July 24, 2002
<sh>2 Injured in Accident
<bt>Juanita P. Alford of Sterling was traveling southbound on Sully Road around 4:40 a.m. on July 19, when she attempted to turn left onto the eastbound Route 66 ramp. Independent witnesses report that she had a green arrow when her car, a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant four-door sedan, was struck by a 1993 Mercury driven by Robert L. Proctor of Manassas.
Alford sustained minor injuries and was ground transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. A Fairfax County police helicopter medevaced Proctor to Inova Fairfax Trauma Center where he was admitted with a concussion, fractured ribs and chest injuries. Proctor is listed in stable condition. The Fairfax County Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
<sh>Microchip Helps Family Find Dog
<bt>A dog registered in England has been reunited with his family after being found in a trash compactor. The Loudoun County Department of Animal Care and Control arrived at a recycling center and discovered an Australian Shepherd in the compactor scrounging for food.
Police reported that the dog needed immediate care and was taken to an animal hospital for treatment. The dog was then transported to an animal shelter, where a microchip on the dog was looked at, revealing its English registration. A family in Chantilly had filed a missing-dog report, and the dog was reunited with his owners.
<sh>Volunteer Board Picks New Officers
<bt>The Loudoun County Volunteer Services Board recently elected officers and brought eight new members on to the board. Dave Tong will be president for 2003-2003, and other officers include Mindy Williams as vice president, Jessica Rudisill as secretary and Tammy Worcester as the treasurer.
New members are Paul Durkin, Helen Eltzeroth, Karen Velez, Pamela Gottfried, Barbara Sample, A.J. Glascock, Tara Pinkard and Mary Lange.
<sh>Supervisors Appoint Bicycle Plan Committee
<bt>Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors has appointed 20 county residents to serve on a Citizens Advisory Committee for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan. The committee will provide guidance in the drafting of a countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan, one of the goals of the county's Revised Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the Board in July 2001. The committee members represent the diverse perspectives of the community, including, commuter, sport and recreational bicyclists as well as pedestrians.
<sh>Eugene Stewart Rorick Dies
<bt>Eugene Stewart Rorick of Sterling died July 13 as a result of complications from heart disease. Rorick was from New Marshfield, Ohio where he graduated from high school in 1939. He attended Mountain State Business College of Parkersburg, W. Va., and after college served in the United States Navy from 1942-50. His assignments in the Navy were aboard President Franklin D. Roosevelt's yacht and at Camp David. He also served on other ships in the South Pacific.
Rorick then served in the Air Force until he retired in 1965. He then served with the United States government until his civil service retirement in 1976.
He is survived by his wife Jean K. Torbett Rorick, daughter Terri Murray, son David Rorick, and two step sons, David L. Hemlke and Thomas A. Helmke.
Funeral services took place on Wednesday, July 17, in the chapel of the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg. Burial will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations can be made to the United Methodist Church of Sterling.
<bt>NARFE Dulles Chapter Celebrates 30 Years
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Dulles Chapter 1241, serving Sterling, Herndon, Reston, and surrounding areas, celebrated 30 years of service at a luncheon and cake-cutting ceremony in Herndon on June 24. One of 1,650 chapters nationwide, NARFE supports current and former federal employees by protecting their retirement benefits. The Dulles Chapter was chartered in 1972 and now has more than 625 members.
Current chapter officers and past members joined in the celebration recognizing the 30th anniversary. The celebration included a speech from Joe Ikenberry of NARFE headquarters in Alexandria. Ikenberry spoke of the benefits of new Federal Long-Term Care Programs for current and past federal employees and their families.
<bt>In the July 17 Loudoun Connection, a man who participated in the 10th Annual Bloodhound Training School was incorrectly identified in the caption of a photograph showing the dog Trailing Man Southern Bell jumping up on his handler. The handler's correct name is Dep. 1st Class Terrell "Terry" Davis, who is the president of the Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association.