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August 31, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Can people retire from parenting? Maybe once they've raised more than 300 children.

WOODSTOCK -- As clouds and brief spells of rain began to alter festive moods on Saturday morning, it seemed as though opening day of the 92nd annual Shenandoah County Fair would not begin on an upbeat note.

August 29, 2009

WINCHESTER -- The Continental Restaurant, for decades a fixture of quiet, fine dining on North Frederick Pike, is about to loosen its tie.

Strasburg Class of '54 Attending the reunion of the Strasburg High School class of 1954 on Aug. 15 at the Strasburg American Legion were, left to right, first row: Bill...

Front Royal Gypsy moth survey The Warren County Extension Office is conducting a gypsy moth defoliation survey and egg mass count to help with next year's treatment for the caterpillar...

Winchester Military news Air Force Airman Jacob C. McDaniel graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas. The son of James and Jackie McDaniel of...

Wishon-Gilbert Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Wishon of Forest have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Ann, to Christopher Todd Gilbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert of Woodstock....

WINCHESTER -- Concern Hotline Inc. plans to hold its 10th annual Fish Fry next week.

August 28, 2009

LINDEN -- Stan Stocker's garage ticks, sounds created by a chorus of clocks that he is about to fix, has fixed or owns and has no need to fix.

Shenandoah Woodstock Daniel "Opie" and Kristen Gregoire of Woodstock have announced the birth of a son, Hunner Stephen-Marcel, on July 28 at Winchester Medical Center. Grandparents are Patricia Gochenour of...

Front Royal Military news Air Force Airman Michael D. Walraven graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas. The son of Jon and Kellea Walraven...

August 27, 2009

WINCHESTER -- Donning your best boots and hat on Sept. 4 at the George Washington Hotel could win you a prize, but should at least result in a good time for you and more money for the renovation of a local legend's former home.

WOODSTOCK -- Fairgoers can become barnstormers at this year's Shenandoah County Fair. The long-awaited premiere of the new 4-H and FFA livestock show barn -- officially named the Sharon Lilly 4-H FFA Show Arena -- boasting thousands of square feet under its roof is set to take place as the fair opens Friday.

August 26, 2009

New Market Garden club news Ruth Garretson, a master gardener, discussed the New Market Library rain gardens at the meeting of the New Market Garden Club on Aug. 17. Ethel...

White Post College news Jacob Digges of White Post has been named to the president's list at Lord Fairfax Community College for the spring semester. Winchester Military news Air Force...

August 25, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Sept. 15 can't get here fast enough for Jamie Yowell. That's when he turns 13. Becoming a teenager is exciting for any youngster, but for this Front Royal lad, it will be extra special.

Strasburg College news Bibiana Arriaga, Tammy Booth and Ronald Zdan, all of Strasburg, have been named to the president's list at Lord Fairfax Community College for the spring semester. The...

Linden College news James Barnes and Jason Brooks, both of Linden, have been named to the dean's list at Lord Fairfax Community College for the spring semester. Browntown College...

August 22, 2009

Pangle-Kibler Sheila Pangle and Brian Kibler were married July 11 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winchester. The bride is the daughter of Cheri Miller and James Pangle of Strasburg....

McFarlane anniversary Mr. and Mrs. James D. McFarlane of Middletown celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22. The couple were married Aug. 22, 1959, in Boyce. Mrs. McFarlane is...

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Ida Smith, 465-3973. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920. Strasburg United Methodist Church: Wayne...

EDINBURG -- For Valley Baptist Christian School, the current recession proved to be the right time to expand its music program. For the first time, the school, at 408 Stony Creek Road, will have a full-time music and band teacher this year.

August 21, 2009

Looking for something different to do with your garden for next season? A hedge might be just the thing.

August 20, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- History cannot seem to deliver a definitive judgment on whether legendary abolitionist John Brown was a martyred hero or a fanatical villain, whether he was a man willing to take up arms for a cause, or a megalomaniac zealot consumed by a religious crusade.

