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Janet Showalter
Janet Showalter is a freelance writer who lives in King George with her husband.

    RVA Teen Gets Her Wish!

    Kaitlyn Vargas was a young child when she first saw images of Australia in books and on television. Ever since then, she’s dreamed of visiting the country to explore its wonder. “It seemed like such an amazing place,” she said.…

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    Community Colleges and You!

    Alex Ritchie had it all planned out. After graduating from Clover Hill High School in 2013, she would spend the next four years at Ferrum College in Southwestern Virginia studying engineering. But her finances said otherwise. “My parents were going…

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    The caller was frantic, the fear in his voice escalating with each word he spoke. He had been foolish, he knew, to drink and drive while visiting friends in New York City last spring. And now he was being arrested for the accident he…

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    We’ve Got the Goods!

    Born in St. Louis, Sally Bagley considers herself very much a Virginian. Like many of us, the Richmond City resident and grandmother of five has grown to cherish Virginia for its geography, among other things. “Virginia is just so unique…

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    Where Yum Meets Fun

    Theodora von Hohenstaufen Noll is the first to admit that she had a tendency to hover over her children. Letting them loose in the kitchen, where sharp knives and hot burners could threaten their safety, was obviously out of the…

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    Inside Christmas!

    That magical, yet often hectic time of year is here. And if holiday shopping, party planning, and the madness of the season have you stressed to the max, it’s time for a well-deserved break. That’s where the city you love…

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    Forever Family!

    Nearly 81.5 million Americans have thought about adopting a child. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family. Shirley Massie has a lot to be thankful for this…

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    Try Geocaching!

    Alex Bryant was an avid gamer who spent most of his free time in front of the computer. It drove his mother nuts. “He wasn’t an outdoorsy kind of guy,” said Sabrina Jones, a Chesterfield County mother of four. “I…

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