SU holds commencement and honors President Zelenskyy

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A Shenandoah University (SU) press release show’s the plan for the commencement ceremony along with plans to honor Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy.

SU will see 1,337 students graduate this Saturday May 21 at the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center beginning at 10 a.m..

The ceremony will be streamed on SU’s Facebook page as well.

Attendees of the ceremony will not be required to wear masks or show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.

However the school is asking attendees to take responsibility for their own health.

If you are experiencing signs or showing symptoms of COVID-19 you are asked to not attend.

During the ceremony SU will award Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

SU is one of 20 American Colleges and Universities offering President Zelenskyy an honorary degree to honor he and the Ukrainian people.

The degree is to honor President Zelenskyy’s ability to motivate the collective courage of his citizens and the broader world the defense of freedom and democracy.

SU went on to add a number of Zelenskyy facts in their announcement including:

Zelenskyy was sworn in as the sixth president of Ukraine on May 20, 2019. A former actor, comedian, and award-winning television and film producer.

Zelenskyy stepped onto the political stage as an anti-corruption figure at the beginning of 2019, and was elected president in a landslide victory in April of that year.

Since that time, Zelenskyy has guided Ukraine through the dissolution of Ukraine’s Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada), the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global economic recession.

Now the President and his people struggle in the ongoing, full-scale Russian invasion that began in February 2022.

Zelenskyy became the face of Ukrainian resistance during the Russian invasion.

His leadership during the conflict has garnered international acclaim.

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The UWNSV offers a new community directory

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) announced the availability of the new 2022 community resource directory.

A news release from UWNSV announced the new directory will feature over 150 local non profits and agencies who provide a number of services and programs.

The directory will feature services available for community residents in Frederick, Clarke, Page, Warren and Shenandoah Counties.

The new directory includes food pantries and soup kitchens among other services this year.

Thanks to Navy Federal Credit Union a free downloadable version of the new directory is available at unitedwaynsv.org/resources.

A printed copy of the directory will be available after June 11 by contacting the UWNSV at (540) 536-1610.

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FDA issues a recall of candies in Virginia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning and recall of contaminated candy in Virginia at their website.

Mars Wrigley candy makers are also voluntarily recalling several types of candy as they may be contaminated with thin strips of metal.

Candies affect by the recall include Skittles, Starburst and Lifesavers gummies.

The FDA and Mars Wrigley warn that very thin metal strands may be embedded in the candies or loose in the bags.

Several consumers alerted the company to the problem with no injuries reported so far.

Mars Wrigley confirmed the products were manufactured by a third party and distributed in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Anyone who believes they have purchased a recalled item should dispose of the product.

Any questions can be directed to mars.com/contact-us.

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Shenandoah Reel Women: A Conversation About Fly Fishing Camps For Girls

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Today’s conversation on The Valley Today with host, Janet Michael featured Joan Chapman from Shenandoah Reel Women. It was all about fly fishing. She explained how/why the group was formed and the camaraderie she’s found by being a part of it. Click here to have a listen to the conversation.

Shenandoah Reel Women was founded in 2018 by three women who wanted to get out on the river fishing with other women. SRW has now grown to a group of 20+ women of all ages, from all corners of the county. These women gather to learn from, teach, and mentor each other. The goal of SRW is to get more women and girls into the river to try their hand at fly fishing and, also, to engage in other outdoor pursuits like hiking, birding, tree and wildflower spotting, and nature photography.

In the past day camps had been offered to encourage a younger generation of women (ages 12-18) to experience fly fishing. This year an overnight camp has been added. Both flyfishing camps are made possible by the 2021/22 Virginia Wildlife Grant Program through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia and awarded to Friends of North Fork Shenandoah River.

In these camps, young women will be mentored by established SRW members and volunteers. They will be introduced to the art of fly fishing, learn the basics of knot tying, the use of appropriate equipment, good casting techniques, river entomology and watershed conservation education.

The day camp will be held at Seven Bends State Park in Woodstock, VA on June 13-14, and 16, 2022 (Mon/Tue/Thur) 9am-3pm each day. The registration fee for this camp is $45 with enrollment limited to 15. Scholarships are available. Rods, reels and necessary equipment will be available for participants’ use during the day camp and for additional summer fishing activities.

