Memories of Christmas past come alive at historic sites

Cozy in our decorated homes, nibbling traditional treats and sampling our favorite Christmas tunes, do we ever wonder what layers of history led to our contemporary holiday happiness? How were the first Christmases in Virginia observed? What did America’s colonists do to celebrate the season? When...

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Some tips for a safe holiday season

The holiday season comes with a host of electrical dangers, most relating to stringed lights and the possibility of winter storms. To preempt these issues, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative released guidelines Wednesday for how to stay safe this holiday season around electrical hazards.  REC offered these tips to...

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8 Tips For A Winning Winter Open House

When buyers brave the winter weather to view your house, it’s the seller’s responsibility to make sure they’re comfortable and taken care of. It’s wet, it’s cold, and knowing that you have to bundle up in boots, coats, and scarves to go outside keeps many people...

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7 Smart Reasons to Buy a House in December

While others are tipping back the eggnog and celebrating the holidays, you should be buying a home. Purchasing a new home around the holidays is not typical. But with low buyer competition, motivated sellers, and year-end tax benefits, you may want to consider canceling those holiday...

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Prospective Homebuyers

(StatePoint) Writing out your New Year’s resolutions? If you’re thinking of buying a home in 2016, it’s time to add these five resolutions to your list: • Get your financial house in order: Good credit is key to getting a mortgage at a reasonable interest rate....

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How to Clean Tile Floors

Sweep or vacuum your glazed tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull glazed surfaces. Clean tile with mild detergent and clean water, using a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a...

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8 Energy-Saving Tips to Get You Through the Holiday Season

1. Control Temperatures Employ a programmable thermometer to automatically switch warmer daytime settings to cooler settings come bedtime. Wisconsin Public Service, a Midwestern energy supplier, advises setting your thermostat between 66°F and 68°F--an acceptable temp for most people. But, when crowds (who emit room-warming body heat)...

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Starbucks drive-thru coming to King George

King George Gateway continues to grow and Starbucks has signed on to be the retail development’s next tenant. Starbucks will be located in a 2,000-square-foot space with a drive-thru in a 8,200-square-foot multi-tenant building on Consumer Row next to the Verizon store. Alli Oliver, partner with center...

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