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A Kinsale Wedding: Happiness After Hardship

As Cople District Volunteer Fire Department’s fire siren wailed its banshee cry through the skies of Kinsale, shortly after 4 p.m. on May 31, the bride winced visibly. She was obviously NOT resigned at the thought that her Fire Chief groom, J.B. Butler, would be dashing off to rescue...

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Extending Your Year in the Garden with Fall Blooms

In the fall palate of gardens, there is always the dependable beautiful flush of maroon, rust and gold of mums. These plants are readily available in hardy forms to repeat their blooms year after year. They need to be cared for with regular watering and mulching to be successful in...

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Burkes Celebrates 45 Years

Dorothy and Fred Burke, Sr. didn’t realize they were establishing a Northern Neck tradition back in August of 1969. They had a vision for their new company. They wanted to offer quality items and service to their friends and neighbors. They did just that when they opened the doors of...

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Standing Watch Over Our Weather

Thunderheads built in the distance as our Jamestown-Scotland ferry crossed the James headed for Surry County. Beyond laid Sussex County and the town of Wakefield where the National Weather Service (NWS) maintains one of 122 field offices across the country. As we neared the station,...

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Donk's Theater: A Place of Wonderment

The house lights dim and then there is some ruffling of the star spangled curtain. A hand sticks out between the curtain separation and the spotlight switches on. Then a tall white-bearded man wearing bib overalls emerges onto the stage.

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The Man Cave Manifesto

Where can a man go to find refuge from an increasingly demanding world, a natural habitat where he can indulge his man customs and let his mind roam or rest without judgment or revision?

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The Art of War

Near the mouth of Dymer Creek strange and wonderful creatures stalk the shallows. On stilt-like legs they seemingly bob and pirouette—abstract forms of canvas and driftwood sporting elongated beaks, arms, feet and hands painted in bright crayon colors—pleasing contrasts to the...

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Bathroom Design Trends and Tips

The overarching trend in today’s bathroom design and fixtures is customization. Think soft and decorative lighting, smart showers (smart enough to remember your favorite song), even coffee bars. Consumers want a space that is unique to their personality and contemporary bathrooms very...

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The Art of Making 'Old' New Again

What would you do with old doorknobs, odd boat parts, broken bed posts, scrap wood, rusted tractor parts, broken tools, smashed crab pots and other assorted used and abandoned stuff?

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Stratford Hall's 8th Annual Oyster & Wine Festival

Stratford Hall’s Wine & Oyster Festival is the Northern Neck of Virginia’s premier wine and oyster festival. Expanded to a two-day event, the event has continued to grow in the number of participating wineries, exhibitors and attendees.

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So You Want to Own a Vineyard

The postcard image of a hillside vineyard reflects beauty and tranquility, the countryside at its best. A grand picture, but it doesn’t even hint at the effort that creates it. All the more surprising then, that people with no background in agriculture become involved with...

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Glencairn: Rappahannock River Valley

Glencairn is situated in upper Essex County amidst open agricultural fields along US Route 17, “Glencairn” is an excellent example of a modest dwelling built by Virginia planters in the early 18th century.

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Good Night and Good Health

In my medical practice I see a number of health issues that can sneak up on you with virtually no symptoms or with only very vague symptoms. For the most part, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) isn’t one of them.

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Grazing on Greens

Southerners have been cooking up a mess of greens since before Grandma was in a baby bunting. Collards, kale, turnip greens and mustard greens are but a few of the staples of a southern sideboard.

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