About a month ago, I described an active nest box in my grandson’s backyard. A pair of tufted titmice had built a nest and incubated and hatched five eggs. I promised an update on the nest’s fate; all five young titmice fledged successfully. That’s the definition of “nest success.”

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association will host the 16th annual GardenFest from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Belle Grove Plantation.

The nesting season for birds shifts into high gear in May. Geography, weather and each species’ biology affect the precise timing of the nesting season, but one constant is the role of the incredible egg.

MIDDLETOWN — Belle Grove Plantation is home to history and various little critters, including bats.

MIDDLETOWN — The Belle Grove Plantation is known for its manor house tours and various events throughout the year, but one of the plantation’s great secrets is located behind the manor house.

Left: Kenidee Woodell, 6, left, and her sister Kerington Starcher, 3, dance to music from the Lon Z Baker band, of Winchester, at Saturday’s Family Fun Day event in Front Royal. Right: Amanda Fox, of Front Royal, shares some shaved ice with her St. Bernard puppy Petunia at the 4th annual Fam…

 Amanda Fox, of Front Royal, shares some shaved ice with her St. Bernard puppy Petunia. She was attending Saturday's 4th annual Family Fun Day at the Main Street gazebo in downtown Front Royal.


Every spring, Strasburg resident Robbie Parks heads up to the mountains to hunt for morel mushrooms.

STRASBURG — Adora Payne, who was Priscilla Terry's elementary school teacher at Sunset Hill Elementary School, an African-American school that operated in Strasburg until integration in 1964, left a strong impression on her — so strong that the two kept in contact until Payne's death.

Since 1978, the Front Royal Congregational Community Action Project has served Warren County by providing food, clothing, and limited emergency financial assistance.

One problem facing some pet owners is how to dispose of animal waste around their homes.

With spring starting Wednesday, it’s time to start thinking about your garden and its inhabitants.

Next Tuesday would have been our mother’s 89th birthday. Born near the beginning of the Great Depression, she grew up through some pretty hard times, but thanks to the diligence and frugality of her mom and dad, they managed to make it through and were better for it in many ways.