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Worldly ballerina turned local teacher shares journey

Ballerina Sandra Balestracci performed in some of the finest venues in New York City, across the country and around the globe. She's also devoted years to fostering the next generation with her local performing arts school. As she turned 75 Tuesday, Balestracci reflected on a life of success as...

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  • Avalon Center expands reach in fight against domestic violence

    Avalon Center expands reach in fight against domestic violence

    After spending 37 years helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, the Avalon Center is expanding its services to cover 300,000 more people. Avalon teamed up with the Laurel Shelter in Gloucester to extend outreach to the Middle Peninsula, including Gloucester, Mathews County, King...

      • New Muscarelle sculpture exhibit celebrates light, space

        New Muscarelle sculpture exhibit celebrates light, space

        The Muscarelle Museum’s latest exhibit highlights five decades of sculptor Fred Eversley’s most dynamic works, a celebration of kinetic energy in an often stagnant world. It’s also designed to complement the College of William and Mary celebrating 50 years of African Americans in residence, part...

          • "The Tempest" captures spirit of Shakespeare, Jamestown

            "The Tempest" captures spirit of Shakespeare, Jamestown

            “The Tempest” is a win-win. That may not be true for all its characters, but it is for the Guild of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The former needed a new venue for its next Shakespeare adaptation after the College of William and Mary placed the Virginia...

              • Limelight, Sept. 6-10

                Order in the Court: Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties and property are contested. Take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner or defendant and experience how the rights of Virginians were maintained in open court. 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at...


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                  • Warhill baseball players follow athletic sisters to college

                    Warhill baseball players follow athletic sisters to college

                    Sam Rochard’s older sister is Keely Rochard, the Virginia Tech freshman considered the Peninsula area’s best-ever high school softball player for her exploits in leading Warhill High to the past two Group 3A state titles. Reece Koon’s older sister is Alex Koon, a Wichita State sophomore among the...

                    • Early bye week not bad timing for W&M

                      Early bye week not bad timing for W&M

                      College football coaches have minimal control over when their bye week falls. Most would prefer the middle of October, when bodies are bruised and the stretch run is looming. After three games, William and Mary’s open date is already here. But Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock isn’t complaining. With...

                    • Jamestown volleyball defeats Warhill

                      Jamestown volleyball defeats Warhill

                      In a matchup of Bay Rivers District heavyweights, Jamestown defeated Warhill in straight sets, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23 on Thursday night. “It’s always tough to play at Warhill. We graduated six players and they lost some seniors,” Jamestown coach Thomas Stephenson said. “It’s a huge win, Warhill and...

                        • Prep roundup: Walsingham boys, girls sweep cross country invitational

                          Walsingham Academy’s boys and girls cross country teams took first place at Thursday’s Walsingham Invitational held at Eastern State. The girls took seven of the top 10 places, including first, second and third, scoring 17 points and defeating second place Nansemond Suffolk Academy with 56 points...


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                            • Last word on empty storefronts, Sept. 23

                              Last word on empty storefronts, Sept. 23

                              Empty storefronts In response to “Empty storefronts:” The caller should be reminded that once the building is built, the city and county don’t care whether it’s occupied, just as long as the taxes are paid on it. So empty buildings equal income, not poor planning. To the person that’s counted the...

                                • Enjoying my time in community of walkers

                                  Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. — Dictionary As a daily walker, I feel as though I belong to a very special community; however, no one knows my name and I don't know theirs. Between 8 and 9 a.m. most mornings, we hit...

                                    • Consumers need to demand needed change

                                      Watching everyone scramble to protect themselves from fraud after the Equifax hack, it’s become clear to me that we consumers need to force change in the current system. Why is a victim considered responsible for spending time and money to repair a compromised credit history? Shouldn’t all businesses...

                                        • Cordasco concerned with local issues

                                          As a voter in the 93rd District of Virginia, I always try to do my homework on the candidates. Reading through the web pages of the candidates for the House of Delegates, Heather Cordasco and Mike Mullin, I see some striking differences. Ms. Cordasco’s issue’s page is district oriented. She speaks...

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