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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Relaxed Lake Living

“Our idea of lake living is relaxed, not formal,” states Greg Rooker. “So the house had to have an open, airy feel to it along with lots of windows to take advantage of the 3 1/2-mile view of the lake and mountains.” Rooker shared his dream of building a house on this point on Claytor

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

New River Trail State Park

It’s sometime in the early 20th century, and a Norfolk & Western locomotive is chugging along the “Cripple Creek Extension” through southwest Virginia carrying iron ore to a main line water stop called Martin’s Station (now Pulaski)....

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Following the Sun

Our lives literally revolve around the sun. Regardless of how we may try to fight the morning light with blackout curtains and eye masks, or how we attempt to silence the birds with ear plugs and loud...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Laureen Blakemore ~ a roundabout journey

Staying in a job for 10 years must mean there is an affinity between employee and position, which is certainly the case with Laureen Blakemore. She has been the director of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. (DBI), since 2008,...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Wine ~ and the End of the World

When John and Elena Leshyn moved into their Blacksburg house in 2001, John was intrigued by some vacant space on the other side of a 6-inch thick, concrete, basement wall. There was a rectangular, horizontal window up...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

When Ya Look Good ~ Ya Feel Good

Rarely do we say: “My house looks 10 years younger!” But year after year, we spend thousands of dollars on home maintenance just to keep our homes looking good and lasting long. Our bodies are no different....

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Holding Tight to a Dream

Powell’s exact words may not have rung loudly in Carol Ann Lawrence’s ears, but she knew them in her heart. And, it was Walt Disney who quipped: If you can dream it, you can do it. Disney...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Kathy’s Rescue Cats

Animal rescue has always been a part of Jim and Kathy Chadwick’s long relationship. Over the years, they have rescued many cats, dogs, birds and even horses. “If they’re sick or broken and come into our life,...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

This Old Huggable House

Three years before George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. President, John Black started building his log house, affectionately known in the day as a 4-room crib. The structure is classic for the period at about...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

The Mama Movement

In October 2014, a group of inspired moms led by musician and budding social media entrepreneur Marci Craig circled around a table at Blacksburg’s Next Door Bake Shop. With coffee mugs in hands and big dreams in...

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