Council Member Resigns

Purcellville Town Council member Carolyn "Susie" Windham resigned effective Nov. 1. Windham, who was elected in July 2002 for a four-year term, has been liaison to the town Planning Commission, a member of the finance committee, chairman of the economic development committee and the town's representative for the Main Street Loudoun program.

Robbery at Red Cross

The Loudoun County Chapter of the American Red Cross on South King Street was robbed Nov. 10 or 11 of a television, a floor safe, credit cards and an undisclosed amount of money.

Carol Barbe, chief executive of the chapter, said the front door was forced open as was an interior office where the safe was located.

"Someone must have seen the safe in there" Barbe said. "We deal with a lot of people coming in and out, and the public is in here quite a bit learning life-saving techniques.

"We have a very small office here. It is very sad because we would help anyone if they needed something and they just took it away from someone in need."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Leesburg Police Department at 703-771-4500.

Scouts Collect Food

Boy Scouts collected 78,817 pounds of food in Loudoun County for donation to charities helping needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This represents a 41 percent, or 22,747-pound, increase over the 2003 Scouting for Food collections.

On Saturday, 32 Cub Scout packs, 20 Boy Scout troops and the local Order of the Arrow chapter collected 4,313 pounds of food for Messiah's Market, 16,803 pounds for LINK Inc. and 57,701 pounds for the Community Holiday Coalition.

Disaster Preparedness

The American Red Cross has donated Masters of Disaster Safety Preparedness kits to the Loudoun County Public Library system. The kits teach children how to prevent, prepare for and respond to a disaster in their home, school or community.

Jack and Jill Cotillion

Forty African American high school students from Virginia, Maryland and the District will participate Nov. 27 in the biannual cotillion sponsored by the Reston chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc.

The 6 p.m. rites of passage ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Reston honors the achievements and the promise of the youths as they pass into adulthood. In preparation for the cotillion , the young men and women have participated in a series of workshops and activities focusing on developing leadership skills and promoting personal growth.

The theme this year is, "Tomorrow's Leaders . . . Today." Debbi Jarvis, manager of media relations at Pepco and a former reporter at WRC-TV, will be a co-host, presenting the debutantes. Del Walters, a former anchor and investigative reporter at WJLA-TV, will present the beaus.

JoAnn Jenkins, president of the Reston Jack and Jill chapter, said the cotillion is a major fundraising event to support the National Jack and Jill Foundation and local scholarships for college-bound youth.

Jack and Jill of America Inc., founded in 1938, is a national organization of African American mothers made up of more than 200 chapters to provide educational, cultural, civic, recreation and social programs for their children.

Streets to Require Permits

Effective Dec. 1, vehicles parked at night on certain streets in the Carrvale neighborhood of Leesburg will need to display a parking permit or be issued a parking citation.

The streets affected are: Appletree Drive from Cherry Lane east of Plaza Street and south of Birch Street; Birch Street west of Appletree Drive and East of Cherry Lane; and Cherry Lane south of Birch Street and north of Edwards Ferry Road.

Only residents living in those areas and those with a valid visitor permit will be allowed to park on these streets between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Parking permits may be obtained at the Town of Leesburg Finance Department, 25 West Market Street, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-- Compiled by Leslie Shepherd and Stephen C. Fehr