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St. Stephen’s members serve strawberry shortcake to hungry visitors.

A sweet celebration

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

Last weekend, people from across the Northern Neck flocked to Heathsville for the annual Strawberry Festival at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  The event was so popular that, although there was parking in the large field across from the church grounds, spaces filled up within an hour of the festival’s opening ceremonies. “Of all the years I’ve come here, this is the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen.  I had to park

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John Clegg (L) and Andrew Jenkins (R) burn a flag that has faded.

Cub Pack honors the stars and stripes

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 7:30 am

“Everybody sees that their flag is getting faded, worn, or tattered.  I always wonder what they do.  Do they just throw it out or leave it gathering dust in a corner?” John Clegg wondered Sunday after a flag retirement ceremony at Mila United Methodist Church. Though nearly every citizen knows that the United States flag should be treated with honor, not many know all the details of proper behavior towards

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  • Have some fun for a cause

    Posted on May 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Marvin Johnson (L) and Christopher Stone at the Relay for Life at Northumberland High School.

    39.6% of people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, according to the National Cancer Institute.  That’s almost four in every ten people.  Either directly or through friends and family, cancer affects nearly everyone in America. The Relay for Life of Lancaster, like Relay for Life events across the world, is working to change that by raising awareness of cancer, and raising funds that go towards

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  • A taste of Mexico comes to Callao

    Posted on May 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

    For those who watched the struggles and finally the closure of the Luna restaurant in Callao with dismay, as well as all of those with a taste for Mexican cuisine, the recent opening of El Indio Azteca is heartening.  The new Mexican restaurant has taken over the old Luna Building on Route 360 in Callao. Since it opened its doors on April 9, the restaurant has been doing steady business,

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Sports

Conference 43 championships

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm

It took two days to get it all accomplished and after the final gun had sounded and all the scores were added up, the Conference 43 track and field championship was in the book at the Northumberland High School facilities.  Thursday, the student-athletes, coaches and officials battled an unseasonably cold rain and struggled through the field events and one round of the track schedule.  But it was just too tough

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  • Faster than a speeding bullet

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Friday in Richmond at the Sports Backers Plus Southern Classic Track and Field Invitational, Ameer Veney did what no other Northumberland track and field participant has ever accomplished.  He placed second against the best hurdlers in the surrounding states.  His 14.82 clocking in the 110 meter high hurdles was a new school record, but more than that, it placed Veney among the premier hurdlers in the area in all sized

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  • Signing the National Letter of Intent

    Posted on April 21, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Thursday, in the Northumberland School auditorium, Haley Headley signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play volleyball for Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.  Headley, accompanied by parents Christy and Michael Headley, brother Christian and high school coach Bonnie Swann inked her letter as the first volleyball player to sign from Northumberland County. Barton College, a small private liberal arts college, had an undergraduate enrollment of 1,057 students

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Lifestyles

Stepping ‘Lively’ with Merrill guitars

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

An artisan is a person who is skilled at making things by hand.  Many artisans reside in the Northern Neck and the love of the labor involved in making something by hand is nowhere more apparent than in the hands of luthier Jim Merrill.  A luthier is a person who makes stringed instruments. Merrill makes acoustic guitars. He specializes in high quality, hand-made vintage replica guitars, particularly the pre-war Dreadnought

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  • Cub Pack honors the stars and stripes

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 7:30 am

    John Clegg (L) and Andrew Jenkins (R) burn a flag that has faded.

    “Everybody sees that their flag is getting faded, worn, or tattered.  I always wonder what they do.  Do they just throw it out or leave it gathering dust in a corner?” John Clegg wondered Sunday after a flag retirement ceremony at Mila United Methodist Church. Though nearly every citizen knows that the United States flag should be treated with honor, not many know all the details of proper behavior towards

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  • Opening day at the Farm Museum

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Dale Clarke, owner of the sawmill at the Farm Museum, gives a demonstration.

    Unique to the Northern Neck, the doors to the Farm Museum were opened wide on May 2 to welcome the public for another season of honoring the rich agricultural tradition of the region.  Exhibits ranging from a dog-powered pulley machine to hand-powered washing machines were on display.  Members of the Board of Directors and volunteers for the museum were available for interested parties who desired more information about the many

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Entertainment

The Tavern Re-Opens Its Doors

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

The Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett Tavern is one of the oldest surviving wood structures in Virginia’s Northern Neck.  The original three room tavern was built by John Hughlett some 250 years ago and is on both the Virginia and National Registers of historic places.  Rice’s/Hughlett Tavern Foundation in partnership with MaMargaret’s House Culinary Services is proud to announce the re-opening of The Tavern. Alva Jackson owner of MaMargaret’s House Bed & Breakfast

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  • They may be last, but not least

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

    L-R: Jeff Little, Josh Scott and Steve Lewis on stage at Northumberland High School.

    Before the Rappahannock Concert Association’s final offering of the season at the Northumberland High School auditorium Saturday night, the association passed out a survey to those coming to the concert asking their preference for next year’s shows. By the time the Jeff Little Trio finished playing about two hours later, a lot of those surveys may have been marked, “Bring Jeff Little back five times.” Pianist, singer and harmonica player

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  • The Fantasticks

    Posted on May 8, 2015 at 8:45 am

    L-R: Sean Thompson, Alan Hooker and Lynn Brownley on stage the opening night of The Fantasticks.

    A young man, Matt, is in love with the girl next door.  The girl, Louisa, “Upon becoming pretty became almost immediately incurably insane,” the narrator explains early in the first act of the Fantasticks.  By insane he means teenaged-girl antics; swooning frequently, taking herself far too seriously and falling in love with the idea of falling in love. This is how The Fantasticks, performed by the Westmoreland Players, begins.  The

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