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Staufferstadt Arts starts work on eighth mural

STRASBURG — Strasburg's next mural is underway. The eighth mural from Staufferstadt Arts, a nonprofit group that has worked to promote local arts in Strasburg, will be located on East King Street. The mural's subject will be the Appalachian Mountains and is expected to be completed by ...

Pet of the Week: Supersized Twinkie a lot of cat to love

EDINBURG – Katrina Keywood, an animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, says 4-year-old feline Twinkie loves affection, but on her terms. “She doesn’t like to be picked up,” Keywood said last week, “so she would do better in a home with older kids, probably even a ...

Area youth get close-up look at harness racing

WOODSTOCK – Area youth were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at harness racing during a one-day youth camp at Shenandoah Downs on Sept. 8. Ellen Taylor, of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, spoke to 25 youth, FFA students and adult volunteers during the camp, which was sponsored by ...

Wagon Wheel Ranch combines grandeur, intimacy

Wagon Wheel Ranch nestled outside of Stephens City creates the same grandeur of a large wedding venue with the same special details any bride or groom would want to create the perfect intimate atmosphere for their big day but on a smaller scale. Instead of inviting 200 guests, Wagon Wheel Ranch ...

A woman who takes (and makes) the cake

When Jessica Hollifield, owner of Lemon Tulip Cakes, is not homeschooling her two children or running around chaotically in her flip flops nine months out of the year, she’s whipping up beautifully designed wedding cakes of all sizes, shapes and colors in her home-based kitchen in ...

Selecting the dress for the big day

When Fall Bridal Fashion Week wrapped up, Morgan Lee Beachler, the owner of The Valley Bride in Winchester, knew it was going to be a dazzling upcoming season, not because of the new collections that walked down the runways but because brides will continue to be spoiled with a ride range of ...

Marriage officiant has a passion for love

Not everyone can say they’ve married a couple through Skype, but Mary Kim Waddell, marriage officiant, can. For over 14 years, Waddell has married couples all over the Northern Shenandoah Valley. She has a passion for love and the commitment it stands for. “We had couples requesting to be ...

Fall is a great time to make décor changes

Autumn is almost here and with the changing seasons, and falling temperatures comes the desire for décor changes in and outside the home. Brenda Miller, the owner of the Miller House in Stephens City, said gone are the days where a homeowner is stuck with one design style. Now more than ...

Pet of the Week: Bear is looking for a new home

WINCHESTER — Bear, a 12-year-old chihuahua mix, is looking for a new place to call home. Darlene Foreman, an animal caretaker at the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, said that Bear came into the shelter on Aug. 21 as an owner release. “He was brought in because ...

Pet of the week: Beetlejuice seeks a calm home

WINCHESTER — Beetlejuice, a 2-year-old black cat, came to the Winchester SPCA in May as a stray cat. One month later, he was on the operating table to get neutered when his heart stopped. Now, he is partially blind and walks with a little bit of a wobble, said Billie Guidry, an adoption ...

2018 Breeding Beef Show Fair Results

4-H/FFA Heifer Show Grand Champion Simmental Heifer: Carson Stern Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Heifer: Braden Stern Grand Champion Angus Heifer: Braden Stern Reserve Grand Champion Angus Heifer: Carson Stern Grand Champion Hereford Heifer: Jacob Coffey Reserve Grand Champion ...

Rotary Club’s Apple Harvest Festival is a family and pet-friendly event

Enjoy an autumn weekend and celebrate everything apple with the Rotary Club of Winchester’s 43rd Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival on Sept. 15-16 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Darla McCrary, festival co-chair, said the family and pet-friendly event continues to grow in ...

The festival that must not be named

The Festival That Must Not Be Named  – formerly known as the Harry Potter Festival – returns to downtown Strasburg beginning Oct. 12 for an expanded weekend full of magical events for witches and wizards of all ages. Strasburg event planner Olivia Hilton said the festival began as a ...

Fifth annual River Valley Festival set for Sept. 29

Virginia culture meets the Shenandoah Valley for the fifth annual River Valley Festival, a cultural festival that promotes live bluegrass music, local craft beer and wines from Shenandoah Valley vineyards and breweries, along with pit-roasted meats from local farms. Festival organizer Chris ...

Peak Leaf Music and Brewers Festival

Enjoy live music, local brews, food and camping at the first Peak Leaf Music and Brewers Festival Oct. 20 in Middletown. Tyler Wakeman, festival director, said inspiration for the new event came from personal music and camping adventures with friends especially a trip a few years ago to ...

2018 Goat Show Fair Results

4-H/FFA Goat Showmanship Grand Champion Goat Showman: Tiffany Heishman Reserve Grand Champion Goat Showman: Jesse Zirkle Senior Champion: Tiffany Heishman Senior Reserve Champion: Jesse Zirkle Intermediate Champion: Kora Stephens Intermediate Reserve Champion: Madison Wright Junior ...