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Accomplished violinist in concert at the Bistro

WINCHESTER — Acclaimed solo violinist Irina Muresanu will play today in the Bistro Concert at Westminster-Canterbury. Admission is $10 at the door. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Muresanu has chosen this Bistro Concert for the release of her new CD “Four Strings Around the ...

Letter to the Editor: New ideas panel is needed

Editor: Your April 18 reporting of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meeting of April 17 to raise taxes was informative but left out an important comment by Supervisor Roulston. He admitted that the board is bankrupt of ideas on how to fix our ailing and expensive schools. Please ...

Commentary: Draining the swamp: Season two

“We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt In the depths of the Great Depression, there was a very real danger that a popular revolt was brewing and the ...

Free Kids Fishing Rodeo at Isaak Walton League on Saturday

WINCHESTER — The annual Winchester Izaak Walton League Assocation Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held at the Winchester Izaak Walton League Park on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. The park grounds at 2863 Millwood Pike will open to the public at 10 a.m. for The ...

Author discusses book

Allon Lefever spoke about his book “Launching the Entrepreneur-Ship” on April 14 at the New Market Area Library. Lefever, who shared his entrepreneurial experiences to help people move forward to create a successful business, has been a part of 24 business start-ups, served in senior ...

How do you do Brunswick stew?

WINCHESTER—I first saw it on the menu at Shaffer’s BBQ & Market in Middletown. Then, the new Paladin Bar & Grill in Stephens City opened with it on the menu. Next, I saw a post on Instagram that Smokey T’s Southern Kitchen (formerly Throx Country Market) would offer it ...

Jules Witcover: The rule of law, and of sanity, in Trumpland

  WASHINGTON -- With our executive branch in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled legislative branch now essentially subservient to him, the judicial branch and the Justice Department in his own administration now remain the principal defenders of the rule of law in ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What happened in Starbucks isn’t really about Starbucks

I don't drink coffee, so I can't boycott Starbucks. But I wouldn't if I could. Yes, I understand -- and share -- the national anger over viral video of last week's arrest of two African-American men at one of the company's Philadelphia stores. The men, who have yet to be identified, were ...

Letter to the Editor: Land ‘welfare’ needs to be scrutinized

Editor: Now that the good ol' boys are back in the driver's seat, it was just a matter of time when the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors would want to raise taxes. It amazes me how much land in Shenandoah County is under some kind of government assistance "welfare." This is tax breaks ...

Go fly a kite at Cedar Creek Battlefield

STRASBURG – The Cedar Creek Foundation welcomes area residents to experience the old-fashioned delight of flying a kite on Saturday at its second annual Kite Flying Day. Patrick Kehoe, Cedar Creek Battlefield manager, said he hopes this year’s event will be a big success. Due to inclement ...

Arts Chorale commemorates end of two wars

WINCHESTER — The Arts Chorale of Winchester will remember two major wars this weekend with a musical tribute. The concert, called “Sure on This Shining Night,” commemorates the anniversaries of the ends of World War I (100 years) and the Korean War (65 years). The program ...

Kathleen Parker: The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON -- As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump's words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: "I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity," he said. "Without a major event where people pull ...

Daily staff honored at annual VPA awards

The Northern Virginia Daily staff won 31 awards and was presented the sweepstakes award for best small daily newspaper advertising in the annual Virginia Press Association contest on Saturday. Advertising salesperson Madeline Hickman was named Outstanding Sales Professional at the annual ...

Student named science fair winner

Alina Jafri, a Massanutten Regional Governor’s School student and senior at Central High School, has been named a winner in the annual Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair held in March at James Madison University. Her  engineering 3D printed prosthetic hands project was recognized by ...

Connie Schultz: Paul Ryan’s family legacy

House Speaker Paul Ryan's stated reason for leaving office after this year's election sure is getting a lot of traction. "If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad," he said. "I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my ...

Andy Schmookler: Questions for Republican voters

I don't know anyone who spends as much time trying to understand Republican/Trump supporters as I do. But I'm still puzzled. The main puzzle is this: Do they not see what I'd expect them to see? Or do they not care about what I'd expect them to care about? Here are some specific areas on ...

Kaine brings Senate campaign to valley

HARRISONBURG — Since U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine hit the campaign trail seeking a second six-year term in office, he’s noticed his rallies have turned out a few more people than had been the case in his two decades in politics. Saturday afternoon was no different, he said, as about 150 ...

Local women share their solo travel adventures

FRONT ROYAL – Rebecca Altizer, a retired teacher, has a tendency to throw herself, her two dogs and cat, into the unknown and go on a path of discovery, wherever it might lead her. “Traveling is one of those things you just do,” Altizer said. “In a way, it helps us better understand ...

Improve balance with strength training, dance parties

STRASBURG - Jill Eisentrout, trainer at Anytime Fitness, teaches "Fitness for 50+" each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for individuals over 50 looking to maintain their strength and balance. “Stability and balance really deteriorate if you don’t use them,” Eisentrout said. “As we age, ...

Sherando edges James Wood in softball

WINCHESTER - James Wood coach Todd Baker walked across the field and handed Sherando's Clarence Smith a wooden canteen after Thursday's softball clash between the Northwestern District rivals. The canteen, with a decoration on each side from both schools, goes to the winner whenever the ...