Low-cost food available to those who volunteer

House of Mercy in Manassas is accepting orders for Self Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) food packages.

For $22, a Value Package includes about $45 worth of frozen meat, fresh fruit, vegetables and other staples. Additional packages are also available. They are available to those who volunteer a minimum of two hours a month in their community.

The deadline to place an order for this month is July 15. Orders must be picked up between 9 and 11 a.m. July 27 at House of Mercy, 8170 Flannery Ct., Manassas.

For information or to place an order, call 703-659-1636.

Cushing Road commuter lot opens Monday

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission will open the Cushing Road commuter lot Monday, providing service on the Linton Hall Metro Direct route. The lot will be the last stop in the morning before buses enter Interstate 66 and the first stop in the afternoon.

Service to the Cushing Road lot is part of the PRTC’s plan to restructure bus service in the western part of the county.

The next step, expected in the fall, will include a Gainesville OmniRide route directly to the District.

The final part of the PRTC’s western commuter bus restructuring plans will come in fiscal 2014, when Metro’s Silver Line opens. The Linton Hall Metro Direct and Manassas Metro Direct buses will then serve the new Tysons Metro station, rather than the West Falls Church Metro station.

Grant will help fund Phase III of Potomac Library project

The Prince William Library Foundation recently received a $2,500 grant from Transurban to help with Phase III of the Potomac Plaza Patio project.

“The goal of the Potomac Library project is to develop a plaza that will become a destination point for residents in keeping with the renaissance of the local community,” said former library system director Dick Murphy, who retired last month.

The third phase of the project includes a canopy over the front entrance, a path leading from the front entrance to new windows in the back of the library, exterior landscaping and interior planters.

Engraved bricks for the brick patio, part of Phase II, may still be purchased. A 4-by-8 brick is $100, and an 8-by-8 brick is $250.

For information, visit www.pwcgov.org/libraryfoundation.

Connie Gilman is named director of library system

The Prince William Library Board of Trustees recently announced that Connie Gilman is the new director of the Prince William Public Library system.

Gilman has worked for the Prince William Library System for 23 years, most recently as the branch administrator for the Chinn Park Regional Library.

Board approves design for World Trade Center project

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently approved the design for a memorial using steel beams from the World Trade Center.

The beams will be installed on the Ellipse at the Prince William County Government Complex.

Brendon Hanafin, chief of the county’s Historic Preservation Division, hopes the project will be completed by Sept. 11.

The board allocated $185,000 from excess Transient Occupancy Tax revenue and $200,000 from the Administrative Contingency Reserve to the Department of Public Works to complete the project.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane