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The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber will hold its annual Regional Business Expo on May 22 at the Brandt Student Center at Shenandoah University. More than 52 vendors will display local products and services. The event is free and open to the public.

The opening seminar and lunch, "Simplifying Your Business with Android," will be led by Sprint Trainer, Kari Wolverton. The seminar will be held at the Food Court of the Brandt Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The trade show runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

Vendor space is selling fast and there are also outdoor vendor spaces available.

For more information on the Regional Business Expo, businesses should contact the TVRC at 662-4118 or visit www.regionalchamber.biz.


The Rotary Club of Woodstock Foundation will sponsor 15 scholarships of $1,000 each to county students this year. The announcement has been made by William Gentry, Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Rotary Club of Woodstock.
Local students interested in applying for a scholarship can pick up an application at the Guidance Office at Central High School. Scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to continue their education in college or a technical or trade school.

A bequest made to the club from the estate of Marlin P. Krouse, a teacher, naturalist, artist and actor who was a resident of Fort Valley, will fund the scholarships.

Since 2005, the club has awarded $82,000 in scholarships for local high school graduates.


Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley recently received a grant from the Shenandoah Community Foundation to help Shenandoah County children ages 3 and 4 get the chance to attend preschool.

This is the second year that scholarships will be awarded through support of the Shenandoah Community Foundation.

Three scholarships will be awarded and will cover the tuition and registration fees to participating preschool programs in the county. The scholarships are for children attending a 3-year-old or 4-year-old program, a minimum of 2 to 3 days a week. Parents must complete an application, meet the required income level, and be able to provide transportation for the child.

Parents will be able to access applications at various community service agencies in the Woodstock area or find them online at www.valleysmartbeginnings.org. The application deadline is July 1. Children will then be selected by a committee and parents will be notified in July.

For more information, call 568-8968 or email davis4am@jmu.edu.


Winchester Environmental Consultants, Inc. has announced the promotion of Ryan Rose to Senior Project Manager. Rose is an industrial hygienist with asbestos and mold licensing whose responsibilities include assisting in the preparation of environmental site assessments, client relationships, research and design and project scheduling.

WECI is a family owned business with more than 20 years of experience providing professional environmental services to commercial and residential clients in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ryan can be contacted at www.weci.biz or 877-9420.

Ronnie Lutz, of Maurertown, has become a new member of the American Angus Association, a national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The American Angus Association, has nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members, and is the largest beef breed association in the world.

The Garden Club of Warren County elected new officers for the year 2012-2013. They are, 1st Vice President Bonnie Baker, 2nd Vice President Nancy LeHew-Krogsund, Recording Secretary Margia Kitts, Corresponding Secretary Gloria Harris, Treasurer Corinne Llewellyn, and Director Connie Swanson. Those serving the remaining of a two-year term are: President Beverly Morrison and directors Peggy Heyden 2011-2014, and Diane Kline 2010-2013.

Members attended The Garden Club of Virginia Daffodil Show in Gloucester in March, from which they brought home a second place ribbon for their "Waterfall" arrangement. The club also participated in the Upperville Daffodil Show and won a red ribbon for their "Tango" arrangement.

In the fall, members will participate in the Museum of Fine Arts Event in Richmond, where they will do a floral interpretation of a piece of art. In May, representatives will attend the Garden Club of Virginia Annual Conference in Williamsburg.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage welcomes Vincent Paugh as a mortgage consultant to its Winchester team.

To contact Paugh, visit www.WFHM.com/Vincent-Paugh.

Joseph Gilkerson has joined Rappahannock Electric Cooperative as its new manager of Human Resources and employee development. Gilkerson, will assume oversight of all human resource functions at REC, replacing Carolyn White, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service to the Cooperative.

Gilkerson most recently served as the Human Resources administrator for Stafford County. He also has served as director of HR for several other organizations during his career.

A military veteran, he served over 16 years in the United States Marine Corps. Gilkerson holds a master's degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor of science in Business Management, and he resides with his family in Stafford County.

REC provides electric service to over 155,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. Its general office is in Fredericksburg. For more information, visit www.myrec.coop.

Blue Ridge Hospice Board of Directors recently elected new officers to its executive committee and also named four new directors to its board.

Robert Mowery, a Winchester CPA, was elected chair of the board's executive committee. Mowery has served Blue Ridge Hospice in numerous capacities, including vice chair and treasurer. Paul Delmerico, a partner and general manager at SpecialMade Goods & Services, Inc. and a Winchester resident, was elected vice chair.

New board members Bethanne Berman, Mary Ann Kaplan, Jared Truban, and Leonard Yang, MD, join Mark Garber, Wanda Gilbert, John Hardesty, Sally Megeath, Kimberly Sowers, and Sherry Thomas.

Blue Ridge Hospice serves the counties of of Frederick, Clarke, Loudoun, Warren, Shenandoah, Fauquier, Page and Rappahannock, and the city of Winchester.

Route 11 Potato Chips in Mt. Jackson will be featured at the 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show June 17 through 19 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The company's Mama Zuma's Revenge Potato Chips is a Silver finalist among six Virginia Exhibitors.

For more information, visit www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vafinest/fancyfoodshow.shtml.

Edward Jones has ranked highest in investor satisfaction in six out of the last eight years, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 22012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full service investment firms based on seven factors: investment adviser, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

Edward Jones' overall score climbed 15 points over last year, highest among the 14 largest firms rated, as well as 28 points above the industry average.

Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.

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