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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Wine ~ and the End of the World

When John and Elena Leshyn moved into their Blacksburg house in 2001, John was intrigued by some vacant space on the other side of a 6-inch thick, concrete, basement wall. There was a rectangular, horizontal window up high, and he could climb a ladder and look. It was open in there under part of the

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

When Ya Look Good ~ Ya Feel Good

Rarely do we say: “My house looks 10 years younger!” But year after year, we spend thousands of dollars on home maintenance just to keep our homes looking good and lasting long. Our bodies are no different....

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Holding Tight to a Dream

Powell’s exact words may not have rung loudly in Carol Ann Lawrence’s ears, but she knew them in her heart. And, it was Walt Disney who quipped: If you can dream it, you can do it. Disney...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Kathy’s Rescue Cats

Animal rescue has always been a part of Jim and Kathy Chadwick’s long relationship. Over the years, they have rescued many cats, dogs, birds and even horses. “If they’re sick or broken and come into our life,...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

This Old Huggable House

Three years before George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. President, John Black started building his log house, affectionately known in the day as a 4-room crib. The structure is classic for the period at about...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

The Mama Movement

In October 2014, a group of inspired moms led by musician and budding social media entrepreneur Marci Craig circled around a table at Blacksburg’s Next Door Bake Shop. With coffee mugs in hands and big dreams in...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

One Hard Working Utility Van Retires

David Hall’s 1966 Ford Econoline Supervan has been many things: a paint van, a dollhouse, a way to get to the beach for vacation, a motorcycle hauler. It has been in the Hall family since it was...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Natural Bridge Steps up to State Park Status

It’s hard to believe what now looms 215 feet above Cedar Creek and a well-traversed pedestrian walkway was likely the subterranean roof of a cave. Natural Bridge, once a sacred site of the Native American Monacan tribe,...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

An Experiment in Art & Science

It would seem that popularity knows no bounds. When at one time you wouldn’t think to link Virginia with wine, now, with nearly 300 wineries and counting, it’s almost like the Commonwealth is sitting back, feet up,...

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Out of the Ashes

  Text by Joanne M. Anderson  |  Photography by Kristie Lea Photography There are many reasons for buying a certain house, and a best friend across the street is one that prompted Catherine Breske and her late...

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