Greetings from The Booth!

As June replaces May and Summer unofficially begins this week with 90-degree temperatures, I thought I would cover multiple subjects in the latest VFB. First, congrats to Shenandoah University’s Tucker Kindig, who earned All-America status last weekend at the NCAA D-3 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio. His hammer throw earned him an eighth-place finish, good enough for the accolade. Kindig also shines in the classroom, with a 3.78 overall GPA. We don’t give the Track & Field athletes enough notoriety, so we right a great wrong here and put Tucker in the limelight. The All-America honor is the first in (Outdoor) program history, and it is well-deserved!

The awards continue to roll in for SU Baseball, which just wrapped up a stellar 37-12-1 season. Five Hornets were named to the NCAA All-Region team: Pearce Bucher, Kyle Lisa, Frankie Ritter, Calvin Pastel, and Henry Delavergne were honored by either the ABCA or d3baseball.com, with Lisa being named to the second team by both organizations. All five were named All-ODAC, and I’m sure all five would trade all that hardware for a chance to still be playing for a National Championship. Still, great rewards for a great season.

Speaking of baseball, it’s going to be a long hot Summer if you are a Washington Nationals fan. As of this writing, the team is 18-34 and haven’t scored a run in 21 innings. This is not the same as the 19-31 start in 2019, when the Nats recovered and won the World Series. This is clearly a rebuild for GM Mike Rizzo, and I think the best way for Nationals fans to tolerate what looks like a last-place finish in the NL East is to enjoy the young stars like pitcher Josiah Gray, who looks like he is going to be a keeper. Pitcher Erick Fedde seems to have come into his own after several struggling campaigns, and right now is clearly the ace of the staff. Josh Bell has been a mainstay, and Juan Soto is a superstar worth the price of admission. Now, if we could just get Stephen Strasburg back on the field…

Finally, staying in baseball mode, the boys are back in town, as we begin another season of Valley Baseball League action. For the next couple of months, players from all over the country will converge on communities like Winchester, Front Royal, Strasburg, and Woodstock and hone their craft in hopes of making “the show.” The VBL is, after all, “The Gateway To The Majors.” Lifetime bonds are formed with host families, as nightly games are played in quaint ballparks all over the Valley, as teams vie for the Lineweaver Cup in early August. This slice of Americana won’t last long, so get to a game or two before the Summer is over. I believe I just wrote a Country Time Lemonade commercial…so grab a tall glass and enjoy the game as the sun sets over Bridgeforth Field, The Bing, and Luxurious Rebel Park!

Until the next visit from (the air-conditioned) Booth…PLAY BALL!


UWNSV offers Project Connect

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A press release from the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) announced Project Connect.

Project Connect provides over 50 agencies offering more than 75 services for those in need.

Project Connect will be held on Fri. June 3 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodstock Moose Lodge on Moose Road Woodstock.

The second session will be June 10 at the Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School in Winchester also from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m..

The two sessions will provide services that include but not limited to free medical screenings, job assistance, veteran services, housing information, DMV services, haircuts, food and more.

The two events are expected to assist anywhere from 750 to 1,000 people this year.

More information on Project Connect can be found here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Front Royal fires off a bird cannon

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Division started firing off their bird canon in Front Royal last night Tues. May 31.

This is done to scare and prevent the roosting of vultures on cell towers and nearby homes.

The bird canon is extremely loud and sounds like a gun being fired.

Authorities are asking that you not be alarmed and do not call the communications center of the Front Royal Police Department (FRPD).

The FRPD announced that the communications center could become overloaded causing an important serious call for service to be missed.

The bird cannon is currently placed in the Royal Avenue Academy Drive area.

The cannon will be fired intermittently for approximately 30 minutes around dusk each night for the next two weeks.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

A series of earthquakes strike Virginia over the weekend

A series of earthquakes was recorded by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Sun. and Mon. May 29 and 30 in Virginia.

The first was recorded Sun. just past 7 p.m. and registered 2.3 on the Richter Scale.

The second struck just past 2 a.m. Mon. May 30 also registering 2.3 on the Richter Scale.

The third quake struck Just after 4 p.m. Mon. registering 1.7 on the Richter Scale.

All three earthquakes were recorded in Louisa County just east of Fluvanna County.

Last Mon. May 23 another 2.3 earthquake was recorded in Fluvanna County.

This is the same area where the 5.8 earthquake was recorded in 2011.

The 2011 quake was felt from Northern Virginia to Richmond.

There was no reported injuries or damage recorded in last weekend’s series of earthquakes.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.