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Go exotic

The following is a list of exotic fruits that can be found in the produce aisle of area Martin's Foods stores: Mango: Sweet, tropical flavor. Use in ice cream, salsa popsicles. Papaya: Smooth, sweet and melon-like taste. Use in parfaits, salad and chicken. Starfruit: Ranges from tangy-sweet ...

Pet of the Week: Butterball seeking a home in which to live the quiet life

EDINBURG – Butterball, a domestic short hair cat, was picked up as a stray on July 2 and brought to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. His backstory is a bit of a mystery – even his age, which shelter employees estimated at 3 years old, is unknown – but Butterball’s calm demeanor is ...

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

WINCHESTER — Doodah, a 13- or 14-year-old female terrier 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 Doodah came to the facility on June 7 as an owner release. “It looks like ...

Gardening on a budget:Tips and tricks from a master gardener

WOODSTOCK - For Stacey Morgan Smith, of Woodstock, gardening has always been a hobby. But it wasn't until she became a Northern Shenandoah Valley master that she learned it was much more - it was a passion, an opportunity to learn and grow with fellow gardeners and share her knowledge with the ...

DIY plant markers to decorate garden

  WOODSTOCK - Garden markers can be just as pretty as the flowers, herbs and vegetables they mark. Over the years Master Gardener Stacey Morgan Smith has learned through trial and error what materials and styles work best for her gardening needs. "In my garden's first year the ...

(Real Estate Tab) Drones are changing the real estate market for the better

WINCHESTER - For Shaun Galang, owner of Cedarmeade Studios, the sky's the limit- literally. Galang is a local drone operator who uses his talents to boost real estate agents' profiles and bring much-needed excitement to a new or existing listing on the market. “Drone photography is a unique ...

(Real Estate Tab) Five things your agent must do before listing

WINCHESTER - Nate Crandell, agent with Compass West Realty in Winchester, believes there are five important things every agent must do to streamline the selling process. Professional Photos Crandell said professional, high-quality professional images make a huge difference when it comes to ...

Paladin Bar and Grill opens in Stephens City

STEPHENS CITY - A new sports bar and restaurant has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to Stephens City, called Paladin Bar and Grill, specializes in an American-themed menu that includes mouth-watering items like pimento cheese fritters, chicken fingers, pulled pork, ...

(50+ Tab) Online dating: Looking for love later in life

WINCHESTER – Mariette Chase, 53, of Winchester, and Angela Hughes, 53, of Cross Junction, met online when Hughes decided to relocate to the Winchester area from Las Vegas, Nevada to be closer to her son. Chase, a realtor with Century 21, helped Hughes not only find a new home but the two ...

(50+ Tab) The best senior citizen discounts

Locals in the Northern Shenandoah Valley shared some of their favorite senior discounts. From discounted coffee to savings on haircuts, peeople over 50 can get all kinds of discounts on their favorite items. Alamo Car Rental       25 percent off with AARP card                ...

(50+ Tab) Wanderlust kicks in late for active seniors

WOODSTOCK - Margaret Gochenour, a travel agent with Alpha Voyages, said she is seeing more people over 50 globetrotting. "The world is their oyster," Gochenour said. "Seniors are traveling more because they seem to have a better sense of adventure than in years past. Times have changed. A lot ...

Game on! New arcade brings old school gaming to downtown Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL - Fireball Arcade on Main Street transports families to the 80s through pinball and video games. That was Steve Ontiveros' original plan: to give families a glimpse into the past via old-school gaming. "The most interesting thing has been seeing the different generations come ...

Strasburg police to hoop it up with youth on Saturday

STRASBURG - Members of the  Police Department will trade in their uniforms for basketball gear Saturday for the first ever Scoops & Hoops event hosted by Strasburg Assembly of God, Dottie Holden, and the Strasburg Police Department. Olivia Hilton, town event planner said, Strasburg ...

Pet of the Week: Lovable Spock needs a new home

FRONT ROYAL –  Spock, a 2-year-old lab mix who loves affection and swimming, is seeking a new home Shyann Beatty, of the canine care team at the Warren County Humane Society, said Spock came in as a stray over two weeks ago. His owner has yet to come in and reclaim him. "Spock is a big ...

Staufferstad Arts celebrates completion of mural

STRASBURG - Staufferstadt Arts, a nonprofit group that fosters the local arts culture in Strasburg, is hosting an unveiling party today at 227 E. King St. in honor of muralists  Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn of Baltimore. Daniel Lefkowitz, co-founder of Staufferstadt Arts, said "drawing ...

George Bowers Sr.: We can soar on eagle’s wings

On Wednesday of next week, America will celebrate its 242nd birthday. Most will have a day off to picnic, swim, and enjoy fireworks. As we mark this milestone in our nation’s history, it’s a great time to pause and consider God’s creative genius demonstrated in our national bird, the bald ...

Fourth of July: Region celebrates with fireworks, parades, music, more

Strasburg STRASBURG – The town's long-standing Fourth of July community celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Wednesday with food, live entertainment and children's activities. Amy Keller, the town's office and human resources manager, said the traditional family friendly event draws in residents ...