LFCC announced expansion at the Fauquier Campus

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In an email from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) it was announced that thanks to a land donation expansion at Fauquier Campus is now possible.

The construction at the Fauquier Campus is expected to begin in February and be ready for classes this coming fall.

The 8,000 square foot facility will be built on 60 acres of gifted property in Fauquier County.

The Fauquier Campus addition will offer a number of trades classes including carpentry, electrical, plumbing and HVAC education.

A Building the Future Fund has been established to help with funding equipment needed for the trade skills training.

To find out more about the fundraising contact Tami O’Brien at tobrien@lfcc.edu or call (540) 351-1046 for more information.

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Front Royal Thermal Shelter opens in a matter of days

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In a Thermal Shelter of Front Royal (TSFR) social media post announcement the shelter is in need of volunteers.

Also the shelter will hold a silent auction online to help offset the cost of running the shelter.

Auction items are being accepted at the Social Services office at 465 15 St. Front Royal suite 100 made to the attention of Michelle Smeltzer.

Items for auction must be dropped off by Sat. Dec. 4.

If you can volunteer at the shelter please visit here.

The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal will open Dec. 11 and close for the season Mar. 30, 2022.

If you can help with the shelter in any way please click here.

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SU has a new Christmas film streaming

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According to Shenandoah University’s (SU) website another Christmas film featuring the campus and students of the university is now streaming.

Cupid for Christmas is the latest feature film co produced by SU and Los Angeles based Capital Arts entertainment.

The movie is a romantic comedy where Ruby (Melanie Stone) takes a challenge to take over for the retiring Cupid.

The movie features 24 Shenandoah students and three faculty members with 40 SU students and six faculty members assisting with the production.

Just as with the previous Christmas film Santa Girl and the horror movie GetAway many scenes were filmed at SU.

Cupid for Christmas is exclusively streaming on Hulu.

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News Maker Joanne Koszyk on Camping for Hunger numbers

Preliminary numbers are in for the 13 annual Camping for Hunger Campaign.

We say preliminary because what is on the bus continues to grow as drop off locations are still bringing in your donations.

Those donations will add to the 8 tons of food that you donated that is already on the bus.

Along with that over $12,000 have been donated to help Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) help those in need.

We spoke to C-Cap Executive Director Joanne Koszyk about this tremendous community effort in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Joanne is so thankful for the effort you put out to help in Camping for Hunger.

We here at the River are grateful and thankful to all of you for your support of this community effort.

It means so much to thousands.

Click here for Joanne’s interview.

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Maids selected for Apple Blossom

Four young women from the area have been selected to serve as the Maids in the Court of the Queen for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival starting April 28th through May 1st.

The women selected were Elia Norton, Yeakley Pullen, Margaret Smith and Sarah Smith.

Norton is a graduate of Handley High School and is currently a sophomore at LFCC.

Pullen went to James Wood and now attends Alabama.

Margaret Smith is from Henrico, Va and attends John Tyler Community College.

Her sister Sarah is currently attending University of Virginia.

The women will take part in the Coronation Ceremony and ride on the Queens float in the parade.

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West Oaks supporting small businesses and local vendors

West Oaks Farm Market is holding two events this weekend to support small businesses and local vendors.

Today from 8 am to 3 pm, they will host the Small Business Saturday Vendor Bazaar which will feature many of your favorite vendors like Norwex, Color Street, Mary Kay and more.

Saturday will also feature a book signing event for the series Winchester Tales from 10 am to 2 pm.

Then on Sunday from noon to 4 pm they will host their Holiday Craft Show.

You will be sure to find something you like as all the vendor spots for this event are reserved.

Both of these events will give you the opportunity to support local businesses.

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25th Annual Pottery Show and Sale

The Shenandoah Potters Guild is hosting their 25th Annual Pottery Show and Sale today and tomorrow at Winchester’s War Memorial Building.

There will be open sessions on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

The event will feature hand crafted, one of a kind pieces from local artisans.

This is a great chance to get a jump on holiday shopping for jewelry, home decor, functional ware, and much more.

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Middletown tree lighting ceremony

The Town of Middletown began their holiday celebrations yesterday with a tree lighting ceremony.

The town welcomed a special guest, the 1982 NFL MVP Mark Moseley, for the evening.

Local businesses donated food that was given away and members of the Christmas Parade Committee gave presents to children who came.

A bonfire was also held and of course a visit from the big red man himself, Santa Clause.

The event was deemed a success after having to downsize last year’s festivities. 

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BRWC- Pet of the Week

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center’s patient of the week was a grey tree frog.

It is that time of year where many people bring in their potted plants for the winter.

This grey tree frog experienced just that , as the plant he was hiding on got moved

into a warm room for winter.

Because of the warmer temperatures the frog stopped preparing for winter and became

more active finally being discovered by the owner.

After becoming acclimated to the warmer temperatures , and the lows have been below freezing

it was decided it would not be safe for the frog to be placed back outside.

Instead the frog was brought to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

If you want to avoid potentially disturbing wildlife, bring in your plants early before temperatures drop too low. That way if you do happen to find a stow away , you can simply place them back outside with plenty of time to find a new winter home.

Giving Tuesday is in one week, Go to https://www.blueridgewildlifectr.org/ to donate on November 30th.

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