Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association has announced its recognition of its 2013 Outstanding Industry Award Recipients at the Hampton Convention Center on Nov. 20. VHTA member Allison Dugan, of Shenandoah Caverns Family of Attractions, announced each award recipient as an audience of roughly 350 watched some of Virginia's finest hospitality employees be recognized. There were eight award recipients ranging from all levels of leadership and each was recognized for unique and over the top service as well as dedication to the industry, their customers and company. The first award, Travel Employee of the Year, went to Charlie Buser, a past outstanding member. The award was given in his memory. John Freeman of Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau was named VHTA's Travel Employee of the Year and was awarded for his dedication to the CACVB and for his winning strategy for its eMarketing programs. Bill Dillon owner of the Abbey Road Restaurant in Virginia Beach, earned the Restaurateur of the Year award, singled out for his dedication and support of the hospitality industry by serving on numerous committees and with local charitable groups as well as being the wonderful owner of what is now a Virginia Beach landmark, the Abbey...
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Grove's Harley-Davidson has announced that with help from the community and many generous sponsors and patrons, it hit the $10k mark through combined effort from its We Ride for the Children and We Rock for the Children events this fall. The Riders collected $5,548 and the Rockers earned $4,452.
The Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International has announced it hosted a meeting on Nov. 13 at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, with a panel of area school division leaders discussing successful partnerships in which they engage.
The 2013 Virginia 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team traveled to Omaha, Neb., where they took first high team overall against 28 other teams in the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Judging Contest on Sept. 28.
Retired educators (teachers, administrators, and support personnel) from Augusta County, Bath/Highland County, Page County and Shenandoah County Retired Educators' groups gathered recently at Traditions Restaurant in Harrisonburg for a business meeting, talk by retired Rockingham County Commissioner of Accounts David Hatmaker, and lunch earlier this month.
Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department has announced that it held an appreciation picnic for all volunteer and career personnel on Sept. 28 to express its gratitude for the services they provide to the citizens of Frederick County. Chief Chester Lauck of Round Hill Community Fire and Rescue and Pamela Keeler of Greenwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue were honored with the volunteer of the year award.
The Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution announced that Deputy Chief Eddie McClellan of Winchester was to be honored at a ceremony last Saturday for meritorious service in the line of duty, along with Senior Trooper Paul Domingoes of Warrenton and Captain Aerts "Buddy" Colby of Purcellville. The awards are sponsored by the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Loudoun and Fauquier counties. The Police Award was awarded to Domingoes, the Fire Service Award to Colby and the Rescue Award to MeClellan.The recognition consisted of certificates, medals and small cash awards. The awards were to be presented at the awards breakfast at the Lee Jackson Motel, with Lt. James Rust of Purcellville and member of the chapter presenting the awards. Rust chairman of the selection committee, was a recipient of the Police Award several years ago. The Col. James Wood II Chapter is a new chapter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In February the chapter was designated the outstanding large chapter in Virginia by the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. To be a member of the SAR, a man...
The Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School in Front Royal held its fall sports awards ceremony Monday morning at 8 a.m., Nov. 18 in the middle school dining hall. All of the coaches praised the players for their dedication to their respective teams, and several indicated that it was extremely difficult to make the selections for their awards. The following students were singled out for special recognition: In cross-country, seventh grader Caleb Nielsen of Winchester was named MVP, and the coaches' awards went to sixth grader Amandeep Atwal of Springfield and eighth grader Erik Wagner of Arlington. In golf, seventh grader Jacob Karen of Winchester was named MVP, and the coaches' award went to eighth grader Javon Farmer of Haymarket. The most improved player was seventh grader Ian Mounts of Ashland, Ohio In soccer, eighth grader Ryan Latham of Amissville was named MVP. Eighth grader Filippo Bandera of Invorio, Italy, was named the highest goal scorer; eighth grader Sarah Vaughan of Front Royal received the coaches' award, and eighth grader Cailen Baggett of Winchester was named most improved player. In volleyball, eighth grader Angel Njoku of Leesburg was named MVP. The coaches' award went to eighth grader Elenda Liyel-Imoke of Ellicott City,...
Peter Muhlenberg Middle School has announced that Karen Girouard, a veteran art teacher, was recently told she has received the Virginia Art Education Association Blue Ridge Region Middle School Division Art Educator Award for the 2013-2014 school year.
Historic Jordan Springs event producer Colt Nutter has announced the 2013 Charity Christmas Events and Tours theme, "Gifts of the Season," at 1160 Jordan Springs Road, Stephenson.
Area participants in 4-H and the Future Farmers of America won awards in the recent 2013 4-H/FFA Livestock Show and Sale.
Mr. and Mrs. David Powell of Toms Brook have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Powell, to Matt Gochenour, son of Sherry Stephens of Front Royal and Garlan Gochenour of Woodstock.
The family of Noah "Richard," "Dickey," "Dick," "Dickie Bird" and Rita Caudill Rutledge wishes them a happy 50th anniversary, which they recently celebrated on Nov. 15. They were married on Nov. 15, 1963 at Pleasant View Methodist Church in Abingdon, Washington County. Anyone wishing to send cards should send them to 767 Kendick Ford Road, Front Royal, VA 22630....
