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Mystery dinner: Joe's Steakhouse takes patrons back to Old West

1joes.jpg WOODSTOCK-- Lately, one question has been on the lips of the patrons of Joe's Steakhouse in Woodstock: Who killed Mitch Maverick? Upon walking in on certain nights in July, customers found the restaurant and bar transformed into the set of "Murder at the Deadwood Saloon," "where the whiskey never runs dry and the saloon girls are fresh." comments
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Wilderness medicine is a passion for physician

2livermon.jpg Dr. Jeff Livermon might not practice high-altitude or dive medicine or tactical combat casualty care at his family practice in Winchester, but he could. And he's got the medallion to prove it. comments
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Group effort: Library meeting helps novices with family history search

Kristin Noell displays an 1880s census document FRONT ROYAL -- Ever since she was a teenager, Juanita Atwood longed to embark on a seemingly endless scavenger hunt in search of new and revealing facts about her family history. comments
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Photographer captured Presley's life pre-fame

1elvis.jpg WINCHESTER -- It was a cold day in March 1956 when a young photojournalist first crossed paths with a 21-year-old Elvis Presley. comments
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Trial run: Students help with hospital's clinical research

interns1.jpg Chelsea Bradley and Brittany Popko, summer interns with Valley Health at Winchester Medical Center, have an opportunity that few of their peers do -- the chance to gain knowledge about everything that goes on in a hospital, from birth until death. comments
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Lending a room: Elledge family takes in traveler as one of their own

1kosovo.jpg EDINBURG - When your faith journey leads you from Hawaii to living at a vineyard to volunteering at a shelter for Los Angeles' homeless youths, and those aren't even the most compelling stopping points along the way, you must have really done something. Larush Ramosaj has. comments
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History at Sunset: Ranger-conducted program shows devastation of war

Eric Campbell stands on the grounds at Belle Grove MIDDLETOWN -- Even though the National Park Service has had a presence in Middletown since 2002, many people don't know it. comments
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Compost-haste: Recycling food as fertilizer improves upon land

Steve Carroll works on a compost pile Any backyard gardener can help the environment by composting. In fact, it's simple enough that anyone who wants to save money and make a difference can do it. comments
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Poetry readings put focus on literary arts

Kristin Zimet and Robert Lesman go over some of the material WINCHESTER -- Below the surface of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is a wellspring of artistic talent just waiting to gush forth. comments
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Rivers West: Barbecue sauce is locally manufactured and sold

A bottle of Rivers West Bar-B-Q sauce FRONT ROYAL -- If anyone told local businessman Richard "Rick" Rutherford two years ago that his barbecue sauce would take off like wildfire, he wouldn't have believed it. comments
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Start them early: Dentists advise visiting sooner

Laura Barker holds her 2-year-old son WINCHESTER -- How early is too early for a child's first trip to the dentist? Up until recently, dentists recommended parents have their child make their first visit at age 4 or 5. comments
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Irving Berlin classic offers respite from heat

christmas1.jpg WINCHESTER -- A favorite among Americans for almost 60 years, the musical version of a film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye makes its Winchester debut as the fourth and final production of the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre at Shenandoah University. comments
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Local farmer uses environmentally friendly practices

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EDINBURG -- On a hillside off of Swover Creek Road, snorts and snuffles can be heard coming from the woods. A couple dozen of Jordan Green's pigs are sleeping away a near-triple-digit day in the shade of the trees. comments
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Deerely beloved: Local pastor, farmer makes hobby of collecting tractors

Larry Andrews stands in front of a John Deere 1934 CHESTER GAP -- American folk hero Will Rogers is credited with saying he never met a man he didn't like. In the case of Larry Andrews, it can be safely said that he probably never saw a John Deere tractor he didn't like. comments
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You can help your college-bound kid

college1.jpg Next month, 20 million students will go to college -- more than 3 million of them for the first time. Parents can help. Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman, authors of the new book The Secrets of College Success, offer their top 10 tips for parents of college-bound students: comments
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Air quality and asthma: Index a guide for when it's best to stay indoors

asthma inhaler Savoring the sights, sounds and smells of summer in the Shenandoah Valley is not so easy for people who are at risk in the outdoors they love so much. comments
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Food for thought: Class at Shenandoah Arts Council teaches free-writing, creativity

Maggie Stetler talks WINCHESTER -- When the Shenandoah Arts Council's board of directors rewrote its mission statement earlier this year, it went out of its way to include not only visual arts, but performing and literary arts as well. comments
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Purchasing power: Housing grant to help communities fix, resell foreclosures for less

Robert G. Goldsmith stands outside a home Thanks to a generous grant from Virginia's neighborhood stabilization program, officials in the Northern Shenandoah Valley have acquired a handful of foreclosed properties and are renovating them to give low-, moderate- and middle-income families affordable housing opportunities. comments
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Salute to Seuss: Shenandoah summer theater takes on the doctor

Tom Sweitzer rehearses WINCHESTER -- This summer at Shenandoah University, they're setting the stage for a salute to Seuss. comments
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Crabill's Meats announces the return of cloth bologna

1Crabills.jpg TOMS BROOK-- In a recent advertisement for Crabill's Retail Store in Toms Brook, the establishment announced with enthusiasm that cloth bologna is back. comments
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'She's Got You': Patsy Cline-inspired dinner theater offers history, fun for fans

1cline.jpg STEPHENSON -- Those who love history, theater and the music of Patsy Cline would be "crazy" to miss the upcoming opportunity to catch all three in the same place beginning July 9 at Historic Jordan Springs in Stephenson. comments
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Review: Shenandoah's 'Oklahoma!' a timeless escape

Oklahoma.jpg WINCHESTER -- The timeless charms of "Oklahoma!" are manifest at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. comments
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Paradise: Couple turn backyard into a slice of heaven without breaking bank

1Hokkkanen5_6_17_10.jpg WINCHESTER -- The plants, trees, trellises, bridges and other features that make Debbie and Niles Hokkanen's yard on Green Spring Road their own slice of paradise could have cost them thousands.But by piecing it together a little at a time -- buying plants on clearance, getting embellishments at yard sales, and, perhaps most importantly, putting in all the labor themselves -- their unique outdoor oasis has been accomplished on a budget. comments
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Local bluegrass staple to open for Seldom Scene

5Kind_6_10.jpg STRASBURG -- Jimmy Drummond has found a way to increase his friend count without using Facebook. It's called bluegrass music. comments
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Winchester girl faces kidney problems after E. coli infection

1kidney.jpg WINCHESTER -- Haley Chapman plays outside like many other 6-year-old children. She even looks forward to starting first grade at Greenwood Mill Elementary School this fall. What Haley doesn't show is that she suffers from an illness and, according to her family and doctors, needs a kidney transplant. comments

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