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The Rotary Club of Linden recently announced Brian Barbour as the recipient of the 2014 Rotarian of the Year award. Barbour is the club's president-elect for 2014-2015 as well as chair of the 2015 annual gala committee. comments

Virginia Tech has awarded Christopher Delaughter, of Mount Jackson, the Pamplin Leadership Award for the 2014-15 academic year. comments

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Emily Powell and Matthew Gochenour were married on May 24 in an outdoor ceremony at Waterbrook Brethren Church in Edinburg. The bride is the daughter of David and Cindy Powell of Toms Brook. The groom is the son of Garlan Gochenour, of Woodstock, and Sherry Stephens of Front Royal. The Rev. Jonathan Fletcher performed the double-ring ceremony. The maid of honor was Angela Powell, sister of the bride. The matron of honor was Bethany Miller, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kathleen Maynard, Sarah Maynard, and Marissa Brandon, friends of the bride. The best man was Alan Bowers, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Justin Isner, friend of the groom, Alex Gochenour, Mike Gochenour, and Joe Gochenour, brothers of the groom. The bride is a 2011 graduate of Central High School, and a 2013 graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College. She is studying veterinary assisting at Blue Ridge Community College. The groom is a 2008 graduate of Central High School, and a 2013 graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College. He is studying computer information systems at James Madison University. Following a wedding trip to the Caribbean, the couple will reside in Woodstock.... comments


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James and Rita Vaughan, of Phillipsburg, Ohio, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5. James Vaughan is retired from Northmont, Ohio, City Schools and Rita Vaughan is retired from Emery Worldwide Commercial Air Freight. comments


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Members of the Kiwanis Club of Strasburg take a break during the monthly scheduled youth swim party at the Strasburg Park pool. Seated are Amy Lineweaver, left, and Jackie Taff. Standing are Annette Whitley, left, and Doug Butler. Courtesy photo comments


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Derrick Lee Southers, of Gore, has been named to the spring semester Dean's List at Radford University. Southers, the son of Donald Edward Southers, of Gore, is a senior psychology major. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.... comments


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David and Cindy Powell, of Toms Brook, announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Powell, to Donald Quick, son of Wayne and Cindy Jones, of Roanoke. A Sept. 6 wedding is planned. comments


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Frances Holtzman, seated, recently celebrated her 88th birthday with friends and family in Lebanon Church. Standing from left are grandson Keith Bean, granddaughter Kim Gochenour, daughter Elaine Williams, great-grandson Ethan Gochenour and great-granddaughter Bethany Gochenour. Courtesy photo comments


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RADFORD - The following Lorton residents have been named to the spring semester Dean's List at Radford University: Cari Marie McGregor, junior biology major Cameron Jess Thompson, junior psychology major Laura Anne Boyd, senior anthropological sciences major Robert Tyler Petitt, sophomore pre-major Michaela Grace Venator, senior interdisciplinary studies major Katie M. Zatt, junior recreation, parks and tourism major. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C.... comments


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Rebekah A. Hotek, a senior at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania., has been named to the Dean's List for the spring term. comments


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John McClellan, of Woodstock, and Melissa McClellan, of Edinburg, announce the engagement of their daughter Brooke Emily McClellan to Clayton Chas Cary, son of Saraelen Schray of Sterling. Brook McClellan is the grandaughter of James and Ruby Orndorff, of Edinburg. Clayton Cary is the grandson of Maureen and Edward Schray. Brooke McClellan graduated from Central High School in 2012. Clayton Cary also graduated in 2012. Their wedding is planned for Jan. 27, 2016. comments


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David Teets,of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Jennifer Teets, of New Market, announce the engagement of their daughter Autumn Nicole Teets, of Basye, to Mark Joseph Staffa, of Basye. Staff is the son of Rich and Diane Staffa of Woodstock. The couple will be married on Aug. 22, 2015. comments


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A card shower is being held for Strasburg resident Martha Grim, who is a patient at Lynn Care Center. Cards can be sent to Martha A. Grim at room 241B, Lynn Care Center, 1000 Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal, Va, 22630. comments


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David and Joan (Sublett) Dixon recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The couple were married on June 27, 1964 in Warrenton. They have three children: Jeff Dixon, of Raynham, Mass., Lisa Dixon, of Leesburg, and Roxanne Dixon, of Fredericksburg. The couple celebrated their anniversary with a cruise to Alaska and a gathering with family. comments


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"A Taste of Poetry" returns to the Shenandoah Arts Council gallery at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16. The event will feature readings by poets Stephen Malin of Westminster, Md., and Steve Scafidi of Summit Point, W.Va. The event is co-sponsored by the Arts Council and The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, a locally published and nationally recognized literary magazine edited by Kristin Zimet of Winchester and Arts Council board member Robert Lesman of Millwood. The annual series was first held in 2010. The event will treat attendees to snacks in a pre-reading reception starting at 7 p.m. Beer, wine and soft drinks also will be served. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. Malin is a contributor of poems to Sow's Ear Poetry Review as well as journals around the country, such as Antioch Review and Sewanee Review. He is professor emeritus at the University of Memphis, where he founded and directed the school's playwriting program. Scafidi is the author of four collections of poetry and his poems have appeared in journals such as Southern Review, American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner. He has a Bachelors of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State... comments


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The Front Royal Volunteer Fire Company will be conducting its annual fireman's parade on July 16. comments


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At its June meeting, the Shenandoah County School Board recognized 29 of the division's bus and car drivers for having completed 20 or more years of driving without an accident. comments


