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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 scenic landscapes, historical adventures, and easy fun for all ages. We start on the Little River, a tributary

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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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Friday, July 17th, 2020

Family Legacy Lives On

The Armentrout homestead in the New River Valley is a testament to the past, a model for present and ideal for the future. Preserving the legacy of his father and both of his grandfathers has been a...

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

First and Main Splash Pad

The newest addition to First and Main on S. Main St. is Blacksburg’s first splash pad on artificial turf in front of the Alumni Hall store and Residential Mortgage Services office. The opening date to turn on...

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Plan the Perfect Picnic

The scene is iconic. Maybe even reminiscent of a favorite Looney Tunes cartoon. A red and white checkered blanket weighted down by a basket of food and noshing friends. In the foreground a parade of workaholic insects...

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

NRV Mushroom Club

Even though she’s heard it before hundreds of times, Rebecca Rader, president of the New River Valley Mushroom Club, does NOT roll her eyes when a newbie tells her: “I want to join because I’m a fungi.”...

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Chroma-Extraordinaire a 3-act biography

If Truman Capone’s life were a 3-act play, Act One would open in an elementary school in Pittsburgh. His artistic talent was recognized at a young age when he won contests for kids like drawing a poster...

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Growing your own herbs is a gratifying gateway to gardening

Gardening is intimidating. Most folks enjoy the bounty of fresh produce a garden yields, but shy away from the labor, the unknowns, the time or the space that a garden requires. Cayden Cash, the operations manager at...

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

They All Love[d] “Baby”

This 1971 Buick GS convertible named “Baby” is owned by Jessica Midkiff, native of Giles County, and Gudfridur (Frida) Sigursteinsdottir, native of Iceland. The vehicle is largely cared for by Jessica’s husband, Rupert Cox, owner of Pil...

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