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Toano's Farm House celebrates final days

A longstanding Toano institution is preparing to close its doors June 1. Farm House American Crafts and the property on which it stands has been sold after more than 40 years under the same owners. The Chestnutt family bought the Richmond Road house in 1976. They lived there and began selling flags...

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  • Western Virginia offers superb birding

    If you want ornithological culture shock, spend a day birding on the Coastal Plain, enjoying classic southern specialties like chuck-will's-widow, red-cockaded woodpecker and brown-headed nuthatch in the open, sandy pine forests, and then drive three-plus hours west to the mountains along the West...

      • Give Local 757 raises more than $634,000 for area nonprofits

        Give Local 757 raises more than $634,000 for area nonprofits

        Tuesday was a busy day for area nonprofits. For 24 hours, Give Local 757 accepted nonstop donations for a plethora of charitable causes. β€œIt was an amazing day,” said Tammy Flynn, director of philanthropy for the Peninsula Community Foundation. The foundation launched Give Local 757 in 2014 with...

          • Relay for Life rallies against cancer

            Relay for Life rallies against cancer

            The scourge of cancer is far too familiar for many, whether they have battled it themselves or witnessed a loved one do so. It can be one of life's most difficult, draining experiences. But with despair comes the opportunity for hope. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's biggest fundraiser,...

              • "Jamestown" showcases Virginia History

                "Jamestown" showcases Virginia History

                Riding the coattails of "Downton Abbey" popularity, "Jamestown" made landfall in the U.K. last week and is hoping to come to the United States.  The new show aims to educate its audience on the state's history. "Jamestown" is an eight-part drama series set in 1619 that follows the early days of...


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                  • Program addressed end of life issues

                    A public program discussing end of life issues was held last week at King of Glory Church. More than 100 came to discuss the topic of death preparations at "The Sensitive Journey," and to hear speakers from 12 businesses. Many thanks to all the volunteers who spent their morning with us and to...

                      • Friends of W&M, in more ways than one

                        The College of William and Mary could not have chosen more fitting recipients for its 2017 Prentis Award than Tom and Mary Ellen Power. The Powers are the founders and owners, together with their three children Tom Power, Jr., Mary Ellen Power and Cathy Power, of the iconic Cheese Shop and the...

                          • Ad feeds election conspiracy theories

                            Well, it has taken long enough, but the May 13 issue of the Virginia Gazette, page 12A has finally put into print identities of some of those accused by conspiracy letter writers in today's Daily Press and Washington Post. The left side of the Gazette ad contains 16 names – 15 of whom could be...

                              • Dominion not a responsible steward

                                My wife I drove down from Little Valley in Bath County to participate in the rally for our environment outside of the recent Dominion shareholders meeting. Dominion's attempt to screen us from the view of shareholders by placing curtains around the convention center and walkway leading to it reminded...

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