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March 31, 2009

FORT VALLEY -- As darkness and chill settled in and she sat alone on a tree stump beside Passage Creek on Saturday night, 90-year-old Dorothy Seaman realized she was in a "pickle."

WINCHESTER -- Give people a chance to improve how they do their jobs, and the entire organization will benefit. It's a concept that's shared in workplaces as diverse as manufacturing to the military. Now it's pushing nursing to higher levels at Winchester Medical Center.

March 30, 2009

EDINBURG -- Whether it's a grandparent suffering from dementia or a sibling confined to a wheelchair, keeping disabled loved ones under home care for as long as possible is always the goal -- but it isn't always easy.

March 28, 2009

WINCHESTER -- He's one of Hollywood's most congenial, most family-oriented celebrities, but now he'll be rubbing elbows with royalty.

WINCHESTER -- Spring inspires home improvement but also draws out construction con artists, authorities warn.

WOODSTOCK -- Jeff Cappo is the Average Joe. He likes watching TV. He's game for a challenge. Problem is, those two things cross paths on the dance floor, where, in typical Average Joe fashion, Michael Flatley he is not.

Bland-Kirby Mr. and Mrs. Michael Severance of Franklin, W.Va., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Amber D. Bland, to Earl R. Kirby, son of Charles and Anna Kirby of...

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...

Linden College news Benjamin Starr, Joseph Starr and Michael Workman, all of Linden, have been named to the dean's list at Virginia Tech for the fall semester. Front Royal Military...

March 27, 2009

WINCHESTER -- An upcoming workshop hosted by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association hopes to show people how natural landscaping can help improve water quality, provide habitat for animals, mitigate flooding and reduce erosion.

Strasburg School news The following seventh-graders at Signal Knob Middle School have been named to the A honor roll for the fourth grading period: Chrysantha Davis, Jonathan Kloosterman, Sydney Neal,...

Winchester Festival princesses Four students have been named princesses in the court of the queen of the 82nd Apple Blossom Festival April 24-May 3. Representing Shepherd University is Thomasine R....

March 26, 2009

Elizabeth Wyatt led as full and vibrant a life as any young woman of her generation. In the 1930s, at the age of 16, she attended college. After her husband died, leaving her with three young daughters, she started her own organic farm. As the women's editor of a weekly newspaper, she once interviewed the Beatles. "I interviewed the youngest one," she recalls. "What was his name? Paul?" But vision and hearing losses and the inevitable slow-down that comes with age, left her frustrated and isolated as she moved into her 80s.

By Elizabeth Smoot - esmoot@nvdaily.com The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging may be 38 years old, but the organization isn't heading into middle age overweight, sluggish, with eyes on retirement....

Active Living Centers are open to anyone 60 years of age and older, Warren County Active Senior Center 1217 Commonwealth Ave. Front Royal 540-635-8652 Open Tuesdays-Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shenandoah...

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VA PARKS AND RECREATION 508 Piccadilly St. Edinburg, VA 22824 (540) 984-3030 Contact: Teresa Funkhouser, Senior Coordinator WARREN COUNTY, VA PARKS AND RECREATION 200 E. 8TH St. Front...

WINCHESTER -- On Oct. 16, 1859, in a picturesque town where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, the townspeople were turning in for the night, unaware of how the events of the next two days would change the nation.

MIDDLETOWN -- Moseying farther down familiar byways, Wayside Theatre follows its home-grown musical "Southern Cross Roads" with the bluegrass "Cotton Patch Gospel," which transplants the story of Jesus to 20th-century Georgia. Though both exude a comfortable amiability and boast first-rate musicianship, "Cotton Patch Gospel" is a more somber, poignant experience, an apt Lenten contrast to the raucous hilarity of "Southern Cross Roads."

Woodstock Card shower A card shower is planned for Ruth, Keller who will celebrate her 90th birthday on March 29. Her address is 420 W. High St., Woodstock 22664. Food...

