Lifestyle

Salvation Army kicks off the holiday season in region

WINCHESTER –  Salvation Army bell ringers standing next to those familiar red kettles will be accepting donations for those less fortunate this holiday season at stations around the city of Winchester and Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah and Warren counties through Dec. 22. The annual Red ...

Local chefs share their holiday recipes

The Halloween sugar comas have passed and attention now turns to Thanksgiving, the holiday of home-cooked meals featuring family recipes from generations past. The Chef's Market Bonnie Jones and Phil Anderson opened The Chef’s Market to share their love of food with the community. Featuring ...

Shop on Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday

There’s one weekend a year when small businesses across the Northern Shenandoah Valley and beyond become larger than life to celebrate the shop local motto: shop small and make a big difference. Brenda Young Adams, owner of Simply Charming Boutique in Winchester, said she values the ...

Stephens City resident shares love of sewing with NICU babies

STEPHENS CITY –  Kim McDonald turned the stress of her grandson’s stay at the Winchester Neonatal Intensive Care Unit into a story of charity through sewing, love and faith. “When I first saw River I turned to my daughter Jessica and asked her what he was laying on,” McDonald said. ...

Pet of the Week: Bella and Lucy love to lounge

WINCHESTER -- Bella and Lucy, 8- and 9-year-old domestic-shorthair cats respectively, tend to take it easy at their age. Both cats lounged around in the cat visiting room at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, with Lucy on the makeshift cat bed made of old blankets on the floor, ...

Highland Games return to Kernstown battlefield

WINCHESTER – The Kernstown Battlefield Association will host the annual Highland Games on Saturday with local Clan Adrenalin. Event Director Sue Golden said this event is perfect for all ages. There will be over 30 throwers, coming from as far off as New England and Atlanta. The throwers ...

Spend time with a scientist at Discovery Museum

WINCHESTER – Join the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum on Saturday as it hosts another science-filled day with a scientist. Ryan Hall, marketing and membership organizer for the Discovery Museum, explained "Saturday with a Scientist"  is part of a new exhibit that will be opening next ...

Pet of the Week: Boo-Boo demystifies virus

WINCHESTER – Boo-Boo, an 8-year-old Cymric cat, is the Winchester SPCA’s Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center’s poster child for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). “We're hoping to actually use Boo-Boo to bring some education and some light on FIV, because it's still such a ...

Residents recall importance of Veterans Day

FRONT ROYAL – Residents of Commonwealth Assisted Living in Front Royal spent Veterans Day recalling their service. For some it was like riding a bicycle; it was scary at first but over time it got easier. But for many, the trials and tribulations of war still haunt them even to this day. ...

Shenandoah Uncorked returns to Shenandoah Caverns

QUICKSBURG – The eighth annual Shenandoah Uncorked Festival will be held Saturday at Shenandoah Caverns. Jessica Sager, director of marketing for the caverns, said this is a family friendly event. “Last year our total attendance was around 1,500 guests,” Sager said. “We’re hoping ...

2018 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival theme announced

WINCHESTER – Simplicity best describes the 2018 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival theme “Welcome Home.”  An ode to yesteryear, next year’s theme reminisces on simpler times and simpler places. “Every year we look forward to this event,” said Mike Stanfield during Thursday's ...

Theater roundup: ‘A Little Princess,’ ‘Jane Eyre’ debut this month

Local theaters are preparing for their mid-November performances of “A Little Princess” and “Jane Eyre.” Selah Theatre Project in Front Royal presents “A Little Princess”; a tale of Sara Crewe, an heiress to a large fortune who is enrolled at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for ...

Pet of the week: Calm Peyton is looking for a home

FRONT ROYAL — Peyton, a calm, 8-year-old pit bull mix, is looking for a loving place to call home. Cassie Grohs, a kennel attendant at the Warren Humane Society, said that Peyton came to the animal shelter as an owner surrender. He is house-trained and crate-trained, she said, and he knows ...

Think local when planning Thanksgiving dinner

WINCHESTER – When Thom Morra of Bethlehem Farm in Winchester founded his free-range farm, he had a clear vision in mind. “We started this farm for two reasons,” Morra said. “One, to eat the cleanest food possible to impact our health and well-being in a positive way. And, two: to ...

Anniversary

Polk Leroy and Velda Polk, of Edinburg, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24. The couple were married Oct. 24, 1942, by Pastor C.J. Rice at the Mount Jackson Lutheran Parsonage. Velda Polk is the daughter of Jesse and Bessie Mathias, of Macanie. Leroy Polk is the son of ...

Cheerleaders rally for Make-A-Wish foundation

FRONT ROYAL – Cheerleaders from Warren County Cheer Association carried their blue and white pom poms and wore hair bows to raise awareness for the Greater Virginia chapter of Make-A-Wish at a recent midget football game. For Make-A-Wish grantee, Jozie Palmer, 8 and her mom Renee Riker, of ...