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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?
MIDDLETOWN -- Thousands of dog lovers -- along with 150 well-trained dogs and 650 sheep -- will descend upon Belle Grove Plantation in the coming week for the National Sheepdog Finals.
FRONT ROYAL -- From bringing in authors and food demonstrations, to simply offering a place to buy new bestsellers in Front Royal, Main Street Book Co. is looking to fill more than one niche on the street from which it takes its name.
STRASBURG -- Anyone who has ever had difficulty finding healthy food that caters to their food allergies is in for a sweet treat.
WINCHESTER -- Early eye care is more important than many parents realize, according to David B. Miller, an optician who recently published his first book, a children's story that stresses the importance of good eyesight.
The tale may take place 150 years ago, but the author is using the latest method to get his book to readers.
WINCHESTER - When Stephanie and Brice Duvall designed their home on Handley Avenue more than five years ago, there were two things Mrs. Duvall says she had to have in it -- a kitchen area that was open to the family room and a large island in the kitchen's center.
WINCHESTER -- What's the secret of comedy? Timing ... and doors. As the cast and crew of Winchester Little Theatre begin their 81st season, they intend for their first play, "Out of Order," to draw laughs from the audience in classic British farce style.
FRONT ROYAL --Kelley L. Miller is hoping now that she's designed a better wood fire oven, people will beat a path to her door.
WINCHESTER -- While some local services for people with mental illnesses are seeing cuts, one organization is looking to fill the rising need with classes for mental illness sufferers and their families.
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.
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