Laurel Ridge Community College Open House Information

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The Laurel Ridge Community College will be hosting their open house at 3pm-6pm on July 31st at the Luray-Page County Center.

Staff will be there to assist in all of what Laurel Ridge has to offer, including how to enroll for the upcoming fall semester, and how veterans and veteran-affiliated students can use their military education benefits.

At the open house there will also be opportunities to find out about certain programs and more.

Learn more about Laurel Ridge’s open house at

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Where Independence Day Celebrations Will Occur In The Shenandoah Valley

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With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, it is important to know when and where the events will be happening around the Shenandoah Valley.

Front Royal will be hosting their Independence day event July 3rd, at 7PM at the Bing Crosby Stadium after the Front Royal Cardinals baseball game that evening.

Middletown’s celebration is also on July 3rd, with their event starting at 6:30PM. Food, crafts and live music will be presented.

Fireworks start at 9:30PM that day.

There is also a parade at 5PM on the holiday throughout Middletown. 

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Municipal offices closed for Memorial Day

A reminder that municipal offices throughout the region will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Schedules for services such as garbage collection have been adjusted for the coming week. Check with your local office or municipal website for updates.

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There will be Memorial Day observances regionwide, including Middletown, which will have a remembrance and wreath-laying at 1 p.m. Monday at the Veterans memorial.

The Winchester Rotary Club will hold its Healing field of honor closing ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday at Handley High School.

Also, Virginia State Police urge motorists to use extra caution as the holiday combines with recent graduations to result in increased traffic.

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Middletown Honors Former Mayor Neil Stallings

The Town of Middletown will honor former Mayor Neil Stallings on Saturday for their Arbor Day celebration. The town is planting a tree near the Post Office on Main Street at 3 pm in tribute to Stalling’s remarkable contributions to the community and dedication to public service. Stallings served as Mayor from 1972-1976 and left his mark on the town through his leadership, vision, and commitment to the town and fire department. He was also an integral member of the Laurel Ridge community, a lifetime member with 50 years of tenure for the Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and a Program Director for the Virginia Board of Health’s EMS Division. The tree planting symbolizes growth, renewal, and the enduring spirit of the community that Stallings embodied throughout his life.


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Christmas parade schedule for the area

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Everyone loves a parade, here are a few from our area.

We hope to see you there!

November 27th, 7 pm – Winchester

December 1st, 6:30 pm – Woodstock

December 2nd, Noon – Berryville

December 2nd, 4 pm – Front Royal

December 2nd, 4:30 pm – Strasburg

December 3rd, 2 pm – Middletown

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Game on! at LRCC

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Laurel Ridge Community College (LRCC) is inviting all esports fanatics and those curious about the extremely popular industry to an open house at the college’s new esports arena 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th.

The arena is in the Student Union Building at the Middletown Campus.

Free pizza and salad are being offered.

The open house will include the Lions Esports Organization (L.E.O.), which is made up of competitive players, casual gamers, and supporters.

In addition to getting a chance to meet some of these players, as well as Student Life staff, visitors will be able to play PC, console, and tabletop games.

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Middletown mourns passing of former Mayor and volunteer firefighter

Our thoughts are with the Middletown community as Former Mayor Neil Stallings passed away over the weekend.

He served as Mayor from 1972-1976 and was a member of the Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company for over 50 years.

He was an instrumental part of the current EMS system used by the Company and was an instructor for 12 years, imparting his wisdom and technical knowledge to the next generation of first responders.

Stallings was dedicated to educating and helping young people in the community and he was able to guide numerous students in his role as a counselor at Laurel Ridge.

The official town announcement is found here.

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Middletown 4th of July parade seeks women veterans

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The Town of Middletown is searching for female veterans and active duty military members to be recognized during their upcoming 4th of July parade.

Virginia is the home of 109,000 women veterans, the largest per capita of any state.

The Commonwealth was also one of the first states to acknowledge the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women veterans as they transition to civilian life by being one of the first to create a Women Veterans Program.

If you are interested in being part of their Military Appreciation Float, contact Leandra Ganci at

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove host trench tours

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park announced they will offer ranger-guided tours of Civil War trenches on Sunday mornings beginning May 21st.

The walks will start at 10 AM and last about an hour.

Walks will follow a half mile of the trenches which were dug days before the Battle of Cedar Creek to fortify the United States position south of Middletown and stretched about a mile north of Valley Pike.

Rangers recommend bringing water, suitable walking shoes, and insect repellant.

Participants should meet at the entrance to the 19th Corps Trails on Route 11 2.4 miles south of the NPS Visitor Center in Middletown.

Additional dates for the walks include June 4th, September 17th, and October 4th.

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Middletown celebrates Arbor Day

Middletown celebrates the 151st Anniversary of Arbor Day and the 51st anniversary of the Arbor Day foundation with an event today.

At 1 pm, guests are invited to a ceremonial planting of a Cherokee Dogwood Tree along Main Street, across from the Wayside Inn and Larrick’s Tavern.

The tree, which was donated by Meadows Farms of Winchester, will be planted to honor Marine Corps Veteran and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Winsome Earle-Sears.

She is a native of Frederick County and will be attending the event.

Stick around following the tree planting for a special surprise.

The event will be held rain or shine.

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