A High-Tech Remedy

The Leesburg Pharmacy at Catoctin Circle has enlisted some robotic help.

The store has purchased a robotic prescription- dispensing system from a company in Kansas that will perform such tasks as counting pills, filling vials and labeling. Although pharmacists will still need to double-check prescriptions for accuracy, pharmacy owner Bruce Roberts said he hopes the machine will allow him more time to chat with customers and answer their questions.

Leesburg Pharmacy, which had sales of about $6 million last year, spent $175,000 on the system, which uses an electronic arm to search the machine's eight-foot dispenser for the correct prescription. The dispenser holds 200 of the most frequently sold prescriptions.

Tourism Nominations

The Loudoun Tourism Council is seeking nominations for awards to be presented at its May 2000 meeting.

The following awards will be given: Loudoun County event of the year; tourism volunteer of the year; tourism employee of the year; and the Judy Patterson Award, which recognizes an individual or organization for a significant contribution to the county's tourism industry.

The council also will select the LTC Partner of the Year, an award that honors a business or person who has helped the tourism council during 1999.

For applications or more information, call the council at 703-771-4682. Applications are due Feb. 7.

Area Historian Honored

The National Registry of Who's Who recently selected David Yost Boyce, acting director of Oatlands Plantation, as a lifetime member.

Boyce is a native of Berryville, in Clarke County, Va., and came to Oatlands in January 1997 as the director of programs and a historian. He has created a historical lecture series and has established the Douglas W. Hunt Center for Historical Studies at Oatlands.

In addition to his work at Oatlands, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Leesburg, Boyce serves on the Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission and the NOVA Curriculum Advisory Committee for Historic Preservation.

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