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The Loudoun Arts CouncilÕs annual ArtShare program awarded grant monies to seven area arts organizations. Recipients of this yearÕs awards are: Master Singers of Virginia, Loudoun Symphony, Loudoun Academy of the Arts, Loudoun Ballet, Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, The Round Hill Arts Center and the Loudoun Community Band. The total granted was $9,600.

Through ArtShare, the Loudoun Arts Council contributes to nonprofit arts organizations that operate in the Loudoun community. To receive a grant, organizations must demonstrate strong artistic quality, noteworthy accomplishments and sound management practices. As part of its mission to advocate for the arts, the Loudoun Arts Council assisted organizations with their applications this year by offering a pre-review process, which provided suggestions for creating stronger applications.

Capt. William Windemuth of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office recently graduated from the 223rd session of

the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.

Windemuth was one of 246 law-enforcement officers

who graduated Dec. 16 from the 11-week training program. The most recent session consisted of men and women from 47 states, the District of Colombia, 23 international countries, three military organizations, and three federal civilian organizations.

Windemuth is the ninth member of the Sheriff's Office senior staff to have graduated form the FBI Academy in the past 11 years.

Windemuth is a 23-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. He started his career in 1982 as a narcotics investigator and has also worked as a patrol deputy in the Field Operations Division and in the Criminal Investigations Division. Windemuth currently oversees operation of the Emergency Communications Center.

Last month, Bowman Consulting, hosted a group of Webelos working towards their engineering badge. Doug Wagner, P.E., met with Pack 962 at the Lovettsville Town Center site to discuss the site's property lines and land grading. In addition to meeting with a professional civil engineer, the boys also met with an electrical engineer and built an electrical circuit to fulfill their badge requirements.

Several local families who fled Hurricane Katrina received a gift from the students and parents at Winnie-the-Pooh Preschool over the holidays. The Ashburn-based parent cooperative donated a basket of gourmet chocolates valued at more than $100 to the Loudoun Holiday Coalition for distribution to families in Loudoun County.

Winnie-the-Pooh is the only not-for-profit, parent-owned cooperative preschool in Loudoun County and is celebrating its 35th year. The Loudoun Community Holiday Coalition will serve more than 1,300 needy families this holiday season.

Ricardo A. Cabellos of Aldie, was named project coordinator for 21st Century Community Learning Centers in the Office of Partnerships for Fairfax County, by Gov. Mark Warner on Jan. 6.

The Inova Loudoun Hospital Board of Directors honored Glenwood Park Trustee Clay ÒBarneyÓ Brittle Jr., recently retired Trustee Charles ÒChuckÓ Hoovler, and newly appointed Trustee Victor DuPont for years of service in securing Glenwood ParkÕs legacy in the Loudoun Community.

In a ceremony at Glenwood Park where trees have been planted honoring each recipient of the commendation of service, the daughter of the late Erskine Bedford, former Glenwood Park Trustee, Cricket Whitner, accepted the commendation on behalf of her father.

Daniel C. Sands, master of the Middleburg Hunt for nearly 40 years, left Glenwood Park in trust as a means of financial support for Inova Loudoun Hospital, the county's community-based, not-for-profit hospital.

At their December board meetings the following organizations elected the following members to serve as officers in the new year.

The Carver Center: president, Mattie Lassiter; first vice president, Mac Brownell; second vice president, Meredith Thomas; secretary, Shirley Mann; and treasurer, open.

The Friends of the Carver Center is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to the seniors of western Loudoun. The Carver Center will be used as a senior center and for adult day-care programs on weekdays when it opens in the summer of 2006. During weekends and evenings, the center will be used for

other social and cultural activities for residents of all ages.

Purcellville Preservation Association: president, Jim Brownell; vice president, Donna Shugars; secretary, Meredith Thomas; and treasurer, Sandy Simmers.

The Purcellville Preservation Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community pride and awareness of the town's historical and natural resources and enhancing its environment through preservation and beautification.