Woodstock, VA – Pacers Ideal Ace, John’s Dream and R N Nate continued a three way battle in the premier racing class at Shenandoah Downs as weekend number three of harness racing wrapped up in Woodstock, Virginia.
Track record holder John’s Dream (1:52 1/5) captured the initial $7,000 Open class on September 14 then a week later, Roger Hammer’s R N Nate was best of the trio in a $7,000 Open Handicap. The three clashed again Saturday along with a trio of others and after Lloyd’s All In led early, Ideal Ace took over before the three-quarters mark and reached the winners circle for the first time this meet. The Stephen White owned, trained and driven United Ace gelding crossed 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Chuck Perry’s John’s Dream and another length over R N Nate. Ideal Ace finished in 1:53.0, fastest mile of the meet thus far. He won his third race of the year and 13th overall.
Both John’s Dream and R N Nate have finished second or better at the current meet and at the Shenandoah County Fair campaign which was held in late August. The former has three wins and a pair of seconds. The latter has a pair of wins, seconds and a third.
Lodi Bank Robber and Swinging Jenny captured respective co-headlining $7,000 races Saturday in the Open Handicap Trot and Open Mares Pace.
Stacey McLenaghan’s Lodi Bank Robber surged past front stepper Headsaregonna Turn in the stretch and crossed a length the best in 1:58.0. Overlooked at 12-1, the 6- year-old New Age Hanover gelding was the first of three winners on the card for McLenaghan who also scored later with Surge Seelster and Gifted George. Corey Braden drove all three to victory. Lodi Bank Robber collected his 16th lifetime triumph while his bankroll increased to $110,000. James Stiltner’s Headsaregonna Turn was a length back in second while September 21 Open class winner Al-Mar Reba Babe took third.
In the mares pace, Amanda Stephens’s Swinging Jenny took over the lead from Place At The Beach at the third fraction, powered to the front and prevailed by 2 1/2 lengths over Shadows Mystery in 1:55.0. The 6-year-old Jenna’s Beach Boy mare broke through after back-to-back runner-up finishes at Woodstock and the Red Mile. Like McLenaghan, trainer Marna Shehan collected three wins on the afternoon. She also scored with Held In Balance and Fort El Said. Husband Tyler Shehan piloted those three to victory in consecutive races, and a fourth in the finale with Rex Watson’s Beautiful Brew.
In addition to pari-mutuel races, Saturday’s card featured a double seater jog cart exhibition race with four participants from this past summer’s Harness Horse Youth Foundation day camp at the Fairgrounds. Morgan Marston prevailed in the one lap event sitting next to trainer/driver Betsy Brown and behind Hot Rod Pete. Other young drivers included Weston Copp, Maggie Copp and Claire DeRosier.
The first annual Wiener Dog Derby was also contested Saturday and the festivities attracted a field of 39 dachshunds and a grandstand filled with spectators. Five elimination heats were held between harness races and a championship followed which was won by Tank.
In action Friday, driver Bill Carter piloted a trio of standardbreds to victory. He connected early with Sassy Lynnly and in mid-card with Chips Starr and Key Word. The first pair are owned by Virginia Ehrhart and trained by Neal Ehrhart while the latter is owned by Wilma Foley and conditioned by Lawrence Cooper.
The fourth race weekend will kick off Friday October 4th at 3:30 PM followed by Saturday’s Shenandoah “Autumnfest” card and a special non-betting program Sunday which will feature eight divisions of Virginia Breeder’s races in two and three-year-old events. The Autumnfest celebration begins at 11:30 AM and races begin at 2 PM. Sunday’s Breeder’s card begins at 12 Noon.
Fifth “Conversation of Hope” to be held on Tuesday, October 22
The WHAT MATTERS community meeting space, “Open House: Meet in the Middle” (213 E. Main Street next to the Daily Grind) serves as a meeting place for community members seeking positivity in this time of controversy for our town and county. At 7pm, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, community leaders and citizens gather to engage in one hour of positive reflections and hope. During the first “Conversation of Hope” held at “Open House” in June, the Chief shared a fitting quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Please join us to engage in conversations on Main Street AND virtually through our Facebook Group, “A Virtual Conversation of Hope.”
