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<pc>Lisa Rose, Loudoun County Office of Public Information

<cl> Loudoun Volunteer Services Board Member Andy Johnston, far right presents five members of the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad with Student Volunteers of the Month. Pictured, from left, Matt Minnick, firefighter, Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company and EMT with Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad; Sarah Boland, EMT, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad; Tim Belofsky, EMT, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad; Jon Adcock, EMT, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue

Squad; and Michael Bullock, EMT, Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Andy Johnston, a member of the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board of Directors, honored five outstanding young people for their contributions to their community at the Town of Purcellville's Public Safety meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 9. Jon Adcock, Tim Belofsky, Sarah Boland, Michael Bullock and Matt Minnick are active volunteers with the Purcellville

Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Adcock, Boland, Bullock and Minnick have graduated from high school and Belofsky will be a senior at Loudoun Valley High School this fall. Prior to the school year's end in June, each student member volunteered approximately 45 hours per month, responding to ambulance calls and assisting with

patient care. Each of these students has completed the Virginia State Emergency Medical Technician course, which is approximately 150 hours.

Belofsky plans to continue his work with the volunteer rescue squad while attending his senior year at Loudoun Valley. Minnick is active as an EMT at the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad and firefighter for the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company. Adcock, Bullock and Boland plan to continue their volunteer work around their college schedules.

Loudoun Volunteer Services gives special recognition to students who give their time to the community in an extraordinary way. To nominate an outstanding student volunteer or group of volunteers, send a paragraph describing the student's volunteer efforts to Lisa Rose, Volunteer Coordinator, Loudoun Volunteer Services Board,

at pivs@loudoun.gov or mail to P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, or fax to 703-771-5841.

Eric D. Moore 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 Mary C. Bernazani of Ashburn. The cadet is a 2002 graduate of Westfield High School, Chantilly, and is currently attending Longwood University, Farmville, Va.

Nine young people from the Loudoun County Advisory Commission on Youth (ACOY) Advisory Council attended the 2005 National Youth Summit, "Youth in Action - Making a Difference," held in Washington, D.C., last month. Youth who attended were Brittany Rose, Carlo Arthur, Midori Oglesby, Ajonelle Poole, Christina Tulloch, Nicole Poltash, Courtney White, Shannon Walker and Alison Athey.

The teens were accompanied by Charlene Johnson, manager of Youth Development for Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services, and Delbert White, ACOY representative from the Sugarland Run District.

The group spent four days with more than 1,000 young people from around the nation, attending workshops and hearing from inspiring national leaders such as First Lady Laura Bush and Alma Powell.

The 2005 National Youth Summit was held for youth and adults who want to make a difference for youth in their communities. The summit explored issues such as public policy, the economy, community service and creativity with a focus on youth. Each day included opportunities for

skill-building, networking, discussions with government officials, and hearing from inspirational speakers.

Allan Ratner, a former Freddie Mac executive, was named the new chair of the Northern Virginia Family ServiceÕs Board of Directors. In June, board unanimously appointed Ratner, who is replacing outgoing chair Dorothy Moga. Ratner recently retired as vice president and deputy general counsel of Freddie Mac after 21 years at the company, which included recent experience supporting the Freddie Mac board. He has been a member of NVFSÕ Board of Directors for more than six years and has served in a variety of capacities, including on the advocacy, strategic planning and executive committees. Most recently he served two years as vice chair of the board.

Established in 1924, Northern Virginia Family Service is a private, nonprofit community service resource dedicated to helping individuals and families find new paths to self-reliance and brighter futures. Each year, NVFS helps more than 27,000 people find affordable housing and health care for their children, earn a living wage and much more.

Army 1st Sgt. Jeffery T. Stitzel is currently deployed overseas at a forward operating location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been mobilized, activated and deployed along with active duty members to support the war against global terrorism. Mission objectives encompass combating the international terrorist network or regime forces outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South and Southwest Asia, Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, islands in the Pacific, and in numerous other countries.

Stitzel, a first sergeant with 18 years of military service, is normally assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C.

He is the son of Lawrence A. and Barbara J. Stitzel of Farmington, Mich. His wife, Maria, is the daughter of Robert R. and Maria C. Powell of Leesburg. The sergeant graduated in 1987 from Farmington High School, and received a bachelor's degree in 2003 from Park University, Parkville, Mo.

On Thursday, Aug. 18, the Potomac Station Community Association held a brief ceremony to donate $5,000 to the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad at the association's clubhouse located in the northwest corner of River Creek Parkway and Potomac Station Drive. The Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad serves an approximate 80 square mile area, including Leesburg.

Douglas C. Beer graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer 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.

Beer is the son of Richard C. and Ann D. Beer of Dulles. He is a 2002 graduate of Bishop O'Connell High School, Arlington.