People, Dec. 24-30

People, Dec. 24-30

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail <a href=""></a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged.

Mamie Parker of Cascades, the first African-American woman to be appointed assistant director and regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been recognized with The Wilderness Society’s national Faces of Conservation award for her lifetime commitment to fish and wildlife conservation.

Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Woellner was among several law-enforcement officers from the region recognized by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program for their outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving. Woellner, a two-and-a-half-year veteran, has removed 22 impaired drivers from Loudoun’s roadways in 2008.

Loudoun County’s second annual online contest "Where's Teddy in Loudoun County?" was recently completed. Participants had to identify the location where Teddy was photographed in a test of local geographical knowledge. Doris Eversmeyer of Sterling placed second and the Hess Family of Ashburn placed third. They both received a bear and a T-shirt. The Hess Family documented their search for Teddy and some of their photos can be viewed at

Volunteer Loudoun honored Rebecca Smith, Dominion High School senior, as the September Student Volunteer of the Month. Smith was recognized in front of her peers at

a recent Youth Advisory Council Meeting, of which she is the vice chair.