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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 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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Lavender has many uses

2014_06_30_Burgess_Lavender1.jpg Cookie Burgess is used to seeing praying mantises prance about and nearly cover the side of her Maurertown house. 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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Four doughnuts to try out this summer

2014_07_01_Doughnuts1.jpg STRASBURG -- With the opening of two new area doughnut shops this past month, it's clear the doughnut craze has officially hit the Shenandoah Valley. 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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Fall foliage

A look at fall foliage on Skyline Drive. Photos by Rich Cooley comments
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Respect the spirits, 'Ghost Hunters International' star Dustin Pari tells Wayside Inn paranormal investigators

1aghostly.jpg The spirits of Wayside Inn were active on Saturday, to the delight of paranormal investigators who met there to learn more about the inn's hauntings as well as a chance to work with Dustin Pari of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International." comments
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Community rallies to support Sandy Hook student battling cancer

Jennifer Williams and Trent Trent Williams likes pandas, playing football, riding his bicycle, and other activities typical for 6-year-old boys. But Trent faces a long road to recovery in his fight against an aggressive form of brain cancer. comments
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Hail to the holidays: Youth group returns to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for third time

Virginia Youth Chorale For many people, singing at the White House is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Singing there for the third time, then, must mean a charmed existence for a choir of local teens. comments
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Thanks, but no thanks: Shoppers turn to frozen foods for guests who say no to meat

An array of vegan Thanksgiving Thanks to an array of healthy turkey alternatives, a traditional Thanksgiving feast no longer has to be a famine for people who do not eat meat. comments
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An Ornamental Tradition

Kuntzler ornament CROSS JUNCTION -- Hundreds of small, square boxes are stacked on shelves in a storage room at Timber Ridge School. More boxes sit on a shelf in Troy Newbraugh's office at the school. comments
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Down to the Village

Cecilaine and Steve Hecker's Christmas village WOODSTOCK -- Cecilaine and Steve Hecker have quite a story or two to tell every holiday season. Their Christmas stories are not what others might expect; they often change from year to year and they are not family stories. comments
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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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Leading the herd: Top sheep dogs compete for title at national finals

sheepdog1.jpg MIDDLETOWN -- Thousands of dog lovers -- along with 150 well-trained dogs and 650 sheep -- will descend upon Belle Grove Plantation in the coming week for the National Sheepdog Finals. comments
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Turning a page: Store owner draws on love of reading for business

Jonathan Yulish stands inside his bookstore FRONT ROYAL -- From bringing in authors and food demonstrations, to simply offering a place to buy new bestsellers in Front Royal, Main Street Book Co. is looking to fill more than one niche on the street from which it takes its name. comments
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Eye on nutrition: New cafe aims to meet special dietary needs

Michelle O'Reilly shows off a basket of hot chili peppers STRASBURG -- Anyone who has ever had difficulty finding healthy food that caters to their food allergies is in for a sweet treat. comments
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Optician's book aims to educate children, parents on glasses

Optician David B. Miller WINCHESTER -- Early eye care is more important than many parents realize, according to David B. Miller, an optician who recently published his first book, a children's story that stresses the importance of good eyesight. comments
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Hidden truth: Woodstock author reveals area war stories in four-book series

Retired United Methodist pastor Robert Brookover holds a copy of his book The tale may take place 150 years ago, but the author is using the latest method to get his book to readers. comments
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Home tour spotlights design elements, raises funds for hospice

The kitchen in the home of Stephanie and Brice Duvall WINCHESTER - When Stephanie and Brice Duvall designed their home on Handley Avenue more than five years ago, there were two things Mrs. Duvall says she had to have in it -- a kitchen area that was open to the family room and a large island in the kitchen's center. comments
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British farce opens Little Theatre's 81st season

1wlt.jpg WINCHESTER -- What's the secret of comedy? Timing ... and doors. As the cast and crew of Winchester Little Theatre begin their 81st season, they intend for their first play, "Out of Order," to draw laughs from the audience in classic British farce style. comments

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