For Bure, a reign to Blossom

Candace Cameron Bure gives her daughter Queen Shenandoah LXXXVIII, Natasha Bure, a kiss after crowning her Apple Blossom Queen during coronation festivities Friday afternoon at Handley High School. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 1, 2015

WINCHESTER – Queen Shenandoah LXXXVIII Natasha Bure received her crown in front of nearly a full house Friday.

A mother’s advice

Natasha Bure  looks on as  her mother, Candace, fist pumps the crowd after being crowned Queen Shenandoah LXXXVIII during coronation ceremonies held Friday at John Handley High School. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 1, 2015

Success is all about hard work, actress Candace Cameron Bure said on Friday afternoon in Winchester. “[You] have to have the drive to work hard and be consistent,” she said. “And push yourself.”

‘Small-town flavor’ to savor

Country music singer Lee Greenwood, the Firefighters Marshal for this year's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, speaks during a media interview Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 1, 2015

Longtime singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood made his first ever trek to Winchester for the 88th Apple Blossom Festival as the Grand Marshall for the Firefighter’s Parade on Friday.

Crash survivor relates experience

Motivational speaker Dave Sanderson speaks at Friday's Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon in Winchester about his experience surviving an emergency plan landing on the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey on Jan. 15, 2009.

May 1, 2015

WINCHESTER — Dave Sanderson admitted he thought of the Titanic on the day his airplane made a crash landing on the Hudson River.

Fortunately, though, the passengers of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 experienced a very different outcome than those on the ill-fated luxury ship that struck an ice burg and sank in 1912.

Young At Heart Luncheon

Bill Green, 79, of Strasburg gets a dance with Apple Blossom Queen designate Natasha Bure during the Young at Heart Luncheon held Thursday under the Sprint Tent in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 30, 2015

Attendees at Thursday’s The Willows at Meadow Branch Young at Heart Luncheon danced to the music provided by big-band orchestra, For Dancers Only, under the Sprint Tent in Winchester. The luncheon, part of the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, also featured a visit by Queen Shenandoah designate Natasha Bure. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily

A royal welcome

Queen Shenandoah Designate Natasha Bure, 16, arrived in Winchester on Wednesday evening to start the festivities for the 88th Apple Blossom Festival this week.   Rich Cooley/Daily

April 29, 2015

WINCHESTER — Being named queen of a festival that celebrates apples is a perfect match for 16-year-old actress, aspiring singer and apple pie fan Natasha Bure, of Los Angeles.

Drug abuse program aims to warn parents

April 14, 2015

A Tuesday evening talk on teen drug abuse will target parents and educators who might not realize how much their children already know about buying and using drugs illegally.

Grant to fund teacher training for writing programs

April 12, 2015

The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project has announced it will use a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and develop teacher leadership and improve the teaching of writing and learning in area schools.

A heavy toll, recalled

Shannon Moeck,  a park ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, helps ring a bell being supported by park volunteer Guy Young, of Gore, outside Belle Grove on Thursday. The ringing of the bells was  to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 9, 2015

Local residents and National Park Services officials gathered at Belle Grove Historic Plantation for the “Bells Across the Land” on Thursday.

A taste of Passover

Rabbi Scott Sperling explains the tradition of Passover to  congregation members at Christ Episcopal Church.  Passover begins Friday evening. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 2, 2015

WINCHESTER—More than 40 worshippers of Christ Episcopal Church on Boscawen Street gathered in the parish office dinning room to participate in a Passover workshop led by a local Rabbi March 26.

Above and beyond

Elizabeth Miller, deputy director at Starbase Academy in Winchester, engages with a student after averaging the data from their recent rocket experiment.   Rich Cooley/Daily

March 26, 2015

WINCHESTER — Susan Corrigan has said that hers is the best teaching job there is.

Meeting needs

Joan Monahan, a licensed professional counselor, left, and Diane Ricci, program manager, right, are part of the health care team for the new senior outpatient behavioral health program at Shenandoah Memorial in Woodstock. Monahan runs the group as the therapist. Rich Cooley/Daily

March 24, 2015

Health initiatives this year are aimed at providing the Northern Shenandoah Valley with the best care possible.