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GenreBlast Film Festival

For fans of the indie genre film scene, the Alamo Drafthouse will be the place to be the weekend of Sept. 7-10. The GenreBlast Film Festival will feature 11 feature films and over 80 short films from the genres of horror, action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, documentaries, ...

D.C. filmmaker to screen skate film at the Alamo

For some, the images produced when thinking of a place called the Cedar Crest Country Club are ones that involve Sunday brunches, membership fees and exclusivity. But for a select few, the Cedar Crest Country Club was where skating and punk rock in the 80s started. Washington D.C. filmmaker ...

Wetlands study: SU professor, students present findings to George Mason

A Shenandoah University professor of environmental studies and biology and two of his former students will be presenting more than 300 plant specimens to George Mason University on Friday, culminating a three-year study of the Abrams Creek Wetlands in Winchester. Woodward Bousquet has been ...

Local battlefields awarded grant money for land acquisition

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that New Market and Opequon battlefields have received almost $1.7 million in grant money. A news release from the Department of tbe Interior said the money was given to "23 battlefields threatened with damage or destruction by urban and ...

Substance abuse coalition receives donation for housing assistance

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has received a $15,000 donation from the Winchester Rotary Club Charitable Foundation to help provide housing money for participants in the area drug court. Lauren Cummings, executive director of the substance abuse coalition, said that ...

Winchester Medical Center, rescue squads receive awards

The Winchester Medical Center and three local emergency medical service agencies have received awards from the American Heart Association. The medical center received a silver-level award the American Heart Association presents  to hospitals that treat a significant number of heart attack ...

Sen. Kaine talks federal program cuts

WINCHESTER – Many localities in the region would lose federal funding they use to boost their economies under budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said Friday. Kaine,  the Democratic vice presidential candidate in the 2016 election, visited downtown ...

Stroke victim grateful for nearly complete recovery

Adam Watson and his wife were at a shop in February 2016 getting matching anniversary tattoos, something they do every year, when he started feeling nauseous. “I went to the restroom at the tattoo shop to splatter my face with water,” Watson said. “I felt really dizzy and fell over. ...

State delegates discuss labor shortage at breakfast

WINCHESTER -- Local members of the Virginia House of Delegates advertised their interest Thursday in finding answers to a regional labor shortage. The delegates -- Chris Collins, Randy Minchew and David LaRock -- all supported plans that would encourage people to receive a technical ...

SU grad ready to take on New York City

WINCHESTER – A soon-to-be Shenandoah University graduate will join more than 1,000 other students as they begin the next chapter of their lives after graduation. Taylor Bloom, 22, an undergraduate and acting major from Middletown, will be among those receiving degrees during  commencement ...

In an absence of Apple stores, Experimac seeks to fill a need

WINCHESTER - The closest Apple store to Winchester is in Reston or Fairfax, but a new store at 86 Featherbed Lane is (sort of) changing that. On Dec. 5, Shane Cannon, an engineer and first-time business owner, opened a branch of Experimac, a franchise that sells and repairs used Apple ...

Belushi arrives with a friend’s to-do list

Actor Jim Belushi said he had never been to Winchester before serving as this year’s grand marshal of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade. But he had heard all about it from a friend, Donna Dixon. “[Dixon] was like … you have to go to Winchester ...  the most ...

Laurenzano crowned 90th festival queen

WINCHESTER – Bloomtown crowned its queen Friday in a decades-old ceremony witnessed by guests donned in pink and green. The coronation of Queen Shenandoah XC Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano drew a crowd of dozens of people to the Patsy Cline Theatre at Handley High School as part of the 90th ...

Keeping the Queen Shenandoah tradition in the family

WINCHESTER -- Kiara Laurenzano, 17, was crowned Queen Shenandoah XC on Friday, and she said that she is excited to follow in the footsteps of the queens in her family who came before her. “It feels amazing,” Laurenzano said. “The coronation has happened, it’s been such a big lead ...

Souvenir can is tradition for festivalgoers

WINCHESTER -- When people attend the Apple Blossom festivities, they expect to see old friends, celebrities, guest speakers and other traditions that have carried on for the 90 years of the festival. One other tradition they also expect to see are the souvenir cans produced by the Crown Cork ...

Cisco co-founder speaks at Valley Health luncheon

Local Virginia business owner Sandy Lerner spoke about taking risks and local food systems during her speech at the Valley Health Business at The Bloom luncheon on Wednesday. Lerner is best known as a co-founder of Cisco Systems, along with her ex-husband Len Bosack. More recently, though, ...

Queen Designate Laurenzano prepares for Apple Blossom Festival

After hearing stories about the Apple Blossom Festival from her great-aunt, Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano is preparing to experience the festival for herself. Laurenzano, Queen Shenandoah designate for the 90th Apple Blossom Festival, said she is close to her great-aunt, Edda Maria Sevilla ...

Shenandoah University names athletic center

Shenandoah University announced at an unveiling ceremony on Friday that it will be naming its athletics center the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center. James Wilkins Jr. is a member of the board of trustees and an alumnus of Shenandoah University, where he was an athlete. He is ...