Handley Library’s Winter Reading Challenge

Handley Regional Library System which includes Clarke, Frederick Counties and the City of Winchester announces the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge: Books Like Us for kids and teens.

The Library systems program runs through the month of January with a chance to win online tickets based on the number of books read.

Library staff will also be conducting a series of programs online including interactive story time, teen video game nights, crafts and more.

All programs are designed to connect literacy and entertainment. Learn more and sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge here.

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Christmas Tree collection

Middletown will start picking up undecorated Christmas Trees that are placed curbside Monday Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.

The tree must be completely barren of any and all decorations or it will not be picked up.

The City of Winchester will pick up Christmas Trees Jan. 6 and 13.

Again the tree must be undecorated or it cannot be picked up.

The Town of Front Royal will pick up trees Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2021.

Again trees have to have all ornaments removed and no root balls will be allowed.

The Town of Luray will collect Christmas Trees Jan. 4 to Jan. to Jan. 15.

Have your tree curbside by 7 a.m. undecorated and no artificial tree will be collected.

Woodstock will be picking up trees through Jan. 22 if the tree is curbside undecorated any day before that date.

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Senator Chafin dies of COVID-19 complications

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Gov. Northam issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr.

“With the passing of Senator Ben Chafin, Southwest Virginia has lost a strong advocate—and we have all lost a good man.


“I knew Ben as a lawmaker, an attorney, a banker, and a farmer raising beef cattle in Moccasin Valley, working the land just as generations of his family had done before him.

He loved the outdoors, and he loved serving people even more.

He pushed hard to bring jobs and investment to his district, and I will always be grateful for his courageous vote to expand health care for people who need it.

I have ordered the Virginia state flag to be lowered immediately in his honor and remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment.

The Virginia Senator A. Benton Chafin Jr. passed away from COVID-19 complications last night at the age of 60.

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SVEC will not disconnect customers

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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is not disconnecting customers at this time.

They are reminding customers with the current delays in postal deliveries they are offering other payment plans.

SVEC now offers EZ Pay which allows for automatic deductions of the bill from a bank account.

MySVEC app is also available on most smart phones.

There is also an online option at svec-online.coop with a number of options on line.

You can also call and pay over the phone at 1-800-234-7832.

The Cooperative is asking, if you are behind on payments please contact them about making arrangement for payment.

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Humane Society looks to open low-cost clinic

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Opening a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Front Royal is the next step for The Humane Society of Warren County in 2021.

This important service helps many in the community from pet owners to local rescue groups and more.

The community’s help and support is needed to make this a reality.

Any contributions would help and is appreciated by the society.

Call the Humane Society of Warren County at (540)-635-4734 to make any donation.

Thanks to the community’s help in the past  the shelter has already accomplished a no kill status, a free pet food bank, pet owner assistance and ensured that every animal adopted is spayed or neutered.

With community support the next step by way of a clinic can be accomplished in 2021.

Find out more by contacting the Humane Society of Warren County here.

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