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  • Living in the city of Virginia Beach for several years, Jennifer Cavey owned her own restaurant, her husband Rick was immersed in the corporate culture and friend Dave Cooper excelled in the woodworking business.
    They gave up all that to relocate to the backwoods in Grayson County and start an organic produce farm.
    Jennifer sold her successful restaurant; Rick, retired from the U.S. Navy, gave up his position with a military contractor; and Dave relocated his woodworking business here. Dave’s son, David, became a student at Grayson Highlands School.

  • A weekly music jam at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence is featured in the March issue of “Southern Living,” a popular national magazine that promotes itself as an “insider’s guide” to southern culture.
     The Wednesday evening music jam, a stop on The Crooked Road -- Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, received a full page of coverage, including a photo and description of the event, which during warm weather, is held at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. Jams begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about three hours.

  • A weekly music jam at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence is featured in the March issue of “Southern Living,” a popular national magazine that promotes itself as an “insider’s guide” to southern culture.
     The Wednesday evening music jam, a stop on The Crooked Road -- Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, received a full page of coverage, including a photo and description of the event, which during warm weather, is held at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. Jams begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about three hours.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Lots of mixed signals can create an unreliable situation in which to make decisions. Best advice: Hold off on making any commitments until you’re sure you know what’s going on.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An apparently friendly offer comes with some strings attached. Be careful not to get tied into something you don’t really want. Thoroughly examine all your options before making a choice.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Lots of mixed signals can create an unreliable situation in which to make decisions. Best advice: Hold off on making any commitments until you’re sure you know what’s going on.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An apparently friendly offer comes with some strings attached. Be careful not to get tied into something you don’t really want. Thoroughly examine all your options before making a choice.

  • Former Grayson County High School student Grayson Deal in November visited the school to share stories from his recent hike on the Appalachian Trail.
    Deal came prepared with a filled backpack and a PowerPoint full of pictures. The big question for students was why he chose to spend six months hiking in the wilderness.
    Deal drew the students in with his story. He explained topics such as the trail’s history from 1937 to present. The 2,181-mile trail covers 14 states.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A hectic period begins to wind down. Take time to draw some deep breaths and relax before getting into your next project. A long-absent family member makes contact.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re eager to move forward with a new challenge that suddenly dropped in your lap. But you’d be wise to take this one step at a time to allow new developments to come through.

  • ELK CREEK – Troops at two military bases received a free Fraser fir Christmas tree last week thanks to the efforts of members of the Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Growers Association.
    For the sixth year in a year, Mount Rogers growers donated trees to the Trees for Troops program, which provides trees to servicemen and their families at this special time of the year.
    John Rosser of Comers Rock, association president, said there was two drop off points again this year.

  • By Chez J. Zane
    Special to The Declaration

    The wild turkey is native to North America and was a staple in the Native American diet. Turkey was imported to Europe in the early part of the 16th century by the Spaniards.

  • GALAX — The Galax Parks and Recreation Department will host its 18th annual Christmas bazaar Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the top floor gymnasium of the building at Felts Park.
    The craft show will feature 59 area craftsmen. A wide range of area talent will be on display with gift items ranging from Christmas decorations to unique pottery and woodwork, jewelry and greenery to fried apple pies and grandma’s chocolate cake.
    Admission, parking, gift wrapping and child care are free.

  • Author’s Note: I was delighted to receive two recipes from Declaration readers after last week’s cranberry article and recipes. I wanted to share these with you this week.

    By Chez J. Zane
    Special to The Declaration

  • Author’s Note: The pumpkin articles and recipes were so well received by The Declaration readers; I was encouraged to continue with these writings. Thank you, readers—please continue to let The Declaration Staff hear from you. With the holidays quickly approaching, I decided to explore foods that we usually think of as “holiday specific”. I will start this holiday week with cranberries.

    Chez J. Zane
    Special to The Declaration

  • AUTHOR’S NOTE: I have been overwhelmed with the positive responses I have received related to the pumpkin articles and recipes. Thank you, Declaration readers—keep the comments coming. I’m planning on continuing through the holidays with even more tips, tidbits, and recipes.

    By Chez J. Zane
    Special to The Declaration

  • The Goodwill Grange is hosting its second annual Fall Festival on Oct. 29.
    Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
    Activities  include music by the Southfork Ramblers, Tim Lewis, and others; costume contests; pumpkin carving and painting; hayrides; square dancing; games; cakewalks; story telling; face painting; tricks and treats for everyone and much more.
     The Goodwill Grange is located on Grange Hall Road, just off of Highway 16 in the Grant community.

  • Author’s Note: Thank you Declaration readers for the overwhelming positive response to the Chez J. Zane articles and recipes. Getting people excited about foods and recipes was my goal.

  • The Town of Independence will host its annual Safe Halloween celebration 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31 on Main Street.
    Local businesses are encouraged to participate.
    For more information, call (276) 773-3703.

  • Grayson Children’s Center in Independence will host its annual Halloween parade Oct. 26.
    All children are invited. Line up at the Grayson County Health Department parking lot at 6:15 pm. The parade starts at 6:30.
    Children will walk to Food City for a costume judging contest. Contest signup starts at 6 p.m.
    Children younger than 5 must have an adult walk with them. Adults may dress up as well.
    For details call (276) 773-2500.

  • FRIES — “Your Nightmare’s Revenge” haunted house will be open at Fries Recreation Center Theater on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29.
    All new rooms and props will be featured. Hours are 6-11 nightly. Admission $3. Proceeds benefit the Fries Rec Center.
    For information call (276) 744-2779.

  • And the winner is…Team Red Bull.
    In a close finish, Team Red Bull narrowly defeated The Wild Bunch to defend its title in the Mountain Foliage Festival and Grand Privy Race in Independence last Saturday.
    With the temperatures in the 70s, thousands of people thronged to Independence to watch the privy races and to take advantage of the foliage festival.
    The highlight of the event was the privy races that featured double elimination races between four privys, or as some people called them, outhouses.

  • Grayson County native Jeff Sanders appeared in an episode of “Body of Proof,” an ABC drama starring Dana Delany on Tuesday night.
    Sanders portrayed a trash truck driver in the opening scene.
    Sanders, a graduate of Independence High School, majored in drama and graduated from Ferrum College. He works as an actor, professional stuntman and assistant commercial director in Hollywood, Calif.