Posts by JOHN

Protecting Your Child’s Back This School Year

kids backpacks

For most families, one of the focal points of back-to-school time is picking out the perfect backpack. While the kids focus on the aesthetics – the colors, amount of zippers, and extras that come with it – it’s your responsibility as a parent to focus on the function. The average McGraw-Hill standard textbook weighs 3-4…

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The Taubman Museum of Art: Sparking Artistic Inspiration to Those Young and Old

You can’t miss the Taubman Museum of Art. As you drive down Williamson Road, you see the metallic peak pointing upwards and the curves of the building arching and flowing like the beautiful mountains surrounding Roanoke. The gorgeous surroundings were the main inspiration behind the contemporary structure, designed by renowned architect Randall Stout. Executive Director…

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Scared Sick

It’s a sad fact of life that not all children are born into families who are well-equipped to raise them. Children as young as newborns can experience direct and indirect abuse, trauma, and neglect. Hardly a day goes by that the nightly news doesn’t air another story of a child hurt by those most meant…

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Housekeeping

It’s the inevitable, ongoing battle we all fight. I’m talking about the never-ending, sometimes overwhelming struggle against clutter, crud, and family chaos that comes with having kids and just plain living. What parent hasn’t complained about his kitchen counter being covered with papers and other random items? Who hasn’t been frustrated about running behind again…

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Families in Local Government

Politicians. Republicans. Democrats. Independents. Policies. Elections. These are all words we are used to hearing because politics are all over the news nowadays. Many see involvement in government as overarching and more of a “big picture” position; however, many of the local government roles involve the officials to be in direct contact with their constituents…

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Breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

Pancakes Is there a more quintessentially American breakfast than pancakes? While many families consider pancakes too fussy and messy to be an everyday meal, they can actually be great for on-the-go mornings! You can prepare your mix the night before, and store it in a large, covered measuring cup in your fridge. Heat up your…

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Grocery Goals

Food is one of the things we shop for the most often and spend the most money on.  Since the grocery budget is probably one of the largest expenses a family has, being able to save money in this area is crucial.  Below are a number of tips for saving money at the grocery store. …

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Summer Camp Guide

4-H Camp Southwest VA Boys & Girls • Ages 9-18   775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, VA (540) 721-2759 retreatatsmithmountainlake.com Summer camp at the Skelton 4-H Center provides countless opportunities for learning more about the natural world around us. Days are filled with instructional-based camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, and evening programs.…

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25 Local Date Night Ideas

Indoor rocking climbing at River Rock Climbing. Catch an indie flick at the Grandin Theatre and enjoy the swanky decor. Attend a musical at Mill Mountain Theatre in downtown Roanoke. Disco Roller Skating at Firehouse Skate See who is a true wizard at The Pinball Museum at Center in the Square. Get a taste of…

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JC Peterson

Tell us a little bit about your family. John and I met at a Church Social. We both went to different churches, but our churches got together every month, for a singing and fellowship social. We started dating and married a year later. John and I have been married for going on 31 years. Grace,…

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