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May 30, 2009

The day was just coming to an end at Orchard View Elementary School in Frederick County on a recent afternoon, but it was only the beginning for first-grader Blake Sandy, who has a long journey ahead of him on the pathway of reading.

MR. AND MRS. MASON Miller-Mason Staige Leigh Miller and Daniel Timothy Mason were married April 17 at Playitas Beach, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The bride is the daughter of Mr....

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Anna Belle Winkfield, 465-5619. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154....

Charlene E. Day Mark A. Viola Day-Viola Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Day Jr. of New Market have announced the engagement of their daughter, Charlene Elizabeth, to Mark Andrew Viola,...

May 28, 2009

MIDDLETOWN -- A love, or maybe just the slightest appreciation, for the arts has to start somewhere.

May 27, 2009

Front Royal 'Dancin' downtown' Downtown Front Royal needs volunteers to check IDs and give out arm bands for its "dancin' downtown" on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Further information...

Winchester School news June 12 is the deadline for nominations for the Stewart Bell Jr. Excellence in Teaching award, which will be given to a teacher at Virginia Avenue Charlotte...

New Market Card shower A card shower is planned for Earl Richman, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on June 1. His address is 2036 Ridge Road, New Market 22844....

May 26, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Summer sun can bring on golden tans, but also a greater chance of skin cancer, experts warn.

May 23, 2009

MT. JACKSON -- There's an opportunity to indulge in wine and song and help out a good cause at a new winery outside Mt. Jackson on June 6.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Ralph Stickley, 465-3728. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Rash-Bockey Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Rash of Strasburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Anna, to Brandon Bockey, son of Barry Bockey of Strasburg and Donna Bockey of...

STEPHENS CITY -- The Newtown Heritage Festival returns to Stephens City this weekend for its 17th year.

May 22, 2009

Stephens City Military news Air Force Airman Glenn P. Blair graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio. The son of Angela Franklin of Stephens City,...

Quicksburg School news The following sixth-graders at North Fork Middle School have been named to the A honor roll for the fifth grading period: Thomas Bellerose, Mary Alice Dellinger, Abigail...

May 21, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Members of the band Allwreck are hoping that fans will find their music is all right.

FRONT ROYAL -- A small group of canoeists and kayakers dipped their vessels into the Shenandoah River on Tuesday afternoon to enjoy a swift trial run along the waterway's Front Royal border as a prequel to the town's summer river festival.

May 20, 2009

GORE -- Frederick County fire and rescue officials hope a successful state grant application will help streamline operations for emergency medical technicians.

Edinburg Stuart and Ann Shirkey of Edinburg have announced the birth of a daughter, Lillian Elizabeth, on May 4 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Henry and Judy Shirkey and...

May 19, 2009

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library will be closed from Sunday until June 10 when it will reopen at its new location of 330 E. Criser Road. School news...

Winchester Fire company news Greenwood Fire and Rescue is holding a door-to-door fund drive. Stephens City Military news Air Force Airman David M. Moseley III graduated from basic training at...

WOODSTOCK -- The need to care for a growing number of older patients is pushing newborn babies out of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

May 18, 2009

Front Royal School news The following fourth-graders at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School have been named to the all-A honor roll for the third grading period: Amalia Abrego-Hernandez, Alejandra Carino,...

By Linwood Outlaw III -- loutlaw@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- With live music entertainment and children's activities in the background, droves of Riesling and Cabernet Blanc lovers crowded the downtown area...

By Linwood Outlaw III -- loutlaw@nvdaily.com STRASBURG -- It had a western feel that was different from any atmosphere in years past, but many of the traditional activities residents have...

May 16, 2009

STRASBURG -- If you're looking for a man to mow your yard or join you for a round of golf or a quiet dinner, you just might find him at the Strasburg Theater this afternoon -- if the price is right.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Ralph Stickley, 465-3728. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Mr. and Mrs. Miller Lambert-Miller Mary Lambert and Scott Miller were married April 2 at Great Falls Park. The bride is the daughter of Trudy K. Rauch and Carroll Lambert,...

