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Josette Keelor

Keelor_Josette_5_12.jpg 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.
E-mail: jkeelor@nvdaily.com | Phone: 540-465-5317, ext.176



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Signal Knob FFA best middle school in Virginia

The Signal Knob Middle School chapter of the Future Farmers of America has reached the top again. For the second year in a row, the club was selected top middle school FFA chapter in Virginia at the Virginia FFA Convention at Virginia Tech, June 23 to 26. comments
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Valley Scholars Program promotes college education

Five rising eighth graders from Shenandoah County could earn free college tuition by participating in a five-year program on college readiness beginning this fall. The Valley Scholars Program, organized by James Madison University in Harrisonburg, targets students who will be the first in their immediate families to attend college, comments
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Forum to focus on mental health

2014-07-18drash.jpg A forum in Winchester on Friday will unite community and national organizations in an attempt to lessen the stigma of mental health. comments
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C-SPAN's Book TV to feature author at Winchester Book Gallery

Most Saturdays Winchester Book Gallery hosts authors for book signings, but it's not every weekend that C-SPAN's Book TV takes an interest. comments
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Church members focus service efforts on Strasburg park

2014_07_17_Latter_Day1.jpg STRASBURG -- Youth and church leaders traveled to Strasburg on Thursday as part of a three-day effort to serve the community. comments
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Music, festivities to raise funds, spirits this weekend

Festivities around the valley this weekend will encourage residents to tune in for music of all genres, games, food and family festivities. comments
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Students from Triplett Tech excel at national event

2014_03_11_Fitchett_Cody.jpg It wasn't long ago that Jordan Palmer of Quicksburg and Cody Fitchett of Fort Valley made history as part of the largest group of students from Triplett Tech ever to make it to the SkillsUSA Virginia competition in Roanoke last April. comments
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Winchester Medical Center ranked in top five best hospitals in state

For the second year in a row, Winchester Medical Center has ranked in the top five best Virginia hospitals on a list published by the U.S. News and World Report, according to hospital officials. comments
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Hospital program teaches heart attack prevention

2014_07_15_Heart_Health2.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- Waiting to treat symptoms of a heart attack can be deadly, but recognizing risk factors and symptoms isn't always easy. comments
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Shenandoah Memorial Hospital plans major expansion

Work on an $18 million facility on the campus of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock should begin next year and will include a new emergency room, onsite urgent care center and office building for physicians who currently have offices in the community, Floyd Heater, hospital president, said Monday. comments
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Strasburg senior elected national FCCLA president

2014_07_14_Taylor_FCCLA.jpg STRASBURG -- Time management helps any high school student balance schoolwork with sports, clubs and after-school jobs. Add to that an office in an organization with 200,000 members nationwide, and "multitasking" might not be a strong enough word. comments
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Central team sweeps FFA state star category

2014-07-13FFA1.jpg Lacey Dysart of Woodstock has always been inquisitive, inspired by questions of how and why things are what they are. One of three students from Central High School to sweep the State Star category at the June convention of the Virginia Future Farmers of America, Dysart put that curiosity to good use. comments
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National FFA president calls yearlong experience 'empowering'

2013_11_11_BrianWalsh2.jpg To say Brian Walsh has had a busy year is an understatement. comments
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Organizations plan big impact on Warren County youth

WINCHESTER -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke is partnering with the Warren Coalition and plans to expand into Warren County. comments
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Midsummer weekend to star music, theater events

Music and theater will dominate weekend entertainment in the valley, with youth shows in Front Royal and a main stage comedy in New Market, the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department Fireman's Carnival in Warren County, The Boundless Bazaar in Winchester and Friday night music to kick off a weekend of fun for all ages. comments
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Area experts: Education helps fight diabetes battle

2014_06_24_Diabetes2.jpg One of the most prevalent, misunderstood and deadly diseases in the U.S. is also one of the most treatable. comments
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Valley Health sees successful patient records database launch

2014_07_07_Epic_Valley_Health.jpg The launching of a new patient records database last month has helped Valley Health join about 50 percent of the nation's healthcare system in simplifying the health care process. comments
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Area teen to lead national association

2014_07_03_Gochenour_Goats.jpg Recently elected president of the Junior American Boer Goat Association, 17-year-old Bethany Gochenour of Lebanon Church brings years of experience to the office. comments
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Capital Campaign to raise funds for Winchester cancer center

Winchester Medical Center announced this week it is closer to breaking ground on a proposed cancer center on the north side of the Winchester campus. comments
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Pet of the Week: Aunt Bee looks to retire in style

2014_07_01_Pets_Bee.jpg BERRYVILLE -- Aunt Bee was wearing nail polish on a cold March day when 13-year-old Cynthia Fairbanks found her in Clarke County. comments
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Area set to celebrate Fourth

Independence Day events are beginning early this year, starting Thursday with Winchester's Rockin' Independence Eve event, Front Royal's Independence Day celebration and Harrisonburg's Summer Jam at Massanutten Resort. Other area celebrations will be on Friday and Saturday. comments
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Rabies case confirmed in Front Royal

The Warren County Health Department has confirmed that a cat found along Happy Creek greenway biking trail in Front Royal has tested positive for rabies. comments
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Mount Jackson twin succeeds sister in state FFA office

2014_06_30_Bowmans_FFA1.jpg QUICKSBURG -- Identical twins Whitney and Brittany Bowman already had a lot in common before both being elected state officers of the Virginia Future Farmers of America Association. comments
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Summer workshops help young writers find their niche

2014_06_27_Project_Write1.jpg At a writing workshop in Winchester this week, area fourth to 12th graders studied genres, met published authors and learned from their peers. comments
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Summer Arts Academy grows student interest in second year

2014_06_26_Arts_Academy1.jpg The halls of Central High School in Woodstock were filled with jazz music and Broadway tunes Thursday morning as students filled classrooms to study on their summer vacation. comments
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Music and festivals headline weekend

This weekend, tug a truck at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, hog up at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, escape into a local theater or rock out to Berryville's River and Roots Festival and Winchester's Sundown Indie & Folk Festival. comments
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Camp MED gives teens peek at health care careers

2014_06_25_Camp_Med1.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- The average internal temperature of a house on fire is 900 to 1,800 degrees, Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico told area students on Wednesday. comments
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Morehead Scholarship promotes educational goals

2014_06_23_Morehead.jpg STRASBURG -- The Michael Morehead Scholarship has awarded $21,500 to Strasburg High School students over the last seven years. This year's scholarship of $3,500 was higher than usual, and organizers say they hope next year's will be even bigger. comments
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A Small Hand struggles to meet area demand

2014_06_19_Small_Hand1.jpg EDINBURG -- When A Small Hand outreach project in Edinburg opened its doors four years ago, Director Ann McBroom considered it a busy week if 20 families stopped by. Now she regularly serves 160 each week. comments
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Summer music theater to offer high flying fun

2014_06_10_Sanders_Chris.jpg Beginning in the depths of a Spanish prison and ending on the rooftops of London, the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater plans a show-stopping summer of musicals. comments
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Three valley authors experience e-publishing on different levels

2013_03_25_ePublishing_Harris2.jpg Woodstock author Chastity Harris gave in to the voices 3 1/2 years ago when they became too loud to ignore. comments
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Valley Vibes

May 3 Music • First Friday -- Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many shops open later. Information: 667-5166. comments
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Gardens, Galleries and Grapes event to showcase Shenandoah spring

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. comments














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