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Amazing journey: Local rocketry expert reflects on NASA's shuttle program

Charles Leeper stands inside the observatory MIDDLETOWN -- Space travel should never be considered routine. If it seems that way to modern Americans, credit the space shuttle program, NASA's one-time prodigy, which has been propelling astronauts and equipment into space with the force of a rocket and returning them to earth with the ease of a jet glider for 30 years. comments
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Grant to fund housing for seniors

WOODSTOCK -- Senior citizens will have another alternative for affordable housing thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. comments
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Public schools seeking seniors for certain jobs

WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Public Schools is seeking employees after all. A program funded through a U.S. Department of Labor grant to the National Council On Aging will open the doors for people 55 and older in need of employment and who meet certain financial criteria beginning this fall. comments
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Deerely beloved: Local pastor, farmer makes hobby of collecting tractors

Larry Andrews stands in front of a John Deere 1934 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. 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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Navigating the way

Noell helps Hoppe and Saul FRONT ROYAL - The saying "getting old ain't for sissies" can take on a whole new meaning when it comes time for seniors to learn how to use a computer and the Internet. comments
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You & Me: Program helps couples cope with memory-loss diagnosis

you1.jpg WINCHESTER -- Couples face a hard time when a spouse begins to suffer from memory-loss ailments such as Alzheimer's. Now the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging has started a new initiative to help couples at an early stage cope with the problems associated with the diseases. comments
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Still cookin': Consulate Health resident keeps sweets coming

Thelma Mathias holds her completed Grape-Nut dessert WOODSTOCK -- Thelma Mathias remains leery of the dangers of the unknown. Her greatest fear in life may not be baking a dessert that makes someone keel over, but you should know this much -- she is usually not in the business of taking risks with recipes she pretty much knows like the back of her sugar-coated hands. comments
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Elves for the elderly

Connie Broy works on a quilt WOODSTOCK -- Their lists for Santa are as simple as they come. A Wal-Mart gift card, a Food Lion gift card, a gas card that is "desperately" needed -- these are the things that will make this Christmas one to remember for a select number of Shenandoah County seniors. And anyone can be the one to make it happen. comments
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Price of care: Woman's insurance costs soar after surgery

Niki Mason holds her Shih Tzu FORT VALLEY -- When Niki Mason first noticed a swishing sound in one of her ears, she didn't think much of it. But as the noise level grew, so did her concerns. comments

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