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The Biggest Smile

Most parents will go their entire lives without receiving the devastating news their child has been diagnosed with a life-altering illness. Danville native Melissa Schnell isn’t in that category. Not by a long shot. The day her son Luis was born, Schnell received the news he had been diagnosed with a heart murmur. Local doctors… Continue reading The Biggest Smile

When Life Gives You Lemons

2020 was a year of adaptation and change for institutions across the planet. The running community was not immune. As the year began, Miles in Martinsville officials were excited. The running arm of the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA had a full slate of seven races planned at distances ranging from one mile to 13.1 miles. … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons

Part-Time Vegan

Plant-based diet. It’s a phrase I never recall hearing growing up, but now seems to be everywhere. I’m assuming it was poll tested by some word gurus at one point and seemed to resonate with people better than the word “vegan” or “vegetarian”. Whatever the case may be, the stigma around being vegan, or at… Continue reading Part-Time Vegan

Guys Weekend in MHC

Weekends are for the boys, and Martinsville-Henry County is the perfect place to spend that valuable comradery time. From camping and fishing, to kayaking and golfing, and much more, you can easily fill your weekend with action packed activities. Day 1: Start your guys’ weekend Friday evening by checking into one of the many campgrounds… Continue reading Guys Weekend in MHC

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One of my favorite bands, Green Day, has a famous song that says, “Wake me up when September Ends.” Over the years, it has become sort of a metaphor for wishing a difficult time period would come to a close. I’m sure many of us have been saying, “Wake me up when 2020 ends.” Well,… Continue reading Awakenings