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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 ...

JustServe.org builds unity through community service

A local online resource and volunteer matchmaking service, JustServe.org, offers personalized nonprofit opportunities and a chance for local volunteers to enrich their communities through serving, thus paving the way for positive change. Mike Groll, stake president for the Mormon Church, ...

A journey to freedom: Jewish families prepare for Passover

WINCHESTER – Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, begins at sunset today. Ellen Zimmerman, first vice president of Beth El Congregation, and Rabbi Peter Grumbacher both agreed that Passover, more so than ever, touches on the importance of ...

Designer shares creative ways to decorate with books

STEPHENS CITY –  Books can do more than spark imagination or inspire what’s for dinner. Using books in décor is an unexpected but unique element that allows any reader to reflect their literary taste. Books can be used for color, texture, height or as a simple filler. Thinking about ...

Refresh front door with new paint

WINCHESTER – Nothing says welcome home like a new, fresh coat of paint on a front door that’s been looking pretty drab and outdated for some time. Billy Ferting, the manager at Regal Painter Centers, said more and more people are following the trend and painting their front doors. He ...

Container gardening allows gardeners to pot their favorite plants

  WINCHESTER – Like many gardeners, Stephanie Tierney loves beautiful pots. Not only for their beauty but also for their functionality. With spring fast approaching, often comes the desire to plant things. As the owner of Winchester Floral, Tierney does a lot of container ...

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 ...