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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Local father/son artists create connections through painting

More often than not, a monumental moment in time isn’t marked with bells, whistles or a hallelujah chorus. When a destined life path is discovered, sometimes it’s something more subtle or simple like, say, crayons. “My mother gave me crayons at age three,” Philip Ramsey of Blacksburg states matter-of-factly. “As early as kindergarten, classmates would

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Remembering Virginia’s Pioneer Spirit

It is July of 1619 in Jamestown. The first General Assembly is preparing to meet. A council appointed by the Virginia Company, Governor George Yeardley and a new group composed of two male representatives from each of...

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Breathe in Portland, Maine

The minute we drove over the bridge into downtown I closed my eyes and breathed in the heavy salt air. There was no mistaking it. That harbor fish smell mixed with the scent of food frying and...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

A Christmas Home . . . with the Hill Family

The halls are decked, the aroma of balsam mingles in the air, and the fireplace glows underneath the stockings. Little feet patter across hardwood floors, and laughter resonates off the walls of our 1950s ranch. It’s easily...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Joba Design Acquires Blue Mobius

Perhaps two hearts are better than one. Somewhere there’s a cocktail napkin supporting a glass of champagne that promises as much. It’s especially true when those two hearts also possess tenacious entrepreneurial spirits and a penchant for...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Brick Oven Pizza + Dessert

When you go out to eat and are tempted to start with dessert first, Brick House Pizza is a wonderful place to do this. Hold that thought. Serving up pizza since its founding in 1972, this West...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Handmades from the Heart

Early Christians adopted the peacock as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection because it sheds its feathers each year to grow new ones. Not only that, but the many eyes of a peacock’s feathers are said to represent...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Keeping Kids Safe Online

These days, there are fewer and fewer kids playing in the streets, darting from house to house, riding bikes or playing at the park by themselves. It seems that in our efforts to keep kids safe, we...

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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...

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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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