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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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Wood-oven cooking class will feature pizzas, appetizers

Kelley L. Miller holds a pizza fresh out of the oven FRONT ROYAL --Kelley L. Miller is hoping now that she's designed a better wood fire oven, people will beat a path to her door. comments
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Peer-taught classes serve those affected by mental illness

Ami Mitchell is holding workshops WINCHESTER -- While some local services for people with mental illnesses are seeing cuts, one organization is looking to fill the rising need with classes for mental illness sufferers and their families. 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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Poetry group offers place to share work

Carolyn Wolfe is the leader of a poetry group WINCHESTER -- There's a new place in town where writers can go when they need a little inspiration or support. Or, they can just sit quietly and listen. comments
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Through the looking glass: Local therapist says dreams a reflection of the dreamer

The meaning of dreams The study of dreams has long eluded many people who wonder what their dreams mean. Premonitions, love for a dream person, or simply a retelling of something recently seen on TV are usual suggestions that explain plot lines of dreams. comments
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Rough rocky road: Local music teacher to release long-awaited first CD

Con Burch, of Fort Valley, sings FORT VALLEY -- After three years of recording, local music teacher Con Burch's patience has finally paid off. 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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Spice it up: Winchester's first Salsafest to benefit area nonprofits

Stacey Iden dances with her instructor, Jorge Figueroa WINCHESTER -- The parking garage will get a lot more personality this weekend. The normally dull rooftop of Court Square Autopark in Winchester will be transformed Saturday night for Salsafest, a celebration of food, music and dance to benefit local nonprofits. comments
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'Experience India': Two of Virginia's newest winemakers bring the taste of their native land to the table

Pandit and Sudha Patil stand inside the tasting room AMISSVILLE -- The motto, "experience India ... taste Virginia," unites the past and present for the owners of Narmada Winery in Rappahannock County, who pair Indian food with their own award-winning Virginia wine. comments
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Handy work: Ex-carpenter opens new location as massage therapist

Massage therapist Nate Cravener WINCHESTER -- If you have heard someone describe an athlete as being built like a house, you have heard Nate Cravener's depiction of every human body. comments
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For one local dad, every day is take your child to work day

Doug Bowen works at his computer FRONT ROYAL -- For most people who walk through the doors of Ramsey Hardware, the store is simply a place to get a key cut or pick up a box of nails. comments
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Couple share music with the world on YouTube

Patrick "Mac" McCauley and Barbara "Annie" Stevens perform bluegrass FRONT ROYAL - Most days, the sweet sounds of old-time music can be heard coming down from the mountains outside Front Royal from the porch of Barbara "Annie" Stevens and Patrick "Mac" McCauley. comments
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Striking a chord

1striking.jpg MIDDLETOWN - The best stories stick with you long after the curtain falls. Wayside Theatre hopes that its upcoming play, "Striking 12," will be one such performance -- one that will both entertain and leave audience members with a feeling of goodwill. comments
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Volunteer drive

Millie Gill helps provide rides Millie Gill is not only a 24-year cancer survivor, she is someone who is determined to help others fight the disease, too. comments

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