Woodstock changing out water meters

Woodstock residents may notice more vehicles in the neighborhood with out-of-state plates in the coming weeks, according to town police.

The town has begun changing out water meters, police said.

Workers from US Utility Services will be completing the project. Police say they will be working mostly Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 6 PM and on some Saturdays over the next few weeks.

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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Woodstock Police department seeks national accreditation

The Woodstock Police Department is applying for a new accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

CALEA is an independent credentialing authority that maintains and updates standards for police agencies across the United States and is considered the “Gold Standard of Public Safety”.

Woodstock would be the first agency in Shenandoah County to join the commission.

Funding for the initial accreditation process will be up for consideration in the town’s Fiscal Year 2025 budget.

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Mike Yew resigns as Central football coach

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Mike Yew has resigned as head coach for Central High School’s football program.

Yew led the program for the last 17 years and has coached football at various levels in the Shenandoah Valley for over 25 years.

He helped build Central into a powerhouse in the region and the state level, winning two regional titles in the last three seasons and advancing to the Class 2 State Championship game in 2022.

His Falcons earned the second undefeated regular season in school history last year.

Before Yew took over, Central had not won a playoff game or regional title.

He finished his first two seasons with a 2-18 record before building up the program and going 119-53 the rest of his career.

The Falcons advanced to the playoffs 7 of the last 8 years with the only exception being the COVID shortened season.

Yew continues to serve as the interim athletic director.

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Pastor to War Heroes – The Muhlenbergs

For everything, there is a season from Ecclesiastes 3, which helped create a Revolutionary War hero. Was it Peter or Frederick who preached this infamous sermon? 

Christmas parade schedule for the area

Christmas parade

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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The Warren County Woodstock

Did you know Warren County had its own Woodstock?

Or that we had a cult here?

Not that big, and not as well known, but at least one famous family was a part of it.

Resources:

https://www.facebook.com/111381873717547/posts/the-arquettes-in-winchesterdavid-arquette-was-raised-on-the-skymont-subud-commun/113435783512156/

https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/VLR_to_transfer/PDFNoms/093-5023_Milford_Battlefield_2004_Final_Nomination.pdf

https://virginialiving.com/peace-love-and-subud/

WFD prepares for bicentennial parade

The Woodstock Fire Department is now accepting applications to be a part of their 200th Anniversary parade which will be held on July 15th at 11 am in Woodstock.

Registration is open until June 30th with a link available here.

Awards will be given in a variety of categories including longest distance traveled, best marching band, best antique car, and many more.

Parade entry is complimentary but donations are welcome to the 100% volunteer fire department.

All entrants will receive a commemorative 200th Anniversary dash plaque.

Awards will be announced at 2 pm with a muster held immediately following on Court Street until 4 pm. 

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Shenandoah County will see an influx of bicyclist

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Woodstock and Shenandoah County have been selected by Bike Virginia for a one day cycling event.

According to an email from the Executive Director of Bike Virginia Kimberly Perry reports that the one day event will be Sept. 17 largely between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m..

Residents need to be aware and on the watch for the influx of cyclist riding through Woodstock and Shenandoah County.

The cyclist are expected to have little impact on local roadways as guest will use several different routes in the region.

Cyclist will utilize anywhere from 11 mile treks to 75 mile treks at various times through the day.

Cyclist will take those routes at their leisure throughout the day and may be riding alone or in groups.

Several activities are planned for the bikers at various locations through the county as well.

Registration for the day ride remain open at this time and can be made here.

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Woodstock Authorities make an arrest in a structure fire

Woodstock Authorities report an arrest in a structure fire over the weekend.

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue reported to a structure fire around 10 p.m.  Fri. Aug. 12 on West Locust Street in Woodstock.

The structure was fully involved when firefighters from several regional companies arrived.

By 2:10 Saturday morning the fire was under control.

During the investigation authorities reviewed security footage that revealed a person in distinctive clothing in front of the structure before the fire was reported.

The footage led to the arrest of Ray Boyd Kerns of Toms Brook.

Kerns has been charged with one felony count of burning or destroying a building or structure.

Kerns has also been charged with a count of intentionally destroying, defacing or damaging a building.

Kerns was a member of the Woodstock Fire Department and is currently suspended.

The Woodstock Fire Department report that they are cooperating fully with investigators.

The structure was a 1902 wood frame multi story abandon building owned by Lena Frances Keegan.

No other buildings were damaged and no injuries were reported in the incident.

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