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Monday, September 16th, 2019

The Gobbler Get Up

If your favorite color is not Burnt Orange or Chicago Maroon or the unusual combination of both, and you visit the Virginia Tech campus during Hokie football season, you might just change your mind. The Virginia Tech Hokies have always faced a challenge when trying to make orange and maroon look good. Let’s face it,

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Monday, September 16th, 2019

How Virginia Tech revolutionized helmet construction for concussion prevention

Now a beacon for branding and sparkly nuance, the American football helmet was once made of nothing but hardened leather. It is inarguably the most important part of the uniform yet, shockingly, after the leap from leather...

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Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em

Fiber artist Fran Stafford of Newport has called herself many things in her career – spinner, knitter, crocheter, but the Livestock Conservancy would subsume all of those under one title, Sheep Employment Specialist. In a world where...

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

A Clear Business Model

Somehow the declaration against windows became a joke in the world of cleaning. But what is a man who does do windows allowed to claim he doesn’t do? “I don’t do malls,” Ron Eaves, sole proprietor of...

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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...

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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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