Moments

LOVE snow

Falling snow creates a wintry backdrop for the “LOVE” sculpture at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, Va., on Dec. 9, 2014.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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(BEST) Dedication of Igbo Farm 9/18

 

A woman stands out against the shadows of others and the roof of the farm building beside which she stands during the dedication ceremony for the Igbo farm village at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va., on Sept. 18, 2010

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Raising Sheep

 

Sergei Kasyanov carries another sheep he is buying towards the exit and a waiting cattle trailer at Big Valley Ranch near Monterey on Feb. 6, 2013.

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Augusta Co. Fair - Day 3

Bull rider Bradney Tart of North Carolina takes a moment to pray before competing during the BLM Bull Riding and Rodeo at the Augusta County Fair in Fishersville, Va., on Aug. 8, 2013.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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Good Day for Tasting

Ashley Luddy and Nate Bonsignore of Washington, D.C. sit on one end of the couch as David Bartok and Laura Snyder of Charlottesville sit on the other. They enjoy both conversation and a glasses of wine at Veritas Vineyard and Winery in Afton, Va., on Jan. 25, 2014.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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ShenanArts presents "Gypsy"

As director, Hank Fitzgerald pays close attention to what happens on stage during a dress rehearsal of ShenanArts production of “Gypsy” at nTelos Theatre in Staunton, Va., on Feb. 16, 2014.

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Bridge Day

A young lady skips across Sears Hill Bridge will attending the “Bridge Day” celebration held at the train station in downtown Staunton, Va. on April 13, 2013.

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Kites and Critters

June Holm, 11, of Harrisonburg tries to get a butterfly kite airborne during “Kites and Critters” along Bells Lane in Staunton, Va., on April 13, 2014.

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Wilson Memorial at Riverheads Conference 36 soccer finals

Wilson Memorial’s Colby Leche goes down after kicking the ball downfield during the Conference 36 boys’ soccer championship game in Greenville, Va., on May 29, 2014.

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Group 2A East Track and Field Championships

Wilson Memorial athletes have a bit of fun in between competitions during the Group 2A East Track and Field Championships in Charlottesville, Va., on May 30, 2014.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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43rd annual Labor Day Parade

Christian Fitzgerald, 3, of Buena Visita is ready to ride his tricycle as he helps represent the youth department of Pentecostal Outreach Church in the coming parade. The Labor Day parade kicked off the 43rd annual Labor Day Festival, also known as LaborFest, in Buena Vista, Va., on Sept. 2, 2013.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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Augusta Co. Fair - Day 5

As the rain pours, Steven Bottenfield of Swoope finds a way to cover the exhaust pipe of his 1949 Farmall H tractor. Rain delayed the event by four hours as the track had to be worked on and made ready again for the antique tractor pull at the Augusta County Fair in Fishersville, Va., on Aug. 10, 2013.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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P.A.C. 'n the Streets

Magician Brian Bence performs a card trick for some of those gathered during the ‘P.A.C.’n the Streets’ celebration on East Beverley Street in downtown Staunton, Va., on Sept. 14, 2013.

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Ms. Virginia Senior America 2014 Pageant

Patsy Godley shows her excitement after being crowned Ms. Virginia Senior America 2014 during a pageant held in Healy Auditorium at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Va., on July 19, 2014.

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SWAT Competition

Senior Police Officer Chad Nestor of Staunton Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team crawls from one hanging tire to the next as the team navigates the obstacle course portion of the competition. They compete in Harrisonburg Police Department’s 13th annual SWAT Competition in Harrisonburg, Va., on Oct. 4, 2013.

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VWIL's Change of Command

Having officially stepped down as commandant of cadets, Gen. N. Michael Bissell takes a moment to address the cadets of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership after the end of the change of command parade for VWIL’s commandant of cadets at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., on Oct. 17, 2013.

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Pick your own at Chiles Peach Orchard

Joshua Miller (center) of Charlottesville reaches into a tree for a peach as his wife, Nicole Miller, holds another. Joshua’s mother, Donna Miller of New York, captures the moment in video using her iPad during a family visit to Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet, Va., on July 20, 2014.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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Murphy Deming Construction Update

A bucket of mortar is passed up to a man working outside atop a scaffold laying bricks for an exterior wall. Construction continues on Mary Baldwin College’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences building near Augusta Health in Fishersville, Va., on Dec. 3, 2013.

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Augusta County Fair - Day 2

Alecia Hansen of Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations is silhouetted against the skip as she performs for the crowd during the Augusta County Fair at Augusta Expo in Fishersville, Va., on Aug. 6, 2014.

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Reflections on Window Washing

The outside world paints the glass with reflections as Jerome Jones of Jerome’s Window Washing cleans the windows at Blackfriars Playhouse in downtown Staunton on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.

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Vigil for Coleman Neeley

One person forms the shape of a heart with their fingers to frame a lit candle as others take photos. They are among those gathered for a vigil for Coleman Neeley on the basketball courts at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, Va., on Aug. 19, 2014. Neeley was killed in a shooting in Fort Defiance.

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Fighter Jet crashes

A helicopter takes off near search team members who wait for their turn to join the search for a missing pilot at the mobile command center at the Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. They search for the missing pilot of an F15c fighter jet which crashed into a mountain near Elliot Knob in Augusta County.

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Marching Band Practice

Members of Stuarts Draft High School’s “Draft Express” marching band practice their steps. They practice the prescribed movements of one of their musical routines during band practice at the school in Stuarts Draft, Va., on Sept. 16, 2014.

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Covington Lumberjacks at Staunton Braves

Staunton Braves’ Tommy Willams comes down without the ball after being forced to leap over Covington Lumberjacks’ Andy Austin who slides safely into second base on a steal during the first inning of a Valley Baseball League game played in Staunton, Va., on June 28, 2013.

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Bomber Flight

Henry Erck III of Maryland wears a jacket featuring the nose art of the B-17G bomber called “Nine-O-Nine” as he looks it over. He plans fly aboard the plan while it departs Hagerstown Regional Airport in Maryland on its way to Weyers Cave, Va., Oct. 8, 2014. Part of the “Wings of Freedom” tour, the B-17 joined two other WWII era aircraft on display at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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First Snow of the Season

Traffic travels through the falling snow as motorists head north on Interstate 81 near Staunton, Va., on Nov. 26, 2014.

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Wilson vs Glenvar - Group 2A State Championship

Wilson Memorial’s Juh-Kwquan McCauley and Garret McBee feel the emotions of their loss to Glenvar High School who won in overtime during the VHSL Group 2A high school football state championship game at Salem City Stadium in Salem, Va., on Dec. 13, 2014.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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Bald Eagle released at Natural Chimneys

Ed Clark, president and founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, walks around with bald eagle, aka. patient #14-1955, so that those gathered can see and photograph the animal. The 11th Bald Eagle release of 2014, the eagle was released back into the wild at Natural Chimneys Regional Park near Mount Solon, Va., on Dec. 23, 2014

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

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Graduates celebrate by tossing rose petals high into the air after they are introduced as the graduating class of 2014 at the end of commencement. Stuart Hall School held its 171st commencement exercises on the school’s campus in Staunton, Va., on May 24, 2014.

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View up Beverley Street in the heart of downtown Staunton, Va., on the evening of Nov. 17, 2014.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)