Lifestyle

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 ...

REAL ESTATE TAB — Quick ways to increase home value through DIY projects

With remolding shows like HGTV’s Fix Upper, Property Brothers and House Hunters homeowners are beginning to realize with a few quick do-it-yourself projects, or DIY, increasing the value of the home is easier than ever before. For homeowners looking to boost home equity, follow these few ...

REAL ESTATE TAB — Are investment properties worth the trouble?

For individuals looking to invest past stocks and bonds, investment properties are a solid option. While stories of quick flips dominate TV channels like HGTV and Bravo, the core of investment properties still remains in real estate rentals. Investing in a rental home isn’t like buying a ...

Motorcycle expo is this weekend in Woodstock

Motorcycle enthusiasts are gathering this weekend for the Shenandoah Valley Motorcycle Expo at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds Woodstock. Jeffery Wilkins, the owner of JWilkins Motorsports, said he enjoys bringing like-minded individuals together to celebrate motorcycles and their ...

Vows in the Valley Showcase helps brides plan their big day

STRASBURG – ‘Vows in the Valley’ presents it’s first Spring Bridal Showcase at 11 a.m. Sunday. Event organizer Brian Jones said he and a group of like-minded wedding professionals came together to showcase what the valley, specifically Front Royal and Warren County, has to offer its ...

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival announces 55th summer lineup

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival announced its  star-studded 2018 summer lineup Tuesday. Tickets are now on sale online. Dennis Lynch, festival president, said they have a little bit of everything to offer this summer, from country to blue grass, symphonic and rock, at Shrine Mont in ...

Local midwife finds her calling

STRASBURG - Doran Richards, a certified midwife, said she felt the call to midwifery while attending a group meeting at her local church. Her intuition then took her to North Carolina, where Patti Barns, a certified professional midwife and author, gave a lecture on her book “Ministry in ...

Laurel Center aids victims of sexual assault, abuse through free services

FRONT ROYAL – “Empowering people to live a life free from violence” defines the mission of The Laurel Center, an organization that provides counseling and advocacy intervention services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Sexual assault program coordinator Leslie Hardesty said ...

OB-GYN physician shares her views on delivery, midwives

Dr. Leslie Kidd, a medical doctor with Winchester OB-GYN, said she believes that most women can undergo labor and delivery with no assistance or intervention. “However, when an obstetrical emergency does occur, there is often very little time to act in order to keep both mother and baby safe ...

Valley Business Women hosts wellness panel Thursday

STRASBURG - Valley Business Women in partnership with the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber will host a Wellness Panel at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Holiday Inn Historic Gateway. The event is open to the public. Jody Wall, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber director, said their goal is to educate ...

First come, all served: Gowns for His Glory prom dress giveaway this weekend

WINCHESTER –  Gowns for His Glory started with a dream to provide prom dresses and accessories to area high school girls free of charge. Co-founders Bethany Searfoss and Dorcas Sturgill saw an opportunity to serve the community and took it. “Prom is one of the most expensive nights in ...