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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

School Lunches . . . Nutritious and Delicious

Kids love fast food. Burgers, fries, chicken—as long as it is greasy or fried, it’s a winner in their eyes. But with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, schools had to cut back on calories and fat while increasing the amount of vegetables, fruits and whole grains in their breakfasts and lunches. It’s been a tough

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Winterfrost Farm – Home of the Ride-a-Rescue

Reagan Miles was 9 years old when her family rescued two horses from a neighboring county. There’s no need to describe their condition ~ the main point is that it had a huge impact on her young...

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

From Father to Son . . . Love, Friendship and Harleys

Ed Stevens passed down a number of things to his son, Harry. He gave him the nickname Butch, which has stuck to this day. He gave his boy a passion for motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidson flatheads. Most importantly,...

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Furry Friends Welcome

Pets like adventures, too, and you can bring them to many stores, parks, trails, lodging establishments and outdoor patios at restaurants around the New River Valley. Claytor Lake State Park allows dogs on land as long as...

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Noah Gillie

Jan and Ranae Gillie started their vegetarian restaurant on the popular Draper and College corner in Blacksburg in 1974. The building was originally a mill, then an appliance store, then a jewelry shop. When their sons Noah...

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Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Artist . . . Alex Crookshanks

Give a kid a coloring book with tracing pages inside, and you just might unleash the artist within. Alex Crookshanks was but a pre-kindergarten toddler when he received a Hot Wheels coloring book with tracing pages as...

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Aspiring Fashion Designer

From the dreams of a nine-year-old girl sewing clothes for her Barbie dolls and lingering around her grandmother’s upholstery business to a bona fide fashion designer competing with the best in the region to have her clothes...

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Wonderful Cars and Wife

The real prize was indoors, but whenever Don Elson visited that Kansas farmhouse around 1957, he liked to slip out to the hillside in the back where a couple of old cars were parked. The cars were...

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Staying Cool in Egypt

Of all the countries I’ve traveled in this world, it was Egypt that made me faint. It wasn’t the sheer wonder of the pyramids that caused the weakness in my knees; it was the extreme heat, the...

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Spices of Life

What a dull food world we would live in if not for herbs and spices. Seasonings make food interesting, tasty, palatable, appetizing, hot, savory, sweet or sour. Erma Bombeck said: “Once you get a spice in your...

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