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December 31, 2008

Thinking about having a nonalcoholic holiday? Whether you are hosting a group of teenagers at your house this New Year's Eve or simply prefer to ring in the new year without the ringing in your ears the next morning, there's no reason to restrict your drink table to soda. From sparkling cider to virgin daiquiris, a number of choices are available for celebrants young and old.

December 30, 2008

WINCHESTER -- Even with its blackout curtains, dark purple walls, stripper poles and mirror balls, Dazzling Diva Fitness puts to shame thoughts of exotic dancers, smoke-filled rooms and groping clientele. Men aren't allowed here. It's about the exercise. And, it's all about the women.

Strasburg Church news The community Thanksgiving dinner at the St. Paul Lutheran Church raised $1,440, which will be used to help needy residents. Woodstock College news Fallon Cooper of Woodstock,...

December 27, 2008

STRASBURG -- That's the thing about small towns. When a prominent businessman dies, word spreads quickly. When it's a suicide, word spreads faster.

Foglesong-Lovelace Mr. and Mrs. Lytle E. Foglesong of Winchester have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Kent, to Peter Campbell Lovelace, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Lovelace...

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Howard Paige, 465-5682. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library has acquired the following fiction for young readers: "'I'm Not Santa!,'" Allen; "When I Was King," Ashman; "Star Wars, the Clone Wars, Anakin...

December 24, 2008

The Union Jack Pub & Restaurant is Winchester's newest "it" eatery. The pub, which opened a little more than a week ago, beckons visitors to its historic space on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, across from the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum.

The Warren County Airport/Cass Aviation and the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards won first place in the Downtown Front Royal parade on Dec. 6.

December 23, 2008

Need a last-minute gift for that hard-to-shop-for relative? Want to give a thoughtful gift that will provide entertainment as well as strengthen the brain? With all the gift options out there, sometimes the best choice is one that encourages the imagination or provides a challenge for the user.

December 22, 2008

Though navigating the annual hustle and bustle between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is a challenge for many, the season can be especially complicated for divorced parents and their children.

Front Royal School news The following 10th-graders at Warren County High School have been named to the all-A honor roll for the first grading period: Alysa Brabham, Darren Daniels, Eric...

A card shower is planned for Irving and Marie Kibler, who will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28.

December 20, 2008

STRASBURG -- Good luck wrapping this Christmas present. Strasburg resident Bonnie Sassaman has painted a 20-by-8-foot Nativity scene for her church, The Church of the Valley, to use as a backdrop for its upcoming live Nativity.

Middletown Belle Grove news The Belle Grove Plantation gift shop will be open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winchester Luminary display More than 2,500 luminaries will...

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library has acquired the following juvenile fiction: "Go Long!," Barber; "Ivy & Bean Take Care of the Babysitter," Barrows; "Ivy & Bean Bound to...

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Howard Paige, 465-5682. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Turner anniversary R.J. and Mary Louise Turner of Winchester celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 10. Mrs. Turner is the former Mary Louise Mitchell. They were married on Dec....

Monday: pizza, salad, peaches. Tuesday: toasted cheese, oven fries, applesauce....

December 19, 2008

Always Happy 2 Help is a personal concierge service based in Frederick County. Operated by Misty Stambler and her business partner, Amber Brown, Always Happy 2 Help provides services ranging from one-time event planning to weekly errand running and pet sitting.

Toms Brook Card shower A card shower is planned for Allen Reger, who will celebrate his 85th birthday on Dec. 20. His address is 12354 Back Road, Toms Brook 22660....

December 18, 2008

STRASBURG -- Mrs. Santa Claus and her helpers will be visiting Hotel Strasburg a few days before Christmas for some refreshments and classical music entertainment -- Victorian style.

Banfield, the pet hospital, is seeking donations of pet items for seniors. Items may be dropped off at 2310 Legge Blvd. through December.

The following 11th-graders at Warren County High School have been named to the all-A honor roll for the first grading period:

Sunday is the deadline for collecting items for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots in the Strasburg area.

December 17, 2008

Visiting various stores around the area, shoppers are sure to notice the practice of making peppermint bark at the holidays has become very popular. They can find the chocolaty candy in almost any direction they turn.

Certain smells and tastes seem to be synonymous with the holidays. Maple, citrus, cinnamon and hazelnut are a few scents that people might associate with early winter celebrations, but nothing seems to say "Merry Christmas" like peppermint.

A card shower is planned for Harry Morris, who will celebrate his 85th birthday on Dec. 17.

December 16, 2008

'Tis the season to overindulge. Just look at the unofficial face of the holiday season Santa Claus will never be mistaken as a bastion of physical fitness, giving everyone the perfect excuse to load up on sweets and the like this Christmas -- if he can, why can't I? But if you want to take the healthy route for once, there are many options to choose from. Make sure you're all for it first.

A card shower is planned for James and Jane Bly Stephens, who will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Dec. 19.

A card shower is planned for Irene Barb, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Dec. 20.

Fire company news The Front Royal Fire and Rescue Department is accepting nonperishable food items and gifts for two families in Warren County. Donations may be dropped off at the...

December 15, 2008

WINCHESTER -- Ten-year-old Sidney Furr knows that being a leader involves more than just taking control of a situation. "You have to help others ... whether it's in the classroom or baby-sitting," she says. "You shouldn't be fighting or arguing."

Woodstock Parade winners The following were winners in the Woodstock Christmas parade Dec. 5: Central High School, band; Massanutten Military Academy, marching unit; Woodstock Fire Department, fire apparatus; MMS Clowns,...

December 13, 2008

MIDDLETOWN -- In the parlor of Belle Grove Plantation, a Christmas tree stretches to the ceiling, but it's the hundreds of tiny eyes peering from under the big evergreen that create a magical scene.

December 11, 2008

While his wife and daughters are sleeping, Patrick Beltran is hard at work in the basement of the family's four-bedroom home on Wood Avenue, plying his craft as a screenwriter.

WINCHESTER -- As Winchester Little Theatre prepares to perform its holiday production, "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," it reaches out to more valley residents than ever before.











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