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Keep Loudoun Beautiful held a litter cleanup recently along a portion of the Potomac River in Loudoun County, covering several miles. Thirty-six volunteers removed 66 tires and 40 bags of assorted trash totaling 2,820 pounds.

The cleanup was sponsored by the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management with funding from the Virginia Litter Prevention and Recycling Grant Program.

Shenandoah University graduated 160 students in a ceremony in the Smith Library Plaza, Saturday, Aug. 26. This is the first year August graduation was held outside.

The guest speaker is Jaime de Ojeda, Shenandoah UniversityÕs ambassador-in-residence since 1997. Honorary degrees will be presented to pharmacist R. David Anderson, physical therapist Phillip B. Donley and pianist John OÕConor.

Members of The Islamic Society of North America elected Imam Mohamed Magid as the organization' s vice president. Magid is the executive director and imam of The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS). He is the chair of Fairfax Faith Communities in Action, a member of The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly, and board member of the Fairfax Youth Partnership. In addition, he serves as a member of the Arab, Muslim, Sikh Advisory Committee to the FBI Washington Field Office. Magid lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and five children.

The Leesburg Economic Development Commission elected new officers at its Aug. 23 meeting in Leesburg. Ara Bagdasarian will serve in the role as the commission chair with Karen Jones serving as vice chair.

Mark Duffell of Aldie has been elected as a delegate to the 123rd Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 13 in Louisville, Ky.

Duffell, a member of the American Angus Association, is one of 389 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a representative at the annual meeting. Representing 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, the delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.

George W. Lemm, also of Aldie, is one of 362 association members to be selected as an alternate delegate.

James F. McGuirk II of Loudoun County, president of AKLM Consulting Inc., was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine (D) to the Council on Virginia's Future.