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Becoming American
Refugees come from the farthest reaches of the earth, often leaving behind war ravaged homelands, the threat of starvation, and hopelessness. They find a fresh start here in America, and at Monticello's annual Naturalization Ceremony, many will finally know how it feels to become an American. Meet a few of those who have recently–– or will finally–– achieve their dream of citizenship.

Drowning update
Weeks after a six-year-old Richmond girl drowned after falling through a broken gate at Lake Anna, the gate's been repaired— but are there sufficient warnings of the powerful currents below the lake's placid surface?

That's a wrap
With the building on the block, the owner of a popular downtown restaurant prepares to say goodbye. Plus, have you made your plans for Restaurant Week yet? Here's how you do it.

Patriotism and poignance
Former local newspaper editor Cathy Harding, now a New Yorker, reflects on her years attending the Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello— an event that can bring out the patriot even in those grown cynical over the state of our country.