Community News & Events: July 2

Butterfly count

The White House Farm Foundation, in partnership with Sustainability Matters, will host the North American Butterfly Association’s count from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 1917 Kauffmans Mill Road, Luray.

Those attending will learn ways to identify butterflies by color, flight pattern, host plants and shape. The cost is $3, which goes to NABA. No experience necessary but registration is required at www.whfarmfoundation.org/contact.


The Charles G. and Bertie Miller family reunion will be held Sunday at the Conicville Volunteer Fire Hall. Lunch will be served at noon. Paper products and drinks will be provided.



Shenandoah County Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the County Extension office in Woodstock. Information: 459-6140.

College news

Davis William Sheffield, son of Holly and Michael Sheffield, of Chester Gap, has graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

He earned a bachelor’s degree and will be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces. He also earned a Merchant Marine officer license, qualifying him to serve as an officer on any ship in the Merchant Marines.

As part of his four-year education, Sheffield spent one year training as a cadet aboard ocean-going vessels. He is a graduate of Rappahannock County High School. He was nominated to attend the academy by former Sen. John Warner.



FFA students at Stonewall Jackson High and North Fork Middle schools competed at the state FFA convention June 18-21 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Results by school are:


Stonewall Jackson High School

  • The school’s meats judging team placed first in the state. Team members were Mindi Freed, Faith Dellinger and Lindsay Zirkle. They will advance to national competition.• Dairy Placement Proficiency Award: Mindi Freed. She will advance to the national competition.
  • Computer Applications: James Eaton.
  • Crops Judging: Sarah Eaton (ninth-high individual), Mindi Freed, Emily Rexrode and Lindsay Zirkle.
  • Dairy handlers contest: Rhonnie Miller.
  • Employment Skills: Sarah Streett.
  • State FFA Degrees were awarded to Dakota Baker, Ben Burch, Josh Gordon, David Moomaw, Blake Rice and Levi Zirkle.
  • American FFA Degree candidates are Rosie Clifton, Lizzie Funkhouser, Kayla Miller and Kayla Pennington.

The chapter’s scrapbook earned a gold rating.

The chapter received the Superior Chapter Award and was recognized as a Gold Public Relations chapter.

Courtesy Corps representatives were Darcey Bennett and Faith Dellinger.


North Fork Middle School

Fourteen members of North Fork Middle School’s FFA attended the convention for the first time.

  • Agriscience mechanics: Reilly Olinger placed second-high individual. Also competing were Garrett Custer, Trey Heishman and Evan Simmons.
  • Small animal team: Emily Wonderly, Chad Biby and Ethan Showman.
  • Plant science team: Kaden Custer, Heather Hall and Josh Eaton.

Garrett Custer attended as a delegate.

Convention Courtesy Corp: Ethan Beckenstarter, Houston Kibler, Haley Tharp and Christian Dellinger.

Members participated in workshops on natural resource conservation, agriculture education and agriculture literacy.



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