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April 30, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Winchester Little Theatre's upcoming production of "Funny Money" may be just the elixir needed during the current economic downturn.

WINCHESTER -- Ashley Taylor Landon knows a bit about celebrity as a filmmaker's daughter and granddaughter of the late actor Michael Landon.

Woodstock School news The following 10th-graders at Central High School have been named to the A-B honor roll for the fourth grading period: Trevor Anderson, Meghan Ashworth, Cole Baker, Claire...

By J.R. Williams -- jrwilliams@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- A row of chairs at Cork and Braddock Streets -- prime parade territory -- was chained to a power pole weeks ago. Advertisements...

Today 8 a.m. -- Westminster-Canterbury Breakfast Walk 9 a.m. -- Apple Pie Baking Contest at Marker-Miller Orchards and Farm Market 11 a.m. -- The Willows at Meadow Branch Young at...

Daily Staff Report Parking restrictions, road regulations and detours for the 82nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which will be held through Sunday in Winchester, have been released by the Winchester...

The following is a list of closings in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival: * Public schools: Closed Friday. * County offices: Frederick, closed...

By Chuck McGill -- cmcgill@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Some golfers were decked out in rain gear from head to toe, while others toted an umbrella in one hand and their...

When you're a mom, the idea of time management can seem like a contradiction in terms. Keeping to a schedule when you're at the mercy of so many other schedules, is a challenge.

J. C. Galbreath's mission is to make the Internet safer for children. Galbreath is a tough investigator for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division, but on a recent March afternoon, he took on the persona of a bored teenage girl looking for someone to talk to in a chat room.

Nicole and Denniss Olea taught their son, Michael, the alphabet at 12 months. By 15 months, he was sitting on his mother's lap tapping out words on her computer keyboard. Now, at age 5, there isn't much Michael can't accomplish with a click of the mouse, but as he's grown in age so have his parents' concerns about his surfing.

Six-month-old J.C. Lonsiak grins when he sees his friend walk into the kitchen. He has been going through a smiling phase lately, Veronica Sookhu says, glancing down at her son resting in his portable car seat. His eyes continue to follow the older baby toddling around the room.

Today was one of those golden, sunlit days that you daydream about when you think of having children.

April 29, 2009

Woodstock School news Tyler Cardwell, a junior at Central High School, was selected as a clarinetist to the All-Virginia Band and Orchestra during auditions at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria....

WINCHESTER -- Bring in the queen and shut down the streets: It's the biggest weekend of the year.

WINCHESTER -- As of late Tuesday, there were no cases of swine flu reported in Virginia. But state and local health officials are getting ready, just in case.

April 28, 2009

A recent National Bed Bug Summit brings to mind chattering cartoon insects seated around a diminutive boardroom table, with microphones, bottled water, and pens and paper -- the stuff of a Disney movie -- complete with celebrity voice overs.

Stephenson College news Nicholas Omps and Michael Sweet, both of Stephenson, have been named to the president's list for the fall semester at Lord Fairfax Community College. Michael Gallagher of...

Flint Hill College news Kyle Settle of Flint Hill has been named to the president's list at Lord Fairfax Community College for the fall semester. Shannon Bartlett of Flint Hill...

FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Fair Association has landed country music's Montgomery Gentry to perform in a stand-alone concert at the fairgrounds on June 7 at 7 p.m.

April 25, 2009

WINCHESTER -- From the first, skittering notes of the familiar overture, the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart blossoms spectacularly in "The Marriage of Figaro."

By Tommy Keeler Jr. -- tkeeler@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- There's a little extra excitement in the air for James Wood's boys track team as it gets ready to host today's 41st...

Burner-Hinkle Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Burner of Mt. Jackson have announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Nicole, to Ronnie William Hinkle Jr., son of Ronnie and Teresa Hinkle...

Strasburg Jason and Monica McClure of Strasburg have announced the birth of a son, Gavon Joel, on April 17 at Winchester Medical Center. Grandparents are Dale and Donna Polk of...

April 24, 2009

Giant eyeballs and fake, furry spiders can spruce up a haunted house. Could Halloween gags scare woodpeckers away from damaging homes and grating nerves?

Strasburg James and Brandy Troxell of Strasburg have announced the birth of a son, Eli Dudley, on March 19 at Winchester Medical Center. Grandparents are Sandy and Terry Wilkins, Rebecca...

