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Underwater Vegetation Rebounds in Chesapeake Bay

In thirty three years of surveying, there has never been this much submerged vegetation in the bay.

Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay are a critical habitat for marine life, providing cover and food for many species, including the Blue Crab, which is also having an excellent year.

The Virginia Institute for Marine Science uses aerial surveys to monitor grasses. They say that much of the growth is in widgeon grass, a species with volatile boom bust cycles.

Westmoreland County Discusses Fracking Proposals

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will discuss the planning commissions fracking proposals this Wednesday.

The Taylorsville basin natural gas deposit stretches from Maryland to the outskirts of Richmond. It includes western Westmoreland, where gas leases have been signed. Opposition to fracking for natural gas relates to environmental concerns and issues with truck traffic. Holly Harmon is a local business owner and sits on the county wetlands board.

The Town of Warsaw is Coming Together to Preserve a Historic Landmark

The town of Warsaw is coming together to preserve a historic landmark, one of four buildings in town predating the Civil War.

The Saddlery is a two story brick building constructed as early as 1830. It has served as a law office, the draft board, and possibly a vendor of tack and harness.

Because of planned re-development of downtown Warsaw, the building must be moved or demolished.

Former Principal Sues Northumberland County

A former Middle School principal has filed a lawsuit for at least one point five million dollars in Northumberland County Circuit Court.

In February, Michael Ransome, then principal of Northumberland Middle School, gave a talk titled “Three Facets of White Privilege” at the public library.

A group of parents upset by his disciplinary decisions began advocating for his removal.

UVa Professor Investigates Alzheimer's

Changes at the cellular level lead to neuron death in Alzheimer’s disease. University of Virginia professor George Bloom seeks to understand these cellular mechanisms.

What causes the neuron cell death that leads to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? The underlying cell biology is poorly understood. Those neurons try to reproduce and instead slowly starve. They begin making some strange, unusable proteins. What is going on?

Haynesville Barber Education Program A Success

Virginia has one of the lowest prison recidivism rates in the nation. The prison system’s educational and job-training programs are one of the major reasons why.

Haynesville Correctional Center houses over a thousand inmates. This past month, several successful graduates of the prison barbering program returned to share about life after incarceration.

Sail Boats Converge On Irvington To Support Local Hospice Services

The 21st Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta returns to Irvington this weekend. One of the main beneficiaries is Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck. Serving patients in all four counties in the region, chairman Frank Miller describes the work of the organization.

We provide supplies to folks who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get them, folks who are typically not eligible for medicare or Medicaid, but they have life altering conditions.

Ransome Reassigned After Talk On White Privilege

A Northumberland County middle school principal is reassigned after giving a well-attended talk on white privilege.

This past February, Michael Ransome, the principal of Northumberland Middle School, gave a talk titled “Three Facets of White Privilage” at the public library. Ransome accepted a new contract to continue as principal, but this Summer, with new members elected and the school board president absent, the board voted two to one, with one abstention, to remove him as principal.

The July school board meeting was packed with people protesting his reassignment.

NASA's Viking Mission Turns 40

July 20, 1976, the Viking One Lander slowed to a delicate stop and touched down on the surface of Mars.

Wednesday (7/20) is the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Viking mission to Mars. Doctor Joel Levine modeled the unearthly atmosphere that the Lander navigated.

He looks forward to manned missions by 2030.

Data from the Viking Lander’s biology package lead members of the Viking team to suspect the possibility of life on Mars.

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