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Front Royal film fan wins TCM co-hosting gig

2014_04_03_TCM_McGraw1.jpg Onalee McGraw thought her chances of winning Turner Classic Movies' Ultimate Fan contest were pretty slim. But she entered anyway, "for the fun of it." comments
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Winchester filmmaker scales West Virginia rock face

2014_03_31_Almost_Alpine1.jpg Seneca Rocks isn't the highest point in West Virginia. That record belongs to Spruce Knob in Pendleton County, but Jesse Von Fange, Chad Heddleston and Jeremy Tooley found a worthy contender. comments
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Community kite flying event to take flight Saturday

2014_04_05_KiteFlying5.jpg In search of a high flying good time this weekend, hundreds are expected to show up for Saturday's Kite Festival at Sherando Park. comments
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Water gardens: Front Royal Aquascape distributor installs ponds, waterfalls

2014_03_20_Water_Feature1Cover.jpg There are 18 waterfalls at Tom Waters' Strasburg home on Hockman Road -- all of them between the garage and the sunroom. comments
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Front Royal franchise offers tips for air conditioning preparation

2014_03_20_Air_Serv1.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- Spring is a time when homeowners air out, dust off and reinvigorate their homes. According to Ray Bramble, owner of the Front Royal franchise of Aire Serv Heating and Cooling, it's also the perfect time to think about air quality at home. comments
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Local grocers think kosher for Passover seder meal

2014_03_28_Passover_Wines.jpg The Jewish season of Passover begins with a seder meal at sunset on April 14. comments
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Cafe Gourmet opens at college, invites in community

2014_03_26_Gourmet_Go1.jpg MIDDLETOWN -- Café Gourmet is more than a food stop on a college campus. In the Student Union at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, the café offers full-service meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it's open to everyone. comments
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Ranger-led programs return for season

Ranger-conducted programs at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park started last weekend in Middletown. comments
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Garden Club's Daffodil Show to travel to Winchester

2014_03_14_Daffodills_Kelly.jpg For the first time in known history, the Garden Club of Virginia will hold its annual Daffodil Show in Winchester. It also could be the first time organizers feared for the inclusion of daffodils. comments
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Belle Grove exhibit to spotlight attic graffiti

2014_03_19_Belle_Grove_Attic2.jpg Through the years, visitors to Belle Grove Plantation's 1797 manor house have made their mark -- though few as literally as those who signed their names on the attic walls. comments
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Reston comedian to perform at Bright Box on March 29

Lucas_Comedian.jpg Comedian Lucas Bohn will perform for Comedy Night at the Bright Box Theatre in Winchester on March 29. comments
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'Heirloom Baking' to serve many tastes

2014_03_12_Bremmer_Heirloom1.jpg In an Heirloom Baking seminar on Saturday, Middletown chef Melinda Bremmer plans to serve foods high on taste but low on sugar and wheat. comments
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Three valley authors experience e-publishing on different levels

2013_03_25_ePublishing_Harris2.jpg Woodstock author Chastity Harris gave in to the voices 3 1/2 years ago when they became too loud to ignore. comments
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Valley Vibes

May 3 Music • First Friday -- Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many shops open later. Information: 667-5166. comments
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Gardens, Galleries and Grapes event to showcase Shenandoah spring

This Sunday, the Shenandoah County Tourism office will present Gardens, Galleries and Grapes, an all-day countywide event that will stretch from Strasburg south to New Market. comments
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Fall foliage

A look at fall foliage on Skyline Drive. Photos by Rich Cooley comments
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Respect the spirits, 'Ghost Hunters International' star Dustin Pari tells Wayside Inn paranormal investigators

1aghostly.jpg The spirits of Wayside Inn were active on Saturday, to the delight of paranormal investigators who met there to learn more about the inn's hauntings as well as a chance to work with Dustin Pari of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International." comments
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Shelter from the storm: Area churches take in homeless during winter months

“Benny” turns in early to sleep A homeless, unemployed electrician, Raymond Brackett makes no bones about what the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter program means to him. comments
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Community rallies to support Sandy Hook student battling cancer

Jennifer Williams and Trent Trent Williams likes pandas, playing football, riding his bicycle, and other activities typical for 6-year-old boys. But Trent faces a long road to recovery in his fight against an aggressive form of brain cancer. comments
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Hail to the holidays: Youth group returns to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for third time

Virginia Youth Chorale For many people, singing at the White House is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Singing there for the third time, then, must mean a charmed existence for a choir of local teens. comments
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Thanks, but no thanks: Shoppers turn to frozen foods for guests who say no to meat

An array of vegan Thanksgiving Thanks to an array of healthy turkey alternatives, a traditional Thanksgiving feast no longer has to be a famine for people who do not eat meat. comments
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An Ornamental Tradition

Kuntzler ornament CROSS JUNCTION -- Hundreds of small, square boxes are stacked on shelves in a storage room at Timber Ridge School. More boxes sit on a shelf in Troy Newbraugh's office at the school. comments
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Down to the Village

Cecilaine and Steve Hecker's Christmas village WOODSTOCK -- Cecilaine and Steve Hecker have quite a story or two to tell every holiday season. Their Christmas stories are not what others might expect; they often change from year to year and they are not family stories. comments
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GermanFest on tap: New event will showcase valley's old traditions

Gae Ward  stands inside the outdoor kitchen TOMS BROOK - What do Patsy Cline, the Civil War's Battle of Toms Brook and, for that matter, half the residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley have in common? comments

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