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Pet of the week: Affectionate Bella is looking for a home

WINCHESTER — Bella, a 7-year-old pit bull mix, is looking for a loving place to call her home. Bella came to the Winchester SPCA a few months ago after her previous owners surrendered her, according to Billie Guidry, an adoption agent at the shelter. “Clearly, her owners before obviously ...

Local singer-songwriter releases second self-titled six-track EP

WOODSTOCK -- Singer-songwriter Brent Funkhouser is known throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley for his catchy ballads and acoustic guitar melodies that depict personal struggles while incorporating American history that tell stories of vast human emotion. This year, Funkhouser released ...

Go exotic

The following is a list of exotic fruits that can be found in the produce aisle of area Martin's Foods stores: Mango: Sweet, tropical flavor. Use in ice cream, salsa popsicles. Papaya: Smooth, sweet and melon-like taste. Use in parfaits, salad and chicken. Starfruit: Ranges from tangy-sweet ...

Pet of the Week: Butterball seeking a home in which to live the quiet life

EDINBURG – Butterball, a domestic short hair cat, was picked up as a stray on July 2 and brought to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. His backstory is a bit of a mystery – even his age, which shelter employees estimated at 3 years old, is unknown – but Butterball’s calm demeanor is ...

Pet of the Week: Doodah is looking for a new home

WINCHESTER — Doodah, a 13- or 14-year-old female terrier mix, is looking for a new place to call home. Darlene Foreman, an animal caretaker at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, said that Doodah came to the facility on June 7 as an owner release. “It looks like ...

Gardening on a budget:Tips and tricks from a master gardener

WOODSTOCK - For Stacey Morgan Smith, of Woodstock, gardening has always been a hobby. But it wasn't until she became a Northern Shenandoah Valley master that she learned it was much more - it was a passion, an opportunity to learn and grow with fellow gardeners and share her knowledge with the ...

DIY plant markers to decorate garden

  WOODSTOCK - Garden markers can be just as pretty as the flowers, herbs and vegetables they mark. Over the years Master Gardener Stacey Morgan Smith has learned through trial and error what materials and styles work best for her gardening needs. "In my garden's first year the ...

Paladin Bar and Grill opens in Stephens City

STEPHENS CITY - A new sports bar and restaurant has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to Stephens City, called Paladin Bar and Grill, specializes in an American-themed menu that includes mouth-watering items like pimento cheese fritters, chicken fingers, pulled pork, ...

Game on! New arcade brings old school gaming to downtown Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL - Fireball Arcade on Main Street transports families to the 80s through pinball and video games. That was Steve Ontiveros' original plan: to give families a glimpse into the past via old-school gaming. "The most interesting thing has been seeing the different generations come ...

Strasburg police to hoop it up with youth on Saturday

STRASBURG - Members of the  Police Department will trade in their uniforms for basketball gear Saturday for the first ever Scoops & Hoops event hosted by Strasburg Assembly of God, Dottie Holden, and the Strasburg Police Department. Olivia Hilton, town event planner said, Strasburg ...

Pet of the Week: Lovable Spock needs a new home

FRONT ROYAL –  Spock, a 2-year-old lab mix who loves affection and swimming, is seeking a new home Shyann Beatty, of the canine care team at the Warren County Humane Society, said Spock came in as a stray over two weeks ago. His owner has yet to come in and reclaim him. "Spock is a big ...

Staufferstad Arts celebrates completion of mural

STRASBURG - Staufferstadt Arts, a nonprofit group that fosters the local arts culture in Strasburg, is hosting an unveiling party today at 227 E. King St. in honor of muralists  Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn of Baltimore. Daniel Lefkowitz, co-founder of Staufferstadt Arts, said "drawing ...

George Bowers Sr.: We can soar on eagle’s wings

On Wednesday of next week, America will celebrate its 242nd birthday. Most will have a day off to picnic, swim, and enjoy fireworks. As we mark this milestone in our nation’s history, it’s a great time to pause and consider God’s creative genius demonstrated in our national bird, the bald ...

Fourth of July: Region celebrates with fireworks, parades, music, more

Strasburg STRASBURG – The town's long-standing Fourth of July community celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Wednesday with food, live entertainment and children's activities. Amy Keller, the town's office and human resources manager, said the traditional family friendly event draws in residents ...

North Warren Fire and Rescue to host Community Appreciation Day

FRONT ROYAL– The North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will host its Community Appreciation Day 10 a.m. Saturday. Fire and police department demonstrations, kids activities, and a car and motorcycle show will go on throughout the morning. A free lunch of grilled hot dogs and ...

Pet of the Week: ‘Very affectionate’ Alexa awaiting a home

EDINBURG – Alexa, a 2-year-old domestic short hair cat, was scooped up as a stray two weeks ago, and she’s now awaiting her next home while biding her time at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Holly Helsley, an animal caretaker at the facility, recently described Alexa as a “very, ...

Gardening traditions: Historic gardens continue to influence modern designs

MIDDLETOWN – Sari Carp, of Woodstock, discovered an interest in historic gardening when she lived abroad. But her interest in history began when she was a little girl. It wasn’t until later in life that she combined the two, discovering her newfound interest in the history behind ...