Randolph-Macon Academy student Robin Penn of Henderson, Tenn., has been selected to the Walt Disney World of Color Honor Choir.
The Alpha Omicron Chapter of Virginia Alpha Delta Kappa held it's November meeting at the Central High School Library, where a program on Morrison's photographs was presented by John Adamson.
The New Market Area Library held various events earlier this month as part of its fifth anniversary celebration.
Gov. Bob McDonnell met with Brian Walsh, the 2013-2014 National Future Farmers of America president, on Oct. 13. Walsh of Woodstock is an agribusiness major at Virginia Tech and recently was elected president at the annual National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ken.
Monica Londono and Brett Mather were married Oct.12 in Cali, Colombia, South America. The bride is the daughter of Guillermo Londono and Ana Beatriz Tascon of Cali, Colombia, South America. The groom is the son of Doug and Aleta Mather of Woodstock.
The Blue Ridge Hospice has announced the following winners of its annual hospice 5K, which raised money to support its annual Camp Hope. Camryn Ubert of Stephens City and Karsten Brown of Front Royal took top honors in the rac:
Community members and employees of Westminster Ingleside Communities gathered on Oct. 5 for a 20th anniversary ceremony of the founding of Westminster at Lake Ridge, a non-profit continuing care non-profit community near historic Occoquan. Nearly 400 people came out for the celebration.
Chef Brian Pellatt, center, receives the standard of appreciation of the Italian Academy of Cuisine from the Delegate Marino de Medici, left, and Vice Delegate Judy Lloyd at the recent Virginia Delegation of the Italian Academy of Cuisine's Ecumenical Dinner at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester.
Betty Hartzell, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Old Town, center, serves treasurer Phil Loving a plate of sandwiches during a recent Wednesday evening community dinner at the Strasburg Methodist Church. The club sponsors the meal as part of their community service projects. For more information, call Doug Butler at 540-771-0253.
The Lord Fairfax EMS Council has announced it will offer one free Friends and Family CPR class once a month through April 2014 to the first 10 registrants.
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival office has announced that next year's festival, from April 25 to May 4, will include the following new events under the theme "The Land of Pink & Green":
The following students were added to the honor roll for the first six weeks of school at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg:
The Garden Club of Warren County is selling raffle tickets for a holiday home decoration.
Kristin Derflinger, a sophomore at Central High School, recently spoke to the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Virginia Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority for outstanding women educators, at a meeting earlier this fall.
The Virginia Delegation of the Italian Academy of Cuisine held its Ecumenical
Dinner last month at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, offering a menu dedicated to meats uncommon on American tables,
The New Market Area Library hosted an adult program recently called Weathering the Current Financial Market.
The following students at Signal Knob Middle School have been added to the first quarter honor roll:
The Woodstock Rotary has announced it recently donated items to the Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter, which assists families and individuals who previously were sleeping in emergency shelters, cars, abandoned buildings or on the street. Others sponsored by a church or temporary funding source were staying in a motel room, many fleeing domestic violence.
Miguel and Nicole Halling of Winchester proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Elisabeth. Madeline was born on July 26 at 12:15 p.m. in the Winchester Medical Center. She weighed 8 lbs.,13 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Madeline is the little sister of Ryan Christopher Ogden Halling. She is the granddaughter of maternal grandparents Dennis and Amanda Campbell of Middletown and paternal grandparents Kerry Halling of Spokane, Wash., and the late Dona Halling....
Gidget Ray of Front Royal would like to announce the engagement of her daughter Danielle Nichole Burke to Justin Wade Stickley of Strasburg.
The Byzantium Chapter of the National English Honor Society, located at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, has announced the following officers for the 2013-14 school year:
The 2013 Strasburg Holiday Homes Tour, which takes place every two years, has announced it will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dec. 14. Presented by Strasburg Heritage Association in partnership with Massanutten Garden Club, the tour will feature five unique properties. Tickets will be $10 and are available in advance starting Dec. 1 at the following Strasburg businesses: Hotel Strasburg, Peoples Drug Store, First Bank, BB&T Bank....
The Virginia Department of Education has announced that application information is available for the 2014 Governor's Summer Residential Program, which includes seven summer residential governor's schools and four governor's foreign language academies.
Jorge and Lori Gutierrez of Woodstock are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Megan, to Samuel Rowles, son of Sherman "Rick" and Melissa Rowles of Woodstock.
Monday: Breaded chicken patty on a bun (or, for grades 6-12, hot dog in a wheat bun), baked beans, pasta salad, applesauce and apple juice. Tuesday: Baked macaroni and cheese with a whole wheat bread stick (or, for grades 6-12, steak-um on wheat bun), green beans, a vegetable cup, pineapple and pears.
James and Carrie Clark of Mt. Jackson have announced the birth of a son, James Walker Harris Clark, born at 11:39 a.m. Aug. 8 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
Warren County recognized government employees for years of service earlier this month at its annual staff picnic.
The Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Association has announced its members participated in the AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive! on Sept. 3, collecting food and donated them along with $483 cash collected to Luke's Backpack, a weekend feeding program for students in Shenandoah County.