A story in Wednesday's issue should have said that the Web site for Joe's Steakhouse in Woodstock is www.joessteak.com....

April 23, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- With everything from traditional Irish music and bagpipes to caber tossing, local residents will get the full Celtic cultural experience this weekend.

Strasburg Bly remembrance A remembrance gathering for Lena Bly and Daniel Bly will be held on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Strasburg Moose Lodge. Woodstock School news...

April 22, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- If patronage on any given evening is a sign of success in the restaurant business, then Joe's Steakhouse is already a hit -- even before its official grand opening.

Forestville Seniors news The Forestville Senior Fellowship will attend the Virginia Senior Day on Thursday at Shenandoah Caverns. Members have been reminded to make reservations. Woodstock College news Jonathan McKinney...

Winchester College news Erin Pampe of Winchester has a role in Bridgewater College's production of the musical "The Baker's Wife." The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday at 8...

April 21, 2009

Stanley College news Chris Gallagher of Stanley has a role in Bridgewater College's production of the musical "The Baker's Wife." The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday at 8...

WINCHESTER -- Words of advice if coming to the Bloom: Arrive early, expect delays. And leave the pets at home.

WOODSTOCK -- The theme of the 2009 entertainment lineup for the Shenandoah County Fair should be "crossing over."

WINCHESTER -- Three John Handley High School graduates who have achieved a measure of fame will return to the city for this year's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, event officials announced Monday.

April 20, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Lots of after-school programs offer a snack and help with homework. Finding one that offers lessons about respect, honor and self-defense is somewhat more difficult.

April 18, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Wearing a faded Budweiser hat and leaning against an equally faded red pickup, the latter of which he purchased for a dollar, Joe Bageant looks so much like everyone else, it's easy to miss him.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Wayne Barringer, 868-0792. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Good-Nilsen Anna Good and The Rev. Dr. K. Roy Nilsen were married March 14 at the St. John's United Church of Christ in Edinburg. The bride was given in marriage...

Ritenour anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Raymond F. Ritenour Jr. of Strasburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 28 at a reception at the Strasburg American Legion. The couple were...

April 17, 2009

WINCHESTER -- From the outside, the Zollers' house looks like any other well-landscaped brick home on Breckinridge Lane in Winchester. A step through the front door, however, is like a transition through a magical looking glass, into a world far away, where warm colors and bright sunlight complement the hues of nature outside.

FRONT ROYAL -- Upcoming garden tours of the Northern Shenandoah Valley will take place in Winchester and Front Royal, spotlighting many newer, more modern houses among some older homes to offer a variety of local treasures inspired by creative residents.

Woodstock Fire, rescue news The Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue is giving away smoke detectors. Further information is available by calling 459-6167. School news The following 12th-graders at Central High...

MIDDLETOWN -- The Wayside Theatre's 2009 Student Playwriting Festival will feature a staged-reading style performance of "Come Along My Dear, Come Along," written by Skyline High School student Noah Scheibmeir,...

WINCHESTER -- Changes to Jim Barnett Park have forced the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival to rework the layout for the Anthony's Pizza Weekend in the Park this year. The expansion...

April 16, 2009

WINCHESTER -- If you are looking for a standard, run-of-the-mill opera, then Shenandoah University's April presentation of "Marriage of Figaro" should not be your first choice.

TOMS BROOK -- You may be tempted to succumb to the popular urge to "go green" with a garden, especially as warmer weather is peeking around the corner, but if the thought of starting one is intimidating, look no further than Toms Brook.

STEPHENSON -- When it comes to going green at home, recycling, eating organic food and turning off the lights are among the easier -- and less expensive -- things to do. When it comes to energy usage, it gets a bit more complicated, and pricier.

April 15, 2009

WINCHESTER -- A granddaughter of the late TV actor Michael Landon is this year's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival queen-designate.

April 14, 2009

LINDEN -- Ninety-year-old Linda Alletta James has a lot in common with British poet Matthew Green, the author of "The Spleen," who died in 1737.

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library has acquired the following fiction for juveniles: "Benny Bensky and the Parrot Thief," Borsky; "The Spy Game," Warner; "Best Friends and Drama Queens,"...

