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Front Royal Elks Lodge hosting annual Flag Day ceremony

Members of the Front Royal Elks Lodge 2382 will recognize Flag Day at 6 p.m. Thursday with a ceremony  at the town gazebo on Main Street. Dennis Henline, exalted ruler, said this is the second year the Front Royal Elks Lodge has hosted the public event, which is co-sponsored by the Town of ...

2018 GardenFest a blooming success

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association hosted its 15th annual GardenFest on June 2 with over 800 attendees and 2,500 plants. Lynn Hoffmann, master gardener and event organizer, said the event was a huge success not only because they lucked out and it didn’t rain but ...

Dogs on the job: Everyday should be ‘bring your dog to work day’

WINCHESTER - Marcy Obenchain, Allstate agency owner, has a four-legged receptionist that greets her customers when they first walk into the office. When Coco, Obenchain’s bulldog is not greeting customers, she spends her days socializing with her fellow employees, enjoying treats and napping ...

For the love of pot belly pigs: Couple adds three pigs to growing family farm

For Megan Smith of Woodstock, the dream of having a large enough yard to hold several pot belly pigs was something she dreamt about as a young girl. Today, Smith has four acres of land and is the proud parent of three rescued potbelly pigs, Sir Edgar, Macon and Pickles that are part of the ...

Strasburg farmers market set to open Saturday

STRASBURG – The Downtown Strasburg Farmers Market is set to begin its third season on Saturday morning. Produce vendors and artisans are expected to peddle their wares at the market, which will open at 9 a.m. Patti Mullin, the market organizer, said the Strasburg farmers market is a place ...

(Shop Local) Fire up that grill with these hot tips for summer

Master the grill with these tips from Seth McManigle, manager at Solenberger Hardware in Winchester and self-proclaimed grill enthusiast. “A great dinner prepared on a grill doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive,” McManigle said. “You just have to know how to work those ...

Belle Grove continues archaeological investigations at slave quarter sites

MIDDLETOWN – Archaeology at the slave quarter sites on the property of Belle Grove Plantation will continue throughout the summer under the leadership of returning archaeologist Matthew Greer. Field research began in late May and is scheduled to continue through Aug. 10. Work will include ...

Organizations to host Women’s Health Forum Saturday

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center and The Laurel Center are hosting a Women’s Health Forum at Samuel’s Public Library at 10 a.m. Saturday. A panel discussion lead by midwife Samantha Dooley, clinical mental health professional Rebecca Vaughan, Episcopal priest the ...

Strasburg skatepark receives grant from Kiwanis

STRASBURG – The town's growing skateboard community is one step closer to getting a place to ride in memory of Trent Williams due in part to a $5,000 grant from Capital District Kiwanis Foundation. Lorie Crabill, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Strasburg Board of Directors, recalled Trent ...

A sweet gig: Woodstock teen entrepreneur starts cupcake business

WOODSTOCK – When Emily Burner opened her baking business, she had a little more than spending money on her mind. She’d set forth a plan to share her love of baking with her town, while hopefully setting aside funds for college. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with helping her ...

Pros and cons of buying a historic home

STRASBURG – Homeowners looking to buy a historic property are typically thrilled by its charm and architecture. It’s a chance to own a piece of history and to live with beautiful craftsmanship every day. However, unlike traditional or more modern homes, historic homes need endless care ...

Two types of house flippers: Accidental landlord or ultimate flipper

WINCHESTER - According to Kristen Kerns, an agent with Market Place Realty, house flipping can be a scary and risky business. But logistics aside, house flipping can also reap generous rewards for those homebuyers looking to roll up their sleeves and get a little dirty. Kerns shared her ...

Local agents discuss first-time home buying

Many first-time homebuyers decide to leap from renting to owning when they feel they can handle a mortgage. But before unlocking the door to their first home, Lori Oaks, an agent with Coldwell Banker, and Kristen Kerns, an agent with Market Place Realty, said shopping for that first home has ...

Pet of the Week: Felines Niki and Evander seek homes

FRONT ROYAL - Siblings Niki and Evander, 10-week-old domestic shorthair kittens, are available for adoption. Tiffany Rothgeb, kennel three attendant at the Warren County Humane Society, said the siblings came in six weeks ago when their previous owners abandoned them. “When they ...

Shenandoah County relay team stands up to cancer with walk

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Shenandoah County will begin at 6 p.m. today at the Massanutten Military Academy track. Vendors, games, food and music will fill the lawn for the 20th annual celebration centered around the theme “Relay Around the World: One World, One ...