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Pool rules: Lifeguards stress safety so swimmers can have fun

lifeguard1.jpg 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. comments
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Fun and games: Local dogs compete in national obedience, agility tournaments

Bear races through the weave 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. comments
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'Oklahoma!': University's second summer musical has important past

Susan McCormack-Pike swings a pistol 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!" comments
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Local midwives offer alternative to hospital birth

Midwives Desiree Cripps and Aimee Fairman WOODSTOCK -- Aimee Fairman and Desiree Cripps say there is nothing like a home birth, and they should know. comments
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Jessica Wiant: Dessert with dad a special memory

He'd order coffee, and I'd get milk. We'd both go all-in and order Hot Fudge Cake. comments
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Band of brothers: Galanis teens help make up Southern Governor

band1.jpg WINCHESTER -- If ever a garage band had a chance at making a name for itself, it would be Southern Governor. comments
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John Horan: Wayside's 'Shenandoah': Heart-felt but plodding

Brandon Wells and Troy Chandler Van Meter 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. comments
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Casual Fridays: New farmers market offers local food, community atmosphere

casual1.jpg 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. comments
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Camp goes high-tech

Donna Eagle holds a Lego robotic creation MIDDLETOWN -- Children and teens who wish to be more involved with the video games and movies they love will have the opportunity to get behind the scenes at the premiere Digital Arts Camp at Lord Fairfax Community College. comments
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Jessica Wiant: Children are best vacation partners

You've heard the saying "So much to do and so little time." As a new mom, sometimes I feel like my time is already up. comments
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Hitting home: Wayside's 'Shenandoah' shows costs of war

The cast rehearsing a church scene MIDDLETOWN-- The latest production at Wayside Theatre does what every good show does -- it affects you, says actor Richard Follett. comments
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Moving on up: Practice expands to make room for popular weight-loss program

Jacqueline Post demonstrates taking measurements STEPHENS CITY -- Allure Medical & Wellness is evidence that health and beauty often do go hand in hand. comments
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Collected memories: Book about Shenandoah County features photos from residents

Jean Martin holds a copy of "Shenandoah County" EDINBURG -- The whole notion of not judging a book by its cover can be tossed out the window for the latest depiction of Shenandoah County's rich history. comments
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Smithsonian institute's white-naped cranes hatch two chicks

White-naped cranes FRONT ROYAL -- The white-naped crane breeding program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute continues to thrive with the recent hatching of two chicks. comments
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Big Apple transplant opens bagel shop in Winchester

Frank D'Alessio discusses some of the food his deli offers 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. comments
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Trails day a free, educational event for hikers of all skill levels

Chris Miller and Drew Albright hike 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. comments
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Author teaches readers to live like Christians

Winsome Earle Sears 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. comments
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Boys of summer: Season wouldn't be the same without America's pastime

fans watch a game 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. comments
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'Under the stars'

Vehicles line up STEPHENS CITY -- For everything that makes the Family Drive-In Theatre such a nostalgic hit, the premise seems so modern-day couch potato. comments
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Music festivals: Cue the music

Cherryholmes 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. comments
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Summer camps: Something for everyone

Douglas Malick puckers up with the farm's 3-year-old camel 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. comments
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Cave Ridge Vineyard to host Barrels, Barbecue & Bands

cave1.jpg 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. comments
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Eagle Scout project will honor WWII soldiers

Boy Scout Sammy Hutchins and Ed Elvira select pink and red knockout roses 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. comments
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Frees style: Front Royal man places in Virginia Senior Games

Tim Frees performs the butterfly stroke FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County resident Tim Frees represents what the Virginia Senior Games are all about. comments
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Ties that bind: Professor pens book about Irish-Americans in classic films

Christopher Shannon stands outside St. John the Evangelist Library 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. comments

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