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The Loudoun County Department of Social Services hosted a Foster Family Appreciation Picnic at Olde Izaac Walton Park in Leesburg on May 16, to honor the agency's foster families. More than 80 people attended the picnic, including foster families, Department of Social Services staff and administrators. Speakers included Ellen Grunewald, deputy director of Loudoun County Department of Social Services, and Robert Chirles, director. Entertainment was provided by the Magic Man, Joe Allen. For information about providing foster care for children, call Francie Beverage of the Department of Social Services at 703-777-0386.

Ashburn resident Ken Buchanan has launched his songwriting career with a collection of 10 songs and the creation of That Black Box LLC. The songs are available for contract to music publishers, producers, A&R and recording artists and can be heard in .mp3 format at www.thatblackbox.com. A CD of the songs can be purchased via the website. The debut songs were selected by Buchanan to provide a variety of tempos and themes. The songs include: "Do Not Push" (a country rocker), "For What It’s Worth" (a ballad), "Last Exit Before Toll" (contemporary Christian), "She Cries Inside" (R&B) and "That Black Box" (a semi-autobiographical tale about a man that in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy digs his forgotten songs out of an old crate).