Community News & Events for Nov. 16

Round Hill Church of the Brethren in Toms Brook will host a showing of the movie “Do You Believe?” at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Skyline Baptist Church in Front Royal will host the Calvary Quartet from Taylors, South Carolina, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Information: 540-635-4212.

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold a children’s garden program celebrating fall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for ages 6 and older.
Children will arrange decorative pumpkins, squash and gourds in the garden and create a craft from a gourd to take home.

The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild will hold a business meeting, program by Patchwork Plus, show and tell and raffle at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.
Award-winning quilter Elizabeth Adams, of Silver Spring, Maryland, will lead a workshop on the wide-open zippered pouch. Those attending should bring a bag lunch.
Registration and supply list is available at

St. John’s Lutheran Church will hold a Mocha and a Message program featuring contemporary gospel music with coffee and desserts at 6 p.m. Saturday at 3623 Back Mountain Road, Winchester.
A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit community outreach programs.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg will host a community Thanksgiving meal at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
Delivery and carry-out meals will begin at 4:30 p.m. Strasburg residents who would like a meal delivered to their home should call 465-3232 by 3 p.m. on Nov. 22.

United Way
The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley in Winchester launched for the first time a program collecting 400 crockpots for local food insecure children, one crockpot for every family that has children in the Bright Futures-Frederick County Food Pack program.
The children, who are a part of the Bright Futures program, rely on donated food over the weekend when a free and reduced-cost school lunch is not available. Through this collection, United Way hopes to ensure access to a warm meal for every child in the program over the holidays.
United Way will be collecting crockpots through Dec. 2.
There are 46 local drop off locations with a total of 154 crockpots already collected. More information on the drive and the drop off locations can be found at

Coat distribution
Members of the Rotary Club of Woodstock will be distributing coats for children again this year.
This year, Coats for Kids is being funded by a Christmas cash raffle with ticket purchases open to the public. Five drawings for prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded each day from Dec. 12 to 16. Tickets are $20 each and winners are based on the Virginia Nightly Pick 3 Lottery.
Tickets can be purchased from any Rotary Club member, or at Snyder’s Dry Cleaners and Grubb’s Chevrolet, both on U.S. Route 11 in Woodstock.
Information: email

Artifacts sought
The World Wars Commemorative Commission of Shenandoah County has received a grant through the Virginia WWI and WWII Commission and Virginia Tourism Corporation to produce a brochure featuring local sites, stories and events that recognize veterans or emphasize the effects of these wars on Shenandoah County residents.
The Commission is seeking the help of local residents to share photographs, personal accounts, artifacts and other items of interest. Information may be scanned into local and/or state archives.
The Committee will also host a tribute to WWII veterans from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8 at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg.
The library will also broadcast a simulcast of an event in Richmond titled “Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War,” marking the 75th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War II. Featured will be an honor parade of WWII veterans, remarks by dignitaries and a keynote address from Pulitzer-Prize winning author and military historian Rick Atkinson.
Veterans in attendance at both locations will receive a commemorative medallion designed for the occasion. Those with information are asked to contact any of the following offices:
• Shenandoah County Library’s Archives, Zach Hottel, 984-8200.
• Shenandoah County Tourism, Jenna French, 459-6227.
• Shenandoah County Historical Society, Barbara Adamson, 459-1795.


School news
At the sixth general session of the National FFA convention, two Strasburg High School FFA members were recognized on stage as national finalists for their supervised agricultural experience proficiency. They are the first national finalists for Strasburg FFA since the 1980s.
They are: Austin Weaver, agriculture education, national winner, and Bethany Gochenour, diversified livestock, national finalist.
The Environmental and Natural Resources team competed in a two-day career development event earning a silver rating.
Devon Eyring was named 12th high individual and received a $400 scholarship; Ethan Gochenour, silver; Hannah Orndorff, bronze; Ashley Yanego, bronze.
The Conduct of Meetings team participated in the first ever Leadership Development event at the national convention. Team members were Madison Estep, president; Brandon Earles, vice president; McKenzie Kline, secretary; Nadia Ruhala, treasurer; Shelby Smith, sentinel; Allison Neal, reporter; Aidan Keller, student advisor.

Four members of the Central High School’s FFA chapter were named state proficiency winners. They are Jenna Kibler, Sam Rhodes, Maranda McDonald and John-Robert Helsley.

School Board
The Shenandoah County School Board has announced the following appointments, transfers and long-term substitutes:
• Appointments: Ashlee A. Himes, English teacher at Central High School; Jan H. Bane, paraprofessional at Central High School.
• Transfers: Amber J. Knoetgen, paraprofessional at Central High School is now a special education teacher at W.W. Robinson Elementary School; Randy A. Souders, bus driver to transportation technician mechanic at the School Board office.
• Long-term substitutes: Kathy Cooper, special education teacher at W.W. Robinson Elementary School; Paul D. Mumaw, art teacher at Strasburg High School; Helena C. Renne, English teacher at Strasburg High School; Melisa S. Thomas, GATE teacher at Ashby Lee Elementary School.

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