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June 4, 2014

Early Childhood Literacy: actionable teaching

The federally-funded National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) Report (January 2009) analyzed hundreds of studies published in peer-reviewed research journals in order to determine what matters in early literacy instruction. The report showed that to improve early literacy skills and outcomes in all children, administrators, curriculum developers, and early literacy specialists must work to strengthen practices and change the way literacy is addressed in early education. However the report’s findings could be deemed as too complex for practical application by literacy educators, and newer research on literacy instruction conducted since the publication of the report offers additional ways to strengthen practice and improve outcomes for all children. (more…)

September 11, 2012

Raining again? Got mold?

Take care of mold before it turns ugly — Remodelers advise homeowners during Mold Awareness Month.  Mold is everywhere, though the amount and location of the mold is what can be harmful to your home and your health. (more…)

September 7, 2012

Virginia Seashores at Risk

Climate change is already adversely affecting seven national seashores on the Atlantic Coast, from Cape Cod to Cape Canaveral, and those impacts will dramatically worsen, according to a new report from the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


August 30, 2012

Virginia’s Oldest Family Business

As one of Virginia’s oldest family-owned businesses, Suter’s Handcrafted Furniture in Harrisonburg has seen its fair share of changes since the company began crafting cabinetry and furniture in 1839. During the course of more than 160 years since the company’s inception, Harrisonburg has grown from a very small farming community to a mid-sized town known for its poultry companies and James Madison University, named as one of the top universities in the U.S. (more…)

January 17, 2012

Civil War Era History, West of the Mississippi

“Luck’s Wild: A Civil War Story” is the historical novel G. Russell Peterman wanted to read, but couldn’t find. . .  he was searching for a historical literary novel set west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Finding few options, this retired schoolteacher with a master’s degree in American History from Vanderbilt, and a bachelor’s in Education, decided to write it himself. (more…)

December 16, 2011

The New Last Minute Stocking Stuffers: eBooks

This holiday season there will be lots of e-readers under the tree, Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, Kobo, Sony and more. That makes eBooks an ideal companion gift, something to start loading and reading on the new  device right away.  The eBook offers the convenience of shopping online, and makes for a quick, low-priced last minute gift,  easy as buying a gift card online and then e-mailing it.  (more…)

December 12, 2011

The ultimate gift list

Wondering what the ultimate gift might be? Trying to figure out how to access the inaccessible? Looking for something out of the ordinary for your bucket list? When you think you’ve done it all, think again!


December 1, 2011