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WINCHESTER -- Below the surface of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is a wellspring of artistic talent just waiting to gush forth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
WINCHESTER -- This summer at Shenandoah University, they're setting the stage for a salute to Seuss.
TOMS BROOK-- In a recent advertisement for Crabill's Retail Store in Toms Brook, the establishment announced with enthusiasm that cloth bologna is back.
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.
WINCHESTER -- The timeless charms of "Oklahoma!" are manifest at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.
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.
STRASBURG -- Jimmy Drummond has found a way to increase his friend count without using Facebook. It's called bluegrass music.
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.
The hotter the weather turns the more area residents will think of hurrying to local pools to cool off and enjoy the summer. Pools can be a source of fun and relaxation, and the best way to ensure that happens is by knowing the rules at each facility.
BOYCE -- Leslie McLean runs alongside her big yellow Lab, motioning for him to shoot through a tunnel, leap over a jump and pause, both the woman and the dog exhibiting speed and coordination.
WINCHESTER -- The musical "Oklahoma!" is one of those productions that never gets old, certainly never dies and always promises that the audience members will leave humming a few of its memorable tunes, from "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" to the title song, "Oklahoma!"
WOODSTOCK -- Aimee Fairman and Desiree Cripps say there is nothing like a home birth, and they should know.
He'd order coffee, and I'd get milk. We'd both go all-in and order Hot Fudge Cake.
WINCHESTER -- If ever a garage band had a chance at making a name for itself, it would be Southern Governor.
MIDDLETOWN -- "Shenandoah" in the Shenandoah Valley? The musical homage to a valley family during the Civil War seems a natural for a local theater. The Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre chose the show as its inaugural production in 1984.
STRASBURG -- A small but lively group of local farmers -- most of them women -- has been gathering in the parking lot of Cristina's Cafe for the past several Friday evenings.
They are there primarily to offer fresh, local produce and other goods, but also to possibly start something bigger.
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