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More backyard chickens? Augusta County supervisors say ‘no’


By Lynn R. Mitchell

Who knew backyard chickens would be such a controversial idea in rural Augusta County? I am not an expert on the policies nor have I read much on either side. However, for someone who is pretty plugged into the news, the chicken issue was under my radar until arriving at the supervisor meeting Wednesday night and seeing the partition open and extra seating set up for an overflow crowd.


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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on James River near Snowden

Kurt Michael 000By Kurt Michael

Near the community of Snowden, Virginia, deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains, a road crosses over the James River. Alongside the roadway, the CSX railroad tracks run parallel to the river and then traverse the James on their way south to Lynchburg. See Map.James 826A few thousand feet from the Route 501 bridge is where the Appalachian Trail foot bridge crosses the James River high above the waters of the Cushaw Dam reservoir. At this place is the convergence of four modes of transportation: truck, train, foot, and stand up paddle board (SUP).

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Red vs Blu: Immigration

By Kurt Michael


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Augusta County Library trustees elect new officers

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Thursday during its July meeting, the Augusta County Board of Trustees met with director Diantha McCauley to elect officers for the 2014-15 year and welcome a new member to the board. In their tradition of rotating among the various branches, this month the meeting took place at the Churchville branch.

Susan Thacker, Middle River District representative, was elected president and Lynn Mitchell, Pastures District representative, was elected vice-president. Trustees welcomed a new member, Carol Anne Turrentine, representing Riverheads District. Last meeting we welcomed Doran Stegura of South River District after the death of long-time trustee Terry Sumey.

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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on the York River

By Kurt Michael

Yorktown 11 by Kurt MichaelBeach area along the York River on the east side of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge
that links Yorktown to Gloucester.

Recently my family and I took a mini vacation to Williamsburg, VA. While my wife and kids opted for shopping, I headed toward historic Yorktown, the site where the British army surrendered to the American troops, ending the Revolutionary War. Over the bluff toward the York River (See Map) is Water Street. During colonial times, the waterfront served as a major port for exporting tobacco from local plantations but now it is a place to enjoy the river. And so my day began….

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Wildlife in Fishersville subdivision

By Kurt Michael

The baby bunny population is alive and well this morning in my front yard.

BunnyBaby bunny on garden hose.

Bunny 2Bunny in the bushes.

Bunny 3Up close baby bunny in front yard.


Photos by Kurt Michael
June 28, 2014

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The imminent danger of paper airplanes and GOP conventions

By Kurt Michael

Sometimes in life we take ourselves too seriously. No one knew this better than President Ronald Reagan who poked fun of himself and others in many of his speeches. Reagan’s humor was never mean-spirited and was a welcomed relief during stressful times. With that said, I appreciate the graphic printed at the bottom of this year’s 2014 Republican State Convention Program.

As the story goes, at last year’s convention in Richmond, many of the delegates were chastised for throwing paper airplanes. They were told that the paper planes, with their sharp noses, could hit the projector screen and cause damage.

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