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Woodstock

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 ...

Man accused of fleeing police after court appearance

Adam Richard Lamma found himself running from police Wednesday a few hours after walking out of Shenandoah County Circuit Court. Woodstock police Capt. Chris Baker said members of his agency, while working with the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, watched Lamma participate in a narcotics ...

Shenandoah schools crowded but within state rules

A class size report discussed at Thursday's Shenandoah County Public Schools meeting shows the county schools are crowded but are still within state regulations. “Yes. They are crowded,” Superintendent Mark Johnston said. The study shows that the district elementary schools have the ...

VA 42 corridor considered for transportation study

The town of Woodstock is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to study the VA 42 corridor from Hisey Avenue to East Reservoir Road. “Staff meet with the local VDOT residency to discuss their study/design priorities for their jurisdiction,” town manager Angela Clem said in ...

Smoke-free lodge cheered as family friendly, healthier

WOODSTOCK -- Generations remember social and charitable clubs like the Moose lodge on Moose Road in Woodstock as dimly illuminated bars where members could talk over drinks while lighting up. At Lodge 1329 a smoking ban put in place in the main hall on Nov. 1, 2016 by vote of lodge members ...

Woodstock planning ahead on projects

Woodstock is beginning to look at what necessary capital projects it will need to plan for over the next five years. Staff have begun the annual budgeting process beginning with the capital program update. The town administration recently held a meeting with department heads to begin to ...

Woodstock parking project moves forward

A downtown parking project in Woodstock is now open to bids as planning continues to move forward. The town will accept bids through Nov. 14, said Lemuel Hancock, urban designer and neighborhood planner for the Town of Woodstock. The downtown parking lot will be about .87 acres, or 38,000 ...

Bill Holtzman scorns Shenandoah politics for hindering business

WOODSTOCK -- A leading Shenandoah County businessman blasted county political leaders Tuesday for hindering economic growth by resisting needed change. Bill Holtzman, founder of the multi-million-dollar oil business that bears his name, warned that the county is less business friendly than its ...