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Diane C. Bontoft, an accountant with Winchester Public Schools, has been named a recipient of the Association of School Business Officials International Bridges to the Future Scholarship.

The Bridges to the Future Scholarship program, sponsored by MetLife Resources, recognizes and supports aspiring and new school business officials who are ASBO International members. The program awards each of 20 honorees with a $2,000 scholarship to attend the ASBO International Annual Meeting and Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., in October.

ASBO International was founded in 1910 and has over 5,000 members who are school business management professionals.

For more information, visit http://www.asbointl.org.

Cedar Creek Winery was recently awarded several medals, including a gold medal for its 2010 Chardonnay at the Virginia Wine Lover Magazine 2012 Wine Classic.

The winery was also awarded a silver medal for its 2010 Cabernet Franc at both the Wine Classic and the 2012 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition.

Cedar Creek Winery is located at 7384 Zepp Road in Star Tannery and is open for tastings and tours. Call 436-8394 or visit www.cedarcreekvineyard.com for more details.


Best Friends Animal Society, in partnership with PetSmart Charities, is pleased to announce that the Humane Society of Shenandoah County has been awarded a grant for a trap-neuter-return (TNR) project on Orkney Grade Road in Mt. Jackson.

Through this project, homeless free-roaming cats are sterilized using TNR, the widely accepted, humane method of controlling populations of free-roaming cats.

HSSC is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets Network, a Best Friends Animal Society program which offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives of animals in their community.

HSSC is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the health, saftet, welfare, compassionate care and protection of animals in Shenandoah County through education and community outreach.

More information can be found at http://www.hsscva.org.

Guest speaker

The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Shentel will be hosting Congressman Bob Goodlatte at noon Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Shentel's corporate offices located at 500 Shentel Way in Edinburg.

Goodlatte will be addressing the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce on the current economic outlook of the region, as well as issues facing the business community and what they are doing in Congress to address such topics. He will also speak to businesses on what they can expect with the recent changes to health care.

There is no charge to attend and members of the public are welcome. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so those wishing to attend should contact the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce at 459-2542 to RSVP.

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