VB Strong: Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum offers pins in support of Virginia Beach mass shooting victims

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT – The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum at historic de Witt Cottage on Atlantic Avenue is giving pins to its visitors as a reminder that the victims of the May 31 mass shooting still need support. The… Continue Reading


Back Bay-Knotts Island Waterfowl Festival brings collectors, carvers and families to Creeds to celebrate artistry

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — More than 400 people attended the second annual Back Bay-Knotts Island Waterfowl Festival at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex this past month.  The event, organized by Chris Ludford and Jimmy Coppedge, grew in its second year… Continue Reading


With improved city relations, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working to sustain its historic work

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – The director of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum said the museum seems to be on better footing with the city following two years of near-cuts to city funding that help sustain the museum in… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach again considers cutting support to historic homes, museums

Ed. note — This story was updated to reflect the difference in funding sources between the aquarium and historic houses within the overall departmental budget and correct an erroneous percentage in a description of funding changes. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia… Continue Reading


Knotts Island: Fundraiser for Ducks Unlimited gathers community, aids habitat

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — The Knotts Island chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted its annual banquet on Saturday, June 11, at Blue Pete Haven, where people ate, sought raffle prizes and bid upon a wide range of donated goods… Continue Reading


Remembering Pungo’s Bud Coppedge: decoy carver, author, family man

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Marshall “Bud” Coppedge raised a family, worked 36 years for the city, and was a longtime member of Charity United Methodist Church. His legacy will also include his work as a carver, collector and seller of decoys… Continue Reading