Open Space Additions

Montgomery County officials have acquired four additional properties under the Legacy Open Space program, spending nearly $5 million to preserve areas in Kensington, Beallsville, Olney and Potomac.

These four properties increase to 17 the number of sites protected under the program; more than 2,800 acres have been preserved.

The new sites are the following:

* Capitol View Park Heritage Site in Kensington: Three acres were purchased for $2.3 million in the Capitol View Park Historic District, a 19th-century community built along the B&O Railroad. The property, located on Capitol View Avenue, surrounds a historic bungalow.

* Darby House and Store, Beallsville: The two historic structures, along with 26 acres at Darnestown and Beallsville roads, were purchased for $670,000. Officials said they will look for a private developer to renovate the store and house.

* Rachel Carson Conservation Park Extension, Olney: A 50.6-acre site was purchased for $170,000 to protect the water supply.

* Serpentine Barrens, Potomac: Officials paid the third installment of $1.7 million for 50.2 acres in the Serpentine Barrens on Piney Meetinghouse Road. The county now owns 200 acres of the 258-acre site, which is the largest remaining block of forest that sits on an outcrop of serpentine bedrock. The county is purchasing the property for $9 million in five installments through 2006.

New Rockville Manager

Scott Ullery has been named the new city manager for Rockville.

Ullery, 53, had served as the deputy county administrator in Santa Barbara County in California since 1997. Before that, he worked for 18 years with the city of Tucson, Ariz., including three years as assistant city manager.

Ullery replaces W. Mark Pentz, who resigned to become city manager of Chandler, Ariz. Catherine Tuck Parrish, the city's assistant city manager, has served as acting city manager since January.

Ullery, who will be paid $160,000, will start his job at the end of the month.

Rec Dept. Accreditation

The Montgomery County Department of Recreation has received national accreditation after an extensive evaluation process that lasted several years.

The accreditation was announced last month by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) .

"I've always believed that Montgomery County has one of the finest parks and recreation programs in the nation," County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) said in a statement. "This much-deserved accreditation only affirms that fact and assures our residents that their tax dollars are being wisely spent."