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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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So long, strawberries: A big year for iconic Virginia Beach crop

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — This spring may go down in local lore as one of the best strawberry seasons ever in southern Virginia Beach. There was a bountiful crop thanks to the weather conditions – and there were… Continue Reading

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New addition to pork retail market shows growing interest in local food sources during pandemic

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BLACKWATER — Land of Promise Farms, traditionally the go-to spot for youth raising pigs as 4-H projects, is now selling pork directly to local consumers at the Market at Land of Promise Farms. Sausages, bacon, pork chops, ribs… Continue Reading

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A vibrant community gathering, displays celebrate Black History Month at the Senior Resource Center in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Creeds native and writer Rita Jones sees humanity as a single patchwork quilt that’s sewn from many threads, and she developed this vision into a program she coordinated for the Senior Resource Center, Inc., in… Continue Reading

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Once largely forgotten, a Revolutionary War skirmish is remembered in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — What could be worse than leading soldiers and horses through a swamp in mid-Februrary? Discovering a burned bridge on the other side and realizing that you’re going to have to wade through yet another… Continue Reading

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Walter A. Whitehurst, pastor and author, crafted tales about his beloved home in Pungo village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The Rev. Walter A. Whitehurst loved family, church and his home community of Pungo – and these became intertwined in his legacy as a storyteller.Whitehurst died on Saturday, Jan. 4, after a brief illness. He… Continue Reading

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‘Birdchick’ Stiteler, author and birder, helps Winter Wildlife Festival celebrate 10 years; ‘smart phone’ birding talk today

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Birds, bicycling, snakes and flies are what author and speaker Sharon Stiteler remembers about her birding trip through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Stiteler had the dubious pleasure of bicycling through Back Bay National… Continue Reading

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Winter Wildlife Festival celebrates its 10th year

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Children’s and adult art classes, workshops, and storytelling will be among the activities offered during the 10th Annual Winter Wildlife Festival, which continues today and concludes tomorrow. Exhibits, workshops and classes will be… Continue Reading

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Late-year crops at local produce markets — brussel sprouts, greens, squash, even bok choy

Ed. — This originally ran in the Nov. 1 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Now that the weather’s finally changing, locals are looking forward to the fall vegetables beginning to appear at local farm stands, and, despite hot, dry… Continue Reading

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A new principal joins the community at rural school in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Getting to know the community and the students is the key to being an effective elementary school principal, according to Douglas Knapp, the new principal at Creeds Elementary School. Knapp, who replaced Casey Conger as… Continue Reading