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FRONT ROYAL -- The white-naped crane breeding program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute continues to thrive with the recent hatching of two chicks.
WINCHESTER -- Winchester has become the new New York, at least for recent NYC transplant Frank D'Alessio -- though minus the traffic, the smog and, most importantly, the stress. For D'Alessio, 46, that's the best part about living in Virginia.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Shenandoah National Park are inviting people to go "Beyond the Trailhead" on June 5 as part of National Trails Day.
STEPHENSON - Winsome Earle Sears always has a story to tell. Sears, a former Marine and Virginia state legislator, has traveled down many different roads, all of which have produced various tales, but the constant thread that runs throughout her storied life remains unwavering: her faith.
James Phillips can remember a time when the Valley Baseball League was nothing more than a Sunday sandlot activity. There were no expensive charter buses to ship the players from town to town, no lights to play games after dusk. Players would gather each weekend, most of them scrounged together from around the local town, and play baseball.
STEPHENS CITY -- For everything that makes the Family Drive-In Theatre such a nostalgic hit, the premise seems so modern-day couch potato.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has long been synonymous with summertime in the valley, bringing great music to the area and offering an enchanting outdoor venue in Orkney Springs.
Camps have long been ingrained in children's summer vacations, offering memories of fun in the sun, the chance for children to enjoy their independence and friendships that last a lifetime.
MT. JACKSON -- Four bands will battle it out Saturday for a chance to open for bluegrass band Cherryholmes at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival this summer. Barrels, Barbecue & Bands will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Cave Ridge Vineyard in Mt. Jackson, and will feature an afternoon of food, wine and music.
WINCHESTER-- Always being prepared is a quality prized by Boy Scouts around the country, but it takes something else to run with a plan when it leaves you completely unprepared for what will come next.
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County resident Tim Frees represents what the Virginia Senior Games are all about.
FRONT ROYAL - It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time that led Christopher Shannon to write his latest book, "Bowery to Broadway: The American Irish in Classic Hollywood Cinema" (University of Scranton Press). The associate professor of history at Christendom College in Front Royal has written books before, but nothing like this.
Mary Pat Corrigan runs her hands down the spine of her 81⁄2-year-old American dingo, Nadia. Nadia's white head begins to droop and her panting slows as she feels her owner's fingers working their magic on her back and hip. She stands completely still.
I won't ever forget the day. My husband and I both took the morning off to be there and promised to call our parents when it was over. Never before had I even considered taking him along on a visit to the gynecologist, but armed with a big blue plus sign, it wasn't hard to convince him he needed to be there.
FRONT ROYAL-- To Diane Rasmussen, every woman has a goddess within her. Rasmussen is the designer behind D-Vine Creations, which features jewelry made of semi-precious stones and metals.
FRONT ROYAL -- At first glance, it's obvious that the two-story, three-bay brick dwelling perched above U.S. 522 in Warren County has seen better days.
WINCHESTER -- As part of this year's Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, violinist Midori -- with special guest pianist Charles Abramovic -- will perform at Shenandoah University on Friday evening.
Extreme sports enthusiasts enjoy the new Warren County Skatepark in Front Royal on a recent spring day. The park attracted about 170 people on its opening day, which was April 17.
WINCHESTER -- Most mothers don't lose their sons so soon. Mark and Sheri Miller's only child succumbed to a battle with colorectal cancer in his parents' home on Aug. 16, 2009. Last month he would have turned 29. It was a painful process.
BERRYVILLE -- As far as Wayne Groves is concerned, the opportunity to move his business and family to Berryville was heaven-sent.
WINCHESTER -- For Jack and Brookie Phillips, every Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival brings back memories.
FRONT ROYAL -- Stephanie Seely has it all planned out, and from the outside looking in, it sounds pretty good.
WINCHESTER -- Drug shipments gone bad, characters pretending to be someone they aren't and a plot veiled in mystery might not sound like a comedy. But Winchester Little Theatre Director Barbara Swink assures that it is.
MIDDLETOWN - What's the difference between a good playwright and a great one? The ability to turn criticism into gold.
BERRYVILLE -- Remnants of the Old Battletown Hotel, homemade food and a family atmosphere are some of the reasons why The Berryville Grille is fast becoming the place to be in Clarke County.
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