Fire in Lovettsville destroys single-family house

A single-family house in Lovettsville was destroyed in a fire Sunday afternoon, the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office said.

Fire and rescue units responded to reports of a house fire on Anita’s Lane about 2:30 p.m.

There were no injuries reported. Two adult residents were displaced and are staying with friends, fire officials said.

The fire is under investigation to determine the cause. The loss of the house has been estimated at $1 million.

America Recycles Dayobserved in Loudoun

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Thursday as America Recycles Day in the county.

The annual event emphasizes the importance of recycling and increasing the demand for recycled products.

Loudoun continues to improve its recycling rate each year. Last year, Loudoun increased its recycling rate by 1.2 percent, recycling more than 97,000 tons of material, county officials said. More than 78 percent of the materials were bottles, glass, paper, plastic and cans collected through residential and business recycling programs.

County government employees also participate in the effort. In the past year, employees recycled more than 100 tons of cardboard and paper, as well as plastic, metal and glass containers, the county said.

Tips to increase recycling in the home and workplace include:

→Contact a recycling collector, homeowners association or town government to find out what can be put into recycling containers.

→Residents who do not have curbside service or a recycling bin should consider recycling materials at one of the 11 drop-off centers in the county or contacting an approved collector to pick up the material.

→Go to and to learn about recycling materials such as batteries, textbooks, oil, antifreeze, electronics, fluorescent bulbs and clothing.

→Encourage workplaces that do not recycle to explore the resources offered by the Department of Construction and Waste Management.

Loudoun educator namedtop driver education teacher

Peggie Tyree, chairman of the Tuscarora High School health and physical education department, has been named the 2012-13 Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety Teacher of the Year.

Tyree has been involved in all aspects of driver education at Tuscarora. She took a leadership role last past year by mentoring teachers from Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun counties while they were enrolled in driver education endorsement classes, Loudoun school officials said.

Tyree graduated from Lynchburg College with a bachelor of science in physical education and health. She received a master’s in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in integrating technology in schools, from George Mason University.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson