Browntown booms for buds - Annual Redbud Festival expected to draw 1,500

BROWNTOWN — Browntown's population of about 300 will nearly quintuple Saturday as 1,500 are expected to flock to town for the 15th Redbud Festival. "That's a traffic jam in Browntown," Festival Chairwoman Martha Buracker said. "It's the only heavy traffic day we have." Festival-goers happening upon any traffic will be treated to the scenery of Browntown Road, which is lined with redbud trees. The trees peaked early due to a warm spring, but will still be out for the festival. The Redbud Festival is scheduled for April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Browntown Community Center at 96 Browntown Road. The festival was founded by Browntownís History Committee as a fundraiser to renovate the building, which served as an old post office and the community's only doctor's office into a local museum. The museum is open once per year — during the festival.  
The Warren Sentinel /  04-21-2017  

Health Expo to feature free info, screenings

FRONT ROYAL — Valley Health plans to offer an opportunity Saturday for residents to get health screenings, meet health professionals outside the hospital setting and get a free, heart-healthy breakfast. The health system's annual Community Safety and Wellness Expo, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at Warren County High school, has more than 80 exhibitors lined up, according to a Valley Health news release. One of the expo's most popular attractions is the comprehensive bloodwork panel offered by Warren Memorial Hospital staff. For $45, staff will perform a basic panel, which includes a complete blood count, quantifying the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in the blood. The basic panel also includes a check of sugar, cholesterol and thyroid hormone levels. Other tests may be added for additional fees, the release states. Such available tests include prostate-specific antigen, HsCRP — which determines risk factors for cardiovascular disease — and vitamin D screening. A 12-hour fast is required before all bloodwork. The expo will feature a number of free screenings, including blood pressure, body composition analysis, hearing and vision tests, seated massage, pulmonary fit testing and oxygen saturation. There will be a limited number of vouchers available for no-cost mammograms.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-21-2017  

5-year-old flown to Charlottesville after being struck by car

SHENANDOAH ― A 5-year-old boy was flown to the U.Va. Medical Center in Charlottesville with injuries Monday evening after being struck by a vehicle. First responders were called around 6:50 p.m. on Monday, April 17, to a resident's driveway on Sheila Lane in Shenandoah, according to state police. The incident occurred after a 7-year-old girl entered the driver's side of a 1989 Honda Civic that was parked in a driveway. The 5-year-old boy entered the passenger's side. The vehicle then “all of a sudden rolled backwards,” said police, prompting the children to “try to jump out of the vehicle.”
Page News and Courier /  04-19-2017  

Fire and rescue grant funds new firefighting equipment

HARRISONBURG — There’s little room for error in an emergency, and Rockingham County Fire and Rescue is trying to minimize mistakes. The county received 120 self-contained breathing apparatus last week as part of an ongoing effort to standardize equipment. Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway said the equipment was paid for through a $747,000 grant from the federal Assistance to Firefighters grants program. It includes a 10 percent local match. Personnel are assembling the 120 pieces of equipment, which are used to provide oxygen to crews during fires, at the East Rockingham Emergency Services station in McGaheysville. Holloway said Timberville and Hose Company No. 4 already had the equipment through the standardization effort, which was expected to take 10 years after it started around three years ago. The grant allows the county to expedite the replacement process and allow departments to use the same equipment, which was recommended in a study conducted by the Virginia Fire Services Board in November 2015. The new SCBAs should be distributed to the remaining stations by the middle of May.
The Valley Banner /  04-19-2017  
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CHS teacher named Arc Educator of the Year

WOODSTOCK — A Central High School special education teacher has been named the 2017 Regional Educator of the Year by an advocacy group for people with disabilities. Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley awarded its top prize to Megan Smith during its awards banquet in March. The group’s coverage area includes Shenandoah, Clarke and Frederick counties and the City of Winchester. Smith, 28, has taught at CHS for three years and is the former Area 4 coordinator for Virginia’s Special Olympics. Area 4 covers Rockingham, Shenandoah and Page counties and the City of Harrisonburg. Smith’s win marks the third straight year that Shenandoah County Public Schools has claimed the Arc award. Julie Neese-Whitaker of Stonewall Jackson High School was named Educator of the Year in 2016, and CHS teacher Heather Miller claimed the honor in 2015.

Hilda J. Barbour gets new principal

FRONT ROYAL — A new principal has been selected to fill the void at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School when Joey Waters steps down from the position after 15 years. Peter Muhlenberg Middle School principal Mandy Roller will take the reins from Waters come the beginning of next school year. Roller is looking forward to the new position and thinks Hilda J. Barbour will be a good fit because she is impressed with Warren County Schools' direction regarding instruction.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-18-2017

It’s all about Choices - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

LURAY — Those deep-teal ribbon magnets that you'll be seeing on law enforcement vehicles this month are meant to drive home the serious nature of a topic that "people are not very comfortable speaking about," says Tina Knupp. Knupp has spent the past 13 years as the sexual assault program coordinator/victim advocate for Choices, Council on Domestic Violence for Page County. As her title makes clear, that "uncomfortable" subject is sexual assault, and April is the month designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The 2017 national campaign theme is "Engaging New Voices," and, to that end, the focus will be on getting coaches, faith leaders and parents, among others, involved in the goal of preventing sexual assault. To assist in that effort, Choices is sponsoring a training session April 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Luray United Methodist Church, 1 W. Main St.
Page News and Courier /  04-18-2017

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Local Sports

Spotswood’s Sheahan coaches up son Aidan for Forensics title

Emmett Sheahan has coached forensics at Spotswood High School for a decade, pouring his heart and soul into his team of students each year, hoping that one of them will bring home the state title. This year, he finally got his wish. His son, Aidan, a freshman at the high school, won the state championship.

Valley’s best athletes compete at 24th annual Wrangler Invitational

Page and Luray both had a team finish inside the Top 5 at last weekend's Wrangler Invitational. Central and East Rockingham both had winning squads.

East Rockingham threatening Page County as rulers of Valley Softball

East Rockingham might usurp Page County's throne as the team to beat in Valley softball this spring.

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