Safety Center Construction

Loudoun County broke ground Friday on a facility in South Riding that will, for the first time in the county, combine fire and rescue and law enforcement services in one location.

The Dulles South Public Safety Center, at Loudoun County Parkway and Tall Cedars Road, is expected to be completed by July. The center will include about 11,000 square feet for the county's fire, rescue and emergency management department and about 12,000 square feet for a Sheriff's Office substation. It will also have an 840-square-foot community room.

Several members of the Board of Supervisors, including Chairman Scott K. York (I), Vice Chairman Bruce E. Tulloch (R-Potomac) and Supervisor Stephen J. Snow (R-Dulles), Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson and Fire Chief Joseph E. Pozzo were among the county officials at the groundbreaking.

Easier Entrance Into Park

Visitors to Claude Moore Park in Sterling won't have to dodge traffic to take the park's Nature Entrance now that a turn lane on Cascades Parkway is being installed.

In the meantime, however, the Nature Entrance will be closed through Oct. 2. Visitors should use the Sportsplex Entrance at Loudoun Park Lane instead.

All park services are still available, housed temporarily at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum on Heritage Farm Lane. For information, call the visitors center at 703-444-1275.

Halloween Parade Set

There's less than a month to sign up to take part in the Leesburg Kiwanis Club's Halloween parade.

Those planning to enter floats or vehicles or to walk the route must register by Oct. 21 by calling 703-737-2175 or 703-771-1484, or by e-mailing suzannewright_va@adelphia.net.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 and run along King Street between Ida Lee Park and the Safeway. To honor the armed forces, members of the Virginia National Guard have been named grand marshals.

Commission Vacancies

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is seeking residents to fill vacancies on several county and regional committees, commissions and boards.

The following bodies need representatives:

Advisory Commission on Youth; Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board; Art Advisory Committee; Cable TV Advisory Committee; Commission on Aging; Commission on Women; Commuter Bus Advisory Board; Disability Services Board; Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Committee; Housing Advisory Committee; Library Board of Trustees; Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority; Open Space Advisory Committee; Road Viewers Board; and Woods Road Special Exception Oversight Committee.

For information about vacancies, call Denise Reyes at 703-771-5072. Information about each board, committee and commission is available at www.loudoun.gov/advisory.

Law Enforcement Support

You won't get to carry a badge, but you will get the good feeling of being a direct supporter of local law enforcement.

That's the message behind an appeal from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for new associate members of the Virginia Sheriff's Institute.

Tax-deductible contributions -- $20 for individuals and $40 for businesses -- fund training for deputies and scholarships for Loudoun public school students studying criminal justice at Virginia state universities.

The Sheriff's Office is mailing membership information this week, but interested individuals can also call 703-777-0407.

-- Compiled by

ARIANNE ARYANPUR