Lifestyle

Chamber’s Nonprofit Council hosts volunteer fair Friday

STRASBURG – The Shenandoah County Chamber’s Nonprofit Council invites community members to meet with 20 organizations and learn more about volunteer opportunities at the first Community Volunteer Fair on Friday at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse in Woodstock. National Volunteer ...

Valley Health to host wellness expo Saturday

The Community Safety & Wellness Expo, sponsored by Valley Health Warren Memorial Hospital, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Warren County High School. Kristin Waltz, co-chair and operating room nurse, said over 30 years ago a group of like-minded individuals in the ...

Strasburg girl lives full, active life with rare disease

STRASBURG – Many afternoons after school, Luci Toman, a fourth grader at Sandy Hook Elementary, is spotted at Strasburg Hobbies on King Street, playing with her friends and her ever-growing collection of slot cars. The 9-year-old loves Virginia history, math and reading, depending on the ...

Church slates steak dinner to raise funds for Luci Toman

STRASBURG – Jodi Jenkins at Laurel Hill Christian Church in Lebanon Church learned about Luci Toman’s story from her congregation and decided she wanted to help. “Last year we started having steak dinners to raise money for individuals in our community,” Jenkins said. “We opened up ...

Strasburg Community Garden hosts work day Saturday

STRASBURG – Town residents are invited to help prepare the Strasburg Community Garden at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Strasburg Community Garden Partners. This event will coincide with the opening day of the community garden. Alison Sloop and Nick Livesay, conservation specialists for the Lord ...

Samuels Library celebrates 7th annual A Taste for Books on Saturday

It’s that time of year again when book lovers descend on Samuels Public Library for the annual A Taste for Books. Harold Hayes, library director, said that the library had had a goal of generating $15,000 with its A Taste for Books fundraiser in the last three years. “Each year we have ...

Shenandoah Fair announces 2018 concert headliner

STRASBURG – The concert headliner for this year's Shenandoah County Fair is 10th Avenue North from West Palm Beach, Florida. The group, known for its intellectual melodic pop/rock style, was named the Gospel Music Association New Artist of the Year in 2009 and the band has sold over a ...

Volunteers to gather Saturday at historic Belle Grove for annual Park Day

STRASBURG – Rescheduled due to inclement weather, Park Day returns to Belle Grove Plantation on Saturday. Kristen Laise, executive director, said a day like Park Day is important to Belle Grove because it allows larger maintenance projects to be accomplished, which would otherwise be imposed ...

Edinburg Heritage Day pays homage to WWII through exhibit

STRASBURG –Heritage Day, hosted by the Shenandoah County Heritage Societ, will celebrate the legacy of the valley through a World War II memorabilia exhibit Saturday at the Charterhouse School in Edinburg. Barbara Adamson, president of SCHS, said Heritage Day gives the community an ...

Celebrate Earth Day with your family

FRONT ROYAL – Joanne "Joey" Waters, a retired teacher and principal of 40 years, finds excitement in educating children on the importance of caring for their planet. Now, as a master gardener with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association, Waters uses her knowledge to ...

Laurel Center recognizes sexual assault awareness month with 386 flags

FRONT ROYAL – The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic and Sexual Violence planted 386 flags last week at the Warren County Court House on Main Street to honor and remember sexual assault victims in Front Royal and Warren County over the past four years. Leslie Hardesty, sexual assault ...

Jubilee aims to raise child abuse prevention awareness

FRONT ROYAL – The first Every Child Matters Jubilee will be hosted by the Warren County Department of Social Services on Saturday to raise awareness and spread the word about child abuse prevention. The jubilee will feature a garden made up 847 pinwheels. “Each blue and silver pinwheel ...

Pet of the Week: Playful Nahla still looking for a home

WINCHESTER — Nahla has been with the Winchester SPCA for two months, after spending around a year at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter. Billie Guidry, an adoption agent at the Winchester SPCA, is hoping that Nahla’s playful personality and some incentives can finally land the ...

Q and A: Building back muscles over 50

he Building back muscle mass after 50 is possible. It takes the proper knowledge and tools to do it. Jessica Davis, a physical therapist with Valley Health, answers six questions geared to gaining and maintaining back muscles. Q: We see a lot of older individuals hunched over. Why? How is ...

Q and A: Nutrition concerns for aging individuals

Deborah Inaba, an exercise physiologist for Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, has a passion for sharing the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle though diet and exercise. “Life is too precious to be mindless of its gifts,” Inaba said. “Savor each bite. Be grateful for our wealth ...

Local women share their solo travel adventures

FRONT ROYAL – Rebecca Altizer, a retired teacher, has a tendency to throw herself, her two dogs and cat, into the unknown and go on a path of discovery, wherever it might lead her. “Traveling is one of those things you just do,” Altizer said. “In a way, it helps us better understand ...

Improve balance with strength training, dance parties

STRASBURG - Jill Eisentrout, trainer at Anytime Fitness, teaches "Fitness for 50+" each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for individuals over 50 looking to maintain their strength and balance. “Stability and balance really deteriorate if you don’t use them,” Eisentrout said. “As we age, ...

Selling a home by word-of-mouth is serendipitous and possible

The National Association of Realtors estimated in 2016 that 8 percent of homes that were sold in the United States were sold without the help of a real estate agent. These types of sales are known as ‘for-sale-by-owner’ or FSBO. FSBO methods used to market the home were yard signs, friends ...

Tried and true moving tips from real estate agents

They say hindsight is 20/20. It may be a cliché but it’s pretty accurate when it comes to moving. Most people, after they move into their new home, wish they had organized differently, planned more or had an easier way to navigate the moving process. “Moving is one of those things people ...