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The Virginia State AARP recognized the nearly 300 volunteers that make up the Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers (LVC) with a volunteer appreciation evening at Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theatre Dec. 7.

Courtney Mason of Sterling, a graduate student in the veterinary medicine program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the Virginia Kennel Club Award. This award is presented to a VMRCVM student based upon their interest in purebred dogs.

Air Force Airman Aaron E. Akers 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 is the son of Gayle Stoll of Cedar Walk Circle, Leesburg.

Akers is a 2006 graduate of Loudoun County High School, Leesburg.

Chuck Kuhn, president and CEO of Sterling-based JK Moving & Storage, assumed the chairmanship of Fight Night 2006, a Washington, D.C., charity fund-raiser. Fight Night attracts more than 2,200 to a night of food, live boxing, celebrities and musical entertainment, all the while benefiting more than a dozen D.C.-based children’s charities.

At the Nov. 18 Thanksgiving event, 200 volunteers assisted the LINK organizers to escort 375 needy families in selecting their five-day allotment of nonperishable food items and ensured that the LINK guests received more than $8,000 in grocery gift certificates. Twenty walk-in families were also received. Volunteers helped restocked shelves with 25,000 pounds of groceries and loaded food into guest vehicles, made 30 deliveries to homes of the sick and handicapped, acted as Spanish language translators, and distributed 600 used coats to needy families. LINK received food donations from Scouting for Food and 12 public and private schools in Fairfax and Loudoun as well as many local businesses and local grocers.

Karen Krei, a member of the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board of Directors, presented Patrick Morris, a fourth-grade student at Loudoun Country Day School, with a Certificate of Appreciation, honoring him as Student Volunteer of the Month Nov. 20. The presentation took place at the school's weekly student assembly.

Army Pvt. Adriana Rodriguez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Hipolito Rodriguez of Blue Springs Cove, Baker, Fla., and niece of Marie Knockett of Adams Drive, Leesburg.