Animal shelter

Doodle will be available soon to adopt at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. He is 4 weeks old, has learned to use the litter box and loves to play. The shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg. Information: email or call 540-984-8955.

Park opens

Shenandoah National Park will begin its phased reopening today with Skyline Dive and some trails becoming accessible to visitors at 8 a.m.

The drive and trails will remain open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. with normal entry fees, according to the park's website.

During the first phase, trails associated with Old Rag and Whiteoak — along with boundary trailheads and picnic areas — will remain closed.

Virtual 5K

The New Market Rotary will host a virtual Run Up the Creek 5K on Monday. Participants have the opportunity to find a 5K (3.1 mile) area of their choosing to walk/run and turn in a photo of their walk/run and their time.

T-shirts will be given to those who donate $20 or more. Proceeds benefit the Community Care and Learning Center and provide a $1,000 scholarship to a Stonewall Jackson High School and Shenandoah Valley Academy graduate.

To sign up, visit Pictures and times of your run should be sent to Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 411, New Market, Virginia 22844.


The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties has launched the pilot program Working Cat Project, designed to find non-traditional homes for non-traditional kittens to put cats to work by keeping your outdoor space rodent-free. All working cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and offered to local farms, barns and businesses for no adoption fee.

Participants will get personalized service to assist in picking out the perfect working cat for their needs. To learn more about the Working Cat Project, call Allie at 540-533-3444, email or visit

The SPCA is located at 111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester. Information: 540-662-8616 ext. 406 or email

National Forests

The USDA Forest Service has opened a series of trailheads and access points in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Hikers are asked to avoid congregating at parking areas, refrain from gathering in large groups and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, especially when passing other hikers.

Bathroom facilities may not be available. Shelters remain closed.

Find the latest recreation information at


Douglas Stanley, a member of the Rotary Club of Front Royal, has been honored with the Douglas A. Newton Excellence in Communications award.

Stanley manages the club’s new member breakfast information session, coordinates and presents the Fireside Chat for members prior to their induction, serves as club historian and assists in maintaining the Club Roles and Responsibilities Manual.

He is a past president of the club and has served as a senior director. He chairs the Public Image Committee, New Member Information Committee and Social Outing Committee.

The award was created by the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingsport in honor of former member and radio and TV personality Past District Governor Doug Newton.

College news

Lord Fairfax Community College students can now aspire to join an honor society devoted to the computer science field.

Seventeen students, eight faculty and two professors emeriti were recently inducted in a virtual ceremony into Epsilon Pi Tau. It is open to students taking both credit and non-credit classes.

The international society structure allows LFCC to provide a networking opportunity for students with potential employers and professionals working in the field. The honor society will offer scholarships to students and faculty, provide opportunities for publication and hold community service activities.

Further information is available at

College news

• Two area students attending Bob Jones University were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester. They are:

Erika Burns, of Basye, a freshman majoring in health sciences.

Anna Nantz, of Linden, a junior majoring in graphic design.

• Samuel Shelton, of Strasburg, was named to the dean’s list at Potomac State College of West Virginia University for the spring semester.


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