Student Volunteer of the Month

Danny Dales, a 10th-grader at Potomac Falls High School who has volunteered at Loudoun Hospital Center since June, is Loudoun Volunteer Service's Student Volunteer of the Month for April. Dales has contributed more than 100 hours of service to the emergency room, materials management and surgical services departments.

Dales is on his school's debate team, has a second-degree black belt in karate and played baseball for six years for Lower Loudoun Little League. This summer, he will train as a volunteer with the county's fire and rescue department.

Dales said he plans to major in biology in college in preparation for medical school. Asked why he chose Loudoun Hospital Center's volunteer service, he said, "It gives me the opportunity to see what I plan to do firsthand."

Tasty to the Last Drop

The Town of Purcellville took second place in the recent Virginia Rural Water Association Conference Water Tasting Contest. Samples were submitted from the Main Street Well Field. Smithfield, Va., placed first.

Karin Franklin, director of public works, said residents "should be proud they have one of the best-tasting waters in rural Virginia and stop purchasing expensive bottled water that has less strict requirements for quality. Pour more from the tap!"

Starbucks Manager Recognized

The Loudoun County Disability Services Board has presented a FAME (Facilities Access Management Excellence) Award to Fred Stewart, manager of Starbucks in Cascades, for reaching out to the disabled, including hiring Elizabeth Bennett and Lars Harper, two disabled students from Potomac Falls High School.

"I feel like we get so much more out of the relationship with them than they do," Stewart said of Bennett and Harper. "It's really rewarding to know that we can make a difference in one person's life in a meaningful way."

Stewart said that after Bennett graduates in June, he plans to upgrade her position to 20 hours a week so she will receive medical benefits.

"The FAME Award recognizes facilities access management excellence and honors businesses that treat disabled customers and employees with dignity," said board Chairman Brett Mason. The board seeks to include people with disabilities into community life and to provide resources to meet the needs of people with physical and sensory disabilities.

Donation Made to Playground Fund

Broadlands Associates, developer of the Broadlands subdivision, has donated $10,000 to the Hillside Elementary School Playground Fund. Emily Ciullo, head of the PTO's fundraising committee, said the donation brought the fund to $32,000, more than enough to complete the first phase, the grading of the schoolyard. The complete project is expected to cost $60,000.

Lieutenant Commissioned

Kathleen M. Westfall, daughter of retired Lt. Col. Charles and Bonnie Westfall of Leesburg, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Her father read the commissioning oath to her, and both parents pinned her second lieutenant's insignia on her during a private ceremony at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

Westfall, who worked at Freelance Technologies in Leesburg, has been assigned to the 3rd Communications Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska.

-- Compiled by Leslie Shepherd

Joyce Sargent of Loudoun Hospital Center presents Danny Dales with his certificate.Elizabeth Bennett, left, and Lars Harper, right, are all smiles as they stand with Fred Stewart.