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Local Kurds celebrate their New Year in Elkton

ELKTON — “Choni!”, the word “hello” in Kurdish, was heard often last Sunday afternoon at the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292 in Elkton. March 21 marks the New Year of the Kurdish people, a distinct nationality who trace their history in the Middle East back for over 2,000 years. This is the year 2714 for the Kurds, an ethnic group with a strong sense of identity.
The Valley Banner / 03-26-2014

Valley Health patient records to go electric

WINCHESTER — In a matter of weeks, Valley Health will launch its electronic records management system. The use of EpicCare will begin in some outpatient offices throughout the health system on April 8. The entire system will be using it by May 30.

Knotty Knitters aim to aid marathon runners

ELKTON — The ladies of Bethel United Church of Christ near Elkton are tending to their knitting – for a good purpose. The Boston Marathon is coming up on Monday, April 21. Last year, a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the 26.2-mile race, killing several people and wounding hundreds more as part of a tragedy that is keenly felt just 12 months later.
The Valley Banner / 03-19-2014

Genealogy lessons offered in Shenandoah

SHENANDOAH — The third in an ongoing series of genealogy classes was held Saturday at the Shenandoah Computer Center and were led by center manager Joyce Fluharty. Four attentive students sat through the four-hour session, adding substantially to their three-ring binders of genealogy information. Fluharty lectured and answered questions, using both printouts and the online genealogical website,
The Valley Banner / 03-12-2014

Shenandoah National Park visitors spend $76 million in 2012

LURAY — Visitors to the nation's parks in 2012 spent more than $14 billion in surrounding communities, according to a new National Park Service report. Communities surrounding Shenandoah National Park saw an economic spillover of $76 million — up from 73.9 million (or about 3 percent) from the previous year.

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