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Jerry and Brenda Peters, of Herndon, are among this year's winners of Court TV's "Everyday Heroes" Award. The Peterses have provided long-term foster care to more than 20 medically fragile, special needs children in Fairfax County, including children with fetal alcohol syndrome, cocaine addiction, feeding tubes, apnea monitors, and a host of special needs. They have adopted three of their foster children and continue to serve as foster parents and as resource parents for other foster parents in Fairfax County.

On Saturday evening, March 15, the Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) chapter of Omega PSI PHI, Inc. held its premier Mardi Gras Extravaganza at the Doubletree Hotel in Tysons Corner. The evening was highlighted by Cajun-style cooking and music by the Exquisite Band as more than 300 guests danced the night away. Willie Henderson and Carolyn Wood reigned as the Royal Highnesses King and Queen. The semi-formal event has become a yearly tradition and fund-raiser for the Reston- and Herndon-based OKK chapter’s community-based youth programs including scholarships, mentoring and tutoring programs.

Thomas D. Fleury of Oak Hill, senior vice president of development services for West*Group Management LLC, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to the Board of Housing and Community Development.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins received the 2003 Washington Area Bicyclist Association Award for her support of bicycling in Fairfax County. Hudgins sponsored the first Bike-to-Work-Day celebration in Reston in 2002.

Some 35 volunteers were honored by the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees at a special ceremony on April 9, at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. The following volunteers were honored for exceptional service: Dianne Conn, Brandie Dadi, Farook Dadi, Charly Karisson, Melody Warner and Jean Taczak from Reston Regional Library ; and Ruth Ellen Coffey from the Herndon Fortnightly Library.

Air Force Airman Joshua A. Windsor has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Windsor is the grandson of Robert Luther of Herndon.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Timothy W. Mossor, a 1993 graduate of Herndon High School, is serving in Operation Enduring Freedom at the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, while assigned to 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (4th MEB). The Anti-Terrorism (AT) Unit is based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The mission of Mossor's unit is to provide unified combatant commanders with rapidly deployable and sustainable specialized anti-terrorism forces to deter, detect, defend, and conduct initial incident response to combat the threat of terrorism worldwide.

Oak Hill resident Carol Sinwell, associate director of Learning Resource Services at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, was named one of 50 of the most innovative librarians in the U.S. and Canada in Movers & Shakers 2003, a special supplement to the Library Journal. Under the headline "Boundary Hopping," the publication recognized Sinwell for her "innovative problem-solving skills and the seamless manner in which she blends her many different roles."

Air Force Airman Marques A. Johnson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the nephew of Cass Hyatt of Reston and a 2002 graduate of South Lakes High School.