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Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch

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June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
2019-06-24T10:00:00-04:00
2019-06-24T17:00:00-04:00
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SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
111 Featherbed Lane | Winchester
VA 22601
Contact:
Lavenda Denney
540-662-8616 ext. 406

Calling all artists!! Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch and save homeless animals. Pick up a chair from the SPCA Thrift Shop, build a chair, up-cycle a chair, paint a chair, or upholster a chair. All types of chairs welcome. Chairs must be completed by August 22nd.

For more information, and to sign up to participate in the SPCA’s signature event, please contact Lavenda Denney at 540-662-8616 ext. 406 or director@winchesterspca.org.

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6 great reasons to visit your local farmers’ market

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June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
2019-06-24T10:00:00-04:00
2019-06-24T17:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
111 Featherbed Lane | Winchester
VA 22601
Contact:
Lavenda Denney
540-662-8616 ext. 406

While some farmers’ markets are open year-round, summer is the perfect time to wander among the stalls and purchase local products. Here are six reasons why you should plan to visit your local farmers’ market this week.

1. To get fresh produce
Farmers’ markets are full of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, many of which are organic.

2. To get artisanal goods

In addition to providing produce and meats, farmers’ markets often offer an assortment of fresh baked goods, honey, chocolates, cheeses, jams and preserves. Many of these products aren’t available at the grocery store.

Additionally, some markets feature entire sections devoted to hand-made products like soap, jewelry, candles and clothing.

3. To find antiques
If you’re into all things vintage, many farmers’ markets have vendors who sell antiques.

4. To find unique goods
Artisanal products aren’t suited to mass production, often because producers don’t want to compromise their quality. Your local farmers’ market is the perfect place to uncover hidden gems you can’t find anywhere else.

5. To taste before you buy
Many merchants at farmers’ markets are happy let you sample their wares. Foodies will appreciate the opportunity to make new gastronomic discoveries, and kids rarely say no to a free sample.

6. To get insider tips
Talking with the growers and artisans who produce your food allows you to gain valuable preparation and preservation tips you won’t get at the grocery store.

This summer, visit your local farmers’ market. Not only will you find great food, you’ll also meet friendly and passionate merchants who are members of your community.

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A beginner’s guide to golf equipment

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June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
2019-06-24T10:00:00-04:00
2019-06-24T17:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
111 Featherbed Lane | Winchester
VA 22601
Contact:
Lavenda Denney
540-662-8616 ext. 406

Are you hoping to take up golf this summer but don’t know a wood from a wedge? Here’s a rundown of the equipment you’ll need before heading to the golf course.

Golf clubs
You can have up to 14 clubs in your golf bag. These are the main ones you’ll use to get the ball down the fairway and into the hole.

• The driver packs the most punch. It’s used to launch balls from the tee box.

• Woods 3, 5 and 7 resemble the driver, but since the club faces have more loft, they can hit balls directly off the ground.
• Irons are the most used clubs. They’re put to work for middle-distance and approach shots. It’s easier to control your ball flight with an iron than with a wood. Golfers tend to have five to seven irons in their bag (not including the wedges).
• Hybrids are a cross between irons and woods. They deliver greater control than woods but more distance than irons.
• Wedges have the most loft and are used for shots around the green.
• The putter is used on the green to tap the ball into the hole.

Other essentials
Here’s everything else you’ll need while out on the links.

• A golf bag to put all those clubs in.
• Proper golf attire including a collared shirt and golf slacks or a skirt. Most golf clubs have a dress code you’ll need to follow.
• A golf glove so you can grip clubs more easily.
• Golf shoes so you can keep your balance when swinging.
• Golf balls, tees, divot tools and ball markers — all of which you can fit in your bag.

Before heading out on the course for the first time (or the first time in a while), it’s worth having a lesson with a professional. Golf is a highly enjoyable sport but it takes some time to get the hang of.

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Common grape varietals grown in North America

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June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
2019-06-24T10:00:00-04:00
2019-06-24T17:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
111 Featherbed Lane | Winchester
VA 22601
Contact:
Lavenda Denney
540-662-8616 ext. 406

Cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay are among the most planted grapes in North America and the world. However, there are many other varietals that are cultivated here that make fantastic wines. Here are some common ones that thrive on our diverse soil.

Whites

• Pinot Gris. The wines produced by this grape tend to be medium bodied with a hint of sweetness and balanced acidity. Flavors of apple, pear and stone fruit are common. Hints of spice are also typical.

• Sauvignon Blanc. This green-skinned varietal tends to produce wines that are light-bodied, dry, herbaceous and acidic. Aromas of green apple, grass, bell pepper, gooseberry, lime and peach are all common.

• Riesling. Wines made from this varietal have high acidity, are generally light-bodied and can be either dry or off-dry. Rieslings are intensely aromatic, with notes of apricot, citrus, honey, jasmine and petrol being typical.

Reds

• Pinot noir. This black-skinned varietal tends to produce wines that are light to medium bodied and have higher acidity and less tannin than other reds. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, truffles, leather and vanilla are common.

• Merlot. Supple tannins, moderate acidity and earthy flavors are typical of merlot. These wines tend to be medium bodied and have aromas of black cherry, plum, tobacco leaf, allspice and chocolate.

• Syrah. Also known as shiraz, this varietal produces wines that are full-bodied and packed with juicy fruit and earthy complexity. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, olive and licorice are common, as is front-loaded flavor with a peppery finish.

These are just a fraction of the varietals North American wine producers are growing. Learn more by visiting your local winery or wine store.

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POLICE: 7 Day FRPD Arrest Report 7/15/2019

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June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
2019-06-24T10:00:00-04:00
2019-06-24T17:00:00-04:00
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SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
111 Featherbed Lane | Winchester
VA 22601
Contact:
Lavenda Denney
540-662-8616 ext. 406

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Author Ronald Kirkwood to sign copies of his new book

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June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
2019-06-24T10:00:00-04:00
2019-06-24T17:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
111 Featherbed Lane | Winchester
VA 22601
Contact:
Lavenda Denney
540-662-8616 ext. 406

Author Ronald Kirkwood will be signing copies of his new book, Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospital and the Battle of Gettysburg

The event will take place at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 21st at Royal Oak Book Shop (207 South Royal Avenue Front Royal, VA 22630) For more information visit: http://royaloakbookshop.com/

The bloodstains are gone, but the worn floorboards remain. The doctors, nurses, and patients who toiled and suffered and ached for home at the Army of the Potomac’s XI Corps hospital at the George Spangler farm in Gettysburg have long since departed. Fortunately, what they experienced there, and the critical importance of the property to the battle, has not been lost to history. Noted journalist and George Spangler farm expert Ronald D. Kirkwood brings these people and their experiences to life in “Too Much for Human Endurance”: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.

Using a large array of firsthand accounts, Kirkwood re-creates the sprawling XI Corps hospital complex and the people who labored and suffered there— especially George and Elizabeth Spangler and their four children, who built a thriving 166-acre farm only to witness it nearly destroyed when war paid a bloody visit in the summer of 1863. Stories rarely if ever told about the wounded, dying, nurses, surgeons, ambulance workers, musicians, and others are weaved seamlessly through gripping and smooth-flowing prose.

A host of notables spent time at the Spangler farm, including Union officers George G. Meade, Henry J. Hunt, Edward E. Cross, Francis Barlow, Francis Mahler, Freeman McGilvery, and Samuel K. Zook. Pvt. George Nixon III, great-grandfather of President Richard M. Nixon, would die there, as would Confederate Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, who fell mortally wounded at the height of Pickett’s Charge. In addition to including the most complete lists ever published of the dead, wounded, and surgeons at the Spanglers’ XI Corps hospital, this study breaks new ground with stories of the First Division, II Corps hospital at the Spanglers’ Granite Schoolhouse.

