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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — A cat café, waffles and grand architecture — these are a few of my favorite sights from Brussels, Belgium. My friend Hannah and I just had a day to spend here in between other countries, but we made the most out of it. 

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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“Say yes to new adventures.” That quote was on my mind a lot during my latest vacation. The diverse trip included everything from a 12-hour drive along the Southereastern U.S. coast, to hours of snorkeling fun off a rickety boat in Cozumel, and an adventerous day of zip-lining in Honduras.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — A new program encourages people to "drink in" the Shenandoah Valley through a tour of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — You wouldn't know anything was wrong with Keaton just by looking at him. The bundle of black and white fur loves to play, cuddle and run around, just like any other kitten. 

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WAYNESBORO — Thanksgiving is a time to remember and appreciate all of the blessings we have in our lives, while also trying to help those less fortunate than us. 

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WAYNESBORO — While most of us are heading towards a day of overeating this Thanksgiving, some make sure to burn off those calories beforehand in the River City as part of the Waynesboro Family YMCA’s annual Turkey Trot, which is back for another year. 

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — More than 450 runners are expected to participate in the Fall Foliage Race this weekend. The event complements Waynesboro’s downtown festival, the Fall Foliage Art Show.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — Wednesday was the summer solstice — the first day of summer and the "longest" day of the year. Yoga enthusiasts honored the solstice at the Waynesboro YMCA with a class completing 108 "sun salutations" — a popular tradition in the world of yoga.

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  • By REBECCA J. BARNABI rbarnabi@newsvirginian.com (540) 932-3568
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STAUNTON — The chance to see an exact replica of Noah’s Ark an hour outside Cincinnati. Riding a cruise in the Bahamas under the sun. A day trip to New York City for shopping and to see the Statue of Liberty. 

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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From Stuarts Draft to Waynesboro, runners will race from park to park on Saturday. The “Park to Park 1/2 Marathon” is the longest race in the Run the Valley series.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — Caitie Maharg knew she wanted to be a chef since she was 10 years old. And thanks to a lot of hard work, creativity — and a $16,000 grant she won last week from Grow Waynesboro — she is about to open her own business, BlueOregano, in downtown Waynesboro.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3563
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FISHERSVILLE—From Lyndhurst to Great Britain, and everywhere in between, the Western Virginia Sport Show brings a variety of vendors to Augusta Expo in Fishersville. At the show, people can find celebrities, activities, demonstrations and more on hunting, fishing and other favorite outdoor a…

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | 540-932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — Cecil Balderson has a sharp wit, a self-deprecating sense of humor and a talent for singing and playing the harmonica. Not bad for someone born the same year the Titanic went down.  At 104, Balderson was recently named Virginia Tech’s oldest living alumnus.

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Anybody that knows me can vouch that winter is my least favorite season. Early in December, I sailed away on a cruise to the Bahamas to get away from the cold weather. I visited Freeport and Nassau; I not only got some sunshine, but also a glimpse into another culture.

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  • By BOB STUART bstuart@newsvirginian.com | (540) 932-3562
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WAYNESBORO — Planet Fitness opens for business Wednesday in Waynesboro after a three-month renovation of the former Food Lion on Main Street.

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  • By ROB LONGLEY rlongley@newsvirginian.com (540-932-3556
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WAYNESBORO — When Ashlyn Miller needed a service project to move up a level in her American Heritage Girls troop, the conscientious 14-year-old chose to work with Operation Christmas Child, an outreach program run by the humanitarian aid nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse.

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com 540-932-3563
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STAUNTON — Gifts from yesteryear to more modern times were on display at the Frontier Culture Museum on Friday, as visitors got a taste of the museum's first Weihnachtsmarkt, a traditional German-inspired Christmas market. 

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  • BY MICHELLE L. MITCHELL mmitchell@newsvirginian.com | 540-932-3563
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WAYNESBORO — Early on Thanksgiving morning, athletes gathered to be thankful for friends, family — and the camaraderie and health benefits offered by exercise. The Waynesboro YMCA held its annual Turkey Trot that brought people to the city from all over the United States.

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Calling women “the weaker sex” elicits many knee-jerk reactions. Many men will agree, claiming “the Bible says so!” Women are likely to disagree, but may feel unsure about it, considering the authority cited.

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proud to talk about sealing business deals over craft beer. Over the weekend, McAuliffe huddled with an important visitor over a different type of recreational substance.

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WAYNESBORO — Photographs hang on the Wayne Theatre’s walls that reflect history, current events, construction and accomplishment. The photography exhibit goes hand-in-hand with the Wayne’s opening of the first full season this weekend. For executive director Tracy Straight, it was a time to …

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It was a different kind of fair for a different kind of art. But the Virginia Street Arts Festival in Waynesboro on Saturday was no less fun, festive or creative than your traditional art showcase.

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The Augusta County Fair continued on Wednesday with all the rides, shows attractions, contests, agricultural exhibits — and let's not forget that cotton candy — one could want.

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LURAY — Hundreds of yoga practitioners from up and down the East coast and beyond gathered in Luray for the 2016 Shensara yoga festival this past weekend.

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The Stuarts Draft Volunteer Fire Company Lawn Party got under way on Wednesday on the company’s grounds, 118 Draft Ave., in Stuarts Draft. The party will run through Saturday.

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The News Virginian wants to honor the many unsung, everyday heroes from our community — folks who go the extra mile as an unusually dedicated volunteer, neighbor, coach, student, teacher, colleague.

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Growing up, I was the kid with comic books stacked to the ceiling and every action figure ever created for DC Comics and the Marvel Universe.

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The Meadow Event Park sits quietly in Dowsell. In just 31 days, rides, food, vendors other items will transform it into the Virginia State Fair. 

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His life was so close to being over, and his big day almost never arrived. On Saturday, Waynesboro High School senior Lantae Spencer graduated with the class of 2015, but without the help of one attentive Waynesboro police officer, he could be dead.

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There is a sizable group of locals who always head over to Seven Arrows Brewing Company just outside of Waynesboro’s city limits in Fishersville for ice cold beverages on Sunday. But, there is also a group that visits the same building that houses the brewery to praise the lord.

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Did playwright William Shakespeare help the Allies win World War II, more than 300 years before the war began? Maybe not directly, but the Bard’s work almost certainly inspired an American couple, whose work with codebreaking probably saved millions of lives.

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Fire-breathing dragons return to the Valley as the Virginia Hot Glass Festival kicks off this weekend in Staunton. The festival will showcase regional artists who create intricate glass art with an emphasis on how that art is made. 

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It’s called the South American Paris for a reason. Buenos Aires, Argentina, a city that looks and feels like a mixture of Rome, Paris, New York and Madrid, is one of the top tourist destinations in South America. 

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The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated across America on Monday with the annual King holiday.