Leach Leaves Zoning Panel

William S. Leach is retiring from the Loudoun County Board of Zoning Appeals, effective immediately, for health reasons, the board has announced. Leach, a former chairman of the Board of Supervisors, has been a member of the zoning appeals board for 20 years, 19 as vice chairman.

Leach's departure follows the retirement in June of board Chairman E. Frank Myers.

Members of the board, a quasi-judicial body, are appointed by the Loudoun County Circuit Court. Anyone interested in either vacancy should send a letter and resume by Sept. 21 to Judges James H. Chamblin, Thomas D. Horne, Burke F. McCahill and Jeffrey W. Parker, Loudoun County Circuit Court, PO Box 550, Leesburg, Va. 20178.

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the Circuit Court to appoint two alternate members as well.

He'll Lead Symphony Board

Alex Mai of Ashburn, general manager of Hampton Inn & Suites Leesburg, has been elected president of the Loudoun Symphony Association's board of directors.

Mai, who was born and raised in Italy, moved to the United States in 1995. He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Siena in Italy and is a flutist with extensive performing experience, including at the prestigious Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Mai is also on the Loudoun County Visitors Association's board of directors, is a member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and served on the United Way Executive Committee.

Bicyclist Injured by Truck

A bicyclist was critically injured Thursday when he was struck by a box truck near the Loudoun-Fairfax border, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said. It was the third serious accident in two weeks in Loudoun involving a bicycle and a vehicle.

The cyclist, Jose Santos Montoya Henriquez, 21, of Herndon, was riding his mountain bike on Oakgrove Road in Sterling shortly after 6 a.m. when he was hit by a 2000 Isuzu truck making a left turn into a business complex in the 110 block of Oakgrove Road, the sheriff's office said. Henriquez was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

On Aug. 24, a man riding his mountain bike was struck by a vehicle and fatally injured when he rode from the W&OD trail into Route 704. Two days later, an Ashburn teenager riding his mountain bike on the trail was killed after he went through a stop sign at Ivandale Road and hit the side of a commercial truck.

Thursday's accident is under investigation.

Grants for Preservation

The Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society is accepting applications for its annual grants program for nonprofit organizations that work to preserve Loudoun's history by preserving structures and artifacts, researching significant events or documenting past county events.

The society has awarded more than $650,000 to 50 nonprofit organizations in Loudoun. Last year's recipients included the George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor; the Lincoln Preservation Foundation, for the restoration of Grace Church; Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum; Oatlands Plantation; the Paeonian Springs Council; and Union Cemetery.

Applications are due by Sept. 30 and are available at www.PreserveLoudoun.org or by calling 703-777-6866.

Discounted Pet Adoption

The Loudoun County animal shelter is offering a discount of 50 percent on adoption fees for people who join its Gray Whiskers Club and adopt a dog or cat that is at least 7 years old.

New pet owners will also receive a senior starter kit consisting of a free initial veterinary visit, pet food, food and water bowls, and a dog collar and leash or cat litter box, scoop and cat carriers.

The shelter is also offering assistance to senior citizens who are interested in adopting an older pet but are unsure if they can handle it alone. The shelter will provide transportation to and from vet visits, assist with temporary pet care if the owner is ill or incapacitated and help pay for emergency medical care.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

Alex Mai of Ashburn has been named president of the Loudoun Symphony Association's board of directors.