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GermanFest on tap: New event will showcase valley's old traditions

Gae Ward  stands inside the outdoor kitchen TOMS BROOK - What do Patsy Cline, the Civil War's Battle of Toms Brook and, for that matter, half the residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley have in common? comments
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Amazing journey: Local rocketry expert reflects on NASA's shuttle program

Charles Leeper stands inside the observatory MIDDLETOWN -- Space travel should never be considered routine. If it seems that way to modern Americans, credit the space shuttle program, NASA's one-time prodigy, which has been propelling astronauts and equipment into space with the force of a rocket and returning them to earth with the ease of a jet glider for 30 years. comments
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Family ties: Man restores home shared by nine generations of relatives

Danny Sheetz stands in his house WOODSTOCK -- Despite battles with everything from Indians to time itself, nine consecutive generations of the Sheetz family at some point have called a single house along Narrow Passage Creek home. comments
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Blast from the past: Memorabilia collector enters 'Mad Men' contest

Paul E. Delmerico turns on a 1958 Philco TV WINCHESTER -- Paul E. Delmerico would fit right in with the AMC TV show "Mad Men," and that's exactly what he hopes will happen. comments
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Group effort: Library meeting helps novices with family history search

Kristin Noell displays an 1880s census document FRONT ROYAL -- Ever since she was a teenager, Juanita Atwood longed to embark on a seemingly endless scavenger hunt in search of new and revealing facts about her family history. comments
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History at Sunset: Ranger-conducted program shows devastation of war

Eric Campbell stands on the grounds at Belle Grove MIDDLETOWN -- Even though the National Park Service has had a presence in Middletown since 2002, many people don't know it. comments
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Collected memories: Book about Shenandoah County features photos from residents

Jean Martin holds a copy of "Shenandoah County" EDINBURG -- The whole notion of not judging a book by its cover can be tossed out the window for the latest depiction of Shenandoah County's rich history. comments
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Eagle Scout project will honor WWII soldiers

Boy Scout Sammy Hutchins and Ed Elvira select pink and red knockout roses WINCHESTER-- Always being prepared is a quality prized by Boy Scouts around the country, but it takes something else to run with a plan when it leaves you completely unprepared for what will come next. comments
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Ties that bind: Professor pens book about Irish-Americans in classic films

Christopher Shannon stands outside St. John the Evangelist Library FRONT ROYAL - It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time that led Christopher Shannon to write his latest book, "Bowery to Broadway: The American Irish in Classic Hollywood Cinema" (University of Scranton Press). The associate professor of history at Christendom College in Front Royal has written books before, but nothing like this. comments
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The old'inn days: Site of upcoming bed and breakfast has historic past

mountainhome1.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- At first glance, it's obvious that the two-story, three-bay brick dwelling perched above U.S. 522 in Warren County has seen better days. comments

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