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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

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Religious revival brings faith, music to Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 23 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Holly Veber was on a mission trip to Chile with other members of Charity United Methodist Church a few years ago when she got the… Continue Reading

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A renewed look at historic structures in the rural reaches of Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – A city-backed architectural survey of southern Virginia Beach will focus upon identifying structures that are at least 50 years old, including beach houses in the residential resort of Sandbridge and traditional agricultural buildings such… Continue Reading

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The Bee and The Biscuit, a popular restaurant in Pungo village, earns recognition as Virginia’s best

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — When Karen and Joe Johnson decided to open a restaurant in Pungo Village, they wanted to adopt a rustic theme to honor the agricultural community.  Now, The Bee and The Biscuit, which opened in 2016,… Continue Reading

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Business: Natural products are available at the Farm Life General Store in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — From eggs to make-up, there’s a wide variety of products available at The Farm Life General Store, which opened in the spring at Pungo Square Shopping Center. Many of the products are created by owner… Continue Reading

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Business: Locals make, market hemp-based products

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — As college students, Savana Griffith and Alfonso Mendez became interested in hemp based products and began experimenting with making their own.  Now, four years later, Griffith and Mendez, founders of CBD Livity, are marketing elixirs,… Continue Reading

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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