August 19, 2009

WINCHESTER -- It's a common refrain at kitchen tables around the Northern Shenandoah Valley: "We've got to tighten the belt." It might seem counterintuitive, but it's relatively easy to start cutting back on one of the most fundamental expenses -- food -- without going hungry.

August 18, 2009

With classes back in session this month, students are eager to get to their college campus and explore the opportunities that await them. But, in the midst of studying long hours and having a social life, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can easily get lost in the shuffle, something 18-year old Olivia Harris is well aware of.

Stephens City Joshua J. West and Jaime L. Marion of Stephens City have announced the birth of a daughter, Kaylee Jean West, on June 29 at Winchester Medical Center. Grandparents...

August 15, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Take an overflowing cup of youthful passion, add a cup of classical training, a pinch of creativity, a sprinkle of derring-do and a dash of a genuine desire to please, and you've got Seth Wells, the chef whipping up culinary delights at the Cafe Nights at Woodstock Cafe.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Ida Smith, 465-3973. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Robinson anniversary Mrs. and Mrs. William L. Robinson of Stephens City celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 21 at Wayside Inn in Middletown. The couple were married June 21,...

August 13, 2009

WINCHESTER -- On a quiet Monday morning, two large tractor-trailers waited in a parking lot to be unloaded. The vehicles go unnoticed by unknowing passers-by, but what the trucks are carrying is anything but unassuming.

Edinburg Class of '49 Attending the reunion of the Edinburg High School class of 1949 on July 11 at the Toms Brook Fire Hall were, left to right, seated: Frances...

Front Royal School news The following eighth-graders at Skyline High School have been named to the all-A honor roll for the fourth grading period: Katie Baldwin, Emily Crawford, Brooke Duvall,...

August 12, 2009

It's mid-summer. The sun hangs high in the sky late into the evening, the cooling air inviting family members outdoors. What better time to enjoy a late European-style dinner, something Italian or French maybe?

BERRYVILLE -- Compared to the flash and noise of the midway, the exhibit buildings at the Clarke County Fair look sedate.

August 11, 2009

Front Royal Chamber news The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce is seeking promotional items or donations for goodie bags to be given to new teachers at a reception on...

BERRYVILLE -- Behind the office, past the rows of sheep and cows and carnival rides at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, about 15 guys are standing in smoke.

August 10, 2009

STRASBURG -- The true test of friendship is the lengths to which a friend will go, or in this case jump, to come to the aid of another.

FRONT ROYAL -- Parents hollered and pigs squealed as children ages 5 to 14 tried to grab the greased four-legged animals during the final day of the 52nd annual Warren County Fair.

August 8, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Summer in the valley wouldn't be the same without the sweet smell of frying sugar lingering over the county fairgrounds.

Strasburg Card shower A card shower is planned for Janie Mowery, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Aug. 11. Her address is 487 Walton St., Strasburg 22657. Courtesy cars...

Dodson-Brown Sandra Kay Dodson and Jeffrey Wayne Brown were married July 4 at Christian Leadership Ministries in Edinburg. The bride is the daughter of Ralph and Cookie Hockman of Middletown....

BERRYVILLE -- Aside from musical performers, the lineup of attractions at the 55th Clarke County Fair remains the same as last year.

FRONT ROYAL -- For more than 50 years, the Warren County Fair trade show has spotlighted local businesses, agriculture and arts and crafts.

August 7, 2009

On a recent mid-summer evening Diane Greco, of Star Tannery, and her grandson, Eli Fuqua, 3, visited the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce to monitor some birdhouses on the Bluebird Trail. A volunteer since 2003, Greco comes to the arboretum at least once a month, sometimes bringing along Eli who enjoys looking for signs of birds nesting along the trail.

Strasburg Ira D. Newman of Berea, Ky., has been appointed judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit Court of Kentucky. He is a graduate of Berea College and the University of...

