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December 21, 2010

Jennifer Williams and her son Trent sit on their couch after returning from another trip to Charlottesville, where Trent goes for weekly radiation treatments after being diagnosed with brain cancer on Oct. 20. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Trent shows off his panda collection. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Trent plays with a video game at his Strasburg home. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)

December 9, 2010

Members of the Top of Virginia Youth Chorale, who will sing at the White House on Friday, include, from left, Rachel Schlosser, 15, Rebekah LaRusso, 16, Lyndsey Bowers, 14, Brooke Pantalena, 17, and Myranda Dockeney, 18. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Members of the group rehearse at the Shenandoah Convservatory Arts Academy in Winchester. Front row are, from left, Melanie Miller, 12, Shamarra Diaz, 18, Patrick Bauserman, 11, Mackenzie Jones, 13, Nedha Gopal, 13, and Felicity Caldwell, 13. Back row, from left, are Schlosser, LaRusso, Bowers, Pantalena and Dockeney. Not pictured is Johanna Guz-Montgomery, 14. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Patty Austin, director of the Top of Virginia Youth Chorale, leads the group in a song. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Patty Austin directs the Virginia Youth Chorale during practice at the John Kerr Building in Winchester. They will perform at the White House next Friday. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Mackenzie Jones, 13, and Nedha Gopal, 13, sing at the John Kerr Building in Winchester. They are members of the Virginia Youth Chorale who will sing at the White House next Friday. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Singers from the Virginia Youth Chorale, Melanie Miller, 12, Shammara Diaz, 18, and Patrick Bauserman, 11, practice at the John Kerr Building in Winchester. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)

November 24, 2010

An array of vegan Thanksgiving frozen foods are popular as alternatives to the traditional turkey meal. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)

Photo by Rich Cooley (Read more)

The Hecker family (Cecilaine, Brady and Steve) in front of the Christmas Village they create in their home every year. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
A football game is a part of the Christmas village. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
The Nutcracker is performed. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
The Hecker's Christmas Village. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
A train runs through the town. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)

October 30, 2010

A truck passes along this colorful stretch of Old Valley Pike at Mt. Airy Farm south of Mt. Jackson. (Read more)

September 20, 2010

Gae Ward, of Kinsale, stands inside the outdoor kitchen on the grounds of the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum in Toms Brook. The group is planning a GermanFest for Saturday. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Chester Ramey III, of Winchester, GermanFest chairman for the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum in Toms Brook, sits on top of an old tanner's wheel at the Keller Homestead, which includes 392 acres in Toms Brook. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 18, 2010

Jim Murphy kneels beside the 6-year-old Jed, who did not qualify for the competition. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Jed runs full speed during a drill (Read more)
Jed, a border collie, stands in front of the mansion at Belle Grove Plantation. The National Sheepdog Finals will be held at Belle Grove today through Sept. 26. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Jim Murphy, site coordinator for the National Sheepdog Finals, walks with border collies Jed and Trim at Belle Grove. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 16, 2010

Jonathan Yulish stands inside his bookstore, Main Street Book Co., on Main Street in Front Royal. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Local books and products are on sale at Main Street Book Co. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Books are on display near a carousel of greeting cards. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
The bookstore also sells a line of Miche bags for women. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 15, 2010

Michelle O'Reilly, manager of The Gateway Cafe, shows off a basket of hot chili peppers and a spread of other fresh fruits and vegetables inside the new business at the Strasburg Emporium. The cafe is set to open Oct. 1. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Fresh peaches hang on a scale inside The Gateway Cafe. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 13, 2010

Optician David B. Miller, of Winchester, has written his first book, "The Adventures of Anthony as Seen through His Eyes." (Read more)
Miller looks at his book through a high-index glass lens. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 11, 2010

Retired United Methodist pastor Robert Brookover, who has lived in Woodstock and Winchester, holds a copy of his book, "Wish is My Master: The Honor of Love," the first in a four-book series about families affected by the Civil War. Brookover plans to visit the Shenandoah Valley this month as part of his book tour. Courtesy photo (Read more)

September 10, 2010

The kitchen in the home of Stephanie and Brice Duvall, on Handley Avenue in Winchester, will be part of the Kitchen Kapers tour on Sept. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
The kitchen in the Duvall house features spruce-colored walls, stainless steel appliances, tan and black granite countertops and cherry cabinets and floors. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Mrs. Duvall, left, holds her daughter, Kinley, 2, in her kitchen as she chats with Linda Vickers, co-chairperson of Kitchen Kapers. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)

September 9, 2010

Helm and Ray Kaderli, as Ronnie, talk as Maria Santucci, who plays Pamela Willey, reacts. (Read more)
Randy Orndorff, as the Waiter, left, deals with Dick Helm, as Richard Willey, center, and George Mazzarelli, as George Pigden, in Winchester Little Theatre’s production of “Out of Order.” Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Ellen Nichols, as Gladys, and Mazzarelli try to communicate. (Read more)

September 8, 2010

Kelley L. Miller, vice president of New Look Kitchen & Bath in Front Royal, holds a pizza fresh out of the oven while Jay Olexa, co-owner of Around Your Kitchen, puts a pair of mini pizzas in. The two businesses are teaming together to offer a cooking class featuring the wood fire oven. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Pizza grilled in the outdoor wood oven at New Look Kitchen and Bath on North Royal Avenue in Front Royal is sliced and ready to be someone's meal. The fixture was built over a period of two weeks. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
A pizza bakes inside the wood oven. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Olexa checks on a pizza. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 7, 2010

Ami Mitchell, volunteer program director of NAMI Winchester, is holding workshops to help assist families and victims of mental illness. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 4, 2010

Charles Leeper, local expert on the U.S. space program, stands inside the observatory at his Middletown home. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Leeper talks about the impact the space shuttle program has had on the United States. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

September 2, 2010

Wolfe, who has published five books, holds one of her children's books. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)
Local author and poet Carolyn Wolfe, left, is the leader of a poetry group at Remember Yourself on Braddock Street in Winchester. The newly formed group, the Downtown Poets of Winchester, meets at the shop on the first Friday of each month. Seated, from front, are Christy Reffner, Lisa D'Arcangelis and Nate Cravener. Dennis Grundman/Daily (Read more)

August 28, 2010

Con Burch, of Fort Valley, sings inside the recording studio at National Media Services in Front Royal. Her CD, "On My Sleeve," will be released on Sept. 10. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Burch's new album cover is shown. (Read more)

August 27, 2010

Danny Sheetz stands in his house, where nine generations of his family have lived, along Narrow Passage Creek west of Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
An outbuilding that served as a taxidermy shop is viewed through a window in an office building behind the house. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Sheetz and his miniature poodle, Nicki, stroll through the family cemetery on the property. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
The house that Sheetz and his late wife restored dates back to 1760. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)
Sheetz sits with Rocky, a Yorkshire terrier, and Nicki in the living room of the historic home, which he has decided to sell. Rich Cooley/Daily (Read more)

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