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Reestablished Back Bay Restoration Foundation aims to advocate for the health of a vital natural resource amid concern about flooding, development

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – On a recent day in March, Todd Barnes — and Cotton, an 8-year-old Chesapeake Bay retreiver  —  gave a boat tour of the waters near Barnes’ home in Sigma. Barnes is the author of… Continue Reading

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Frye earns 2018 Excellence in Agriculture recognition; Creekmore family, Sessoms also honored

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Bart Frye has both a passion for preserving Virginia Beach’s rural heritage and a keen sense of business, and these two traits helped him earn the 2018 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The Virginia… Continue Reading

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Column: Responding when a young humpback whale washes ashore

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — I walked northward from False Cape State Park toward Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge when I spotted the dead whale, visible from at least a mile away despite the intermittent rain and low lying clouds.… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: A family beef operation launches its own retail ‘shack’

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Coastal Cattle, a family Hereford farm, celebrated its new Beef Shack retail shop at 2337 Vaughan Road with a grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 9. “It’s our version of a produce stand,” farmer Billy Vaughan said… Continue Reading

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Pungo Candle Company, a part-time business making candles in the county

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BACK BAY — Laurie Roland adores scented candles, and now she’s found a way to channel that into a part-time business. Roland, owner of Pungo Candle Company, fell in love with Yankee Candles several years ago when… Continue Reading

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Blue Pete’s owners to open new restaurant, Redhead Bay Café, in April

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS – The brothers behind Blue Pete’s Restaurant plan to open a new restaurant at the former location of Creeds Café. Nick Cleanthes said he and his brother, Aristotle Cleanthes, are looking at breakfast, lunch and maybe… Continue Reading

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Greater Pungo community is ‘Hudson Strong’ during fundraiser at Blue Pete’s

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The community came out as a “Hudson Strong” force of love on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Blue Pete’s Restaurant to raise money for a foundation carrying forward the memory of Hudson R. Foschi, the 4-year-old… Continue Reading

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Park to park, a local ham radio operator makes connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE —  Bob Murray of Kempsville hurt his back about 15 years ago, which led him to a passion for amateur – or ham – radio. “I was laid up, and somebody told me… Continue Reading

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Remembering a child, showing love to a Pungo family with light blue ribbons

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — A day after the tragic loss of 4-year-old Hudson R. Foschi in an accident, people expressed their remorse on social media, including in the Pungo Group on Facebook. Beverley Williams posted an idea to that page. She… Continue Reading

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Creeds Ruritan Club food drive brings holiday spirit to families in need

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Members of the Creeds Ruritan Club gathered with family and friends at the charitable organization’s rural community complex on Friday, Dec. 14.  They turned an arena that hosts everything from forums for political candidates to… Continue Reading