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Goochland 41 Essex 14

(12/9) A magical season came to an end for the Essex High School Trojans Saturday as the previously undefeated team fell in the Class A Division 2 championship game to Goochland. Essex had no answer for Goochland's punishing ground game. Essex quarterback Dominek Broaddus was unable to work his usual magic on offense, completing just 8 of 18 passes for 130 yards and two interceptions.

Christ Church events

(12/2) On Monday, at 3:30 PM, celebrate the season at Historic Christ Church with traditional songs, carols, and music. Join in this seasonal songfest in the beautifully "greened" church. Featuring Christchurch School Chorale. Admission: 2 non-perishable items for local Food Bank. On December 5 at 11 AM, attend a slide lecture and book signing by historian and author Mary Miley Theobald for her bicentennial history of Virginia's Executive (Governor's) Mansion, "First House - Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families". Books for sale now or at event for $34.95 plus tax. Co-sponsors: Mary Ball Washington Museum & Foundation for Historic Christ Church. Free admission; donations requested.

Essex 40 John Battle 9

(10/1) The Essex County Trojans dominated the John Battle Trojans in the Virginia 2A semi-finals, winning Saturday 40-9. The game was never in doubt as Essex continued to ride the strong arm of sophomore sensation Dominek Broaddus, who threw for 413 yards and 5 TDs. Essex will play Goochland High School Saturday in Salem for the state title.

Holiday home tours in Reedville, Montross  

(12/01) Both the communities of Reedville, in Northumberland County and Montross, in Westmoreland, have scheduled holiday home tours for next weekend. “Christmas on Cockrell's Creek will be both Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9, sponsored by the Reedville Fishermen's Museum. The Westmoreland Museum Holiday House Tour is Sunday, Dec. 9 from 3 PM until 6PM. (Photo of Morris House from 2009 home tour) Read more and comment

Holiday events this weekend  

(11/26) Northern Neck organizations are getting an early jump on holiday activities with many kicking off Saturday, Dec. 1. Whether it's entertainment in the form of a locally-produced drama or a craft bazaar, there's plenty to do this weekend to get you in the Christmas spirit. And then on Monday, Christ Church in Irvington will celebrate the season with song at a special event that will also help restock area food pantries. Read more and comment

Seasonal scene

(11/25)Essex County artist Jennifer Donald reports she sold two more originals this month, both showing seasonal scenes in the region. the originals of "Fall Drive," seen here, and "Winter Flowers" were purchased but prints of both are available through FineArtAmerica.com or from Jennifer directly. She's offering a discount through Cyper Monday (11/26) for those using the code PKCVSY.

No. 1 Essex 48 No. 4 Central Woodstock 28

(11/24) Top ranked Essex has earned a birth in the Virginia Class A Eastern Section Division 2 championship game by trouncing Central Woodstock 48-28 Friday night. Essex will take on second-ranked Goochland in the title game next week in Tappahannock. Goochland advanced in a 63-36 blow-out of King William.

Should you buy your retirement home now?

(11/23) Slowly but surely the real estate market is coming back, with both sales and prices rising nationwide. Still, there are some very attractive deals, especially in the Northern Neck for waterfront property, or homes on several acres. Is now the time to buy, even if you are 10 years or more from retirement? The folks at Marketwatch pose that question and find that buying now, before prices begin to rise again, might just make sense. Read the article.

Turn of the century Kinsale

(11/20) Steamboats made regular stops at Kinsale through the early part of the 20th century, providing a major means of transportation in the Northern Neck. The Kinsale Museum has other photographs from the community's recent past on its website. The museum is sponsoring "Christmas in Kinsale Saturday, Dec. 1.

Local museums react to Deltaville fire

(11/19) Two Northern Neck museums have reacted to the fire that destroyed the Deltaville Maritime Museum last June. The Reedville Fishermen's Museum has launched a fundraising appeal to its members to pay for installation of a fire detection system in all its buildings, many of which are hold and house a number of irreplaceable artifacts, as well as research archives. Read more and comment

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