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

Books & Babies
The New Market Area Library will host Books and Babies at 10 a.m. Friday with readings, songs, movement activities and structured playtime.

The program is held monthly on the first Friday. Information: Karen Whetzel at 740-8589 or

Graze 300
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will host a Graze 300 twilight tour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Greg Barham farm at 357 Salem Church Road, Stephens City.
Barham has done some managed grazing with portable fence and is in the process of planning his grazing system. Registration is not required. Information: 459-6140.

Retired teachers
Oct. 14 is the deadline to register to attend the District G Retired Teacher’s Association fall meeting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at Traditions Restaurant in Harrisonburg.

The program “Celebrate America in Song” will feature Robert Reedy and the Shenandoah Valley Minstrels presenting a patriotic tribute.

Only advance registration will be offered. The cost is $15, which includes lunch. Checks, made payable to District G RTA, should be mailed to Karen Whetzel, 9424 Shenandoah Drive, New Market 22844. Information: 740-8589 or

State police awards
Three area law enforcement officers were honored at the Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT)
annual conference on Sept. 13 in Tysons Corner.
• Individual officer wward winners were Sgt. Christopher Adams and Deputy Chris James, both with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.
• Individual officer award finalist is Deputy Michael Robinson with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The HEAT Awards program is an annual competition open to all Virginia law enforcement and employees who work in auto theft enforcement and prevention. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in at least two of the four categories: enforcement, intelligence gathering, prevention and recovery.
Information: or

Four members of the Narrow Passage chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution attended the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution annual fall forum Sept. 16-18 in Roanoke.

The forum, led by member and state regent Judith Joy Surber, included workshops, a committee open house and community service activities. Also attending were Joan Sarna, Cathy Holcombe and Susan Walls.

The Service for Veterans committee collected adult coloring books and colored pencils for recreational therapy at the McQuire VA Hospital in Richmond. The over 3,000 books and pencil packets received will be shared among other Virginia VA hospitals and clinics.

The Project Patriot Committee gathered nonperishable foods and snacks and personal care items to be distributed among USO Centers to feed transferring military troops.

The DAR schools committee collected empty printer ink cartridges to turn in for refunds to benefit DAR-sponsored schools. The Women’s Issues Committee received old cell phones for “Secure the Call,” an organization that recharges and reconfigures phones before they are given to police and service organizations to distribute to abused women and the elderly to use in emergencies. Chapter members donated over 400 items for the different projects.

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