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The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… 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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From Colombia to Virginia Beach, Specialty Club Coffee offers carefully-sourced coffee and beans

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Mauricio Mova, founder and owner of Specialty Club Coffee, says that he has always had a passion for coffee, and he found a way to channel his passion into a business. Mova roasts coffee… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Remembering Elsie Creekmore, matriarch of a Virginia Beach farming family

Ed. — This story originally ran in print on Dec. 21, 2018. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Some people marry into money or fame, but those who married Elsie V. Creekmore’s children and grandchildren understood that they were marrying… Continue Reading

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A hopeful future for Blue Pete’s after flooding — and still more flooding — hits longtime Pungo favorite

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Wind tide flooding forced Blue Pete’s Restaurant owners Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes to close their doors to business for several days in mid-September for the second time in less than two months.  High waters from… Continue Reading

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Approved by City Council, mini golf course near Sandbridge Road may be up and putting in spring at Anderson’s

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — A mini golf course with a local theme may open in the spring if the weather cooperates and construction proceeds on schedule, according to Jason Blanchette, owner of Anderson’s of Virginia Beach. The City… Continue Reading

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Voting: A big, busy Election Day

Ed. — This story ran on Nov. 9 in print, and it was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE AND JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — A day of strong turnout in Virginia Beach, when citizens ventured out on Election… Continue Reading

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Pungo Pantry in Virginia Beach is a rising business which focuses upon fresh, local ingredients

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — You have to love to cook to channel your passion for home-baked goods into a career – and perfecting your recipes takes patience and a sense of humor, according to Megan Brassart of Pungo… Continue Reading

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Sawdust Road is a coffee shop with artistic spirit in the heart of Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The name has changed, and coffee and lunch items have been included in the offerings, but locally-inspired art and photography still are a primary focus at Sawdust Road, which opened this past month in the… Continue Reading