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More Loudoun County government senior managers are on their way to New Orleans as part of Northern Virginia's regional response to Hurricane Katrina.
Assistant Chief Jack Brown of the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services and John Pumphrey, assistant director of the information technology department, arrived Wednesday at the New Orleans Emergency Operations Center.
They were scheduled to be joined Friday by Roger Biraben, division director for mental health and substance abuse in the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; Kevin Johnson, coordinator of the office of emergency management; and Don McGarry, chief of the public works division in the general services department.
The five Loudoun representatives are part of a municipal management support team of officials from Loudoun, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties and the City of Alexandria.
Two Loudoun animal control officers are working in and around Waveland and Biloxi, Miss., helping to secure and collect dangerous dogs. Janette Reever and Jeanette Farrell were part of a four-person team from the Department of Animal Care and Control that delivered veterinary supplies to the area. The two other members of the team, Aaron Wheatley and Adrienne Lawson, have returned.
Office Workers Sought
The Good Shepherd Alliance is seeking volunteer office workers to help with the influx of Katrina victims. Call 703-887-5772 or 703-433-2631.
School Meets Challenge
Gary Newell of Buccaneer Computer Systems and Service Inc. in Warrenton made a deal with the company's partner school, C. Hunter Ritchie Elementary in New Baltimore, that if students raised $1,000 for hurricane relief, the company would donate $50,000.
"We asked the school what was their best ever as far as raising money for a relief effort because we wanted them to work on more," Newell said. The most Ritchie had raised was $800 for victims of the December tsunami.
Ritchie students and staff met Buccaneer's challenge almost immediately -- the day after Principal Lee Bell announced the $1,000 challenge, students contributed $1,308. By Sept. 9, the school had raised $9,025.34.
Flag Football Fundraiser
The student council at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, which has enrolled one student from New Orleans, is holding a flag football tournament today to raise funds to benefit the relief effort. Teams of students, faculty and other staff members will compete beginning at 2 p.m. Participants must donate money to play and can collect donations from others. The student council will match student contributions dollar for dollar, and Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer has offered to match funds raised by faculty and staff.
School Supply Collection
Loudoun Country Day School is collecting school supplies and backpacks for hurricane evacuees attending school in Jackson, Miss., and invites community members to bring donations to the school tomorrow. A truck carrying the supplies will leave Tuesday for Jackson. 237 Fairview St. NW, Leesburg. 703-777-3841.
Red Cross Relief Day
The American Red Cross is holding Hurricane Katrina Relief Day in Old Town Warrenton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission of $5 (maximum $25 per family) includes music, mimes, clowns, face-painting, raffles, food and more. 540-349-2516.
Vegas Time Associates of Sterling and the Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel will hold a Katrina Kasino fundraiser from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Players will purchase "funny money" for blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas Hold 'Em by check, made out to a charity of their choice. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction. For more information or to donate to the auction, call 571-283-1561, fax 703-444-8636 or e-mail KatrinaKasino@aol.com.
Dealers are volunteering their time and tips, and the Oakleaf Restaurant at the Marriott will donate 15 percent of its proceeds that night.
Concert to Raise Money
Potomac Falls High School will hold a concert featuring student and alumni bands at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to raise money for the American Red Cross. Tickets are $5 and will be available through the school or at the door. 46400 Algonkian Pkwy. 703-444-7542.
Church Plans Fall Festival
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a fall festival from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 to raise money for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's disaster response to aid hurricane survivors. There will be food, music, arts and crafts, a barn dance and more. Rain or shine. 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. 703-777-1008.
Giant Food Donations
Giant Food and its sister companies are donating $1 million to the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Giant is also accepting donations from customers.
Concert of Local Bands
Spanky's Shenanigans in Leesburg is hosting a benefit concert featuring local bands Saturday. Proceeds will go to America's 9/11 Foundation Inc., which has already sent relief supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. The concert is at 3 p.m., 538 E. Market St., Leesburg. Donations can be made online at www.americas911foundation.org.
A Tasty Way to Donate
South Street Under bakery and deli in Leesburg is selling New Orleans-theme food and donating a dollar from each purchase to the American Red Cross, said manager Beth Reed. The menu includes bourbon bread pudding; chicken, shrimp and sausage gumbo; ciabattou pockets; and bourbon pecan pie. 205 South St. SE, Leesburg.
Restaurant Job Listing
Terrance Caugh, owner of 321 Ashland in Ashburn, has started www.restaurantjobsforyou.org, a Web site that advertises restaurant jobs for hurricane victims. It features jobs for servers, cooks and managers in the Washington area as well as in New Jersey, California and Rhode Island.
At 321, "We've already hired a fellow who starts next week," Caugh said.
Firm Urges Teleworking
AeroAstro Inc., an Ashburn-based satellite and space systems company, is urging employees to telework, or work over the Internet, at least once a week to save gasoline in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Free Child Safety Seats
The Virginia Department of Health is offering free safety seats for eligible children moving to Virginia because of Hurricane Katrina. The seats will be available under the state's low-income safety seat distribution and education program until February. For eligibility requirements and to find a local distribution site, call 800-732-8333 or visit www.safetyseatva.org.
-- Compiled by
and ARIANNE ARYANPUR