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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.

<sh>Piedmont Arts Names Student Board

<bt>The Piedmont Arts Foundation is pleased to name 12 students to serve on the 2007-08 Student Board. Katie Bahr from Dominion High School will serve her third year on the Board as President. Emily Waffle, a junior from Potomac Falls High School has been named Vice President. Rounding out the Officers are Foundation Secretary Sarah Klenk and Sergeant at Arms Aaron Pendola, both from Stone Bridge High School.

Serving on this Board is a significant achievement. With the oversight of the adult Officers, the students are responsible for raising funds and gifting in support of high school theater throughout Loudoun County. A busy year is planned for the Foundation. The highlight of the year will be the second annual PIEARTS PALOOZA held each spring. Last year's Palooza brought together over 200 students from throughout the county for music, improv and fun.

<sh>Fill the Boot Succesful

<bt>Loudoun County Firefighters were successful with their MDA "Fill the Boot" campaign this year raising $110,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters were at various intersections throughout Loudoun County collecting money. Last year, Loudoun County Fire Fighters raised $87,000, which was $33,000 more than 2005. Their goal this year was $100,000 and they were ecstatic that they beat their goal by $10,000 and beating their 2006 total by $23,000.

Loudoun County firefighters raised enough money to fund the entire summer camp at Camp Maria in Leonardtown, Md., for 65 children. They also raised enough money to purchase wheel chairs for 35 people in need, some of the wheelchairs can cost upwards of $40,000.

<sh>New Bikes

<bt>The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was presented with a new 2008 police motorcycle by the America’s 9/11 Foundation, Inc. The motorcycle, a Harley Davidson FLHP-I (Police Package), has an estimated value of $20,000. Each year a Police motorcycle is given to a police department for their assistance with escorting the America’s 9/11 Ride. In August 2007 members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit along with units from the Town of Leesburg Police, and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority escorted the group of riders out of town and into Maryland.

<sh>ADAMS Center Peace Gathering

<bt>Members of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center) hosted interfaith leaders, government officials, local police and fire departments, and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington Field Office in their sixth annual Peace Gathering held Saturday, Sept. 8, at ADAMS Center. In keeping with this annual tradition, those gathered honored the efforts made this past year by the members of the Loudoun County Sherriff Department, Town of Herndon Police Department, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Sterling Volunteer Fire Department, Fairfax County Police Department, and The FBI Washington Field Office. Each Department was presented with a plaque commemorating their tireless dedication to the community and National Security.

Mark Duffell, Aldie, has been elected as a delegate to the 124th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, November 12 in Louisville, Ky., reports John Crouch, executive vice president of the American Angus Association.SM

Duffell, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., 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.