Josette Keelor is community engagement editor for the Northern Virginia Daily. She manages lifestyle, community and entertainment news as well as the Daily's Virtual Newsroom, which is an online section where community news, events and photos are uploaded by the public for publication in the Daily as well as on nvdaily.com.
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First Night Winchester has announced its festival plans for this New Year's Eve in downtown Winchester.
Rain throughout the day has washed out some area holiday celebrations today. So far Woodstock and Berryville have announced cancellations for tonight, and Harrisonburg plans to march on unless the rain gets worse.
Music and seasonal cheer will parade through the Northern Shenandoah Valley this weekend, ringing in the holiday season with music, food and, of course, visits by Santa Claus.
EDINBURG -- Tommy Howell, the main character in William Shifflett's novel "The Christmas Truce," can't wait for Christmas to come. But that all might change when his sister emails and invites him home to spend a final holiday with their dying estranged father.
The scaffolding that surrounds Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson is hard to miss, but the short-term repair work it's hiding is intended to keep the church going strong.
• First Fridays in Old Town Winchester -- 6-9 p.m., Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, Winchester. 667-5166, facebook.com/FirstFridaysOldTownWinchester
• "Almost Maine" -- 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, The Schultz Theatre, 9357 N. Congress St. 740-9119, schultztheatre.com
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City featured band members from every state -- among them five of Strasburg's own.
On the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, 11th graders at Stonewall Jackson High School learned about the impact the 35th president's death had on this nation.
More than two years after a devastating fire tore through the church building at Strasburg Presbyterian Church, construction has been completed, but rebuilding efforts continue.
Despite challenges over the past year following a change in state and federal funding for transitional housing programs that ended June 30, the Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter is looking to the future.
If the Front Royal Police Department has its way, there won't be any more blue Christmases for children in and around Warren County -- but that all depends on community donations.
At Signal Knob Middle School Wednesday night, teachers, parents, students and community members are invited to join together for the first meeting of the Peace Council, an initiative to embrace peace through simple conversations, community service and peace-building workshops.
It's not every day a town turns 225, but that's exactly why the Town of Front Royal decided to make the celebration as long as possible.
Hannah Orndorff said she still gets chills thinking about standing with fellow classmate Nathan McDonald at the National Future Farmers of America Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., to accept an award for best middle school chapter for Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg.
STRASBURG -- The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual awards luncheon Thursday to honor community members and organizations that have made sweeping efforts to improve the region's soil and water quality.
WINCHESTER -- Valley Health Services CEO Mark Merrill touched on the new relationship with Inova Health System and the Affordable Health Care Act during the corporation's semi-annual luncheon Tuesday on the Winchester Medical Center campus.
FRONT ROYAL -- At a Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Front Royal on Monday, Maj. Gen. Maurice H. "Maury" Forsyth, president of Randolph-Macon Academy, quoted a prayer Eleanor Roosevelt wrote:
Warren Memorial Hospital recently received recognition as a top performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest health care standards-setting and accrediting body.
Jonathan Kuiper's identical twin brother Stephen was on his way to his own baby shower when a car accident killed him. Family were all traveling to the shower in Crofton, Md., when it became a wake.
In the Kids Voting elections that took place Wednesday in Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Warren and Clarke, children around the area voted predominantly Republican, according to area supervisors.
Everyone said he was crazy when Principal Alan Fox suggested Warren County Middle School offer a musical this fall.
Saturday the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra will perform one of British composer Edward Elgar's most famous but strangest works.
Woodstock author Chastity Harris gave in to the voices 3 1/2 years ago when they became too loud to ignore.
• First Friday -- Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many shops open later. Information: 667-5166.
This Sunday, the Shenandoah County Tourism office will present Gardens, Galleries and Grapes, an all-day countywide event that will stretch from Strasburg south to New Market.
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