Community News & Events: May 18

Chester Ramey

Chester Ramey will present a program, “Civil War Semaritans: the Zeiler Family of New Market, Virginia,” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Market Area Library.

The talk will feature some of New Market’s hidden Civil War history and the Zeiler family that lived at 9346 Congress St. from 1849 to 1919. There will also be a display of letters from Civil War soldiers (including one written eight days after the battle), documents, photos and an original boot given to Mollie Zeiler by Tom Thumb (dwarf from the P.T. Barnum traveling show) in 1857.

Ramey, a third great-grandson of the Zeiler family, is an avid genealogist and historian of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. He is writing a book (expected mid-2018) about the Zeiler and Zerkel families and their contributions to historic sites in southern Shenandoah and Page counties. He is a former director of the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum and chairman of its Germanfest event. He served as vice president of Preservation VA’s Northern Shenandoah Valley chapter and is a former certified tourism ambassador for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.

A card shower is planned for Eva Mae Pifer, who will celebrate her 90th birthday May 25. Cards can be sent to 308 W. Queen St., Apt. 1, Strasburg 22657.

The Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A free-will offering will be accepted. Mickey and Minnie will be on hand for pictures with the kids (parents should bring their camera). Cost is $5.

First Church of Columbia Furnace in Edinburg will hold revival services at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.
Guest speakers will be Jonathan Fletcher on Sunday, Chip Leatherman on Monday, George Bowers on Tuesday and Stanley Douglass on Wednesday. There will also be special music each night.

The New Market 4-H Club and Cloverbuds will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Reformation Lutheran Church. Information: 459-6140.

Bowman Library in Stephens City will host an evening of Anime and Pocky from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday for middle  and high school students. Mochi and popcorn will be served. Information: www.handleyregional.org.

Art Riley, from Kiwanis International, will be the speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Old Town Winchester’s 10th anniversary celebration at noon Monday at the Godfrey Miller Home on the Old Town Walking Mall. Information: Janice Rogouski at 540-539-1333.

The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon Monday at the Strasburg United Methodist Church. Reservations can be made by calling 540-465-3418.

The Front Royal Police Department will be joining other area law enforcement agencies in this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign that runs from Monday through June 4. The program is a national effort by police departments to increase seatbelt usage rates.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 48 percent of the 35,092 people killed in traffic crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. Drivers in the Front Royal area can expect to see extra officers on the street as well as checkpoints.

Mary Pence has been named Woman of the Year by the XI Epsilon Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Under her leadership as president, donations of time or money have been made to the Empty Stocking Fund, Tree of Love, After Prom, VECCA, ALS Foundation, Fisher House of Fort Belvoir, Heifer International, Blue Ridge Hospice and Luke’s Backpack.

At the annual Valentine’s dinner in February, Jo Ann Racey was crowned Valentine Sweetheart. Other socials included a Beginning Day tea, Christmas party and Founders Day dinner.

The following members received degrees this year: Linda Clark, Laureate degree; Faye Wymer-Hollar, Exemplar degree; Gail Giles, Golden Circle for 50 years as a member of the sorority.

Officers for 2017-2018 are Mona Casteel, president; Debbie Froemel. vice president; Donna Crabill, recording secretary; Fay Wymer-Hollar, treasurer; Gail Giles, Extension officer.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has awarded LEARN (Learning, Education and Rural Networking) scholarships to the following area students:
• Clarke County High School: Craig Genda and Katherine Viti.
• Millbrook High School: Kyle Keenan.
• Sherando High School: Joseph Mayer.

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