Front Porch Fredericksburg April 2020

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thomas capshaw consciousness rising


ed grimes freddy donuts

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history’s stories:wallace library what’s in a tain station?


history in our backyard: chancellor crossing

20 Senior Care: life reviews

ted schubel the local newsman





it’s all energy.:gall bladder meridian

22 emancipated patients: covid 19 24 sophia street throwdown 25

fxbg fine arts


Companions: new best friend


astrology & you poetryman:a resurgence


fredericksburg sketches


lynn bailey april cover artist


on the in fredericksburg Messages


In the Garden: what can i plant now?


porchlight: creative socialness


on stage: madwoman of chaillot


...And more!


i have a friend:hugs, smiles & stories


everything greens: equisetrum


season’s bounty: is it spring yet?


vino...rhÙne, rhÙne on the range



Calendar of events

27 disaster on the potomac the black diamond incident

5 .downtown strong...we got this! canal quarter coffee

Cover: “Girl With Umbrella” by Lynn Bailey

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Ted Schubel the local newsman By Mandy Smith

Ted Schubel grew up in rural Michigan, Port Hope to be exact. Looking at a map it's right in the "thumb" area of Michigan. He was one of 19 students in his graduating class, describing his upbringing as "Small Town America"! During Ted's early years he spent his time exploring the ruins of Grindstone City, Michigan. When Ted was in high school, during the summer months, he was a caddy at a private golf course and later ran the golf shop. His initial interest and love of radio came from his father. Ted's dad would listen to the radio when he was working outside or just have it on at night. Growing up, radio was always Ted's dream job. He listened to the radio all day‌ everyday, listening to news, talk, sports, and music. Ted would even walk around with a radio so he could constantly listen to it! At night he'd put the radio or the earpiece under his pillow and listen to sports from around the country. Baseball, hockey, or basketball from Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Boston; Ted would listen until he fell asleep. He also grew up listening to morning radio shows like J-P McCarthy on WJR in Detroit and music with Dick Purtan on CKLW in Windsor. Ted was fascinated with radio. He loved the ability to be entertained by discussions on topics of the day and listening to news as it was happening. Ted's first radio job was his college station at Spring Arbor University--WSAE. He read a lot of public service announcements and weather reports. Later Ted was part of the sports broadcast team. They covered men and women's home games and once went to Tennessee for the National Christian College Final Four. This experience cemented for Ted the desire to pursue radio as a career. After graduation he started to look for radio jobs. Ted still has a rejection letter he got from one station

where the General Manager encouraged him to, "find something other than radio". That rejection letter has always motivated him! Ted came to Fredericksburg and worked for many years at the Christian radio station WJYJ where he did a number of things--but his favorite was covering stories and news. In 2003, a news reporter positioned was created at B101.5. Ted applied and was hired! Later, Ted took the helm of NewsTalk 1230 and thus Town Talk was born. Town Talk is an hour long show on AM1230 and gives local community groups and charities a platform to talk about their initiatives. Ted is also THE newsman about town, showing up at community events, posting videos, and interviewing local businesses for his All Business Podcast! Not only is Ted the host of Town Talk, he's also a fun-loving presence on Dee in the Morning. Over the years Ted has covered many unforgettable stories in our area like the sniper shootings and some criminal cases. Ted has provided stories for the Virginia News Network, ABC News, AP News and UPI. Additionally, he's covered the building of the Washington House at Ferry Farm, National Park Service anniversaries, Stafford's 350th, and the Fred Nats‌ to name a few. In 2018, Ted was truly humbled to receive a General Assembly proclamation from Delegate Thomas for covering Fredericksburg Area News. Looking back on his career Ted says, "I feel very fortunate to be working with the people I do right now. I've worked with lots of true professionals but none like the current group. It's fun to be at a place where everyone is pulling in the same direction and pulling for each other." Mandy Smith is the Promotions & Marketing Director for B101.5. AKA "AJ" - Weekend Air Personality

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Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks Guest Porch Editorial Contributing Writers & Artists

ON THE PORCH small town

Rita Allan Sally Cooney Anderson Dianne Bachman Lynn Bailey Madalin Bickel Sarah Kay Bierle Laurie Black Collette Caprara Sonja Cantu Trista Chapman Janet Douberly Jeanne Ellis Christina Ferber Frank Fratoe Bill Freehling Jon Gerlach Ann Glave Kathyrn Guy Anne Hicks Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks Karl Karch David C. Kennedy Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy Vanessa Moncure Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter Gabe Pons M.L. Powers Gerri Reid Rob Rudick Casey Alan Shaw Mandy Smith Karen Stone Georgia Strentz Tina Will Norma Woodward

Front Porch Fredericksburg is a free circulation magazine published monthly by Olde Towne Publishing Co. Virginia Bigenwald Grogan, Publisher.

The mission of Front Porch Fredericksburg is to connect the diverse citizenry of Fredericksburg with lively features and informative columns of interest to our community’s greatest resource, its people. Messages from our readers are welcome. All submissions must be received by e-mail by the 19th of the month preceding publication. Writers / Artists / Photographers are welcome to request Guidelines and query the Publisher by e-mail. Front Porch Fredericksburg PO Box 9203 Fredericksburg, VA 22403 Ad Sales: E-Mail: Web Site: Facebook: @Front Porch Fredericksburg The opinions expressed in Front Porch Fredericksburg are those of the contributing writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Front Porch Fredericksburg or its advertisers. Copyright 2020 Olde Towne Publishing Co. All rights reserved.


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by ralph “tuffy” hicks Growing up in the small city of Fredericksburg made me who I am, and I would not trade it for anything. When Virginia Grogan the Publisher asked me if I would write the April editorial I was honored by her request. The subject would be another matter that I would have to think about since as many know of my main interest is history going back to the founding of the country. Actually, it came rather easy as I was having breakfast at a local restaurant with friends, they were speaking of "back when". Growing up in Fredericksburg in the 40's-50's-60's, was a Small-Town experience. There were many lessons learned during those years that I use in today's world that I can share with you. Be thankful for friends and family, no matter what they may say or do, I never get upset, for they will always be there for you. We may go weeks without talking, but we will never lose our friendship, since we have known each other for 20 years or longer. Back in the 50's we seldom would lock the doors as friends and neighbors would come tap on the door and walk in. Local crime rates were very low as chances were that someone would see you doing it. My parents knew that if I or my friends were acting up, they would receive a call from the neighbors. That was part of the family support system as Mom would say, "you have thousands of eyes watching you". Back in those days Fredericksburg only had one elementary and high school along with a few private schools as did Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties. Our parents may have used the same textbooks that we had. Traditions was a lesson that we learned at an early age. Weekends were basically family time as many of the stores closed on Friday evenings. Sunday was always for Church services. After church

messages What a great article & tribute to a wonderful man! (April 2020, Cover & "The Man Behind the Lamp") Cathy C. Herndon

Front Porch Thank you so much for all that you do for the art community here in Fredericksburg! You are loved and appreciated more than you know! Sincerely, Lynn Abbott

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we would always go for a "pleasure ride" as Dad called it to see the countryside and visit relatives. Fridays the families would get together and play music and we would play "kick the can". I along with my friends were Paper Carriers, I delivered the Washington Post. Dad would say not everyone gets a trophy you have to earn it, referring to the money we had to collect going door to door. His words have stayed with me all these years and influenced my work ethics. Fredericksburg had many volunteer organizations including the Rescue Squad and several members of the Fire Department. This taught us all how important it was to give back to our community. In school we had the Junior Rescue Squad to train young people to be members of the Squad when they were older. I think a small community makes you humble because it is not always about you. We always shared in each other's accomplishments as we were taught that we all would get our time in the spotlight, Mom would say. Fredericksburg has had several flooding events over the past halfcentury, that has seen neighbor helping neighbor that taught us all that how these events affect us all and to help each other. Fredericksburg has been diverse in welcoming and accepting everyone. I remember our history teacher Miss Stearns saying "just because someone is not the same as you don't mean you can't be friends", how true her words are fiftyyears later. Dear Virginia and Lexi, Thank you so much for making Allen's dreams come true?? The Grogans and The Front Porch were always special to Allen; so grateful our paths crossed. Love and hugs, Pat Green

Hello Virginia, Your February issue was great as usual! The article about Dr. CP Kennedy and his work and family life was very interesting. (“Tresured Memories”) I believe we live on some of the land that he subdivided. We have one of the Fredericksburg Lamps, too. (“History’s

Fredericksburg today still is considered a small community with less than 25,000 citizens. We still to maintain that small-town charm with individual small businesses and some of the best restaurants in the area along with a local farmers market that is the best. Our history is second to none where else can you walk in the footsteps of George Washington, James Monroe, Hugh Mercer, Mary Washington and Rob Grogan I feel blessed to have been born and raised here where we praise our arts, history, pubs, dance-yoga studios, just to mention a few. Please enjoy the April issue of Front Porch in the park and read it "cover to cover"

Tuffy Hicks, with wife Anne, is the Former Vice-Mayor & Council Member of Fredericksburg, and the History writer for Front Porch monthly

Stories, FXBG LAmp”) The history of Fredericksburg is full of interesting people. Thank you for giving the history a continuing voice. Tina Will

Dear Virginia, I wanted to reiterate my appreciation for all your hard work on The Front Porch. Your coverage of local art, music, and literary events truly enriches our community and strengthens our connections. Thank you so much! Best wishes for a peaceful day, Elizabeth Spencer Spragins

Downtown Strong We got this! By Ann Glave this is over.

This is not a conversation that I thought I would be having at all. Ever. A few weeks ago, a virus known 19 starting raising havoc with as COVID-1 downtown Fredericksburg, our City, the surrounding counties, our state, our country and the world. A few weeks ago, business was as usual. None of us had any idea when we rang in 2020 that the world would come to a sudden stop. Many downtown businesses came off a great 2019 and started the new year with strong sales. And BANG, things changed in an instant! This is unprecedented as both an economic and health pandemic.

The community is doing their best to support their local businesses by buying gift cards, ordering online or by phone, tipping huge, etc. and by donating to local nonprofits – especially those that must cancel fundraising events. Don’t wait for end-of-year giving. This community rocks! The City’s government is looking at deferring payments, waiving penalties and loans/grants to ease the immediate concern for businesses. Property Owners are realizing that this is not a “bad weather day”. Things will not be back to normal for quite a while. Kudos to the owners that are reducing and better yet forgiving rent for the next few months. Replacing a tenant will almost be impossible in this climate.

time will be way down the road. We do know that the longer we social distance, the more chance for a business not to reopen. This is very real for our local businesses. Cash flow and use of reserves (if they have any) is a major concern. These are unprecedented times and there is a lot of uncertainty. As our Main Street mottos states – Forever Revolutionary – our Downtown is forever changing and evolving, and it survives. We didn’t expect this pandemic and one thing is for sure – when this passes, (and it will) we will arrive together as a unified community.

Some tips to support Downtown. If you want to help, here are some actions you can take now:

One thing I do know - We are all in this together.

1) Buy gift cards directly from downtown businesses (not Business Owners are being Fredericksburg’s Downtown Gift Cards). creative to stay It’s like an connected with the interest free “It is up to us to pull together as a community and do loan. This community to stay healthy and safe while what’s best for helps keep also keeping our small businesses going.” their businesses. them going Riverby Books is today even if doing a weekly book service on Mondays you can’t shop or eat there until for ten dollars. Juan More Taco is offering tomorrow. Cash flow is one of their main a toilet paper roll with every order and concerns right now. delivering free food to seniors in need. 2) Donate to local nonprofits – especially Hyperion switching to all to go cups so we those that must cancel fund-raising can have our daily coffee. Kimman’s and events. Don’t wait for end-of-year giving. others are offering private appointments, Generally, nonprofits have unpredictable curb side and free deliveries or shipments. cash flow because we earn money from Ristorante Renato is giving away children’s sponsors, donors, events, merchandise lunch of spaghetti to those in need. sales, or grants – there aren’t always Amazing! Life does go on even with the guarantees on how much money will virus. Just differently. come in or when.

Together, we will make sure the heart and soul of our community – Downtown Fredericksburg – is here when

3) Eat and shop local. Fight the urge to buy from national online retailers. Think about how your life would have normally

There is much uncertainty. This is a hard time for families, community groups, and businesses. Small, independent businesses operate on tight margins. A few slow days is alarming but a few slow weeks (or temporary closures) can be devastating. It is up to us to pull together as a community to stay healthy and safe while also keeping our small businesses going. They are the backbone of our community – supporting nonprofits, employing locals, and keeping dollars in our own community. We need them and they need us.

Will Downtown survive? Yes. Will it be different? Yes. We don’t know the full ramifications of the pandemic. That

flowed this week and try to support those same businesses in a slightly different way. Buy gift cards or use takeout option. Many businesses are offering delivery or pickup for online or call-ahead orders for food and merchandise, even ones that don’t normally offer this service! 4) Keep up with downtown businesses – Follow your favorites on Facebook, Instagram, or twitter. It’s the quickest way to stay up to date on what is happening with them. Many are offering online videos, demos, one on one virtual appointments. The creativity is amazing as they pivot to survive. Things are changing to rapidly to keep a list updated for now. 5) Get ready to eat and buy local when this passes. Businesses need you to stay open. When the time comes for us to go out & celebrate, let’s look forward to going big! Let this season of life apart grow love for your city and a generous heart for the businesses that make our community wonderful.

#weareinthistogeher #LoveFXBG #FxbgStrong #Supportlocalsafely

Ann is the executive director for Fredericksburg VA Main Street and is available as a resource during this time. She is available by phone (540)538-7445 and by email at

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In the Garden What can I plant now? By Tina Will

Spring VCE Plant Clinics Chomping at the 'Gardening Bit', several people jumped at the chance to ask us what can be started in the garden now. Our first Salem Library Plant Clinic coincided with the Democratic Primary Voting Day around the region, and, after voting, visitors peppered us with questions. Many of us get excited (even in January), but starting seedlings that early is risky and, without adequate lighting, will usually not work because it is just too early. Others have had success re-growing store-bought lettuce from the containers that provide the root of the plant, though the plants will need some careful monitoring, frequent changes of water, and eventual planting in soil, to succeed. What is a VCE Plant Clinic? Plant Clinics are staffed by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) who are trained, and serve as a link between those who do the research at VT or VSU and homeowners needing information and guidance on horticultural topics. VCE's website: can be searched


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for a particular topic (ex. Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes, Thrips on Iris, or Lawn diseases), and VCE offices will have copies of t h e s e publications. Their researchb a s e d information covers an enormous variety of horticultural and agricultural subjects. The research and information they publish is the source of the advice you will get. Soil test kit boxes are also available at our tables, and we recommend them to anyone starting a new garden or planting project.

website if they are known in advance, otherwise check with the hosting library. New Kid on the Block Gardeners who live near Spotsylvania Courthouse will be happy to hear that, starting April 7, there will be a VCE Plant Clinic at the Snow Branch of the Central Regional Rappahannock Library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays running through August. Two of our newly graduated Master Gardeners, Sharon Moser and Paula Loccisano, are organizing the volunteer schedule. Stop in to pick up a soil test kit, or to ask questions about a garden, lawn, or plant problem.

Citizens can bring plant samples for identification or help with insect or disease questions. The EMG will try to answer questions, but may also offer to take the sample and submit it to Guy Mussey, our VCE Agent, or send it to VT for further analysis. In our area, EMGs have eight Plant Clinics. They will be set up either on weekdays or weekends. The Calendar listing on our w e b s i t e : has each listed by month and date. Check the listings because not all meet every week. Changes to these schedules due to COVID19 precautions will be posted on our

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love this weather. A short list would include asparagus, beets, peas, green beans, spinach, lettuces, kale and collards. As most of us know, Tomatoes, Basil and other warm weather crops need to wait until temperatures are warmer. Basil especially needs warmer temps before it will really start growing. VT Extension Publication has a terrific map and planning/planting guide: Our Plant Clinics are easy to find at Libraries or Farmers Markets. Stop by and say Hi; we've loads of information to share.

John Westermeier

What Can I Plant right Now? So, what can you grow at this time of year? Cold season vegetables will

Tina Will has volunteered with MGACRA for 15 years and lives near Ferry Farm in Stafford County.

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Porch Light Stories that Shine a Light on Life

creative socialness By laurie black Everything I ever needed to learn about fighting pandemics, I learned from my mother: cover your cough, wash your hands, if you are sick - stay in bed. However, my mother also taught me that kindness and caring are wonderfully expressed in a warm handshake or hug. Adding the words, "social distancing" to my vocabulary and my activities has been extremely difficult. It seems completely unsocial not to hug a dear friend or reach out to "touch" someone in need. My daughter was recently married in Phoenix, Arizona. We later hosted an open house for friends and family here in Virginia to celebrate the wedding. Normally this would be an occasion for many hugs and well wishes. Though the well wishes were in full abundance, the hugs were noticeably absent. Bottles of hand sanitizer were strategically placed around the room along with little signs that read, "Please, No hugs or handshakes tonight!" Yes, it was awkward, but we felt we had to be


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mindful of the present circumstances. I am learning to express kindness and thoughtfulness in new ways. As so many of us are finding a little extra time on our hands as schools, churches, and community events are canceled and we are being asked to telework if we can, maybe we can use that extra time being creative in how we reach out to one another. We could call it: "Creative Socialness". We need to be mindful of those friends, family members, and neighbors for whom social distancing will be especially difficult, such as seniors and those who already suffer from depression. Seniors are at high-risk if they contract COVID-19, but they are also at high-risk of feeling lonely and isolated. Here are just a few creative social ideas: · Call or text your friends and family more often - daily or several times a day if they need it.

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· Mail encouraging cards or notes. · Leave little thoughtful gifts at their door. · If you are tech savvy, video call or use social media apps to keep in touch. · My sisters and I have a virtual book group. We read a book each month and then have a group video call to discuss the book. You could do the same thing in a video call or phone call, discussing a movie watched, a newspaper or magazine you've read, etc. · Help friends and family who are not tech savvy learn how to order groceries or takeout for pick up or home delivery. · Though we are all avoiding large crowds, no one wants to be stuck inside for weeks. Even sitting on your front porch or taking a simple walk around your yard can be refreshing. · When the weather is nice, open a window and let the fresh air in or sit by a sunny window. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.

We all want to stay well in both body and spirit, so let's do all we can to keep being kind and encouraging to one another while we are also keeping a healthy distance. And for Heaven's sake wash your hands! Laurie Black is a mom,writer & resident of FXBG.

On Stage! Madwoman of chaillot by Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy

200 William St Downtown Fredericksburg 540-373-4421

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Oh Watson,you beautiful old guy, with your lovely, kind young mom, Jessica. Bailey and I were so glad to see you downtown at Freddy's Donuts out on the outdoor patio. Jessica told us you came from the Richmond SPCA and are 8 years old. Bailey was surprised,as you look so young and just love everyone!

An eccentric French countess and her odd friends thwart a plot to drill for oil in Paris in the Stafford Players' "The Madwoman of Chaillot" at Stafford High School on April 24-25 and April 30-May 2, 2020. The play begins with a group of promoters who plan to tear up "The City of Light" in order to unearth the oil they believe is located beneath it. When the Madwoman of Chaillot finds out, she sees through their crookedness and insists the world is being turned into an unhappy place by thieves who seek wealth and power. At a tea party, she enlists the denizens of the streets to help put the businessmen on trial for their crimes in an effort to bring joy, justice and love back to the world. The award-winning troupe was named 2020 state champions for its performance of Franz Kafka's "The Trial" at the Virginia High School League (VHSL)

Stafford High School Players Austin Cox & Aby Rhodes in a scene from “The Trail� this years competition play

theatre competition in March. In addition, they earned the state championship title from the VHSL in 2016 and 2019, as well as conference and regional championships (state runnersup) in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Stafford High School Michael Theater Director D'Addario and Co-director Chad Johnson, fine arts teacher, have led the students in winning more than 100 awards in district, regional, state and national competitions. President of Stafford's Thespian Society and Theater Club Jovan Long, who plays Dr. Jadin in 'The Madwoman of Chaillot,' has been a member of the Stafford Players for three years. "I like that it's a safe space for me to go and let my stress out on stage," he said. "It gives me a chance to perform and have fun with it." Long, who will pursue theater after graduating in May, Jovan Long, McKenna Stine, and Ava would like to be on Broadway, Mullanaphy (l-rr), in a scene from "The Trial" television and film. He also has at the Virginia High School League competition dreams of starting a theater in February. The Stafford Players earned the company. 2020 state champion title after performing the Ava Mullanaphy, who play at the Virginia High School League theatre was the title role in "Alice in Wonderland" last year, plays competition in March. Constance in 'The Madwoman of Chaillot." She feels that being in the high school's drama

program has been a positive factor in her life for many reasons. "Being a part of The Stafford Players for the past several years has helped me become a more sociable person, and it's given me more confidence," she said. "The cast and crew are like my second family." Mullanaphy is considering acting in the future, because she can't imagine not being on the stage. Performances for "The Madwoman of Chaillot" are Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount per ticket, and groups of more than five and less than 10 receive one free adult chaperone ticket. Stafford High School is located at 63 Indians Lane in Fredericksburg. For more information, contact

Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy is the president of KMMG, LLC., a public relations and marketing company. Lenora volunteers for Old Dominion Humane Society in Fredericksburg, where she has "foster-failed" twice, adding two more dogs to the family.

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“I Have A Friend� hugs, smiles & stories shared By Laurie Black

April is National Volunteer Month, a time to recognize the contributions of many wonderful volunteers in our community. It is also during this 20th anniversary year for the Senior Visitors Program that we would like pay special tribute to the over 600 volunteers who have served seniors in our community since the Senior Visitors Program began, giving thousands of hours. As noted in our January 2020 Front Porch Fredericksburg article, "Those many hours of service come one visit, one hour at a time. Those hours represent many hugs, smiles, stories shared, games played, and hearts touched." Those hours are given by volunteers like Donna Lee who visits her friend, Normita. Donna first heard about the Senior Visitors Program from reading Front Porch Fredericksburg. Donna had always thought about volunteering with seniors in some way. She took care of her dad in his senior years and frequently visited her aunt in her senior years. Donna said, "I could see that my aunt really liked having company. It was just a good thing to do." Donna went on to explain that, the Senior Visitors Program was a good fit for her because "I'm a people person. I love to get to know people and learn new things." With Normita, Donna has been learning to try different foods, like the food from Normita's native Philippines. Normita says, "Often I want to try something new, but I'm nervous to go alone. With Donna, she doesn't mind going with me. We have fun together and find that we have a lot in common. For example, we like the same radio station. The first time I rode in her car, she was going to turn off the radio station. I told her to leave it on because it is the station I like to listen to also." Normita first heard about the Senior Visitors Program when she


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attended the annual Art of Aging Expo at the Fredericksburg Convention Center where she met Program Director, Bowers. Teresa "Teresa told me about this v o l u n t e e r opportunity and I really wanted to volunteer. I went to the training and then my circumstances changed. I had to have eye surgery and shoulder surgery and I couldn't drive. Even though my children check on me, I felt lonely and depressed and needed someone to talk to. I called Teresa and asked her if maybe I could have a volunteer visit me instead." Teresa agreed it would be a good idea and she matched Donna and Normita. "The way that Teresa screens people and matches volunteers with a senior is really something special. I'm so glad she sent Donna to visit me. Donna is such a good listener and she is really interesting." Donna agrees that it has been wonderful to become friends with Normita. "We enjoy each other's company. Often we just go out to eat together and then sit and talk. Though I'm not required as a volunteer to give rides, I don't mind giving Normita rides out to eat or to appointments. When she goes to physical therapy, I just bring a book and sit and read until she is done," says Donna. Their friendship is one that is still evolving. Normita says that when she is feeling stronger and can drive again, she hopes to return to volunteering. Donna and Normita laugh that perhaps they will visit someone together or they will each find a new senior friend to visit. However, they will continue to get together with each other, no matter what! Normita emphatically encouraged, "If you are thinking about volunteering, go for it! I recommend it 200%!"

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If you know a senior who could benefit from having a weekly, friendly visit OR if you would like to volunteer to visit a senior, call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2 2704 or visit website at Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg.

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Consciousness Rising The time is now By anne F. hicks

Are you interested in learning about or gaining more understanding of Consciousness? Are you curious as to how it relates to love, human existence, nature, the brain, a higher evolution of health, wellbeing and spirit? Have you ever asked yourself if you really understand it? I have pondered these questions all my life. My father, a World War II Veteran, studied in the Seminary with an intention of becoming a priest. He also studied philosophy and medicine and became a Psychiatrist in Upstate, NY, having worked in the community until the age of 80. He practiced with a kind heart and loving generosity of spirit. We often had philosophical conversations about the human brain, existence, love, the heart, consciousness, the meaning of life and death, and the human dilemma.

It wasn't a coincidence that I found the writings of the local Fredericksburg author Dr. Thomas C a p s h e w compelling. His latest book entitled Consciousness Rising shares resources for spiritual evolution and offers a sense of mindful awakening with more insight into the human condition and how it relates to being and understanding of religion, the heart, love, the dissonance, illusions, fear and the creative forces of the Universe. In a prologue on the w e b s i t e he described that the purpose of the book is to present information that illustrates the limits of living through the lens of our mind, and to present information that demonstrates the ongoing shift to living through the lens of our heart. He noted the book provides practical and time-

tested paths away from our heads and into our hearts. "The time is now". Dr. Capshew shares excerpts of the book in his newsletter. In this space he invited an opportunity for reader feedback. There were thought provoking questions encouraging a wholistic view of being "awake" and mindful. His salutation,

"May your path be filled with health, joy, clarity, and Love," may be a lot about what this book is intended to help us do. A recent excerpt shared the definition of the work Consciousness with a Capital, "C". Another sneak peek quote, "Tune into the heart to experience the magic of the unseen world. Our heart, the seat of our

human consciousness, is where we experience the unseen world." This interactive collaboration shares a sense of togetherness in the quest to experience what is evolving. It is a must read for those who are curious, listen deeply, want to find meaning in the "mystery" or just grow in a way to appreciate existence on any level and an enriching place to start. So is his first book, "Divine Warrior Training", as a compliment to one another, these two books are truly written with a keen ability to share enlighten and move us towards change. The book should be available in May 2020. There is more to learn about Dr. Capshew at his website. He is a highly educated professional and teacher who has a lot to share with a generous spirit, a caring heart and divine love. You can sign up for his newsletter at

Anne Hicks, a contributing writer to the Front Porch, lives in FXBG

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Bring a little sunshine to a senior’s life! Too many seniors feel lonely and isolated. YOU can make a difference by volunteering to visit a senior in the Fredericksburg area. Volunteer training is provided & no special skills are required. The Senior Visitors Program is a FREE community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. Visit or call 540-371-2704

Love it or Loathe it, Equisetum is Here to Stay! By Janet Douberly Upon starting here at Downtown Greens I have been asked repeatedly what my favorite plant is. After hemming and hawing about how I like all plants equally I have recently started to quickly settle on the unpopular pick of Equisetum hyemale, often known as "horsetail reed"or "scouring rush". I first learned about this moisture loving Virginia Native while in Texas where it grows on the banks of streams and sticks to bodies of freshwater. Here in our beloved Virginia this reed can branch out and grow away from streams in areas with full to partial sun that maintain medium to wet levels of moisture. Equisetum are often considered "living fossils" and once grew as thick as forests about 350 million years ago. Though our native only grows about 3-5' high currently, it once reached heights of about 30'. Horsetail Reed is a Virginia Native and derives its common names from it's appearance. Spreading through spores, this plant loves high moisture and variable light. Used for centuries to scour dishes clean, hence the common name Scouring Rush, the reed is not only vertically ribbed, which creates a scrubbing effect, but the plant material has a high silica content which assists with cleaning.

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Equisetum hyemale is an evergreen perennial that grows 3-5' tall. Its rigid, hollow reeds grow in segments, much like bamboo. If picked, each segment will, when pulled, separate like pop beads. Games have been made with these reeds being separated into their different segments and then mixed up and handed to someone to put back together which can only happen if the pieces are ordered in the same way they grew.

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This sedge-like plant spreads through the use of rhizomes and produces spores instead of seeds. Since the leaves are small scales on the plant, photosynthesis is carried out by the stems themselves. Because of how deeply it roots and spreads, many people avoid planting horsetail reed, often making it an underdog of natives. It is hard to get rid of, herbicides have little to no effect on it, and hand tilling will only make this plant laugh in derision. But horsetail can easily be overcome by other species and, if you have a wild area that retains a lot of moisture, this is a species that will thrive there. Horsetail reed is often just as happy in pots which makes it a nice addition to any waterscape. So, why is Equisetum one of my favorites? Aside from my weakness for an underdog and horsetail's long history (it lived side-by-side with dinosaurs!), when allowed to spread into large clumps it

makes for a very impactful addition to a landscape. The slender reeds rub together in the wind creating a most satisfying sursurres. Also, since it is an evergreen it adds interest to winter gardens. So next time you see this ancient plant growing by a ditch, don't dismiss it so easily! Horsetail's inability to give up may be a nuisance for modern gardeners but it is the reason it has been around longer than most living things on this planet!

Janet Douberly is the Program Coordinator for Downtown Greens

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Eat Well Drink Well Live Well 720 Littlepage 540-370-0911 Spring will shortly be sprung and we'll be well-rewarded at the Farmer's Market!

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Serving Traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex Food and Something More!! Tuesday to Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 11am-6pm

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PEAS AND NEW POTATOES Two must-have vegetables for spring - fresh peas and those first-dug new potatoes so tender and delicious, pairing well for a light side dish. New potatoes' skins will slip off while rinsing. I like Yukon Gold for the delicate flavor and while shopping, try to find smaller, fresh-dug potatoes with thin skins and count on three to four per person. Buy sweet spring peas in the pod, about a pound for this recipe (a pound of peas in the pod should yield about a cup of fresh peas). It's not a chore to shell them - I often find a grandchild or two eager to help me shell them (and eat them fresh from the pod). To cook the potatoes, instead of boiling them in water, steam them until tender and toss with butter, salt and some fresh dill. Rinse shelled peas and cook them in boiling water for one to two minutes drain well, then mix with the potatoes.

steeped green tea, one tablespoon butter and one teaspoon green peppercorns in a large sauté pan. (These are the same fruit as black peppercorns, but fresh and with a delicate flavor - they're found brined or pickled in a small glass jar as they are perishable, not having gone through the drying process. Use them for fantastic au poivre sauces as whole black peppercorns are too hard and unsuited for eating whole. ) Place salmon skin-side down in liquid, then bring to a boil - reduce heat and let simmer until liquid is reduced and fish cooked until flaky but still very moist, 8-10 minutes. Remove fish to a platter, then add another tablespoon of butter to the peppercorns and juices in the pan and deglaze. Stir in one teaspoon of finely minced parsley and pour sauce over fish filet. CREME FRAICHE can be purchased, you can make a good homemade recipe overnight, or whip up this quick mock CREME by adding a tablespoon of whole-milk buttermilk to one cup of sour cream. Stir in minced fresh dill for a dilled creme fraiche to serve with the salmon. HINT - if you can't find green peppercorns, crack whole white peppercorns and substitute for the green, using just one-half teaspoon.

filling up to four hours before use : prepare two cups of whipped cream and set aside. Stir together the zest of one lemon, one-third cup fresh lemon juice and one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk until smooth and wellcombined, then immediately fold in the whipped cream. Refrigerate until needed. Defrost one sheet of frozen puff pastry dough, then roll out until the dough is about 1/8th inch thick. brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse white sanding sugar. Cut into 2x5-inch rectangles, then place on parchment lined baking pan, allowing three per serving. Place into preheated 450F oven, then immediately lower temperature to 400F and bake until lightly browned, about 12-15 minutes. Cool on baking racks. Prepare fruit by thinly slicing strawberries and kiwis. Shortly before serving, place one pastry layer on dessert plate, spread with filling and fruit, then repeat with another layer, ending with the third piece of pastry. Dust with confectioner's sugar immediately before serving. If desired, serve with a strawberry sauce made by whirling together in your blender one cup of strawberries, two tablespoons sugar and just enough orange juice to process. I'd say once you serve this meal, spring must definitely be sprung! Enjoy!

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GREEN TEA POACHED SALMON WITH DILLED CREME FRAICHE STRAWBERRY AND KIWI NAPOLEONS Sounds like you've worked all day to prepare, but actually very simple. Purchase a filet of beautiful deep-coral wild-caught salmon with skin on. In a fish poacher (I know, I sometimes wonder if I have the last fish poacher in the world use a large sauté pan instead) mix one cup

A dessert for the start of berry season. Actually, you can continue preparing this as long as you have fresh berries. Whole raspberries are particularly delicious in this recipe, served with a raspberry sauce. RECIPE: Prepare cream

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Canal Quarter Coffee Spring is coming- Rooftop Dining opening soon!

sisters open sister coffee shop m. l. powers I enjoyed a delicious vanilla latte as we spoke, and MJ told me that they roast their own beans behind their shop on Caroline St. So, this really makes them local purveyors of the favorite drink. They do coffees, cappuccinos, espressos, and teas of varying blends. I had a Lavender Ginger tea one day that really perked me up at the onset of a cold. They also serve fresh baked goods available in both shops that are baked on the premises of Agora

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Fredericksburg. Another coffee shop has opened at 1517 Princess Anne which happens to be a sister shop to Agora Coffee on Caroline Street. It is literally a sister shop in that it is owned by MJ and Andi Stone, two sisters who decided with the help of their family and friends to open their own business. This was five years ago, and the success story is in the pudding, so to speak. The sister team are Fredericksburg natives, and relished coming home after college. The new space, Canal Quarter Coffee opened along side of Canal Arts in December of 2019, and has a subtle twist in that it also houses five art studios in the same building. Presently there are four artists and Bad Truck Pottery all of whom have working studios. So in addition to great coffee, one can peruse local artists' work in a quaint, rustic atmosphere. Bad Truck Pottery is owned by Lawton Clites who sat in with MJ as we spoke about the progress of the new shop. Prior to the new endeavor, Lawton was at Liberty Town, and decided it was time to branch out on his own. He, MJ and other wood-working friends built most of the shelves, bar and other parts of the shop as DIY projects. He currently offers classes and pottery parties in addition to some unique pieces on display.


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Coffee. I have tried a blueberry scone, a apple muffin and a macaron that was without a doubt one of the best I've experienced. Andi has a degree in Food science which MJ admits she does magic with. In addition to Canal Quarter Coffee, the Stone girls have opened a coffee/gift shop in the Spotsylvania Regional Hospital complex. These are two busy entrepreneurs for sure. One sister is working on additional degrees while running these shops, while the other sister recently started juggling motherhood with being a business owner. MJ said they could not accomplish this alone, but rather with the help of a fabulous staff. She said she thinks they have a healthy, mature crew, some whom have been with them from the beginning. It's fun to look at the website and see the personalities of the baristas and bakers. The staff can be found at either location depending on the day.

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This would be a great stop after a nice stroll down the canal path. So check it out when you have a chance, and enjoy some of the great local talent while sipping on one of your favorite coffee drinks. Canal Quarter Coffee 1517 Princes Anne Street fb@Canal Quarter Coffee by Agora

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The Rhône Valley region of France runs in a narrow band from Burgundy to its north to Provence to its south, and is one of the oldest winegrowing areas in France. It comprises two distinct areas-the Northern Rhône Valley and the Southern Rhône Valley, both of which are along the Rhône River. Different styles of wines are produced in each area, but both are known predominantly for red wines. The Northern Rhône Valley is known for its red wines, produced from Syrah, and white wines, produced from Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. In the Southern Rhône Valley, over two dozen red grape varieties are permitted, and most wines are a blend of at least three. The predominant variety here is Grenache, which represents about two-thirds of the red grape plantings. The other significant red varieties in this area are Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. As for white grape varieties, Grenache Blanc and Clairette are the more significant plantings, with smaller plantings of Viognier, Ugni Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Muscat, and others. The grape varieties listed above represent those that are known as "Rhône varieties." This term is used on label descriptions in the United States to assist consumers in recognizing wines produced from these specific grapes, and perhaps Rhône styles of wines. One wine made from Rhône varieities hails from the Buhl Memorial Vineyards, located in Wilcox in Cochise County, Arizona, and is the Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra 2018. The Chupacabra is the winery's shape shifter wine. Each vintage brings a new proportion of grapes in the red blend depending on that year's crop. The 2018 Chupacabra is comprised of 65 percent Syrah, 20 percent Mourvèdre, and 15 percent Grenache. The wine was aged in

new and neutral French oak for 11 months. This wine has sweet, juicy black fruit, like plum and blackberry, on the balance with a finished alcohol level of 13.5 percent. The winemaker, Maynard James Keenan, is the vocalist for "Tool," the progressive metal band. Pairings for this wine involve just about anything that is grilled whether sausage, burgers or vegetables. It also pairs well with slowcooked stew and casseroles. Our second featured wine is the Clos LaChance 22 Pirates Red Blend 2017, and comes from the Central Coast of California. This wine is a blend of 60 percent Syrah, 18 percent Petite Sirah, 9 percent Grenache, 7 Percent Carignane, and 6 percent Cinsault. This wine is dark garnet in color, with aromas of milk chocolate truffles, caramel, and warm baking spices. On the palate, you may find dark plum and blackberries, with hint of oregano and mint. This is a full-bodied wine with a long finish. This is a wine to pair with earthy flavors like mushrooms, whether alongside a steak, in a risotto or grilled. Other fine pairings include lamb stew and lentils with sausage. Finally, our third featured wine is be the Corne Loup Tavel Rose 2019. This dry rosé comes from the Tavel AOC in the Southern Rhône Valley, where the only wines allowed to be produced are rosés. This wine is comprised of 60 percent Grenache; 15 percent Cinsault; 10 percent Syrah; and the remaining 15 percent is a mix of Mourvèdre, Clairette & Carignan. The wine is dry and lively, with aromas of strawberry and berry pie. While this wine makes for wonderful sipping along with great conversation, it is also a great wine to pair with barbeques. Come explore Rhône varieties with us! City Vino is located at 810 Caroline St. You can find owner Rita Allan on-site to provide answers to all your wine questions Photo courtesy of City VIno

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April 2020... The Governor's Covid 19 Order may have closed all art & craft centers, museums & entertainment businesses causing shuttered "Step Outside, Say Hello!" Fredericksburg City Council's new community campaign We ask every household in the City to step outside and say 'hello' to your neighbors. Practice social distancing but check on folks in your neighborhood from your front porch. This is an important campaign that everyone can participate in. Imagine thousands of households checking in our community… that's what we are all about! It's especially important to check on our elderly and disabled populations. It's simple! Tonight and every night at 6:00pm "Step Outside, Say Hello!" - you can do your part to ensure our neighbors are doing okay during this challenging time.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso Most of these galleries have online stores, some have online virtual classes and tours. Canal Quarter Arts , 1517 Princes Anne Lets keep connected….participate in our weekly "Art Challenge". Weekly themes announced on fb & instagram on Wednesdays, art pieces to be posted by you throughout the week. #FxbgArtChallenge. Brush Strokes Gallery, 824 Caroline St. Becoming an online gallery for awhile. We have awesome ART on our walls and we'll share that with you on our website and FaceBook page. Art can soothe the soul, and we are here to help with that during this difficult time. Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline St. Art is essential! Art changes people & people change the world! We will be back soon….but meanwhile all our members are creating art. Check out our fb page & website t Ponshop Studio & Gallery, 712 Caroline St. Boredom be gone! Shop online for our original stencil artwork kit & online tutorials, great selection of Greeting cards, , jewelry. Also Scarletts pottery @etsy store Artful Dimensions, 922 Caroline St. Inspiring Talent Everywhere, three dimensional art that will knock tour socks off! Libertytown Arts Workshop, 916 Liberty St. Tuesdays on Facebook: Every Tuesday at 11am for as long as we can, we will do live demonstrations on Facebook and Instagram. It might just be me in my house puttering with might be other artists in their houses...but we want to give you something free and beautiful to stare at for a while.

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Virginia History Museum, Spend a day at the museum, virtually! You can still spend the day at the museum with our virtual gallery tours! Virtually walk through our exhibitions with 360° images and click on exhibition objects to learn more about their stories.

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Agora Downtown Coffee Shop, 52 outdoor seating will remain open. 369-8180, fb@agoradowntowncoff

"There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking" ~Ben Franklin

Allman's BBQ, 1299 Jeff Davis Hw favorite is "comfort food"! ,

Hartwood Winery, Good Wine Makes Social Isolation Bearable call ahead we will deliver wine "car-hop" style. 540-752-4893. 345 Hartwood Rd.

Bangkok Cafe Thai Cuisine, 825 Ca with in 5 Miles radius (minimum $

City Vino:, 810 Caroline St, we appreciate all your support and are committed to meeting your wine needs safely by providing curb-side pick-up, shipping, and delivery where possible. call 540-368-0400 orgo to online store @ Store open normal hours.

Basilico Italian Market, 2577 Cowa pick up and delivery of food, WIN 11am-8pm. And don't forget a 540-370-0355 54

Red Dragon Brewery, Open for takeaway beer. We have plenty of space to wait & socially distance. You can call ahead for curbside pickup, 540371-8100. Stay up-tp-date on our releases & other news on our facebook page. Princess Anne St,FXBG

Benny Vatili’s Pizza , Pickup Only, 7 - 368-1690

Adventure Brewing, Challenging times is an understatement and we at Adventure want you to know that we are here for you! As much as we love seeing out Adventure friends, the Governor has made the responsible decision to suspend our regular way of doing business. But it is OK because you can still get your favorite Adventure Beer to go or get it delivered. It's EASY! go to the order form on our web site let us know what you want, where you will pick up or where you want it delivered and presto! You have beer! Fb ,, or 540242-8876,

Castiglias Downtown, 324 William S 540-373-6650

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Fahrenheit 132, 318 William St butcher cut steaks, uncooked, so t Everything is at a very discounted p employees working as possible. We up. 540.940.2614

6 Bears & a Goat, 1140 International Parkwy, 22406, delivery & curbside pick-up of food & BEER! Visit website to place your order. Our Brewhouse is still open! Keep posted by checking our facebook page

Foode & Mercantile, Foode & Me building at Foode's location of carryout & delivery - and that inc always changing, so please visit ou for daily updates. 404-790-3409

Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Highway.Fridge stocked? Get your Growlers and cans Check facebook for daily hours

Guru Indian Cuisine, Take-out, cu 3140 Cowan Blvd, 540-548-1011

Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St.curbside pick-up of food and BEER! call 540.479.8381 to order. delivery of beer within a 30 minute radius of the brewery. To place your beer delivery order please TEXT 843.384.5750 with your beer order. 540-479-8381

Hard Times Cafe, Drive-Up Pick-Up Aldi. 5099D Jefferson Davis Hwy, 5

Hyperion Espresso, 301 William St,

Italian Station 620 Caroline St, Pa panini, baked/delivered FRESH DAI hot teas. curbside and carryout for


d doors & limited public access, but has not closed the love of art, learning & dining. Be sure to check online stores & facebook pages to keep current.

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Juan More Taco,826 Caroline St, curbside pick up , regular in store pick up and limited delivery.(540)-372-TACO

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Mason-D Dixon Cafe 2100 Princess Anne St. &11 Hope Rd Ste. 115 Stafford,full menu curbside pickup, take out and delivery through Ubereats. (540) -220-8867 and (540) -288-3131 Orifino,1006 Caroline St, Limited delivery, curbside pickup 373-1352 Renee’s Crepes & Cakes Take out orders 2020 Augustine Ave, Eagle Village Plaza 22401, (540)368-0420 Ristorante Renato, Carry out and curbside takeaway. Downtown Fredericksburg.540-371-8228 Recreation Center FXBG, Carry out and curb side delivery 213 William Street, near Mercantile, Sweet Sheep Candy and Wonder Emporium, and River Rock Outfitters, 540-371-6498 Soup & Taco 1 & 2- Offer carry out and curb side orders delivery in 5 mile radius $20 minimum. 1813 Caroline St 540-899-0969; Soup an taco 2, 806 William St (540)899-0941 Sunken Well Tavern, 720 littlepage st. curb side pick up for Food/Wine/Beer.& Uber Eats. We also provide deliver for Food/Beer/Wine 540-845-9609 Vivify Burger, 314 William St., old town carry out or pick up! menu available will change but it will remain current on Uber Eats and our website. (540) -656-2500 Great for learning and interactive activities for the kids This is a great time of year for the zoo and I'm sure the kiddos want to see the animals Well you still can with live webcams! My favorite is the Koalas! We all have a little scientist at home! No need for a lab here! Any course you could think of! Any grade level! mo willems' Lunch Doodles doodles live stream. grab some paper & pens or crayons & join Mo on Kennedy Center YouTube Childrens e-books, K-6 Movement & Mindfulness videos created by child development experts. These keep your kids moving& groovin’

Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events Notice: Parks and trails are open, outdoor recreation facilities that encourage close physical contact, to include pickleball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts and our hockey rink are closed Also playgrounds . facilities have been locked, or blocked off or taped off and signage added to explain that these facilities are closed. We want people outside, breathing the air and moving, just in their own space!

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Give kids a choice. Create schedule & let them add an activity so they have something to toward to Use Free Tools: see links below Keep it Moving, Physical activities release energy & increases focus. Make a scheudule Kids have a Daily schedule at schoo having one at home can mak everything easier. It should include olearning time, creative time, exercise time, chore time & free time

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Wallace Library By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

Casper Wistar Wallace was born in Fredericksburg in 1834 to the wellknown Wallace family. He had three brothers and he never married. Wistar as he preferred to be called after his graduation from the University of Virginia. He became a popular lawyer in Fredericksburg until the outbreak of the Civil War. He joined the local 30th Virginia, Company C, known as the "Gordon Rifles" and served until the end of the war when he was paroled with the rank of Captain. He was referred to as Captain Wallace by most residents for the rest of his life. He was known for being a talented trial lawyer. He retired from his law practice and a few years later became President of the National Bank of Fredericksburg. He was serving on the bank board at the time of his death in 1907 at age seventy-three. Captain Wallace's estate had a value of $186,000, which would be over a million dollars today. Prior to his death he had donated the land that the Mary Washington Monument stands upon. Pew number 66 in Saint Georges belonged to his family and he donated several thousand dollars for the stained-glass windows in the church. The local paper in his obituary stated that he was “a man that was simple and unostentatious in his bearing and manners, cordial and charitable and was held in esteem by his fellow citizens”. We would hope such kind words would be said for us in these trying times. In his Will Captain Wallace spelled out several conditions for a library in the amount of $15,000, with the structure to be named after him. The library was to be built within three years of his death and be permanent with no more than $5,000 for the building and the lot, with the remaining $10,000 to purchase books. Town Council accepted the proposal on July 18, 1907. The Council and General Assembly allowed the building of the Wallace Library on the courthouse lot adjacent to the Court at 817 Princess Anne Street. The project would not be completed without controversary. In 1895 a group of Fredericksburg ladies had formed a Library Association with a total of over twothousand-five-hundred books. The formation of the Library within Fredericksburg actually began in 1822, with many failed efforts along the way. The Town Council requested that the Library Association join in with the new Wallace Library, however, they refused. It is unclear to this day how it was resolved. The Wallace Library had a board that was in charge of purchasing books for the new library and it is recorded that they went as far north as Delaware to purchase collections. The Library opened on December 5, 1910, with Miss Sally Gravatt as the Librarian. Sally was the daughter of George Gravatt the Coach Maker whose home and operations were where todays Post Office is located at 600 Princess Anne Street. The Gravatt home is still in existence as it was moved to its current location on Charlotte Street behind the Chimneys. Miss Sally was Librarian for thirty-seven years until her death in 1946 at the age of 86.* My mother walked me to the Wallace library in the 1950's, I recall her telling me "now in this building you can travel around the world and never leave the room." I still have a Wallace Library card. The Wallace Library closed down on July 18, 1969 when the Central Rappahannock Regional System began operation at 1201 Caroline Street in the Lafayette School Building. I was fortunate to be a member of City Council and remember being on the Library Board when Donna Cote was in charge of the CRRL. Donna did an excellent starting in 1981 and completed thirty-four years, retiring in 2015. She and Sally Gravatt are noted to have the longest tenue in Library service. I remember in 1986 "NO SMOKING" in the library. The CRRL today is considered to one of the best run systems in the Nation. Captain Wallace would be proud today that his building is home to the Fredericksburg School Board, still serving the citizens of Fredericksburg, 110 years later. · (*Thanks to notes from Barbara P. Willis & Noel Harrison) Dedicated to: Wesley Jorgowsky, Tucker Williams, Roger Goldberry, David Ridderhoff, Loren Smith, & Ruby Pritchett Tuffy is the Front Porch resident FXBG historian


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fxbg station By jon gerlach Who doesn't love trains? One of Fredericksburg's architectural gems sits at 200 Lafayette Boulevard along the railroad tracks: the Train Station. This the fourth iteration of a train station in Fredericksburg. The first was in use prior to and during the Civil War, but it no longer exists. The second train station was built in 1887 on the site of the first station, by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P). It is currently the home of Colonial Tavern. Today's Train Station was built in 1927 around its predecessor (the third station, built in 1910) at a cost of $250,000 to serve a new, elevated double track. Today's iconic railroad bridge over the Rappahannock river was also finished in 1927. It too had a series of predecessors, including the span that was destroyed during the Civil War (which appears in several wartime photographs). Train travel dropped off in the years following World War II, as Americans bought automobiles and took to the roads in growing numbers. RF&P transferred its passenger business to Amtrak in 1971. Five years later, Amtrak stopped using the Train Station as a ticket office, and thus began a downward spiral into disrepair, although passenger trains still stopped there. Amtrak and RF&P earmarked significant funds to repair and stabilize the Train Station in the 70s and 80s. Difficulties in getting the stakeholders (Amtrak, RF&P, the City and its residents) on the same page delayed the project. RF&P hoped to redevelop the station as a retail center of tourism and commerce, but all the deals needed for that to happen did not materialize. A new station platform was needed when the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter line came to Fredericksburg. To help with the costs of building a VRE platform, the City added a 2% gasoline tax in 1990, and raised $800,000 to help fund the project. Completed in 1992, attention turned to what to do with the Train Station. The Train Station was purchased from RF&P in 1995 by Gary and Catherine Musselman. Together with restaurant Claiborne Thomasson, owner they

invested $1,000,000 in rehabilitating the Train Station, buoyed by $500,000 in federal funds. The work complete, Claiborne's Restaurant opened there in 1997, which marked the station's new lease on life. In 2000 the station was purchased by its current owner, Tommy Mitchell. It housed The Bavarian Chef restaurant, and now The Alpine Chef Restaurant. What will the next chapter of the Train Station look like? Stay tuned, as more railway enhancements are coming to Fredericksburg in a few years. So … what's in a Train Station? Here: great food, charming ambiance, and an iconic gateway to our historic City. Jon Gerlach is a candidate for an AtLarge seat on City Council in the next local election. An attorney and retired archaeologist, he serves on the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg. 1927 photo courtesy HFFI, color photo by Jon Gerlach

History in Our Backyard chancellor home site: crossroads of history By Sarah kay Bierle Longworth Pound Chancellor-lived there with her children and enslaved servants. This crossroads location, called Chancellorsville, became the backdrop for dramatic scenes for both Union and Confederate General Robert E. Lee (right) led the Confederate Army of commanders during Northern Virginia and General Joseph Hooker commanded the the battle on May 1Union Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Chancellorsville, 4, 1863. May 1-4 4, 1863. When Union Driving through Spotsylvania troops reached the Chancellor house, after County can seem like driving through a crossing the river and heading south, they history book. At the intersection of Route encountered the women and children.

Artist Edwin Forbes sketched this scene of the battle around the Chancellor Home in May 1863. (Library of Congress) 3 with Ely's Ford Road and Old Plank Road, the pieces of a particular chapter of Civil War history still remain. In spring 1863, five roads converged at the location, and a large brick structure stood nearby. The Chancellor Family had owned the building for decades, sometimes using it as an inn. During the Civil War, a widow-Mrs. Fannie

According to fourteen-year-old Sue Chancellor, "they said that Chancellorsville was to be General Hooker's headquarters and that we must all go into one room in the back of the house and stay. . ." The civilians sheltered in basement as fighting raged closer and the surgeons transformed the home into a

field hospital. old Hero passed through, the line greeted Meanwhile, Union General Joseph him with tremendous cheers." Though Lee Hooker waited within the walls, trying to and his army still faced another day of direct the battle and taken off guard on battle, it marked a moment of high May 2 when Confederate General triumph-perhaps the finest in Lee's "Stonewall" Jackson's corps delivered a military career. surprise flank attack, driving thousands of Today, the site of the Chancellor Federal soldiers back toward the House rests within the boundaries of Fredericksburg-S Spotsylvania National crossroads. The following day the Military Park, which also includes Confederates continued their attacks, and General Hooker came under fire. A Chancellorsville battlefield. Most of the cannonball hit one of the house's pillars, toppling it on top of the commander's head and knocking him s e n s e l e s s , causing a rumor to spread that he was dead. Though Hooker survived, his injury occurred at a crucial moment in the Chancellor House Ruins Outlines of the Chancellor house battle and foundations, preserved by the National Park Service resulted in a lack of direction for his troops. Shortly after Hooker's wounding, the Chancellor house caught fire. Union officers hurried the civilians out of the basement and to safety several miles away. Sue Chancellor later remembered: "The woods around the house were a sheet of fire; the air was filled with shot and shell. . . the men were amass with confusion, moaning, cursing, and praying." As the Union army retreated, the victorious Confederates swarmed into the crossroads. General Robert E. Lee rode through the clearing, and according to a lieutenant from Georgia, "the troops opened to the right and left, and as the

original home burned during the 1863 battle, but a bricked outline of the original foundations marks the site. The house and crossroads served as the backdrop for key moments during the Battle of Chancellorsville: civilians affected by war, General Hooker and his challenges at headquarters, and General Lee's moment of triumph. Sarah Kay Bierle serves on staff at Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. When not at work preserving historical sites, she is often exploring archives or hiking.

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Amid the turmoil caused by the 19 pandemic where we are current COVID-1 asked to limit exposure to others outside the home, I thought it worth revisiting an article I wrote years ago. I hope you dedicate some time away from the crisis to focus on capturing your family history. Regrettably, I know very little about my family. My father was born in Germany and came through Ellis Island in 1922 when he was eight. Having grown up in the Great Depression, my parents wanted to leave my sister and me what little money they had rather than spend it to improve their quality of life. A more priceless gift would have been passing on our family history and their life stories. I didn't realize the importance of collecting family history until after my parents, aunts, and uncles all died. Now, I must rely on what my sister and cousins learned about our family. Genealogy can only go so far. It can help you learn about your ethnicity and distant relatives, but only by talking to your elder loved ones can you learn personal things about how your family lived. Every person has a story to tell and, if not captured, it will be lost once they die. One of many rewards of owning an eldercare company is stated in our mission statement: "To enhance the lives of our clients and their families". One way to do this is to help our clients reminisce about their lives. I'll never forget how grateful the son of one of our clients was when, after his father's death, our caregiver gave him a notebook she kept of his father's stories that she captured over many months. He later told us he learned things from that notebook he never knew about his father and family. Large bodies of research found that telling stories about one's life


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through a more formal practice, known as life reviews, has many benefits for seniors. Going through the process of reviewing one's life can: improve self-esteem, decrease or prevent depression, improve cognitive function, socially engage people who have dementia, and may reduce chronic pain. Hospitals, hospices, and other settings for those very ill or close to death are using life reviews as dignity or reminiscence therapy to help bring closure to lives. For those who want some assistance, the website may be of interest and help by providing a template and online thought provoking questions. Or, to download a list of questions, go to ions.pdf. As you self-isolate and can no longer watch current sporting events, you may be able to have time to discuss your family history. Capture some stories, happy or sad, funny or serious. Take time to write them down, or better yet, video or voice record them as they are told. Attach names and dates to all those pictures in boxes. My wife had success with scanning photos, uploading them to the website, and creating a bound book for our children to cherish. Help your loved ones create a permanent historical record about their lives as well as pass on their wisdom and values to future generations who will gratefully say, as Bob Hope famously captured, "Thanks for the Memories". Karl Karch is a Gerontologist and local franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed home care organization providing personal care, companionship and home helper services in the Fredericksburg and Culpeper region.

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"The General's Advisor" As we continue our journey in understanding and working with the meridians (energy pathways) of the body, April brings us to the Gall Bladder Meridian (GB). The Gall Bladder organ stores and concentrates the bile from the liver and helps with digestion and metabolism of fats and oils. Working with the lymphatic system, it helps to clear toxins from the muscular system, and balancing this meridian can help to strengthen the muscles and tendons. GB is most active between 11 pm and 1 am, so insomnia or waking in the middle of the night could possibly be associated with an imbalance in this meridian. GB runs from the eyes, along the side of the head, down the side of the neck, through the shoulders, down the sides of the ribs to the hips, through the knees and ankles and ends at the fourth toe. Because of its path, headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder tension, hip and knee pain, along with ankle and foot pain could all be related to a possible imbalance in GB. Paired with the Liver Meridian, GB makes up half of the Wood Element, and GB is Liver's right-hand man. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Liver (LV) is "The General," and GB is "The General's Advisor," implementing Liver's plans, making judgments and important decisions, and together helping to regulate blood, digestion, and emotion. In TCM, the Gall Bladder governs daring and decisiveness, and also provides us with courage and initiative. A balanced GB helps us to make just decisions and show mercy and kindness to others. When it is out of balance, we display judgmental behavior and can feel rage toward whatever crosses our path. We can also be indecisive and easily discouraged. Luckily, there are many ways to work with GB. To calm the stress response of anger and frustration, simply place the fingers of both hands on your forehead above your eyes and put your thumbs on the points outside of your eyes about a half an inch from where your lids meet. Hold with a light touch for as long as you want and take some deep breaths. You can also hold the area behind your knees to calm Gall Bladder and balance it a little more.

Working with points on a meridian called the Source Points, sends energy directly to the organ itself. Working with GB's Source Point (GB 40) can also help the joints. Massage and hold this point located on both feet near the outer ankle (see diagram). Working with the GB Neurolymphatic Reflex Points can help balance the meridian and the organ by removing toxins. With deep pressure, rub down the center of the chest (see diagram). GB's path ends at the fourth toe, by simply massaging and rubbing that toe on both feet, you can help to balance Gall Bladder Meridian. "The Blow Out" helps to release emotional toxins and can help you let go of built up anger and frustration associated with both LV and GB. To begin, bring your arms to either side of your body and make fists, imagining that all your frustrations and negative feelings are in your hands. On an inhale, bring your arms above your head, and on an exhale, bring them down quickly and open your fists, using the "shhh" sound. Repeat three times and on the last movement, bring your hands down slowly and deliberately and let it all go. For more ways to balance Gall Bladder and all of the energies in the body for emotional and physical well-being and resilience, visit Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner

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Emancipated Patients covid 19 By Patrick Neustatter, MD I hope by the time this is published we'll be asking "do you remember the corona virus scare." And the Dow and my portfolio will have got over their illness. But I cannot resist putting in my two cents on that enigmatic SARS-C CoV-2 2 that causes COVID-1 19. With its exotic Oriental origins it appears to be a mutation of a virus that usually only infects animals. Starting in bats and transferred to humans via pangolins (an armadillo-anteater mix whose scales are claimed medicinal). Previous mutations have caused more serious epidemics like SARS and MERS. But some human infections are trivial - a proportion of colds are caused by a corona virus. Perspective Eighty per cent of cases of COVID-19 are very mild or undetected though it is very mean of it to come and confuse us during cold/flu/allergy season. The prevalence and deaths to date are trivial by comparison however. US yearly estimate are of 500 million colds/upper respiratory infections leading to 2 million hospitalizations. And there are 4.25 million deaths a year worldwide from all respiratory infections. Trouble is we're all waiting for the big one and picturing another Spanish flu with its 50 million deaths. We have weathered multiple lesser epidemics though (SARS, MERS, Polio, Swine flu, AIDS, not to mention the yearly commonor-garden flu) and somehow survived.

mucosa, the virus injects it's nasty little package of RNA that coopts the protein production of your cells into making zillions of reproductions of itself - which you then cough and sneeze over your buddies, if they're within 6 feet or so. So distancing makes sense, especially as the "virus particles degrade in a matter of minutes or hours outside the living host" reports the Washington Post, so cleaning is not as important (if you do the CDC recommends 1/3 cup of bleach in a gallon of water). There is no effective antiviral medicine and no immunization as yet though our president seems to be pulling out all the stops (ask the Germans). So we rely on bodily defenses. Either "humoral", where your immune system produces specific antibodies - but this takes time. Or "cell mediated" involving a host of formidable sounding fast acting warriors like leukocytes Tlymphocytes, natural killer cells, antiviral macrophages and cytokines. Incidentally, fever also reduces the replication of most viruses reports the NIH. The vigor of your immunity depends on germs exposed to over a lifetime, and your general state of health. More grist to the mill of the blowhards who are always telling us to exercise, eat right, get enough sleep. Some say adequate vitamin D levels are important oh, and don't stress. Now there's a joke.

Avoidance and Defenses It is not possible to have overlooked the disruption caused by everyone trying to keep away from each other and safe. Unitarian tele-worshiping. Email from Pohanka telling me they're cleaning their waiting room. Shortages of not just protective equipment, but everything (having toilet paper can make you very popular). Anxiety over shortage of mice - to test vaccines on. Sales of Corona beer have dropped 25 per cent.

My take is that COVID-19 is not such a serious illness, and most of the suffering is going to come from the vigorous precautions we're implementing and the fretting about how bad it might be.

You've probably seen pictures of SARS-CoV-2 with it's "crown" (hence the name) of protein spikes projecting from the fatty envelope - a feature that provides vulnerability as good old fashioned soap breaks it down.

It may be a whole different picture in a couple of weeks after Front Porch goes to press.

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But I do concede that we don't have a good handle on how contagious; how dangerous and how prevalent it is. In large part because the ability to test for it has been so limited.

Patrick Neustatter is the Medical Director of the Moss Free Clinic. author of "Managing Your Doctor, The Smart Patient's Guide to Getting Effective, Affordable Healthcare", at Amazon

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Sophia Street Throwdown Annual event Returns in june by trista chapman For the fourth year in a row, on the second Saturday in June, Sophia Street in downtown Fredericksburg is the location of a celebration of ceramic art. The date this year is June 13th. Over 20 exhibitors will be set up to display and sell their pottery. In addition to being able to purchase the work of these artists, there will be demonstrations in wheel throwing as well as a tent set up with pottery wheels

Visual Sculpture by Debra Balestreri for the public to participate in a hands-on experience with clay and throwing on the wheel. There will be experienced helpers to guide and teach anyone who is interested in trying this. There will be live music by "The Acoustic Onion", , refreshments and event T-shirts for sale. . Front Porch Magazine will be featuring potters in the May and June issues that will be exhibiting at the Throwdown with a short biography and photos of their work. Debra Balestreri (above) graduated from UMW with a BA in Studio Art and a teaching certificate in 2003, but

who she worked with in the early years, and like many artists, she wants to

not long after she returned to to school for a three year graduate program and MFA in Ceramic Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is currently both the Director of Visual Arts Education at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, and adjunct professor at UMW. "For me it will always be about sculpture," says Debra. Her goal is to recreate exact replicas of human forms. Her original work used wood and metal, but clay allows her unique opportunities to follow those dreams. Her Corgi Clay brand pottery (she has three Corgis) and Balestreri Studio allows her to produce

Cheese & Butter Dish by Misha Sanborn both traditional pottery and fine art sculpture. Debra is quick to recognize local Fredericksburg potters such as Neal Reed

“Beaked Pitcher”, Christina Bendo continue that tradition of mentoring and teaching new students. Christina Bendo (top right) grew up in Lucketts, Virginia near Leesburg. She and her parents enjoyed working in their large garden, so Christina sees a direct connection to the red clay soil of her

youth, and the pottery she creates today. After graduating from UMW she began working for Trista Chapman at Sophia Street Studios. During this time she became an artist in residence at Liberty Town Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg. She credits both Trista and Dan Finnegan

for their influence and guidance. Having spent much of her childhood outdoors gardening and hiking, her main inspiration is the natural world around her. Her love of historical pottery also influences her work. While she has traveled up and down the East Coast working a various art centers, her studio is now in Waynesville, North Carolina. Misha Sanborn (bottom) fell in love with pottery when she took a basic ceramics course in her senior year at UMW. After graduation she began working for Dan Finnegan at Back Door Pottery. It was here that she learned the ins and outs of creating a line of traditional and functional pottery. She later became an artist in residence at Liberty Town Arts Workshop. Working with Dan Finnegan had a significant influence on her work. She finds her inspiration in nature, especially leaves. Misha wants her work to be both beautiful and functional. Nothing pleases her more than when people tell her they use her pottery in their lives. She calls it "everyday art". The love of it keeps her coming back to it. It's you and the clay, and you have to put in an extraordinary amount of time to be a successful artist. Her work speaks for itself. See these artists along with 21 other potters at the Fourth Annual Sophia Street Pottery Throwdown on June 13, 2020 10 to 5 in front of Sophia Street Studios. Trista Chapman is the owner of Sophia Street Studios & is a nationally recognized potter, known for her fanciful colors & designs on her pottery

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The 69th Annual Fredericksburg Fine Arts Show and Sale included oil paints, watercolors, acrylic paints, drawings, photography, 3-D sculpture, and mixed media. There was also a category for the novice artist. More than 80 artists exhibited at the show which included over 380 pieces for sale to the public. Artists also competed for prizes including Best in Show and first, second, and third place in each category. The judge for this year's event was Ella Dorsey. Ella currently serves on the Board at the FCCA as their Grants & Fundraising Chair. Ms. Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interrelated Media and a Master of Science in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Fine Arts & Design. Her work includes studies of glassblowing, stained glass work, welding, weaving, and ceramics. Before moving to Fredericksburg, she was an art gallery manager and visual arts teacher in Boston, Massachusetts. Among the winners at the Fine Arts Show were the Grand Prize Winner King for Best in show, Lizabeth Castellano-K for her water color titled "Guglielmo Grapes," and two special award winners, Kim Carr for her drawing "Serendipity" and Janet Gaumer whose work "Floral Delivery" was the winner in the novice category. There were over 24 other awards and honorable mentions presented to artists. Proceeds from this year's show benefited the Hazelwild Farm Therapeutic Riding Program as well as Parks and Recreation programs. The Hazelwild Farm's Therapeutic Riding Program offers specialized horseback riding lessons for riders with varying degrees of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Woman's Club of The Fredericksburg, a co-sponsor of the event, is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs and the Virginia

Federation of Women's Club. The General Federation of Women's Clubs was founded in 1890 and over the years has been involved in numerous projects. The organization has been credited with beginning 75% of the libraries in the United States. The GFWC has a history of supporting women and children as well as civic and environmental issues. The Fredericksburg Club was organized in 1931. Over the ensuing years the club contributed to projects and programs in the FXBG area. and has been a co-sponsor of the Annual Art Show since 1972. Music for the opening evening was provided by Ray Dempsey, pianist, and Sue Henderson, vocalist. Anyone wishing more information regarding the 2021 show, may contact Kimberly Herbert at FXBG Parks & Recr. For more information about the Fredericksburg Woman's Club, visit Madalin Bickel is a local writer & member of the Woman's Club FXBG

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Disaster on the Potomac The Black Diamond Incident By Karen Stone 300 Union soldiers. The collision crushed Massachusetts’ bow above the water line, leaving a hole “large enough to take in five or six men abreast” but she stayed afloat. The captain directed the men to congregate on the stern in order to raise the damaged bow out of the water. But when Black Diamond unexpectedly swung alongside, he ordered his men to jump onto her, not realizing how severely she was damaged. Some complied and died; some disobeyed and were saved.

On Saturday, April 22, 1865 a coal barge steamed down the Potomac River to join the Potomac Flotilla in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, who had killed President Abraham Lincoln the previous weekend. The Federal government knew that Southern Maryland was friendly towards Booth and the South, so many troops were sent into the area. Additional boats joined the Flotilla as well, which had been on the Potomac since the early days of the war, keeping it open for Union traffic. What no one knew was that Booth was already in Virginia, making his way through Caroline County hoping to find his way to Richmond. The Black Diamond’s crew settled in for the night off the shores of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and Virginia’s Northern Neck. Shortly after midnight they were awakened by a loud crash when they were fatally struck midship by a much larger vessel. The Massachusetts had been travelling downriver from Washington, DC carrying

Many of the survivors were forced to remain in the water for three or more hours, clinging to any bit of debris they could find and

listening to the cries for help coming from others. One recalled trying to pull someone from the water with a rope, but “he was so benumbed that he could not catch hold of the line.” Another, among the first to jump from Massachusetts onto the Black Diamond, quickly realized he had “jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.” He dashed toward the stern, grabbing a stepladder off the hurricane deck, hoping it would help keep him afloat once he went overboard. Seeing “that the river was not deep enough to engulf the masts and all, [he] threw down the ladder, grabbed one of the guyropes and began climbing up toward the mast,” and so he survived. About 150 men jumped, with 87 drowning. Of those who perished, the names of only 31 are known. Some had their bodies recovered and sent home for proper burial, but some still rest on the bottom of the Potomac River along with the Black Diamond which was never raised. Little was ever reported about this incident in the newspapers of the time. John Wilkes Booth was caught and killed on April 26th and the steamer Sultana exploded in the Mississippi River killing hundreds of soldiers on April 27th, so this incident on the Potomac River was given just a small paragraph or two and then forgotten. (see above)

Civil War Event at St. Clement’s Museum in nearby St. Mary’s County, MD, on April 25-26, 2020 from 10AM to 5PM each day. A ceremony will take place on April 26 at 2PM to commemorate the individuals lost that day. or 301-769-2222 for more info.”

