Animal shelter

Kennedy will be available soon to adopt at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. She 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.


The New Market Library has posted story-book videos on its Facebook page. They can be found at


The Able Forces Foundation will begin distributing nonperishable food items for veterans and veteran families in Front Royal and Warren County.

To schedule a pickup at 115 Chester St., Suite B, Front Royal, call 703-220-1822. Information: and

National Forests

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have reopened many recreation sites for day use.

• All trailheads providing access to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail will reopen, except for Dragon’s Tooth and Spy Rock trailheads.

• All shooting ranges have reopened. Crabtree Falls, Cascades, Pandapas Pond and Roaring Run day use areas will reopen.

• The South Pedlar ATV Trail System has reopened.

• Starting Thursday, additional recreation sites will reopen, including the Peters Mills Run/Taskers Gap ATV/OHV Trail System.

Campgrounds, and most facilities and day-use areas within campgrounds, remain closed as well as all restrooms. Visitors are responsible for providing their own PPE (including hand sanitizer), and must pack out what they pack in as trash service may not be available.

For a complete list of recreation sites and its status, visit

National Park

The Shenandoah National Park has reopened access to the following areas for day-use only. Open hours will be from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.:

• The entire length of Skyline Drive from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 105 at Waynesboro will be open to all traffic.

• The Backcountry will be open to day-use only. Over 480 miles of trails will be accessible from trailheads along Skyline Drive.

Vehicle parking along Skyline Drive at overlooks and trailhead parking areas will be in designated areas only.

Entrance stations will be staffed and entrance fees collected.

Limited restrooms will be open at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6), Panorama (mile 31.5), Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) and Beagle Gap (mile 99.5).

The following facilities remain closed: Skyline Drive from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Backcountry camping; visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, lodges, cabins, Massanutten Lodge and Rapidan Camp historic structures; Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run circuit trails; Boundary trailheads; retail shops and food and beverage areas.

The Shenandoah National Park has virtual tours with interactives, photo galleries, videos and webcams. Visit

Details and updates on park operations continue to be posted on


Edinburg VFW Post 2447 will host a dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday. The menu includes one pound of shrimp or two crab cakes, served with a baked potato, salad and dessert. The cost is $15. Preorders only by calling 540-984-4355 for pickup.

Food drive

The Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is organizing a "Scouting for Food" drive on Saturday to help replenish area food pantries whose supplies have been depleted during the COVID-19 emergency.

Anyone wishing to donate nonperishable food items may drop off items from noon to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• City of Winchester-Frederick County: Miller's Ace Hardware, 208 Centre Drive, Stephens City or Scout Service Center, 107 Youth Development Court, Winchester.

• Shenandoah County: Strasburg Food Lion, 794 Shopping Center Road.

• Warren County: Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department, 221 N. Commerce St.

• Rappahannock County: Rappahannock Food Pantry, 11763 Lee Highway, Sperryville.

Further information is available by calling 540-662-2551 or visit


The Handley Regional Library System will begin its virtual summer reading program for kids and teens Saturday with a special day-long kickoff program called Rally for Reading on Facebook and Instagram @handleyregional. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.”

The summer reading program will run through Aug. 6, featuring interactive story times and puppet shows, teen-led art programs and video game nights, STEAM activities from home and more.

Virtual and live programs can be viewed online through Facebook @handleyregional. Participants can win prizes based on completion of activities and number of books and minutes read. Some virtual programs will have grab-and-go kits made available with supplies and activities to support the program. Patrons can check for those announcements, more information, and register for kits on the library calendar once they are available at To sign-up online for the program directly and access a mobile app that will track reading progress, visit

For more information, email or visit the library website at

College news

Samuel Snarr graduated this month from James Madison University's College of Science and Mathematics, earning a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in mathematics, statistics with a minor in computer science. He is the son of John and Cheryl Snarr, of Woodstock.


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