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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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  • ‘All 8 circulate’ with the Square Pegs

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    “Swing your partner” and the “do-si-doe” are familiar terms to most Americans and invoke images of circles of dancers promenading in a wholesome recreational activity called square dancing. Square dancing has roots that stretch back to 15th century Europe.  Our forefathers brought the dances of their homelands to America.  In more modern times, it was declared our “official national folk dance” by the Reagan administration in an act of Congress

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  • Two programs show disability from new angles

    Posted on April 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

    The Northumberland Indians square off against the Charlottesville Cardinals in a game of wheelchair basketball for Inclusion Day.

    “Being focused, concentrating and being organized, doing my work.  It helps you in the real world.”  Several students in the I’m Determined program at Northumberland Middle School shared what being determined means to them in a meeting Monday. Last week, the school put on two events that aimed to expand awareness of disabilities.  On Monday, all the special education students from the elementary, middle and high school shared presentations based

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  • One hundred years young

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

    James Long presents a 100th birthday card to Dorothy Taylor.

    Northumberland County must be a healthy place to live. Last week, another of its residents celebrated her 100th birthday. Dorothy Taylor, who spent most of her 100 years in Remo, reached her centennial April 19. Although she was born in Kilmarnock and now lives in an assisted living facility there, Taylor spent almost her entire life on a farm in Remo. There she and her husband, Daniel, raised three children

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  • Living history at Lancaster Court Day

    Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

    The militia fires a round from their muskets.

    From its opening moments a steady stream of visitors came to Lancaster Court Day at Lancaster Courthouse. From the Lancaster militia in period costumes carrying period muskets opening the day by marching in to their encampment and firing several smoky volleys, visitors were surrounded by the colonial past. Sailors in 17th century garb showed off the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum’s recreation of the shallop in which John Smith explored the Chesapeake

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