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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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Going to extremes

Taylor Hayek takes his BMX bike sideways 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. comments
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Rockin on the river: Festival to raise money for cleanup of Shenandoah

Music promoter Joe Herbert strums his guitar STRASBURG -- Like many big ideas, the concept for the Shenandoah Riverside Festival came about fairly easily. comments
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Warren skate park opens today after multiple weather delays

Joaquan Gonzalez paints By Linwood Outlaw III - loutlaw@nvdaily.com FRONT ROYAL -- After years of planning and months of construction, Warren County's new 15,000-square-foot skate park will open today. Some avid skaters, however, couldn't wait until opening day to test out the new in-ground concrete bowls. The skate park at 101 Kerfoot Ave. will officially open to the public at 8 a.m. It will be open from dawn to dusk, said Daniel P. Lenz, Warren County's parks and recreation director. Construction on the facility began in September and was completed earlier this month. County officials had originally hoped to finish construction in December, but received an extension after inclement weather delayed on-site work. The skate park has features and obstacles that are considered dangerous for skaters without advanced skills. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, officials said. Participants will also be required to wear helmets while using the park. Some people were seen trespassing and using the park weeks before it was even finished, several county officials have said. However, bikers and skaters will be using the park at their own risk. The facility is unsupervised, and the county is not responsible for injuries, Lenz said. Users... comments
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Pathologist has studied, enjoyed insects since childhood

Robert Dillingham points out some bugs By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER - Local pathologist Robert "Bob" Dillingham loves the beetles and the scorpions -- ones more likely to be found near or under rocks rather than in rock music. Dozens of insects line the walls leading to and in his office in the laboratory area at Winchester Medical Center. While some specimens may give a few people the creeps, many of his co-workers delight in having the collection. "[They say] the usual stuff, either 'gross' or 'that's really cool,'" Dillingham said. "This tarantula lived in my office for almost 10 years." That now-dead tarantula, which he named after a fellow pathologist in Leesburg, sits inside a clear, plastic box. "I think it's neat to walk in and see all the things he's got around," said Joseph DeLozier, a first assistant in the operating room for open-heart and bariatric surgery. "It would take more than that to creep me out, all that I've seen." Dillingham's fascination with insects of all kinds started at an early age, when he lived in Panama and his father worked for a branch of Florida State University in the Canal Zone. Central America, where he traveled a lot as a child,... comments
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It's my party: Valley has plenty of birthday celebration options

Maggie Wise, Elise Smith and Julie Brink sing WINCHESTER - Glitter and giggles marked Elise Smith's 10th birthday. The Winchester girl had her first friend party Sunday at You're A Star! & You're A Star, Too! in Apple Blossom Mall. comments
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Loving history: Local author writes fiction about area's storied past

Glenna Loving holds her new book STRASBURG - They lived in the Shenandoah Valley more than 12,000 years ago. They climbed the Blue Ridge Mountains and used the Shenandoah River, and they traveled throughout Fort Valley. Scholars know they were here because they left behind artifacts, but no one knows their name or what happened to them. comments
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Writer's flock: Classes, clubs help children to express themselves in print

Young Writers Program Vanessa Bittel has been writing since she was 6. Her first story, "Jane is Mad," helped her realize a passion for storytelling. The Stephens City resident now enjoys writing mysteries, especially ones that begin with a death. comments
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Pen pals: Writing clubs help members push themselves, make friends

the group, Literary Geniuses, meets On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Winchester resident LaMishia Allen gathered with some friends at Samuels Public Library. The scene was casual as the group took some time to reconnect quickly before settling down to work, but their pens were out, their laptops open. They were not there to socialize. They had come to talk shop. comments
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Month of plotting results in novels

November will shortly settle on the valley, bringing with it colder weather, muted landscapes and, for many, the gift of family and friends in the celebration of Thanksgiving. comments

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