Workshop on Housing Grants

How to apply for a community development grant will be the focus of a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

The county's community-development block grants pay for local housing and development projects through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Grant projects can include providing affordable housing or revitalizing low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

The workshop will be held on the second floor of the Shenandoah Building, 102 Heritage Way NE, Leesburg. The deadline to apply for a grant is Dec. 16. For an application, call 703-777-0389, e-mail or visit

Museum Seeks County Photos

The Loudoun Museum is looking for photos -- of people, places and events -- for a book tracing the county's history in images. Pictures can be dropped off from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 16 Loudoun St. NW, Leesburg.

"The Lure of Loudoun: Centuries of Change in Virginia's Emerald County" will be written by Charles Poland, a history professor at Northern Virginia Community College, and Noel Grove, a reporter for National Geographic. It will be published in late 2006 to mark Loudoun's 250th anniversary in 2007.

It will be adapted from Poland's book "From Frontier to Suburbia: Loudoun County Virginia, One of America's Fastest Growing Counties," copies of which Poland will sign at the museum from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 703-777-7427 or e-mail

Sheriff Participates in Conference

Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson was one of more than 500 civic leaders, teachers and community service providers who took part in the White House's first Conference on Helping America's Youth.

Thursday's conference, hosted at Howard University by first lady Laura Bush, explored problems facing American children and offered ways to connect them to their families and communities.

The sheriff's community policing unit, established five years ago to identify problems and create partnerships, serves a similar purpose, Simpson said. The unit serves six Loudoun neighborhoods and will be expanded next year to serve the western part of the county.

York Named to Transit Panel

Scott K. York (I), chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, has been named by Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) to a commission that will seek ways to improve transportation in Virginia's urban areas.

The Transportation in Urbanized Areas Study Commission, which has 17 members, will look at "better transit and transportation solutions" in cities, Warner said. Those solutions may include incentive programs or getting rid of outdated policies or programs.

The commission is to report its findings and recommendations to the governor by Dec. 31.

Board Adopts School Calendar

On Tuesday, the Loudoun County School Board approved a calendar for the 2006-07 school year that begins Sept. 5, the day after Labor Day, and concludes June 19.

The schedule includes a winter break from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1.

The complete calendar of holidays and grading periods can be viewed online at

Heritage High Raises More Funds

A walkathon Oct. 21 at Heritage High School in Leesburg to benefit hurricane victims raised $6,300.

Students and staff walked the hallways to raise money for the American Red Cross. They also sold beignets, jambalaya and T-shirts. The fundraiser isn't the first for the school: Heritage held a spare-change and clothing drive and has contributed more than $10,000 to the Red Cross.

Time to Check Smoke Alarms

With today marking the end of daylight saving time, the Virginia Department of Fire Programs is reminding residents that it's also time to check batteries in smoke alarms.

"It's not enough to just have smoke alarms installed in your home. You have to make sure they are in working order," said Aubrey W. "Buddy" Hyde Jr., the department's executive director.

According to the department, households with non-working smoke alarms outnumber those with no smoke alarms, and smoke alarms fail most often because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries.


Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson took part in a youth conference hosted by Laura Bush.