Governor appoints Winchester woman to state committee

Governor Glenn Youngkin has appointed the executive director of the Laurel Center to a state committee.

Faith Power has been tapped to serve on the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Professional Standards Committee, the governor announced Friday. She was one of more than 20 appointments announced.

Also appointed was Stephanie Cornell of Nokesville, managing member of the Kettle Wind Farm LLC. She will serve on the Soil and Water Conservation Board.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes through Old Town

The Laurel Center is hosting the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence.

The event will begin at 11 am on the Old Town Walking Mall in Winchester near Water Street Kitchen.

Male participants will then walk a mile in high heels through downtown.

This march helps raise awareness in the community about the causes, effects, and remediation of sexual violence against women.

The men participating also help acknowledge how women are not the only ones affected by sexual violence.

No registration is required and donations are encouraged.

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Historic Rosemont’s holiday open house

Historic Rosemont in Berryville is holding a holiday open house benefit on Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm.

The historic manor and Rosemont Springs Barn will be decorated for the season and open to the public.

Before departing, make sure to stop by the Carriage House for refreshments and to meet with representatives of various nonprofits.

This year’s participating organizations include AbbaCare, Aids Response Effort, Blue Ridge Hospice, Clarke County Education Foundation, The Laurel Center, Sinclair Health Center and the Winchester Rescue Mission.

Tickets will be available for sale at the door.

Visitors are encouraged to donate to any of the causes at the event.

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Cake baking contest for the Laurel Center

The Inaugural Geneva Jackson Cake Baking Contest will be held today to benefit the Laurel Center.

The event will take place at the Clarke County Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Berryville.

All cakes must be entered by 10 am and certified food judge and legendary cook Geneva Jackson will begin judging at 10:30.

The entry fee is $10 per cake with all proceeds going to the Laurel Center.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 frosted and un-frosted entries.

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