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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Outdoor Bake Ovens

As outdoor spaces are being cleverly transformed into casual living areas, New River Valley homeowners are raising the bar on furnishings, cooking options and accoutrements. Once a concrete slab patio, now multi-level wood decks and stone paver areas with fire pits and hot tubs. Once a charcoal grill, then a gas grill, now a built-in

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

A Drop in the Bucket ~ roofing basics

Chances are high that you need a new roof if you are catching a drop – or more – in a bucket – or buckets, but most of the time, the signs of an aging roof are...

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Driveway Options and Maintenance

Springtime is the season commonly associated with cleaning, upkeep and repair of your house and yard. As you stand outside appraising the lawn or seeing where the house exterior needs to be painted or pressure washed, note...

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Bluegrass Music Jammin’ in Narrows

Locally, it is a well-known fact that if one is interested in taking in some of the bluegrass music scene, you had better head over to Floyd on a Friday night. Or, you may want to go...

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Pencils Down . . . the past, present and questionable future of standardized testing in Virginia

The scene is familiar: rows of students hunched over desks, a completely silent room aside from the beads of sweat dropping off furrowed foreheads and landing as pencil-filled dots on pastel scantron sheets. Of course most testing...

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Homework: Love it or Loathe it?

Is homework really necessary? Research has been unclear as to whether homework improves student performance, particularly at the elementary school level. Paula Bolte (a.k.a. the Toylady) of Imagination’s Toys in Blacksburg says: “Homework is just not the...

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Celebrate Agriculture 7 ag-focused ways to get involved

From the food on your table to the clothes on your back, agriculture provides a variety of things you eat, wear and use daily. Those items don’t magically arrive in the New River Valley at the store...

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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Trail Champion outdoor enthusiast Ralph Robertson leads Giles County in adventure

In 1987, Ralph Robertson was featured in Outdoor Life Magazine for float fishing the New River. Now he is instrumental in efforts like ReNew the New and River Cleanup and often volunteers his time to teach interested...

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Thursday, January 16th, 2020

History Repeats Itself

Van and Kayla Munsey were married at the Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel on July 20, 2019, hardly an unusual event. But there is a remarkable back story. “My parents got married there in 1985, and I...

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Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Moss Arts Center ~ 6 years later

The arts can change people’s hearts, change their minds, and change their lives.  – P. Buckley Moss, artist and philanthropist   Famous American composer and pianist Philip Glass was the opening performer in the Moss Arts Center...

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