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Tour For A Cause | Charity Home Tour

Now in its 27th year, the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour showcases eight spectacular lakeside homes in Franklin and Bedford counties—and it’s all for a great cause. The three-day ...
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Happy Trails | Scenic Hikes For All Abilities

With our proximity to the Blue Ridge foothills, locals are lucky to have easy access to some fine hiking options. For most area residents, a 60- to 90-minute drive or ...
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Recipes From The Orchard

Apples are a great go-to when looking for a delicious and sometimes unexpected ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Whether making dessert, dinner, or in need of a simple ...
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Retirement Planning | Tips & Tools for Financial Health

Boasting abundant mountain vistas, proximity to beautiful lakes, low cost of living and small-town atmosphere, Central Virginia and its surrounds rank high on the list of “Great Places to Retire.” ...
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Refreshing Desserts for Hot Summer Days

When the seasons change, my taste buds crave new, exciting flavors and textures.
Cooler seasons call for rich, decadent desserts like dark chocolate tortes
smothered in warm sauces and rich ...
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From the Garden Party | Throw a Backyard Shindig Using the Season’s Ripe Veggies & Herbs

With the arrival of spring, Mother Nature beckons us outdoors with her sunny disposition and warmth. It’s the perfect time for al fresco entertaining! Dust off the patio furniture, fire ...
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Getting to Know You | A New Neighbor’s Guide

We all remember what it was like to be the new person in town. You may not have a social network close by, you don’t know where to go out ...
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What’s for Dinner? Comfort Meals for Cold Nights

During the winter months, I find myself huddled around the stovetop, preparing home-cooked meals, cranking up the oven’s heat. The cold temperatures and bare trees leave me longing for the ...
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