Frederick County school official to retire

After 10 years as Frederick County Public Schools’ assistant superintendent for instruction, Dr. James Angelo will retire July 1, the school division announced Friday in an emailed news release.

Angelo began his career with FCPS as a special education teacher at James Wood Middle School (JWMS) in 1994 after teaching for two years in Pennsylvania. In 2000, he assumed the role of assistant principal at JWMS, according to the news release. Fauquier County Public Schools hired him in 2003 as a principal to oversee the opening of Auburn Middle School, a brand new middle school. In 2008, he returned to Frederick County Public Schools as the director of middle and secondary instructional services. Angelo became the FCPS Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in 2014.

“We are profoundly grateful for Dr. Angelo’s contributions to making Frederick County Public Schools the exceptional school division it is today,” Superintendent Dr. George Hummer said. “Throughout his tenure as FCPS Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Dr. Angelo has
exemplified unwavering dedication, passion and innovation. He will leave behind a legacy of transformative leadership, shaping the minds and futures of countless students and continuously enhancing teaching and learning. Above all else, Dr. Angelo exemplifies what it means to be a champion for all kids. He will be dearly missed, but his impact will continue for generations.”

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Apple Blossom Festival continues today in Winchester

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival continues today with events throughout the Winchester area.

Coventry Group Community Management sponsored Breakfast with Miss Apple Blossom this morning at West Oaks Farm Market on Cedar Creek Grade.

The United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Old Town Winchester, alongside the free Xfinity Artisan and Crafter Show.

In addition, the Stonebrook Club is hosting a tennis tournament, which starts at 8 a.m. and runs all day. Meanwhile, the WVU Medicine men’s and women’s doubles Pickleball Tournament gets started at 9 a.m. and also continues all day.

The Bright Box Theater is hosting McDonald’s Esports Free Play from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Apple Blossom Carnival is open from noon to 11 p.m. at Ward Plaza

Drug take-back events set for today

Law-enforcement agencies in the area will be holding drug take-back events today.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will accept used, unused or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, at the Greenwood Fire Hall, the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters and the Village at Orchard Ridge.

The Strasburg Police Department is holding a drug take-back event today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the town hall parking lot.

Woodstock Police will collect pharmaceuticals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Co.

And the Jefferson County, West Virginia, Sheriff’s Department will be collecting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles Town Walmart or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the headquarters.

Residents are encouraged to drop off pills, but needles and liquids will not be accepted.

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Star Party Saturday

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park are hosting a Star Party on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 7:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening gazing at the stars with the National Park Service and Shenandoah Astronomical Society. Telescopes will be available for use, or you are welcome to bring your own. Astronomical Society members on hand will assist with using their telescopes. To begin the viewing session, a park ranger will present a short interpretive talk about the significance of preserving the night sky. To join the star party, attendees will meet at Thoburn’s Redoubt on Bowman’s Mill Road. The location is in a remote area and there are no bathroom facilities on site. The property does not have a street address. To access the location from Route 11, turn onto Water Plant Road, then right onto Long Meadow Road and another right onto Bowman’s Mill Road before making the final right turn on to the property. The event is weather permitting so it is advised to confirm the program’s start time with the visitor’s center before arrival at 540-869-3051.

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Governor Youngkin announces HP Hood expansion

Used by permission Frederick County Virginia Government

Governor Glenn Youngkin revealed that HP Hood LLC is set to invest over $83.5 million into expanding its dairy processing operations in Frederick County.

This ambitious endeavor encompasses enhancements to production and packaging infrastructure, alongside the construction of supplementary cooler and warehouse facilities.

Such expansion not only facilitates the company’s business growth, but also underscores its commitment to a local market for Virginia dairy farms.

The expansion will provide increased production capacity and fund technology that will enable Hood to produce new products in response to growing customer demand.

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Road work effectively closes Route 259 near state line

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

A section of Route 259 near the state line is effectively closed this weekend as a construction crew is installing a pipe under the roadway.

The work area is between the intersections with Eldridge Road and Mount Airy Road in Hampshire County, according to the West Virginia Department of Highways.

Flaggers will be present to direct traffic; however, the department says motorists should expect major delays and possible road closure at times. They are encouraged to stay alert, drive with caution and use an alternate route, if possible.

The exact schedule is weather dependent.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office seeks to ID three

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to identify three people in connection with an incident Friday at Lowe’s in Stephenson.

The three individuals entered the Lowe’s at 261 Market St. on Friday, according to a department Facebook post. One subject proceeded to fill a cart with Dewalt tools.

The agency has 10 photos of the trio in its Facebook post on the incident.

No further information was available as of Saturday morning.

Deputies ask anyone with information to call 540-662-6162, reference 2400 1706 or contact Frederick Clarke Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS.

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Winchester man arrested in child sex-abuse case

Used by permission by the Warren County Office employee Sergeant Terry Fritts

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office wrapped up an investigation on Tuesday with the arrest of a Winchester man.

While operating the investigation authorities received several downloads of child sexual abuse material from a Winchester online account. Investigators were able to pinpoint the location of the account in the 400 block of Wardensville Grade.

Search warrants were secured and executed by the Frederick County Sheriff’s office which led to the arrest of David A. Morelli. The 36-year-old Morelli is currently being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

Morelli has a April 11 10:00 a.m. court date in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Anyone with any information on this case or any case regarding the solicitation of or exploration of a minor should contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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Frederick County Parks and Rec offers lifeguarding course

walking in a winter wonderland

Frederick County Parks and Recreation is helping to train new lifeguards.

The department is offering its Shallow Water Lifeguarding Certification course the first week in April. Those who complete the course will earn an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, and AED for the professional rescuer. The certification is valid for 2 years.

Sessions will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. April 2-4 and 4 to 8 p.m. April 5 at Super Splasher Aquatics in Delco Plaza, Winchester

The course is designed for participants 15 and older. The cost is $325. The registration deadline is March 15. Details are available at the Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Frederick Co. man arrested after acting erratically and threating

A 36-year-old Frederick County man who allegedly brandished a machete and made threats from the porch of his residence Thursday morning was arrested after a standoff.

The standoff drew a heavy police presence near the Dowell J. Howard Center.

Kenneth Frock, of the 100 block of Dairy Corner Place, was charged with a felony count of brandishing a machete within 1,000 feet of a school, according to Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland by phone.

Frock’s residence, which is where the standoff occurred, is located about 630 feet from the Dowell J. Howard Center, a Frederick County Public Schools career and technical education facility.

The sheriff’s department and school officials worked together to maintain safety of the students. 

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