Here are some of the uplifting words filled with compassion shared during our brief time together during ‘Conversations’:
……Tragedy doesn’t define our community; we have made it through other controversial times, the new police department is an example of the success of a dream 20+ years in the making, don’t feed the beast, negativity breeds negativity, buy local support local, this time shouldn’t change our opinion about what a blessing it is to live here, we must heal relationships with friends and the community because we are hurt and need to acknowledge our pain and rebuild, the term “keep it simple, stupid” can be used to find ways to work together, we must combat darkness with light and stay in the light, we need to be the people we are supposed to be no matter what, we will never stop all the negativity but love will lead us, people who have businesses and work here must be a part of the healing and rebuilding, be a part of the solution, people choose to move here for scenery, values and there are people who stay here for the same reason, this too shall pass, Front Royal is loved for the people, volunteering, service and beauty, shine a light on the great people here and count our blessings, go to prayer and good will prevail, this is a perfect storm for renewal and revival and to come together, a community that doesn’t hide from their faith survives—run to God and add prayer to meetings, lean on God, healing is best when focused on others and for others, be compassionate…….
Police Chief, Kahle Magalis, encouraged us to focus on the wellness of the community, not just the sickness, and suggested that the new hospital progress can remind us to do just that. He also said that he’s very pleased with the working relationship the FR Police Department and the WC Sheriff’s office have in trying to embrace collaboration and cooperation. It was discussed that some of our current issues are bringing things to light that need to be addressed and that dealing with those issues will have a positive impact. In addition, attendees spent much of the time reminiscing about favorite FR/WC memories from the old days of every weekend Skyline Drive traffic & picnics in the park, the Sesquicentennial pageant event in 1986, the Red Stock and Volleys that the hospital hosted, and our hope that another community-wide event could materialize (perhaps a canoe event). It was a heartwarming gathering!
Comments also included positive feedback about the school system, about the giving & caring individuals in our community, a reference to George Jefferson’s “moving on up” (and encouragement to focus on the positive and move forward without delay by sharing concern but finding solutions and moving on), the acknowledgement that we have a strong sense of community that’s full of characters and memories and that we have so much potential and good energy. It was expressed that this is a good time to be forced to confront what we love and value and to picture the past and what’s good about the area. One guest said, “let it go if you can’t do anything about it.”
“This too shall pass” is often uttered as well as the fact that our community has so much to offer as a busy, active and unique area (full of outdoor assets and beauty) where people care about each other and don’t let tragedy define us. Niki Foster of the FR/WC Chamber of Commerce encouraged everyone to share the wonderful things we see and be louder than the ugly noise. Representatives of area clergy have been in attendance and said they want to support and serve, especially in these times we are facing. Someone said we are passed the ugly and are on the verge of being beautiful again.
Please join us on the 4th Tuesday at 7pm, at 213 E. Main Street – OPEN HOUSE, to share and witness more encouraging conversations.
Next Conversation: Tuesday, 10/22/19 at 7pm
*Please note that these gatherings are ones of positivity, not negativity. Politics and current events will not be discussed—instead we will remind ourselves why we love our community and provide an opportunity to briefly join together those who care together in the spirit of hope…
About WHAT MATTERS:
WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth Medved Waller’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.
The SPCA Thrift Shop is seeking volunteers
The SPCA Thrift Shop needs volunteers for a variety of tasks. The Thrift Shop is the shelter’s biggest financial contributor and vital to our ability to save the lives of homeless animals in our community. The shop relies on a strong volunteer force to make this happen.
Please consider attending a Thrift Shop Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, October 30th, from 4-6 p.m. The event will be held at the Thrift Shop, 1944 Abrams Creek, in Winchester, Virginia.
Children’s activities at Samuels Public Library for the month of November
These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library during the month of October. Thank you for sharing this information. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.
Saturday, November 2
- 10:00 Books and Barks. Come to our extremely popular monthly program that gives developing readers the chance to read and relax with a trained therapy dog. For beginning readers and up. Choose a time slot at registration, which begins October 2.
- 2:00 Discuss This. Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 12 and up. Registration begins October 2.
Tuesday, November 5
- 11:00 Time for Baby. What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of Time for Baby. Join us as we use all of our senses to explore the world around us. Thankful will be the theme this month. Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome.
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will do some taffy pulling and have a chocolate taste test! For ages 6-11. Registration begins October 5.
Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
It’s playtime! Come in for stories, songs, and a craft about our favorite toys, games, and imaginings! Siblings welcome.
Tuesday, November 12
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will investigate probability and chance, and find out how likely it is for someone to find a golden ticket. For ages 6-11. Registration begins October 12.
Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
Our stories, songs, and craft will be about Music Art, featuring Karen Erickson of the Northern Virginia Academy of Ballet. Siblings welcome.
Friday, November 15
- 5:00 Entries for the 41st annual Holiday Writing Contest are due at the library.
Saturday, November 16
- 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Thanksgiving Feast. Kids will get to feast on several classic Thanksgiving Day foods to get them ready for the holidays! They will also get to make a dish themselves. For ages 8 and up. Registration begins October 16.
Tuesday, November 19
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will build a candyscape, like the factory with the chocolate river. For ages 6-11. Registration begins October 19.
Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
Thankful will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week. Come join us! Siblings welcome.
Saturday, November 23
- 2:30 The Princess & the “P___.” Lyla sees no purpose to princes. They’re ugly, stupid—and obnoxious! Why can’t Hagabah see that, and why must the master insist that she keep the prince around three more days? The world would be a much better place without that prince. He doesn’t even know that it takes a pea to know a princess. And she’s a true princess, whether he’s a true prince—or not. Or is she? The whole family is invited to join us for this hilarious episode of fantastical suspense and find out!
Saturday, November 30
- 2:00 Chess and More. Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good chess or other board game. For ages 6 and up. Registration begins October 30.
Warren County’s DECA club members set up as food vendors for community and school events
Two DECA members, Makayla Grant and Devin Modesitt, have created a school-based food enterprise called DECA Tailgaters. DECA is a club where students create projects incorporating marketing, finance, management and/or hospitality. These projects are then presented in front of judges at statewide competitions.
DECA Tailgaters find volunteers to work community food vendor events, selling a wide range of foods. The vendors sell BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken tenders and a new popular favorite, walking tacos. BBQ sandwiches and walking tacos feature Richard Gardner’s signature Carolina Dreamin’ homemade items, such as sweet BBQ, spicy garlic sauce and homemade chilly.
The two girls have set up food vendors at three car shows, including the “Trunk or Treating” that took place on Main Street, the SMS PTSO Fun Run Fall Festival and the annual Festival of Leaves. At the Festival of Leaves, the girls partnered their project with Karenzo Hogue, Ethan Baldwin and Michael Kelly, to run a bigger and very successful food vendor.
DECA Tailgaters not only sets up as a food vendor in the community, but they’ve also managed a few of their school’s concession stands to raise money for their club. The girls were given available dates for game concessions, and they found volunteers in DECA to help work the game food concessions. Makayla and Devin said, “We like being hands-on in our project by preparing food and taking customers’ orders, because we enjoy getting to see everything finally come together.”
Makayla and Devin also said, “all the profits earned go towards helping pay for our DECA chapter’s annual State Conference, held in Virginia Beach.” The two hope to possibly continue DECA Tailgaters next year, and have more game concessions coming up, including a rival volleyball game vs. Skyline on October 30th and a JV game vs. Skyline on November 7th.
Rotary Group Study Exchange application deadline extended
We need team member applications for Rotary’s Group Study Exchange! Rotary District 7570 is a collection of 84 Rotary clubs in western Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee, from as far north as Front Royal to as far south as Greeneville.
We are seeking four young working professionals who live or work in our district to join Rotary’s Group Study Exchange team to Rotary District 2430 (Turkey, Azerbaijan) for travel May 1-30, 2020. The team will be led by experienced Rotarian Dr. Neil Hollyfield. The GSE team will spend the month of May exploring your vocational interests and participating in cultural activities. All transportation, meals, and lodging are underwritten by Rotarians.
The deadline for applications is extended to October 30, 2019. Interviews are November 3, 2019, at Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center. Contact District Chair, Karel Ryan, for more information by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 276.971.3995.
Apply online and read more at www.Rotary7570.org/GSE2, or see this related story with detailed information:
WCHS DECA Initiation and Installation Ceremonies
Front Royal, VA – Every year, Warren County High School’s DECA chapter holds Initiation and Installation Ceremonies in honor of the new members and officers joining DECA. This year’s ceremonies took place on September 27, 2019, during the school’s activity period. Twenty-three new members were welcomed to the club individually, and all were given membership pins at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Six additional members of DECA were installed as chapter officers, where each was given a specific duty to carry out through the school year. The six officers for this year are: Kylie Burnworth, President; Ethan Baldwin, Vice President of Finance; Patrick Coffron, Vice President of Social Activity; Karenzo Hogue, Vice President of Membership; Halea Hose, Historian/Reporter; and Emily Johnson, Wildcat Corner (school store) Manager.
WCHS DECA is a Career-Technical Student Organization club at Warren County High School that has a goal of teaching students leadership skills in marketing and management and promoting entrepreneurship in the community.