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Doug Dillon, a seventh-grade history teacher for Loudoun County, and a major of the U.S. Army Reserve is a volunteer who is committed to his family, his country and his community. Following his second tour to Afghanistan, he has spent time volunteering with Kids Serve Too. His volunteer efforts on behalf of Kids Serve Too garnered him the 2006 "Very Important Patriot Award of Honor" from the National Military Family Association.

The Ashburn Ruritan Club elected a new slate of board members and officers at the club's October meeting. The officers are president, Barry Dwyer; vice president, Bennett Downey; treasurer, Brendan Mattimore; secretary, Tom Fox; third-year director, Frank Owens, second-year director, Brian O'Donnell; first-year director, Ron Anzalone and past-president director, Randy Poland.

Army Reserve Pvt. Daniel E. Shrewsberry 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.

He is the son of Eddie and Angie Shrewsberry of Nottoway St. S.E., Leesburg.

The ladies of the knit and crochet group at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace fulfilled a requested for 65 hats for soldiers in Iraq. The group completed 80 hats in four weeks. Group members include Marianne Simons, Norma McCarthy, Mary Corpe, Judy Hayes, Enid Harris, Helen Gabocy, Alberta Zisk, Gloria Amalaha, Helen Kolsevich and Fran Schmitt.

Erik Trefzger, a senior mathematics-physics major at Whitman College in Washington, received academic distinction for the spring 2006 semester. Trefzger is a graduate of Potomac Falls and is the son of Deborah and Alan Trefzger of Potomac Falls.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief Inc. received $5,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. The donation will be used to support the nonprofit's mission of feeding the hungry living in the community.

Rebecca Brock of Leesburg is one of the recipients of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Artists Fellowships. Brock received a $5,000 award in fiction.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 40 Cub Scout packs, 25 Boy Scout troops and the local Order of the Arrow chapter collected 98,661 pounds of food in Loudoun County during the annual Scouting for Food drive. This year, Scouts collected 5,814 pounds of food for Messiah's Market, 20,680 pounds for LINK Inc. and 72,167 pounds for the Community Holiday Coalition. The weekend's collections resulted in a 6,600 pound increase over the last year's totals.