Shenandoah County Master Gardeners will be available to answer home horticulture questions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Extension office in Woodstock. Information: 540-459-6140.


The New Market Area Library will host the following children’s activities Friday:

• Books and Babies story time (ages birth-3): 10 to 11 a.m. The theme will be Lion or Lamb. Older siblings invited to be helpers.

• February reading program finale: 5-6:30 p.m. Celebrate the annual Dr. Seuss Read Across America program with cake, punch, cooking green eggs and ham. Snow date: March 8. Preschoolers encouraged to bring in reading logs to receive a free book.

Information: 540-740-8650.


Author Tracy White, from Manhattan but currently living in Winchester, will talk about her book “A Gangster’s Best Friend,” a story based on true events that took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as part of the Meet the Author Series from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Handley Library in Winchester. Information: 540-662-9041.


Edinburg VFW Post 2447 will feature special music by Jay Powell, a one-man band, from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. Supper will also be available from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring a pound of spiced shrimp and sides for $11. Information: 540-984-4355.


March 12 is the deadline for Shenandoah County high-school seniors who plan to attend college to become a teacher to apply for the Marge Moyers Memorial Scholarship.

Applications are available in the guidance department of each county high school. Information: Janet Dellinger at


March 16 is the deadline to apply for a scholarship for future teachers awarded by the Shenandoah Valley chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International.

Application forms are available at Information: Pam Bailey at

Litter pickup

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate in a litter pickup drive for Shenandoah County being held from Friday through May 31. Each organization will receive prize money based on the number of bags of roadside litter picked up by their group.

Information: Shenandoah County landfill at 540-984-8573 or visit

College news

Several Eastern Mennonite University choir students will participate in a March spring break tour to Ohio and Indiana. They are:

• Evangeline Lupanov, a junior majoring in recreational leadership and sports studies, of Timberville.

• Heather Ralls, a sophomore majoring in nursing, of Linden.

• Rachel Lute, a sophomore majoring in liberal arts, of New Market. She is also a member of the Emulate Chamber Ensemble.


New Market Rotary Club Treasurer Mitch Chambliss presented a check for $600 to Rotary President Peter Hughes at the Feb. 13 meeting.

The money supports Yvonne Frazier in the development of a Child Care and Learning Center in New Market, a nonprofit community-based project that will provide childcare for 2½ to 10 year-old children. The project was brought to the club last December, with an anticipated start date of May 28. Rotary members Tony Cooper and Peter Hughes will serve on the board.

Horticultural luncheon

Pat Collins, a 10-time Emmy Award-winning general assignment reporter for News4 Washington, will be the featured speaker at the Ladies’ Horticultural luncheon on May 3 at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center, 711 Millwood Ave., Winchester.

Collins joined News4 Washington in 1986 and has covered a multitude of big stories including the disappearance of Chandra Levy, the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 2002 sniper shootings. He has also won two Clarion awards, a Chesapeake Associated Press Award for “Best Feature Reporter” and was inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Tickets, which are $25, will be available soon. Ticket order forms are available online at or at Apple Blossom headquarters at 135 N. Cameron St., Winchester.


Winchester Trout Unlimited has announced that the Tri-State Conservation and Fishing Camp for 13-17 year-olds will be held June 23-28 at Graves' Mountain Lodge in Syria. Space is limited to 24 campers. The cost is $850. Information: Galen Westman at or visit


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