A card shower is planned for Irving Getz, who celebrated his 80th birthday Friday. Cards may be sent to 647 Burke Hill Road, Maurertown, Virginia 22644. A birthday celebration will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. June 15 at Valley Pike Church of the Brethren in Woodstock.

Addiction recovery

SMART Recovery, an international nonprofit administered by volunteers, holds meetings at noon on Mondays and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Northwestern Community Services, 1014 Amherst St., Room 204, Winchester. The program is based on science and education, no spirituality or religion is involved. Informal setting. Information:


Strasburg Community Library will continue its summer reading program celebration at 11 a.m. Tuesday with a mini menagerie petting zoo in the parking lot. Information: 540-465-8464.


Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock. Preregistration is required: Information: Shenandoah County Extension office at 540-459-6140.


Winchester Trout Unlimited will hold a barfly event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Escutcheon Brewing in Winchester. No fly-tying or fly-fishing experience necessary. Those attending are encouraged to bring their fly-tying vise. Information: Bill at 540-722-2620.


New Market Area Library will continue its summer reading program with Reading with the Rebels Baseball Team at 10 a.m. Thursday at Rebel Park for children through the fifth grade.

Ham radio

The Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club meets at 8:30 a.m. each Thursday at Cook’s Exxon in Woodstock. Information: Malcolm at 436-8503.


The Apple Valley Needle Threaders will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at VFW Post 9760, 425 S. Buckmarsh St., Berryville. Three of the group’s quilters will demonstrate easy tips or patterns.


Samuels Library in Front Royal will hold the following programs for adults:

• English as a second language discussion group: 10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Dedication of the Joseph Warren plaque: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

• Father’s Day Festival: 6 p.m., Thursday. Activities include woodworking crafts, bluegrass music and food. Registration required.

• Astronomy Quest Series-the Search for Exoplanets: 6:30 p.m., June 18 with Amateur Astronomer Dane Toler.

Information: 540-635-3153 or


Samuels Library in Front Royal will hold the following children’s activities:

• Science Scouts: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for ages 6-11, program on ocean zones.

• Showtime at the circus: 2 p.m. Wednesday for ages 8-12.

• Wiggly Worms: 2 p.m., Friday for ages 5 and older. Children will make a worm hotel for the library garden.

Information: 540-635-3153 or

School news

Gretchen Siegel is valedictorian and Ian Schwartz is salutatorian at Chelsea Academy in Front Royal.

• Graduating this year were: Mia Adamec, Clara Anderson, Fiona Briggs, Greg Buono, Julianna Butler, Ricky Byrd, Collin Campbell, Andrew Ferguson, Joe Kelly, Max Lagarde, Jimmy Lee, Helena McGrath, Ben Mikus, Max Nicholson, Joan O’Reilly, Zimo “Tony” Peng, Samuel Peters, Eva Poulson, Dillan Riccio, Peter Shanley, Sophie Shannon, Lucy Stanford, Alec Stanmeyer, Celine Townsend, and Bo (Chris) Zhou.

• Jerome Siegel, eighth grade, achieved a perfect score on the national Latin exam. Out of the 13,000 who participated in 2019, only 698 students attained this distinction.

• Seniors Max Lagarde and Gretchen Siegel were named commended scholars for their performance on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

All-district band

Shenandoah County Public Schools students auditioned and earned a position with the All-District Band, competing against seven other school divisions.

• Wind Ensemble: Jennie Farmer, bass clarinet; Melissa Matthews, trumpet; Brie Polk, string bass. They are all students at Stonewall Jackson High School and earned all-state eligibility.

• Middle School: Leah Diehl, euphonium, North Fork Middle; Donovan Kirby, tuba, Peter Muhlenberg Middle; Nick Summerlin, Signal Knob Middle.

• Symphonic Band: Central High School students David Black, flute; David Edelman, percussion; Michaela Black, percussion; Stonewall Jackson High School students Erik Prunka, piccolo, Emma Davis, string bass; Jack Miller, alto saxophone. Emma earned all-state eligibility.

Chain of Checks

The Evans Home for Children and Winchester Rescue Mission have been named recipients of the 92.5 WINC FM 2019 Chain of Checks Campaign, “Headed Home…a journey out of homelessness.”

This year’s fundraising campaign will include a “Christmas in July” movie on July 27 at the Alamo, a golf tournament on Oct. 14, Christmas concerts, donation jars at area businesses and a radio-thon Dec. 19 and 20.

Day of Caring

United Way of Front Royal-Warren County is accepting applications for client projects through its 2019 Day of Caring on Sept. 13.

Each year, United Way volunteers help selected clients with home repairs, cleaning and other tasks, such as painting, yard cleanup, landscaping, minor plumbing, electrical and carpentry work.

This year, applications will also be accepted from nonprofit agencies and schools. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 1. Volunteers are always needed. Information: 540-635-3636 or visit

College news

• Kathleen Fedzer, of Front Royal, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bucknell University. She is a rising sophomore.

• Luke Shriver, of Winchester, was named to the dean’s list at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania for the spring semester. He is a rising senior majoring in digital forensics.

• Kirsten Hernandez, of Bluemont, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology with high honors May 20 at Lehigh University.

College news

The following students earned master’s degrees May 5 from Eastern Mennonite University:

• Berryville: Eugene Kraybill, interdisciplinary studies.

• Broadway: Carolyn Alvarado, counseling; Chrissy Phillips, business administration.

• Cross Junction: Tina Tylka, education.

• Edinburg: Kelly Newcomer-Hendricks, education.

• Front Royal: Rachel Cerretani, counseling; Allison Funk, counseling; Matt Johnson, nursing leadership and management.

• Mount Jackson: Tiffany Dellinger, education.

• New Market: Zach Pennington, counseling.

• Strasburg: Donna Gessner, education.

• Winchester: Rachael Blinn, education.

• Woodstock: Kathleen Cooper, counseling; Sara George, education.


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