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Car hits tree at Fishers Hill

A southbound SUV left the roadway at Fishers HIll on Old Valley Pike and went down an embankment and struck a tree Monday morning. More information on the crash was not available Monday night. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Rooftop art

Bethany Egan, left, and Ruben Janes, both of The Plains, paint on top of this metal roof at the corner of Massanutten and Washington streets in Strasburg recently. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Ringo takes the lead

Bugsy Cline, of Front Royal, walks his beagle Ringo down Main Street in Front Royal near their home recently. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Wait for it

Bridgid Crisman, 18, and Garland Sager, 21, both of Edinburg, fish along Stony Creek off Water Street in Edinburg on a summer afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
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A little off the side

Ashby Grimsley, 70, of Front Royal, trims a line of white pines along his property on Morgan Ford Road near his home. Grimsley trims the trees once a year. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Catching dinner

John Randall, of Woodstock, fishes along the bridge at Chapman Landing Road north of Edinburg on a warm summer afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Agriculture in Brief

The following food festivals are scheduled this month:
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Strasburg streetscape work continues

Mike Hardin, an electrician's helper for Shallow Creek LLC of Winchester, installs a bulb in one of Strasburg's new King Street street lamps on Wednesday afternoon. The new street lamps are part of the town's Downtown Streetscape Project. Crews plan to begin milling and paving along King Street next week. Rich Cooley/Daily
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In a story Tuesday about Shenandoah County school bus and car driver safety awards, award recipient Dianne Orndorff was misidentified.
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Crash halts I-81 traffic

A collision between two vehicles prompted closure of northbound Interstate 81 near the Stephens City exit around 7 p.m. Monday. Traffic was backed up about 2 miles, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation website 511virginia.org. No further information about the accident was available Monday night. Linda Ash/Daily
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Hey, it's a supermoon

A "supermoon" rises over the Massanutten Mountain beside this communications tower at Signal Knob in this view from Strasburg on Friday night. When a full moon comes close in its elliptical orbit around the Earth, it appears bigger and brighter than usual. There will be two more supermoons this summer, on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Lazy day on the river

Randi Wines, of Front Royal, kayaks down the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Riverton recently. Wines and her family floated from Strasburg Town Park to the Riverton Park in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Ice cold lemonade here!

Audrey Kepler, 7, left, Aubrey LeBlanc, 11, center, and Elizabeth Kepler, 11, spend a summer's day selling lemonade, baked goods and doggie treats outside of the Kepler's home on East Queen Street in Strasburg. Aubrey's brother Ben, 9, took care of the advertising by using a sign to direct traffic to the stand at the intersection of Queen and Massanutten streets. Rich Cooley/Daily
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In a story in Friday's edition, it notes that Blue Ridge Shadows LLC has been charged with prohibited disposal of waste and accumulation of refuse on its property located on U.S. 340-522 in Warren County. The debris has accumulated at the end of the unfinished portion of Hospitality Drive across from Toray Drive. The land noted in the story is not owned by Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows or the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club.
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A colorful walk

Michael Harris, on his way to his apartment, walks past a splash of color on Main Street in Front Royal on a summer afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Bridge replacement project on schedule

The South Fork bridge replacement project remains on schedule as workers build concrete piers and construct a new intersection at U.S. 340-522 and Va. 55 (Strasburg Road). The project replaces the current crossing over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The new quadrant roadway intersection that eliminates the left turn from Va. 55 at U.S. 340-522 will be opened when the bridge is completed, Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Slack said Tuesday. The contractor brought about 200 truck loads of dirt for the new intersection - the first of its kind in the district. VDOT contracted with G.A. & F.C. Wagman of York, Pennsylvania, to build the $48.4 million project scheduled to open in late 2017. Visit http://www.warrencountyva.net/ and click on the link for information about the new intersection. Rich Cooley/Daily
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The lottery numbers for Monday's Decades of $ drawing were 03-06-08-15-37-42.
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Looking for bait

Skyler Stead, 8, of Edinburg, scouts for minnows in the Shenandoah River near Woodstock. Skyler was hoping to catch the small fish and use it for fishing bait. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Tubing along

Armando Holloway/Vicente and his cousin Jesus Rodriguez, both 5, of Edinburg, float along the Shenandoah River near Chapman Landing in Edinburg on a hot summer afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Storm leaves a bit of a mess

