Community News & Events: Nov. 30


A card shower is planned for Gary “Toby” Miller, who will celebrate his 60th birthday Dec. 8. Cards can be sent to 78 Cedar Lane, Strasburg 22657.


The Humane Society of Warren County is partnering with the Petco Foundation for a two-day Give the Gift of a Loving Home adoption event Saturday and Sunday. Adoption fees on all altered pets will be waved both days at Petco in Front Royal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Humane Society from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal. Information: 635-4734.


The Front Royal Police Department has announced street closures and parking restrictions Saturday for the town’s annual Christmas parade.

Beginning at 3 p.m., there will be no on-street parking on the following streets: Luray Avenue from West Criser Road to Kilby Drive, Kilby Drive, West Stonewall Drive, South Royal Avenue from Stonewall Drive to Main Street, East Main Street from Royal Avenue to Blue Ridge Avenue, Chester Street from East Main Street to 3rd Street, 3rd Street from Chester Street to North Commerce Avenue.

Royal Avenue is scheduled to close at 3:40 p.m. in anticipation of the parade, which starts at 4 p.m. Motorists should detour around the parade area via the truck route, which is South Street and Commerce Avenue.


The Shenandoah County Extension office will hold the following 4-H meetings:

• Toms Brook 4-H Club and Cloverbuds will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church.

• Seven Bends 4-H Shooting Education Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Round Hill Church of the Brethren.

• 4-H Goat Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at Central High School in Woodstock.

Information: 459-6140.


The Hamburg Ruritan Club will hold its Christmas holiday meal and meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Edinburg. Wildflower will provide special entertainment.

Story times

Handley Library in Winchester will hold the following story-time programs in December:

• Preschool (ages 3-up): 10:30 a.m., Monday.

• Baby Time (birth-15 months): 10:30 a.m., Tuesday.

• Stories with a Sheriff (all ages): 4 p.m., Wednesday.

• Story time: 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, the theme is all-things gingerbread.

• Toddler Time (ages 3-under): 10:30 a.m., Dec. 7.

• Preschool Playtime (ages 3-up): 10:30 a.m., Dec. 11 and 18.

• Baby Playtime (birth-15 months): 10:30 a.m., Dec. 12, 19 and 26.

• Toddler Playtime (ages 3-under): 10:30 a.m., Dec. 21 and 28.

• Paws for Reading: 3 p.m., Dec. 27 and 28.

Information: 540-662-9041 or www.handleyregional.org.

Mah Jongg

Warren County Parks and Recreation will offer a Mah Jongg Players Club from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in December in the County Health & Human Services band room.

The cost is $8 per month pre-pay or $3 per day drop-in at the door. Players must bring their own player’s card. Information: Deb Jones at 540-252-4252.


Shenandoah County 4-H will hold a Christmas ornament and snack-making workshop at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Extension office in Woodstock. Registration is required by calling 459-6140.

Drought watch

Because of low river flow levels, the Town of Strasburg has declared a drought watch condition.

Residents are encouraged to begin voluntary water conservation measures by reducing or eliminating outside watering, washing cars and other vehicles, using automatic dishwashers only when the load is full, minimize use of garbage disposals and limit showers to five to 10 minutes per day per person.


Ruritan Rockingham District 9 Governor Martha Moyers presented the North Shenandoah Ruritan Club with the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award at the club’s November meeting. The award recognizes club attendance, committee projects completed, dues paid and meetings attended by club officers.

On Nov. 15, the club presented checks for $250 each to the Middletown and Star Tannery fire departments.



The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual Conservation Awards banquet Nov. 9 at Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson recognizing community members who demonstrated exceptional dedication, technical expertise, stewardship and social philanthropy toward improving the natural resources in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties and the City of Winchester. The following awards were presented:

Agronomic Awards:

• Clarke County: Richard R. Hissong.

• Frederick County: Daryl R. Russell, Mercer vu Farms.

• Shenandoah County: James B. Vann, Vann Enterprises LLC.

Clean Water Farm Awards:

• Clarke County, Ronald N. and Elizabeth A. Light, Morning Star Farm.

• Shenandoah County, John and Kim Hafner, September Farm.

Conservation Farm Award:

• Clarke County: Beverly B. McKay, Hazelwood Corp.

• Frederick County: Marcus M. Adams, Adams & Son Inc.

• Shenandoah County: Michael W. Dirting, D&M Farms LLC; Lonnie Eaton & Son.

• Warren County: Edwin M. Eastham III.

Education Partner of the Year:

• Lord Fairfax Community College, Christopher Boies, Vice President.

Conservation Partnership Award:

• Guy M. Gochenour, Shenandoah County farm lessee.

• Robert A. Clark, Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Urban Agriculture Award:

• Opequon Presbyterian Church Community Garden, Tammy Batcha, garden manager.

Urban Conservation Partner Award:

• Master Gardener Sari Carp and VCE Horticultural Agent Mark Sutphin.

Urban Forestry Award:

• Clarke County, Mark Buscaino, Casey Tree Farm.

Conservation Educator of the Year Award:

• Stephen Nickolas Livesay, conservation specialist.

LFSWCD Director of the Year Award:

• Richard W. Hoover, Chairman, Director, Warren County.


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