• By Langden Mason
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Have you eaten any tomatoes lately? Might as well ask if you’ve taken a breath lately. Summer in the South means tomato sauce, tomato paste, tomato sandwiches, stewed tomatoes, sliced tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and fried green tomatoes. Supper is not complete without a sliced, well-salted and well-peppered tomato on a blue willow plate.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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On the evening of Aug. 14, after a day full of training for my position as head resident adviser for Emory & Henry College, I went fishing, to wash away the day — and to take back the part of me that becomes diluted when I spend more than a few days in town and on concrete.

  • By SARA MOULTON | The Associated Press
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There are very few things more delicious than tomatoes in season. Sure you can buy them year-round, but these imports tend to be mealy and flavorless, so why bother? Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Tart is a celebration of the tomato at the peak of its perfection, namely right now.

HARRISONBURG — James Madison University is welcoming the Class of 2021 to campus this month. Members of the incoming freshman class include:

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Summer is stagnant and never ending in the South. And when the sun seems to melt the passage of time, and the willing-to-eat, enthusiastic fish fin the waters of farm ponds with water cooler than the air, it’s not uncommon to find me at my favorite local arena several days a week.

  • BY JOHN BOYER |Richmond Times-Dispatch
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The Charlottesville area will be left out of the most dramatic darkness when a solar eclipse transits the country on Aug. 21, but it could still be the best local solar eclipse experience since 1970.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Adventure-scarred canoes lashed to its pontoons, a fully loaded DCH-2 Beaver circled one of northwest Ontario’s thousands of jagged. As it began its descent, the unbroken amalgam of boreal forest and shimmering water was transformed from a glorious abstract painting to a very real and intoxi…

  • By Matthew Reilly for the Rural Virginian
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The fly fishing community is a small and transient one, though it only becomes apparent at times. Usually a loosely associated dichotomous web of cutthroat secret-keeping and good-natured exploration and camaraderie, just like the arrival of spring pulls blue gill up onto familiar beds and m…

A “Wings and Wheels 4 Paws” event held June 10 drew a crowd of about 500 people and raised approximately $5,000 for animal rescue organizations in the area, according to the Fluvanna County Radio Control Flying Club.

  • By Langden Mason
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All our lives we are told by parents and teachers and scientists and preachers that every living thing exists on Earth for a purpose. We know trees grow to give us shade in the summer, timber for houses, pulp for paper products and a bathroom facility for dogs and beer laden men. We know bir…

  • By Langden Mason
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This Sunday is Father’s Day — a day when we reward our dads with pseudo silk ties from J C Penney, or an assortment of spring sausages, cheeses and miniature jars of marmalade properly packaged by Hickory Farms, or a Hallmark card filled with colorful Shakespearean prose no one understands.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Even with all of the rain that spattered the Old Dominion this spring, and the chilly overall temperature of May, warming water temperatures are drawing the trout season to a close on all but the most resilient of Virginia’s mountain streams. Luckily, Virginia offers world class angling oppo…

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Avid squirrel hunters are quite fortunate in Virginia to enjoy a very long fall season that runs from early September through the end of February, following regulation changes in recent years. This week, the opportunity to pursue the coveted bushytails will be renewed, as hunters across the …

  • BY DIANA P. GEORGE | FOR THE RURAL VIRGINIAN
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Those who step inside Nina Monroe’s new shop will find an eye-catching collection of classy home furnishings, sterling silver and semiprecious-stone jewelry that ranges from simple to bold, and personal-care products made with natural ingredients.

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I read the recent letter to the editor (“More diversity needed on coaching staff,” The Daily Progress, Sept. 12) decrying the fact that the University of Virginia football team was composed of 65 percent African-Americans but employed only one full-time African-American coach.