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Bob Boden

Wendy Conner

Robin Gochenour

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Jim Thomson

Specialists from Alpha Voyages in Winchester recently attended a Sandals training session in Jamaica. Pictured from left in the back row are Jerry Gochenour, Nancy Craun, Larry Crim, and in the front row are Margaret Ann Gochenour, Mary June Williams and Janet Crim.


Marquetta Mitchell, AAMS, financial adviser with the Strasburg office of Edward Jones, will host a seminar titled "College: Getting there from here" at 9 a.m. Oct. 17 at Cristina's Café in Strasburg.

Topics to be discussed will include questions to consider as you establish a college savings goal, strategies to help you reach your goals and features and benefits of 529 college savings plans.

Cristina's Café is located at 219 West King St., Strasburg. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, call Tracey Shepherd at 465-2605.


Long and Foster recently announced its top producers for the month of September.

Jim Thomson was named both top lister and top producer for the month, and Bob Boden was named the top salesperson.

Skyline Team Real Estate announces that Wendy Conner was the top listing agent, and Robin Gochenour was the top selling agent and top producer for September.

The Skyline Team Agents are short sale and foreclosure specialists, and can be reached at 540-465-2800 or by visiting the website at SkylineTeamRealEstate.com.

Margaret Ann Gochenour of Alpha Voyages Inc. is now certified by Sandals Resorts as a Sandals WeddingMoons® specialist.

The Sandals WeddingMoons specialist training, held in Jamaica Sept. 12-15, provided travel agents with detailed information on the unique wedding and honeymoon programs offered within the extensive Sandals Resorts International portfolio.

Gochenour was among a group of travel agents who are already qualified as certifiied Sandals specialist agents. Gochenour is now also certified as an expert in the varied destination wedding and honeymoon offerings at Sandals resorts.

New service

Financial services firm Edward Jones has introduced an income management account designed to help investors simplify, track and access income from multiple sources, according to George Karnes, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Front Royal.

The new Edward Jones Income Manager account allows investors to collect income generated from multiple sources, such as stocks, bonds, Income Manager balances are FDIC-insured up to $1.5 million, and can be accessed through checks, debit cards, electronic transfers and online bill pay.

An innovative feature of Income Manager is its ability to estimate account balances for the coming 12 months in order to help accountholders avoid potential shortfalls before they happen.

Investors also can set a minimum balance in their Income Manager account. This feature is designed to help investors ensure the necessary income is available to both meet their needs and stay above this minimum balance. Income Manager is a stand-alone account that holds only income, not the investments that generate it.

Guest chef

Valley Bistro recently announced that Shigeru Kobayashi has agreed to be a guest chef during two sittings on Friday evening as part of the restaurant's Grand Opening week. The first sitting will be at 6:30 p.m. and the second sitting at 8 p.m.

Kobayashi has been trained by an executive chef at the Japanese Embassy of the United States and has managed several Japanese restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area.

Valley Bistro is located in Berryville and can be contacted by calling 955-1538. Please call for reservations to the guest chef event.

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