Middletown secures property for preservation

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Middletown announced the purchase and preservation of better than 20 acres of property.

At Middletown’s First Street location Mayor Harbaugh announced the purchase of 20 acres of land by Middletown from the Bernstein Foundation on Oct. 27.

The land was purchased with the intention of preserving the property.

The purchase and preservation effort will prevent the building of 80 new homes in the town.

Thanks to the efforts of the Bernstein Foundation the town was able to purchase the property at a significant discount.

The foundation’s namesake Leo Bernstein had a keen interest in American History and preservation.

The 20 acres of land was added to by generous donations of pieces of property adjunct to the Bernstein property giving Middletown 35 persevered properties within the town limits.

Also at the presentation it was announced that thanks to a generous donation of $100,000.00 by Dave Holliday Construction the Winchester Railroad Club will relocate to Middletown.

Other donors to the Railroad Club cause includes Thomas Lash, Lenny Millholland, Robert Kendall and former Winchester Mayor Larry Omps.

With the funds the town hopes to reconstruct a vintage B&O Train Station that will house a Railroad Club museum.

Additional donations will be graciously accepted to accomplish that goal you can contact the Middletown Government to find out more.

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Frederick County Finance Dept. recognized for excellence

The Government Finance Officers Association recognized the Frederick County Finance Department as a Triple Crown Winner.

The designation goes to governments that received the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, and Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for a fiscal year.

During the 2020 fiscal year, only 317 governments across the country received the honor.

Each award in the triple crown acknowledges the government’s ability to produce reports which communicate financial aspects with transparency while meeting applicable standards.

Director of Finance Cheryl Shiffler has led the department for over 30 years and made sure to thank her staff’s hard work in preparing financial publications.

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News Maker Ann Hawk on the Christmas Angel Program

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program is open for residents of Warren, Rappahannock, Page and the town of Strasburg.

We spoke with Salvation Army Corp Officer Captain Ann Hawk about the program in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Captain Hawk explains how the program helps to provide Christmas gifts for children in the area.

She also tells us how many children and families were helped last year through the program.

Captain Hawk also tells us that the date to register a child for the program has been extended and how to secure a child’s chance to participate.

Click here for Captain Hawk’s interview.

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Handley High School celebrates 100 years

A Handley High School Steering Committee announced a 100-year celebration to honor the school’s legacy.

The announcement was made Oct. 26th on the steps of the famed school.

Currently the committee is looking for donations to help support an 18-month long celebration for the entire community featuring several activities in 2023 through 2024.

An appropriate donation of $19.23 is suggested to help with the activities.

The Committee is currently looking for nominees for 100 Handley Notables.

Notables are persons who have had an impact on the community and are a product of Handley High School.

The Committee has set up a website to offer information and allows you to keep up with the celebration here.

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Safe Halloween option from Sherando’s band

Sherando High School’s Band Boosters and Students are putting on their 15th Annual Safe Halloween Sunday October 30th from noon to 4 pm.

This family friendly event invites you to the haunted hallways of Sherando High School for one of the band’s largest fundraisers.

Last year the safe Halloween celebration welcomed nearly 800 children and their parents which supported the band that just earned their sixth consecutive unanimous Superior rating.

Tickets cost $5 and include access to the Haunted Hallway, a cake walk, moon bounce, Halloween games, and of course, candy.

The event takes place indoors so there is no need to worry about the weather.

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Local law enforcement aids in National Drug Take Back Day

The DEA and local law enforcement agencies are partnering for the 23rd National Drug Take Back Day.

From 10 am to 2 pm today, over 4000 locations across the country will accept the anonymous disposal of any unwanted, unneeded or expired medications.

These medications are the most susceptible to theft, abuse, or poisoning.

Last year, over 107,000 Americans died of drug poisoning.

Collection sites will not collect syringes or illicit drugs.

Vapes are now accepted along with their cartridges as long as the lithium battery is removed.

Click here to locate the nearest drop-off location.

Over 15,000 hospitals, pharmacies, businesses, and local police departments also offer year round disposal locations.

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Marlow Motors celebrates 75 years

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Marlow Motors in Front Royal is celebrating their 75th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Event today at their dealership on North Commerce Avenue.

The festivities will run from 11 am to 2 pm and feature food vendors, prize giveaways like gift cards, free oil changes, detailing and more.

The River’s own Scott Bradley and Genesis Henry will be live and in the flesh starting at noon with music and entertainment.

Marlow Motors will also give back to the community with a $100 donation to the Warren Coalition for each vehicle sold.

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2 for 2 Foundation attempts world record and raises awareness

The 2 for 2 Foundation is inviting the community to the Frederick County Fairgrounds today at 10 am to attempt to break a world record and raise awareness to bring a new recreational facility to the area.

The Foundation is attempting to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest human ice cream cone.

There will also be an attempt to break the record for the world’s largest ice cream sandwich.

The Foundation’s goal for the event is to raise awareness for their efforts in bringing an indoor pool and skating rink to the Shenandoah Valley.

To learn more about this event, check out their Facebook event page or website.

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Blandy Farm celebrates changing Ginkgo Grove

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The State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Farm is celebrating GinkgoFest tonight from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Their 3.3 acre collection of 300 trees is the largest grove in the United States and currently in its most vivid golden color.

There will also be live music, food and drinks, Plein Air Art in the Grove, and staff on hand to educate about the history and growth of Ginkgos.

The lighting will be perfect during this time for photography but bring a flashlight for your walk back.

They will also have shuttles from the parking lot to near the Ginkgo Grove .

The trees emit a stinky fruit so it’s recommended to wear plastic coverings over your shoes to not bring the smell home.

Tickets are available here but visitor’s are still welcome during Blandy’s regular public hours.

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