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Business Ledger: July 22

Free Medical Clinic Kathy Tagnesi has been appointed interim executive director of the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley. Tagnesi, formerly vice president of nursing at Winchester Medical Center, has been serving as chairman of the FMC board of directors. The former ...

Fashion Trendz opens to inspire others

WOODSTOCK —Nothing has ever been easy for Jenny Utley. The 38-year-old Filipina woman has had to fight and work for everything she’s ever wanted. But that’s OK with her because she was willing to put in the work, knowing that it wouldn’t last forever. “I knew it was going to be ...

Local Radio Shacks find stability amid national uncertainty

WOODSTOCK -- While the list of Radio Shack corporate stores has dwindled to 70 and the franchise stores are now down to a few hundred across the country,  the two Radio Shack franchise locations in Woodstock and Strasburg are both going strong. “A lot of it has to do with overhead,” said ...

Shenandoah Spirits Trail awarded $22,000 grant

To help expand its marketing, the Shenandoah Spirits Trail recently applied for, and was awarded, a $22,000 grant through the Virginia Wine Board. Jenna French, director of tourism and marketing for Shenandoah County, said that the money will go a long way in getting the Spirits Trail national ...

Shentel honored

Cablefax, a national trade publication, has awarded Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. (Shentel) its ninth annual Independent Cable Operator of the Year for 2017 award. Shentel Executive Vice President Earle MacKenzie accepted the award at the Cable TV Innovation Summit on June 8 at the New ...

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Wedding venue Brenwood Lake Weddings, a new wedding venue, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8 at 245 Log Cabin Drive in Stanley. Further information is available by calling Brenda Moyer at 540-224-9262 or visit  www.brenwoodlakeweddings.com. Edward ...

Woodstock celebrates new businesses

June has been a busy month for Woodstock as the town has seen two new businesses open their doors to the public. The Pantry at 117 held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday and Assisting Angels Home Care cut the ribbon on Friday. The owners of both businesses are first-time business ...

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Marketing college Jenna French, director of tourism and marketing for Shenandoah County, joined more than 300 tourism industry professionals from across the United States for the Southeast Tourism Society’s 26th annual Marketing College on May 14-19. STS Marketing College is a ...

McAuliffe announces Winchester Metals expansion

Winchester Metals will expand its manufacturing operations in Frederick County with an $870,000 investment, creating 17 new jobs in the process, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release Thursday. The expansion calls for the addition of laser/punch combination equipment, which will ...

Top Shentel exec plans retirement

EDINBURG - When telecommunications entrepreneur Earle A. MacKenzie was hired by Shentel 14 years ago, the Shenandoah County telecommunications company was a small player in a rapidly changing industry. MacKenzie, executive vice president and chief operating officer, has announced his ...

Half of Shentel’s stock owners live in Shenandoah County

Shentel is one of Shenandoah County’s oldest and most successful businesses, beginning in 1902 as the Farmer’s Mutual Telephone System of Shenandoah County with one share of stock costing $10. The owner then had to string his own copper wire from his home to the switchboard office. That ...

EDA, Chamber award small businesses

FRONT ROYAL –  In the past, the Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast or lunch to celebrate the small business owners in town. They would have it at a local country club and cater the meal, but there was just one problem: the majority of business ...

Great Meadow shortlisted for international competition

THE PLAINS -- Great Meadow has been home to some of the most illustrious equestrian competitions in the world. Now, sometime this summer, it may get to add to its resume – the  course was chosen as just one of two U.S. finalists to play host to the Concours Complet International four-star ...

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Modern Woodmen Gaylin A. Sommers, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, is one of a small percentage of life insurance agents worldwide to achieve membership in the Million Dollar Round Table this year. Founded in 1927, Million Dollar Round Table is recognized internationally as ...

Local craft breweries enjoy increasing numbers

The craft beer industry in Winchester/Frederick County is blooming. In three short years, the number of microbreweries has flourished from zero to four and four more are in planning stages for the area. Oddly, local craft beer brewery owners yearn for more competition. “The more the ...

Shenandoah chamber launches leadership program

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is looking for 20 people who want to develop skills they can use to help address community needs. Sharon Baroncelli, chamber executive director, said the chamber is launching a nine-month community leadership program called Leadership ...

A wish come true: Fisherman opens shop at Lake Frederick

LAKE FREDERICK – Fifteen years ago, Gregory Sanner thought he’d own the bait and tackle shop at Lake Frederick. Now, he’s gotten his wish. Last June, Sanner, 56, said he acquired the shop after the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries refused to extend the previous owner’s ...

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Breakfast The Top of Virginia Building Association is hosting a legislative breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. Featured will be state Sen. Jill Vogel and state Delegates Chris Collins, Randy Minchew and Dave Larock. The agenda will focus on tax, ...

In an absence of Apple stores, Experimac seeks to fill a need

WINCHESTER - The closest Apple store to Winchester is in Reston or Fairfax, but a new store at 86 Featherbed Lane is (sort of) changing that. On Dec. 5, Shane Cannon, an engineer and first-time business owner, opened a branch of Experimac, a franchise that sells and repairs used Apple ...