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Openings

Audiology Hearing Care Services held an open house Wednesday for its new tinnitus treatment clinic in Martinsburg, W.Va. Tinnitus is a ringing or swishing in the ear that affects 25 million Americans. It can be caused by exposure to loud noise, medications, allergies, tumors and problems in the heart, blood vessels, jaws and neck. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (304) 264-8884.

Famous Footwear, a leading retailer of value brand shoes, is the latest tenant to open at Rutherford Crossing, located off Interstate 81 Exit 317. The chain offers hundreds of styles of shoes for men, women and children.

Sunflower Cottage recently hosted an open house for the Shenandoah Herb Society, which offers members the opportunity to gather with like-minded herb lovers, participate in programs, receive discounts for museums and gardens worldwide. Members also receive a quarterly magazine. For more information, call Sondra Johnson, secretary, at 635-7073.

Companies

Yellow Cab, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary, has announced plans to expand to Strasburg and Warrenton. The Front Royal company offers a fleet of six non-smoking cabs operating 24 hours a day, and currently is the only authorized Medicare and Medicaid taxi service in Warren County. In-town fares start at $3.50 per trip, and Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards are accepted, as well as corporate charge accounts. Call 622-6060.

Woodstock Cafe is now open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights in partnership with CrossRoads Catering. Reservations are accepted for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cafe Nights features a limited, gourmet-style menu that changes weekly. Customers may choose the four-course, fixed-price option -- appetizer, soup or salad, main entrée and dessert -- or they may order a la carte from the menu. For reservations, call 459-8888.

Front Royal Federal Credit Union recently celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Front Royal Fire Department Social Hall.

During the month of March, Curves of Mt. Jackson is participating in the 11th annual Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks. The Mt. Jackson location will waive its service fee for any new member who brings in a bag of nonperishable groceries through March 28. Others wishing to donate may drop off nonperishable food items at Curves weekdays during normal business hours. For more information, call 477-2575.

MaryEllen Ruddy, of Edward Jones in Woodstock, recently celebrated International Women's Day by taking to lunch local women who are interested in a career as a financial adviser with the company.

Gold's Gym in Front Royal has launched a group fitness class called BODYVIVE, a low-impact program that incorporates aerobic exercise for heart fitness and resistance training, together with elements of Yoga and Tai Chi for targeted strength, stability and mobility. The 55-minute class will be taught by Front Royal personal trainer Viviane C. Knight, who has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry.

Mumford Co. represented an affiliate of Beck Co. in the recent sale of the Comfort Inn-North of Winchester to RDM Hospitality LLC. In a statement, Mumford says the purchasers are confident that they can significantly grow the business after the completion of approximately $485,000 in renovations and by retaining the Comfort Inn franchise.


Certifications

Clark C. Keller III, of Maurertown, recently graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. Keller successfully completed the necessary course work and training covering all phases of auctioneering, including real estate, automobile, farm, antique, charity and fundraising, and specialty auctions, as well as vocal training and auction law. Students also receive the real-life experience of calling a public auction sale.

Maurertown resident Judy Massey, assistant director of the Children of America Educational Childcare Center in Stephens City, has successfully completed her assistant principal certification. The certification requires a four-month educational management program, with course work based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's criteria for early childhood programs nationwide. It is focused on customer service, curriculum assessment and evaluation, leadership and management.

B.A. Gregg, a speech and debate coach at Randolph-Macon Academy, has received the Professional Forensic Educator accreditation through the National Forensics League.


Personnel

Betty Hartzell has joined Sager Real Estate. The Strasburg resident has experience in the real estate industry as both an office manager and rental agent. She may be reached at 465-3771.

Tim Hoffman has been promoted to vice president and consumer loan manager of First Bank. Hoffman, who is based in the company's Strasburg Financial Center, has 24 years of experience as a loan officer and has been with First Bank for five years, most recently in Woodstock.

Bryan Ritter, of Winchester, is the manager of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Ranson, W.Va. Ritter joined the company 16 years ago as a team member, receiving Chick-fil-A's Leadership Scholarship and working up to general manager of the chain's Winchester location.

Dale Nichols has joined the Winchester office of Long & Foster/Webber & Associates. A Winchester native, Nichols is returning to real estate sales, having previously been a salesman 25 years ago in the Winchester/Frederick County area and Virginia Beach. She has also been self-employed in staging homes and models for the market. Holly Clark and Bob McIntire have also joined the company's local office. Clark has 22 years of sales experience and is on the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors' board of directors. McIntire is a Winchester native with 18 years of service at O'Sullivan Corp. in the Purchasing/Materials Group, most recently as global director.

Kaley Crosen has been promoted to senior vice president and human resources director of Bank of Clarke County. Crosen joined the bank in 1998 after her tenure with Jefferson National Bank and Dominion Bank. Debbie Buckner, who joined Bank of Clarke County in 1984, has been promoted to vice president and trust administration officer. Missy Roby has been promoted to vice president and operations officer. She joined the bank in 1992. Susan Foster, Janice Kuhn and Scott Moore have been named assistant vice presidents. Foster is part of the bank's finance department, while Kuhn is an investment consultant with Bank of Clarke County's Eagle Investment Group. Moore is a loan officer at the bank's Old Town Center branch.

Kevin Folk has been promoted to director of customer services at Shentel. His duties include developing the processes and procedures of daily operations that support the company's business goals, while maintaining and upholding Shentel's strategic positioning. Folk previously held the position of manager of field operations for Shentel's Converged Services unit, supporting more than 36,000 customers in eight states.

Andre Thangam was recently named value stream manager at American Woodmark's Hardy County plant in Moorefield, W.Va. Thangam's previous experience includes positions with Medallion Cabinetry and MasterBrand Cabinets.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has named Dan Busby as its new president. For the past 11 months, Busby, the organization's senior vice president, has been the acting president of ECFA during the board's search process. He has also served as a volunteer member of ECFA's Standards Committee and in other capacities.

Danielle Spriggs, a 1999 graduate of Central High School, has been named assistant conductor of the City Choir of Washington. She is also music director of the City Choir's outreach ensemble and a choral teacher at Bull Run Middle School. She and her husband, Scott, live in Winchester.

Kathryn E. McCann has joined Bone & Joint Specialists of Winchester as a physician assistant. McCann graduated from the University of Vermont and D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., and brings a personal interest in sports medicine to the practice.


-- Daily Staff Reports

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