Lifestyle

Design and functionality are top trends for kitchen design

WINCHESTER – Decades ago the kitchen was where meals were prepped and dirty dishes were washed. It was the last place a family would spend their evenings after school or baseball practice. Fast forward to 2018: kitchens are quickly becoming the focal point of the home. It’s now the place ...

Support insect and wildlife through native plants

BERRYVILLE – The colorful array of butterflies, ladybugs and other insects is dependent on specific native plant species. David Carr, Blandy Experimental Farm director, highly recommends gardeners to plant native species to enhance wildlife in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. “Our ...

Fairy gardens create magic for all ages

TOMS BROOK – Today’s fairy gardens aren’t just for children. These popular miniature gardens full of fantasy and imagination are inspiring gardeners, experienced or first-timers, in creating a world full of tiny magical tea parties, gnome homes and imagination through garden ...

Understanding water chemistry is most important factor in pool care

WINCHESTER – Residents around the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be making a splash in their pools as the temperatures begin to warm up. Amanda Helsley, the owner of Blue Oasis Pool & Spa, said maintaining a pool is like maintaining a home or a garden: it’s important and ...

Upcycling furniture with paint brings new life

STEPHENS CITY – DIYs find enjoy and excitement in turning something old into something new again. Whether it’s a simple change in an appearance, like a bold statement color, or a complete makeover, there’s nothing quite like stretching a budget to create a thing of beauty with a few ...

Regenerative agriculture isn’t just for farmers anymore

STRASBURG – A new focus on soil health is emerging with local gardens and agriculturists in the valley. Known as soil regeneration, this popular trend studies management practices and human interaction with soil by understanding its biological health below the surface. Brent Barriteau, a ...

Transforming a garden is all about the proper education

WINCHESTER – English gardens inspire gardeners with their symmetrical rows of beautiful flowers, their formal edges and bench-style seating strategically placed throughout the garden. For gardeners wanting such a garden, how do they go about it?  Hire an Englishman, of course! Ashley and ...

Local couples remodel homes room by room with help from YouTube

WINCHESTER – There aren’t many people who can confidently say they’ve Do-It-Yourself-ed their entire home from floor to ceiling, bathroom to basement and every room or thing in-between. But for two local couples, they take the cake. Jeana and John Macleod found their Winchester home on ...

Civitan Club seeks sponsors for mini-golf tourney

WINCHESTER – The Northern Shenandoah Valley Civitan Club is seeking sponsors for its mini-golf tournament in April. Gwen Carter, the club's president-elect, said she began brainstorming ideas for fundraisers when the mini-golf tournament was brought to her attention. “We’ve been in the ...

2018 Dare to Dream Award recipients announced

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center announced Tuesday its Dare to Dream Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship and Kim South Girl Grant award recipients for 2018 at its annual breakfast celebration. Ten winners received awards totaling $8,400 in grant and scholarship ...

Orchid enthusiast shares repotting tips

LINDEN – James Jones spends every morning sipping a cup of coffee and watching his dreams bloom around him. Literally. He has over 200 orchids sitting in his sunroom greenhouse, which is set to a balmy tropical-like temperature.  He had the greenhouse built to house his prize-winning ...

Lord Fairfax Orchid Society hosts show, sale this weekend

The Lord Fairfax Orchid Society is holding its annual orchid show and sale at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley on Friday and Saturday. Society President Caleb Cornwell said he’s looking forward to this year's event. Guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a tropical ...

Pet of the Week: Laid-back Baby available at Shenandoah shelter

EDINBURG – Baby, a 6-year-old orange and white tabby, isn’t the most playful cat according to Emily Gochenour, an animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. The feline prefers a more laid-back lifestyle and is more cuddly than lively, but it’s a personality that Gochenour ...

Ultimate bucket list ideas for those over 50

he A bucket list is defined as a list of things to accomplish before death. For some, inspirational accomplishments are simply not enough. They want to see the world from a hot air balloon, meet someone famous or enjoy wine country. Being over 50 doesn’t have to put a damper on discovering ...

Group, museum commemorate First Battle of Kernstown

The Kernstown Battlefield Association in partnership with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will commemorate the First Battle of Kernstown this weekend with tours, local authors, food and fun. Sue Golden, a member of the battlefield's board of directors,  said this weekend’s event marks ...

The Potter’s House hosts fundraising dinner

FRONT ROYAL – The Potter’s House, a local nonprofit providing rest, refuge and restoration for women and children who’ve endured sexual assault, domestic abuse or homelessness, is hosting a dinner fundraiser Saturday. The event hosted by Pam Williams, Lucy Beaty and Pastor Butch Hammond, ...

Empty Bowl Supper to benefit House of Hope

FRONT ROYAL – The eighth annual Empty Bowl Supper for House of Hope, a transitional residential program serving men in Front Royal and Warren County,  will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at Front Royal Fire and Rescue. Michelle Smeltzer, a board member of the House of Hope, said since its ...