The overnight camp will be a 5-day, 4-overnight camp at Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville, VA. Girls will arrive at camp at lunchtime on Sunday, June 26, 2022 and depart late afternoon on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The registration fee for this camp is $125 with enrollment limited to 12. Meals and snacks are included. Scholarships are available. Rods, reels and tool lanyards that are used by the participants during the overnight camp will become their property at the conclusion, as part of the grant award. All current COVID guidelines will be followed.

Registration for either of these camps can be made at: https://fnfsr.org/srw2022/. The deadline to register for the day camp is Monday, June 6, 2022. The deadline to register for the overnight camp is Monday, June 20, 2022.

Space is limited for both camps so early registration is advised. Joan also explained that there are scholarships available for both camps and encouraged interested parents, coaches, school personnel to reach out to her personally.

For more information about Shenandoah Reel Women, the camps and/or scholarships, please contact: Joan Chapman via phone: 703-507-2276 or email:  joan.chapman@fnfsr.org. Follow them on Instagram for updates as well.

LCSO seeks information on the death of a Sterling woman

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is seeking information on the recovery of a Sterling woman’s body.

Thirty three year old Kelley Muscara  of Sterling was reported missing Sat. May 14 according to an announcement from LCSO.

Muscara’s body was recovered not far from where she was reported missing on Kincora Drive early Sun. May 15.

Loudoun County Authorities in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have launched an investigation into her death.

Anyone with any information regarding Muscara is asked to contact Detective R. Schmidt of the LCSO at (703) 777-1021.

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SVMF Fab Four Beatles Tribute show tickets on sale today 5/16

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival (SVMF) tickets for the Fab Four Beatles tribute band show go on sale today May 16.

The venue announced the show through their website as a July 23 show at the Shrine Mont Circle venue in Orkney Springs Virginia.

The Emmy Award winning foursome perform note for note renditions of the Beatles’ classics.

The Fab Four will take you through the Beatles’ years  both musically and through  costumes.

The Fab Four is just one of eight concerts scheduled this year which begin with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives on July 22.

Shows this year include America, the Village People and the Spinners among others.

Other shows maybe added click here for updates additional information and tickets.

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Valley Health receives “A” safety grade

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Valley Health’s acute care hospitals, Winchester Medical Center and Warren Memorial Hospital, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group.

The organization is a national nonprofit which recognizes organizations for protecting their patients from harm in the hospital.

A, B, C, D, or F grades are given based on safety performance measures which includes errors, injuries, infections, and accidents as well as systems in place to prevent harm.

Only 14% of organizations evaluated receive the highest “A” rating.

Valley Health has secured that rating since 2020.

To see the full grades for WMH and WMC, head to HospitalSafetyGrade.org.

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Culpeper Regional Airport receives $2.9 million in funding

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.9 million in federal funding is coming to the Culpeper Regional Airport.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided the funding.

The act was originally which was negotiated by Warner and strongly supported by Kaine.

The infrastructure law will bring nearly $400 million to Virginia’s airports.

The funds for this project will go towards the final phase of removing an obstruction on a runway.

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Mayfest returns to Strasburg

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It is Mayfest once again in Strasburg!

The festivities got started yesterday with the Heels and Hops luncheon and music in the Strasburg Square.

Today will feature some of the marquis events like the Duck Race at 1 pm and the parade at 4 pm.

This year has some improvements as well like the free kids zone and nearly double the vendors.

The Strasburg Square and Emporium will have live music starting at 11 am with Souled Out taking the stage at 6:30 pm.

Sunday will cap things off with the Ole Timers baseball game at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

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LFCC celebrates 51st commencement

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Lord Fairfax Community College, soon to be Laurel Ridge,  is celebrating its 51st commencement ceremony this weekend.

This is the school’s first in person ceremony since 2019 after two years of virtual commencements.

The class of 2022 will graduate with roughly 1000 members from the surrounding counties.

Frederick County is home to 228 members of the class, followed by Fauquier with 166, Winchester with 116 and Shenandoah County at 104.

The ceremony for health professions was held Friday.

The rest of the class will have their ceremony Saturday at 11 am.

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