Loudoun declares May as Hunger Awareness Month

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has declared May to be Hunger Awareness Month. Food pantries in the county typically receive generous donations during the December holiday season and in winter, but as warm weather arrives, donations decrease significantly.

In the summer, the county’s largest food pantry, operated by Loudoun Interfaith Relief, increases the amount provided to each qualified child by 25 percent to make up for the loss of school-based programs. With a decrease in donations and an increase in need, area food pantries are stretched thin, officials said.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief reports that its current food supplies are “dangerously low,” county officials said in a statement.

With the proclamation, officials hope to remind residents to remember those in need and donate food, as well as call attention to the issue of hunger.

For information on donating food, call Loudoun Interfaith Relief at 703-777-5911.

County appoints new director of community corrections

County Administrator Tim Hemstreet has announced that James J. Freeman has been named director of the Loudoun County Department of Community Corrections.

Freeman, now serving as deputy chief probation officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections in the adult probation and parole division, will begin May 23, Hemstreet said in a statement.

Freeman, a member of the Virginia Probation and Parole Association, received the 2007 Virginia Probation and Parole Association Officer of the Year award. He is also a licensed Virginia substance abuse counselor and a certified trainer of Addiction Severity Index, a substance abuse assessment tool, the statement said.

Freeman has a bachelor’s degree from Kean University and completed course work at the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University.

Pet clinic will offer free microchip IDs, vaccinations

The Loudoun County Department of Animal Services and Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates will host a Summer Pet Wellness Clinic on June 8 at Blue Ridge Veterinary’s office, 120 E. Cornwell Lane, Purcellville.

The clinic will offer free microchip IDs for dogs and cats. A microchip provides a way of identifying the owner of a pet found by animal control officers or left at veterinary offices. Implanted with a shot, the chip has a number that can be read by a scanner.

Free rabies vaccines for dogs and cats will also be available at the clinic. Rabies vaccines are required for dogs and cats beginning at age 4 months. Loudoun dog licenses will be sold at the clinic to pet owners who have proof of a current rabies vaccine.

Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates will also offer discounted vaccines for dogs and cats, as well as routine diagnostic testing. Prices and descriptions will be at www.loudoun.gov/animals.

The clinic is for Loudoun residents only. Registration is required in advance and can be done at the above Web site. Appointments will be assigned from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12 to 2 p.m. for dogs, and from
1 to 3 p.m. for cats.

For information on the Summer Pet Wellness Clinic, go to the county Web site or call Kim Miller, animal control administrator, at 703-737-8913.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson