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On Mondays in 2009, Shoney's restaurants, locally owned by RFS Enterprises of Virginia, will be donating a portion of their proceeds to 12 local charitable organizations in response to the struggling economy. For more information, call 421-9011.

Save-A-Lot in Mt. Jackson is sponsoring a food drive for local food pantries through the end of January. The discount grocer is preparing food bags in three different sizes for customers to purchase, with the bags going to the food pantry of their choice.

WINC Chain of Checks "Match Day," Dec. 17, raised $36,208.10 for NW Works, thanks in part to a commitment by four area businesses -- Tri-State Nissan, Harvest Moon Natural Foods, The Bowman-Shoemaker Cos. and The Shockey Cos. -- to match all donations that day, up to $15,000. The money will specifically benefit NW Works' Youth Employment Superstars program, which assists area youths with disabilities in acquiring their first jobs.

Applegate Art & Custom Framing will be moving next month to 2216 Valor Drive, beside Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company. The new building will allow the business to better serve its customers and features a secluded area for framing, a private entrance for deliveries and an expanded sales floor. The owners are also considering extending business hours.

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester is going green. The continuing-care retirement community has surveyed usage and recycling methods and made several changes to its operations, including eliminating the use of plastic foam and paper products in its food services, giving every resident and staff member a reusable mug, using Internet communications to reduce paper, using eco-friendly cleaning supplies and recycling grass clippings. For more information, visit www.svwc.org or e-mail Ann McIntyre, director of development and community relations, at amcintyre@svwc.org.

Freight Station Farmers' Market in Winchester will begin winter hours on Tuesday. Hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market features home-grown fruits and vegetables, rustic baked breads, homemade soups and baked goods.

Allstate Insurance Co. has opened a new office in Winchester, owned and operated by Christine Hoover. The office is located at 144 Creekside Lane. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and other hours are available by appointment.

Toray Industries Inc. has been awarded the United Nations Association of New York's 2008 Humanitarian Award for its efforts to address the impact of global climate change. The award was presented at a gala dinner in late October at the U.N. that focused attention on the importance of environmental sustainability. Toray Plastics manufactures crosslinked olefin foams at a facility in Warren County.

Reader & Swartz Architects PC recently won two of the six statewide design awards given this year for Excellence in Preservation from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. Both of the projects are located in downtown Winchester. One was for the Old Frederick County Courthouse on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, and the other was for the City Meat Building, located on Cameron Street.

The Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center has received green certification through a program for the state's tourism partners developed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Tourism Corp. The state is encouraging attractions, hotels, motels, inns and restaurants to become certified. For a complete list of area Virginia Green-certified properties, visit www.virginia.org/green.

Bobby Chestnut, of Stephens City, has been named 2008-09 Virginia Clubmaker of the Year by the Golf Clubmakers Association. A panel of GCA officials and other golf clubmaking experts selected winners from each state who exemplify the qualities of golf club repair, club fitting and community work. Chestnut and other winners were honored during the 19th annual GCA International Conference in October in Austin, Texas.

Janice Copeland was the top lister at Skyline Team Real Estate in Strasburg in November, while Robin Gochenour was top salesperson and top producer.

Cheryl Adkins was top salesperson and Sue Kinyon was top producer in the Front Royal office of Long & Foster/Webber & Associates in November.

Paul G. Anderson, a Stephens City cattle and hay producer, was chosen as the recipient of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's 2008 Warren Beach Award for mentoring young farmers at the group's annual convention in Hot Springs on Dec. 2. Anderson, who served on the VFBF board of directors from 1998 to 2007, was also recognized for his dedication and service to the organization over the years.

Linda Kurtz, of Winchester, has been hired as director of marketing at The Marque at Heritage Hunt, an active-adult apartment community in Gainesville. Kurtz previously served as fundraising co-chair and chairwoman of Faith in Action of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, an interfaith coalition of volunteers who assist those in need. She has also served as director of community relations for Blue Ridge Hospice and director of marketing for assisted living. For the past three years, Kurtz was the owner of Winchester-based Majestic Mortgage, and she has also operated a marketing and consulting firm.

Winchester residents Timothy and Ruth Anderson, independent distributors with Reliv International, offer nutritional supplements to the local community. The couple also help provide critically needed supplements to malnourished children around the world through the company's nonprofit organization, the Reliv Kalogris Foundation. In 2007, Reliv distributors donated a record $1 million to the foundation. For more information, call 667-4228.

Diane Cleveland, of ERA OakCrest Realty in Winchester, has been named the 2009 president of the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors. Cleveland was the group's 2008 Realtor of the Year.

Wade Linger recently was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education by Gov. Joe Manchin. The Charleston, W.Va., native and 1976 graduate of Warren County High School will serve a nine-year term ending in 2017.

Shenandoah University and Lord Fairfax Community College will host a regional financial aid night on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Halpin-Harrison Hall in SU's Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business. The event offers the chance to learn about the free application for federal student aid, scholarships and loans. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 665-4538.

L. Marquetta Mitchell, the Edward Jones financial adviser in Strasburg, will host a coffee club at 9 a.m. on Jan. 28 at 152 E. King St. The free, informal gathering offers an update on the stock market and the economy. For more information, call 465-2605.

-- Daily Staff Reports

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