Residents invited to meet informally with sheriff

Sheriff Mike Chapman will continue a series of informal meetings with Loudoun County residents to answer questions and discuss public safety concerns.

In the spirit of the holidays, Loudoun residents are invited to have coffee, candy canes and conversation with Chapman in Hillsboro and Ashburn. In addition to public safety issues, Chapman said he will discuss the sheriff’s office’s recent accomplishments and other topics of interest.

The next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Stoneybrook Organic Farm, 37091 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. Another will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Coney Island Diner, 44121 Harry Byrd Hwy., Ashburn.

For information on upcoming meetings, go to, sign up for Alert Loudoun or follow the sheriff’s office on Facebook and Twitter.

Guide tells where to find fresh trees, holiday plants

The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development is offering “The 2012 Guide to Trees, Greens and Holiday Floral Products.”

“Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys” lists 15 Christmas tree farms and four retail outlets where residents can choose and cut their own trees, buy evergreen wreaths and roping or choose a poinsettia for the holiday season.

The guide includes a map showing farm locations and hours of operation, Christmas tree care and recycling tips, and information on holiday events in the county.

To request a copy of the guide, go to or call 703-777-0426.

Guides are also available at county library branches and community centers and at the Visit Loudoun office in Leesburg.

Classes advise parents on computer safety for kids

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is continuing a series of classes titled “Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know.” The two-part course will help introduce parents to basic Internet safety and advanced techniques to help keep children safe while they are online and using other technologies.

The course is intended for parents only because of its graphic content. Classes will be offered at:

→7 p.m. Tuesday at Woodgrove High School (Part 1).

→7. p.m. Wednesday at Woodgrove High School (Part 2).

→7 p.m. Dec. 10 at John Champe High School (Part 2).

→7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Mercer Middle School (Part 2).

ComputerCop, a software program that allows parents to view and permanently delete potentially harmful images and information that have been downloaded on a home computer, will be available at the classes.

Copies of the ComputerCop program will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations:

→The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building, 880 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg.

→The Dulles South Public Safety Center 25216 Loudoun Pkwy., South Riding.

→The Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 East Frederick Dr., Sterling.

→The University Station, 45299 Research Pl., Suite 100, Ashburn.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson