Blue Ridge Teachers Cited for Lab Work

Blue Ridge Middle School technology education teachers James D. Bovard and Richard N. Murdock have won the first-place award in Virginia's Check Excellence for Vocational Education Program. The award was presented in Richmond on June 22. The teachers won for their renovation of a high-technology laboratory at Blue Ridge, which offers training in robotics, computer problem-solving, engineering, rocketry/space flight, radio communications, flight technology, electronics, graphic communications and applied physics.

Crafts Prize Awarded

Ardyth Davis, of Leesburg, has won second prize in the crafts category of the 1990 Virginia Prizes for the Visual Arts. The prizes, presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, honor 15 of the state's top artists and artisans. Davis has studied at the Corcoran School of Art and has won a fellowship from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation/National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Loudoun Library Election

Joan B. Alsop, of Sterling, has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Loudoun County Public Library system. The board elected Ron Carpenter, of Purcellville, vice chairman, and Joyce Hardcastle, of Sterling, secretary. Alsop has been a member of the library board for nearly four years, during which time she has held several offices, including a previous term as chairman.

2 New Planners in Leesburg

Delane D. Parks and Eugene O. Arner have joined the Leesburg Department of Planning, Zoning and Development. Parks, of Abingdon, Va., holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning and a bachelor's degree in geography from Virginia Tech. He comes to Leesburg from a planning job in Washington County, Va. Arner holds a master's degree in policy planning from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree in English from Brown University. He worked as a planner in the Charlottesville Department of Community Development from 1987 to the present. Before that, he served 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.