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Loudoun Volunteer Services (LVS) has selected Joshua Lee, a Loudoun Valley High School senior, as Student Volunteer of the Month.

Since moving to Loudoun County in the sixth grade, Lee has taken an active role in the community by volunteering in a number of different ways. For three years, he has been a member of the Leesburg Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and presently holds the rank of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. He has been trained in Ground Search and Rescue, Urban Direction Finding and Flight Line Marshaling. Lee worked with the youth group of the Leesburg United Methodist Church in their projects to help feed the homeless in Washington, D.C., and for three years was a member of the Loudoun Border Guards Fife and Drum Corps representing the county at numerous events along the East Coast. He has also assisted the Leesburg Lions Club with their computer programs, receiving special recognition at the club's annual Charter Night dinner. He is also a member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, where he joined as a junior member

two years ago and has averaged in excess of 300 hours of

service each year. Lee has successfully completed all required training and certification courses necessary to fulfill his duties.

The Annual Fire and Rescue Services Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Loudoun County Volunteer Retention and Recruitment Committee of the Fire and Rescue Commission, was held Thursday, May 19, at the Holiday Inn/Carradoc Hall in Leesburg. Awards were presented to outstanding fire and rescue members for the following:

* Clark J. Deener Memorial Award, which is sponsored by the Loudoun County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council and is presented to an Emergency Medical Service member for significant contributions to the development of EMS System in Loudoun County, was presented to Karen M. Deli, of the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company 12.

* The Loudoun County EMS Council presented the following Instructor Awards, Vincent R. Chirichella of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company was awarded the Basic Life Support Instructor Award, Michael K. Gammill of the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Company was presented the Advanced Life Support Instructor Award, and Karl R. Hummer of the Loudoun County Department of Fire & Rescue Services was presented the Fire Instructor Award.

* John C. Carr Jr. Memorial Award, which is sponsored by the Loudoun County Fire Advisory Council and recognizes firefighters in the Loudoun County Fire Service system who have been firefighters at least five years and have an outstanding record in countywide service activities, was presented to two individuals, James V. Cunningham of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and Murrell Lee "M.L." Partlow of the Aldie Volunteer Fire Company.

* The Fire & EMS Hall of Fame Award was presented to four volunteers, Oliver R. Dubei, Shirley M. Flippo, J. Terry Hirst (posthumous), and Peggy N. Smedley.

* Length of Service Awards: for 20 years of service, Rodney J. Frye, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Lloyd M. Thacker, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Milton H. Olinger, Aldie Volunteer Fire Co. No. 7, David W. Glidden, Lucketts Volunteer Fire Co. No. 10, Michael K. Gammill, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Co. No. 15, Herbert E. Rundgren III, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Co. No. 15, Mary C. Hoeltzel, Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Co. No. 17; for 25 years of service, Elizabeth "Betsy" A. Davis, Middleburg Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. No. 3, Peggy N. Smedley, Middleburg Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. No. 3, William J. "Jack" Frear, Round Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. No. 4, James R. Bell, Aldie Volunteer Fire Co. No. 7, Benjamin F. Hottel, Philomont Volunteer Fire Co. No. 8, Joseph R. Payne, Philomont Volunteer Fire Co. No. 8, Byron F. Andrews III, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Co. No. 15, Linda S. Georganas, Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Co. No. 17; for 30 years of service, Paul B. Roxenberg, Purcellville Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2, Walton "Bruce" B. Eamich Jr., Ashburn Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6, Milton A. Gulick, Aldie Volunteer Fire Co. No. 7, James S. Lickey Jr., Philomont Volunteer Fire Co. No. 8, Randolph "Randy" T. Breton, Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Co. No. 17; and for 35 years of service, Terry A. Frye, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 and William F. Rajca, Philomont Volunteer Fire Co. No. 8.

A group of residents from Leisure World of Virginia are now the official dance team of the Washington Wizards. "Platinum Edition," as the troupe is now called, has performed at two end-of-season games, including the playoff game Thursday, May 12, against the Miami Heat. Members of the Wizards "Platinum Edition" include April Ask, Betty Buckeridge, Buck Buckeridge, Terry Crawford, Laurette Engelmann, Marion Holt, Judy Marzilli, Agatha Rappa, Anna Rogin, Norma Webb and Bonnie Wohlford. Following several weeks of thrice weekly rehearsals with a Wizards dancer and choreographer, the group has become a hit with Wizards fans.

LOCAS (Loudoun Cadettes and Seniors) of the Girl Scout Council of the NationÕs Capital, will recognize aspiring teens who have achieved Girl ScoutsÕ highest awards during its second annual awards reception Sunday, June 5, at the Historic Carradoc Hall at the Holiday Inn of Leesburg, from 6-8 p.m. Those girls who have achieved their Silver Trefoil Awards, Gold Awards, Silver Awards and all graduating Seniors will be recognized.

Gennifer Chenault of Ashburn is now an advanced toastmaster. She completed the requirements for this award May 19 by doing an interpretive reading of part of Tennessee WilliamsÕ play "The Night of the Iguana" at a meeting of the Loudoun Toastmasters Club. The award is given to those individuals who have completed more difficult speaking manuals and have acquired a greater degree of ability to speak in front of groups of people. Chenault is a proficient public speaker and is a past president of the club.