Congratulations to Senior Volunteers John and Fran Lovaas

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Last summer as part of our effort to promote volunteering for one of our RSVP partners, The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Farmers Market program, we did a feature on John and Fran Lovaas, two senior volunteers who manage the highly-acclaimed Reston Farmers Market at Lake Anne. You can view the report by clicking the video above.

We would like to congratulate John and Fran who have been named as two of the recipients of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2019 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards.

John and Fran Lovaas and Keith Strange are being honored for their 43 combined years of service in managing the market. John was the founding Market Manager and has served for 22 years. Fran formally joined him as a manager 16 years ago. Keith Strange made the partnership a trio six years ago, according to a FCPA news release.

The managers were praised for being full of energy, fun, creativity and innovation, and for providing excellent customer service to market vendors and shoppers. This year, they spearheaded a pilot program with the Park Authority and Clean Fairfax to reduce the use of plastic bags in the market and have established a gleaners program to take unsold vegetables and fruits to a food pantry for low-income families, according to the news release.

In 2019, the Reston Farmers Market was named the Best Farmers Market in Northern Virginia by readers of Virginia Living Magazine.

The award winners will be honored at a ceremony in November.

The Elly Doyle Park Service Award was established by the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1988, in recognition of former Park Authority Board Chairman and member Ellamae Doyle’s years of outstanding service toward the preservation of parkland and establishment of natural and recreational areas for the benefit of Fairfax County residents. The purpose of the award is to publicly recognize a volunteer or group of volunteers for outstanding contributions to Fairfax County parks, according to the FCPA.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of the FCPA’s Farmers Markets, please contact Brandi at  RSVP-Northern Virginia at 703-403-5360.

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