Night Work to Close Lane

A section of Main Street in Purcellville will be limited to one lane overnight this week as town crews continue to install a new sewer line between the library and the town office. Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Once the main sewer line is installed, construction will begin along 20th and Main streets to switch the old sewer flow to the new line. Traffic delays are expected.

The sewer project is expected to be completed this fall.

Teen Center Raises Funds

Purcellville's teen center, which has struggled financially since opening in March, has raised enough money to continue its after-school programs for teens through April. The COPE Teen Center -- the acronym stands for Community Organization for Prevention Education -- brought in $22,000 at a Sept. 24 fundraiser, and officials hope community support will keep alive the center's mission to reduce substance abuse and violence among teens.

First Aid by Phone

Thanks to a state grant, the Warrenton-Fauquier Joint Communications Center will soon be able to talk 911 callers through emergency first aid while paramedics are en route.

The center received a grant of $14,620 from the Virginia Department of Health. Center director Timothy P. McMenamin said the funds are earmarked for establishing an "emergency medical pre-arrival instruction" system.

When an emergency call comes into a county 911 center, rescue personnel are quickly dispatched in response. The new system will allow a dispatcher, while crews are on the way, to provide step-by-step instruction on medical actions the caller can take to assist an ailing person.

The system should be up and running by Jan. 1, McMenamin said. This is the first time the center has applied for the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund matching grant, he said.

-- Compiled by

ARIANNE ARYANPUR