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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

The Wedding Trail Ride

On September 23, 2019, a couple was fixing a fence on the man’s 400-acre family farm in Pulaski County. It wasn’t the first time for fence repair and it wouldn’t be the last, but it was the one and only time that the young man would bend his knee and ask for the young lady’s

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Band Together . . . an age-old symbol of forever

Neanderthals used twigs and bits of grass, usually secured around the ankle. The Egyptians used bone, leather, ivory and sometimes hemp. Early Romans used iron. Colonial Americans, believing jewelry to be trivial, used thimbles. When the wife...

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Wedding Reception Cupcakes

As far back as ancient Rome, cakes at weddings have played an integral role in the celebration. Well, in ancient Rome it was actually a loaf of barley bread, which the groom would break over the bride’s...

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

21st Century Journaling for Kids

In a time with resplendent technology that enables us to instantly share thoughts with just about anyone from anywhere, the covid-19 pandemic has shown the resurgence of an age-old record-keeping and thought-sharing method: Journaling aka Dear Diary....

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Nail Art: Meet the Monet of Manicures

It doesn’t take a master’s degree in art to recognize the masterful work of Blake Le, the New River Valley’s resident nail guru. While his canvas may be small, his creativity is boundless. After seeing what can...

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Inside the Box

No one would argue last year won’t go down in history as the year-of-cancellations. No concerts, no festivals, no trips abroad or, for that matter, even to a neighboring state. Most industries took, and continue to take,...

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

NRV Cool and Unique Shopping

In this cold and monotonous season, we find ourselves craving something different, unique and exciting. Throughout the New River Valley, local boutiques, hidden gems and locally-owned shops embody our desire for the perfect eccentric escape. So, lose...

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Friday, November 13th, 2020

Small Business . . . at Christmas Time

The staff at Al’s on First broke away from its food side, prepping, cooking, serving, clearing, to embrace its decorative side right after Thanksgiving last year. “We made little groups of staff members who could decorate trees...

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Friday, November 13th, 2020

Local holiday décor aficionados amp up the average lighting display

When it comes to holiday decorations, “less is more” just doesn’t cut it. Nothing illustrates this better than when Charlie Brown tried to put a lone red ball on his paltry tree. Immediate failure. It wasn’t until...

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Friday, November 13th, 2020

A Christmas Fairyland

The small mountain town of Seiffen, Germany, captivated Jamie Worley like no place she had ever been. “It was like a fairyland,” she remembers. Now a popular international destination for its enchanting setting, lively musicians and highly...

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