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Loudoun County Offers Holiday Recycling Tips and More

Loudoun County Offers Holiday Recycling Tips and More

From Loudoun County:

The Loudoun County Department of Construction and Waste Management encourages everyone to give the Earth a gift this holiday season by recycling and reducing waste. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste in the U.S. increases by 25% or one-million tons a week.  Here are some suggestions to cut down on waste during the holidays: 

 

 

 

 

Deadline to Pay Real Property Tax is December 5

From the County of Loudoun:

Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr. reminds taxpayers that the deadline for payment of the second half real property tax is Monday, December 5, 2011.

Payments postmarked after December 5, 2011, will incur a 10% late payment penalty. The penalty date will not be extended for bills where assessment questions have been filed with the Board of Equalization.  Additional interest at the rate of 10% per annum will be assessed.

Explosion in Sterling Apartment Complex Displaces 21

Explosion in Sterling Apartment Complex Displaces 21

From Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services:

 

On Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at approximately 8:20am, Loudoun County Fire Rescue Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call for an apartment fire at 46101 Ingomar Terrace in Sterling.  Fire-Rescue units from Cascades, Sterling Park, Lansdowne and Ashburn arrived on the scene to find light smoke showing from a four story garden apartment building.

Recent Fire Activity Highlights Need for Extra Precautions

Recent Fire Activity Highlights Need for Extra Precautions

From Loudoun County Fire and Rescue:

 

Recent fire activity in Loudoun County has demonstrated common yet avoidable mistakes increase the risk of fire in your home or business.  “The recent extreme heat combined with the lack of precipitation has created a climate for fire,” states Fire-Rescue Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr.

Carelessly discarded smoking materials, improper use of outdoor grills and fires in poorly maintained mulch beds have led to devastating consequences for some Loudoun County citizens. “We hope that by educating the public regarding these fire hazards, they may avoid the catastrophic loss that some of our residents have faced,” said Chief Brower.

Fire-Rescue Units Battle Two Unrelated Second-Alarm Blazes

From Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Services:

On Sunday evening, July 31, 2011 Loudoun County Fire Rescue experienced two, unrelated 2-alarm fires dispatched within one minute of each other. At approximately 7:06 pm, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center began receiving multiple 911 calls reporting heavy smoke from the strip shopping center located at 46000 Old Ox Road.  First arriving units confirmed a working fire and requested a second alarm. In total, Fire-Rescue units from Moorefield, Sterling, Dulles South, Ashburn, Fairfax County and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority-Dulles responded to the scene.

Loudoun County Fire Marshal personnel responded to the incident at Old Ox Road and are investigating the cause of the fire and damages.  No civilian injuries were reported and one firefighter was transported from the scene for check out. 

Going Green Can Be Stress Free

For some people going green can be stressful.  Many of us see environmental consciousness as another project to add to a  never-ending and always growing to do list. Other thoughts I’ve heard are: What’s it going to cost?  I don’t have the time for this; everyone else is doing it so I don’t have to bother…one person won’t make a difference. 

     Well, let’s clear up these negative misconceptions.  Yes, you do make a difference.  A positive difference!  And yes, it will make a difference in your life, in your health, and for future generations. Think of your kids and grandkids! Remember, when you light a candle and then light many other candles from that original flame, you will not diminish the light of the original candle…you can light up the world from the original flame.  How’s that for the power of one?