Mingle-Carter Betty Ann Perkins of Clarkston, Wash., has announced the engagement of her daughter, Kimberly Mingle of Front Royal, to John Carter, son of Arthur and Avis Carter of South...

May 15, 2009

TOMS BROOK -- With names like Merry Christmas, Wedding Dance and Miracle, amaryllis plants are as festive as they sound. They have become a popular treat to buy and enjoy at the holidays, but these plants can actually be appreciated year-round. You can grow them at home, and, in fact, they are in full natural bloom right now, in the heart of May.

May 14, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Patrons with a strong craving for everything from Vidal Blanc to Chardonnay will have more than a few beverages to choose from during the Virginia Wine and Craft Festival along downtown Main Street on Saturday.

CLEAR BROOK -- 'Tis a gift to be simple, as the Quaker hymn goes. That simplicity for the Quaker group in the valley has helped keep it going for 275 years.

May 13, 2009

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com MILLWOOD -- Long Branch Historic House and Farm plans to promote the environment Saturday with a family picnic and the annual Farland Fishing Derby. "Long...

Quicksburg School news The following ninth-graders at Stonewall Jackson High School have been named to the A honor roll for the fifth grading period: Travis Buhl, Christina Chroniger, Ashlie Clar,...

May 12, 2009

LURAY -- A contagious virus has been reported in schools in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, prompting local health officials to work to stop the outbreak.

Woodstock College news Benjamin Cooley has been named to the president's list at Blue Ridge Community College for the fall semester. He is the son of Mike and Holley Cooley...

NEW MARKET -- After 145 years, the New Market Battlefield anniversary is getting opening act treatment.

May 9, 2009

MIDDLETOWN -- It wasn't quite Broadway, but 16-year old Noah Scheibmeir got a small taste of what it's like to be in the spotlight. And, he seemed to enjoy it.

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University music professor Don Black took a bold step and started painting.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Ralph Stickley, 465-3728. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Winchester Library news Handley, Bowman and Clarke County libraries will be closed on Sundays until further notice. Military news Air Force Airman Jeffrey W. Martin graduated from basic training at...

Front Royal Card shower A card shower is planned for Mary Grove Sealock, formerly of Front Royal, who will celebrate her 86th birthday on May 12. Her address is HC...

Alexander-Nicholson Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Alexander III of Front Royal have announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Gayle, to David Trenton Nicholson Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs....

May 8, 2009

Front Royal Card shower A card shower is planned for Mala Bansal, who will graduate from James Madison University on May 9 with a bachelor's degree in justice studies. Her...

May 7, 2009

EDINBURG - Unless one is disguised as Mr. Ed, they can't -- not that he really could strike up a conversation anyway (sorry, Wilbur) -- which may bode well for members of the Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horseman's Association.

May 6, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- A new store in Front Royal offers up everything you didn't know you needed for your kitchen -- from an apple-peeler-like device to "french" green beans to a reusable nonstick baking sheet liner called SILPAT.

Shenandoah University graduate J. Robert "Bobby" Spencer knows a nod for a Tony Award is anything but normal.

Front Royal School news The following 10th-graders at Skyline High School have been named to the all-A honor roll for the third grading period: Jocelyn Amos, Hailey Berger, Luke Bieryla,...

May 5, 2009

WINCHESTER -- This year's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival was largely spared from any major kinks. Up until Sunday, attendees saw little rain.

Celebrities paused during the festivities Friday, May 1, to meet with the press. Videoclips from the press conference include singer Bo Bice, former Red Skins great Joe Jacoby, actor Erik Estrada and actor Jon Huertas.

Woodstock Sorority news Nancy Evans, a 25-year member of the Eta Chi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, was named its woman of the year at the chapter's founders day ceremony...

WINCHESTER -- The seats, exam tables and even doorways are larger in the little building on Westside Station Drive that houses Winchester Medical Center's Bariatric Program -- but so is the level of hope, the program's two surgeons say.

