimensional effects and a large, easy-to-view design.

The deadline to submit ornaments is the close of business Nov. 1. Registration forms may be obtained at www.idalee.org or at the recreation center. For more information, call 703-737-7157.

Committee Vacancies

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking residents to serve on a committee to work with county staff and the Planning Commission to draft technical changes to the zoning ordinance.

The committee will have 11 members: seven familiar with zoning ordinances, two not necessarily zoning experts, one appointed by the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission and one appointed by the Rural Economic Development Council.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee should send a resume by Oct. 22 to Leesburg District Supervisor James E. Clem, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 1 Harrison St. SE, Fifth Floor, PO Box 7000, Leesburg, Va. 20177-7000, or by e-mail to jclem1@loudoun.gov.

Safety Center Land Sought

Loudoun County is looking for property in the Route 7-Route 28 area on which to build a public safety complex that will have a fire and rescue station and a regional sheriff's office. Voters approved $8.8 million for the project in a referendum in November 2002.

Va. Funds for EMS Services

The Virginia Department of Health has distributed $3.2 million this fiscal year for emergency medical services, including $99,566 to Loudoun County and $32,141 to Fauquier County.

The funds come from a motor vehicle registration fee collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles and must be used for training volunteer or career EMS workers and for buying equipment or supplies for nonprofit EMS agencies.

Heart Monitors Donated

Loudoun Healthcare Inc. has donated about 80 heart monitors to Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. Students will use the monitors in physical education classes to track heart rates. The use of the monitors is part of Loudoun County's anti-obesity program.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD