News Maker Tootie Rinker on the Newtown Festival

The Newtown Heritage Festival is back to a full event this Memorial Day Weekend.

After two years of pandemic the festival makes a return to an in person celebration in Stephens City May 26.

The festival returns with a full slate of events as well as new activities.

We spoke to Newtown Festival Chairperson Tootie Rinker in our latest news maker.

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Tootie tells us about the success of last year’s virtual event.

She also tells us how you can volunteer with the festival this year.

Tootie also tells us of the new events that will take place starting Thurs. May 26 this year.

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News Maker Crystal Pruitt on the Serenity Garden Project

The Serenity Garden Project is taking shape for Winchester.

The project is to bring awareness to gun violence.

We spoke with Crystal Pruitt of the Kevin Riley Nonprofit Foundation who is heading up the project in our latest news maker.

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Crystal tells us about the layout of the Serenity Garden and the thought behind it.

She also tells us about a fundraiser for the garden this Sun. Apr. 15.

Crystal also tells us of the need for volunteers for the garden and future events as well.

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News Maker Ford Carson explains the new 826 area code

The new 826 area code will begin to be issued in June in Virginia.

This means some changes will have to be made for those of us in the existing 540 area code beginning this Sat. May 14.

We spoke with State Cooperation Commission (SCC) representative Ford Carson about the change in our latest news maker.

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Ford explains what will have to happen to complete a call starting Sat..

He also explains what will not change for the 540 area code.

Ford also gives us the time line of all these coming changes.

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News Maker Meghan Bowers on a HSWC Fundraiser

Saturday May 14 the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC) will host the Rough, Tough and Scruffy fundraiser.

We spoke with HSWC Executive Director Meghan Bowers about the event in our latest news maker.

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Meghan tells us about the variety of fun activities scheduled at Hazard Mill Farms.

She tells us it is a full day of boating, animal demonstrations, tubing and live music between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m..

Meghan also tells us how you can help by fostering an animal to make room at the shelter.

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News Maker Kristin Derflinger of SCCF on mircroloans

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is offering microloans to new and small businesses and entrepreneurs.

We spoke with SCCF Microloan Program Manager Kristin Derflinger in our latest news maker.

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Kristin tells what the loans are for and how to apply.

She also tells us how the loans are awarded and number uses for the loans.

Kristin also tells us of the other programs and services provided by SCCF.

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News Maker Terry Fritts on National Take Back Day

Tomorrow April 30 is National Drug Take Back Day.

This is a chance to properly dispose of unwanted or outdated medication.

We spoke with Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Fritts about Warren County’s set up for the day in our latest news maker.

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Terry tells us where the Warren County Sheriff’s Office will be set up for collection tomorrow.

He also tells us how to connect with specific locations that are also collecting as it is a national effort.

Terry also tells us of the amazing amount of drugs that have been taken back in the past.

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News Maker Jody Krupa on LVFD golf tournament

The Linden Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) has a golf tournament set for May 14.

We spoke with organizer and Linden Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Jody Krupa in our latest news maker.

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Jody tells us about the tournament and the some of the games and prizes involved.

She also tells us registration is currently open along with sponsorship availability through May 11.

Jody also tells us about the amazing amount of materials a volunteer fire department has to purchase and take care of out of pocket.

The responsibilities of a volunteer fire department are tremendous which is why it is so important to support these fund drives.

To register and find out more about the tournament click here.

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News Maker Jen Avery on the Empty Bowl Supper

House of Hope’s annual Empty Bowl Supper is this Sat. Apr. 30 in downtown Front Royal.

House of Hope is a home for men who need a place to stay will attempting to improve their lives.

We spoke to Jen Avery about the house and the Empty Bowl Supper in our latest news maker.

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Jen tells us about how to support the Empty Bowl Supper by either buying a bowl or by sponsorship of the event.

Jen also tells about last year’s Empty Bowl Supper and how successful it was thanks to your support.

She also tells us how the House of Hope has progressed with your support.

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News Maker Meghan Bowers on Humane Soc. fundraisers

The Humane Society of Warren County’s Barks and Bags fundraiser has sold out.

Many thanks to everyone for participating and the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Warren County Meghan Bowers is looking forward to seeing you at the event.

We spoke to Meghan about another fundraiser that everyone is welcome to attend May 14 in our latest news maker.

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Meghan tells us of the Rough, Tough and Scruffy Event at Hazard Mill Farm in Bentonville.

Meghan tells us it is a day of Bluegrass Music and water activity for you and your pet all benefiting the Humane Society.

No tickets required for this one just $10 at the gate to have a good time at the river.

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News Maker Mark Sutphin on the Joro spider

Parachuting spiders have been reported in the southern states and some suspect that they may be coming to Virginia.

We spoke with Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Mark Sutphine about the Joro spider in our latest news maker.

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There is good news too as Mark relays to us that flying or ballooning spiders are not that uncommon.

Another thing Mark tells us is that the Joro spider poses very little threat to humans.

Mark also tells us that the Joro spider has been seen eating recent pest that have become a real problem in only the last few years.

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