Winchester School news Tabatha Mercer was named the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics' teacher of the year. She teaches at Daniel Morgan Middle School. College news The following Winchester...

March 25, 2009

MIDDLETOWN -- Considering growing your own produce to save grocery money but wondering what you'll do with the food once you grow it?

March 24, 2009

EDINBURG -- It's the gigantic elephant in the room -- you know you have to talk about it sooner or later, but you often times avoid it. It can be a sensitive and eerie subject, and young people simply don't feel an immediate urge to discuss it.

Front Royal College news Stephanie Albanese of Front Royal has been named to the dean's list at Shenandoah University for the fall semester. Aging agency Front Royal Mayor Eugene Tewalt...

March 23, 2009

MIDDLETOWN -- The children were leaning forward in anticipation, some sitting cross-legged, others on their hands and knees, inching their way closer to the presenter who held a storybook in one hand and props in the other. Though most participants were only about 3 years old, in that short lesson the children were already gaining skills that will help them years from now -- skills like sequencing events in a story, which comes up on tests like the Scholastic Aptitude Tests and Graduate Record Exam.

WINCHESTER -- A small section of Jim Barnett Park on Saturday was dedicated to the dogged pursuit of fun.

March 21, 2009

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....

Kai Gingerich and Johnathan Foltz may be just eighth-graders at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock, but they are no strangers to hard work and determination -- especially significant because they are also in the special education program. Both were recently awarded scholarships to attend the Self-determination Youth Summit, which, in conjunction with the 23rd Virginia Transition Forum, was held this past Monday through Wednesday in Norfolk.

March 20, 2009

Four students have been named princesses in the court of the queen of the 82nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 24-May 3.

Woodstock School news The following 10th-graders at Central High School have been named to the A honor roll for the third grading period: Cole Baker, Jessica Barr, Christopher Black,...

WINCHESTER -- There's nothing worse than moving into a beautiful new home with picture-perfect landscaping that looks like it jumped right off the pages of a fancy home magazine, only to witness the speedy demise of those beautiful plants because no one in the family knows how to take care of them.

March 19, 2009

EDINBURG -- Sometimes everything aligns. As Teresa Funkhouser at the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Department was pondering an art class for seniors, so was Valley Educational Center for the Arts member Clive Turner.

March 18, 2009

Woodstock School news Samuel Dowdy has been awarded a $9,000 directors scholarship from Ashland University. A senior at Central High School, he is the son of Rev. Jonathan and Kathleen...

March 17, 2009

Gore Military news Air Force Airman Colton J. Jimenez has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas. The son of Diane and Dwayne Jimenez...

Toms Brook David and Callie Scheulen of Toms Brook have announced the birth of a daughter, Rylie Danielle, on March 6 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Vickie...

WINCHESTER -- Massage therapist Raquel Torres gently rubbed the angry, red scar that perfectly looped the teenager's left cheek, relaxing the skin, increasing blood flow and breaking down the damaged tissue.

March 16, 2009

WINCHESTER --Next to the pretend ambulance is the snake. Next to the snake is the library, which is next to the American Indian long house.

March 14, 2009

BERRYVILLE -- What are the chances of there being three sisters named Grapes and all of them being belly dancers? Pretty good if they're the daughters of Vernon and Leann Grapes of Berryville.

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...

Monday: pork rib patty with barbecue sauce, oven fries, green beans, strawberries. Tuesday: beef chili with cheese or sauce on baked potato, broccoli, fruit, whole-wheat roll. Wednesday: baked chicken, mashed...

March 13, 2009

Though new colors, patterns and accessories are introduced every year, area interior designers and decorators say the dominant trends so far in 2009 are budget consciousness and deliberate spending.

Strasburg The Rev. Dr. Marshal Ausberry, senior pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, gave the opening prayer at the U.S. Senate. The son of Mary Ausberry of Strasburg...

