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Bountiful sweet treats

Laureen Unger holds a plate of her gluten-free granola bars inside Laureen's Bakery and Cafe in Edinburg.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 16th, 2014

EDINBURG — One local treat could change everything you thought you knew about granola bars.

Hoppy holidays

Tim Arndt drinks a barrel-aged kilt  clasher. Courtesy photo

December 16th, 2014

Searching for a beer to match the Christmas cheer?

Holiday cookies: Recipe for gold bars

December 16th, 2014

So how do you eat a Twix bar? Do you use your teeth to scrape all of the chocolate-caramel topping off, then go back and eat the naked crunchy cookie? Do you nibble first some chocolate-caramel, then some cookie, then back to chocolate-caramel, and so on? Or do you wholesale devour it, cookie, caramel and chocolate all at once?

Holiday cookies: Recipe for crackle bark

December 16th, 2014

You may not lay a finger on anyone’s Butterfinger, but you will want to grab a plateful of this Butterfinger-inspired holiday bark. Like the candy bar, this sweet treat is jammed with peanut butter, has a satisfyingly crunchy-flaky bite and — of course — sports plenty of chocolate. But to keep your enamel intact, we made it slightly less sweet and a little more grown up.

Local Muslims worship in Front Royal center

December 12th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2010, there are 2.6 million Muslims in the United States. The Daily Beast, an Internet magazine, estimates Muslims make up about 2.1 percent of the Washington, D.C., population.

Book reveals Middletown stories, photos

MIDDLETOWN BOOK

December 10th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN — A new book released next month reveals the history of Middletown, along with a collection of “never before seen” photographs.

Paying it forward

Max Bowen hands back a debit card and receipt at the Stephens City McDonald's. Bowen, who has been with the company off and on for the past 34 years, said she has seen many customers "pay it forward" -- buying breakfast for motorists in the car behind them at the drive through. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

December 9th, 2014

STEPHENS CITY — Before the daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. grind commences, many people will stop by their local McDonald’s for a quick cup of coffee, a hash brown and a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. Creeping along a drive-through line snaking around the brick golden arches, they give their order through a call box and then cruise around to the first window.

Seasonal pastry delights

Rachel Boyer, 30,  pastry chef at Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes, adds red icing to a cookie to make a peppermint design. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 9th, 2014

WOODSTOCK — If you’ve ever eaten any of the delicious desserts at the Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes, chances are they were the handiwork of Rachel Boyer.

Strasburg celebrates

Shyann Bradley, 5, of Strasburg, chats with Santa on Saturday evening during the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Christmas festivities held inside Strasburg Fire Department. Steady rains throughout the day canceled the Christmas parade and forced the tree lighting ceremonies and choral performances by the Sandy Hook Elementary and Strasburg High Schools to be moved inside the fire station.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 7th, 2014

Shyann Bradley, 5, of Strasburg, chats with Santa on Saturday evening during the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Christmas festivities held inside Strasburg Fire Department. Steady rains throughout the day canceled the Christmas parade and forced the tree lighting ceremonies and choral performances by the Sandy Hook Elementary and Strasburg High Schools to be moved inside the fire station. Rich Cooley/Daily

Christmas shopping in New Market a mixed bag, retailers say

Tony Suarez, owner of the Christmas Gallery, straightens his wares on a cold, rainy December afternoon. Suarez has been in business since 1977.  Henry Culvyhouse/Daily

December 6th, 2014

NEW MARKET–The Town of New Market invited area businesses to hold open houses for their customers on Saturday as part of the town’s holiday celebration. The unrelenting rain may have kept some Christmas shoppers away.

Parades in Strasburg, Front Royal rained out

Christian Guzman holds his daughter Elianys, 3, outside the old courthouse in the light drizzle during Woodstock's annual Christmas parade held Friday night.   Rich Cooley/Daily

December 5th, 2014

Christmas parades in Strasburg and Front Royal have been canceled and postponed, respectively, in advance of the heavy rainfall expected to batter the area Saturday.