A card shower is planned for Mabel Rickard, who will celebrate her 100th birthday Thursday. Cards may be sent to her c/o Linda McDonald, 127 Clark Road, Stephens City, Virginia 22655.


Samuels Library has extended its annual Summer Reading Club through Aug. 26. Readers of all ages may continue to register and log books at or by calling 540-635-3153.

Homeschooling seminar

Handley Regional Library will host free online information sessions from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday for parents considering homeschooling options this fall. A session just for kids will be held from 1-1:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

Experienced homeschooling families will discuss topics from identifying your child’s learning style to understanding resources to enhance engagement at home. Sessions will be streamed through Facebook @handleyregional. Advance registration is required by calling 540-662-9041 or visit

Charity ride

Thursday is the deadline to register to participate in a charity motorcycle ride on Aug. 8 sponsored by the Shenandoah Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

The starting point will be at 10 a.m. at 107 Youth Development Court, Winchester. Rain date is Aug. 15. Registration is $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. A donation lunch will follow for $10 per person. An additional fee of $10 will be charged to register at the door.

Registration: Information: Daniel Newlin at 443-497-2000 or email

Essay contest

Eagle Scout Robbie Voorheis was named the winner of the Colonel James Wood II chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout essay contest on July 26 at Wayside Inn in Middletown.

Voorheis was presented with the SAR chapter Eagle Scout medal, SAR Eagle Scout patch, certificate of recognition and a $100 check.

The entry included a 500-word essay on a patriotic theme and a four-generation genealogy chart. He was selected from 17 Scouts in the competition.

Art contest

Winners of the Virginia School Boards Association Valley Region art contest have been announced. For each of the nine regions, a winner was chosen for the elementary, middle and high school levels. Local winners are:

High school: Amir Lee, Strasburg High School, first place.

Middle school: Nevaeh Clem, North Fork Middle School, second place; Zoey Sine, James Wood Middle School, third place.

Elementary school: Sydney Volkmann, Greenwood Mill Elementary School, second place.

The winning art will be displayed on the VSBA website and at the 2020 VSBA annual convention and can also be found here:


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