Community News & Events: Aug. 1


The annual meeting of Hottel-Keller, the sponsor organization for the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum, will be held this weekend.

The museum, farm and Keller House will be open Friday and Saturday at 11523 Back Road, Toms Brook. Karen Cooper will present a program on the Virginia Outdoors Foundation Easement at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edinburg VFW.

Information: Karen at 540-459-5199, kcooper2@shentel.net or Victoria at 540-896-2129.


Blood drive

The Winchester Medical Center will host a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the MOB 1 Conference Center, 1888 Amherst Center. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are encouraged at www.donateblood.vablood.org.



Warren County Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Extension office in Front Royal. Information: 540-635-4549.



Bowman Library in Stephens City will hold the following activities:

  • Monday: 6 p.m., teen sketch and draw (ages 12-up).
  • Tuesday: 6 p.m., Storycrafters.
  • Aug. 9: 5:30 p.m., Stephens City Chess Club (ages 8-up).
  • Aug. 11: 10:30 a.m., summer reading finale with Jim Gill; 11 a.m., family story time.

Information: 540-869-9000.


Sustainability Matters will host the workshop “Farm Animals 101” as part of its On the Farm series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hedgebrook, the last major working farm in Winchester at 690 Shady Elm Road.

The workshop will feature a short documentary on farm animal welfare followed by a tour of the farm’s animal facilities and opportunities to meet the animals. Kitty Hockman-Nicholas will explain what the farm does to meet Animal Welfare Approved criteria, and why this certification is important for the animals and farm consumers.

The cost is $10 per person. Registration required by emailing sustainabilitymattersva@gmail.com.

Poet recognized

Front Royal Poet Jose Padua has been awarded the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins for his collection “A Short History of Monsters,” which will be published in the spring.

The national prize comes with the publication of a full-length poetry book by the University of Arkansas Press and a $5,000 award.


School news

Several local middle school students at Randolph-Macon Academy received Best-in-Class awards for outstanding performance in 2017-2018 during an awards ceremony on May 31. The students, category and parents are:

  • Madagan Athey: English 6 literature, English 6 composition, Math Plus, U.S. history, physical education and Earth science. She is the daughter of Clay and Stacey Athey, of Middletown.
  • Peyton Kaufman: physical education and life science 7. She is the daughter of David and Monica Kaufman, of Front Royal.
  • Shawn Starling: physical education and introduction to computer science. He is the son of Jennifer Starling and Michael Starling, of Stephens City.
  • Payton Sullivan: Life science 7. She is the daughter of Frank and Pamela Sullivan, of Strasburg.
  • Clifford Athey: Earth science. He is the son of Clay and Stacey Athey, of Middletown.
  • Kathleen Reagan: innovation & makers. She is the daughter of Anne and Matt Reagan, of Front Royal.
  • Alyssa Wallace: innovation & makers. She is the daughter of Brandy LaFlamme, of Front Royal.
  • Sophia Wagner: middle school band. She is the daughter of Edward and Stephanie Wagner, of Front Royal.



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