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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Letting Kids Get Messy to Learn . . . STEM hands-on learning

If you’re going to make an omelet, be ready to crack a few eggs. And if you’re going to teach STEM activities , be ready to make a mess. The Bricks Bots & Beakers (B3) franchise embraces this philosophy with open arms and rolled up sleeves. The names of their summer camps

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Matriarch of the Monarchs

Thelma Kirkpatrick can be considered a matriarchal figure to the monarch butterfly. She takes great care to gently remove each caterpillar from the milkweed plants that line her driveway, cautiously placing them into tennis ball containers (one...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Live in Sustainable Recovery

Their stories all begin in desperate places. Many of them – a stunning 65% or more – rise victoriously to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, be restored with their families, get married, become employed, finish college, be...

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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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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Bud Foster . . . His Work, Outlook, Life and Lunch Pail

It’s his 32nd season coaching Virginia Tech football, and Bud Foster says there is only one thing missing from his storybook career: A “three-finger” national championship ring. “I want that gaudy piece of jewelry after everything we...

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Pil Seung Tae Kwon Do

  Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Kristie Lea Photography He’s a farmer, a friend, a teacher, a dad, entrepreneur, husband, son and more. For Rupert Cox, the lines blur between his jobs and responsibilities. He...

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Tuning in to People local musician uses harp music to heal

Pop-culturally, harp music tends to cue up an upcoming dream sequence. The lights soften, the visuals swirl, and we’re transported to fantasyland. When Kirsti Kaldro of Bridge Kaldro Music in Christiansburg first encountered a harp, it was,...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Laureen Blakemore ~ a roundabout journey

Staying in a job for 10 years must mean there is an affinity between employee and position, which is certainly the case with Laureen Blakemore. She has been the director of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. (DBI), since 2008,...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Wine ~ and the End of the World

When John and Elena Leshyn moved into their Blacksburg house in 2001, John was intrigued by some vacant space on the other side of a 6-inch thick, concrete, basement wall. There was a rectangular, horizontal window up...

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