Laurel Ridge’s Bill Pence honored for contributions

Bill Pence, Operations and Registration Director for Laurel Ridge Community College’s Workforce Solutions, was recognized by the Virginia Community College System for his outstanding contributions to workforce and career education.

He received the Expanding Opportunities Award, the highest honor given by the VCCS at their annual conference.

He is credited with the Workforce Solutions’ team being the first in the VCCS to use online registration and for his instrumental role in bringing additional funding to Virginia community colleges through FANATIC (Financial Assistance Grant) and the Workforce Credential Grant.

Pence has also served the community on the Woodstock Town Council, Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors, Rotary, and much more.

After the recognition, Pence said, “I was very flattered to be awarded the chancellor’s award. I think it’s more of a reflection of the great team I work with and all the good things we do, and not just me individually.”

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47th Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival returns

Annual Community Grant

The 47th Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival is back at the Frederick County Fairgrounds from 10 am to 5 pm today and tomorrow.

Saturday will feature events like the Classic Car and Hot Rod show from 11 am to 3 pm and the apple pie baking contest at noon.

All weekend there will be live music, kids activities like inflatables, a petting zoo, and pony rides, and everything apples, from apple butter to apple dumplings.

Admission is $10 and free for kids under 10, law enforcement, and military.

Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Winchester’s local charities.

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Nearly 500 bookbags donated by the community

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Local State Farm agents and community organizations are coming together to prepare kids to head back to school with a bookbag and school supply drive.

The total number of bookbags collected reached almost 500 with 270 coming from the Rotary Club of Warren County.

Another 200 backpacks were donated by the Kiwanis Club of Front Royal.

The Salvation Army, MDUB Chauffeur Services and other volunteers also helped to get these bookbags and supplies ready for local children who are getting ready for the school year.

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Healing Field of Honor returns to Winchester

Annual Community Grant

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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