Lifestyle

Strasburg Community Garden: A living outdoor classroom

STRASBURG – Alison Sloop and Nick Livesay, conservation specialists for the Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District, have undertaken the task of empowering Strasburg residents to educate themselves on locally grown, fresh produce through the grant-funded Strasburg Community ...

Realtor: Winter is best time to sell your home

FRONT ROYAL – While the location rule may be set in stone, according to Holly Goode, associate broker and Realtor for Coldwell Banker, winter is prime time to put real estate on the market. “People have always had this mindset of selling their homes in the spring,” Goode said. “But in ...

Museum hosts ‘Special Night for Special Needs’ event

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will host its seventh “Special Night for Special Needs” at 6 p.m. today. This event, sponsored quarterly by Don Beyer Volvo and Valley Health,  offers children with physical, cognitive, or emotional difficulties and their families an ...

A packet of information for gardeners interested in seeds

WINCHESTER - Elaine Specht, master gardener and seed saver, finds enjoyment in not only extricating seeds but also in watching the tiny seedlings grow into mature beautiful plants. As any good gardener knows, it’s never too early to start planning the next seed crop. For many, starting in ...

Master gardeners host seed exchange Saturday

BERRYVILLE – The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association will host its annual seed exchange at Blandy Experimental Farm on Saturday. Elaine Specht, seed exchange coordinator, shared her excitement for this year’s event. “With the help of fellow master gardeners, we’ve ...

Former Bulgarian ambassador shares historical event with area groups

WINCHESTER – During an assignment in Bulgaria in the late 1980s, Ambassador Hugh Kenneth Hill learned of a remarkable tale of the rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews during World War II. The historical event, unknown to many, tells the story of how a country saved its population from gas chambers ...

It’s time to prepare home, yard for spring

WINCHESTER - With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about those neglected house chores that are typically sidelined due to the colder temperatures. From the interior to the exterior, preparing the house for spring now will ensure a happy, clean ...

‘Fandemonium’ returns to museum

WINCHESTER – Children and adults will be able to celebrate their favorite fandoms this evening at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s second annual “Fandemonium.” Participants will enjoy activities throughout the museum related to their favorite fandoms including "Dr. Who," "Star ...

Hoyle Garber photo viewing party is Saturday

The Mount Jackson Museum and the Shenandoah County Library will  hosting  “Through the Lens of Hoyle Garber: A Photograph  Viewing Party” at the Mount Jackson Town Hall on Saturday. Zach Hottel, archivist for the Shenandoah County Library System, said this event is not only rich in ...

Recipes: Soup is good for the soul

Stay warm from the inside out these with hearty soups submitted by local chefs and restaurants: CREAMY BROCCOLI & CHEESE SOUP 8 tablespoons butter (salted or un) 1 cup all-purpose flour 6 cups whole milk 4-5 cups Hangouts chicken stock or other brand 2 pounds fresh broccoli 4-5 ...

Pet of the week: Meet Missy, the real-life Garfield

WINCHESTER – Lazy but fiercely independent, Missy gets along with other cats just fine but can’t handle too much direct love, whether that’s holding or hugging. As adoption agent Billie Guidry put it, she’s “more of a fixture in your home.” “She has that wonderful personality, ...

New author: ‘Nothing is impossible if you have a passion for it’

STRASBURG – Author Kim Bishop found her love for writing fiction, especially novels on church politics and world governance sitting in her home office in Aurora, Colorado, over 20 years ago. But, her passion for writing originally began as a child. “As a young girl I wrote little stories ...

Feed the birds: Cold weather makes it difficult for wild birds to find food

Winter is the perfect season for feeding birds all across the Northern Shenandoah Valley. From cardinals and blue jays, to redheaded woodpeckers and barn swallows, Virginia is a nesting ground for a wide variety of bird species. Bruce Johnson, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Winchester, deals ...

Nature news

Bruce Johnson, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, shares what’s happening in nature around the Northern Shenandoah Valley during the month of January: • Now through late March is a difficult time for birds. Providing food and an open source of water is important. Place a heated birdbath on the ...

Learn how to be a master gardener

WINCHESTER - The Virginia Cooperative Extension in Frederick County is accepting applications for its 2018 master gardeners training class. Bob Gail, class coordinator, said the mission of the course is to educate individuals looking to expose and broaden their horticultural knowledge in all ...

Local artist shares his passion for imagination

STEPHENS CITY – For artist Nick Johnson, 33, of Stephens City, standing in front of an easel or over a drawing table is his idea of normality. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always drawn,” Johnson said. “All through school I was in an art class or two.” As a child, Johnson ...

United Way NSV celebrates 2017 with conclusion campaign

WINCHESTER – United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley celebrated a successful 2017 with community members and businesses across the Valley Friday evening at the conclusion of its annual campaign. Susan Brooks, 2017 campaign chair and senior vice president of Contact Center Operations at ...

Weekend Events: Jan. 13

The following are some of the area events that will be happening this weekend: Alamo Drafthouse The Alamo Drafthouse, 181 Kernstown Commons Boulevard in Winchester along with the Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network are presenting “Back to the Future Part III” at 11 a.m. Saturday. ...

Running series continues with poker theme

FRONT ROYAL – Shenandoah Valley Runners invites runners of all ages to their “Poker Run 5 Miler” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Bowling Green Country Club South Clubhouse. Vern Heavner, president of Shenandoah Valley Runners, said this weekend’s race is part of their winter series. “Each ...