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Column: A word about apples — and varieties of a fall favorite

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Nothing seems more American than apple pie – unless it is either apples packed into school lunches or spiced apple cider on Halloween.   Apples are such a part of our national identity that it’s hard… Continue Reading

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After delay, Brooklyn Pizzeria joins sister business in Red Mill

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — Charles and Shannon Cohen, owners of Brooklyn Bagels in Red Mill Commons, opened Brooklyn Pizzeria in that shopping center in July. Pizza places abound here, but they aim to provide a different style of… Continue Reading

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Blackberry season is underway in southern Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Summer’s heat and sun are ripening the blackberries, and this fruit is becoming available locally at markets. Blackberries aren’t as widely grown commercially as strawberries in Virginia Beach, but farmer Roy Flanagan grows them to… Continue Reading

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After initially announcing closure, Pungo Blueberries Etc. is open this summer for you-pick business

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — It was barely 7 a.m. on one recent humid, overcast morning, but already customers were in the orchard plucking the plump berries that were ripening at Pungo Blueberries Etc.   Farm owners Robert and Juanita… Continue Reading

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In rural Virginia Beach, Oak Grove Baptist bridges the coronavirus distance with drive-through dinner for community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — On a Thursday evening in early April, a couple of weeks into our local response to a pandemic, members of Oak Grove Baptist Church cooked up a ham dinner in the church kitchen, wore gloves and masks… Continue Reading

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Column: Using technology to keep in touch with the people we care about during a pandemic

BY TONI GUAGENTI VIRGINIA BEACH — Early in the pandemic, I lay in bed on a Sunday morning and thought about the ramifications of the self-quarantine on my social life. Some of us are gregarious by nature – extroverts, believe it… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled, but could a smaller community event be held?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Pungo Strawberry Festival is among the major community events canceled due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus, which can cause the disease Covid-19. “After careful consideration, the board members of… Continue Reading

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Column: What’s on the table? The bounty of our local food sources

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s times like this, when we’re hunkered down at home, that the old family recipes come to mind.   On a recent morning, I found myself digging out my grandmothers’ recipe books and making a… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Healthier, nutritious meals for our local communities now — and for our future selves

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Consider eating a diet of the lab-made stuff seen in the movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves. It was a tan mush, and it looked and tasted the same every day, but it did have all the… Continue Reading

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Meals: Working to feed local students while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On Friday, March 20, public school employees stood outside Birdneck Elementary School. Throughout the morning, families drove up to the front of the school near where Birdneck Road and General Booth Boulevard meet to… Continue Reading