Book signing

Sarah Kay Bierle will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. May 17 at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market.

She is the author of “Call Out the Cadets: The Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864.”

Bierle, who earned a bachelor's degree in history from Thomas Edison State University, is a managing editor for Emerging Civil War's blog. She has spent the last few years researching, writing and speaking about the American Civil War, helping audiences gain a better appreciation for the accounts of real people caught in the struggles of the past.

Blue Ridge CPAs

A kickoff event to revive the Blue Ridge chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 30 at Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business in Stimpson Auditorium, Halpin-Harrison Hall, 600 Millwood Ave., Winchester.

Harry Dickinson will teach an ethics course from 6-8 p.m.

The chapter is being revived by Dr. Cindy Vance, associate professor of accounting at Shepherd University; Rejoyce Lunceford, a visiting lecturer of accounting at Shenandoah University; and Angela Rudolph-Wiseman, a partner at Rutherford & Johnson P.C.

The Blue Ridge chapter will serve the areas of Amissville, Bridgewater, Broadway, Edinburg, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Luray, Middleburg, New Market, Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester and Woodstock.

Members do not need to belong to the VSCPA, but must be a member of another state society. Accounting professionals from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are invited. The chapter will offer continuing education and professional networking events.

Registration, which is $60, can be made online at

Shine On Main

Trey Johnson has opened a new shoe shine business, Shine On Main, in the historic Weaver building at 205 E. Main St., Front Royal.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, some mornings on Saturdays and closed Tuesdays and Sundays and usually from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch.

He offers four pricing options: free, Express for $4, Classic for $9 and High Shine for $14. He can be reached at 540-307-0282.

F&M Bank

F&M Bank has announced its placement in the American Banker’s Top 200 list again in 2019 for a three-year Return on Average Equity of 10.45-percent.

F&M Bank ranked 116th overall and was sixth among Virginia banks that made the list. Virginia accounts for about 40 of the 601 banks included in the survey. Information: Neil Hayslett at 540-896-8941.


The Blue Ridge Association of Realtors awarded Coldwell Banker Premier agents nine awards for 2018 sales during its Fire and Ice awards gala on March 8.

• Tim Shamblin and Kim Gengler were presented the Chairman’s Award for sales totaling over $2,000,000.

• Judy Wolfrey earned the President’s Award for achieving over $4,000,000 in sales.

• Matt Bradley, Sharon Cales and Ken Evans are Hall of Fame members and received the Platinum Award for superior sales production of over $6,000,000 for at least the past five years in a row.

• Craig Alexander and John Feldman were given the Team Award–Sapphire Club for joint sales of over $6,000,000.

Alexander was also honored with the Past Appreciation Award in recognition of his contributions to the success of the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors.

The office is located in Front Royal. Information: 540-662-4500 or visit


Two new members have been appointed to Randolph-Macon Academy's Board of Trustees.

• Lawrencia C. Pierce, who joined the board in February, is a graduate of Southern University, A&M College and Southern University Law School. An Air Force veteran, she is the assistant director for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Insurance Service. Prior to joining VA Insurance Service, she served as the deputy director (acting) for the Office of Transition Assistance and Economic Development, which reports directly to the principal deputy under secretary. Pierce's previous experience includes serving as a senior policy analyst and the Freedom of Information Act officer with Loan Guaranty Service; the Chief of Interagency Coordination & Governance for the VA Transition Assistance Program; deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs; and commissioner for Maryland State Veterans Home.

• Bill Bersing, who joined in April, is a senior executive with more than 25 years in the energy, engineering, construction, security, IT and government sectors. He is president of Institute for Program Solutions PC and held leadership roles with Louis Berger, O'Brien Krietsbert and Jacobs Engineering. Bersing holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a master's in information systems from Bowie State University, and a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix. He has been a board member with the American Society of Civil Engineers Region 10 and is an advisory board member with the International Resilience Center.