Preservation

Wytheville Historic Landmark
9:16 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Skeeter's Hot Dogs & The Secret President

Skeeter’s World Famous Hot Dogs have been a Wytheville staple for nearly ninety years. But Skeeter Dogs aren’t all that make the brick building on Wytheville’s East Main Street a historic landmark. It’s also home to the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace and Museum.
 

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Government & Politics
10:43 am
Mon September 16, 2013

VaNews for 09.16.13

Plans for a tract of land near Williamsburg and the Fairfax County Library's new strategic plan have been causing controversy.

Stories about both were among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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Virginia Tech's Stadium Woods
12:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Safe For Now

Friends of Stadium Woods

A plan for a new indoor football practice space at Virginia Tech will be recommended to the Board of Visitors at its meeting on Monday.  The controversial building proposal has environmentalists concerned that the adjacent old growth forest could be at risk.

Under the plan that will be recommended by the University, a new football practice building will be go in where an outdoor practice field now sits -- between Lane Stadium and an old growth stand of trees known as Stadium Woods.  The much loved, eleven acre forest  was once on the list of potential sites for the new facility.

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Environment
1:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Watching for Whimbrels

Scientists on the Eastern Shore are watching the skies for shore birds now winging their way to South America.  Thanks to satellites and transmitters, it’s possible to track their travels, and as experts learn more about the birds’ migration, they hope to better protect species in decline.

On a windy night last spring, a group of scientists sat on a dock in Machipongo on Virginia’s Eastern Shore –peering through binoculars, sipping wine and watching for whimbrels. 

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Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
12:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Protecting One of Virginia's Most Endangered Birds

Credit Derrick Hamrick via Nature Conservancy

Pine forests were once common in this part of the world -- from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas.  It was a rich environment for a small and smart little woodpecker that is now endangered.

When settlers first arrived in what is now the American southeast, they found 90 million acres of mature pines – the perfect material for home and ship construction – and something that had to come down so the newcomers could farm.  Today, only 3% of that ecosystem remains.

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