Sitting in close proximity to another person and exposing one’s open, maskless mouth to an instrument that will spray saliva into the air is likely not an experience people are happily anticipating in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. As businesses open back up and stay-at-home orders are …

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STEPHENS CITY — A community staple will reopen for business on May 1.

My primary work station has become the desk in my game room, which I only recently cleared of the pile of books and other random items that had accumulated there over recent months so that it could serve its intended purpose as I work from home for the foreseeable future.

On March 26, Woodstock author Jason Wright and his daughter Oakli Van Meter, 24, announced a challenge. He would spend an hour or so each day working on a new novel, live on Google Docs, and she would copy edit while readers followed along.

Valley Health has announced an interactive challenge asking the community to make 10,000 masks in two weeks.

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Places of worship around the area have canceled services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and religious leaders are being creative in how they connect with the community.

WINCHESTER — As precautions against the coronavirus pandemic continue, area residents stuck at home might be looking to make the food in their pantry stretch longer than they’re used to.

Couples looking to marry amid nature have two area venues on Skyland Drive in Shenandoah National Park: a Skyland wedding or a Big Meadows Lodge wedding, said Helen Morton, director of sales and marketing for the park.

Cross Keys Barn in Harrisonburg offers an easily accessible location, plenty of room for guests, and a team committed to helping couples imagine and execute the perfect wedding or event.

The Bowling Green Country Club in Front Royal features two ballrooms that can accommodate up to 350 people, each equipped with hardwood floors for dancing, a stage area for a band or disc jockey, and a bar area to service guests.

The Yellow Barn, located at the Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg, can seat up to 350 guests with room for a dance floor. The facility is also equipped with a large catering kitchen.

Early signs of spring put smiles of anticipation on the faces of nature lovers. Longer days, warmer temperatures and lawns slowly turning from brown to green are hard to miss. But the very first harbingers of spring are more subtle.

As nocturnal creatures, most mammals hide under the cloak of darkness. Squirrels are one exception to that rule. Even young children recognize gray squirrels, fox squirrels, and chipmunks that frequent backyards and city parks during daylight hours.

The Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg is hosting an exhibit produced by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities on the history of immigration in the state of Virginia.

At an upcoming library program, hiking experts Susan Tschirhart and Golda Liebl plan to prepare people for enjoying the outdoors this winter.

Animal tales often occupy this space. As the year comes to an end, thoughts of animal ends also come to mind – their tails. So, here’s a tale of tails.

In temperate areas, late January usually brings the coldest weather of the year. When temperatures plunge below zero as they do some winters, wildlife must adapt to survive extreme weather conditions.

It was the night before Christmas, 1993. Nora was barely 10 years old, and Emma would not start kindergarten for another eight months. We had just gotten home from an early Christmas Eve church service.