People Notes

People Notes

Send your organization's announcement to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before publication. Photos/artwork encouraged. Questions? Call Bonnie Eaton at 703-917-6449.

Jim Barnes has been elected to a second term as president of the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA), an international organization representing over 800 local government communications professionals.

Barnes has served on the 3CMA Board of Directors since 1997, and has also held the positions of treasurer, vice president and president-elect. He is the first president in the 15-year history of the association to be elected to a second term.

Barnes has served as Loudoun County's director of public information since Jan. 1989. He is also a member of the Leadership Loudoun Board of Directors.

Rick Shifflett of Ashburn is the winner of a fundraising raffle sponsored by Hunters for the Hungry held at the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show in Richmond on Aug. 10. He won a 250cc Arctic Cat and trailer. The organization asks hunters to donate deer at processing locations for meat distribution through food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries.

The Loudoun EMS Advisory Council's Public Education Committee announces the winners of the T-shirt design contest for the Operation; Save a Life program. The winners are Kyle O'Donnel, 13; Ashleigh Harvey, 12; and Catherine Procina, 12, all from Sterling. They were all presented with gift certificates.

James Clarke, owner of Melody Christmas Tree Farm, has won the award for best White Pine Christmas Tree given by the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. Clarke received his blue ribbon award for Best White Pine tree on display at the annual meeting of the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association held at the Natural Bridge Inn and Conference Center, Aug. 14-15. The prize winning tree was raised by Clarke and his wife, Eleanor, at their Melody Christmas Tree Farm located on Gum Spring Road in southeastern Loudoun.

Josiah A. Toepfer, son of Frederick and Sue Toepfer of Sterling, entered the United States Coast Guard Academy on June 30, 2003, as part of the Class of 2007. He has just completed the "Swab Summer" training program designed to prepare incoming freshmen for life at a military academy. The program includes a week-long cruise aboard the U.S. Coast Guard's Tall Ship, the Barque Eagle. Toepfer is a 2003 graduate of Potomac Falls High School.