Melinda Ball


The Northern Shenandoah Valley American Society for Quality (ASQ) will hold a networking event and dinner at 6 p.m. Monday at Lord Fairfax Community College in the Corron Community Development Center, Room 108, in Middletown.

Larry Baker, director business development and outreach at Lord Fairfax Workforce Solutions, will share information on programs and services offered to individuals and businesses in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Networking will start at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the business meeting from 7-8 p.m. The meal is $10, payable in cash or check at the door. ASQ membership not required. Preregistration required at

Reaching Out Now

Reaching Out Now, an organization that encourages Warren County under-served girls in sixth through 12th grades to reach their full potential, will talk about its “Girl of Destiny” leadership program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse, 9 S. Commerce Ave., Front Royal. Information: email or

Book signing

Richard Schaus will sign copies of the newest book he co-wrote with Thomas J. Ryan titled “Lee Is Trapped and Must Be Taken: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg: July 4 to July 14, 1863” at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Royal Oak Book Shop, 207 S. Royal Ave., Front Royal. Information:

Worlds of Work

Nearly 3,000 seventh-grade students from around the area will be attending the Worlds of Work Expo from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Shenandoah University’s Athletic and Events Center in Winchester.

The expo is a career exploration event managed by Lord Fairfax Community College Career Pathways Consortium, in partnership with Barrett Machine Inc., Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission and the Frederick County and Winchester Economic Development authorities.

More than 70 businesses will showcase equipment, vehicles and machinery that students climb into, fix and manipulate. There will also be animals that students can touch and care for as well as life-like mannequins they might splint and stitch. The event is designed to be a hands-on exploration of possible careers.

Featured will be careers in agriculture, communications, construction, finance, health science, information technology, hospitality, manufacturing, public service and transportation and logistics. The expo will be open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. Information, registration:


Lisa Sturtevant, chief economist at Virginia Realtors, will be the keynote speaker at the Shenandoah Valley Real Estate Market & Economic Summit from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 3 at the George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester.

The cost is $15, $20 after Sept. 25 and $25 at the door. Breakfast will be served from 8-8:45 a.m. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity and the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors scholarship fund. Registration: 540-667-2606.

Coldwell Banker

Melinda Ball with Coldwell Banker Premier in Front Royal has earned the nationally recognized Pricing Strategy Advisor certification. The certification will allow her to determine property values and provide enhanced education and expertise to determine the most accurate value for a home by selecting appropriate comparables and to make accurate adjustments to guide sellers and buyers through the details of comparative market analyses.

Ball can be reached at 540-636-7700 or by email at The office is located in Royal Plaza at 415 South Street, Suite C.

Weichert Realtors

Daryl Stout with Weichert Realtors in Front Royal has been recognized for leading the sales region for revenue units during August. The region is composed of locations throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Orange, Prince William and Warren counties. She can be reached at 540-635-8000 or visit her office at 824 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal.

Toray Plastics

Toray Plastics, a manufacturer of sustainable, technologically advanced polyester and polypropylene films and electron-beam cross-linked foams, has launched a new website:

The Toray Plastics’ plant in Front Royal manufactures polyolefin, polypropylene and polyethylene foam sheets for the automotive and industrial markets. The company is headquartered in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

The new website provides educational videos, product information, leadership insights, facts about the company’s background and news of career opportunities.

Toray focuses on the development of materials that are fossil fuel-free, compostable, biodegradable and/or recyclable. The company’s sustainability initiative, launched in 2004, includes the operating of one of Rhode Island’s larger solar farms and two cogeneration systems, energy and water conservation, recycling and zero landfill.