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Openings

The Wine Cellar is now open on the lower level of the Edinburg Village Shop at 201 S. Main St. The shop features wines from Virginia, California, Oregon and Washington as well as premier vintages from France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Argentina and South Africa. The Wine Cellar also offers a wide variety of wine accessories such as glasses, openers, hand-crafted stoppers, foil cutters, wine racks, gift packages and more. Call 984-8468.

After months of remodeling and renovations, the Lone Oak Tavern in Boyce has re-opened under new ownership. Call 837-1210.

Delaware-based Springfield Computers recently opened its third East Coast location at 510 N. Royal Ave. in downtown Front Royal. The company provides full-service computer repair and sales. Lead technician Dusty Taylor brings years of computer repair experience as well as excellence in customer service and integrity. Local Long & Foster real estate agents Sue Kinyon and Patti Romer have relocated from 621 S. Royal Ave., and now share space with Springfield Computers.

Companies

Springer America has selected The Zimmerman Group, an award-winning Winchester marketing/consulting firm, to handle advertising, marketing and public relations for its Springer bicycle attachment, which enables bicyclists to exercise themselves and their dogs at the same time. Manufactured in Norway, the Springer has been used by more than 500,000 individuals, families, mushers and K-9 corps around the world since 1988.

Winchester Equipment Co. is celebrating 28 years as an authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealer in the Northern Virginia, West Virginia Panhandle and central Maryland regions. TIE dealers offer comprehensive customer service and support, including one-stop shopping for both new and used lift trucks, rentals, parts and service, fleet servicing and financing.


Sager Real Estate has joined Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. As an affiliate, Sager can assist individuals purchasing or selling property in virtually any community in the U.S. or abroad, with services including real estate assistance, comprehensive destination orientation programs, move management and more. The membership also enables Sager to assist with corporate relocation accounts through RELO Direct.

Personnel

Angel Ganczak, Charles Johnson and Robert Dames recently joined Executive Protection Systems in Winchester.

Ganczak is the business development manager for EPS' Communications and Security Division. She previously managed First Citizens Bank's Leesburg operations, including marketing, sales and customer service. At the law firm Draper & Goldberg in Leesburg, she played a key role in the company's dramatic growth from 55 to 200 employees in two years.

Johnson brings over 15 years of national accounts sales and marketing experience to EPS. As a consultant, he has worked with companies like Coca-Cola and Burger King to increase sales through point-of-purchase messaging. He founded Performance Link Inc. and TechLinkOne Inc., both sales firms developing national accounts for various manufacturers.

Dames joins EPS in the business development group covering the state of Ohio. He is a senior account executive with over 25 years of experience in new market development and consultative sales, most recently with Visual Graphic Systems in Cincinnati, where he generated sales of $1.35 million nationally. Dames has worked with such brand names as Chevrolet and The Coffee Beanery.

Karena Myers, of Stephens City, has joined Tastefully Simple, a national direct-seller of gourmet food and beverages. As a consultant, Myers will sell the company's products to guests at home taste-testing parties. Guests receive samples, easy meal ideas, recipes and serving suggestions.

Gordon McKinley has joined First Bank as vice president of trust business development. He will work primarily out of the bank's Winchester Financial Center. Before joining First Bank, McKinley was a regional manager for Nephron Pharmaceutical Corp. Prior to Nephron, McKinley worked in several banks as a business development officer for 12 years.

Awards

Rappahannock Cellars' 2007 Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal and named "Best White Wine" in Virginia at the 2009 Virginia Governors Cup Wine Competition. Rappahannock Cellars also earned a silver medal and two bronze medals for its Cabernet Franc and two Meritage Red Wines, respectively. These awards come on the heels of a strong showing at the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition, where it won a silver medal for its 2008 Seyval Blanc.

Jennifer Cook, of Front Royal, has been named a lia sophia Excellent Beginnings Program Achiever for her outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism in her first 15 weeks with the company, a direct seller of fashion jewelry through in-home demonstrations.

The Blue Ridge Association of Realtors recognized ERA OakCrest Realty professionals Lisa Behr, Jennifer Burke, Erika de Azagra and Brit Reyes with its President's Award.

Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Services named Jerry Funkhouser its District 6 Agent of the Year during its annual sales conference at the Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner in Vienna. Funkhouser, who works out of the Shenandoah office, has been with Virginia Farm Bureau for 14 years.

The Shenandoah Valley Travel Association presented its Shenandoah Bowl Award to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns at its 85th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet at the Massanutten Resort Conference Center in March. Burns is working on a six-episode series set to air on PBS in September titled "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," which will feature Shenandoah National Park. The Shenandoah Bowl award is presented annually to a person or organization that has performed outstanding service to the Shenandoah Valley in the spirit of cooperative activity and progress. Robert Luse, owner of Widow Kip's Bed & Breakfast in Mt. Jackson and treasurer of SVTA for the past four years, was presented the Jim Payne Memorial Golden Horseshoe Award for outstanding service to the association during the past year.


The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Winchester by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Taylin Crosen, 8, of Winchester, won fourth place in the seventh annual American Society of Safety Engineers "Safety on the Job" poster contest in the 7-8 age category. The winning posters were selected from five age groups ages 5-14 and were featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2009 poster distributed worldwide as part of NAOSH Week May 3-9 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day on May 6.

Conferences

Winchester attorney Eryk Boston recently attended the Virginia State Bar's 39th Annual Criminal Law Seminar featuring speakers and classes of interest to criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors. The all-day seminar is a comprehensive review of the most recent developments in criminal law at both the federal and Virginia state levels and the most current interpretations of such laws. Boston is an associate at the law firm of Marilyn Ann Solomon.

Appointments

Front Royal Town Manager J. Michael Graham has been elected vice chairman of the Virginia Innovation Group. VIG serves as the state collective for the Phoenix-based Alliance for Innovation, considered the premier source for progressive thinking and innovative practice in local government.

John D. Hardesty, of Berryville, a partner in Harvue Farms, has been reappointed by the governor to the state Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Dr. James Salata, of Shenandoah Head and Neck, was elected president of the Shenandoah Independent Practice Association, a group of Northern Shenandoah Valley physicians formed in 1994 to offer an expanded level of benefits to their patients. Dr. Richard Ingram, of Shenandoah Oncology Associates, was elected vice president; Dr. Vaishali Geib, of Internal Medicine Consultants, was named treasurer; and Dr. Archibald Houser, of Winchester Medical Consultants, was named secretary.

Certifications

William Bowmaster, project manager for Lantz Construction Co. of Winchester Inc., has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional designation. By passing the LEED Exam, Bowmaster has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and knowledge of the LEED Green Building Rating System.

-- Daily Staff Reports

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