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Schools warn of a dangerous game

WINCHESTER -- An increasing number of area students have been playing "Pass Out," Frederick County Public Schools officials warned Friday. comments
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Historic samplers are focus of museum exhibit

Mary Robare looks over a sampler WINCHESTER -- The history behind local schoolgirl samplers is written all over the walls at the Abram's Delight Museum in Winchester. comments
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Warren skate park opens today after multiple weather delays

Joaquan Gonzalez paints By Linwood Outlaw III - loutlaw@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- After years of planning and months of construction, Warren County's new 15,000-square-foot skate park will open today. Some avid skaters, however, couldn't wait until opening day to test out the new in-ground concrete bowls. The skate park at 101 Kerfoot Ave. will officially open to the public at 8 a.m. It will be open from dawn to dusk, said Daniel P. Lenz, Warren County's parks and recreation director. Construction on the facility began in September and was completed earlier this month. County officials had originally hoped to finish construction in December, but received an extension after inclement weather delayed on-site work. The skate park has features and obstacles that are considered dangerous for skaters without advanced skills. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, officials said. Participants will also be required to wear helmets while using the park. Some people were seen trespassing and using the park weeks before it was even finished, several county officials have said. However, bikers and skaters will be using the park at their own risk. The facility is unsupervised, and the county is not responsible for injuries, Lenz said. Users... comments
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Students proudly display work for Youth Art Month

Charlee Allman points out her work of art CORRECTION: An article published Friday should have stated that Blue Ridge Arts Council Executive Director Kym Crump organized the Spotlight on Students art display. By M.K. Luther - mkluther@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County public school students have displayed their talent and love for art for the past few weeks with the help of the Blue Ridge Arts Council. Every year in March as part of Youth Art Month, the student artwork is displayed at the Blue Ridge Arts Council Gallery on Main Street. E. Wilson Morrison first-grader Connie Turck proudly pointed to her rendering of spring flowers hanging on the wall and explained why she loves art. "Because I get to paint pictures," she said. The 19th annual Spotlight on Students show ended on Thursday with a reception for the parents and friends of the young artists. "I think for the community, [the show] really helps to show the community what we are doing," said Kelly Tuma, Warren County High School art and photography teacher. Charlee Allman, an A.S. Rhodes Elementary third-grader, explained she is so passionate about art that she also takes private lessons. "I paint things I see -- I paint everything," Charlee said, as she put... comments
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Home ed.: Library to host homeschool showcase

Members of the Groves family As homeschool graduates, Israel and Anna Groves will lend a unique perspective to the second annual Homeschool Showcase on Saturday at Bowman Library in Stephens City. comments
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Young and talented

Amy Williams stands by her mixed media painting WINCHESTER -- Visitors to the Shenandoah Arts Council will be greeted for the next month by an array of colors and art forms in works created by young people from across the area. comments
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Siblings reconnected thanks to cousin's, Web site's help

James McMillan and his son, Chayton EDINBURG -- More than 40 years after being wrenched away from his family, James McMillan is getting to know his relatives again. comments
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Couple plan ministry for troubled juveniles

Josette and Paul Miller inside their church NEW MARKET -- After learning of the Rock of Ages mission and spending a week in Cleveland, Tenn., helping the cause, Josette and Paul Miller found a cause of their own: Guiding troubled youth along a more spiritual path to enlightenment, happiness and freedom. comments
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Children's book authors to visit local libraries

Books by authors Erica Perl and Cece Bell WINCHESTER -- As part of the winter reading program at Handley Regional Library, two children's authors will visit this month to read and sign their books and interact with children. comments
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Front Royal family serving as Virginia's March of Dimes ambassadors

Christian Downs walks with his mother If he'd been born one week sooner, Christian Downs would not have survived. Thinking she was catching the flu, Christian's mother, Lynn, made a special visit to the doctor at 27 weeks pregnant. Everyone was shocked to discover that she was fully dilated and ready to deliver, she recalls. comments

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