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Speaker: Israel, Palestine pawns in deadly game

Eli Sperling WINCHESTER -- After nearly four years in Tel Aviv, Israel, studying Middle East relations, Eli Sperling has much to say. comments
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Lending a room: Elledge family takes in traveler as one of their own

1kosovo.jpg 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. comments
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Authors cause 'Ripple'

Todd Freiwald of Fort Valley and his three sons As a long-time law-enforcement officer, Todd Freiwald has come across a lot of bad guys. That made him worry for his three sons. comments
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Support grows for urban gardens

Pastor Mike Mayton holds a yellow squash WINCHESTER -- Corn stalks and sunflowers tower above squash, okra, cabbage and other vegetables. What sounds like a garden in a rural spot in the Shenandoah Valley actually grows among apartments and homes in the city's north end. comments
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Fresh Outlook: Youths give time to fix up woman's home as part of weeklong program

Lauren Wilson rolls paint FRONT ROYAL - Mildred Giles says the youths who are sprucing up her home as part of the Impact the Valley program are a gift from God. comments
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Answered prayers: Eagle Heights Presbyterian finds a home

The Old Town Events Center WINCHESTER -- A historic church building that in recent years has hosted fundraisers and special events for local nonprofits will soon become a house of worship once again. comments
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Pastor participates in exchange program

WOODSTOCK -- The Rev. Lisa Webb is about to hand the keys to her house, her car and her church to a man she has never met and who is promising to deliver the Loch Ness Monster to the area. comments
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Lutheran Church marks 250 years with celebrations this weekend

Lenord Wilkins sits inside the church's sanctuary By Preston Knight - pknight@nvdaily.com MT. JACKSON -- St. Mary's Pine Lutheran Church is not as old as the hills, but it is as old as it is because of one. The challenges facing churches today are vastly different from centuries ago, and when you reach 250 years old, as St. Mary's has this year, that fact becomes all the more impressive. For example, when the church was officially established in 1760 -- according to a written history, worship started possibly as early as 1745 -- worshippers met at the northern edge or foot of Rude's Hill near the Caverns Road-Interstate 81 interchange because it needed to defend against Indian attacks. Members walked five to 10 miles to church. That, like much involved with St. Mary's, now at 7103 South Middle Road, is ancient history, but it is a part of what is being celebrated all year long for the church's 250th anniversary. Each month, the church is trying to hold one special event, but activities planned for Saturday and Sunday are making this weekend the "big weekend" in terms of celebrating, said Lenord Wilkins, St. Mary's council chairman. At 7 p.m. Saturday, local historian Robert Frye will give a... comments
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Rabbi at Winchester synagogue retires at 70

Rabbi Jonathan Brown WINCHESTER -- The city's only synagogue will have a new leader in July. Beth El Congregation, located on Fairmont Avenue, has hired Rabbi Scott M. Sperling to replace Rabbi Jonathan Brown, who will retire after six years, according to a news release. comments
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Couple plan ministry for troubled juveniles

Josette and Paul Miller inside their church NEW MARKET -- After learning of the Rock of Ages mission and spending a week in Cleveland, Tenn., helping the cause, Josette and Paul Miller found a cause of their own: Guiding troubled youth along a more spiritual path to enlightenment, happiness and freedom. comments

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