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Salem Veterans' hospital has your holiday flowers

If you haven't gotten your Christmas flowers yet, the Salem V-A Hospital wants to help.

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More than 100 people expected to walk the streets of Hurt Park

Hurt Park will welcome carolers into its neighborhood Friday night. Hurt Park was hit hard about three years ago when two women were murdered within days of each other. Since then, the…

Carolers walk through Hurt Park neighborhood

Dog gets early Christmas present after spending more than 500 days in shelter

After spending more than 500 days in a local animal shelter, a dog has found its forever home. Paige the Pitbull has about seven million friends around the world, thanks to Facebook, but none of…

Paige finds her furever home

Virginia Tech honors thousands of students at fall commencement

Thousands of Virginia Tech students will walk across the stage, shake hands and feel proud of their hard work during fall commencement on Friday.

Virginia Tech ceremonies could cause traffic issues

Pulaski County Christmas Store helps grandparents give grandkids presents

These are grandparents who know how special Christmas is, but need a little help getting gifts for their grandchildren.

Bedford fire and rescue volunteers receive free gift from county leaders

Firefighters and rescue workers in Bedford County are getting a holiday bonus from their local government.

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A holiday program focuses on children whose parents are incarcerated

Many children ask Santa for toys for Christmas. But we found six children who live in Roanoke and just want their parents out of prison.

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Five things that can help you beat the holiday blues

Along with the holidays can come the holiday blues. Some of the reasons might have to do with your serotonin. 

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Charlottesville police collecting toy donations on Thursday

The Charlottesville Police Department will pick up any unwanted toys in the greater Charlottesville area on Thursday.

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Program helping children whose parents are in prison for the holidays

Many children this Christmas will spend the holidays without parents because they are either in jail or prison.

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Poinsettias for sale at Salem VA

Salem Veterans' hospital has your holiday flowers

Carolers walk through Hurt Park neighborhood

More than 100 people expected to walk the...

Paige finds her furever home

Dog gets early Christmas present after spending...

Virginia Tech ceremonies could cause traffic issues

Virginia Tech honors thousands of students at...

Pulaski County Christmas Store helps...

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Bedford fire and rescue volunteers receive free...

Volunteers unloading gifts

A holiday program focuses on children whose...

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Five things that can help you beat the holiday...

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Charlottesville police collecting toy donations...

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Holiday gift ideas for teens

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Get gift ideas for what to get the teens on your gift list this holiday season.

Keep yourself sane for holiday drive

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The long drive to see family and friends is just another part of the annual holiday ritual.

Non-traditional gifts work for holidays

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One of the most difficult tasks in gift giving can be finding a gift for the person who has everything.

Tips for stress-free travel with kids

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With planning, realistic goals and a little bit of luck, stress-free travel with kids can be a reality for your family.

How to land good airplane seats

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Getting the right seat on an airplane can make all the difference on a trip. Find out how to get the one you want.

5 tips for surviving family trips

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The whole point of a road trip is to have fun getting to where you're going. But when kids are involved, it takes a little planning and some sanity-saving gadgets.

Break these travel habits and save

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When you travel there are probably some things that you've gotten used to doing. If you're looking to save on your next trip, here's some of those habits to drop.

When the airline damages your luggage

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Everyone hates luggage problems after a flight. Here are some tips on how to avoid headaches if your luggage shows up at the airport carousel damaged.

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Stuffed cheese puffs

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These are sure to be the hit of any party spread.

The origins of holiday traditions

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Have you ever wondered where the tradition of putting up a tree for Christmas came from? Or why we light a menorah for Hanukkah? Find out about the interesting origins of many holiday traditions right here.

Greek green beans and tomatoes

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Take an island trip with this taverna classic.

Chanukah candle salad

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Make your party complete with this recipe.

Hanukkah: The Jewish festival of lights

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Learn about the history and celebrations of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Candy dreidels

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Try this recipe for a holiday treat.

5 New Year's resolutions you will break

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Some resolutions are harder to keep than others, and which ones you choose will make all the difference in your chances of having to make the same promise to yourself next year.

Crisp fried potato latkes

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Try this recipe during your holiday gatherings.

Top holiday movie picks

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Staying home for the holidays? Check out some recommendations of films you can watch while roasting chestnuts on an open fire.

Warm apples with vanilla cream sauce

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Warm and decadent ... this is the perfect dessert!

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