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August 8, 2009

NVDaily WINCHESTER -- The pundits may say the recession is easing and a recovery is on the horizon, but try telling that to the dozens of jobless residents who line up daily for assistance at the local Virginia Employment Commission office.





How has the recession affected you?

This summer, the Daily is looking at the recession and how it has affected the lives of Northern Shenandoah Valley residents. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be updating this section with news and features as well as multimedia, including video, audio and maps.

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If you would like to share your story on how the recession is affecting you or your business, post it to our Hard Times Blog

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August 1, 2009

STRASBURG -- The golden arches at the town's scenic northern gateway are a little harder to spot these days, tucked away in a gas station-convenience store just off the busy interstate.


July 25, 2009

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.


July 18, 2009

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.


July 11, 2009

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.


July 3, 2009

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.


June 27, 2009

Economic woes will never rob the Northern Shenandoah Valley of its picturesque views.


June 20, 2009

Penelope Saville worked three jobs for years to get her finances back in order after a divorce, all in the hopes of owning a home.







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