Community News & Events for March 10 paper

Bridge work
The South Fork Bridge in Front Royal will be closed periodically today as Wagman Construction hoists beams onto the new bridge.  A news release states traffic will be stopped four times for about five minutes each time. Motorists are asked to use caution in the area.

A card shower is planned for Clayton Smoot, who will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 17. Cards can be sent to 2874 Saumsville Road, Maurertown 22644.

The Fort Valley Fire Department will host bingo games starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Food sold starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Edinburg VFW Post 2447 will sell chicken barbecue on Saturday. The cost is $4 per half. Chicken will be ready at 9:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 1 p.m. Pre-orders: 984-4355.

Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg has announced the following activities:
• Messy Mondays program: 2 p.m., Monday.
• Lego Club meeting: 4:30 p.m., Thursday.
• Books and Babies: 10:30 a.m., Thursdays for ages birth to 24 months.
Information: 984-8200.

Samuels Public Library in Front Royal has announced the following programs:
• Genealogy workshop: 6 p.m., Tuesday.
• The Maker Club (for school-age children): 4:30 p.m., Tuesday.
• Books and Beyond Book Club: 10 a.m., Wednesday. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown will be discussed.
• Story times: Wednesday and Thursday, 10:15 a.m. for toddlers and 11 a.m. for preschoolers. Theme: St. Patrick’s Day.
• Altered Books craft workshop (for adults): 10:30 a.m., March 18. Take old books and recycle them into different unique creations.
Information: 540-635-3153.

The Shenandoah County Extension office has announced the following 4-H groups will meet:
• 4-H Livestock Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren in Edinburg.
• St. Luke-Saumsville 4-H Club and Cloverbuds will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Saumsville Christian Church.
• Cabin Hill 4-H Club and Cloverbuds will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Conicville Fire Hall.
Information: 459-6140.

Wednesday is the deadline to register to attend a fencing school sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forage & Grassland Council from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 at the John H. Enders Volunteer Fire Department in Berryville.

Topics include an overview of Virginia fence laws, construction basics, electric fencing and wood fencing product selection. There will also be a hands-on fence building basics so dress appropriately and bring gloves. Cost is $30 per person, which includes lunch and materials.

Information: Tait Golightly at 540-450-6388, email or visit

Warren County Habitat for Humanity is widening its scope to expand services into home repair.

The first three projects undertaken included replacing a broken sliding door and creating two new front porch entryways.

Low-income families, especially elderly residents who need work done to stay in their homes are urged to apply. Qualified clients sign a promissory note to pay back the basic cost of the repairs over a time length to fit their budget, with no interest charged.

To qualify for home repair assistance, families must:
• Have lived continuously in their home in Warren County for at least the last 12 months.
• Have a steady income between 30 to 60 percent of the median household county income, which last year was $75,000.
• Sign a promissory payback note bearing no interest.
• Agree to share current financial information.

The group is also searching for a suitable lot to start volunteer construction of its 15th new home.

More information is available by calling 540-551-3232, email or stopping by the office at 27 Cloud St., Front Royal.

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