Maids selected for Apple Blossom

changes to 2021 apple blossom

Four young women from the area have been selected to serve as the Maids in the Court of the Queen for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival starting April 28th through May 1st.

The women selected were Elia Norton, Yeakley Pullen, Margaret Smith and Sarah Smith.

Norton is a graduate of Handley High School and is currently a sophomore at LFCC.

Pullen went to James Wood and now attends Alabama.

Margaret Smith is from Henrico, Va and attends John Tyler Community College.

Her sister Sarah is currently attending University of Virginia.

The women will take part in the Coronation Ceremony and ride on the Queens float in the parade.

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Blandy Farm’s garden fair is back

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Blandy Experimental farm’s 31st annual garden fair is back this weekend, but in a new location to provide more space.

The Clarke County Fairgrounds will host the event today and tomorrow May 8 and 9 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The garden fair offers one of the largest selections of plants with vendors from all across the region.

Food vendors will also be open at the fairgrounds.

The event is only $15 a car load and is the biggest yearly fundraiser for the arboretum.

For more information, including a full list of vendors, visit

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University of Virginia cancels May graduation amid pandemic

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By Associated Press | Published Mar. 5, 2021 6:25 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia is forgoing in-person graduation exercises for both the class of 2021 and 2020 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

In a statement on the school’s website, officials said the school is consulting with the current senior class about either holding events in the spring that involve only graduating students, or postponing a ceremony and other events to a future date when families and friends can join students.

Under either scenario, the school said it will confer the degrees to the candidates in each school virtually and produce a virtual celebration for students, friends and families this May.

“I know this is not the way you expected to end your time at UVA, nor is it the way we would like to celebrate your accomplishments,” UVa President Jim Ryan said. “Still, I remain confident we will be able to celebrate and honor your class in a way that will be both meaningful and memorable.”

In a separate message, Ryan told the class of 2020 that because of ongoing challenges of safe travel and gathering due to the pandemic, that class won’t get a large ceremony or event. The pandemic forced the school to hand out degrees to that class last May in a virtual celebration with plans to hold final, in-person exercises this May.

Now, Ryan said the school has postponed in-person activities for the class of 2020 until the summer of 2022.

″“This event, which will combine elements of Final Exercises and an early reunion, will provide an opportunity to walk the Lawn for those who wish to do so, as well as a chance to reconnect with classmates, friends, and faculty in meaningful ways,” Ryan wrote.

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