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Coldwell Banker Premier Properties in Front Royal has added Eric Reploeg as a sales associate. According to a recent news release, Reploeg has earned numerous industry awards and is one of the top five highest producing agents in the area.

Contact Reploeg at the Coldwell Banker Premier Properties by calling 540-636-7700, emailing, or visiting the office at 907 North Royal Ave., Front Royal.

Matthew Beahm has joined the team at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Harrisonburg as a commercial relationship manager to the Cross Keys Road branch. Beahm is a Harrisonburg native and James Madison University graduate who comes from First Citizens’ Bank, also in Harrisonburg.

Contact Farmers & Merchants Bank by calling 540-896-8941 or emailing

The Northern Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects recently awarded a design Award of Excellence to Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C. The honor was given in recognition of the renovation of the Samuel Noakes House, a historic structure, at the corner of West Cork and South Braddock streets in Winchester.

Contact Reader & Swartz Architects by calling 540-665-0212 or visiting their 213 North Cameron St. offices.

Tammy Orndorff of Creature Comfort Inn in Strasburg was recently nominated in the annual Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award competition in the Rising Star category. The competition is run by the Women in the Pet Industry Conference and Awards Show.

Orndorff has been in the pet industry for 25 years and in business for two years. She and the other nominees will be judged by a panel of four independent judges.

To contact Orndorff, call 540-465-3007 or email

Local travel agent Margaret Gochenour of Alpha Voyages Inc. recently participated in a travel agent workshop through Unique Vacations Inc. The workshop was intense, according to a news release, and included information on various resorts, along with developments, services and amenities. All those who participate in the workshop are eligible to become Certified Sandals Specialists.

To contact Gochenour, email

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