Emergency communication workers to be recognized

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is recognizing April 14 to 20 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week with a proclamation from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the county Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management.

The week is set aside by Congress and celebrated by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International and the National Emergency Number Association. It pays tribute to those who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and offer lifesaving assistance.

Special education panel to have town hall April 18

The Loudoun County public schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee will have a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Loudoun schools administrative offices, 21000 Education Ct., Ashburn.

The meeting is for parents and students with Individual Education Plans or 504s who would like to comment about the special education process. Written and public comments, limited to three minutes each, are welcome. For privacy reasons, comments should not include student and teacher names or the name of the school the student attends.

A panel will respond after every third public comment. The panel includes Loudoun schools director of special education Mary Kearney, elementary special education supervisor Rick Berry, secondary special education supervisor Heather Cleary, director of diagnostic services John Lody and Parent Resource Center educator Allyson Pate.

Interpreters for the hearing-impaired and Spanish speakers will be available. Anyone requesting those services should call 571-252-1011 at least five days before the meeting.

Rain barrel workshops for Leesburg residents

The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, in a partnership with the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission, is hosting four rain barrel workshops for Leesburg residents this month an d next.

Rain barrels allow homeowners to conserve water, save money and reduce runoff. Storm water is collected before it picks up sediment and contaminants that pollute streams and rivers that feed the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

The workshops will begin at 6 p.m. April 16 and 17 and May 14 and 15 at Tuscarora Creek Park, 425 Solitude Ct. SE.

People who attend the workshops will have the option of making a rain barrel to take home or buying a completed barrel. The rain barrel kits are $57.75 each; ready-to-use barrels are $73.50 each, including tax.

The commission is offering a $20 discount on the purchase of a rain barrel to a limited number of Leesburg households on a first-come first-served basis, with a limit of two per household.

For a registration form, go to www.loudounsoilandwater.org. For information, call Suzanne Brown of the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District at 571-918-4530, Ext. 105.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson