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– Programming Note: Listen to AFP editor Chris Graham on WKDW Tuesday morning, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.
Event: Governor’s School to put on variety show to benefit Food Bank, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.
Local News: Harrisonburg Tourism introduces the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Visitor Guide 2009-2010, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.
Local News: Presidential Library to host teachers workshop, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.
Event: America’s Birthday Celebration sets yard sale fundraiser, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.
Local News: Mia Dunkin earns highest Girl Scout award, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.
Local News: EMU students earn honors, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m. 

 

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– Programming Note: Listen to AFP editor Chris Graham on WKDW Tuesday morning, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.

AFP editor Chris Graham will be a guest on WKDW’s morning show with host Kris Neil Tuesday morning during the 8 a.m. hour.

Chris will be talking with Kris about the upcoming 2009 Waynesboro Generals Valley League season.

  

Event: Governor’s School to put on variety show to benefit Food Bank, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.

WHAT: Shenandoah Governor’s School Variety Show

WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 23

WHERE: Wilson Middle School Cafeteria/Auditorium, Fishersville

DETAILS: Students from the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School are taking action to better the lives of people in need. They will host a Variety Show to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank featuring talented local youth. Admission is $3 in advance and at the door. Come out for a night of family fun and help fight hunger in our community!

MORE INFORMATION: Call 800.296.FOOD (3663), ext. 1006 or visit www.brafb.org.

 

Local News: Harrisonburg Tourism introduces the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Visitor Guide 2009-2010, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.

Interest in our community continues to grow creating the need to increase production from 35,000 in 2007, 50,000 in 2008, to 75,000 Visitor Guides in 2009. Distribution kicks off on April 20.

Produced by Jim Stallard of Stallard Studios in Wytheville Virginia and printed by Progress Press. 25,000 visitor guides have been direct shipped to area resorts, and high traffic tourism destinations in the Shenandoah Valley. Distribution outlets also include the Virginia State Welcome Centers, Visitor Centers and Chamber offices, East Coast Consumer Trade Shows, I-81, I-64 & I-77 Rest Areas, AAA offices, Local and Regional Attractions, Museums, Hotels, and Restaurants. An additional 50,000 guides will serve as lead fulfillment as interest visitors requests area information.

Harrisonburg reaches a National and International audience through marketing initiatives, advertising campaigns, and cooperative opportunities in partnership with Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association.

The visitor guide is also visible at various festivals and events, trade shows, and demonstrations throughout the year.

 

Local News: Presidential Library to host teachers workshop, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library today announced that it will host a one-day spring workshop for 25 Virginia history teachers on Thursday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The workshop is part of a three-year program of history education seminars for high school teachers from Waynesboro Public Schools and seven other Virginia school districts. The program is made possible by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Waynesboro Public Schools received the grant in partnership with the Presidential Library, Amherst County Schools, Fredericksburg City Schools and Winchester Public Schools.

The April workshop will prepare teachers for the first of three week-long summer seminars in a professional development curriculum entitled “Critical Connections in American History.” The curriculum is designed to improve the teachers’ knowledge and appreciation of traditional American history by focusing on critical connections in America’s past. During the first year of the program, the teachers will examine four international moments that shaped the early history of the development of the United States: the contact between native peoples and Europeans in North America, the creation of the Atlantic system of trade and the development of colonies in British North America, the origins of the American Revolution, and the early development of the United States in a global context.

The participants will return to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in June for a week-long seminar. In August, the teachers will continue the program through historic site visits to Jamestown and Williamsburg.

Through the participating teachers, the Teaching American History grant will enhance the history education of thousands of students over the term of the grant. The project is designed to strengthen teachers’ understanding of American history, impart a sense of the interplay of factors that influenced national development, provide knowledge of primary documents and material artifacts, demonstrate the use of advanced technology and, ultimately, improve students’ performance on standardized tests in American history.

Those interested in more information about this program should contact Dr. Joel Hodson, Director of Education at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, at 540.885.0897, extension 103, or jhodson@woodrowwilson.org.

 

Event: America’s Birthday Celebration sets yard sale fundraiser, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.

WHAT: America’s Birthday Celebration Fundraiser Community Yard Sale

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Gypsy Hill Park (gazebo area)

DETAILS: Space available $10 each

INFO: Call 540.885-5008 or 540.255.5008

All proceeds to benefit the 4th of July celebration

 

Local News: Mia Dunkin earns highest Girl Scout award, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.

Girl Scout Mia Dunkin spent almost two years raising and training a puppy for the Northeast Regional Center of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). In doing so, Mia has earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement given by Girl Scouts of the USA. A member of Senior Girl Scout Troop 333 of Spotswood service unit, Mia received her award from Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.

Achieving the Gold Award takes true commitment and dedication. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fulfilling requirements that recognize a Senior Girl Scout’s commitment to excellence as she develops leadership skills and personal values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Gold Award, Mia had to prove her leadership abilities by designing and carrying out a plan of activities that included community service, career exploration, and specialized interest projects. She had to meet the requirements for 65 hours of volunteer community service.

Mia started raising her puppy, Bevers, in the summer of 2006. She spent that summer working to housetrain the puppy and teaching him basic commands. Mia then progressed to teaching Bevers more advance commands and traveled monthly to Richmond for CCI puppy classes. The following year, Mai enrolled Bevers in an advanced training course at her local Pet Smart and in November, she traveled to New York with the puppy for classes to teach him how to perform day-to-day tasks such as opening drawers and doors.

Last spring, Bevers graduated from the CCI program and was placed with a young man with autism.

To complete her project, Mia wrote a testimonial for CCI to use on flyers and on their website to recruit new puppy raisers.

Mia, 18, a senior at Spotswood High School in Penn Laird, plans to major in fine arts at Moore College of Art and Design in the fall. Mia is the daughter of Ann and Dwin Dunkin of Harrisonburg. Her project consultant is Nancy Copley of Harrisonburg. Her troop leader is her mother Ann Dunkin of Harrisonburg.

 

Local News: EMU students earn honors, posted Tuesday, 7 a.m.

Ten Eastern Mennonite University seniors were honored as this year’s “Cords of Distinction” recipients in an awards ceremony held following university chapel on Monday, April 20.

The students, nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students, were cited for exemplifying the school’s highest ideals. They will wear gold and blue cords as they graduate on April 26, 2009.

Blue represents the strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution or community. Gold represents the love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university environment or community in which all may take part.

The students were selected for their “significant and verifiable impact” on the university and on student life, for their contributions to developing the institution’s positive image, for substantial contributions to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area and beyond, for their high academic and social standing and their embodiment of EMU’s shared values of Christian discipleship, community, service and peacebuilding.

The recipients are:

* Rebeca S. Barge, Harrisonburg, major in social work and Spanish;

* Natalie Bonilla, Reading, Pa., major in nursing;

* Laura C. Cattell, Honey Brook, Pa., major in environmental science and justice, peace and conflict studies;

* Rachael L. Clemmer, Harleysville, Pa., major in nursing;

* Webster A. Contreras, Harrisonburg, major in nursing;

* Sarah E. Kalichman, Richmond, Va., major in mathematics and liberal arts;

* Michelle M. Kennel, Jonesboro, Ga., major in psychology and history;

* Katie Lehman, Archbold, Ohio, major in biology;

* Jackson T. Maust, Bay Port, Mich., major in biology; and

* David N. Showalter, Harrisonburg, major in biochemistry.


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