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Pet of the Week: Bonded pair are up for adoption

WINCHESTER — Morris, a 3-year-old orange tabby, and Wheeler, a 6-year-old brown tabby, are looking for a new place to call home. Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker at the Fredrick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, said Morris and Wheeler are usually friendly around people ...

Strasburg hosts Downtown Living Tour on Saturday

Downtown Strasburg businesses and residents are opening their doors to the public on Saturday for the Downtown Strasburg Living Tour. Olivia Hilton, who serves as the Strasburg's marketing and events coordinator, said she hopes the tour gives people a new outlook on the downtown area. “We ...

Pet of the Week: Thalia needs an active family

Thalia, a German shepherd-hound mix, is having a hard time finding a long-term home. The hyperactive 2-year-old came to the SPCA of Winchester in July and has bounced around since then. Katlyn Himelright has been volunteering and working with the SPCA for six years. She said Thalia is a sweet ...

Master gardener offers tips on making fall decorations

With the fall season getting underway, many people have begun to decorate. Some people often buy their fall decorations, but others, like Lynn Hoffman, choose to make their own decorations. Hoffman, who is a master gardener with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association, has ...

Food Dude USA visits Southern Kitchen in New Market

NEW MARKET – Diners with old-fashioned, home-cooked meals are destinations for travelers, critics and connoisseurs. Southern Kitchen in New Market reaped the benefits of traditional fare last week when the restaurant was featured in an online food program. Brandon Frye hosts “Food Dude ...

Staufferstadt Arts starts work on eighth mural

STRASBURG — Strasburg's next mural is underway. The eighth mural from Staufferstadt Arts, a nonprofit group that has worked to promote local arts in Strasburg, will be located on East King Street. The mural's subject will be the Appalachian Mountains and is expected to be completed by ...

Pet of the Week: Supersized Twinkie a lot of cat to love

EDINBURG – Katrina Keywood, an animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, says 4-year-old feline Twinkie loves affection, but on her terms. “She doesn’t like to be picked up,” Keywood said last week, “so she would do better in a home with older kids, probably even a ...

Area youth get close-up look at harness racing

WOODSTOCK – Area youth were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at harness racing during a one-day youth camp at Shenandoah Downs on Sept. 8. Ellen Taylor, of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, spoke to 25 youth, FFA students and adult volunteers during the camp, which was sponsored by ...

Wagon Wheel Ranch combines grandeur, intimacy

Wagon Wheel Ranch nestled outside of Stephens City creates the same grandeur of a large wedding venue with the same special details any bride or groom would want to create the perfect intimate atmosphere for their big day but on a smaller scale. Instead of inviting 200 guests, Wagon Wheel Ranch ...

A woman who takes (and makes) the cake

When Jessica Hollifield, owner of Lemon Tulip Cakes, is not homeschooling her two children or running around chaotically in her flip flops nine months out of the year, she’s whipping up beautifully designed wedding cakes of all sizes, shapes and colors in her home-based kitchen in ...

Selecting the dress for the big day

When Fall Bridal Fashion Week wrapped up, Morgan Lee Beachler, the owner of The Valley Bride in Winchester, knew it was going to be a dazzling upcoming season, not because of the new collections that walked down the runways but because brides will continue to be spoiled with a ride range of ...

Marriage officiant has a passion for love

Not everyone can say they’ve married a couple through Skype, but Mary Kim Waddell, marriage officiant, can. For over 14 years, Waddell has married couples all over the Northern Shenandoah Valley. She has a passion for love and the commitment it stands for. “We had couples requesting to be ...

Fall is a great time to make décor changes

Autumn is almost here and with the changing seasons, and falling temperatures comes the desire for décor changes in and outside the home. Brenda Miller, the owner of the Miller House in Stephens City, said gone are the days where a homeowner is stuck with one design style. Now more than ...

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

WINCHESTER — Bear, a 12-year-old chihuahua 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 Bear came into the shelter on Aug. 21 as an owner release. “He was brought in because ...

Pet of the week: Beetlejuice seeks a calm home

WINCHESTER — Beetlejuice, a 2-year-old black cat, came to the Winchester SPCA in May as a stray cat. One month later, he was on the operating table to get neutered when his heart stopped. Now, he is partially blind and walks with a little bit of a wobble, said Billie Guidry, an adoption ...

2018 Breeding Beef Show Fair Results

4-H/FFA Heifer Show Grand Champion Simmental Heifer: Carson Stern Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Heifer: Braden Stern Grand Champion Angus Heifer: Braden Stern Reserve Grand Champion Angus Heifer: Carson Stern Grand Champion Hereford Heifer: Jacob Coffey Reserve Grand Champion ...

Rotary Club’s Apple Harvest Festival is a family and pet-friendly event

Enjoy an autumn weekend and celebrate everything apple with the Rotary Club of Winchester’s 43rd Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival on Sept. 15-16 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Darla McCrary, festival co-chair, said the family and pet-friendly event continues to grow in ...

The festival that must not be named

The Festival That Must Not Be Named  – formerly known as the Harry Potter Festival – returns to downtown Strasburg beginning Oct. 12 for an expanded weekend full of magical events for witches and wizards of all ages. Strasburg event planner Olivia Hilton said the festival began as a ...