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Spinning copper on a converted wood turner in his home workshop, John Akkus of Stephens City can design almost anything, but when asked, he couldn't single out any favorites. They're all made from copper with silver plating, and each is one of a kind.
Strasburg's biannual Holiday Heritage Homes Tour will roll out the welcome mat this weekend, featuring homes at 262 Sharpe St., 295 W. Queen St. and 117 High St., Mount Pleasant 1812 Bed & Breakfast at 292 Hite Lane and the newly renovated Strasburg Presbyterian Church on South Holliday Street, which will host refreshments.
What do you do with a day off from school or work due to snow? Build snowmen, of course. Tuesday's snow was perfect for snowballs and snowmen. Northern Virginia Daily readers submitted these photos of the valley invaders. To view more, visit www.nvdaily.com
After Sunday's ice storm, power outages were minor in the Valley, but many throughout Virginia are reporting a loss of power as another winter storm approaches the Commonwealth.
Strasburg residents braved chilly temperatures on Saturday for the town's annual Christmas parade. Among the participants in this year's parade were law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel, pageant queens, the Strasburg Marching Band, cheerleaders, sports teams, several floats and local businesses, and of course, Santa Claus. A big cheer went up for the Signal Knob FFA chapter students as they marched through town. The chapter was named the outstanding middle school chapter in the nation this year. Photos by Linda O'Dell Ash/Daily
FRONT ROYAL - Warren County's first land auction for unpaid taxes in several years brought in less than $70,000 on Thursday.
Ten new babies will now be calling Warren County home. Miti and Ally, cheetahs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, each gave birth to a litter in November.
The scaffolding that surrounds Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson is hard to miss, but the short-term repair work it's hiding is intended to keep the church going strong.
WOODSTOCK -- Some area homeless men aren't just surviving the winter, they're making a statement.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City featured band members from every state -- among them five of Strasburg's own.
Marissa Sager, 17, of Strasburg, a second year culinary arts student at Triplett Tech in Top: Mount Jackson, garnishes this freshly baked pumpkin pie with sugar cookies during class on Tuesday. The students baked 26 pumpkin pies, 27 cheese cakes, and 57 pumpkin rolls and sold them at the school.
Above: Maria Romero, 17, of Mount Jackson, a second year culinary arts student at Triplett Tech, applies icing to a group of cookies that students baked on Tuesday. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
The area could see a few snowflakes early Tuesday, though sledding season is still far off.
More than two years after a devastating fire tore through the church building at Strasburg Presbyterian Church, construction has been completed, but rebuilding efforts continue.
WINCHESTER -- An alternative to the frenzied Black Friday hustle and bustle is catching on with shoppers and storeowners in Downtown Winchester.
Forrest Stafford of Gerrardstown, W. Va., gives some arch support to the McDonald's sign on South Street in Front Royal. Stafford was replacing light bulbs and performing some wiring work. Rich Cooley/Daily
Sabrina Perea, 11, a sixth grader at Warren County Middle School, sings while standing in front of the cast of "Yes, Virginia," a musical produced by the Blue Ridge Arts Council and Warren County Public Schools. The children performed at the gazebo in Front Royal during the town's Founders Day celebration on Saturday. The musical will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Warren County Middle School Auditorium. Linda Ash/Daily
Randall Mason of Gainesville trout fishes with his fly rod along Passage Creek near Elizabeth Furnace in the George Washington National Forest. Rich Cooley/Daily
FRONT ROYAL -- At a Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Front Royal on Monday, Maj. Gen. Maurice H. "Maury" Forsyth, president of Randolph-Macon Academy, quoted a prayer Eleanor Roosevelt wrote:
Jonathan Kuiper's identical twin brother Stephen was on his way to his own baby shower when a car accident killed him. Family were all traveling to the shower in Crofton, Md., when it became a wake.
In the Kids Voting elections that took place Wednesday in Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Warren and Clarke, children around the area voted predominantly Republican, according to area supervisors.
Everyone said he was crazy when Principal Alan Fox suggested Warren County Middle School offer a musical this fall.
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.
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.
It was around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday when a portion of the crowd at the Winchester Speedway turned ugly. The ugliness was directed toward Kristin Cabral, whose only apparent crime was running for Congress as a Democrat.
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.
WINCHESTER -- Nearly 400 American flags waving in a warm breeze welcomed those attending the annual Winchester-Frederick County Veterans Council Memorial Day Service on Monday morning at Shenandoah Memorial Park.
STRASBURG -- Two people were taken to hospitals -- one by helicopter -- following a three-vehicle crash on Va. 55 (John Marshall Highway) just north of Va. 633 (Red Bud Road) Thursday afternoon.
The victim of the single-vehicle accident on eastbound Interstate-66, east of Front Royal, is loaded into a medical helicopter after the interstate was shut down Wednesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
WINCHESTER -- That last-ditch effort to find the perfect gift at the perfect price is a holiday tradition with a few days left to celebrate.
FRONT ROYAL -- Snow blanketed the Northern Shenandoah Valley Thursday, canceling school and causing several traffic crashes, including a pileup on Interstate 81 near Edinburg.
WINCHESTER -- A man of many interests has taken the helm of the Lord Fairfax Health District.