CHEERS! We'll soon have a new 12-screen cinema at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester. Plans for the cinema and the mall's first facelift since it opened 30 years ago were announced Thursday. We'd like to echo some comments posted on our online story about the major renovation:
"This is long overdue."
"About freakin' time!!!"
"Hope the prices don't go up."
:( A SAD FACE for shelters for the homeless and victims of violence that did not receive funding from a federal grant program through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The news that they would not get the funds this year has forced groups to scramble for funds. The Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter will hold a "pottery bingo: fundraiser Saturday at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church to help make up the loss. Response Inc., which provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence, will hold a karaoke fundraiser Sunday at Carmella's restaurant in Edinburg.
CHEERS to the Rotary Club of Winchester for naming Our Health Inc. as the beneficiary of its "An International Affair of Wine and Food" charitable event.
Our Health Inc. Board Chairman John C. Capehart and Executive Director Sharen E. Gromling say proceeds from the event will go toward "advancing the mission of Our Health in supporting its more than 50 partner agencies to improve the health and well-being of our regional community through programs such as the Our Health Kendall Community Campus Healthy Living Event and Farmers Market;, the on-campus LFCC Middle College courses; the availability of conference, computer lab, and training room space; volunteer recruitment, referral and placement; and, grants writing and administration to name a few.
"We are so fortunate to live in a community where so many people work and give generously to serve the needs of others. Thank you for helping us advance our mission."
CHEERS for the Blue Ridge Hospice from Gary D. Hoover of Woodstock, who wrote:
"Recently my beloved wife lost her battle to lung and liver cancer. One of her last wishes was that she wanted to spend her last days at home. This she was able to do with the help of Blue Ridge Hospice. Words cannot express my deep appreciation for the loving care, the compassion and moral support their staff gave us during those trying times prior to her death. I want to personally thank registered nurses Briget Finwymer, Diane Dovell and Susan Long and caregivers Ginny Newman, Susan Mason and Marie Miller."
CHEERS to all who supported the Heidi's Hope 5K Run/Walk from Pam Dyke of Front Royal, who wrote:
"The 2nd Annual Heidi's Hope 5K Run/Walk, held at Skyline High School in Front Royal on May 19, raised $4,600 for the Relay for Life of Front Royal/Warren County! Thanks to all who were there to support this fantastic cause, in memory of Warren County's own Heidi Moore."