Community News

Festival little maids announced

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Office has announced that six girls have been selected to serve as little maids in the Court of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVII during the festival April 25-May 4. They are Sofia Elena Aikens, Louise Strite Driscoll, Mary Keniford Wei Na Kimble, Emileigh Brooke McKay, ...

Rotary Club of Front Royal delivers food to needy

The Rotary Club of Front Royal has announced it delivered 141 boxes of food to needy families through its Doc Smith Christmas Basket program last month. On Dec. 20 volunteers including Rotary Club members and volunteers from Cub Scout Pack 53, American Heritage Girls Troop 1212 and the Front ...

Humane Society receives grant for Trap, Neuter and Return program

Best Friends Animal Society in partnership with PetSmart Charities has announced The Humane Society of Shenandoah County was awarded a grant for its Trap, Neuter and Return program for community cats in Shenandoah County as part of "Operation Catsnip." The Humane Society of Shenandoah County ...

Lily Bowers inducted into Alpha Chi honor society

Lily Brooke Bowers, a junior music therapy major at Shenandoah University, has been inducted into Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. She is the daughter of Scott and Julie Bowers of Edinburg. Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society, which promotes academic excellence and ...

Westminster-Canterbury earns BBB+ bond rating for third year

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury has announced it received a bond rating of BBB+ from Fitch Ratings, a global ratings agency. This is the third consecutive year the retirement community has earned the BBB+ rating. As part of the ratings profile, Fitch noted the following as key rating ...

Wakefield Country Day School announces sports results

The athletic department at Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly has announced the following sports news: The varsity swimming team saw good results in its meet on Dec. 6 against Fredericksburg Academy. Five schools were represented at the meet, and the Wakefield Owls had first place ...

Zookeeper Eric Jeltes receives outstanding employee award

The Saint Louis Zoo has announced that South St. Louis City resident Eric Jeltes has received one of four 2013 Hermann Foundation Outstanding Employee Awards. A zookeeper in the Bird House, Jeltes joined the zoo staff in 1994. His parents are Bruce and Marilyn Jeltes of Winchester. Jeltes ...

Wakefield third graders raise Christmas money doing chores

Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly has announced that third grade students in Becky Ernest's class raised more than $435 for a Christmas gift project by doing chores around their own homes and in their neighborhoods over the last two months. With the money raised, the class and their ...

Wakefield students place in Front Royal holiday writing contest

Wakefield Country Day School students earned recognition for their creative writing at the annual Samuels Library Holiday Writing Contest. The library in Front Royal partners each year with the Royal Oak Book Shop to sponsor the writing contest, and this year students from Wakefield and ...

Bryce fundraiser to benefit Orkney Springs rescue squad

Bryce Resort has announced it will spearhead an effort to raise funds for the Orkney Springs Fire & Rescue Squad 18 in Basye, donating $5 on every regularly priced eight-hour or extended day ticket sold between Dec. 25 and Jan. 5. The Shenandoah County squad is an all-volunteer facility ...

New Market Rotary delivers holiday meals

The New Market Rotary Club has announced that for Thanksgiving it purchased and distributed 75 turkeys and $2,150 in food vouchers to needy recipients at the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and for Christmas it has collected an additional $2,500 for Christmas hams. At Thanksgiving, club ...

Cooking up holiday cheer

Lisa Williams, left, administrative assistant and treasurer of the Strasburg Methodist Church, receives a gift of a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker for the church's kitchen from Phil Loving, treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Strasburg. The Kiwanis Club meets in the church's fellowship hall twice a ...

Apple Blossom Festival pages have been announced

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival office has announced that four boys from the Winchester area have been selected to serve as pages in the court of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVII during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which will run from April 25 to May 4, 2014. The pages are Anderson ...

Triplett Tech students collect canned goods

The Triplett Tech SkillsUSA Chapter has announced it's been collecting canned goods for donations to area food banks. Competition was held among classes to see which class would donate the most canned food. The canned food was used to create a structure to be included in a state SkillsUSA ...

Winchester Kiwanis Presents Podium to Strasburg club

Doug Butler, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Old Town, Winchester, recently presented a personalized Kiwanis podium from the sponsoring club to secretary Betty Hartzell of the Kiwanis Club of Strasburg at a club special meeting. The Strasburg club meets in the Fellowship Hall of the Strasburg ...

Hildebrandt named to VPI post

Andrew Hildebrandt of Front Royal, a senior majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources, is serving as the VPI Battalion executive officer in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets for the fall semester. Hildebrandt is one of 1,071 cadets in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, one of ...

Arts council, old town board to sponsor banner contest

The Shenandoah Arts Council and the Old Town Development Board have announced they currently are taking artist applications for the 6th annual ArtScape in Old Town banner program. The applications are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014. Artisans age 5 and older are encouraged to participate, ...

North Fork Middle School announces honor roll

The following eighth graders were added to the A-B honor roll at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg: Catherine Bailey, Dakota Baker, Lindsey Baker, Carolin Bigwood, Juliana Brill, Benjamin Burch, Kyle Bushong, Jordan Catlin, Madison Councill, Ashley Cowart, Yash Desai, Brooke Dinges, ...

Arc receives Eleanor S. White Award

Shenandoah Valley Community Residences has announced it presented the 2013 Eleanor S. White Award at its recent holiday banquet to The Arc of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, a non-profit advocacy organization with a 46-year history of campaigning for individuals with disabilities. The Arc of ...