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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The ABCs of Retiring in the NRV

Aquatic centers. Both Christiansburg and Blacksburg claim aquatic centers, with Christiansburg featuring a premier pool where high school and college level swim and dive meets are held. For retirees, of more interest might be the soothing exercise of water aerobics and a place to entertain grandchildren year-round. Buildings pepper New River Valley streets with abundant

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Know When to Fold ‘Em

Navigating the financial and emotional gamble of retirement.   For some, it’s a decision you’re weighing right now. For others, it’s something in a galaxy far, far away. And still for others, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”...

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The NRV Gets Creative

What do small eclectic towns with local artisans and shops do when faced with a pandemic like they’ve never encountered? They find ingenious ways to stay well, be creative and bring their goods to customers in innovative...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Logan Smith’s Inspiring Life ~ of Courage, Faith and Community

Coming home from school on Oct. 21, 2016, Logan Smith lost control of his red Ford F250 hydroplaning on a slick road in Dublin and plunging 35 feet down. The truck rolled over and landed on rocks...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Distance Healing

The ‘tele’ prefix means ‘at a distance,’ which is apropos for describing life these days. Our increased use of the telephone and television may be leaving us with desires to teleport elsewhere – perhaps closer to friends,...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Staycation in the NRV

Recently I had the feeling that I was a million miles away from home, yet I had not even left the neighborhood. I was not daydreaming or meditating. I was tucked away in a private poolside oasis...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Soaring for a Sense of Accomplishment

One day recently Robert Nickell sat in a rocking chair on the front porch of the business he and his wife, Joanna, run, Buffalo Mountain Ziplines. Located in Floyd near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the zipline course...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Paddling through the NRV

For those looking for a new perspective to enjoy the New River Valley, on the water may be your best bet. Traversing the landscape with the flow of water takes the visitor on a new journey with...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

The Age of Aquariums

From an inexpensive goldfish in a bowl to a $1 million 5,000-gallon tank with rare fish, aquariums are mesmerizing to watch. The sound of water is comforting, and the slow movement of the fish can help calm...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

How therapy dogs curtail the stigma of mental health

The use of animals for therapy is not a new thing. In fact, the first iteration of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) can be traced back to the ancient Greeks who used horses to lift the spirits of...

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