Missing Girl Found Safe
A 16-year-old girl who had been missing since July 6 from the Graydon Manor psychiatric facility in Leesburg was found safe in Leesburg on Monday evening, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office had said that Katlyn Michelle Schlosser had a medical condition that made it vital that she be found.
Pedestrian Safety Changes
The Town of Leesburg has installed its first raised crosswalk in the northeast quadrant of town, on Marshall Drive NE, east of Autumn Willow Way NE.
The raised crosswalk is designed to slow motorists and improve safety for pedestrians and students at Leesburg Elementary School.
In addition to the crosswalk, handicap ramps and road striping, there are signs warning of new traffic patterns. Flashing school zone signs showing "15 mph" are expected to be operating on Marshall Drive NE at Catoctin Circle NE and at Plaza Street NE when the school year begins.
Donation for Conference
Gary Martell of Carter Braxton Real Estate Co. in Leesburg donated $2,400 to the Leesburg Police Department to pay for four students to attend the Commonwealth Youth Conference for Leadership Effectiveness this summer at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
The program is run by the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation and funded by local governments and corporate donations.
Antiques Store Moving
Penny Lane Antiques & Gifts is moving its main store from downtown Leesburg to Charlottesville. Penny Latham opened the store in 2002 in an 1860s home and sold mid-20th-century antiques, home furnishings, gifts, books, music and jewelry. The house is now for sale.
Latham's husband, Joe, retired this year from the guitar-repair business he owned for 35 years. They are moving to White Stone, Va., where they have had a home for more than 20 years and where Penny Latham this year opened a second Penny Lane store. In the fall, the Lathams plan to open Paperback Writer, a coffee bar and bookstore, in White Stone.
Penny Lane Antiques & Gifts of Charlottesville will be managed by their daughter Daphne Latham.
Grants for Clerk's Office
The clerk's office of the Loudoun Circuit Court has received two historic-preservation grants totaling $42,399 from the Library of Virginia.
Court Clerk Gary M. Clemens said one grant would pay for a security system in the historic-records research room and the other would fund efforts to preserve chancery court cases from the late 1700s to the early 1900s.
Loudoun County has court records dating to its origin in 1757, when Lord Fairfax provided a land grant to the Earl of Loudoun. Loudoun is one of only a handful of Circuit Court clerk's offices in Virginia that possess historical records dating back to their origin. Many courts lost records during the Civil War.
The old papers are stored in envelopes and must be folded for insertion in the envelopes. Each time the brittle papers are removed, there is a risk they will crack or tear. Preservation efforts include removing the papers, unfolding them and inserting the flattened papers into acid-free file folders for long-term retention.
The first floor of the Warrenton Library, which houses the Virginiana Room and adult fiction and nonfiction, will be closed for about four weeks starting in mid-August.
Access to the adult collection and some services will be limited. Other services, such as Internet access and some reference and Virginiana materials, will be available across the street in the John Barton Payne Building during regular library hours.
Library materials may be returned to the drop boxes anytime and to the Children's Room when the library is open. Holds on materials may be placed online at http://library.fauquiercounty.gov, and renewals may be made online or by calling 540-347-6854.
Carver School Ceremonies
The Friends of the Carver Center is looking for people who attended George Washington Carver School when it was Purcellville's segregated school for black students from 1948 to 1968 to invite them to ceremonies marking the site's reopening as a senior center.
The group is also looking for photos, yearbooks and other materials to display or copy.
For more information, call Mattie Lassiter at 540-338-7160.
Parks Official Named
Steve Torpy has been named assistant director of the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.
Torpy joined the department in 1997 as manager of Claude Moore Park in Sterling. He was promoted to division manager of parks in 2001. Since 2004, he has been division manager of parks and sports.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD