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Posted on | September 11, 2015 | No Comments

Alexandria Couple Is Worldwide Source of Impressive Tools

By Kris Gilbertson

From left, Robbie Wright, Dir. of Business Development; Christine Heiby, CEO; Dave Heiby, President of Beltway Supply, Inc. and AUTO-GRIP. Photo by Harry Merritt.

From left, Robbie Wright, Dir. of Business Development; Christine Heiby, CEO; Dave Heiby, President of Beltway Supply, Inc. and AUTO-GRIP. Photo by Harry Merritt.

Late 2011 into 2013 was a period of turmoil on the national scene as Congress and the president failed to agree to a federal budget. During this, federal agencies were funded month-to-month at previous budget levels, which meant they could not buy much or start new projects. Small businesses contracting with the government were hit hard.
“The time leading up to the government shutdown was really slow and it really hurt us,” says Christine Heiby, CEO of Beltway Supply, Inc. “When the Fed doesn’t have money, state government doesn’t have a whole lot of money either, and everyone is holding on to their dollars.”
Then, on October 1, 2013, the Federal government shut down. “That,” she says, “almost truly put us out of business.”

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Posted on | October 5, 2015 | No Comments

Mason Porter 1Powerful & modern folk-bluegrass sounds keep things going strong for a close-knit Pennsylvania band.

By Steve Houk

What’s a key part of folk and bluegrass music? Bringing people together. You sit close, you lean in, you smell the bonfire and taste the whiskey, and make raw, beautiful music on sometimes no more than a guitar, perhaps a mandolin, often an upright bass, and sometimes the scraping beat of a washboard. It’s great music. But it’s the communal nature that gets everyone dialed in. Read more


Posted on | October 2, 2015 | No Comments

Fiddlers 1Working with legendary rock producers and touring the world together is how great it is for this fiddling super couple. 

By Steve Houk

One amazing fiddle virtuoso in the family is a cool enough thing.

But two? Out of this world.

And that’s what fiddling dynamos Donnell Leahy and his wife Natalie MacMaster have goin’ on. The pair are not only highly respected and successful fiddle players on their own, but together they encompass perhaps the most powerful fiddle duo of all time. And if you ask Leahy how it all came to be, he’ll tell you it’s really just a beautiful twist of fate. Read more

Keep Up with the BI Cardinals on new Website

Posted on | September 14, 2015 | No Comments

A new website for the Cardinals community, features latest news and information for Cardinals fans, including news, scores, schedules, community directory, photos, videos, livestreams, as well as archival content such as yearbook images. It also features a team store with latest gear and apparel. Read more

Cat in a Box September 2015

Posted on | September 14, 2015 | No Comments

Cat in a Box September 2015This is ZIVA and like all cats, she loves to squish herself into just about any box available. Submitted by Hannah K. and Bob N. or Old Town Alexandria.

The truth is the truth.  Cats love exploring boxes.  The next time your cat finds his or her way into a cardboard predicament, snap a photo and send it to us and if yours is the cutest, you will be published and win a $25 gift card to an area retailer or restaurant.  Be sure to include your name and neighborhood, as well as your cat’s moniker.  Please send photos and copy to

Animal Heroes

Posted on | September 14, 2015 | No Comments

Animal Heroes September 2015Hi my name is Milo, but everyone I meet calls me “Miracle Milo.”  In June, I was in an accident, and I lost my sight, hearing, and sense of smell. The doctors gave me 50% chance to live, and my parents were afraid of what the quality of my life would be if I did survive. Read more

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