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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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Thrift stores' closures prompt confusion

The unexpected closing Saturday of two thrift stores run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Winchester, Frederick, Clarke has sparked confusion and anger from those who have contributed their time to the non-profit organization. comments
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Expo encourages health care providers to pool resources

2014_10_30_Health_Expo2.jpg WINCHESTER -- Imagine not being able to hold a pen properly to write a letter, or having only a few fingers available for folding towels. Think how frustrating it would be matching socks with foggy vision, or following instructions you're not sure you heard properly. comments
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Agriculture education plants seeds for future of industry

2014_10_22_AG_Sherando_FFA1.jpg STEPHENS CITY -- The National FFA Organization teaches a lot more than farming. That's why area agriscience teachers said the organization plucked "farmers" from its name a long time ago. comments
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Confirmed Warren County rabies case reminds of risk

A cat in Warren County has tested positive for rabies, according to a Wednesday press release from the Warren County Health Department. comments
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Hospital lockup to bail out agencies

On Friday, administrators at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal will voluntarily go to jail. comments
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Breast cancer survivor writes of humor found in illness

2014_10_23_Breast_Cancer_Book1.jpg WINCHESTER -- Breast cancer is a scary diagnosis, but survivor Janet Sheppard Kelleher has learned to view the "Big C" as a gift wrapped in ugly paper. comments
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Area doctors: Keep an eye out for vision problems

2014_10_09_Eye_Care1.jpg Problems with vision are not something people see coming. Though a family history of poor eyesight can indicate a need for vision correction, some of the more serious issues that affect the eyes can come on quickly and require immediate attention. comments
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Music with a message

2014_10_27_Music_Therapy2.jpg WINCHESTER -- Music therapy class with Hakeem Leonard inspires billows of energy and sound from even small groups. But these lessons don't stop with song. comments
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Clothes Swap to provide a helping hand

The Clothes Share at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg will give hand-me-downs to the community. comments
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Recycling Central combines students, community in effort

2014_10_24_Central_Recycling.jpg A new recycling center in Woodstock will encourage a partnership between area high school students and community members. comments
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School Board appoints new member, discusses plans for middle school

By Josette Keelor The Warren County School Board appointed a new board member at its meeting Thursday night. C. Douglas Rosen will take the Shenandoah district seat left vacant by Kimberly Athey, who resigned from the position on Sept. 19.... comments
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Sherando DECA students place first in contest

The Sherando High School DECA club has won first place in the National Mental Health Contest organized by Creating Community Solutions and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. comments
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Warning signs

2014_10_20_Ebola_PPE.jpg WINCHESTER -- Signs posted at entrances to area hospitals over the weekend direct visitors presenting with symptoms of Ebola not to enter the facilities. comments
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Classmates recall divided schools

2014_10_17_Mosby_Reunion1.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- When four former Front Royal students reunite with classmates for a reunion this weekend, it will be like reuniting with family -- a family divided by segregation. comments
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Hand washing still 'best defense'

2014_10_16_Hands_Ebola.jpg How clean are your hands? Good hand washing practices are a natural response to virus outbreak, such as Ebola, but according to Risk Analyst David Robinson, many people don't clean their hands properly, even when they think they do. comments
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Fall rabies clinics focus on promoting pet safety

BERRYVILLE -- The Clarke County Animal Shelter hosts a rabies clinic every October, but shelter manager Jenny Wright said this one will be particularly huge. comments
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Kate is a stray with a penchant for play

2014_10_15_Pet_Week.jpg BERRYVILLE -- Kate has the eyes, ears and jaw of a pit bull, but doesn't seem to know it. comments
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Talks ease families into emergency care

Important health conversations aren't easy for aging parents and their children, but area professionals say such discussions are essential. comments
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Skyline High School wins $15K in contest

Skyline High School in Front Royal has won $15,000 to use however it wants. comments
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A happy ending for town family

2014_10_13_Stone_Christian1.jpg STRASBURG -- On a recent afternoon, a smiling 8-month-old Christian Ammons gave no clue that only last week he was sedated on a breathing tube at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where doctors initially could not treat him. comments
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Open enrollment 'a free pass' for Medicare education

By Josette Keelor Medicare's open enrollment period begins today, and the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging wants to be a resource for area residents by offering free health care counseling sessions. The period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is... comments
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Ryan named Va. Teacher of the Year

2014_10_10_Roller_Ryan2.jpg On Friday, Jaclyn Roller Ryan, agriscience teacher at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg, competed in Richmond for Virginia Teacher of the Year. comments
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Raley: Salaries becoming more competitive

Shenandoah County's School Board recognized teacher pay scale progress at its Thursday night meeting. comments
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Dress code changes announced in Warren

FRONT ROYAL -- On Thursday evening, in what might have been its shortest meeting ever, Warren County School Board members approved a new policy addressing students' clothing choices. comments
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Area marriage officiants set for same-sex unions

Elaine Lederman was surprised when she heard the news Monday that Virginia same-sex couples may legally marry. comments
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Edinburg church to celebrate 178 years at homecoming

2014_10-03_Edinburg_Christian1.jpg EDINBURG -- Edinburg Christian Church has enjoyed a long history in the community and next weekend has invited past and present members and families to help celebrate its 178th year homecoming. comments
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Area teacher to present at national conference

2014_10_02_Holly Hoover1.jpg One of Holly Hoover's standard classroom lessons at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg has earned her nationwide notice and a place at the National Council for Social Studies' Annual Conference in Boston. comments
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Continuum of Care wins $1M to aid area homeless

A grant of more than $1 million awarded by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will help programs for area homeless. comments
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Health professionals: Ebola poses little imminent danger to public

Charles Devine 2014-10-01.jpg The first confirmed case of the Ebola virus in the United States has concerned Americans, but area health professionals have assured that area residents are not at risk. 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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