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Peanut butter out, pumpkins in at Suffolk Peanut Fest

Peanuts gave way to pumpkins at this year's peanut sculpture contest at the Suffolk Peanut Festival. A plant fire at Producer's Peanuts, which makes the special peanut butter for the contest, forced organizers to substitute the orange gourds for the beloved legumes this year.

Choir director's compositions are a hit

"During a church service, there's always a little noise. This time, it was unusually quiet. Everyone was focused on the music," the Rev. George Bessinas said. The occasion was a choir conference Oct. 4 hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Granby Street. The priest estimated about 70 people came from several states to sing with the church's choir.

Opera stars are in the house, and in Norfolk homes

Sometimes the houseguest singing in the shower can be really, really good - someone you would pay to see. Just ask Bob Seaton and Tom Pinion of Ghent Square. Or Jim Deming of Cromwell Place. Their homes are among about 10 that have been opened this season to the Virginia Opera for lodging out-of-town artists.

Local clubs will light up the night to honor officers

Heads-up people! If you live on Granby Street, East Little Creek Road, Tidewater Drive, Chesapeake or Bayview boulevards, or 38th Street, you may hear a helpful knock on the door. They will be offering you something you'll want to use - a blue light bulb - as well as something you'll hope you never have to use - a red sticker.

Local businesswoman is secure in her field

Tracy Link did not truly understand the adage "making something out of nothing," she said, until she began a business. Link owns Integrity Security Services, which provides trained, registered security personnel to businesses throughout Hampton Roads.

Breaking the glass ceiling discussed at conference

When 30 women in public service came together seven years ago for a half-day workshop, little did they envision how the seminar would grow to a two-day conference with more than 130 men and women in attendance.

Field Notes: Handling aphid infestation can be as easy as doing nothing

QUICK, WHAT COMES to mind when you hear "aphids"? To rose lovers, aphids are tiny bright green bugs that turn gardens ugly by chewing holes in otherwise healthy leaves and buds. Butterfly enthusiasts may know them as yellow-orange insects that gobble up milkweed toward the end of the season.

Suffolk ministers join forces to promote solidarity, forgiveness

Three Suffolk ministers have bound together to promote racial and cultural harmony in the wake of the June shooting deaths of worshippers at a church in Charleston, S.C.

Feel and flavor of big city street shopping finds its way to ghent

For most of the week, the parking lot next to Antique Design Center in Ghent is a temporary resting place for cars. But Sunday afternoons it is a happening.

Nutcracker audition keeps ballet students on their toes

They filed into the studio quietly, a study in both excitement and timidity. Eleven girls, ages 10-12, with hair in buns, were wearing tights, ballet shoes and leotards with numbers affixed to the front. They were the first group on the final day of auditions for the Richmond Ballet's "Nutcracker" in Norfolk.

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