Emergency Exercise

The Loudoun County Health Department needs volunteers to act as patients in a large-scale emergency preparedness exercise in October.

In a widespread disease outbreak, the health department would need to provide medications or vaccinations to the public at several sites.

The department plans to set up a mock dispensing site at Potomac Falls High School in Sterling on Oct. 22.

"To truly test this plan, we need a large number of people to play the part of patients for that day," said David Goodfriend, director of the health department.

"These volunteers will walk through each area of the dispensing site over the course of about three hours to see how quickly and appropriately people receive needed medications," he said.

For more information and a sign-up form, visit www.loudoun.gov/health/volunteer.htm.

The county planned a large-scale flu vaccination clinic last October to test the department's ability to provide medication en masse, but the clinic was canceled because of the vaccine shortage.

Parking Enforcement

The Town of Leesburg has hired two parking enforcement officers for the downtown area.

The officers will wear white polo shirts with "Parking Enforcement" printed below the town logo on the front. The officers will start issuing tickets Monday.

School Raises Funds for MS

Cool Spring Elementary School raised more than $8,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at a walkathon on school grounds June 11.

The fundraiser was inspired by Nick Harman, a student who has the disease.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

An MS walkathon at Cool Spring Elementary was inspired by student Nick Harman, center, walking with his sister Rachel. McGruff the Crime Dog and Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd, behind Nick and Rachel, also took part.