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Shrock Travel is sending five motorcoaches to the 2009 presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, with departures from Winchester, Front Royal and Martinsburg, W.Va. Cost is $45 per person. Call 678-2871, ext. 201, or visit www.shrocktravel.com.

On Saturdays through Dec. 20, Z Street Market in Winchester will be transformed into an old-world German-style Kris Kindls market featuring farm-fresh produce, pastured meats and eggs, baked goods, and local crafters and artists. Demonstrations include glass blowing, wool spinning and jewelry making, and a custom-made doll house will be raffled to benefit Blue Ridge Hospice. Santa Claus will visit the market on Dec. 6. For more information, visit www.zstreetmarket.com.

Amherst Family Practice in Winchester is giving all 50 of its staff members the opportunity to wear blue jeans on Fridays during the month of December in exchange for a one-time donation of $10 to this year's Chain of Checks campaign benefiting NW Works.

L. Marquetta Mitchell, the Edward Jones financial representative in Strasburg, invites the public to attend a holiday open house on Dec. 6 at noon at 152 E. King St.

Dominion Business Services will hold an open house on Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 373 Tasker Road, east of Stephens City. The event includes refreshments, special offers for new and existing clients, free shredding and door prizes. The business asks that guests bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or a nonperishable food item for local food banks.

Gold's Gym in Front Royal will honor local teachers, policemen, firefighters and military personnel in December as part of its "Strength in our Communities" program. Members of these groups can visit Gold's Gym to redeem a special two-week VIP membership and receive free fitness advice from a personal trainer.

Fort Valley Nursery will hold a Christmas open house on Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with 10 percent of the day's sales donated to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The company is also asking that customers bring nonperishable items for drop-off.


Jeanette Weiler, of lia sophia, a direct-sales fashion jewelry company, has been promoted from adviser to unit manager in Winchester, and newcomer Misty Skube has been recognized as a top sales adviser for the company in Front Royal for her sales accomplishments and professionalism.

Executive Protection Systems has announced the following additions to its staff: Arthur Anderson recently became head of business development for the firm's Communications and Security division. He comes to EPS from NRTC, an independent telecommunications venture, where he was national accounts manager with product offerings in Voice-over Internet Protocol to residential and business consumers. Brian Marshall comes to EPS' Communications and Security team from Pawtucket, R.I. He has extensive experience in the installation of copper and fiber optic cable, closed-circuit TV, security cameras and access control. Gary Joplin has also joined the Communications and Security team after recently retiring from the U.S. Navy as a command master chief, where he provided tactical, technical, administrative and training expertise in all areas of warfare. Marvin Pringle has joined the EPS training team as a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive subject matter expert. He recently retired from the U.S. Army.

Stephen J. Amweg has joined Bank of Clarke County as a senior vice president and senior credit officer at the bank's Old Town Center in Winchester. Amweg is a former vice president and credit officer for PNC Bank in Fredericksburg. Dale L. Fritts has been promoted to senior vice president and senior loan officer. He has been with the bank since 2001.


Local attorneys Marilyn Ann Solomon and Eryk Boston attended the 23rd annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice at the Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville in October. The all-day seminar is designed for experienced bankruptcy practitioners to learn interpretations of the newest case law decisions and how they apply to current and future cases. One of Solomon's published student loan cases was used during the seminar.

Front Royal dentist Dr. Craig A. Zunka and Alan Sealock of Sealock Dental Ceramics attended the 32nd annual American Society for Dental Aesthetics conference, held Oct. 22-25 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix.


Justin Kibler of Mt. Jackson was one of eight runners-up in Farmers & Merchant Bank's annual photography contest to produce a color calendar showcasing the natural beauty of Rockingham, Shenandoah and Page counties. More than 400 photos were submitted during the first half of the year, and a panel of judges selected the 13 winning entries.

Glen and Kim Burke and GW Development LLC were recognized on Nov. 18 with the Winchester Economic Development Authority's Excellence in Economic Redevelopment Award for their revitalization of the historic George Washington Hotel.

The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors honored the following individuals at a Nov. 13 luncheon for their conservation efforts during the past year: Kara R.B. Bates, for her education efforts through the Soil and Water Conservation District; Bryce Resort for its work in maintaining the Lake Laura Dam; Clarke County farmers Michael Boden, William Johnston and Carl Stephanus, for protecting more than 6,000 feet of stream along their adjacent properties through fencing and other best-management practices; Judith McCann Slaughter, for placing conservation easements on her farm, which has been in her family for more than 100 years, and for putting up more than a mile of fencing protecting the adjacent stream; sisters Betty Calvert and Nancy Gaines, for protecting nearly 5,000 feet of a stream that enters the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near their farm in Maurertown; and Oxbow Farm in Warren County, designated the district's 2008 Clean Water Farm.

Mike Good, a Realtor with Skyline Team Real Estate in Strasburg and owner of Michael L. Good Construction, was named Best Overall, Division VI Builder in the Top of Virginia Building Association's 2008 Parade of Homes.

Teressa Lazazzera Strohymer, of ERA OakCrest Realty Inc., has been nominated by ERA Franchise Systems to receive the Sapphire Award. The award recognizes an International Collection member who has taken steps to work effectively and competitively with the luxury real estate market.

Donald E. Sours of Luray was chosen from among more than 45,000 entrants for a free "Gas for a Year" card from the Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services. Sours donated blood on July 24 at DuPont's Front Royal facility, where we works.

Robin Gochenour was top lister and Janice Copeland was top salesperson and top producer in Skyline Team Real Estate's Strasburg office for October.


Craftsman Construction of Edinburg has completed a certification course for EarthCraft House of Virginia. EarthCraft House is a green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthier, more comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment.

Tony Mikulec, sales representative with Frederick Block Brick & Stone, recently attended Brick School, sponsored by Pine Hall Brick, in North Carolina. The three-day event included plant tours, a brick-laying competition and classes on brick fundamentals, technical information and construction details. Frederick Block Brick & Stone is the distributor for Pine Hall Brick and Pavers for the Northern Shenandoah Valley and eastern panhandle of West Virginia.


A "Lunch & Learn" on business growth and protection resources provided by GoSmallBiz will be held on Dec. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Café and Shoppes. Reservations are preferred. Call 459-8888 or (866) 286-0094.

-- Daily Staff Reports

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