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What's In A Name?

In the south we revere names. We are named after family, events and names that describe or just suit us. Plants are like this. Plants have at least two general types of names: common and botanical. The common names often are describing a feature of the plant or flower: sunflower,...

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The Rosenwald Schools

I realize from the very beginning that my first two questions will launch me into perilous waters, where I’ll be found awaiting rescue from the tidal wave of your responses, “That’s none of your business.” But, here are the questions anyway: common and botanical. The common names...

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RivahFest 2011

In Tappahannock and Essex County, we know about tradition. Believe it or not, we even have something in common with the ancient Egyptians, who also found significance in their own “Rivah.” In ancient Egypt, citizens along the Nile celebrated “The Festival of the Beautiful Reunion,”...

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Glen Roy Plantation

One could hardly blame old William Smith for being angry about the Yankees landing on the shore of his plantation in Ware Neck, Virginia and plundering then burning down ten of his eleven barns. As if that were not enough of an “outrage,” the Union troops took him hostage and occupied...

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Book Club

Books clubs can be an enjoyable way to connect with friends over lively conversations about good books. Here are some reads recommended by two local book clubs: “The Low Stress Book Club” and “Reading Between the Wines.” The synopses were provided by the author’s websites or from...

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Swimming Pools

When your family decides to go to the beach for summer vacation, where do the kids end up? What about during your Walt Disney World vacation? How about your vacation to Puerto Rico—where was most of your time spent? Like many others with children, it is likely all three of those...

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Preparing Your Boat For Summer

In Tidewater Virginia, winter’s chill has left the air and the ospreys have returned to their posts. For those living along the rivers and creeks flowing into the Chesapeake Bay, these are true signs that the recreational boating season has returned. With approximately 250,000...

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Berrylicious

Mother Nature is a master when it comes to providing us with the potential to live off the land. Her many creations provide us with high levels of vitamins, fiber and minerals to sustain us. Mother Nature’s sweet specialty is berries. They are bursting with nutrition, vibrant flavors...

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Farmers Markets

Summer is on the horizon and local farmer’s markets are in the air. Whether you live in our beautiful region, spend weekends here (away from the hustle and bustle) or are just passing through, there is a farmer’s market that is just right for you. From King George to Irvington to West...

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Historic Lancaster Tavern

As customers walk through the doors of the Historic Lancaster Tavern, they are usually met by owner and proprietor, Brenda Lee Jackson. Brenda, drawing from her many years of experience in fine dining and wine, is a rare beacon of style and hospitality. Her presence and poise hints at...

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Save Energy

We all want to save energy and money. One of the best, easiest and most inexpensive ways to do this is to install and use a programmable thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 50% of household energy goes to heating and cooling. A 4 pre-programmed thermo­stat,...

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Mulch 101

Gardeners know that mulch is a great-looking layer of topping on the soil in gardens and landscapes, but mulch is so much more than just a decorative cover. Mirroring the leaf layer found on a forest floor, mulch covering can benefit both plants and soil. There are many different...

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Health & Senior Living

Undergoing an operation, whether it is the first one or the fifth, can be a stressful time in one’s life. Millions of people undergo an operation each year and every single one of them has a different experience. Surgery provokes many feelings, most notably fear and anxiety. While it...

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