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.

Front Royal

Winchester

Stephens City

Middletown

Strasburg

Toms Brook

Woodstock

Edinburg

Mount Jackson

New Market

Luray

Berryville

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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MayFest continues in Strasburg

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Strasburg’s MayFest continues today with the MayFest Parade at 2 p.m. and entertainment all day long.

Morning events included the Strasburg MayFest 5K and the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast.

The Strasburg Museum is offering free admission all day, featuring commemorative MayFest pots to be auctioned.

Arts and crafts and business vendors will be set up through 5 p.m. at Strasburg Square & Pavilion; Town Hall Parking Lot and The Strasburg Emporium, with food available through 9 p.m. at South Holliday and King streets and The Strasburg Emporium.

KidZone is free and will be open through 4 p.m. on North Holliday Street.

Entertainment will include DJ Tony Knave at the Strasburg Fire Department, Five of a Kind at The Strasburg Emporium, local musicians’ classic country until 2 p.m. and DJ Derek Good from 4 to 8 p.m. at the South Holliday Street food court, and Cazhmiere from 7 to 10 p.m. at Strasburg Square.

MayFest will culminate Sunday with the Old-Timers Baseball Game sponsored by Sager Real Estate. First pitch is at 1:30 p.m. at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

Vintage in the Valley is under way

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Vintage In The Valley is under way today in Strasburg.

The annual event will include a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Holliday Street and a vintage fashion show at 1 p.m. at Strasburg Square. In addition, Amy’s Lush and Local will feature genealogy research at 11 a.m. and vintage item appraisal from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and more than 80 vendors will be set up throughout the festival. Food trucks will be set up in two food courts.

Box Office Brewery will follow it up with a decades dance.

Throwing VA shade program

You spoke and they listened, the Throwing VA Shade Program has expanded their program for discounts on native trees with two local nurseries.

The Seven Bends Nurseries in Winchester and Strasburg are joining Woodstock Gardens from now through May 1, retail customers can
receive $25 discounts on select native trees and shrubs (valued at $50 or more) from the nurseries.

Throwing Shade VA Program incentivizes Virginians to plant native species of trees and shrubs, which provide water quality benefits and offer an important source of food and habitat for wildlife and pollinators.

Not only can native species meet any landscaping objective, they require less maintenance and little to no fertilizer.

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The Duke’s Hoops Preview: Warren County vs Skyline

Warren County (4-8) hosts Skyline (8-4) in the first of two regular season meetings in tonight’s High School Basketball Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App.

While their classmates were on break, both team’s competed in holiday tournaments.

Skyline returned to the Ram Hardwood Classic in Strasburg as the reigning champions but took home a third place finish this season.

The Hawks secured wins against Central and Strasburg while falling to Buchannon-Upshur (WV).

Dwayne Tucker was named to the All Tournament Team and had some dominant performances in the paint including a 14 point and 14 rebound performance against Strasburg.

Head Coach Harold Chunn’s group has yet to play their best basketball, but has begun to find their way after winning five of the last six.

In that stretch, Skyline has averaged just over 70 points per game while allowing just 54.8 points per game.

Warren County has already eclipsed last season’s win total with over half the season remaining.

After starting hot with back to back wins, the Wildcats have stumbled and enter tonight on a four game losing streak spanning the Briar Woods Holiday Tournament and the contest against Fauquier.

When looking back through some of those losses, one quarter usually stands out as an outlier that dooms the Wildcats:

  • Vs Essex- A 6 point first period set back Warren County.
  • Vs Fauquier- Warren County totaled just 4 points in the second quarter.
  • Vs Luray- Warren County scored 7 points in a tightly contested 4th quarter.

Head Coach TJ Atlee’s group has improved tremendously in his second year, but they need to find ways to put together a full four quarters to turn the corner.

Skyline has not lost to Warren County in boys basketball since 2019 and last year saw the Hawks win both games by a combined score of 166-75.

If the Wildcats can weather an early storm and stay composed against Skyline’s defensive pressure, this game could be a lot closer than previous iterations.

Skyline appears to still have too much fire power and experience which should allow them to secure the win and pull away in the second half, 75-58.

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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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Rodeo approved by Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors approved an application submitted by Mike Foster of Tumbling Ranch and Rodeo.

The plans include a full slate of bulls, barrel racing, and broncos.

The rodeo will be coming to Battlefield Road in Strasburg after Tuesday’s approval.

Foster hopes to bring a spring and fall rodeo back to Virginia, train bulls to send off to bigger events and to give back to the community.

The Tumbling Ranch and Rodeo hope to have the center open by mid-2024.

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Virginia State Police welcomes 31 troopers to the force

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

The Commonwealth graduated the 139th generation of Virginia State Troopers on Friday.

The 31 new troopers received diplomas during the commencement ceremony at the State Police Training Academy in Chesterfield County.

Throughout the 28 weeks of training, graduates received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in over 100 different subjects including ethics, leadership, constitutional law, assisting those in a mental health crisis, de-escalation techniques, and emergency medical trauma care, among others.

Troopers will arrive at their assignments this week and begin their final phase of training which includes six weeks with a Field Training Officer.

Graduates from the 139th session come from a variety of states as well as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Saipan.

One local member of the class is James Lloyd Lakey II, who is from Strasburg and will be assigned to Frederick County.

The Virginia State Police is currently hiring for troopers in future Academy classes.

To learn more or apply, click here.

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The Duke’s Preview: Skyline vs Strasburg featuring Coach Roller interview

Week 1 is finally here and our first Friday Night Lights Game of the Week features two teams with promising returning players, experienced coaches, and question marks at the game’s most significant position, quarterback.

Skyline is led by Head Coach Heath Gilbert on the sidelines and senior running back Aidan Vaught between the lines.

Coach Gilbert is switching the defense up this year to a 3-3 stack to better fit the team’s athletes.

That could hurt them against teams that like to pound the run like Strasburg does out of their classic T-formation.

All eyes will be on Vaught when Skyline’s offense is on the field.

He switched back to his more natural position of running back this season, but while playing quarterback last year, he amassed over 2,000 total yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to earning 1st Team All Region 3B All-Purpose.

Strasburg is lead by All State offensive lineman and linebacker Colby Shaw.

Shaw was one of the areas leading tacklers with 145 last season.

Head Coach Mark Roller’s Rams are coming off a strong season including a Bull Run District Championship.

The former Strasburg QB and long time head coach has to replace his son, All Region performer Ryan Roller, at QB this season.

He will look towards sophomore Brayden Hough who beat out another sophomore, Harper Sherman.

Hough was thrown into the fire during the Regional Championship loss to Central when Roller went out with an injury, but with more time to prepare, should have more control over the offense.

Skyline’s quarterback battle saw the more athletic Nick Mrad beat out the more experienced Nate Ballard.

Neither quarterback should be asked to do too much unless one of the team’s falls behind substantially as they will both look to pound the ground game.

I predict a very competitive contest between two teams who will try to keep their game plan simplified for their new QBs.

I look for Strasburg to emerge victorious tonight due to their strong run game and the way their offensive formation could exploit the weaknesses of Skyline’s 3-3 stack, 23-14.

Tune in to the action on The River 95.3, Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

For my interview with Coach Mark Roller, play below.

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