Grant to Aid Purcellville

The town of Purcellville has received a $10,000 leadership initiative grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support public hearings on historical preservation and restoration issues related to downtown revitalization.

Historic Sites Get Funds

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services received $211,000 from the Virginia Department of Transportation under the federal Transportation Enhancement Program to help restore two county-owned historic properties. The VDOT board approved $111,000 for preservation of Mount Zion Church and $100,000 for the Stone House at Harper Park.

Mount Zion, built in 1851 on Route 50 east of Route 15, served as a field hospital for both forces during the Civil War. The Stone House, built by Elias Jenkins in 1822 along the heavily traveled Ox Road (now Route 7), has been a tavern, a personal residence and gift shop. The house was moved in 1996 to make way for development and is now located on the north side of Route 7, just east of Leesburg.

Participate in First Night

Artists, performers and others, especially those from Loudoun and from Loudoun schools, interested in taking part in First Night Leesburg are asked to contact the celebration's entertainment committee, by mail at First Night Leesburg, P.O. Box 203, Leesburg, Va., 20178; by phone at 703-777-6306; or by e-mail at

University's New Official

Kathleen M. Burke of Ashburn has been hired by Marymount University as its first assistant vice president for adult and continuing education. Her responsibilities include oversight and development of the university's Loudoun Academic Center and Office of Corporate Outreach.

Burke comes to Marymount from Georgia Southern University, where she was the founding dean of continuing education and public service. From 1999 to 2001, she was associate dean for undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland at College Park.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD