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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 […]

 Run, Brooke, Run! 

Running for Alexandria Kids Brooke Curran’s Commitment to the Next Generation By Kris Gilbertson Seven years ago, marathon athlete Brooke Sydnor Curran committed her life to helping disadvantaged kids in Alexandria by promoting physical and learning activity through her foundation, RunningBrooke. She pledged to raise money doing what she excels at—running marathons. And she vowed […]

How RunningBrooke Works

By Kris Gilbertson (This continues the conversation with marathon athlete Brooke Curran about how her RunningBrooke foundation raises funds to improve the lives of Alexandria kids.) How does running a marathon translate into raising money? It’s not a dollar per mile or any of that. It’s really the ongoing commitment and attention on Alexandria’s kids […]


By Paul Carlino My family and I just returned from a year-long adventure during which we drove from Alexandria through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, and then back. The trip was filled with as many experiences and memories as there are fish in the sea. Some of them are like […]

Sandy Modell

The Mother of DASH Is Starting a New Chapter By Kris Gilbertson This is the story of how a young girl from Brooklyn, New York, grew up to create DASH, “the best bus system in the world,”—and where she’s going from here. Sandy Modell was raised in the most urban of American environments, but on […]

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