Jamie VandenHeuvel, 11, of Leesburg took part this summer in the Children's International Summer Villages program, a 55-year-old international exchange organization that promotes peace education and intercultural friendship. VandenHeuvel, a sixth-grader at Harper Park Middle School, represented the United States with three other Washington area students in the month-long camp in Cortina, Italy.

Five members of the Purcellville rescue squad were selected as August student volunteers of the month: Jon Adcock, Tim Belofsky, Sarah Boland, Michael Bullock and Matt Minnick. Each student volunteered about 45 hours a month, responding to ambulance calls and helping with patient care. Belofsky is a senior at Loudoun Valley High School this year; the other students graduated in June.

Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson and investigator Howard Craig received certificates of appreciation from the Virginia State Police for the county's efforts to reduce auto theft. The Sheriff's Office's new "bait car" program facilitated the arrest of three suspected car thieves in two months, and the program has been copied by other law enforcement agencies.

Richard Enrico of Ashburn, Carl Grigsby of Sterling, Maria Cortes of Sterling, Sarah Coffey of Sterling and Richard Thompson of Round Hill were awarded gold medals at the 2005 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics at Falls Church High School. The Cascade Senior Center's Cascade Steppers of Sterling took a silver medal. The NVSO runs through today and is open to athletes 50 and older. It is sponsored by Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Brigitta S. Toruno of Ashburn has been appointed to a three-year term on the Loudoun County Community Services Board by the Board of Supervisors. The board addresses issues related to mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse in the county. Toruno is president of Ashburn-based Uno Communications.

Dana Eckensburg is the new conductor of the Loudoun String Workshop. Eckensburg, a horn player, is orchestra director at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington County and performs with the Riverside Wind Symphony and Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra. She replaces Ron Dillard, who conducted the Loudoun Symphony Association's workshop for four seasons.

Arlyn K. Black of Sterling will be the grand marshal in Sterling's Columbus Day parade Oct. 8. Black is chief executive and owner of Arlyn K. Black Enterprises Inc.

John M. Fay has been named vice president of the Inova Health System Foundation and will direct its fundraising.

Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson, right, and investigator Howard Craig.BRIGITTA TORUNO