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WINCHESTER — When Crystal Pruitt’s brother was murdered 11 months ago, her crippling grief was compounded by an inability to find people locally who could relate to her loss and help her heal.

When I was a little girl (very little! Long before I could do math!) I thought that in two years I would be the same age as my sister who was two years older than me (not really understanding that she too would age). You see: my sister had all the privileges that age could provide; she got t…

The rain of the last few weeks has restored some of the green to county lawns and fields and given a new life to struggling vegetation. It’s so wonderful to see my coleus with their rainbow-colored leaves standing straight, instead of bending over the edge of the flowerpot, defeated and dehy…

I am not a big television fan -- in fact, I am not really sure how to work our “smart TV,” and usually have to call for help when trying to navigate the buttons. In all honesty, most of the time, I don’t want to watch the television as it appears television conversation is the least respectf…

The end of summer has officially arrived -—the end of the annual fair. For some reason, the final night of the fair has always seemed as if it was the final day of summer. It’s as if the light of summer has been switched off, and now fall will creep into the Valley, painting leaves an autumn…

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Along with a recipe book, music and tomato-themed products, visitors to downtown’s Turner Pavilion Saturday celebrated “all things tomato” with a tomato judging contest at the newly resurrected TomatoFest

I think I am turning into my grandmother. Oh, that’s not such a bad thing as my grandmother Golladay was a hard-working kind woman — stern but good. Yes….my older brother Bill and my cousins remind me often that I am just as bossy as my grandmother, god rest her soul. So, I get that part of …

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Area residents who are ready to gather for social activities following a difficult, stressful year brought on by COVID-19 are starting to sign up for in-person recreational classes and trips as programs resume at area parks and recreation departments.

You know — it’s almost the Fourth of July. This day brings back a thousand memories. No ….I was not there when Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banne” or there when the Liberty Bell rang out its tones, but the Fourth of July means a great deal because I have traveled to so many pla…

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When Connie Broy, of Toms Brook, started making a quilt back in the year 2000, she never imagined the long history it would have, including being one of 13 featured in the 2022 wall calendar of the American Quilter’s Society.

I have spent the last decade or longer helping people learn how to use this bizarre form of communication we call English. We take our language for granted  — we just say the things we’ve said for years without a thought to what the words mean.

Don’t you just love stuff? Well, I do — even have been accused of being a hoarder. I have an attic full of keepsake stuff…like newspapers. No, not ones I wrote it. These are newspapers with headlines for perpetuity: Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Elvis’s last performance, 9-11, Walter Peyton’…

The year-long pandemic of 2020 brought unexpected changes to everyone’s calendar. Sporting events were canceled. Stores closed. Weddings were postponed or venues changed; guest lists pared down to immediate wedding parties. Graduations were conducted within computer screens or on rotating sc…

Oh no! They are back…the noisy, flying, molting, eating, red bug-eyed beasts that come out of the ground every 17 years to terrorize people who live quiet lives on roads that hum with incessant noises. I think I would rather have Arnold Schwarzenegger at my door telling me “I’ll be back.”

Route 11, the Old Valley Pike, is one of the oldest roads in the United States; from Slidell, Louisiana, to Rouses Point, New York, stopping at the edge of Lake Champlain, the road was a path Native Americans cut along the eastern part of the Western Hemisphere. Traveling from New Market to …

I love a clothesline – you know….those two or three lines stretched between two poles in the back yard. I love the feel of the towels – crisp and rough – right off the line. I only want my sheets fresh from the clothesline – especially in the early spring when the wind whips that clean smell…

Some of the best memories throughout life stick with you forever as you play them over and over in your head and smile, thinking fondly of those times.

Time available to cook, your family's preferred dishes, ingredients you have in the pantry - there are plenty of considerations that may limit your options for an at-home menu. Add in a gluten allergy, or simply a desire to avoid it, and it may feel impossible to appease everyone.

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WINCHESTER — Today we journey to the summer of 2004, when we watched the final episode of “Friends” and slowly lost our minds due to the incessant drone of billions of Brood X cicadas.