Kirkwood also establishes the often-overlooked strategic importance of the property and its key role in the Union victory. Army of the Potomac generals took advantage of the farm’s size, access to roads, and central location to use it as a staging area to get artillery and infantry to the embattled front line from Little Round to Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill, often just in time to prevent a collapse and Confederate breakthrough.

“Too Much for Human Endurance” introduces readers to heretofore untold stories of the Spanglers, their farm, those who labored to save lives, and those who suffered and died there. They have finally received the recognition that their place in history deserves.

About the Author: Ronald D. Kirkwood is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA TODAY, the Baltimore Sun, the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, and the York (PA) Daily Record. Ron edited national magazines for USA TODAY Sports and was NFL editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He won numerous state, regional, and national awards during his career and managed the copy desk in Harrisburg when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Ron has been a Gettysburg Foundation docent at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site since it opened in 2013. He is a native of Dowagiac/Sister Lakes, MI, and a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he has returned as guest speaker to journalism classes as part of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals series. Ron and his wife, Barbara, live in York. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about Too Much for Human Endurance

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Eight boats, 160 paddlers to compete in dragon boat races on August 3rd

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June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
2019-06-24T10:00:00-04:00
2019-06-24T17:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
111 Featherbed Lane | Winchester
VA 22601
Contact:
Lavenda Denney
540-662-8616 ext. 406

Those are some fast dragons on the race – eight boats, each powered by 20 rowers will return three Saturdays from now, on Aug. 3. Courtesy Photos HSWC

Dragon boat races return to the Shenandoah River on Saturday, August 3, and are expected to raise at least $16,000 in entry fees for Front Royal’s animal shelter.

The event is one of the Humane Society of Warren County’s (HSWC) most popular. Crowds of several hundred are expected at the Front Royal Golf Club boat landing site starting at 9:30 a.m. Trolley transportation is provided from Crooked Run Plaza.

While the event was missing from last year’s calendar, eight boats with 20 paddlers sponsored by community and corporate organizations will compete in this year’s contest over the 200-meter course. One of the boats is skippered by Ellen Aders a former winner. Aders is the HSWC president. Newcomers to the contest this year are the Rotary River Dogs, Captain Julie Covert, Aders’ vice president.

“We are all looking forward to an amazing day, full of spirited fun, all in the name of helping the animals in our community,” said Meghan Bowers, in her first year as executive director of the Humane Society’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter.

And it’s for a GREAT cause – like housing Otto. Otto has lived his entire life in a kennel. Since taking her position in the last year, Shelter Director Bowers has taken Otto, who is fearful of people, into her office where he has a comfortable bed and the things he likes best to eat: cheeseburgers!

Bowers said of her first six months that one of her most difficult things to deal with has been the sad condition of many of the animals that arrive at the shelter.

“It is a regular occurrence,” she wrote in the shelter’s summer newsletter advertising the Waggin’ for Dragon event, “to have a dog or cat arrive who has suffered years of neglect, abuse and lack of proper medical care. It is our mission (funded by the likes of Waggin’ for Dragons and other events such as Barks & Bags) to provide these animals a new beginning, starting with compassionate care.”

She announced that a recent yard sale at the shelter site had raised a record $3,400 for the animals. She also announced a fee increase for adoptions – in future, cat adoptions with be $30 and dog adoptions $60. “Even at the new rates,” Bowers said, “it may surprise some that adoption fees do not cover the total costs of caring for the animals until they are adopted.”

Among the shelter’s greatest needs at the moment is an industrial washing machine. Is there anyone out there with one lying around their basement? – Just asking…

The last winners – the State Farm Dragons

And the races get exciting as they bear down on the finish line – don’t miss this year’s Waggin’ for Dragons Humane Society of Warren County fundraising event, it’s a great day on the river and a great day for the county’s abandoned animals.

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