Virginia’s Native Allspice

This fall we noticed, for the first time, some bushes with bright red berries dotted across our nearby woods. Thanks to the reputation of hollies, poke berries, and other brightly colored inedible wild plants, my first thought was “poisonous!” But after doing some research, we have made quite a contrary discovery. Say hello to spice…
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Adventure Us: Pandapas Pond

If your family is seeking to get away from the busy routine for a few hours and enjoy outdoor beauty and spring weather for free, Pandapas Pond might be the place for you. Beloved by fishermen, families, and college students alike, Pandapas Pond Day Use Area is nestled within the Jefferson National Forest a few…
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The Best Fermented Drink for Your Kids

Our family’s eating habits aren’t too strange. I mean, sure, we do buy oatmeal in 50 pound bags from the bulk food store. We have accidentally raised corn smut and then decided we might as well eat it. And there was that time that our family all mutually agreed to cook a fat grub and…
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Meet Your Neighbor: Noel Anderson, Anderson Music Therapy

Meet Your Neighbor… Noel Anderson! When Noel Anderson MMT, MT-BC, moved to Roanoke in 2011, it didn’t take long for her to notice the challenge families had in getting services for their children with special needs. So she created Anderson Music Therapy to fill that need and be a resource in helping families find the…
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100% Premium Virginia Orange Juice

100% Premium Virginia Orange Juice Fall has finally arrived, and that means here in the Blue Ridge mountains it’s time to start picking oranges. Yes, that’s right. Move over, Tropicana, make way for… Poncirus trifoliata. Ok, so maybe you’re suspicious, and maybe rightfully so. But the first time we found a trifoliate or hardy orange…
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DIY Plumbing in Quarantine

You can reach Southern Trust Home Services at, (540) 208-2246, or As many of us continue to self-quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic, some home maintenance issues are easy to overlook. Plumbing problems, especially, are becoming more frequent — and right now, even though plumbing is considered essential work, we may not want…
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Top Ten Science Experiments Kids Can Do at Home!

1. The Water Bottle Egg Separator What you’ll need: Raw egg, two bowls (or plates), empty water bottle, [optional] food coloring How does this work? When you squeeze the bottle, you force air out. When you place the mouth of the bottle over the yolk and stop squeezing, you create suction, as air (and yolk) rush…
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