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Norma Dano of Strasburg sits in her new wheelchair-accessible van. Dano's six sisters and the local community helped her reach the $15,000 goal needed to purchase the van. Dano has Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, a disease characterized by deteriorating muscles that has been developing since she was 12. She will use the van for a variety of reasons, such as doctor's appointments and attending church. Courtesy photo comments


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Karen Whetzel leads children in the song "Head and Whiskers Tail and Paws" during the New Market Library's children's summer reading program "Summer Pause of Safety" on July 3. Special guests that day included Town Manager Mike Ritchie, Sgt. Chris Ryman of the New Market Police Department, town pool lifeguard Paige Ritchie, and members of New Market Fire and Rescue. Courtesy photo by Richard Harkness comments


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The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is asking the public to complete an online survey to help it identify major issues facing communities as they use and preserve their historic assets, and also to help identify preservation priorities to guide Virginia's preservation community. comments


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The New Market Rotary Club will sponsor its ninth annual benefit golf tournament on Sept. 3. This year's tournament will honor the memory of president-elect Lynda Ammons Krobath and past president Colonel Albert Ray Brownfield III. comments


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Brandon Franklin Ryman, son of Mike and Yvonne Ryman, of Mount Jackson, and Cristy Valentina Ospina were married on June 28 at the Ryman home in Mount Jackson. comments


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Our Savior Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod recognized contributions made by Operation Barnabas to U.S. Armed Services personnel worldwide on June 29. Elder Michael Sproull, left, and Pete Hinkle, center, vice president of the Virginia and West Virginia Chapter of Thrivent Financial, presented donations of $1,000 and $500 respectively to Capt. Mark G. Steiner, U.S. Navy regional chaplain. Operation Barnabas is a network of care to military members, families and veterans. The operation's goals are to provide care and support to mobilized pastors, their families and their congregations, as well as providing other services. Photo courtesy Nick Crettier Photography. comments


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Angel Sager-Estridge of Woodstock and Timothy Lockhart of Richmond have announced the engagement of their daughter Samantha Kaye Lockhart to Nicholas Daniel Riffee, son of Daniel and Cristie Riffee of Woodstock. comments


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Descendants of the Michael Martin O'Mealey (Maley) family gathered for a family reunion celebrating eight generations of the "Kinship of Michael Martin O'Mealey." comments


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Employees with Wampler Eanes Appraisal Group will be conducting a sales study in Shenandoah County beginning this month as part of the 2016 real estate assessment. comments


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A surprise reunion of Strasburg High School's Class of 1948 was held June 26 at Dennys in Strasburg. First row: Georgie Lichliter Shipe, Curtis Lake, Pat Pangle Stover. Second row: Jane Snarr Clark, Rae Wymer Stead, Barbara Deel Schneider, Bill Craun, John Orndorff and James Uthel Smith Sr. Courtesy photo comments


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The Rotary Club of Linden recently received a $3,000 community project grant from Rotary International District 7570 that will be combined with other funding to help complete a project to improve the playground at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School in Front Royal. comments


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The Rotary Club of Front Royal recently awarded its male and female student athlete of the year awards to Dustin Weir and Jennifer Norman respectively. comments


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Golfers enjoyed a day on the course and local children's programs received $7,000 in additional funding as a result of the 27th Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Rotary Club of Woodstock in June at the Shenvalee Golf Resort in New Market. comments


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Chief Master Sgt. James H. Fox was promoted to the top enlisted rank on June 21 before a gathering of service members, family and friends at the 165th Air National Guard Base in Savannah, Georgia. comments


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Kamryn Custer, 13, and her brother Bradley, 17, both of Edinburg, compete against each other at the Shenandoah County Fair 4-H Sheep Show recently. Kamryn won first in the class. Courtesy photo comments


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Jerry Schneider, of Hardwick, Vermont, right, speaks to participants in the the New Market Area Library Children's Summer Reading Program on June 26. Schneider, a former teacher and children's librarian, discussed the vital role of bats in controlling pesty insects, pollinating night blooming flowers, and dispersing seeds. He also is an inventor of an award-winning butterfly board game. Courtesy photo comments


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A celebration was held on June 26 to recognize three Strasburg men who have a combined 75 years of participation in the Boy Scouts. Here, Scouting members, from left, Howard Colson, Bill Walton and Leo Fogg, hold their certificates of appreciation they received at the event held at the Strasburg Museum. The celebration was hosted by Byron and Kathy Brill and First Bank. Courtesy photo comments


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The Cedarville Ruritan Club recently presented scholarships to Valerie Hutzell of Warren County High School and Rachel Costello of Skyline High School. comments


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The following students were recognized as members of the 2014 graduating class of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg on April 27: comments


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Phillip Stauffer, a recent graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Mount Jackson, recently was selected to represent Shentel as a 2014 award recipient in the Foundation for Rural Education and Development scholarship program. comments


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Thirteen Future Farmers of America members from the Strasburg chapter traveled to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to participate in the 88th State FFA Convention from June 23-26. Members attended business sessions and competed in four career development events. comments


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Becky Kipps, left, children's program coordinator with the New Market Area Library, shakes hands with First Bank's Mike Koontz. The library kicked off its summer reading program on June 19. First Bank provided funding for materials and refreshments for the event, which had the theme "Paws to Read." (Photo courtesy Jeff Fleisher) comments


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Leah Utz of Front Royal graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in liberal studies from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She also was named to the President's List for spring semester. comments


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The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging held its annual senior picnic on June 19 at the Clarke County Ruritan Building. comments


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The following area residents have graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg: comments










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