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Parks are a gift for residents, worth celebration

America is a beautiful thought and a beautiful place. If you've been paying attention, you've likely read some commemoration of the Centennial of the National Park Service. A hundred years is nothing to take for granted, so on Thursday I went for a drive along the Colonial Parkway, the 23-mile...

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  • Last Word on snow cones, Sept. 21

    Last Word on snow cones, Sept. 21

    Historical marker It's nice that the state historical society placed a marker on Route 60 for the Norge station. It's a shame they put in behind the bushes at the Sentara lab there so you can't see it. Teacher pay An additional comment on teacher pay: Remember, a teaching job is not a nine to five,...

  • Last Word on a Pottery memory, Sept. 17

    Last Word on a Pottery memory, Sept. 17

    Pottery pleasure I remember bus trips to the old Pottery warehouse buildings many years ago and have recently returned to visit the area. Wow, what an improvement! Great selection of unique gifts and household items, as well as garden supplies. Was able to do Christmas shopping last year and returned...

  • Last Word on Zable upgrades, Sept. 14

    Last Word on Zable upgrades, Sept. 14

    Looking for ... To the person who wants to transfer their old '50s and '60s movie film to DVDs: Tom Bigford can handle that for you along with 35mm slides, videotape and photos. Email tbigofrd@cox.net or call him at 757-645-7004. He makes free house calls. He can also send you a link to a demo...

  • Last Word on teachers' work and pay, Sept. 15

    Last Word on teachers' work and pay, Sept. 15

    Teacher pay A year has 365 days. Most full time jobs require working 5 days a week so take away 104 days for the two days off leaving 261 working days. Now let's take away an average two weeks paid vacation, 10 days, so now you're working 251. Let's also take away most federal holidays, another...

  • Last Word on W&M tailgating, Sept. 10

    Last Word on W&M tailgating, Sept. 10

    Tailgating changes Tribe fans will be in for a culture shock the first home game when they won't be allowed to re-enter the stadium from their halftime tailgating. Citing "security," the bigwigs will lounge in their luxury boxes enjoying adult beverages and hors d'oeuvres while those who've paid...

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