Hank Silverberg on New Dominion Podcast

In the final episode of Season One of NDP, Hank Silverberg joins Shaun and Marty. Hank Silverberg is a veteran reporter and Virginia mainstay, best known for his multi-year presence on WTOP in northern Virginia. Silverberg shares his experiences in the media, how the landscape has changed, and how Virginia (and her politics) has changed […]

Sunday Books & Culture for June 9

This week’s reviews include an Irish romance in Jenn McKinlay’s “Love at First Book,” and a resilient and talented Indian woman in Alka Joshi’s “The Henna Artist.” Sunday Books & Reviews is edited each week by Vanessa Sekinger. Interested in writing reviews? Contact Vanessa. LOVE AT FIRST BOOK By Jenn McKinlay Published by Berkley (May […]

History, and Our Memory of It, Carry Day

At Thursday’s memorial to those who stormed Normandy’s beaches 80 years ago, at chance to speak with those who lived that day, and a call to remember what brought us to that point. The very young and the very old, those who served and those who did not, those family members whose loved ones paid […]

‘Thank Human Decency’

Craig Vasey, president of the Sister City Association and a member of the FXBG Advance Board, was Master of Ceremonies for Thursday’s D-Day commemoration. His father was in the D-Day invasion. His remarks are reprinted here. Thank you all for coming, and welcome.  We begin this afternoon with the presentation and posting of the colors […]

Safety Measures Proposed for Major Spotsylvania County Road

County plans to apply for funding for safety improvements on Salem Church Road from VDOT’s SMART SCALE program. by Hank SilverbergCORRESPONDENT Over the past five years, there have been 93 vehicle crashes, and one fatality, on a well-traveled road in Spotsylvania County. Now, after months of input from the public, the Virginia Department of Transportation […]

Sunday Books & Culture for June 2

This week’s reviews include Ben Raterman’s local historical mystery “Speak to Me” and the complex dynamic of sisters in Virginie Grimaldi’s “A Good Life.” The Books and Culture page is edited each week by Vanessa Sekinger. SPEAK TO ME  by Ben Raterman Published by April Gloaming Publishing (March 26, 2024)Paperback $18.99 Reviewed by Penny A […]

Wanted: One Developer for Vacant Spotsylvania Parcel

Could rezoning attract developer to vacant lot? Tens of thousands of baby boomers turn 65 every day across the country. According to the American Senior Housing Association, more than 100,000 new homes are needed between now and 2040 for them. That need is critical in Spotsylvania County and there’s some hope that a change in […]

Sunday Books & Culture: May 26

This week’s reviews include imaginative historical fiction in Piper Huguley’s “American Daughters” and Monica Wood’s novel of healing and forgiveness “How to Read a Book.” AMERICAN DAUGHTERS  by Piper Huguley Published by William Morrow Paperbacks (April 2, 2024)  Paperback $16.18Audiobook $22.04 Reviewed by Penny A Parrish   On October 16, 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. […]

ECONOMIC CENTS: A Guide to Conservation Groups

Looking to get involved with others concerned about protecting the environment? Here’s a list of organizations in and around Fredericksburg, and what they do. by Bruce SallerWRITER Over the past several months, this column has explored some practical steps we can all take to lessen our carbon footprint. But there’s power in numbers, and getting […]

Letters to the Editor

A Return to Decorum During Graduation This past Thursday, I attended my son’s graduation ceremony at George Mason University and was disappointed by the behavior displayed both by parents and the students.  When the ceremony kicked off with Pomp and Circumstance at EagleBank Arena, I fully expected the audience to take their seats and quiet […]