2017 Editor’s Letter

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“This is such a great place to raise a family.”

Upon moving to Lynchburg, I heard this statement often. At the time, as a single woman in my early 20s, it sort of went in one ear and out the other. But now, about 10 years later as a mom/stepmom of three kids (goodness gracious time flies, doesn’t it?)—I get it.

Lynchburg is the best of both worlds—a small town feel but big enough to have plenty to do. For families, this is the perfect balance.

And speaking of balance, we’re kicking off this issue with some ideas to take your family time to the next level, and make each moment count by focusing on mind, body and spirit. From creating a quality craft at Rivermont Makery to new family exercise opportunities at the YMCA, we hope you get some ideas for your tribe in our feature story on pages 9-12.

Another great thing about Lynchburg—you don’t have to empty your wallet to make memories around town. On page 33, former Central Virginia Family Guide editor (and mom of two, going on three!) Jennifer Redmond did some research to create a list of affordable, creative and local activities that will keep everyone entertained during the dog days of summer. And we expanded one part of her list into its own story—Lynchburg’s Parks. Starting on page 47, you’ll find an overview of some “hidden gems” of our park system and a comprehensive list of where to visit.

Aside from being your resource for events and activities, this issue is also your go-to guide for information that will improve your family’s health and safety. Ever wonder if your child or teenager might need to have a conversation with a professional? In our Parenting department, we talked to experts about when counseling is really necessary. A local lifeguard gets very honest with parents about water safety in our Health department. And for parents who are doing everything they can to encourage a love for reading, writer Emily Hedrick—a local librarian with a passion for childhood literacy—has her book recommendations for all age levels on page 40.

Flip through to find what you need or read from front to back. Either way, save this guide for your family or better yet, get two and share one with a friend!


Shelley Basinger, Managing Editor

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