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Year in Review: Churches build structure, support

Area churches and ministry outreach efforts experienced some physical expansion and increased support through 2015, and a nearby visit to Pope Francis in D.C. drew a wave of excitement. Hundreds of volunteers used a two-week “build out” period in January to construct a new Kingdom ...

Community News & Events for Dec. 26

Library party The Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg will host a New Year’s Eve party from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday for all ages. Museum events The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will celebrate New Years Eve with the following activities on Thursday at 19 W. Cork St., ...

First candlelight tour opens church doors

WINCHESTER – Still decked out for Christmas with garlands and ornaments, a number of Winchester churches are opening their doors on Sunday for a special open house event after the holiday. It’s the first year Winchester chapter members of the American Guild of Organists have ...

Weekend Events

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend: Dickens’ classic Theatre Shenandoah in Edinburg will present Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," a musical version adapted by Warner Crocker and Steve Przybylski, formerly with Middletown's Wayside ...

Strasburg woman decorates with more than 450 Santas

STRASBURG – Deborah Ludwig decks the halls for Christmas with more than 450 Santa Claus decorations throughout her house. “There’s something different about all of them,” she said. Each Santa has its own quirks. She has been collecting Santa Clauses since 1984 and places ...

Local artist creates ornament for county

Shenandoah County participated in the governor’s handcrafted ornament challenge issued to all towns, cities and counties in the commonwealth. Gov. Terry McAuliffe challenged each town to have a local artisan create a handcrafted ornament that fits with the 2015 Holiday Tree theme of ...

Community News & Events for Dec. 24

Card shower A card shower is planned for Ada Stroop, who will celebrate her birthday Dec. 28. Cards can be sent to 6140 Randall St., Mount Jackson 22842. Card shower A card shower is planned for Dorothy Miller, who will celebrate her birthday on Dec. 30. Cards can be sent to 225 Buckton ...

Community News & Events for Dec. 23

St. James Lutheran The Rev. Harold Burnette will lead the Holy Communion candlelighting service with a children’s Nativity at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. James Lutheran Church at Hudson Cross Roads. Refreshments will follow. Honorary fire chief Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. is the deadline to submit an ...

Day school celebrates writing contest winners

Nine Wakefield Country Day School students were honored in the Samuels Public Library holiday writing contest. Four students were awarded first place for their original Christmas and Hanukkah stories or poems. They are: Michael Marciano, eighth grade; Lia Feit, sixth grade; Garrick ...

Samuels Library writing contest winners

Winners of the Samuels Public Library’s annual holiday writing contest were recognized at a reception in their honor on Dec. 17. Students read their winning entries aloud for the gathered audience, and received certificates and booklets with all the winners’ entries. Students whose ...

Community News & Events for Dec. 22

Woodstock Methodist The Woodstock United Methodist Church will host a Living Nativity from 5 to 7 p.m. today through Thursday. Candlelight services will be held at 3, 7 and 11 p.m. Thursday. Patmos Lutheran Patmos Lutheran Church, west of Woodstock, will hold a Christmas program at 7 p.m. ...

Apple Blossom Maids of Honor selected to serve

Four area women have been selected to serve as Maids in the Court of Queen Shenandoah LXXXIX during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival April 22 through May 1. Mary Armstrong is the daughter of Shawn and Bill Armstrong Jr., of Winchester, and granddaughter of Johnnie Kirk, Toni Sloan ...

Delegation trip memorialized human rights efforts

FRONT ROYAL – Having returned from his 21st trip to El Salvador, Front Royal resident Tom Howarth said it’s always a big change of pace to be back home. For most of the trip, he traveled with the guidance of a delegation from the SHARE Foundation to commemorate the 35th anniversary of ...

Tattoo contest sends fan to Star Wars marathon

WINCHESTER – After showing off his Star Wars tattoo, Clarke County resident John Edward Lee was off to a 17-hour movie marathon in Austin, Texas, leading up to the much-anticipated premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas across the country held a contest ...

Community News & Events for Dec. 18

Discovery Museum Mary Bruce Glaize will lead a workshop on making and decorating gingerbread houses from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday for ages 5 to 10 at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. The workshop is free although admission requires a canned food donation ...

Community News & Events for Dec. 19

Card shower A card shower is being planned for William “Billy” Wakeman, who will celebrate his 87th birthday Dec. 26. Cards can be sent to 499 Wolverton Road, Edinburg 22824. Card shower A card shower is planned for Ada Stroop, who will celebrate her birthday Dec. 28. Cards can be sent ...

Community News & Events for Dec. 21 paper

Closings The following offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday: • The Town of Mount Jackson office will be closed Thursday and Friday. • All branches of the Handley Regional Library (Handley, Bowman and Clarke County) will be closed Thursday and Friday. • The Shenandoah ...

School lunch menu

This is the Shenandoah County school lunch menu for Dec. 21-25: Monday Breakfast: juice, pineapple, skillet frittata & toast or cereal & toast, milk. Lunch K-5: pork barbecue on bun, potato wedges, baked beans, juice or apple, milk. Lunch 6-8: pork barbecue on bun or ...

Fans awaken The Force at Winchester Alamo

WINCHESTER – Paying tribute to their favorite Jedi or Sith lords and decked out in T-shirts and full-out costumes with glowing lightsabers, moviegoers flocked to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in droves to catch the anticipated premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Matt Manuel said ...