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The militia fires a round from their muskets.

Living history at Lancaster Court Day

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

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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  • Heritage Arts Center opens

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Judy Mooers at her spinning wheel.

    Rice Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville planned a “soft opening” for its Heritage Arts Center Wednesday. In the sense that the opening wasn’t advertised, it was soft. It wasn’t soft at all in the commercial sense. Judy Mooers, who is leading the effort, said that members of the Tavern’s quilters and crafting guilds saw the preparations for the center and descended on it as soon as the doors opened. “We had

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  • Easter egg hunting by the creek

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

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    It was a slightly smaller crowd than last year at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4, according to the museum’s Executive Director, Shawn Hall.  That might have had something to do with the wind that kept the sunny morning on the cool side. “We’ll see how well the boat does.  It is a little gusty,” Hall said. However, the Easter Bunny arrived at the dock

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  • Local woman turns 100 this week

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

    It took a long time for Florence Maith to get home to Northumberland County after she left it to live with her mother in Philadelphia in the early 1930s, but since she and her husband, Leslie, retired to Hyacinth in 1972, she has had plenty of time to enjoy being home. You can do that if you live to be 100, as Florence will have done as of April 9.

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  • Cats, steamboats and illustration

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

    By Colston Newton Barbara Dietz started writing stories when she was about four years old and has kept at it. Now, she’s published her first book, “Chippiepierre’s Magic Paintbrush Tail,” a children’s book about two cats’ adventures on an old-time Chesapeake Bay steamboat. At the Northumberland Public Library’s “Books Alive!” program last Tuesday, Dietz talked about how she came to write the book after she and her husband, Richard Kantor,

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  • Easter egg fun at Callao firehouse

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Lucas McEntire and Leslie Hinson with Mr. Bunny at the Callao Fire Department Easter egg hunt on Sunday.

    The fire engines were parked outside the Callao Fire station, but the action was inside as children and parents filed inside Sunday afternoon for and Easter egg hunt. Weather did not permit hunting outside, especially for the many  tots and toddlers attending. There was plenty to do inside though. There were five groups for each hunt, 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10. One group would be hunting for eggs in

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  • Daffodils bloom on Route 360

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Buddy Medlin photographs members of the CBGC surrounded by the first blooms of the daffodil garden.

    This Sunday, under a brilliant sun but buffeted by chilly wind, the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club dedicated its daffodil garden and monument on Route 360 in front of the high school. The garden was originally planned to have 1500 bulbs, but Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester told the CBGC that that was not nearly enough for the kind of large display they wanted.  He wound up

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