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Early reports are that the LINK Thanksgiving programs served 360 needy families — about 1,620 people — Saturday, Nov. 19, at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Trinity Presbyterian and Sterling United Methodist. Guests received five days worth of nonperishable groceries and a grocery gift certificate, and then families were invited to visit the Sterling United Methodist Church to select a used winter coat or sweater at the Fellowship Hall. Five hundred, seventy-two used coats and sweaters were distributed. More than $7,000 in grocery gift cards and 25,000 pounds of food were also distributed. Food donations came from 20 public schools, Scouting for Food and local grocers.

LINK, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization since 1972, is interdenominational and consists of 15 Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Episcopal, Fellowship, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the Herndon and Sterling areas.

At the annual meeting of the Piedmont Community Foundation (PCF) Oct. 28, the directors elected a new president, J. Bradley 'Brad' Davis, to succeed outgoing president, C. L. 'Tim' Dimos.

Dimos is the mayor of Middleburg and an estate and tax attorney. As a one of the founders of the Piedmont Community Foundation, he served as president since inception in June of 1999 through October 2005 and remains as legal counsel to the Foundation. Dimos was presented with a gift clock/plaque inscribed with his service dates in

tribute of recognition for his leadership steadfastly provided as a pioneer and visionary in leading the Foundation over the first six years.

Newly elected president, Davis, is the managing partner and founder of Ridge Capital Partners L.L.C. in Middleburg. With 22 years experience in private equity investing his skill in financial matters and creating successful partnerships will be key assets as he steps into the top leadership role with PCF.

On Nov. 17, Loudoun County School Board member Thomas Reed (At Large) participated in the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk to promote physical activity in children and schools at the Virginia School Boards AssociationÕs Annual Conference in

Williamsburg. Reed placed 14th out of 79 runners.

Air Force Airman Yonatan Holz has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Holz earned distinction as an honor graduate.

He is the son of Gerardo and Alicia Holz of Purcellville. The airman is a 2003 graduate of Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn.

Air Force Airman Chris W. Hovey has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Hovey is the son of Richard Hovey of Leesburg. He graduated in 2001 from Notre Dame Academy, Middleburg, and received an associate degree in 2003 from ECPI College of Technology, Manassas.

The Loudoun Youth Initiative held Step Up Loudoun 2005 Nov. 10, at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. The event was held to encourage local community leaders to become more involved in the efforts of the Loudoun Youth Initiative.

Adolph Brown, associate professor of psychology at Hampton University was the featured speaker. Brown encouraged leaders to become actively involved in helping the youth of Loudoun and praised the accomplishments to date. The Loudoun Youth Initiative also sponsored Brown's appearances at River Bend Middle School and Potomac Falls High School later that day.

The new Loudoun Youth Initiative Logo was also unveiled at the event. The logo was created by Rachel Escueta, who is a senior at Potomac Falls High School. Twenty-nine entries created by Loudoun County students were entered in the contest.

The Loudoun Youth Initiative is a Loudoun County Board of

Supervisors-sponsored effort committed to making Loudoun County a great place for young people to grow up.