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Belle Grove Plantation

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(From press release) Belle Grove is adding two new programs to encourage local residents to visit the historic home.

First Saturdays will allow residents of neighboring towns to visit Belle Grove for $4 with proof of residence (driver's license/voter registration/utility bill). Middletown will be the first to take advantage of the First Saturdays price, followed by Strasburg and Front Royal in coming months. In addition to house tours, there will be a living history demonstration and vendors. The first First Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2.

The other program is a Teacher Appreciation Month, which runs Aug. 1 -31. This program allows educators (teachers, teacher aides, principals, librarians, resource staff and administrative staff with instructional responsibilities) to visit the house for $4 and receive more information about programs available to local schools. Proof of employment is required (business card or school I.D.).

(From a press release) Lowe's of North Winchester, 261 Market St., Winchester, will match gift card purchases on July 31 to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County during the new store's grand opening.

All Lowe's gift cards purchased at the store July 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 with Lowe's in-store credit for Habitat for Humanity's use on its next project.

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick Co helps to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income residents in Winchester City and Frederick County. In 2008, Habital plans to complete five houses and begin construction on five houses in the West Wynd development in Stephens City.

Lowe's is a national partner of Habitat for Humanity International and is the underwriter for its Women Build program. In addition to contributing more than $2 million per year, employees from Lowe's stores volunteer on build sites and host How-To Clinics at stores to give volunteers hands-on practice on the basics of construction.

(From a press release) Wednesdays in August at the Old Court House Civil War Museum in Winchester is the "Stay-cation Destination" for children and their families.

Children will be admitted free from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday in August. Adults will be charged admission, but teens and children 17 and under will admitted free when accompanied by one adult.

Museum volunteers will be available to help the children experience items used during Civil War times, such as quill pens, hoop skirts, spyglasses, and compasses. There also will be a scavenger hunt and prizes.

The museum, located in the 1840 Frederick County Courthouse, 20 N. Loudoun St., has over 3,000 artifacts from the Civil War. It is open year round Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For info: (540) 542-1145

Group raising funds to save steam locomotives

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(From a press release) NATURAL BRIDGE -- The Western Virginia Railroad Preservation Society has launched a fundraising campaign to rescue historic railroad equipment.

The equipment, which is in the former Virginia Scrap Iron & Metal Compay scrapyard in Roanoke, consists of three Norfolk & Western steam locomotives built between 1910 and 1921, two rare Baldwin diesel locomotives from the Chesapeake Western Railroad, two water canteen cars converted from steam locomotive tenders, and a flatcar.

The Virginia-based nonprofit organization was originally formed in 2003 to save the Roanoke locomotives, and added other projects after the scrapyard donated the equpiment to Virginia Museum of Transportation (VMT) later that year.

For more information about the group and to donate, visit www.wvrps.org

(From a press release) BLUEMONT, VA. -- Church youth groups and adult volunteers will be working on homes of low income families in Winchester and Warren, Clarke and Frederick counties July 20-25.

The 120 volunteers are members of the Impact the Valley Summer Mission project which is managed by a coalition of churches and ministries that include Marlow Heights Baptist Church and Streetwise Ministries of Front Royal. Teens Opposing Poverty of Bluemont is the umbrella organization for the project.

Work projects include painting, bathroom remodeling, improving access for wheelchair bound individuals, and other repair projects. Most of the residents being helped are elderly or disabled people living on limited incomes. Households are screened for income eligibility by Help with Housing of Berryville, a community-based organization that helps people with emergency home repairs.

For more information: www.teensopposingpoverty.org

Wayside Theater presents LEO Awards

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(From press release) MIDDLETOWN - The Wayside Foundation for the Arts has presented LEO Awards to Herbert W. White, Barbara Swink and John Norton Jr.

Foundation president Stephen Brown and artistic director Warner Crocker presented this year's awards, which were established in 2001 to honor those who have a passion for the theatre and its programs. Each winner receives a medalion cast in pewter with a cut-out of the theatre and a framed plaque.

