Sheriff official is saluted for 31 years of service

Capt. Allen Gabrielli of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was honored Wednesday by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for his 31 years of service, according to a statement. In a formal resolution introduced by Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian), Gabrielli was recognized for his “achievement, commitment, service and dedication to the residents of Loudoun County,” the statement said.

Gabrielli, a lifelong resident of Loudoun and a graduate of Park View High School, has received many awards and honors for his service, including the Meritorious Service Award by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the statement said.

More than 30 sworn personnel, including a recent retiree, attended the recognition ceremony to congratulate Gabrielli, the statement said.

‘Amazing variety of things’ set for Spring Farm Tour

The 2014 Spring Farm Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and May 18, according to a county statement. More than 8,000 visitors are expected to take part in this free event.

“There’s an amazing variety of things for kids to do on the farm tour, from petting mini-donkeys, feeding chickens and gathering eggs, to making a seedling pot, going on a scavenger hunt, learning how to shoe a horse, and playing cow-pie putt-putt golf,” Kellie Boles, Loudoun Agricultural Development officer, said in the statement.

“Adults can enjoy handmade crafts from local artists; a Greek festival; spinning, weaving and wool-processing demonstrations; pruning and planting clinics; learning about Greyhound adoption; and sampling cheeses, wines, whiskey, artisan tea, ­lavender-infused culinary treats, homemade strawberry donuts and BBQ/cupcake pairings,” Boles said.

The map of 43 participating farms and venues is available in Spring Farm Tour brochures at county libraries and community centers, as well as online at

New intersection near Chantilly is topic of meeting

A community information meeting about the opening of the new intersection of Gum Spring Road and Route 50 will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mercer Middle School, 42149 Greenstone Dr., Aldie, according to a county statement.

Staff members from Loudoun’s Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure will attend, the statement said. County Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) will host the event.

The intersection is set to open May 21. At that time, the existing portion of Gum Spring Road will be closed just before the intersection with Tall Cedars Parkway. Access will still be provided at Route 50 for the Gum Spring Village Center, but any through traffic for Gum Spring south of the c enter will need to use the new portion of the road via the new traffic signal to the east of the center, the statement said.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson