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Friday, September 15th, 2017

A Trip Down Memory LANE

The year was 1892. The place was a stony bean field (or was it wheat?) at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, a swath of land that would become the Drillfield. The people were Techmen, outfitted in the school’s original “prison-like” colors, black and cadet grey. These men were the college’s first football squad, to use

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Opening the Oyster

Pearl is the item associated with a 30th anniversary, and that is exactly what the Interfaith Food Pantry is to Blacksburg with its three decades of quiet service. “For 30 years the Pantry has been fortunate to...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Heritage Park

Folks of a certain age remember a time when the main job of children was to go outside and play. A combination of increased fear, “plugged-in” play, school reform that doesn’t allow for direct outdoor experience and...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Goat Yoga

Having baby goats in a yoga session raises the bar on the fun and frolic and brings out new people who may not otherwise approach the yoga scene. “We saw goat yoga events in other parts of...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Wilderness Road Chorus: Sisters in Harmony

“Ring that chord,” encourages Wilderness Road Chorus director Lavelva Stevens. When the women of this barbershop-style chorus sing the notes just right, an overtone moves through the room, and the audience hears a “ringing.” It is high...

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Over the Hill and Making Hay

Horses are amazing creatures. They are not only imposing and powerful, but also quite fragile. They actually have delicate constitutions that make them sensitive to poor diet. Hay that contains mold or noxious weeds that do not...

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

The Virginian . . A Classic Speedboat

Virginia native Jim Williamson is no stranger to the water. Born in Radford, his mother took him to Claytor Lake often. “I’ve been water skiing since I was 7,” he says. “Just about every month we’d come...

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

Lifelong Fitness ~ Lifelong Friendships

Let’s be honest, working out doesn’t feel like work when you’re surrounded by friends who share your fitness goals. Many of today’s fitness instructors have learned that while we are building strength, we are also building community....

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

Come Get Away . . . with Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company

When you walk through the doors of Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company, you enter an island state of mind. The sweet aroma of coconut fills the air and reggae music plays softly from the behind the desk...

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

Destination: Draper Village

From a river rental cabin and then a few more river rental cabins to reviving an old mercantile building and developing multiple food, art and shopping venues, music, recreation and fine dining events, Bill and Debbie Gardner...

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