Water Restrictions

Purcellville is keeping mandatory water restrictions in place, despite heavy rains over the last week that returned the water level in the town's reservoir to a half-foot below normal.

The Town Council voted Tuesday to maintain the restrictions until the reservoir is close to full or is overflowing. Residents cannot water lawns or wash cars, outside fountains must not operate, and restaurants cannot serve water unless customers request it.

The restrictions were enacted Oct. 4 after a line break caused the town's water supply to drop, on the heels of a record-dry September. This month, though, nearly seven inches of rain had fallen through Wednesday.

The town's Public Works Committee is slated to reassess the restrictions Oct. 24.

Fauquier Schools Meeting

The Fauquier County Public Schools Elementary Redistricting Committee will hold its first meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The committee was appointed in July by the School Board and given the task of revising the boundaries for Thompson and Coleman elementary schools. Coleman serves grades 2 through 5. Thompson, when it reopens next year after renovations, will serve kindergarten through fifth grade.

The committee will also consider crowding at four other Fauquier elementary schools: Bradley, Brumfield, Ritchie and Smith. The meeting is in the School Administration Conference Room, Alice Jane Childs Building, 320 Hospital Dr., Warrenton.

Halloween Safety Tips

Officers from the Leesburg Police Department will visit classrooms between Tuesday and Oct. 31 to teach local kindergartners how to trick-or-treat safely. Among the tips that officers will give are that kids should stay close to their parents and look both ways before crossing any street, said Sgt. Carl Maupin of the department's Community Services Division.

Students also will receive take-home pamphlets for their parents, reflective candy bags and glow bracelets to make them more visible to motorists. Call 703-771-4507 for information.

Arts Grants Offered

Oct. 25 is the preliminary deadline to apply for ArtShare, the Loudoun Arts Council's annual program that gives thousands of dollars to localnonprofit organizations.

Groups that apply will receive feedback from the council on their requests. Final applications are due Nov. 23, and winners are to be announced in mid-December. Grant applicants must demonstrate artistic merit and management skills and must be members of the Arts Council. They also have to complete at least one season of activities. Call 703-777-7838 for application information.

Rocketry Challenge

Hey, it really is rocket science. Team America Rocketry Challenge is seeking teams of middle and high school students to design, build and fly rockets in its annual competition, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.

The rocket must be launched to at least 800 feet, stay up for at least 45 seconds and land with its payload -- a raw egg -- undamaged. Winners split $60,000 in cash and bonds and have the chance to participate in rocketry programs through NASA.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 15. and the final competition is May 20 at Great Meadow in The Plains. Visit www.rocketcontest.org.

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