Winchester Military news Air Force Airman Nikolaus L. Stinson graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas. The son of Robert Ronca of High View,...

Front Royal DMV news The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Front Royal will be closed for renovations on Wednesday. Further information is available by calling (888) 337-4782 or at...

May 4, 2009

When families are thinking about cutting costs, one of the first luxuries to go many times is the expensive cell phone plan.

WINCHESTER -- Marching bands and motorcycles, farm equipment and floats shared the streets Saturday during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival's Grand Feature Parade.

WINCHESTER -- The threat of rain didn't cloud the enthusiasm of shoppers and vendors at the Snowden Bridge Arts & Crafts Show at Jim Barnett Park on Saturday.

Front Royal School news The following 12th-graders at Skyline High School have been named to the all-A honor roll for the third grading period: Christopher Atkins, Kathleen Berry, Joshua Burgess,...

Winchester Military news Army Reserve Pvt. Daniele L. Llewellyn has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson at Columbia, S.C. The daughter of Jeff Llewellyn of Miamisburg, Ohio, and niece...

May 2, 2009

WINCHESTER -- In addition to the large crowd, John Handley High School was filled with grace and elegance on Friday for the crowning of Ashley Taylor Landon as queen of the 82nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

WINCHESTER -- Erik Estrada played a motorcycle policeman on TV's "CHiPs." Now he can help enforce the law in real life.

WINCHESTER -- For emergency medical technicians, maneuvering through busy traffic en route to an emergency requires a great deal of precision and patience. Apparently, so does driving between dozens of traffic cones.

WINCHESTER -- By 10 a.m., a line was forming -- a wave of women in pink and green, some already nursing cocktails.

WINCHESTER -- Neither the rain nor the lack of women prevented a throng of men from attending Friday's Miller Lite Stag Luncheon and enjoying good food, beer and cigars with friends.

WINCHESTER -- For some, it's not Apple Blossom Friday without good friends, good food and strong drinks. And a touch of refinement.

WINCHESTER -- His role as Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival firefighters' marshal provided "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice a chance to meet an idol or two of his own.

WINCHESTER -- Unless his circle widens, Kevin Covert's Apple Blossom Festival experience came full circle Friday.

Today 8 a.m. -- Sports Breakfast 8:30 a.m. -- Valley Health 10K Race 10 a.m. -- Anthony's Pizza Weekend in the Park in Jim Barnett Park 10 a.m. -- Cole...

Yeakle-Taylor Rick and Sherry Yeakle of Strasburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Danielle, to John Wesley Taylor Jr.. son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Taylor of...

Winchester Library news Handley Regional Library will offer free computer workshops at the Bowman and Handley libraries in May and June. Classes at Handley are on CD burning, introduction to...

Edinburg Courtesy cars St. John's United Methodist Church: 984-4464. Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church: Bobby Wymer, 984-9511. Union Forge United Methodist Church: 459-4442 or 459-3021. Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill...

May 1, 2009

Imagine a lush vegetable garden growing just beyond your window, offering fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green beans and herbs.

WINCHESTER -- With her delighted parents present, Shenandoah LXXXII Queen-designate Ashley Taylor Landon was feted royally Thursday at the First Bank Queen's Dinner at Lee-Jackson Best Western.

WINCHESTER -- Sugar and spice and everything nice was in the air Thursday morning at Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery, as participants in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival's annual Apple Pie Baking Contest gave their best efforts toward making an award-winning pie.

WINCHESTER -- "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice didn't face any judges Thursday night.

Today 8 a.m. -- Music Festival, featuring the concert band and jazz ensemble competitions, at Shenandoah University 8 a.m. -- VFIS Fire Truck Rodeo at Millbrook High School 9:30 a.m....

Edinburg Tim and Channell Hood of Owensboro, Ky., have announced the birth a son, Alexander Vann Marchese Hood, on April 1 at Owensboro Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Cyndie and Wilson...

RICHMOND -- A man and a woman from Virginia contracted swine flu on recent trips to Mexico and have recovered after mild confirmed cases, officials said Thursday.











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