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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

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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