April 13, 2009

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Linette King approached her fiancé, Robert Schultz, with some news she figured he might be interested in. "Robert Duvall's here," King said....

April 11, 2009

MT. JACKSON -- As a pastor, Rodney Lebron is in the business of trying to save souls. But his quick thinking and bravery during a December house fire also make him a lifesaver, a feat acknowledged by the Shenandoah County chapter of the American Red Cross, which awarded him the Adult Good Samaritan Hero award.

Front Royal Eagle Scouts Philip Briggs, Vincent Deardurff and John McCloskey of Boy Scout Troop 4 were named Eagle Scouts during a court of honor April 5 at the Rivendell...

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Warren Barringer, 868-0792. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Gochenour-Marbach Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gochenour of Edinburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathy Dawn, to Peter James Marbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Marbach of Stafford....

Tom and Louise McClelland of Edinburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 21 at a reception at Shaffer's in Woodstock. The couple were married March 21, 1959, at the...

April 10, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Southern rocker Bo Bice, who catapulted to fame in 2005 as an American Idol runner-up, now adds another distinction to his resume.

WINCHESTER -- Conservative political activist Kate Obenshain has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon. Obenshain will speak at the event...

Woodstock Library news The Woodstock Library will waive overdue fees for returned books April 11-18. Red Cross news The Shenandoah County chapter of the American Red Cross presented the following...

April 9, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- When two characters look so similar to each other that they are able to induce mass confusion throughout a story, that's comedy. Add in another set of look-alikes, and watch as hilarity ensues.

April 8, 2009

MAURERTOWN -- Ninety-seven years and four days after passengers on the Titanic ate their last meal, the tables will be set again.

Front Royal Casey Gribble of Front Royal has announced the birth of a son, Trenton Lee Gribble, on March 2 at Winchester Medical Center. Grandparents are Paul and Judy Gribble...

Winchester College news Anna Cote of Winchester has been inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society at Seton Hall University. Military news Army Pvt. Stephen W. Channell has graduated...

April 7, 2009

WINCHESTER -- When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, sometimes it's easier said than done. Between expensive gym memberships, waiting for a spin on a stationary bike or even just finding the time in a hectic schedule, maintaining a regular exercise regimen can be costly and time-consuming.

April 6, 2009

By Elizabeth Wilkerson -- ewilkerson@nvdaily.com STRASBURG -- Though he's no stranger to elaborate Easter pageants, Pastor Jay Ahlemann was struck by a different idea as he considered how his church...

WOODSTOCK -- You come to realize certain things when you are part of a family of 10.

April 4, 2009

The Lone Ranger look-alike to lead this year's festival By Elizabeth Wilkerson -- ewilkerson@nvdaily.com STRASBURG -- In keeping with the "Wild West" theme of this year's festival, The Lone Ranger...

Groups concerned over animal rescue By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com WOODSTOCK -- The fur was flying during a heated exchange at the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors' property and public...

WOODSTOCK -- Holding a basket of pastel-colored eggs, Hannah Arthur scurried up her backyard like she was preparing to hide them for an Easter egg hunt. The little girl was going to gather eggs, however, from her coop containing a variety of hens, that don't need dye to improve the aesthetics of their production.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Warren Barringer, 868-0792. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Holler-Ritenour Mr. and Mrs. Jack Holler Jr. of Maurertown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessi, to Justin Ritenour, son of Rockland and Nancy Ritenour of Fort Valley. Miss...

April 3, 2009

WINCHESTER -- An unofficial theme of this year's Apple Blossom Festival is "Go Local! Go Bloom! Go Celebrate!"

WINCHESTER -- When most people head to the grocery store, many goods that end up in the shopping cart are taken for granted as staples, not luxury items.

Winchester Battlefield news The Third Winchester Battlefield is seeking volunteers to help clean the site on Saturday at 9 a.m. Those participating have been asked to wear gloves and long...

New Market Battlefield news The New Market Battlefield is seeking volunteers for park day on Saturday at 9 a.m. Participants have been asked to meet in front of the Hall...

April 2, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Comedian Justin Kincaid's prescription for those suffering from the Wall Street willies or bailout blues is simple: Listen. Laugh. Repeat.

April 1, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Diners don't need to fly south for a taste of Caribbean cuisine. They can find the flavor of the islands tucked away at two cafes in the city.











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