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The Loudoun County Industrial Development Authority has elected Betsy E. Self as chairman and Robert Compton as secretary of the authority. Self and Compton were elected at the July meeting of the authority, at which time former long-time chairman, John Harris, tendered his resignation as chairman. Harris will remain in the region, but is no longer eligible for membership on the authority since he has moved his residence to Frederick County.

After a two-year period of interim ministry, the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling congregation welcomes the Rev. Anya Sammler as full-time, settled minister this September.

Sammler attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where she earned degrees in philosophy and fine arts, concentrating on Wittgenstein and photography. She has also worked as a chef and cafe manager. She has a masters of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Seminary in Chicago and has served as chaplain at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and as intern minister in Sunnyvale, Calif. Recently she has served as youth minister at the Community Unitarian Church in White Plains, N.Y. She is an avid runner, practices yoga and was married to Scott Michael, a UU intern minister, Aug. 18.

Nicholas R. Nelson graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the 33-day curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet's officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet's intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve.

The cadet is a student at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.

He is the son of Walfred A. and Melanie M. Nelson of Smokehouse Court, Ashburn. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn.

George W. Lemm of Aldie has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 124th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, November 12 in Louisville, Ky.

Lemm, a member of the American Angus Association, is one of 381 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members to serve as an alternate state representative to the annual meeting. Representing 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, the state delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

Mark Duffell of Aldie has been elected as a delegate to the 124th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky.

Duffell, a member of the American Angus Association, is one of 407 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a representative at the annual meeting. Representing 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, the delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

Scott A. Meyers, a fourth-grade teacher at Rolling Ridge Elementary School, has been nominated for the fifth time for inclusion in the annual Who's Who Among America's Teachers for 2007. Less than 1 percent of all nominated teachers are published three or more times. Meyers was also included in the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005-06 editions. All of the 114,000 teachers included in the book were nominated by former students, who themselves are currently listed one of three Who's Who students editions.