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Children learn stock showing tricks at Frederick fair camp

STEPHENSON -- Learning the ropes of county fairs includes knowing how to tie the right knot.

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Frederick contestants lead steer, cattle to judges

STEPHENSON -- If government statistics are accurate, apples remain the king of agriculture in Frederick County.

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Relatives of Revolutionary War hero reunite for grave marking ceremony

MIDDLETOWN -- In describing how he's trying to get his 11-year-old son interested in history, Dan Tullos unknowingly depicted the transformation Tom Chrisman went through not too long ago.

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Hard Times: Nonprofits struggle with smaller donations in recession

NEW MARKET -- In his 60 years, Jimmie Laughlin has slammed lumber over his left knee to get a date, not flinched when his two broken fingers were put back into place, inexplicably woken from a two-week coma and won $1,000 in a scratch-off lottery game.

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Hard times: Tourists find ways to save money, enjoy local attractions

Tim Dore's family always wanted to travel on Skyline Drive. This summer, the Dores, of Butler, N.J., are taking advantage of cheaper gas prices to motor along the 105-mile scenic parkway on their way to Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Shawnee Kennel Club donates pet oxygen masks to fire and rescue services in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL -- Volunteer emergency services in the town and Warren County just became a little more pet-friendly.

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Woodstock eyes 'pooper scooper' ordinance

WOODSTOCK -- Town officials are considering making dog owners responsible for picking up their pooch's poop if it's left on someone else's property.

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Cool under pressure: Pampered pups put on a show at Clarke fairgrounds

BERRYVILLE -- Linda Madden says her two Scottish Deerhounds are generally relaxed pets, even when all eyes are centered on them at dog competitions.

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Hard Times: Many continue or return to education in downturn

MIDDLETOWN -- Hope Athey arrives early for "College 101," takes a seat at the back of the room and glances over her shoulder as the rest of the group, mostly teenagers and a few parents, shuffles in.

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Hard Times: Family struggle

Until recently, the housing industry was very good to Jeff Carter. Carter, of Strasburg, worked for an excavation company that did contracting for major homebuilders. During the boom years, there was work to spare -- 60 hours a week, sometimes seven days a week. But when the region's housing market collapsed starting in 2007, Carter's job went with it.

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