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June 30, 2009

Winchester College news The following Winchester residents graduated from James Madison University: Robert Allnock, Kristen Anderson, Joseph Bloom, Noel Burriesci, Lauren Carlson, Serena Carman, Jessica Cave, Robert Jett, James Kelly,...

Despite budget cuts and an unstable economy, the fuse is still burning on many of the region's Independence Day celebrations.

June 27, 2009

WINCHESTER -- It's not the most elaborate storefront on Loudoun Street, but Sarah Gallahan, 22, knows how to squeeze a lot of color into a small space.

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....

WINCHESTER -- "West Side Story" works its timeless magic at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.

June 26, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- While other high school students were busy kicking off the summer holiday, 16-year-old Jake Helt spent his week working eight-hour days and toiling in the high heat and heavy humidity of Front Royal, painting and replacing gutters for a local resident.

WOODSTOCK -- Jean Fogle likes her Jack Russell terrier and gardening. Sometimes her two passions don't quite mix.

Front Royal Lisa and Mark Jeffries of Front Royal have announced the birth of a son, Mark Anthony II, on June 2 at Warren Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Jack Burgess...

June 25, 2009

ORKNEY SPRINGS -- This quiet community will once again become the music Mecca of the Shenandoah Valley in only a few short weeks. For 45 years the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has transformed the small resort community into a grand concert arena with performances to rival any symphonic hall around the world.

Strasburg Card shower A card shower is planned for Roland and Sarah Bagnell, who will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on June 27. Their address is 355 Copp Road, Strasburg...

STEPHENS CITY -- Sometimes it takes faith to build a home. A new house project for Winchester-Frederick County Habitat for Humanity draws together representatives of numerous faiths in the area.

June 24, 2009

Strawberries and bananas have more in common with chocolate and licorice than you might think. Along with a tendency to appear in shopping baskets around the globe, they share a reputation. Along with countless other foods, the four are often included in lists of snacks that double as aphrodisiacs, which are foods or drugs that excite sexual desire.

School news The following seventh-graders at Signal Knob Middle School have been named to the A honor roll for the sixth grading period: Marissa Doman, Sidney Gatto, Olivia Johnson, Drew...

June 23, 2009

Front Royal Card shower A card shower is planned for Refa Blakely, who will celebrate her 91st birthday on June 27. Her address is 242 Fletcher St., Front Royal 22630....

WOODSTOCK -- While the "Beach Body Boot Camp" at Woodstock Rehab & Fitness may not get you in shape to become a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, it does promise to get you fit enough to be confident about slipping back into your favorite bathing suit.

School news Anna Sparacio and John Michael Murphy, eighth-graders at Signal Knob Middle School, received The Northern Virginia Daily citizenship award. Sparacio, 14, is the daughter of Melinda Sparacio of...

June 22, 2009

By Ben Orcutt - borcutt@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Saturday's Winchester Blues House Festival may have been the most successful in the event's 10-year history. The venue shifted from downtown this year...

June 20, 2009

WINCHESTER -- If it weren't for the wonders of the World Wide Web, the faded photograph of Francis Rain that was hiding out in a New Jersey flea market would never have wound up in the hands of one of his descendants.

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....

Watson-Webster Stephanie Jo Watson and Zachary Stephen Webster were married May 23 at Belle Grove Plantation at Middletown. The bride is the daughter of Sherri and David Sander of Winchester...

Day-Painter Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Day, Jr. of New Market have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jacqueline M., to Michael W. Painter, son of Landon and Audrey Wolfe...

Johnson anniversary Mr. and Mrs. George C. Johnson Jr. of Winchester celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 16. The couple were married June 16, 1984, at the Braddock Street...

June 19, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Contestants who want to participate in Dave Martin's Bullride Mania at this year's Shenandoah County Fair must register by Aug. 14. People can sign up for bull riding,...

WINCHESTER -- The Blues House Festival celebrates its 10th year in a new location on Saturday. The popular event for the past two years has served as the biggest fundraiser...

Strasburg Autumn Storm Kerns and Cody Allen Shipe of Strasburg have announced the birth of a son, Curtis Allen Shipe, on June 8 at Warren Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Doug...

Front Royal College news Nikki Romer, a photography major at Old Dominion University, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester. She is the daughter of Patti...

June 18, 2009

WINCHESTER -- The second production of the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers, but don't expect your typical Shakespearean tragedy.

Maurertown College news Timothy Craver, formerly of Maurertown, received a master of divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary on June 6. Woodstock Military news Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Mark A....

FRONT ROYAL -- Rising gas prices and tight budgets in the midst of a recession have some families thinking "staycation" rather than vacation, and outdoor camping may be a popular activity of choice for local residents this summer.

EDINBURG -- Members of a local automobile club are hoping their old cars help build new houses.

June 17, 2009

Winchester College news Emily Swing of Winchester, a sophomore liberal studies major at Bridgewater College, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester. Michelle Thomas, an elementary...

Front Royal Jessica and Jeff Staples of Front Royal have announced the birth of a daughter, Ivey Jade, on May 26 at Warren Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Eva...

June 16, 2009

Eating for two these days? Pregnancy can be a hectic time, a whirlwind of out-of-control cravings for frozen cheesecake and pickles mixed with moments of no appetite at all.

WINCHESTER -- The new president and CEO of Valley Health applauds President Obama for making health care reform a top priority. But like many of his colleagues in the industry, Mark H. Merrill has concerns about what providing universal health coverage would do to patient costs.

