Managing Your Money Series and Things You Maybe Didn’t Know About Our Local Extension Offices

We were in the studio with Karen Poff, an extension agent based out of the Warren County office. Karen’s main focus is on the Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program and we talked about the upcoming Managing Your Money Series as well as a survey for people interested in volunteering to be teachers of those classes. You can download the flyer for the Managing Your Money Series here: ManagingYourMoneyFlyerAllCountiesFall2018 and take the volunteer trainer series here: We also talked for a bit about all the different services offered by the local extension offices in the 5 surrounding counties. Plus, Karen talked about her efforts to spread the word about her programs and gave some tips and suggestions for how people can help via sharing & commenting on social media. You can like her Facebook page here: or send her a professional friend request: If you would like to be on her list to receive e-mails about upcoming programs (no more than once a month), please sign up at the following link:  

High Tea Fundraiser for Rotary Club of Warren County

We were in the studio today with Jean Plauger & Kathy Napier from the Rotary Club of Warren County to talk about their club, the good it does in our community and about their upcoming fundraiser, High Tea, happening on Friday, September 28, 2018 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club from 11am – 2pm. There are a limited number of tickets still available – if you’d like to purchase one, contact Jean at: 540-622-6166 or stop by Jean’s Jewelers at 407 E. Main Street in Front Royal. You can get more information about the fundraiser on their website:

Manufacturing Week & Explore the WoW!

We were in the studio today with Sally Michaels, Business Retention Manager with the Frederick County Economic Development Authority to talk about their Workforce Initiative, Manufacturing Week and the upcoming Worlds of Work (WoW!) Expo. You can download the schedule of events for Manufacturing Week here: 2018ManufacturingWeekSchedule or get more information about the Workforce Initiative on their website: You can download the Worlds of Work flyer here: ExploreTheWoW_web or get more information about WoW! on their website:

Tourism Tuesday: Luray Downtown Initiative

We were in the studio for Tourism Tuesday – Luray/Page County edition – with Katie Cooper from the Luray/Page County Chamber of Commerce and her guest, Meredith Dees, Program Director for Luray Downtown Initiative. We talked about LDI’s upcoming event, Construction & Cocktails happening on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5pm – 8pm in the green space on West Main Street. Meredith also gave us a construction update on the West Main Bridge replacement and told us about new businesses coming to downtown Luray. You can get more information about the organization on their website:

Municipal Monday: Warren County Administrator, Doug Stanley

We were in the studio for Municipal Monday talking with Doug Stanley, Warren County‘s Administrator to get an update on projects happening in and around the county, a comprehensive plan update, construction delays at the Warren County Transfer Station, the county surplus auction, and, the county’s bond rating. We also talked about the status of Rivermont Fire Station’s new facility, the latest discussions in the Development Review Committee as well as the current status of Front Royal Golf Club and a new land donation made to the county.

VA Foodie

We were in the studio today with Shanna Mueller, Creative Manager with VA Foodie – a brand of Water Street Designs. They’re on a mission to “connect food producers that care about the quality of their product with shoppers who care about the quality of their food.” We talked about how they got started, how much they’ve grown, who a “foodie” actually is, and the importance of supporting local farmers, and restaurants & brands that source local products. You can be a part of their community by sharing your food-related photos, info and events on any of their social media pages below. You can get more information and subscribe to their email newsletter on their website: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest:  

LFCC Workforce Solutions: FastForward a Career in the Trades

We were in the studio today with Guy Curtis from LFCC’s Workforce Solutions and his guest Carlene Hurdle, Workforce Director for the Fauquier campus to talk about their FastForward Credential programs that help individuals get good paying jobs/careers in a short period of time with minimal investment. FastForward Credential Programs help Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Lord Fairfax Community College and other Virginia’s Community Colleges to help you fast-track your career. While funds last, eligible students will pay just one-third or less on the cost of tuition for select FastForward Credential Programs. These programs include:

  • Phlebotomy Technician Program
  • Nurse Aide Program
  • Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Medical Scribe Program
  • Patient Service Representative Program (PSR)
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Construction Project Management
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Electrical Level 1-4 Apprenticeship Programs
  • HVAC Level 1-4 Apprenticeship Programs
  • Plumbing Level 1-4 Apprenticeship Programs
  • Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification

In many cases, current or future employers will help cover class costs and some programs offer a guaranteed interview after completion. More information can be found on their website: or you can attend an upcoming Open House.

The Valley Business Today: ALCOVA Mortgage, Luray

We were in the studio for The Valley Business Today – Luray/Page County edition – with Clancey Arnold, Membership Development & Investment Administrator for the Luray/Page County Chamber of Commerce and her guests, Jason Helmintoller, Branch Partner, and Leslie Currle, Branch Manager (Luray) with ALCOVA Mortgage. Jason told us how ALCOVA got started and talked about their business philosophy while Leslie filled us in on her new location at 1 Painter Street in Luray, VA along with a few of the community events the company supports. You can get more details about her office here:

Tourism Tuesday: Art in the Valley

We were in the studio for Tourism Tuesday – Front Royal/Warren County edition – with Felicia Hart, Director of Development & Tourism for the Town of Front Royal and her guests Mike & Tiffany Budzisz from Art in the Valley. Felicia filled us in on the latest tourism numbers from the Virginia Tourism Corporation and what dollars they represent for our community. Mike & Tiffany told us about their new gallery located at 205A E. Main Street in Front Royal, a few of the events they have coming up as well as classes they offer. You can get more details including dates and times on their website:

Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity

We were in the studio today with Matthew Peterson, Executive Director for Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity to talk about their recent expansion into Shenandoah County. We discussed their organization as a whole, how it works, and the impact it has on residents and their options for affordable housing in our community. We talked about their new repair program that was started in Clarke County in 2017, as well as the ReStore’s expansion and product offerings. Matthew also told us about his upcoming trip with several other Habitat staff & volunteers to Paraguay. You can get more details about Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity on their website: