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rob-groganFourteen years ago, I sat down in Hyperion to have coffee with Rob and Virginia Grogan. They were the publishers of a nifty local newspaper, Front Porch Fredericksburg, which featured community-based positive news. I admired their vision. I, too, wanted to create something special for the Fredericksburg community and I needed advice. That conversation helped create what is now Fredericksburg Parent and Family.

Rob Grogan passed on February 23 after a battle with cancer. I want to acknowledge his work in the community, his spirit, and most of all, thank him for his words of encouragement to an unsure and inexperienced publisher.

— Leigh Anne Van Doren.

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Rob Grogan and I were kindred spirits from the start. From our first meeting together at the 909 Saloon where we talked about writing, Duquesne University, and my blog, to the last meal we shared together with our friend Melvin Brown at The Hunan Garden on William Street, Rob had a zest for life, a passion for writing and a desire for social justice. He believed in the good in all people.

Affectionately known as "Papa G," there was never a time when a smile wasn't on his face. Thanks for the friendship, Rob.

- Chris Jones

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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