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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Dinner Time at the Retirement Home

Baby boomers have always been the pig in the python, refashioning the culture and environment around them. In the early ’60s, it was an increase in building elementary schools for them; in the ’70s, it was the uptick in college admissions. Now it’s adapting retirement homes to their tastes and passions, especially in regards to

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Three nearby state parks worth an overnight adventure

Hungry Mother State Park Molly’s Knob – Photo by Billy Bowling There are well over 10,000 state parks across the United States. With that number in mind, it’s hard to imagine not bumping into one on any...

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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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