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Woodstock group awards nursery, fire and rescue

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Dave Miller, sales associate at Fort Valley Nursery in Woodstock, waters a group of house plants inside the company's retail store on South Hisey Avenue on Tuesday. The nursery was named the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce's outstanding business of the year for 2008. Rich Cooley/Daily

By Elizabeth Wilkerson — Daily Staff Writer

WOODSTOCK — Fort Valley Nursery was named the outstanding business of the year for 2008 by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting and awards reception Monday.

The nursery has operated in Woodstock since 1984, according to information provided Tuesday by chamber President Daryl Mumaw. In November 2007, the business opened a new 18,000-square-foot garden center on South Hisey Avenue, quadrupling its footprint in town.

Also, its owners have remained active in the community, with one serving as Woodstock’s fire chief for more than seven years and another serving as an integral part of the town’s Enhancement Committee.

On Tuesday, Mumaw said the nursery has brought a lot to the community, including developing its current facility, which is something the town and county needed.

Randy Fogle, who owns the nursery along with his brother, Terry, and Warren Schennum, said the partners were “proud of receiving that award and [were] very honored by it.”

“It’s quite an honor for us to be recognized that way by our fellow chamber members,” Fogle said. “It has really been an exciting time for us.

“We’re very happy with the new facility and with the way it has performed.”

The new location has been very well received by the community, and “we’re very happy about it,” he said. The nursery has been rented out for a variety of functions, he said, including weddings and wedding receptions.

“That has been a neat thing for us, too,” he said.

Fogle said the business has been involved in Woodstock’s chamber for a number of years, and membership in the organization has been “very valuable.”

“I think it’s really important, particularly for businesses in a small town like ours, to network together to do the best that we can helping our customers and so forth,” he said.

Woodstock’s rescue squad and fire department were the year’s outstanding organizations, and Dr. Jacob Haun was named outstanding citizen of the year, Mumaw said.

In 2008, the rescue squad ran 2,191 calls for service, according to Mumaw, and spent 2,228 man hours on calls from July through December. The squad frequently hosts a variety of classes and training sessions.

The fire department went on 505 runs, including 88 fires, last year, according to Mumaw. Firefighters saved more than $4 million in property, raised nearly 2,000 feet of ladders and laid 12,100 feet of hose.

On Tuesday, Mumaw said the number of man hours the members of the two organizations put in stood out, along with the fact that “they do not get a whole lot of recognition.”

Haun, a Woodstock native, returned to the area in 1989 and has since amassed a remarkable record of service. He has served as a member of Woodstock’s fire department, a trail keeper in the Wolf Gap area, an Eagle Scout leader, a member of various community boards, and a founding member, president and now treasurer of the Shenandoah Community Foundation.

About 100 tickets were sold for Monday’s event, which, unlike previous annual meetings, was not a “sit-down dinner function,” Mumaw said. Because of the deteriorating economy, organizers decided to forego a formal dinner in order to keep costs down, he said.

“Actually, our attendance is up,” he said.

Contact Elizabeth Wilkerson at ewilkerson@nvdaily.com

2008 honorees

  • Outstanding business of the year: Fort Valley Nursery
  • Outstanding organizations: Woodstock fire and rescue
  • Outstanding citizen of the year: Dr. Jacob Haun

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