• By Matthew Reilly
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Adventure-scarred canoes lashed to its pontoons, a fully loaded DCH-2 Beaver circled one of northwest Ontario’s thousands of jagged. As it began its descent, the unbroken amalgam of boreal forest and shimmering water was transformed from a glorious abstract painting to a very real and intoxi…

  • By Matthew Reilly for the Rural Virginian
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The fly fishing community is a small and transient one, though it only becomes apparent at times. Usually a loosely associated dichotomous web of cutthroat secret-keeping and good-natured exploration and camaraderie, just like the arrival of spring pulls blue gill up onto familiar beds and m…

A “Wings and Wheels 4 Paws” event held June 10 drew a crowd of about 500 people and raised approximately $5,000 for animal rescue organizations in the area, according to the Fluvanna County Radio Control Flying Club.

  • By Langden Mason
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All our lives we are told by parents and teachers and scientists and preachers that every living thing exists on Earth for a purpose. We know trees grow to give us shade in the summer, timber for houses, pulp for paper products and a bathroom facility for dogs and beer laden men. We know bir…

  • By Langden Mason
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This Sunday is Father’s Day — a day when we reward our dads with pseudo silk ties from J C Penney, or an assortment of spring sausages, cheeses and miniature jars of marmalade properly packaged by Hickory Farms, or a Hallmark card filled with colorful Shakespearean prose no one understands.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Even with all of the rain that spattered the Old Dominion this spring, and the chilly overall temperature of May, warming water temperatures are drawing the trout season to a close on all but the most resilient of Virginia’s mountain streams. Luckily, Virginia offers world class angling oppo…

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Avid squirrel hunters are quite fortunate in Virginia to enjoy a very long fall season that runs from early September through the end of February, following regulation changes in recent years. This week, the opportunity to pursue the coveted bushytails will be renewed, as hunters across the …

  • BY DIANA P. GEORGE | FOR THE RURAL VIRGINIAN
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Those who step inside Nina Monroe’s new shop will find an eye-catching collection of classy home furnishings, sterling silver and semiprecious-stone jewelry that ranges from simple to bold, and personal-care products made with natural ingredients.

  • By Langden Mason
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With gleeful cheers and whistles, children leave the horrid confines of school behind to enter that joyous three-month interlude known as summer break. There are no morning commutes, no bills to pay, no deadlines to meet, no dress codes, no meetings, and no groceries to buy.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Road weary and fish slime-crusted, I was chipping anxiously away at a newspaper column in the booth of a highway rest stop-associated-fast-food-joint somewhere in the small state of Massachusetts.

  • By Langden Mason
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There are lots of theories regarding our country’s declining economic situation. Personally, I think we’d see a rise in buying trends if more folks put their phones away and provided a little service.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Despite the general favoritism tossed the way of the largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, and the ever-elusive musky in the state of Virginia, offer me a day of catching dozens of hard-fighting river fish weighing between one and five pounds on light tackle, and I, for one, wouldn’t finish my coffee before hopping in the truck, “glamour species” be damned.

  • By Langden Mason
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A few weeks ago I mowed the yard for the first time this season. You can’t really call the first spring mowing “cutting the grass” because there isn’t much grass to cut. You’re merely making sure the wild onions, dandelions, and all the other prolific, unwanted weeds are reduced to the same height.

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