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Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

The Lowdown on the Uprights

As the air chills and leaves begin to fade into golden, orange and vibrant red, one of the nation’s most beloved games is returning. And this year, it is set to return with fans in the stands. At local high schools and colleges and at NFL stadiums across the nation, players will send the football

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Tried-and-True ~ Hokie football traditions

In 2009, The Washington Post called Lane Stadium a “hostile environment for visiting teams.” It’s also up there on ESPN’s list of “Scariest Places to Play.” But when facing an athletic arch nemesis, a “scary,” “hostile environment”...

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

A Very Sketchy Super Power

For Mike Wade, the memory of first falling in love with art is as vivid as a 64-pack of Crayola crayons. Though he was only 5 years old, Mike recalls going to the local five & dime...

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

A Home Study in Contrasts

Welcome to a little horse farm, on a dirt road, with the requisite outbuildings, a couple beautiful horses, a view across open fields and a renovated house that includes crystal door knobs and chandeliers. Lipstick red is...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Exploring Virginia’s section of the Appalachian Trail

In order to assay the grandiosity that is the Appalachian Trail, one need look no further than the inspired words of author and novice hiker Bill Bryson (“A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Where Rustic Meets Elegant Quite Comfortably

There’s one angle to log houses that awakens a passion for nature and a sentimental feeling toward this rustic home environment and its western flair. Visions of pioneers chopping down trees, sizing logs and building their own...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

All the Comforts of Camping

Perhaps we all have that friend. That friend who enthusiastically seizes any opportunity to publicly brandish the joy of zipping into a sleeping bag to slumber under the stars. Maybe we are that friend. With the onset...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

7 Decades of Local Art and Creativity

Small art associations come and go. Struggles to survive seem to be part of the fabric as times change over the years. I joined the Blacksburg Regional Art Association (BRAA) in 2010 soon after arriving in town...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Like a Freight Train . . . on Steroids

In 1952, the New York Yankees won the World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3; and on the car front, the first Corvette prototype was finished and shown the next year at the General Motors 1953 Motorama...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Baseball Comes Back Swinging

Built in 1935, Calfee Park in Pulaski is one of the oldest ballparks in the nation that is still filling the stands with fans. In its history, the park has held horse shows, fairs, other sports games...

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