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Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Transplanting Hope – the gift of second chances through organ donation

When Chelsea Hartman of Christiansburg was 8 years old, she was diagnosed with Alport Syndrome and told she would need a kidney transplant in her 20s. It is news no one wants to receive but kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organs worldwide followed by the liver and the heart. The first transplant can be

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

PAs on the Front Lines

Chances are very high these days that when you go to see a doctor, you see a physician assistant or PA instead. These healthcare specialists have a unique role in the medical field for being on the...

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

(Fur) Baby-sitting

When a lady requests that her dog be read to, and the kennel complies, you know it is a new era in dog boarding. Heartstrings Pet Lodging and Spa co-owner Rick Argabright remembers this request because it...

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Monday, July 8th, 2019

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a ROCKET!

July 20 marks 50 years since the moon landing, but Bob Schoner is getting kids excited about the first footsteps on Mars. “It’s gonna happen,” Schoner says with confidence. “Somebody, maybe the next internet billionaire, will walk...

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Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em

Fiber artist Fran Stafford of Newport has called herself many things in her career – spinner, knitter, crocheter, but the Livestock Conservancy would subsume all of those under one title, Sheep Employment Specialist. In a world where...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

Virginia’s Crooked Road Prepares for Annual Festival

We’ve all driven by the green and orange signs with the iconic banjo. Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, designated as such by the Virginia General Assembly, is a 330-mile driving route that winds across 19 counties in the...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

A Clear Business Model

Somehow the declaration against windows became a joke in the world of cleaning. But what is a man who does do windows allowed to claim he doesn’t do? “I don’t do malls,” Ron Eaves, sole proprietor of...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

From Truck-to-Table . . . how the food truck trend fuels a sense of community

In the late 1600s, New Amsterdam (now New York City) began regulating pushcart vendors that sold food. In 1866, Charles Goodnight invented the Chuck wagon to feed cattlemen traversing the west. In 1936, Oscar Meyer unveiled the...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

The Thriller, Filler and Spiller of Container Gardening

Whether for curb appeal, to complement your backyard patio or as a gift for a friend, container gardening is an opportunity to express creativity in a unique, dramatic way. Each container becomes an artistic expression and has...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

A Colonial Era Man … Plying A Bronze Age Skill … in a Digital Age

He’s not under a spreading chestnut tree, but Joshua Langfitt IS making a living these days as a blacksmith. He is the lead blacksmith at Smithfield Plantation, which means he has trained apprentices, manages the forge and...

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