Herbert White was Wayside Theatre's first producer in 1962. Under his direction in 1968, the Curtain Call was extensively renovated to give it an English Tavern atmosphere. He served on the board of directors after the Wayside Foundation for the Arts was formed in 1966.

Barbara Swink of Winchester has supported the arts in the community for many years. She was hired as an associate director for Wayside Theatre in 1971 by Jerry Slavet. She managed media coverage, scheduled talks to civic groups, and coffees across the region to sell subscriptions. She also ran an in-school program. She became managing director under James Kirkland in 1978. She retired in 1979.

John Norton of Berryville, the vice president of marketing at First Bank, has served on the Wayside Foundation for the Arts Board from 2000 through 2006. He was board president in 2005 and 2006. He has been an avid supporter of the Young Playwrights Festival and has helped promote and supported the capital campaign. He has been instrumental in bringing many donations to the theater.

Wayside Theatre is the second oldest professional theatre in Virginia and is celebrating its 47th season. For information about the theatre and for tickets, call the box office at (540) 869-1776 and visit the Web site: www.waysidetheatre.org.

Day of Caring volunteers needed

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is seeking volunteers for Day of Caring 2008. The event is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10. For more information, contact Day of Caring co-chairman Mary Nordman at (540) 323-3232 or e-mail mary.nordman@vnb.com

Here's a press release on the Sept. 10 event:

Plans for DAY OF CARING 2008 are underway and we hope that we can count on your business/company/organization to send a team of volunteers this year on Wednesday, September 10th. Last year we saw 378 volunteers reach out to their neighbors to lend a helping hand in celebration of DAY OF CARING. These volunteer teams accomplished many projects that would otherwise have gone undone due to a lack of resources or manpower.

The volunteers, from area industries and organizations, tackled more than 150 projects at 60 locations in Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, and Shenandoah Counties. These energetic and enthusiastic teams scraped, painted, cleaned, trimmed, mowed, planted, built floors, cut down trees, mulched, laid vinyl flooring, cleaned gutters, visited the homebound, washed windows, cleaned upholstery, shampooed carpet, scrubbed floors, cleaned a stream of debris, and numerous other chores for local non-profit agencies and the clients they serve.

In today's economy, I am sure we will probably have an even greater number of people in need of help this year.

DAY OF CARING offers your employees an opportunity to work together as a team outside the workplace. Each DAY of CARING team will be assigned a project or projects for the day at one of the local non-profit agencies site location, or at the home of an agency client.

Please help by organizing a team today. Enclosed is a flyer to post for employees to sign-up. Please appoint a team leader or contact person, and provide their email address, phone and fax number.

We hope that we can count on YOU to join us on this day and put action to the words of our slogan....Live United. Give.Advocate.Volunteer.

Sincerely,

Bill and Mary Nordman
Day of Caring Co-Chairmen

Winchester teen wins Guiding Eyes scholarship

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(From a press release) Virginia Lyman of Winchester has won a scholarship from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization.

Virginia has learned a great deal about dog handling and training methods through her volunteer work, and plans to carry those skills into her future career as a veterinarian. She has also become closer to her mom through shared classes and dog outings, and has developed into a strong public speaker who helps spread the word about Guiding Eyes.

"I ask myself, why am I still doing this?" she said. "When I look at my pups working with their blind partners, I know my answer."

Virginia was thrilled when two of her puppies, Savannah and Kylie, both graduated with blind companions as guides.

"Through the Puppy Raising program I have been able to meet many blind individuals with their working guides," she said. "I have learned more about blindness, and I have gained a greater appreciation for everything I have been blessed with in my own life."

To find out how you can raise a puppy that will become someone's Guiding Eyes, visit www.volunteer.guidingeyes.org or call 866-GEB-LABS.

Photo: Virginia Lyman and Koi


Strasburg bloodmobile

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The Shenandoah County chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a bloodmobile on Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Strasburg Moose Lodge.
Transportation is available by calling 465-8132.



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