• It’s possible two of the most popular things that girls dream of are … [drum roll] … horses and weddings. Summer [Driscoll] Casady is no exception, having gotten a horse long before a husband. At age 11, the homeschooled fifth grader acquired Paloosa, 4, an Appaloosa mare which she trained, rode in parades, won blue […]

  • John Crawford started playing music as soon as he was old enough to plunk on piano keys. Of course, a lot of toddlers plunk frenetically on piano keys, but few grow up past toy keyboards or even grade school band to become talented adult musicians, scholars of composition, active in community and professional orchestras and […]

  • Yummy Potato Rolls

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    Yummy Potato Rolls

    3 1/2 – 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbl. sugar 1 package Rapid-Rise yeast 3/4 tsp. salt 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup instant potato flakes* 2 eggs (one for dough, one for top) Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine one cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Heat water, milk and […]

  • Five years ago, Alan and Cindy Gensamer moved to the New River Valley from Houston, Texas. It fit their criteria for a place to retire: close to colleges and universities, airports, museums and cultural venues, plus a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities. And the climate – not too cold, not too hot. They brought […]

  • A billowy 40 degrees, the mountains a crisp blue in Blacksburg, the eve of the year 2017. People are prepping to celebrate the ringing in of a New Year. Party hats, black dresses, drinks for toasting and maybe even some confetti. A festive feeling is going around, and for Emily and Joey, there’s a little […]