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The Loudoun County Disability Services Board (DSB) will present its Facilities Access and Management Excellence (FAME) Award to Wegmans, at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, during the breakfast meeting of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, which is being held at the Belmont Country Club.

Jim Nicholas, manager of the Sterling store, will accept the award on behalf of Wegmans, which is being recognized for its support of employing persons with disabilities and providing accommodation to customers with disabilities.

Wegmans currently has about 10 active employees with various disabilities. The store also has three wide check-out lanes that are set up to allow customers additional room. There are two elevators that allow all customers access to the upstairs cafe. In addition, cafe employees know to offer wheelchairs and assistance when a customer is in need. Outside the store, Wegmans has a helping-hands team, whose members assist customers into the building when needed and help load vehicles before leaving. There also is a designated drive-up area for customers where employees wait with groceries and load vehicles when they arrive.

Anyone interested in nominating a business for the FAME award may contact the DSB, c/o the Department of Social Services, 102 Heritage Way, N.E., Leesburg, VA 20176, or call 703-777-0389 (V/TTY), or send an e-mail to

Anthony T. Demarco graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

The 33 days of training provides professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet's performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course.

He is the son of Michael and Mary Ann Demarco of Leesburg. Demarco received a bachelor's degree in 2005 from Virginia Military Institute, Lexington.