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Food Lion shoppers can sign up to support the Wayside Foundation for the Arts through the grocer's MVP Shop & Share Program. Every time registered customers make a purchase with their MVP cards, Food Lion will donate a portion of their total grocery bill to the foundation. To register, visit www.foodlion.com, click on "Good Neighbor," then click "In the Community" and then click "Lion Shop and Share" Program, or call (800) 210-9569.

Nibblins Edibles & Gifts in Apple Blossom Mall has been selected as one of the first specialty gourmet stores in Virginia to carry The Masters Collection line of kitchen tools and food preparation products, created by the staff of Certified Master Chefs at The Culinary Institute of America. Sales from all Masters Collection products benefit Culinary Institute students in the form of scholarships and increased support for student-driven programs.

DuPont Community Credit Union has formed DCCU Title Services, which will provide title insurance for real estate transactions. Director Leanne Dietz has over 10 years of banking experience at DCCU with eight years in the mortgage department. She is a certified residential underwriter Level I by the Mortgage Bankers Association.


Pamela Sisk, of Front Royal, has joined Alexandria-based NARFE Premier Credit Union as lending director. Sisk has worked in the lending industry for more than 22 years and previously owned a mortgage broker company.

Keith Coffman has joined Paul Davis Restoration as an account manager based in New Market. Coffman will be responsible for increasing the market share of insurance-agent and broker-referral business in central and northwest Virginia. He also will be responsible for implementing promotional campaigns, marketing presentations and professional seminars and workshops. Hoffman's experience includes nearly 20 years in sales and marketing in the restoration, real estate, finance, construction and insurance industries in Virginia, the southeast and the Mid-Atlantic.

Winchester attorney Eryk Boston is now accepting criminal cases including DUI, reckless driving and other traffic offenses, as well as white-collar criminal cases such as embezzlement. Prior to joining the law firm of Marilyn Ann Solomon as an associate, Boston worked as a prosecutor trying criminal cases for the Chesterfield County commonwealth's attorney's office during his last year of law school. An Army veteran, he also practices bankruptcy and divorce law.

Alecia Ludwick-Jones, of Strasburg, has been named an independent consultant with For Every Home, a direct-sales company based in Lindon, Utah. Ludwick-Jones joined the company in March and markets its line of soy-based candles and home decor through in-home parties and personal demonstrations.


Carolyn S. Miller, of Woodstock, has been elected to the board of directors of the World Foundation for Children, sponsor of three Volunteer Farms providing food to needy families in Virginia. Miller also will serve as chief financial officer of the organization. She recently retired from the U.S. Army Materiel Command, where she served as supervisory budget analyst and deputy of its appropriated funds division, with responsibility for more than $14 billion.

Andrew Cogan, CEO of Knoll Inc., has been appointed to the board of directors of American Woodmark Corp. Cogan joined Knoll, a leading designer and manufacturer of branded office furniture products and textiles, in 1989. He was elected to Knoll's board of directors in 1996 and assumed the roles of chief operating officer in 1999 and CEO in 2001.


United Country-Shenandoah Valley Realty in Mt. Jackson has achieved its parent company's President's Honor Group Award for 2008. The award was earned by only 10 percent of United Country Real Estate's nearly 675 offices coast to coast.

Mr. Appliance Corp. is No. 193 on AllBusiness All Star's first-ever list of franchises. The franchises are ranked based on seven factors: growth rate, financial strength, system size, years in business, years in franchising, availability of franchising and Web visibility. Mr. Appliance of Shenandoah, one of more than 140 company franchises in the U.S. and Canada, serves Frederick and Shenandoah counties.

Dallas Croft, with ERA OakCrest Realty in Winchester, recently was honored as a Top 3 All Around Agent worldwide for ERA. In addition to sales, the award recognizes exceptional customer service and utilization of ERA programs.

The following Sager Real Estate agents won awards at the Massanutten Association of Realtors' annual awards banquet: Melissa Warner, Presidents Club Award (silver), Sales Associate of the Year and Outstanding Sales Award; Abby Walters, Presidents Club Award and Outstanding Sales Award; Lori Coates, Presidents Club Award (bronze); Cindy Hawkins, Presidents Club Award (bronze); and Lorie Crabill, Outstanding Sales Award and Presidents Club Award (bronze). Tana Hoffman received the Presidents Award from the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors, placing in the top 5 percent of the association's 725 Realtors.


Thomas R. Wiseman II, president of Winchester-based Wiseman & Associates Financial Services, recently attended the industry's International Forum annual meeting in Los Angeles. Wiseman was part of a select group of 330 life insurance and financial services professionals to participate in the forum, which offered the chance to exchange ideas and gain perspective from some of the industry's top producers.

Dee Dee Barbour, capital campaign director with the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, has been named a Chamberlain Scholar by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Foundation for Philanthropy. Barbour attended the 2009 International Conference on Fundraising in New Orleans, held March 29-April 1. She is currently president of the local Virginia Tristate Chapter of AFP, which meets monthly for educational programs on fundraising topics such as gift planning, donor stewardship, direct mail programs and special event planning.

Front Royal dentist Dr. Craig A. Zunka attended the 58th annual Scientific Session of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, held Feb. 27-28 in Chicago. This year's program focused on new techniques in clinical, laboratory and management perspectives.

Frederick Block, Brick & Stone participated in the Masonry Institute's Masonry Expo in Chantilly, held April 1-2. The expo is centered around "It Makes A Village," a design/build competition in which architects and masons team up to design and build a project that can be found within a village. All entries are made predominantly from masonry materials.

Belle Grove Plantation board members Phil Griffin, Gary Frink, Barbara Reese and Jackie Labovitz, along with executive director Elizabeth McClung, successfully completed the Better Boards workshop, held March 12-14. The event's sponsor, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Trust, owns Belle Grove and 28 other historic sites throughout the U.S. The workshop is designed to sharpen the oversight and governance skills of boards operating various Trust sites.


Karen Fried, with Sager Real Estate in Strasburg, has been selected as an Accredited Land Consultant member of the Realtors Land Institute. The institute, headquartered in Chicago, is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Fried is also a member of the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors and the RLI Virginia Chapter.

-- Daily Staff Reports

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