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Kidzplay, a new supervised indoor playground for children under the age of 11, held a grand opening Monday at 308 Hope Drive in Winchester, between Food Lion and the old Montgomery Ward's Plaza. The business offers private birthday parties, educational and recreational programs, open play, a cafe, a small exercise room for parents and more. For more information, call 667-7529 or visit www.kidzplay.biz.

DuPont Community Credit Union held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Feb. 2 for its new Woodstock office at 1025 Woodstock Commons Drive. The 6,910-square-foot facility features two drive-up lanes, one drive-up ATM and safe deposit boxes. DCCU will be donating $20 for every new member who opens an account at the Woodstock office to Blue Ridge Hospice, which serves Shenandoah County.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe recently opened at Rutherford Crossing near Stephenson, featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner options, including more than 35 real-fruit blended smoothies, bistro sandwiches and salads. For more information, visit www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com.

Warren County Veterinary Clinic held an open house Feb. 7 for its newly expanded hospital facility at 4310 Rivermont Drive. Guests met the staff, toured the building and learned more about the health care services the clinic provides for pets. Call 635-4176.

The Book of Knowledge recently opened in downtown Winchester at 7 N. Loudoun St., offering books, CDs, DVDs, music, candles, incense, musical instruments, fragrances and hand-made jewelry. The shop also offers massage therapy, yoga, Reiki, meditation classes and life coaching. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to book appointments, call 545-8878 or e-mail thebookofknowledge@verizon.net.


Winchester attorney Marilyn Ann Solomon has started the Kare 4 Kids Foundation serving needy families in the area. From toys and books to winter coats and food, Solomon and her daughters, Stephanie, 17, and Danielle, 15, wrap and organize the gifts for delivery. A total of 29 children and their parents have been helped so far this season.

DuPont Community Credit Union will award $1,000 scholarships to 19 high school seniors at its annual meeting on April 28. Eligible students include those attending public high schools in the credit union's service area, local private schools and home-schooled students. Students are required to complete a one-page application and write on an assigned topic, which is available online at www.mydccu.com. Applications must be submitted to: DuPont Community Credit Union, Attention: Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 1365, Waynesboro, VA 22980, or delivered to any of the company's branch locations in Waynesboro, Staunton, Stuarts Draft, Verona, Harrisonburg or Woodstock. The deadline for applications is March 9.

Members of the board of directors and management staff of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative visited state legislators in Richmond on Jan. 26 as part of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives' Legislative Day. Participants were briefed on state and national issues, including energy efficiency and conservation, climate change, meeting growing demand for energy, and keeping energy affordable in the midst of the economic downturn.

The Zimmerman Group, an award-winning Winchester-based marketing and consulting firm, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Launched in 1989 in Durham, N.C., by Ellen Zimmerman, the company offers strategic planning, advertising, direct mail, trade-show design and public relations services. Call 722-8888 or visit www.zimm.com.

ERA Beasley Realty Inc. in Woodstock is part of a yearlong national sponsorship campaign with the PBS do-it-yourself home improvement icon "Ask This Old House." The sponsorship gives ERA Beasley the ability to provide consumers with information to guide them through all stages of home ownership, from buying and maintaining to selling.


Berryville resident Gary Hornbaker, manager of Balclutha Farm, has been appointed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Lori Fountain Bales of Winchester, president of Fountain Homes and Development Inc., has been appointed to the state Board of Housing and Community Development.

Larry A. Oliver of Warren County, deputy chief of the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department, has been appointed to the state Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.

Mark Pangle was recently elected chairman of the Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation board of directors. The foundation raises funds for academic programs, facility upgrades, equipment, student scholarships and professional development for employees.

Maggie Sill, James Martin and Kelley Miller have been appointed to the board of directors of Downtown Front Royal Inc. Sill, of Heaven Sent Shoppe, a Christian book and gift store, served eight years on the board of the former Downtown Business Association. Martin is a senior consultant with PRAMM Consulting, with expertise in organizational and project management, business operations, financial management, human resources, contracts and negotiations. Miller has owned and operated New Look Kitchen and Bath in Front Royal since 1981.

Calvin F. Swartz is the new chairman of the board of Shenandoah Mutual Fire Insurance Co. Swartz has served on the board since August 1978. He is currently retired. Corporate secretary Randall S. Jones has also been appointed to the board. He joined the company in 1984.

Winchester attorney Neal Knudsen has been appointed to the board of directors of the Wayside Foundation for the Arts. Current director John Westervelt of White Post was named vice president, and longtime board member Malcolm Barr of Front Royal was named secretary.


