• A card shower is planned for Clyde “Robin Hood” McLean, who will celebrate his 80th birthday Friday. Cards may be sent to 8741 Stonewall Jackson Highway, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

• A card shower is planned for Richard “Dick” Cooley, who will celebrate his 85th birthday Jan. 11. Cards may be sent to 617 Kestrel Court, Woodstock, Virginia 22664.

• A card shower is planned for Charles L. Orndorff, who will celebrate his birthday Jan. 14. Cards may be sent to 3335 Swartz Road, Maurertown, Virginia 22644.


Shenandoah County Democrats will hold a caucus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock to elect committee members for two-year terms. Officers will be elected during a committee meeting immediately following.


The Woodstock Fire Department will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. Friday. A free-will offering will be received to benefit the new truck fund.


• Reliance United Methodist Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at 1571 Reliance Road. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 5.

• Riverton United Methodist Church will host a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday at 55 E. Strasburg Road, Front Royal. The menu will also include sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy, juice and coffee. An offering will be accepted.


The Narrow Passage chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 122 E. Court St., Woodstock. Kelly Murphy will present a program on Angel Flights and women in Aviation International. Information: 352-317-7516.


The Harlem Globetrotters will return to Shenandoah University at 7 p.m. March 19 at the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center in Winchester.

Canned and boxed food will be collected at the door to benefit the nonprofit organization Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester, which helps provide weekend food packs to over 900 kids every week who attend Winchester City and Frederick County Public Schools.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at


Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation has scheduled the following trips for this year:

Graceland: April 26-May 1.

Pacific Northwestern National Park: Aug. 12-17.

Vermont: Oct. 18-22.

Christmas in Historic Winston Salem, North Carolina: Dec. 9-11.

Information: 540-459-6777 or visit

Soil sampling

The Virginia Cooperative Extension office is partnering with libraries in Shenandoah County to make soil fertility analysis better and more accessible to farmers and homeowners.

Each library will have a soil probe for collecting soil samples and soil boxes and forms for submitting samples. The soil probe can be checked out just like a book or video. Extra boxes for farm soil samples will be available. Testing will be done by the Virginia Tech Soil Testing Laboratory. Homeowner samples cost $10 per sample.

Libraries having soil probes/boxes include Fort Valley, Strasburg, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mount Jackson, New Market and Basye/Orkney Springs.

Information on how to collect a soil sample can be found at Additionally, Extension Master Gardener volunteers can help answer questions by calling 540-459-6140 or e-mail Farmers can reach Extension Agents by calling the Extension office or by e-mailing Bobby Clark at

College news

Peyton Elaine Binebrink earned a bachelor's degree in biology on Dec. 14 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She plans to continue studies for a physicians assistant degree. She is the daughter of Mark and Michelle Binebrink, of Strasburg, and the granddaughter of Bill and Lisa Asher and Wayne Broy, of Strasburg, and Eddie Binebrink, of Star Tannery.


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