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Painting over a mistaken past at Colonial Williamsburg

Working high inside the famous entrance hall of Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Palace, painter Glen Wilson took the most visible step in a dramatic makeover of the space early Thursday morning. Climbing to the top of a tall rolling scaffold, he aimed his spray gun at the face of the dark walnut...

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  • VSO announces latest Classics season

    VSO announces latest Classics season

    The Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced its 98th season Thursday, planning a series of concerts beginning in September and running through April 2019. Music director JoAnn Falletta will also return for her 28th season with the organization. In a news release, Falletta said the season “presents...

      • Bird feeders are priceless in snowy weather

        Bird feeders are priceless in snowy weather

        Feeding birds is a passion for 3 million homes in the United States, which spend around $6 billion on seed and feeders annually. By way of comparison, 90 million homes spend around $10 billion subscribing to ESPN to watch sports. Feeder-watchers invest heavily in their pastime, and they reap rich...

          • Contemporary Art Center celebrates student artists

            Contemporary Art Center celebrates student artists

            The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center's latest show features 131 works of art from 93 area high school students in a celebration of young talent and a glimpse at the next generation of artistic minds. The exhibit launched Tuesday with an awards ceremony and reception. “It’s a really strong show,”...

              • Sinfonicron Light Opera Company reimagines "The Grand Duke"

                Sinfonicron Light Opera Company reimagines "The Grand Duke"

                The Sinfonicron Light Opera Company returns for its 53rd season with a production of “The Grand Duke,” the final work written by W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. The show also marks the company’s final performance inside Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall before the venue closes in May for...

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                  • Time for America to proclaim TREXIT

                    A little is too much of the absurd and disgusting behaviors of Donald Trump (fake president). It’s time for Republicans to push the handle and send DT down the porcelain receptacle of which he is so well versed. It’s time to engage the exit strategy to rid our nation of this vile and repugnant...

                      • About that inauguration fiesta, governor

                        A few days have passed, and I just can't get over the open-handed support of some of the patrons of the $1.9-million-plus inauguration of Gov. Ralph Northam. What could inspire that kind of generosity? It's a bipartisan question. Let's say I'm a conservative here in Williamsburg. What's my sneaking...

                          • Armchair diagnosis is dangerous and wrong

                            Debate about a president’s health as it relates to his performance in office has long been a part of our country’s history. Accurate, transparent knowledge about a chief executive’s medical conditions is important for the public to know. But there is no place for politically motivated, naïve speculation...

                              • WSJ article offers look at race in America

                                I am writing today to make two recommendations: First, that every American find and read an opinion article written by Shelby Steele and published in the opinion page of the Jan. 13-14 weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. Second, that the editors of The Virginia Gazette publish the entire...

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                                  • Last Word on snow days, Jan. 13

                                    Last Word on snow days, Jan. 13

                                    Snow days Five days without school for less than a foot of snow? Plus two weekend days between? Absolutely embarrassing. We have a serious infrastructure issue. Maybe the lawyers and high-profile school superintendent can be cut and the savings applied to plows and sand spreaders. I went shopping...

                                      • Last Word on winter weather, Jan. 10

                                        Last Word on winter weather, Jan. 10

                                        Winter weather The writer of “Winter weather” must keep in mind that weather is not the same as climate. A spate of exceptionally cold temperatures over the minuscule portion of the world’s surface that the eastern U.S. represents does not mean the Arctic’s ice is not melting, that alpine glaciers...

                                          • Last Word on schools, Jan. 6

                                            Last Word on schools, Jan. 6

                                            Back at school Students need to practice using their “toolbox” in school so they will be equipped to solve bigger problems down the road. The focus of today’s work environment is on the application of skills — qualities not necessarily measured by standardized assessments — including creativity...

                                              • Last Word, on making a connection Jan 3

                                                Last Word, on making a connection Jan 3

                                                A connection A recent Last Word comment was from a Ninth Infantry Division soldier who was in Vietnam in 1967-68. I also was in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Division and apparently in the same camp and at a similar period as the writer. If the writer is interested in sharing pictures and stories...

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