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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Mingling at the Markets

It’s Farmers Market Season ~ a favorite time of the year when everyone should be visiting local markets to engage with the hardworking folks who produce wonderful farm products across the New River Valley. Many farmers markets not only offer farm fresh produce, meat, poultry, cheese, fresh flowers, herbs, baked goods, value added products, and

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Dancing in the Sunlight

Flowers in all the gardens not only give us something beautiful to view, smell and enjoy, but also they have a greater ecological purpose. Flowers and herbs attract humans as well as beneficial insects. The addition of...

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Playgrounds for Tiny Adventure Seekers

(Local resident Joseph Alberts, now 35, playing at Caboose Park in 1981) A playground is more than just a place for kids to get their wiggles out before lunch time. Parks and playgrounds harbor some of our...

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

To DIY or NOT to DIY

Between You Tube videos and workshops at local home improvement stores, the highly motivated, budget-conscious homeowner can learn to tackle projects from repairing drywall to installing toilets. But which home improvement tasks are good do-it-yourself (DIY) projects...

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

THE STONE AGE

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort,” Jane Austen once wrote. Home is where we want to be at the end of the work day or even for the budget-conscious, relaxing and fun staycation....

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

CRUISING: TALE OF A HONDA GOLDWING TRIKE

Don and Chris were meeting one another for the first time for breakfast at Mabry Mill in late spring of 2012. He rode from North Carolina on his 1800cc Honda Goldwing, which had a comfortable passenger seat...

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Black Hen Restaurant and Bar Blue

To every thing there is a season …… . . . and this is the season of fine dining in downtown Blacksburg, along with the season of independence and entrepreneurship for chef-couple Cunninghame and Linda West. Giles...

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

FUN IN ACAPULCO

For those of you who are Elvis fans, you might have seen the 1963 musical comedy film “Fun in Acapulco”. You know, the one where Elvis gets a job as a singer and a lifeguard in a...

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Cluck, Cluck, Cluck, Clique

Eggs are one of the most compact, economical, low-calorie, high quality foods on the planet. One study found that more than 90 percent of people who raise or keep chickens do so for fresh eggs. Farm fresh...

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

Being from Vermont and my husband from Wisconsin, we were somewhat enamored with the stencil cows in the kitchen when we purchased this house, one of the first built by Shelter Alternatives in 1990, give or take...

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