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Border collies focus on geese problem

WINCHESTER -- Maya was just a head, bobbing up and down in the water, eyes locked on the geese.
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Corn farmers likely to see high yields, low prices

Local farmers are reporting that this year should see a strong corn crop, but the market prices may not be quite so positive.
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Animals draw kids to the fair

CLEAR BROOK -- Valerie Miller, 12, of Winchester, said she likes working with rabbits "because they don't moo at you."
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Stats reveal steady corn, soybean acres planted over recent years

According to a recent survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, corn acreage decreased by around 10,000 acres between 2013 and 2014.
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Lake Laura's water quality gets a second chance

In Basye, Lake Laura is getting a second chance.
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Land up for public auction receives no bids

WOODSTOCK -- Three parcels of land in Woodstock were put up for public auction Tuesday, without getting any bites from bidders.
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National park saw fewer visitors in 2013

Recent numbers released by the National Park Service revealed how the 16-day October 2013 government shutdown impacted tourism revenue, both within Shenandoah National Park and surrounding localities.
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Warehousing company plans Front Royal expansion

InterChange Group, Inc., a warehousing and logistics company based out of Harrisonburg, is planning on expanding its Front Royal location.
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Biodiversity project to begin soon in Front Royal

The Smithsonian is in the forever business, Pierre Comizzoli, director of the institute's biodiversity consortium, said. Now, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal will be involved in ensuring a surviving food supply for future generations.
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Antique shop aims to appeal to range of customers

FRONT ROYAL -- Sonny Leathers and Rachel Bond call it blue collar antiquing.
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After long shelter stay, sweet Ava seeks loving home

FRONT ROYAL -- Ava's tail does not stop wagging when she is around people.
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Seven Bends State Park developments continue

Developments on Seven Bends State Park near Woodstock are inching forward.
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International students help at Volunteer Farm

WOODSTOCK -- When senior intern with Shenandoah County's Volunteer Farm Sandy Burner asked the group of around 20 students where they were from, the responses included Mexico, Belgium, Russia and Japan.
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Pig virus prompts precautions at county fairs

All those bringing animals to a county fair this year are asked to be cautious -- as they should be every year.
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A thriving business

WOODSTOCK -- Weeding is a hefty process at Jerry's Gourmet Berries.
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Officials on guard for international pests

Officials at Dulles International Airport in Dulles recently intercepted a "good luck" primate skull topped with feathers. And a necklace of primate teeth. Also, dead bats and a dead mongoose.
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Falcon restoration continues in Shenandoah National Park

Falcons that were once sought after by kings are returning, after over 30 years, to Shenandoah National Park.
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Beekeepers take steps toward improving bee health

BERRYVILLE -- Honey bees across the United States, including those in Virginia, are dying at an alarming rate. But local beekeepers want to change that pattern.
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Pesticides may play role in loss of bees

Scott Currie of Toms Brook Busy Bee has seen firsthand how beekeeping has changed.
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Pet of the Week: Hickory perfect for any cat lover

EDINBURG -- Hickory is known by volunteers at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter to be friendly and affectionate. But he has been at the shelter since March and adopters keep passing him by.
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From farm to restaurant table

STRASBURG -- Crissy Willis firmly believes in the benefits of locally grown food, and she has dedicated her life to providing it to Strasburg residents.
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Slow growing season impacts gleaning efforts

WINCHESTER -- Owen Dofflemyer, 9, and Braedon Dofflemyer, 12, of Loudoun County, heaved bags of green beans toward a gray van already filled with them.
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Local farmers deal with weather-related setbacks

WINCHESTER -- This year's harsh winter hurt several crops for many farmers in the area -- but some are saying it was actually a normal season that happened to follow several mild winters.
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Council plans video, tourist guide for county's recreational activities

WOODSTOCK -- The Shenandoah County Tourism Council is taking strides to show off the many outdoor activities the county has to offer.
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Route 11 Yard Crawl celebrates 10th anniversary

WOODSTOCK -- This year a new, fancy lady will be leading the Route 11 Yard Crawl.
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Organizations increase services for unemployed

A recent award to Goodwill Industries of the Valleys will increase the options available to job seekers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
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Designation to help combat threats to national forests

Numerous national forests throughout the United States were recently given official designations in an effort to fight one of the top threats to their health: exotic insect pests.
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Defense company aims to train dogs in Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL -- A defense company wants to open a facility in Front Royal to train dogs to detect explosive devices.
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2012 agriculture census not as positive as it appears

Recently released agriculture numbers could represent a significant boost to the industry between 2007 and 2012. But local agriculture experts warn that the good news may not be all it seems.
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Pottery business helps connect local artists

NEW MARKET -- George and his wife Chris Jetter of New Market wanted to find a place in which George Jeter could pursue a lifelong love of pottery after retirement. They ended up creating a space for local artists to showcase their work.
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Worth the wait: Good peaches likely to come later in season

Virginia residents may notice the continued impact of this year's long winter in their peaches, but should still see a good quality crop, if small, in the next few weeks.
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Panda expert urges conservation through action at home

Bill McShea is known as "the panda guy." But he is not overly fond of pandas.
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Front Royal man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

FRONT ROYAL -- A Front Royal resident's felony charge of torturing an animal and causing death was reduced Tuesday in Warren County General District Court.
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Chamber searches for new executive director

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new executive director to move the organization forward.
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Five transported to hospitals after I-81 crash

Five people were transported to local hospitals early Monday morning after a crash on Interstate 81.
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Agriculture program helps youth grow

WINCHESTER -- When asked what is grown in the TEENS Inc. greenhouses, volunteer Matt Ferrell, who works with many of the at-risk youth and disabled individuals the program serves, said, "Kids. The rest is arbitrary."
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Environmentally friendly farming

WINCHESTER -- Youth participating in TEENS Inc. have built the largest aquaponics system in Northern Virginia, according COO and Program Director Joe Fromme.
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New doughnut shop takes healthy twist

STRASBURG -- Looking for a nutritious snack? Try a doughnut.
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Frog legs, shrimp, grits among offerings at new restaurant

CLEAR BROOK -- It has taken Uday Subramanian a year and a half to restore the Old Woolen Mill. But work is finally near completion, and he plans to have a soft opening for the Woolen Mills Grill during the first week of July.
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Business offers fashion-forward, gently used clothing

A new shop in Frederick County offers young people the opportunity of buying the clothes they want at a price they can afford.

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