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Documenting A Search for Healing from the Vietnam War By Kris Gilbertson Margot Carlson Delogne’s father, Capt. John W. Carlson, was an Air Force pilot shot down near Bien Hoa, Vietnam, on December 7, 1966. Margot was two years old. “The only things I thought about that country were pretty much, I hate it because […]

Yates Corner – A Family Tradition Alive in Del Ray and Rosemont

What we’re trying to do is so much more than the bottom line. It’s about responsible growth, great service, creating jobs, and creating an environment that’s healthy for our community and healthy for our people. We want to add value to our neighborhood.”                         […]

Manumission Tours

Adding to the Wealth of Alexandria’s Historical Record By Kris Gilbertson In 2015, when the City Council debated redevelopment of the Ramsey Homes, Council member John Taylor Chapman was bothered that so few people knew that Ramsey Homes was one of three projects built as segregated housing for black defense workers during World War II. […]

Lillian Made Alexandria Glow for 70 Years

By Chuck Hagee and Mary Wadland She left the light on for Alexandrians for 70 years. On August 1 she turned 95 years young. But for the first time in seven decades, that light peacefully dimmed. “She” was Lillian Vasilas, owner of The Lamplighter at 1207 King Street, which she and her late husband Emanuel, “Manny,” […]

Port City Brewing Company

Improving on a tradition as old as Alexandria By Kris Gilbertson When Bill and Karen Butcher launched the Port City Brewing Company on Wheeler Avenue in 2011, they revived a tradition dating to 1771, the year Andrew Wales established Alexandria’s first brewery near what is now Wales Alley in Old Town. At that time, safe […]

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