Woodstock

Forging metal by hand: Teenager dabbles in ancient art of blacksmithing

WOODSTOCK – Joe Haun likes the old traditions. He is one of the few in the area who practice the skills of blacksmithing. But there is something else that places him in a more elite category ... Joe is 14 years old. “I love heating the metal up, pounding on it and seeing the metal take ...

Marchers to protest Trump on one-year anniversary of presidency

Protesters will take to the streets of Woodstock on Saturday to express their disagreement with President Donald Trump’s administration. The rally will be focused on opposition to Trump rather than on any specific policy goals, said event organizer Mark Pierce, 64, a retired emergency ...

Three left homeless in Woodstock area trailer fire

WOODSTOCK – A fire destroyed a trailer and nearby camper at 832 Stultz Gap Drive on Tuesday. No one was injured, but the three-person family was left homeless and all of their belongings were reduced to little more than ash. The trailer’s owner, Wayne Kipps, 77, said he didn’t notice ...

Citizen of Year named at Chamber awards party

WOODSTOCK – “Usually I’m not lost for words,” a Tuxedo-clad Mike Ashley said while clutching his golden award for Citizen of the Year at the Woodstock Community Theatre on Tuesday evening. Ashley, owner and director of Commonwealth Investigation Services, was awarded for his ongoing ...

Woodstock projects making progress

Administrators say a couple projects in Woodstock are moving forward. The town's $3.1 million water treatment plant upgrade began in the spring 2017. Work on the project includes: Rehabilitation of the wheeler bottom filter undrain system. Removal of existing filter media. ...

Woodstock considers investing

Woodstock is looking to create an investment policy as part of the town's strategic operating plan. An investment policy would allow the town to invest its idle cash from its general fund and its enterprise, or public utilities, fund in a way to earn more than the minimal interest gains in the ...

Storm bringing bitter cold wind to chill region

Area residents are being cautioned about frigid temperatures and winds projected to hit the region. Ray Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, cautioned Wednesday that the storm, known as a bomb cyclone, is still forming and its path and conditions could ...

Woodcarvings support Bethlehem olive woodcarvers

WOODSTOCK - - A Palestinian Christian on a recent Saturday before Christmas spent hours in St. John Bosco Catholic Church setting up woodcarvings of a nativity scene, just as he has spent every weekend for the last 15 years. Adham Qumseya moved to the United States 15 years ago from ...

Peaceful protesters rally against, for Trump

WOODSTOCK - Peaceful protests arose Friday between anti-Trump activists and pro-Trump supporters on the steps of Woodstock’s Historic Courthouse Friday. Lisa Currie of the Shenandoah Indivisible movement, a grassroots organization, said she brought the protest about to bring change for all ...

Woodstock audit receives high assurance

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock finances have received a clean audit. “In our opinion, the town financial statements are fairly presented,” said Auditor James Kelly, of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates said at Finance Committee meeting. “This is the highest level of assurance we are allowed to ...

Shenandoah County hires consulting firm to attract businesses

WOODSTOCK – After months of deliberation, the Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority  hired consulting engineering firm Draper Aden Associates on Monday to help attract businesses to the county. The consulting firm will perform land surveys, wetlands planning, due diligence ...

Three French Hens celebrates 14 years of business

WOODSTOCK – The gift shop at 143 Main St. more closely resembles the residential home it was adapted from rather than a traditional business. The front door opens to a staircase leading up to private quarters, with a bedroom-turned-merchandise display room on the left and the rest of the ...

Woodstock changes water and sewer leak policy

Woodstock town administrators have changed the policy for adjusting bills in homes where water or sewer leaks have occurred. The town's water and sewer billing leak adjustment policy has not been changed in about 14 years. “The leak adjustment policy has served the town's needs during that ...

Developers keep Woodstock officials busy

Town officials and developers in Woodstock are busy with a few projects. Several construction permits have been taken out recently, said Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the town. The quality of life offered in Woodstock is an incentive for people to live there,  ...

A little bit of Woodstock reaches England

Woodstock's former fire engine has arrived at its new home at a museum in England. The 1991 Pierce 105 model aerial fire truck was shipped overseas in a ferry ship called the Hoegh Maputo. It arrived in England on Oct. 27, wrote Bill Best, who is part of the family that owns and operates the ...

Changes possible to Vintage Woodstock

Woodstock town employees  are listening to what residents want of Vintage Woodstock. Town officials conducted a survey last month asking people what they thought of the yearly social event. Katie Mercer, Woodstock's director of marketing and events, said the Woodstock Enhancement Promotions ...