Patsy Cline Theater hosts mental health and substance abuse program

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Winchester Public Schools and the WISH (Winchester investing in Student Mental Health) Program are partnering with the Northwestern Community Services Board to host a special program for families on substance use prevention and mental health.

The event will be held at the Patsy Cline Theater of Handley High School tonight from 5:30-7:00.

The discussion will feature Stephen Hill, best selling author, recovery coach, defense attorney, and founder of Speak Sobriety, as he shares his inspiring comeback story as a young person in recovery.

His story was the main feature in Surviving the Hill, a documentary on the drug epidemic focused on prevention and recovery.

Through knowledge from his personal experiences, Hill shows families how to build resilient children who can make healthy choices and overcome adversity.

He will visit students at Handley and Daniel Morgan Middle School during the school day, with the presentation this evening serving as a follow-up.

Families are encouraged to attend the program together and have a meaningful conversation about the message and lessons from Hill’s journey.

For more information on the program, click here.

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The Duke’s Preview: James Wood vs Handley featuring Coach Todd Wilson

Tonight’s High School Football Game of the Week on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450, theriver953.com and the TuneIn Radio App features the 61st matchup between James Wood (2-2) and Handley (1-3).

This is one of the most anticipated games in the area every year thanks to one of the oldest rivalries.

This year’s installation will feature two head coaches looking to make their first mark in the rivalry.

Handley’s head coach Dan Jones is in his first year with the program after coaching at Sherando last season.

Todd Wilson has served on the Colonel’s coaching staff as the offensive line coach for the last 4 years before taking over the head job.

Coach Jones will bring with him a Handley offense that has explosive potential from numerous spots on the field.

Running Back Manno Lusca enters the game as one of the area’s leading rushers with 380 yards, 9.2 yards per carry, and six touchdowns, but he is just one of many players who could go the distance at any time.

Hassan Akanbi possesses track athlete speed and has already taken one catch 99 yards to the house this season.

Breylon Miller looks the part of a future Division I athlete at 6’6″ 218 lbs. and has stats to back it up.

Miller is second in receiving yards in the area with 264 yards off 12 receptions with two touchdowns.

James Wood’s defense looks to be up to the task, already having faced some of the best offenses in the area.

The Colonel’s limited the an explosive Brentsville offense to just one second half touchdown and forced two turnovers in that half.

They also contained last year’s state runner-ups, Kettle Run, on the first three drives forcing two turnovers and a turnover on downs.

Two leaders on that opportunistic defense include defensive back Justin Gwinner, the area’s leader in interceptions with 4, and linebacker Zack Smith, the area’s leading tackler with 46.

They will need to keep the explosive Handley offense in front of them and force a few turnovers to come away with the victory.

Handley must focus on efficiency inside the red zone and execution on special teams.

Last week the Judges were stuffed on numerous opportunities in the red zone.

I look forward to another  great installation of this rivalry which gave us a classic game as recently as last season when Handley came back from trailing 16-0 early and a 10 point deficit with 3:47 remaining to come away with a 37-30 win in overtime to clinch a playoff birth.

This will be another close game but Handley’s playmakers should help the Judges prevail on the road, 27-20.

Press play below for my interview with James Wood Head Coach Todd Wilson.

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Handley hosts 100th Anniversary Kick Off Program next week

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John Handley High School is hosting a Cornerstone Commemoration as part of their 100th Anniversary Kick Off Program on Tuesday, June 13th.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Pre-event tours and exhibits begin at 1 PM, featuring special guests, a video, the unveiling of a new Eugene Smith painting of Handley, and a look back at the original cornerstone laying in 1923.

At 2 PM, a Processional resembling the original Cornerstone-Laying parade will make its way to the site of the new Centennial Stone.

A reception will follow where guests can browse Handley 100th merchandise and sign an attendance book included in the time capsule that will be buried at the end of the celebration year.

For more information on the event, click here.

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Healing Field of Honor returns to Winchester

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The Healing Field of Honor is back for its second consecutive year in the lawn of John Handley High School.

Over 1000 flags will be on display in a patriotic tribute to honor first responders, military members, or just anyone who is a personal hero.

The opening ceremony featured local keynote speakers, a C-17 flyover, and a parachutist on Thursday afternoon.

The display will remain available for 24 hour viewing until the closing ceremony on May 30th at 3 pm.

Flags can still be purchased online or on location with all proceeds going to the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

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Ronnie Milsap headlines Patsy Cline Classic

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Country Music Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winning artist Ronnie Milsap is bringing his talents to Winchester tonight.

Milsap is the headliner for the 11th Annual Patsy Cline Classic at Handley High School’s Patsy Cline Theater.

The event is being held to benefit the Winchester Education Foundation and Winchester Public Schools.

The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are still available through Eventbrite.

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Rotary and JHHS create Healing Field of Honor

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John Handley High School and the Winchester Rotary Club came together to create the Healing Field of Honor.

The spectacle in front of Handley High School will be open through Memorial Day.

The display features up to 1000 flags which each represent an individual and their story.

The flags can represent all types of heroes ranging from veterans and first responders to loved ones and personal heroes.

The event is free to attend and flags purchased on site will raise funds for the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

Visit rotaryclubofwinchester.org for more information.

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JHHS premieres Beauty and the Beast

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John Handley High School premiered their rendition of Beauty and the Beast last night at Patsy Cline theater in Winchester.

There will also be showings today and tomorrow at 11 am and 4 pm.

Tickets are available for purchase at $10 and it’s expected to sell out, so show up early.

The high school student actors have had to be creative in preparing their performance which will also feature prerecorded video performances from Winchester’s elementary and middle school students.

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