A fierce storm that blew through the region Wednesday downed trees and knocked down some electrical lines.
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A splashingly good time

Alan Hernandez, 3, of Winchester, cools off outside the splash pad on the Loudoun Street Mall earlier this week. Showers and thunderstorms are likely today, mainly after noon. The high will be near 86. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Time to cool off

Angie Johnson holds her son Jesse, 23 months, of Stevensville, Md., while the pair cool off outside the splash pad at Strasburg's town pool on Tuesday. Temperatures reached the low 90s throughout the region for the first day of July. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Front Royal man among Carnegie Heroes

A Front Royal man is among 22 people who will be honored with cash awards and medals for heroism by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
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The Grand Feature Parade

Top: Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps march down Braddock Street in Winchester during the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday.
Above: Robert Griffin and Jackie Griffin II , parents of Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III, wave to the crowd during the parade. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
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Queen's Dinner

Top: David Gum, CEO of Henkel Harris Furniture in Winchester, unveils a jewelry box that he presented to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival queen designate Alexandra "Ali" Astin, 17, during the Queen's Dinner held Thursday night at the Lee Jackson Best Western Banquet Room in Winchester. Above: Alexandra "Ali" Astin and her escort Hunter Thompson, 17, of Middletown, make their entrance at the Queen's Dinner under the sabers of Randolph Macon Academy cadets. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
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Daily wins top prize for excellence in advertising, news

The Northern Virginia Daily took home the top prize in its circulation group for overall excellence in news and advertising at the annual Virginia Press Association awards ceremony held in Richmond on Saturday night.
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2013 Shenandoah County Fair - Nationwide Demolition Derby

Nationwide Demolition Derby WOODSTOCK -- Spectators covered their ears and cheered drivers on during the Nationwide Demolition Derby held Monday night during the Shenandoah County Fair. View list of winners and an audio slideshow Audio slideshow by Rich Cooley/Daily The...
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Daily wins sweepstakes award in Virginia Press Association contest

NORFOLK - The Northern Virginia Daily is among the winners of the annual Virginia Press Association's sweepstakes awards, which were presented on Saturday in Norfolk.
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Progress 2013: 2013 the year of growth, investment

The Northern Shenandoah Valley has seen several area businesses prepare to shut down in the past year - Federal Mogul, Henkel Harris, Impressions Plus and C.E. Thompson & Sons, among them. But, many area industries are reporting promising growth.
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Progress 2013: Many small businesses thriving in valley

The Northern Shenandoah Valley is home to a vast array of small and mid-sized businesses that have managed to survive - and, in some cases, thrive - in a down economy.
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A headline in Tuesday's paper regarding the retirment of Glenn R. Williamson incorrectly identified him as the Winchester commonwealth's attorney. He is the Frederick County commonwealth's attorney.
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Va's biggest, costliest election in voters' hands

RICHMOND -- Virginia's biggest, most expensive political season with unprecedented attention from presidential candidates is drawing long lines of voters to polling places across the state, but concerns about the state's new voter ID law appeared overblown.
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Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, threatening its subways and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 10 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.
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Fall cleaning

Barbara Kesser sweeps the sidewalk alongside flowering begonias outside her antique shop on South Main Street in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Clarification (for print only)

In a story on Tuesday, Wanda Darr, the mother of motorcycle crash victim Larry E. Darr, had said the family is not asking for fund-raisers. On Tuesday, she said she had not been aware that some fundraisers had already been approved by another member of the family.
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Local volunteers aid food banks on Commonwealth Day of Gleaning

About two dozen volunteers gathered on a beautiful August morning at Marker-Miller Orchard Farm in Frederick County on Thursday to pick green beans for area food banks.
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2011 Firefighters' Parade

View a slideshow of this year's Firefighters' Parade by Daily photographer Dennis Grundman
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*Officials assessing storm damage across Shenandoah County

MT. JACKSON -- National Weather Service officials were inspecting damage in southern Shenandoah County Thursday morning, where an apparent tornado touched down hours earlier and caused severe damage.
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Apple Blossom schedule

Here is a listing of events for the 84th annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
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* Flood watch in effect through Saturday morning

A flood watch is in effect today through Saturday morning for portions of the northern Shenandoah Valley and the eastern West Virginia Panhandle.

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