FRONT ROYAL -- For many members of the local 4-H club, entering county fair livestock competitions started at a young age and then became a rite of passage.

ORKNEY SPRINGS -- Though the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival returns each summer, tonight's performance by Béla Fleck and Toumani Diabaté could be called a once-in-a-lifetime event.

August 6, 2009

STRASBURG -- Mounds of pasta and karaoke on Mondays. Muchos tacos and programs for youths on Tuesdays.

Front Royal School news The following 11th-graders at Skyline High School have been named to the all-A honor roll for the fourth grading period: Maria Antelo Gutierrez, Patricia Baker, Calvin...

Quicksburg Card shower A card shower is planned for Marion and Nancy Bowers, who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 13. Their address is 2728 Graveltown Road, Quicksburg...

Winchester College news Daria J. Stein of Winchester has been named to the dean's list at Binghamton University for the spring semester. Fair news Karen Jackson was named best in...

FRONT ROYAL -- Fans began filling the bleachers near the dirt track at the Warren County Fairgrounds shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, expecting to hear loud engines and see dozens of all-terrain vehicles going full speed in a drag racing contest.

August 5, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- If you're looking for an alternative to fast food at a low price, Trailblazers Cafe has a table waiting for you.

Bentonville Mary Jo Stoneberger and Brian Hudson of Bentonville have announced the birth of a daughter, McKalyn Gabriello Hudson, on July 22 at Winchester Medical Center. Grandparents are Mary Lou...

WOODSTOCK -- Most 5-year-olds should have learned to walk by now, but the Route 11 Yard Crawl has done well enough to keep going as it does.

August 4, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Let's make a list of some of the ways Lettie Miller Frye can prove she's "no dummy."

Front Royal Military news Air Force Airman 1st Class Logan C. Moore graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas. The son of Terry and...

Woodstock Library news The Woodstock Library is accepting donations of good, lightly used paperbacks to send to troops in Iraq. Further information is available by calling 459-2774. Edinburg FCE news...

FRONT ROYAL -- With the crowd cheering from the grandstands and the Ferris wheel quietly turning in the distance, the emcee's voice was drowned out by the roar of engines as cars lined up for the Warren County Fair Demolition Derby on Monday night.

August 3, 2009

STEPHENSON -- According to Kenny Gentry, getting a hay bale to go the distance comes down to one thing.

August 1, 2009

With a shy smile, she spoke quickly in Spanish, looking at her benefactors with earnest eyes beneath her dark lashes.

Strasburg Courtesy cars Laurel Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): 465-3202 days, 465-3628 evenings. St. Paul Lutheran Church: Ida Smith, 465-3973. Strasburg Presbyterian Church: 465-3920 or Amos Orndorff, 465-8154. Strasburg...

Front Royal Library news Samuels Public Library has acquired the following books for young adults: Fiction: "Zombie Queen Of Newbury High," Ashby; "Paparazzi Princess," Calonita; "Stepping Up," Fink; "Silvertongue," Fletcher;...

Brill-Orndorff Gary Brill of Canton, Ohio, and Sherry Richardson of Strasburg have announced the engagement of their daughter, Claudia S. Brill, to Michael Orndorff, son of Roger and Lois Orndorff...

Johnson-Sullivan Dawn Marie Johnson and Gary Earl Sullivan were married July 11 at the Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Front Royal. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs....

FRONT ROYAL -- With a slew of attractions, such as livestock, demolition derbies and a wrestling show on the docket, organizers of the 52nd annual Warren County Fair are confident the event will continue to draw thousands of people despite the recession.

FORT VALLEY -- Horse enthusiasts and history buffs will come together in Fort Valley this weekend for the 2009 East Coast Regional Cavalry Competition.

Health care might need reform, but not the type pending before Congress. That was the message from a crowd of about 150 protesters in downtown Winchester on Friday afternoon.











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