Clarke County replaces historic White Post

The historic White Post in Clarke County at the intersection of White Post and Berrys Ferry Road has been replaced following the May 9th car accident that took down the previous post.

Clarke County was helped by master builder Donnie Carver of White Post Restorations to rebuild the famous marker just as he has done 15 times over the past 44 years.

Carver said a new post takes about 40 hours to build and install along with directional signs and the lantern on top.

The interior of the post is carved out to include a spot for the Clarke County Sesquicentennial time capsule from 1986.

The first step to restoration is harvesting a yellow locust tree from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

The yellow locust is always the core of the post to acknowledge Washington’s impact on the area including placing the original post when he was a young surveyor to guide travelers to the home of Lord Fairfax.

Due to the White Post’s placement in two National Register of Historic Places districts, the post must be rebuilt and placed in the same spot, no matter how many times it is hit.

To view Clarke County’s pictures of the installation, click here.

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LFCC officially becomes Laurel Ridge

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Lord Fairfax Community College officially became Laurel Ridge Community College.

Small ceremonies at its campuses in Middletown, Fauquier and Page County marked the name change. 

In July of 2021, the State Board for Community Colleges approved the name Laurel Ridge.

This followed the boards decision to review the suitability of their name at all colleges in Virginia Community College System.

College Board Chair Michael Wenger said at the Page County naming ceremony, “The past year, they have been building the foundation, not for an ending, but a beginning, and it starts right away.”

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LFCC holds 50 commencement ceremony this weekend

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) soon to become Laurel Ridge Community College will hold its 50 commencement ceremony this weekend.

An email from LFCC Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth confirms that this is the first in person ceremony since 2019.

This year nearly 1,000 members will be graduating in an outdoor ceremony at the Middletown Campus.

A break down of this year’s glass includes 40 graduates from Clarke County 37 from Page County, 17 from Rappahannock County.

The number of Frederick County residents graduating this year is 228 with 114 from the City of Winchester.

There are 166 people from Fauquier County graduating this year.

Shenandoah County will see 106 residents graduate this year and 87 people from Warren County.

To make the event more manageable a ceremony dedicated to graduates in the health profession is being held Fri. May 13 at 2 p.m..

Another ceremony will be held on Sat. May 14 at 11 a.m..

This is the first outdoor commencement ceremony at the Middletown Campus in more than a decade.

More information on commencement is found here.

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LFCC creates engineering program

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Lord Fairfax Community College is creating a new associate of science degree in engineering.

Previously, students with engineering aspirations pursued an associate of science degree with a specialization in engineering.

The new degree will provide more clarity to students in the field as well as to the four year institutions where they will transfer.

The first year of the program will feature foundational classes on a variety of engineering aspects.

The second year will allow students to choose electives based on their interested discipline.

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LFCC offers students mental and other health support

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For the first time ever Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) students are able to get immediate help for mental health and other health needs at no cost.

LFCC announced via email that TimelyMD is now available for students of the college.

TimelyMD offers students 24/7 health and counseling resources by video or phone.

Students can also connect with TimelyMD for immediate needs in times of crisis.

A number of other services are available including on-demand or appointment based health support, coaching along with psychiatric care.

Find out more and Sign up for the service at lfcc.edu.

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LFCC celebrates different cultures

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Lord Fairfax Community College capped off their Go Global events this week with programs at both the Fauquier and Middletown campuses.

Fauquier’s session shared food and information about South Korea, Venezuela, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The Middletown location focused on a few different Central American and Asian countries.

Students representing those cultures gave presentations and brought in their local cuisines.

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LFCC officially announces it’s mask policy starting Mon. 8/23

It’s official Laurel Ridge Community College (LRCC) formerly Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will use mask for this semester.

The school joins Shenandoah University (SU) in requiring mask be worn by all students, staff, faculty and visitors in all buildings.

LFCC begins on campus glasses Mon. Aug. 23.

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LFCC Wits for Wellness 5 K run/walk

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If you plan on joining this year’s Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Wits for Wellness 5 K run/walk it is suggested that you resister by Sept. 1 and start training now.

The 5 K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at the school’s Middletown Campus Sept. 18.

Awards are given to the top 3 male and female runners in each age group.

Register by Sept. 1 and pay only $20 after the 1 it’s $25 to register.

Members of Shenandoah Valley runners receive a $1 discount.

The race supports student scholarships you can find more information and registration is available at lfcc.edu/5k.

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