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This Northern Neck club is the bees’ knees

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

Catherine Bennett, Maggie Peill and Susan Christopher, three beginner beekeepers from Wicomico Church, founded the Northern Neck Beekeeping Club in 2009. Bennet had been keeping bees for years, she said, but, “making a bloody mess of it.” The three attended a class in Fredericksburg, but found that there was so much information that taking it all in was “like trying to drink from a firehose,” Bennett said. Rather than continue

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  • Northumberland Library makes new friends

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    The Friends of the Library, a group devoted to supporting the Northumberland Public Library had its annual organizational meeting in Heathsville last Tuesday and elected six new people to its board. Jim and Diana Russell, John and Ethel Frye, Joel Stubbs, Wanda Allain and Bill Estell were elected to board for varying terms depending on which departing board members they replaced. The Russells and Stubbs were elected to three year

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  • Menhaden doing well

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

    In 2012 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission slashed harvest limits for Atlantic menhaden despite having no reliable scientific basis for thinking the fishery was in trouble. Now, the ASMFC has a scientifically valid assessment of the menhaden’s stock and it shows that the fishery is in no trouble. Whether the assessment will result in the restoration of jobs lost at Omega Protein in Reedville when the harvest was cut

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  • ‘Share the Love’ and bikes for local kids

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 8:46 am

    All the kids pose with their new bikes.

    It’s not surprising that when the Divas and Dukes social club decided early in the year to do something for others they would settle on making Christmas more joyful for some youngsters. Two of its members, Irvin and Phyliss Nickens son, Ty, has been doing that for “Ty’s Friends” for years. The group made it happen at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Dec. 22. As the climax of a program called

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  • Body, mind and spirit

    Posted on December 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Reverend Charles F. Bates

    When people are in trouble or under stress, they often turn to their faith leaders, according to Reverend Charles Bates of Galilee United Methodist Church, but when the problem is a mental health concern, not every faith leader is qualified to give the necessary aid.  Bates, however, is a licensed clinical therapist as well as a minister, and he works with his clients to address a wide range of mental

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  • Christmas angels at Melrose

    Posted on December 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Leland playing on the piano.

    The Special Angels of Melrose play group held its Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 16.  The play group was formed to allow children with special needs to have a welcoming place to socialize. On Tuesday evening, the kids enjoyed some of their usual favorite activities like the ball pit, the rolling chair, playing piano and doing puzzles.  They also sang “Happy Birthday” to baby Jesus and had cake. When asked

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  • Mary Ball Washington’s unique historical resource

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Carolyn Jett displays the binders of information that accompany the index.

    Several years ago, Donna Helmuth, a volunteer at the Mary Ball Washington Library in Kilmarnock, asked author and historian Carolyn Jett what piece of research she would most like to have done.  Jett said she answered immediately that she would want all the known information on every single slave in Lancaster County from 1825 to 1865. “She said, ‘Hm, that sounds like quite a job.’” Jett recalled Helmuth saying to

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