March 12, 2009

MIDDLETOWN -- Jesus is from Georgia, his disciples are a bluegrass band and King Herod is the mayor of Atlanta in Wayside Theatre's resurrection of the popular "Cotton Patch Gospel," which opens March 21.

WINCHESTER -- In these difficult economic times, finding something affordable to do with the family can be a challenging task. But there's no need to travel to Washington or spend a lot of money: there's something entertaining to do right here.

March 11, 2009

Front Royal Patricia Spencer and Tony Hatfield Jr. of Front Royal have announced the birth of a son, Bryce Paul Hatfield, on March 2 at Warren Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are...

Winchester College news The following Winchester residents have been named to the dean's list at the University of Mary Washington for the fall semester: John Dorman, Krystal Hawkins, Madeleine Hawks...

New Market College news Emily Ritchie of New Market, a junior at the University of Mary Washington, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester. Woodstock Card...

March 10, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Gary Lambert is once again full of vim. Chronic kidney disease had robbed the Air Force veteran from Frederick County of his pep.

Linden Dru and Rita Dixon of Linden have announced the birth of a daughter, Lexi Drusilla Lynn, on Feb. 19 at Fauquier Hospital. Grandparents are Wardell and Yvonne Dixon of...

Strasburg College news Bethany Smith has been named to the dean's list at Lord Fairfax Community College for the fall semester. She is the daughter of Donna Smith and Carl...

March 9, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Tuesday night here doesn't look like Tuesday night anywhere else in the city. At one end of the newly expanded War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, basketball players stalk the court, shouting with their hands raised. Parents trade stories poolside while watching their children.

Winchester Festival princesses Five local women have been named princesses in the court of the queen of the 82nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 24-May 3. Elise D. Delmerico, daughter...

March 7, 2009

Winchester Festival princesses Five local women have been named princesses in the court of the queen of the 82nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 24-May 3. Emily M. Hoff, daughter...

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...

Richman-Shirkey Rick and Yvonne Lytton of Woodstock and Carl Richman of Mt. Jackson have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sabrina Leigh Richman, to Jason Shirkey, son of James and...

Monday: baked macaroni, green beans, applesauce or peaches, roll. Tuesday: sloppy joe on bun, mashed potatoes, broccoli, fruit. Wednesday: baked honey mustard chicken on whole-wheat bun, french fries, vegetable sticks,...

March 6, 2009

STAR TANNERY -- When daffodils start to bloom on the hillside and leaves on the property's enormous silver maples begin to sprout, the gloom of winter begins to fade. And that's when Robert Warnock and Daniel Maier most appreciate their purchase and ongoing renovation of Gravel Springs Farm off Pifer Road.

Strasburg Card shower A card shower is planned for Nancy Funkhouser, who will celebrate her 77th birthday on March 7. Her address is 2582 Mt. Hebron Road, Strasburg 22657. School...

March 5, 2009

Woodstock Card shower A card shower is planned for Shirley Seal, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on March 9. Her address is 314 Hollingsworth Road, Woodstock 22664. A card...

Front Royal Church news The First Baptist Church is accepting applications for sixth- through ninth-graders for its youth enrichment after-school program. Further information is available by calling 635-2948. School news...

March 4, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Self awareness of the company you keep usually goes a long way toward your ability to obtain and maintain the reputation you desire.

March 3, 2009

Dreams seem to bring out the worst fears in each of us, magnifying them into unrealistic proportions, from an army of invading spiders to a long fall from an airplane.

Winchester Festival princesses Five local women have been named princesses in the court of the queen of the 82nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, April 24-May 3. Christa M. Doerwalt, daughter...

Front Royal College news Kelley Mitchell, a mass communications major at Shenandoah University, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester. A 2006 graduate of Warren County...

March 2, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- They've gone hand in hand with family celebrations for generations. Whether little Isaac is turning 1, or great aunt June is turning 100; whether you're a starry-eyed bride-to-be at your wedding shower or doing the fox-trot at your 50th wedding anniversary, there's always one present.











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