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MELIMDA MYERS: Grow Vertically for Added Beauty / Productivity

Expand your planting space, grow a living screen, or add vertical interest to your garden beds. Train vines up a decorative support, onto a fence, or allow them to...

MORGAN GRIFFITH: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time for celebrations across the Ninth District, only a few of...

SERWAN ZANGANA: Marijuana: A Silent Destroyer of Virginia Communities

The outcome of legalizing marijuana by Virginia lawmakers can be observed negatively in Roanoke City....

MIKE KEELER: A Genius in 236 Words

OK aspiring writers, this one’s easy. Maybe too easy.Your assignment today is to write a story...

Cats Do Not Manipulate Us Like The Current White House Administration

Many years ago, I thought the idea of having a cat as a pet, specifically...

Extension Connection: A Simple and Delicious Way to Enjoy Seasonal Foods

Last weekend I purchased “Roasting Vegetables in a Bag” from a farmer’s market.  In the bag were kale leaves, new potatoes, kohlrabi, green...

A Father’s Day Poem For Dad

For all the times you made me hold that darned ladder; For all the times you said, "if you throw that tennis racquet again, we're...

Hey Coach! No One’s Calling Me Back…

Readers: A dad and I have been emailing recently.  He’s extremely involved in his daughter’s recruiting.  I believe he’s at the point where he may...

The Joy of Still Livin’ in Roanoke

Whenever I run into him on the trails of Mill Mountain we chat for a few minutes. I admire his old dog. We let...

Waiting for Fireflies

It’s that time again.  Time for the fireflies to arrive.  Every year I find myself anxiously anticipating the first sighting and last week ---...

Why is Complaining a Sin?

I hate spinach sandwiches," says Todd, 7. Although I admit the thought of a spinach sandwich is revolting, Todd, I'm afraid you misunderstood my question....