Building in Honor of Hazel

George Mason University's board of visitors has voted to name the law school building after John T. "Til" Hazel Jr., a developer and prominent Fairfax County lawyer who lives in Broad Run.

Hazel, 74, whose association with the school dates back 50 years, led an effort to help George Mason acquire a law school in 1979, according to a statement from the school. The building, on Mason's Arlington County campus, will be known as John T. Hazel Jr. Hall.

"Til fought hard for the acquisition and accreditation of the law school in the face of considerable opposition throughout the state," Sidney Dewberry, a board member, said in a statement. "Over the years he has worked diligently in support of higher education. His influence among business leaders has resulted in a boon for George Mason and all of Virginia."

A formal dedication of the building is planned for the fall.

Raffle to Benefit Family

The Middleburg Bank branch on Fort Evans Road in Leesburg is sponsoring a raffle to benefit members of the Clare family of Leesburg who were injured in a car accident April 2 on the way to a Girl Scout event at Port Discovery in Baltimore.

MacKenzie Clare, 10, suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed her from the chest down, and her parents, Mark and Lisa, were severely injured. The family is home from the hospital, but MacKenzie needs extensive therapy.

The drawing will be held tomorrow for about 25 gift baskets worth more than $1,600. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and may be purchased at the bank. For more information, call Tiffany Humbert of Middleburg Bank at 703-777-6327, Ext. 3356.

Preservation Fund Set Up

The family of the late Peter M. Howard of Delaplane has set up a memorial fund within the Piedmont Community Foundation to benefit the preservation of historic property and open space in Loudoun and northern Fauquier counties.

Howard, a retired attorney for Mobil Oil Corp., died of melanoma in September. He was 62. He had lived in the Middleburg area since 1988 and was involved in various community activities, including the Heritage Area Association, the annual Civil War conference at the Middleburg Community Center, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and Middleburg Beautification and Preservation Inc.

A community foundation is a collection of charitable funds established by individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations that pool funds for leverage in investing.

The Piedmont Community Foundation said it expected to start receiving income from investments in the Howard fund and disbursing grants in fall 2006.

Hundreds of Cats Neutered

Nearly 400 cats were neutered for free through two programs offered in June by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Care and Control.

In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, all 71 cats adopted from the county animal shelter in June received the free surgery. Adoptions were up 31 percent over the previous year.

In addition, 10 local veterinarians offered free cat spay and neuter vouchers for county residents. The animal shelter distributed 313 vouchers.

The programs were funded through sales of Virginia "Animal Friendly" license plates.

The animal care department is planning similar spay and neuter programs for dogs during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month in October.

Park Board's New Director

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority board has hired Paul A. Gilbert, president of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, as its executive director. During his six years with the trust, Gilbert expanded its funding base, added environmental education programs and oversaw the conservation of more than 60 properties.

The authority's parks include Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, a working farm near Leesburg; Algonkian Regional Park; and the 45-mile W&OD trail from Arlington to Purcellville.

Committee on Public Art

The Leesburg Town Council adopted a resolution July 12 calling for the formation of a task force to study the feasibility of forming a public arts commission.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee should send a letter and resume by Aug. 3 to the Clerk of Council, 25 West Market St., P.O. Box 88, Leesburg, Va. 20178 or e-mail

On Aug. 9, the Town Council will select seven members -- two residents, two artists, an architect, a planner or developer and a business leader. Council members C. Kelly Burk and Melinda H. Kramer, a member of the Leesburg Economic Development Commission and an employee of the Leesburg Economic Development Department will also serve on the committee.