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Learn to swim, get fit or just enjoy family fun at the New River Valley’s most comprehensive public aquatic and recreation facility. The Christiansburg Aquatic Center provides area residents and visitors the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. A full service facility for every swimmer in your family they offer The Lagoon with zero-depth beach entry, five water dumping buckets, several spray features, a triple loop water slide, and Four 20 yard lap lanes.  If you need a soothing swimming experience they have a warm water therapy pool (The Cove) with zero-depth entry, and an average temperature of 95.5 degrees making it ideal for rehabilitation.  The competitive swimmers have all that they will need at this facility; a fitness room especially designed for swimmers, and a competition pool with 21 lanes, spring boards and a diving tower.  Go, splash for the day, splash for the season or splash year-round.

The Christiansburg Aquatic Center is now accepting coat donations through November 11.  The annual Give a Kid a Coat drive aims to provide coats for New River Valley residents in need.   Simply bring your gently used coats to the Aquatic Center at 595 North Franklin Street.  All coat donations will be cleaned and delivered to the Montgomery County Christmas Store. For more information, please call (540) 381-7665 (POOL).

Blacksburg, Virginia, July, 21, 2016 Desi Sowers of Re/Max 8 was named one of America’s most productive sales associates as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group.  She is now a member of the “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” and ranked number 30 for the state of Virginia.

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,000 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2015. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States.

The real estate professionals are ranked in four categories:

• Individual agent — Sales volume

• Individual agent — Transaction sides (in each real estate transaction there are two sides that can be represented by a real estate agent: the buy side and the selling side)

• Agent team — Sales volume

• Agent team — Transaction sides

To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2015. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

“The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed fewer than eight transactions in 2015 and had less than $1.5 million in sales,” says Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends. “To say that Desi Sowers is an exceptional sales professional is an understatement. To attain this level of sales is truly outstanding.”

“We are also pleased that two of the nation’s most prominent online real estate websites, Trulia® and Zillow®, have partnered with REAL Trends to bring a superior level of customer exposure of these sales agents’ performance,” Murray added.

Information on those receiving this recognition can be found online at

“I am thankful for wonderful clients, loving family...I'm blessed!  I am honored to be tiered with the country’s top residential real estate agents,” said Desi Sowers.  “It represents the time and effort that we put into each client that we serve and how much work it takes to build a successful real estate career. The level of sales it takes to qualify makes Real Trends Americas Top Realtors list a truly superior recognition.”

Corn Mazes, Bonfires, Pumpkin Chunkin’

by Desi Sowers



Corn Mazes, Bonfires, Pumpkin Chunkin’


Fun and more fun! This time of year is one of my favorites! Sinkland Farms offers a variety of fall events that are bound to please everyone. I particularly enjoy the trebuchet or “pumpkin chunkin’ events” but if you are in the mood to get lost you might try the corn maze or enjoy an evening bonfire. I think that I will pick up some pumpkins for a pie!  Here is their website:

Check out their schedule of events!  My recipe for “yummy pumpkin pie” is below:




·       2 cups of pumpkin pulp filling from a sugar or pie pumpkin* or from canned pumpkin

·       1 1/2 cup heavy cream

·       1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

·       1/3 cup white sugar

·       1/2 teaspoon salt

·       2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg

·       2 teaspoons of cinnamon

·       1 teaspoon ground ginger

·       1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

·       1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

·       1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon

·       1/2 teaspoon of lemon or orange zest

·       1 pie crust


* Pumpkin Filling: start with a small-medium sugar pumpkin, cut out the stem and scrape out the insides and discard it. Cut the pumpkin in half and lay cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 350°F until fork tender, about an hour to an hour and a half. Remove from oven, let cool, scoop out the pulp. Or you can cut the pumpkin into sections and steam in a saucepan with a couple inches of water at the bottom, until soft.


1 Preheat oven to 425°F.

2 Mix sugars, salt, and spices, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Stir in cream. Whisk all together until well incorporated.

3 Pour into pie shell and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, reduce the temperature to 350°F. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

4 Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!


Hope you enjoy this season and its bounties!


New Virginia Real Estate Law for Consumers

by Desi Sowers



Every Thing Is Changing in Real Estate! 
 New Virginia Law Affects Every Seller and Buyer Beginning Now


Are you thinking of buying or selling a home soon?  Effective this month, new laws require a signed disclosure agreement  before a real estate agent can help you.


You should read this article before you call for information on a new home.


Keeping you informed so that you can make the right decision is my job.

Easter Egg Hunts

by Desi Sowers


Easter Egg Hunts


It is time to make special memories! Here are a few area Easter Egg Hunts that your children will enjoy! These “ eggstraspecial” events include:

Blacksburg Easter Egg Hunts

You have 2 opportunities to hunt for Easter eggs in Blacksburg on this Saturday, April 7, 2012. One egg hunt will be on First & Main shopping center and the other in Municipal Park.

The Blacksburg Parks and Rec Department is hosting the Municipal Park Egg Hunt that starts at 10 a.m., for those 3 years old and under, and at 10:30 for children 4 – 8 pm. This park is often called Hand and Hand Park which is located on Turner Street.

Event co-sponsors are the Virginia Tech's chapters of Circle K and Chi Delta Alpha.

The egg hunt on First & Main is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Registration starts at 11 a.m. in front of On a Whim. The egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. Two age groups will be featured: Children under 6 and kids that are 6-9 years old.

Other activities at these events include an obstacle course, live music, crafts, a cake walk, guessing games and giveaways!  Participants are asked to bring two canned items to donate to Interfaith Food Pantry.

More Information is available at or call (540) 961-1135 or e-mail

Christiansburg Easter Egg Hunt

The Great Christiansburg Easter Egg Hunt will be scheduled Saturday, April 7th at College Street Park located behind the National Guard Armory. Call (540) 382-2349 in case of rain and to register for the event. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children ages 12 and under. The cost is $1 per participant. Here is the schedule for age groups:

10:00 a.m. for children under 3
10:15 a.m. for children 3-5
10:30 a.m. for children 6-8
10:45 a.m. for children 9-12

Arrive early to check-in. Bring your basket for the egg hunt and dress for a picture with the Easter bunny, cost $1.



Radford Residents:

Belview Methodist Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt for Radford residents from 2-3:30 on April 7th, Saturday, at the church location on 3619 Onyx Drive, please call (540) 639-1230 if you have questions.

Feel free to add comments about other area egg hunts!





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