Toms Brook Card shower A card shower is planned for Dorothy Reger, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on June 21. Her address is 12354 Back Road, Toms Brook 22660....

WOODSTOCK -- Tickets went on sale Monday for events at this year's Shenandoah County Fair, according to a press release.

June 15, 2009

MT. JACKSON -- Mark Melcher harasses his friend and business partner, Steve Sager, on the phone after Sager had a dentist appointment, telling him he's ugly enough as is without getting all of his teeth pulled.

June 13, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Barbecue, check. Food and drinks, all set. Flamingos? Planted on the front lawn. When the porch parties begin, the residents of Oakdale Crossing, in Winchester, know summer has begun.

WINCHESTER -- "Hairspray," that musical celebration of plumpness, gets the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre's season off to a rollicking start.

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....

June 12, 2009

STRASBURG -- Tile by tile, shard by shard, Edith "Louise" Furlong pieces together scenes from the Shenandoah Valley, from her past and from great works of art, into mosaic masterpieces.

June 11, 2009

MIDDLETOWN -- Gritty realism and soaring idealism are starkly contrasted in Wayside Theatre's compelling musical, "Man of La Mancha."

Linden Emily Whichard and Keith Partlow of Linden have announced the birth of a daughter, Riley Noelle Partlow, on May 7 at Warren Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Eddy and Aldene...

June 10, 2009

STRASBURG -- After a 24-year absence, Vinnie Lanzetta and his authentic Italian cuisine are back.

Woodstock Cheryl and Fulton B. Kegley II of Bland have announced the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Jane, on May 3 at New River Valley Medical Center in Radford. Grandparents...

June 9, 2009

Whether inspired by the warmer weather and longer days or from watching amazing results televised on "The Biggest Loser" finale, many valley residents will be hitting local trails and roads this summer in an effort to enjoy the sun, spend time with family and get in shape. Health professionals warn, though, that the heat can make exercise more damaging than helpful, if correct precautions are not taken.

Stephens City Military news Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Christopher L. Robinson graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas. The son of Donald...

Toms Brook College news Emily Kibler of Toms Brook graduated with honors from Bridgewater College with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences on May 17. Brigette Funk earned...

June 8, 2009

Gas prices are soaring again. Budgets are getting tighter. And, bills are steadily piling. In the midst of a weakened economy, many families will be cutting back on their traveling this summer and planning cheaper outings closer to home. Residents in Winchester and other communities in the Northern Shenandoah Valley won't have to look far to find convenient vacationing alternatives, said Natalie Wills, executive director of the Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center.

Woodstock Card shower A card shower is planned for Nina Good, who will celebrate her 99th birthday on June 9. Her address is 233 Wetzel Road, Woodstock 22664....

June 6, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- This potty poetry isn't what the name implies, rude rhymes carved into stall doors and scribbled mischievously on walls.

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....

Stout-Duncan Tom and Martha Stout of Fort Valley have announced the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth, to Tim Duncan, son of Janet and Mahlon "Junior" Duncan of Mt. Jackson. Miss...

Yates-Harlow Amanda Marie Yates and Brett Kristen Harlow were married May 9 at the Church of the Valley at Strasburg. The bride is the daughter of Kim Yates of Strasburg...

Walker anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Gene F. Walker of Winchester celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 6. The couple were married June 6, 1954, at the Baptist Church in...

June 5, 2009

WASHINGTON, Va. -- There are few things scarier than coming face to face with a protective mother bear and her cubs on the forest trail or even seeing a black bear lumbering through your front yard. With bear populations increasing in Virginia, these scenarios could become more and more frequent in rural areas, but experts are confident that people and bears can co-exist peacefully, with prior knowledge and the proper precautions.

By M.K. Luther -- mkluther@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- The town's Main Street will take a drive back in time on Monday. The annual Freedom Road Rally, an antique automobile cross-country...

June 4, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah Conservatory can boast that it is ahead of the curve, offering its students and area residents something that most other theater companies cannot -- the rights to a famous, award-winning musical that is still on stage in New York and is currently touring nationally.

Strasburg Animal shelter Active Life Physical Therapy is seeking donations of wet and dry cat and kitten food, litter, litter boxes, Clorox, paper towels and air fresheners for the Frederick...

BERRYVILLE -- Country singer Jake Owen will perform as the featured entertainer at the 55th annual Clarke County Fair.

June 3, 2009

Summer cookouts and picnics don't have to ruin your diet -- or your health -- when you follow some rules of nutrition and food safety.

Strasburg Military news Army Pvt. Gary F. Nelson has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson at Columbia, S.C. The son of Pat Nelson of Strasburg, he is a 2008...

Winchester March of Dimes The local March for Babies has raised more than $54,800 for the March of Dimes. Remembering Logan, the No. 1. team, raised more than $7,000. Donations...

Front Royal Parks, Rec news The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for its co-ed flag football league for ages 5-11 through June 26. The cost is...

June 2, 2009

It's finally time to trade sweaters for swim trunks. Recent warm weather is sure to get warmer. With it, families begin their annual flock to area pools for some relief. But how can parents be sure their excited children are safe?

Woodstock Card shower A card shower is planned for Kenneth W. "Bill" Dysart Sr., who will celebrate his 80th birthday on June 6. His address is 23957 Senedo Road, Woodstock...











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