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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."
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.
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.
WINCHESTER -- It was a cold day in March 1956 when a young photojournalist first crossed paths with a 21-year-old Elvis Presley.
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.
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.
MIDDLETOWN -- Even though the National Park Service has had a presence in Middletown since 2002, many people don't know it.
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.
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.
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