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MIDDLETOWN -- Space travel should never be considered routine. If it seems that way to modern Americans, credit the space shuttle program, NASA's one-time prodigy, which has been propelling astronauts and equipment into space with the force of a rocket and returning them to earth with the ease of a jet glider for 30 years.
WINCHESTER -- There's a new place in town where writers can go when they need a little inspiration or support. Or, they can just sit quietly and listen.
The study of dreams has long eluded many people who wonder what their dreams mean. Premonitions, love for a dream person, or simply a retelling of something recently seen on TV are usual suggestions that explain plot lines of dreams.
FORT VALLEY -- After three years of recording, local music teacher Con Burch's patience has finally paid off.
WOODSTOCK -- Despite battles with everything from Indians to time itself, nine consecutive generations of the Sheetz family at some point have called a single house along Narrow Passage Creek home.
WINCHESTER -- The parking garage will get a lot more personality this weekend. The normally dull rooftop of Court Square Autopark in Winchester will be transformed Saturday night for Salsafest, a celebration of food, music and dance to benefit local nonprofits.
AMISSVILLE -- The motto, "experience India ... taste Virginia," unites the past and present for the owners of Narmada Winery in Rappahannock County, who pair Indian food with their own award-winning Virginia wine.
WINCHESTER -- If you have heard someone describe an athlete as being built like a house, you have heard Nate Cravener's depiction of every human body.
FRONT ROYAL -- For most people who walk through the doors of Ramsey Hardware, the store is simply a place to get a key cut or pick up a box of nails.
FRONT ROYAL - Most days, the sweet sounds of old-time music can be heard coming down from the mountains outside Front Royal from the porch of Barbara "Annie" Stevens and Patrick "Mac" McCauley.
MIDDLETOWN - The best stories stick with you long after the curtain falls. Wayside Theatre hopes that its upcoming play, "Striking 12," will be one such performance -- one that will both entertain and leave audience members with a feeling of goodwill.
Millie Gill is not only a 24-year cancer survivor, she is someone who is determined to help others fight the disease, too.
KERNSTOWN -- Several hundred youngsters will start classes with new school supplies and new hairstyles thanks to a team of dedicated hairstylists.
WINCHESTER -- Paul E. Delmerico would fit right in with the AMC TV show "Mad Men," and that's exactly what he hopes will happen.
DELAPLANE -- This summer at a 3-square mile state park along Va. 17 in Fauquier County, teens and young adults from around Virginia have spent their summer vacation doing what few others can claim to have done.
WOODSTOCK-- Lately, one question has been on the lips of the patrons of Joe's Steakhouse in Woodstock: Who killed Mitch Maverick? Upon walking in on certain nights in July, customers found the restaurant and bar transformed into the set of "Murder at the Deadwood Saloon," "where the whiskey never runs dry and the saloon girls are fresh."
Dr. Jeff Livermon might not practice high-altitude or dive medicine or tactical combat casualty care at his family practice in Winchester, but he could. And he's got the medallion to prove it.
FRONT ROYAL -- Ever since she was a teenager, Juanita Atwood longed to embark on a seemingly endless scavenger hunt in search of new and revealing facts about her family history.
WINCHESTER -- It was a cold day in March 1956 when a young photojournalist first crossed paths with a 21-year-old Elvis Presley.
Chelsea Bradley and Brittany Popko, summer interns with Valley Health at Winchester Medical Center, have an opportunity that few of their peers do -- the chance to gain knowledge about everything that goes on in a hospital, from birth until death.
EDINBURG - When your faith journey leads you from Hawaii to living at a vineyard to volunteering at a shelter for Los Angeles' homeless youths, and those aren't even the most compelling stopping points along the way, you must have really done something. Larush Ramosaj has.
MIDDLETOWN -- Even though the National Park Service has had a presence in Middletown since 2002, many people don't know it.
Any backyard gardener can help the environment by composting. In fact, it's simple enough that anyone who wants to save money and make a difference can do it.
WINCHESTER -- Below the surface of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is a wellspring of artistic talent just waiting to gush forth.
FRONT ROYAL -- If anyone told local businessman Richard "Rick" Rutherford two years ago that his barbecue sauce would take off like wildfire, he wouldn't have believed it.
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