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Local philanthropists

College students face many challenges as they make their way through Virginia’s higher education system. But their path to a career can be riddled with potholes, with perhaps the largest one being the high cost of education.

Many students find community colleges more cost-effective than starting in the university system. They usually can transfer their community college credits to a university after a year or two, and they do save money by not having to live away from home. But community college students still struggle to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Virginians like Clifton and Sandy Good of Strasburg recognize the difficulties students face and have worked to make a difference. We would like to give a round of applause to the Goods for their generosity and work they have done for Lord Fairfax Community College.

The state recognized the Goods this month by honoring them with the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy during a ceremony earlier this month in Richmond.

In 2010 the Goods established an endowed scholarship fund that will assist students with tuition, and next fall, as a result of the chancellor’s award, a student will receive a one-year scholarship named after them and funded by Wells Fargo and Dominion.

Route 11 Potato Chips

Congratulations to Route 11 Potato Chips, which celebrates its 20th year in business this month. The Mt. Jackson company’s Dill Pickle chips received national attention this month in Oprah Winfrey’s “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

Remembering Winchester’s first flight Kudos go to local aviation historian Dan Rodgers for keeping alive the memory of Winchester’s aviation history. Rodgers built a scale model of the first plane that flew over Winchester 100 years ago. The model is hanging in the Winchester Regional Airport for visitors to enjoy.

Virginia legislators

Applause also goes to the Virginia Senate for finally passing the state budget bill, which now goes to the governor for his amendments.

The state of Virginia

More applause for the state of Virginia for launching a new sign campaign to highlight Virginia’s wine growing regions. Signs will go up on primary and secondary roads directing traverlers to local wineries.

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