Karen Stone is the Museum Division Manager for St. Mary’s County Maryland, where this incident took place. She completed her undergraduate work at Gettysburg College and obtained her master’s degree at Penn State University. Stone lives with her husband in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

You can learn more about the story of the Black Diamond at The Black Diamond Disaster Weekend - An American

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Companions Spring into a new best friend by Gerri Reid dvm

Many of us are happy to finally see that Spring is here. Flowers bloomed pretty early this year in lieu of the lack of winter. The time has come for us to venture outside and start to enjoy the outdoors activities. Time for vacations and family getaways. But what about getting a new pet? Maybe you or your family is thinking that a four-legged addition to the house is needed. When it comes to finding a Fur-ever pet, most people don't know where to start! Here is a guideline and recommendations to help you decide on a new pet. The first decision to make when considering a new pet is to think about your living situation. This may include picking a breed that is suitable for your living conditions. No need to pick a Great Dane if you live in an apartment. Choosing the right breed based on your home is important. Some dogs need more room or need a large area to run/exercise. Being mindful of your living arrangements will help you pick the appropriate breed. Next, I recommend to consider your lifestyle as well. For example, are you active? Do you like running? Do you enjoy hikes? This may determine whether you get a Labrador Retriever vs. Chihuahua. It is essential for you to pick a breed that matches your activity level. Some pets need more exercise than others. Many people don't think about this as a factor. Being able to commit to the dog also means being able to meet all of its needs. Remember to think about the maintenance/care of the breed you choose. Many breeds such as a Shih Tzu or a Cocker Spaniel need to be groomed on a monthly basis. Grooming may also include weekly brushing as some breeds have hair that can tangle easily. Owning a dog that is high maintenance may not be for everyone. So, choose your breed


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wisely! To be groomed or not to be groomed! That is the Question! Temperament is another important factor to choosing a dog. Some breeds are considered more outgoing and friendly while others are more prone to display protective behaviors. The breed a family chooses may depend on your needs. If you are looking for a guard dog or protective animal, a breed such as a German Shepherd may be suitable. If, on the other hand, if you are interested in a family pet, more easygoing breeds are a better choice. Temperament characteristics to consider include protectiveness, energy/activity level, intelligence, loyalty, sensitivity, and compatibility with other animals. If you have small children, choosing a small breed such as a Chihuahua may not be appropriate. Some breeds are less tolerating of smaller children. Large breeds such as a Golden Retriever may be the perfect fit for your family. When it comes to finding a new companion for your family or yourself, it can be difficult. Taking the time to figure out your needs and lifestyle can guide you to choosing the right breed. So, where can you find a new dog? Your local Animal Shelter or SPCA has an array of dogs available for adoption. Visit these facilities and take your time until your find the right dog. It may seem a bit overwhelming choosing a dog but I do know what is easy is opening your heart and your home to a wet-nosed, tailwagging, four-legged, furry bundle of joy and giving them a Fur-ever home! Happy Hunting! Dr. Gerri S. Reid is the Owner/Veterinarian of Reid Mobile Veterinary Services. 540-623-3029; ; facebook eVetServices Photo of Moose by Reid Mobile Services

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Astrology & You THE POETRY MAN

psychological astrology By Dianne Bachman

By Frank Fratoe

take the existence of psychology into account, above all the psychology of the personality and of the unconscious."

A Resurgence The lone silkwood-tree appeared to have died unlike greenery near it whose foliage sprouted across their branches to redirect the warmth hours bestowed on them as they had always done. But the silkwood slept defying frozen nights until April intervened and endurance exploded to make a white-cover of long silken flowers that divulge its name brought back from death. Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city.he loves.

When I was a child, my Aunt Thelma would wait for the Scranton Times-T Tribune to check out Sydney Omar's daily horoscope column. She would sip her coffee and read the daily prediction for whoever was sitting around the kitchen table. I was always polite, but never really thought he was very accurate. Looking back though, I guess her enthusiasm for things like astrology planted a seed within my curious mind. Fast forward many decades and I am devoted to promoting another type of astrology, psychological astrology, as a vehicle for growth and change. I have the feeling that if more people really understood astrology, they could benefit greatly from a consultation. Psychological astrology is not predictive nor is it a psychic art. It is, however, a wonderful tool to support a deeper understanding of the self, especially if incorporated as a tool in psychotherapy. Here is what Carl Jung had to say about the matter: "Obviously astrology has much to offer psychology, but what the latter can offer its elder sister is less evident. So far as I judge, it would seem to me advantageous for astrology to

So, what can modern psychology learn from astrology? I do believe that the natal chart (given an accurate date and time of birth) can act as a map for our greatest potential. From childhood on through our adult years, we can look at factors influencing our journey, depending on the planets and the way they communicate with each other. Imagine the zodiac wheel is a big conference table. When we are born, the planets are sitting in assigned seats and each seating position designates an integral part of us. As time passes, the planets move around the table, each trying out the comfort or goodness-of-fit of each other's seats and roles. Their perspectives and behaviors change, depending on their position around the table. We grow older and our inner dynamics evolve with the time and culture. When I look at a client's natal chart, I do not automatically assume my deductions are correct, but it sure gives me a good starting point of questions to ask and where to look with the client about healing. The process is similar to Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) or parts work. We begin to look at presenting issues and what planets or tensions in the chart might be worked with. So, for instance, if I am feeling impulsive, angry, or competitive in relationships and my Mars is in Libra, I might be looking at how to express my Mars in a more constructive way. I can then focus on Mars, dialog with my Mars, write about my Mars, do artwork to express my Mars and ultimately own and understand the process of my issue from a deep place of self-awareness.

Of course, this approach does not work for everyone, but I encourage the reader to be curious and investigate further before discounting the potential of astrology to assist in the healing process. There are some pioneers out there who have written about psychological astrology, and here are a few: Noel Tyl, Richard Tarnas, Glen Perry, and Liz Greene. If you lean more toward a belief in reincarnation as a vital part of the the soul's journey, Steven Forrest and Jeffrey Wolf Green should be on top of the list. As I am writing this column, it is still mid-March and our entire world seems to be working very hard to get ahead of the Coronavirus. I would like to end here more as a Social Worker, therapist, and a neighbor. There is much worry and fear, much uncertainty surrounding us. Please know that in times like these it is important to take good care of our mind, body and spirit. Most of us know to eat as healthy as possible, exercise, hydrate, wash hands, avoid exposure to illness. But in the wee hours of the night or at times when our resolve wanes, we need tools. I highly recommend everyone consider Emotional looking into tapping (EFT-E Freedom Technique). There is a myriad of YouTube videos on the topic and it is one of the best self-help practices I have found . Nick Ortner has even developed an app called "The Tapping Solution" and it contains all you need to get started. It would be too lengthy to describe here but tapping can really help with strong emotion like anxiety and fear. It can also help with boosting the immune system and increasing positive emotions, it is easy, and certainly a blessing in these unsettled times. Diane Bachman is a psychotherapist & astroger practicing in FXBG. She can be reached at dbachmanlcsw@gmail

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Lynn Bailey

Fredericksburg Sketches A visual Celebration of our community

April Cover Artist My name is Lynn Bailey. I am the mother of 4 and grandmother to 5. I have been sketching and painting, off and on, for more than 50 years.

By Casey Alan Shaw

Now retired, I am able to devote most of my time to my art. Having painted landscapes and seascapes, mostly in oil, a couple of years ago I stumbled upon Acrylic pouring. I really wasn't interested but decided to give it a look. WOW !!! I was hooked. The number of techniques, the consistency of the paint, how much paint for this size canvas, all play an integral part in the development of your painting. I still do animal portraits, land and seascapes, but my primary technique is acrylic pouring, usually with some embellishment. I am a new member of the Art First Gallery and exceptionally proud to be among such talented artists. For everyone to have the chance to see the world in a different perspective through my art. ~Lynn

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SKETCH #64: Kybecca This sketch is probably quite different from others you've seen me exhibit in this column. It was originally part of a large collection of stark black and white graphics I created of downtown Fredericksburg buildings. My artistic inspiration for the series was an illustrator named Jim Flora who designed some of my favorite 1940s and 50s record album covers, though his work is actually quite colorful. I've included it this month as a tribute to Kybecca upon its closing. Even though the 15-year old wine bar and restaurant was as popular as ever, the owners decided to pursue some new challenges. They brought a unique vision to the local restaurant scene and they were a great supporter of the arts. In fact, I got my first introduction into the Fredericksburg art scene not long after I moved to the 'Burg when I saw a Bill Harris solo show at Kybecca. We'll miss it. Best of luck to Rebecca and Matt! .Casey Alan Shaw is a local artist. He teaches art at James Madison University and Germanna Community College and exhibits his original artwork and limited-edition prints at Art First Gallery and at

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Shop Local Welcome to Downtown Fredericksburg’s Main Street District

DOWNTOWNERS freddy donuts by Georgia Strentz

Hold on Fredericksburg, a new Fredericksburg icon is emerging,like our famous Carl's Ice Cream, or Goolrick's. A military kid raised in the family business in Montross, and Port Royal, Virginia. Ed Grimes and his family, (Ed’s sisters Emily, Oliva, Dee & parents) have now opened Freddy Donuts , with a huge

smile and his Grandma 's secret do nut recipe! Come in and visit for fun and yum! Ed is always looking for unusual names for his creative do nuts! Suggest some names when you visit. Ed loves donuts, but also animals and gardening. He takes reptiles (boas ,hissing roaches, turtles) to schools and

kids parties,so he can teach them to respect these creatures.( Ed has a passion for the outdoors, especially the historic Northern Neck where he was raised. He praises the people who live there, many of whom have the same last names as our founding fathers. “The beauty of The Neck,' is captivating, with the rivers and wildlife so natural and unpolluted,where the beauty is captivating, but jobs are not bountiful.”. . What impresses Ed about Fredericksburg, is “how everyone knows everyone and they treat everyone with respect!” The base for Ed's donuts is vegan. Freddy's has the largest selection of vegan donuts in our area.

Freddy employees do not have to adhere to a specific dress code, which can lead to an interesting workplace, including beautiful jewelry and piercing, which might overlap into donut names! Ed graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Montross, and attended Community College. Get your best sneakers on, pick up a few donuts at Freddy's, and call out to Baily if you see a freckled beagle in the back basket of a three wheeled might have found,our "Gal about Town" and her best bike buddy! Bailey is an expert donut taster, and can recommend more than a few favorites!!!! Freddy Donut's On the corner of William St & Kenmore, across from Merryman's 540-3 368-5 5500 fb@fredydonuts

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