Robin Gochenour and Wendy Conner were the top listers in the Skyline Team Real Estate office for the month of January. Gochenour was top salesperson and Conner was top producer.

Jon Phillips was top lister and Jennifer Hensley was top salesperson and top producer in the Front Royal office of Long & Foster/Weber & Associates in January.

Veramar Vineyard in Clarke County won a pair of bronze medals for its 2007 Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The event is the country's largest wine competition, with nearly 5,000 entries from around the world.

Premium Distributors of Virginia awarded salesman Larry Cooper a 2008 Harley-Davidson Super Glide motorcycle for posting the largest percentage sales increase of Miller Lite products among the company's Winchester and Chantilly offices.

The financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For in 2009" list. Edward Jones ranked No. 1 among large companies. The full list and related stories appear in this month's issue of Fortune and at www.fortune.com.

Tina Henry-Lewis of Stephens City has been recognized with lia sophia's Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism in her first 15 weeks as an adviser with the company.

Harrold "Jay" Black, environmental, health and safety manager at Trex's Fernley, Nev., manufacturing plant, recently was named the 2008 KellerOnline Safety Professional of the Year. Black was chosen from among more than 100 safety professionals in various trades, in part due to the hands-on approach he took to reinvigorate a strong commitment to safety within the Trex facility.

Valley Home Care, a division of Valley Regional Enterprises, has once again earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of their respiratory care services. Valley Home Care has received the designation since 2004, the first year home-care organizations were added to the recognition program.

Melissa Warner was named top seller and Karen Fried was top lister at Sager Real Estate in Strasburg for the month of December.


Kelly Sager, co-owner of Sager Real Estate in Strasburg, recently earned the REO Default Certified Professional designation. As a RDCPro, Sager will be able to assist customers with exterior and interior evaluation reports on a home, commonly known as broker price opinions.


Siomone Alsberry has joined Skyline Team Real Estate in Strasburg. Alsberry, a Realtor, specializes in residential sales and property management.

Carl Olson was recently appointed to plant quality assurance manager at American Woodmark's Allegany plant in Cumberland, Md. Prior to joining the Winchester-based cabinet maker, Olson spent four years as manager of quality and process improvement at Canac, the cabinetry division of Kohler. Faron Shanholtz has been promoted to human resources manager at American Woodmark's South Branch plant in Moorefield, W.Va. Shanholtz joined the company in 1998 as a floor supervisor. John Foster has been hired as finishing project engineer in Moorefield. Foster is a graduate of the company's Career Orientation and Development program.

Lee Ditmer has joined ERA OakCrest Realty in Winchester. Ditmer is an associate broker and has earned the Graduate Realtor Institute designation. She is also fluent in Chinese and Vietnamese.

Russell Clay has joined JBC Limited Co. in Winchester as a commercial real estate consultant, providing sales and leasing services to clients in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

BB&T has promoted Jacklyn Taff to vice president. Taff, who joined the bank in 2001, is an employee benefits specialist in BB&T's Insurance Services department, based at 112 N. Loudoun St. in Winchester.

Kristi Clinedinst of Middletown and Kari Wallace of Winchester have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gourmet products.

Jay Smith, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Winchester since 1993, has been named a principal with the firm's holding company, Jones Financial Cos. LLP. He was one of 25 individuals chosen from more than 36,000 associates across the globe to join the firm's 310 principals.

James W. McCarty Jr. has been named executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Bank of Clarke County. McCarty most recently served as the bank's senior vice president and chief financial officer. Those positions have been filled by Kathleen Chappell, former senior vice president and CFO for Middleburg Financial Corp. and Middleburg Bank.

Roger Riddle, former division president for a regional builder, has joined Winchester-based Turner Real Estate LLC to lead the company's expansion into residential properties. The move is intended to better serve investors and institutional clients whose holdings include homes, residential developments and lots.


ProJet Aviation was an exhibiting vendor at the annual Scheduler and Dispatcher's Conference last month in Long Beach, Calif. The private aircraft management and charter firm is based at the Winchester Regional Airport.

Front Royal dentist Dr. Craig A. Zunka and his team attended "A Special Workshop on Behavioral Health" on Jan. 8 in Front Royal. The workshop was presented by Dr. David A. Frederick of the World Institute of Integrative Health Sciences, and focused on patient-based relaxation techniques.

Peter Buchbauer of the Winchester law firm Buchbauer & McGuire PC was a featured speaker at the Virginia State Bar Mid-Year Seminar at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in November. His presentation was titled "Family Law Matters: When Family Law Intersects With Other Practice Areas." Buchbauer is vice chairman of the state bar's Family Law Section Board of Governors and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

-- Daily Staff Reports

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