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history’s stories: hobo nickel what’s in a porch?.....rising sun tavern


History in our backyard: generals bartlett & battles

a family affair @ c-street


mental health: signs of eating disorders


it’s all energy: making space

brown riggins little free library


emancipated patients: covid recovery


biz bits.....don’t forget your facebook

tronja local artist ascending


art in the ’burg ...galleries in April


bowling green scene a happening hamlet


Companions spring into health


astrology & you poetryman: a vantage point


fredericksburg sketches raai annual plant sale


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on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages


spring is in the air .... summer fun is calling


everything greens: more is less


In the Garden: thoughts from the garden


growing & crawling....lady bugs


...And more!


i have a friend: walking with a friend


tidbits...small bites of local news


season’s bounty: use up your easter eggs

11 giving day @umw


talk beer: guinness world record

27 metal dreams.....patrick andrews


vino: kosher wines

31 spotlight on Downtown greens


Calendar of Events


Cover: “Garden in the ‘Burg” By David C. Kennedy

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A Family Affair At C-Street Salon & Spa by Anne Bennett Meanwhile, with an eye to retirement, John and Bev sold Shear Art and worked for others. You know what they say about best laid plans! In 2014 an opportunity presented itself, and they took over ownership of C Street Salon and Spa on Caroline Street in Fredericksburg. All grown up

under Bev's care. Just like that, the salon's staff had temporarily been cut in half; but this family is not one to be kept down. No strangers to hard work, they rolled up their sleeves and pulled together even harder to keep the family and the business strong. To their amazement, they soon realized they were not alone.


A GoFundMe has been set up to help them get back on their feet. To donate go to: www.gofundme.com/f/cstreet-salon-and-spa

Anne Bennett is a good friend and longtime client of the Augustine family.

From 1987 to 2002, John and Bev Augustine owned Sheer Art Beauty Salon on Garrisonville Road in North Stafford. They prided themselves on being professional and friendly within a relaxing atmosphere to give their clients the very best experience and beauty results. Their young daughters, Jan and Jill, enjoyed helping out around the salon after school. In fact, the girls enjoyed the atmosphere so much, they eventually studied and apprenticed for careers in cosmetology.

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of us to learn here… a lesson in hope, strength, family and community, a lesson about not giving up. Yes, we can reinvent the wheel and roll on, even in these difficult times.

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and professionals in their own rights, their daughters, Jan and Jill, joined them. With the varied talents of all four family members, the salon took off and soon provided a smorgasbord of top-of-the-line hair and spa services for women, men and children. But fate stepped in again. As with other small, service-centered businesses C Street Salon and Spa has struggled throughout the pandemic. Adding insult to injury, John recently had a critical health issue. A perfect storm of severe diabetes complications landed him in the hospital and then at home convalescing

For the Augustines it has never been just about business. Family and friends have always come first. Bev, John and their daughters are the kind of people who invariably think of others and support their community. It's not uncommon for them to go out of their way for a client or charity. What goes around comes around; and just as all of the Augustines have given much of their time and talents to serve the people and causes of their community, their village, as we say, has stepped up to support them. Together, they will get through this. There is a lesson for all

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ON THE PORCH Collette Caprara

Guest Porch Editorial

Contributing Writers & Artists Rita Allan Sally Cooney Anderson Laurie Black Dianne Bachman Amy Bayne Anne Bennett Sarah Kay Bierle Sonja Cantu Collette Caprara Tom Conway Janet Douberly Christina Ferber Frank Fratoe Bill Freehling Caroline Ford Jon Gerlach Lisa Gillen Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks Elizabeth Hunsinger David C. Kennedy Jill Laiacona Andy Lynn Ray Mikula Vanessa Moncure Amy Mock Pete Morelewicz Patrick Neustatter Brandi Parrish Suzanne Carr Rossi Gerri Reid Paula Raudenbush Rob Rudick Jane Shelhorse Mandy Smith 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.

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Here comes the sun! by collette caprara From the first wafts of warm air and the sight of brave daffodils breaking though the soil, Spring has been celebrated in the Burg with greater joy and gratitude than ever before. The necessary distancing from folks during the pandemic may have brought physical separation but, at the same time, it heightened our gratitude for our wonderful community and sparked a yearning to connect with one another again. The arrival of sun-filled days and the promise of so many more to come has brought a burst of unbridled enthusiasm among young and old alike. In the words of that classic 60s quartet, "Here comes the sun! It's been a long, cold, lonely winter. It feels like years since it's been here!" Now, truly, the "smiles are returning to the faces" and can they be seen everywhere. The Heritage Trail along the river features a virtual parade of delighted folks each day, including parents and grandparents smiling to their little ones in their strollers and joyful joggers and bikers, as well as spectrum of dogs and their peeps, couples walking hand-in-hand, and even beaming wheel-chair riders. Even the Rappahannock River itself seems to be celebrating as melted snows have flowed down from the mountains and the waters swirl and

messages Keep up the good work! terrific publication. Thanks, Brian LeCouteur


Thank you for the gift of Front Porch My Best Virginia as always. This is why Front Porch Magazine is more important than ever before to reach, teach, touch and enlighten our Community on the local beauty and gifts

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cascade over rocks in the full glow of the afternoon sun. At one time, I was so grateful for the river's constant but ever-changing beauty that I started to deliver a dramatic soliloquy, at which point nature itself told me to "just lighten up and just enjoy the scene." Seven ducks drifting with the current, all simultaneously dipped down for a fish and gave me a collective "bottoms up!" A hat-tip goes to the the Facebook crew of "On Fredericksburg VA Trails" who treat all comers to spectacular photos of the river views throughout the different seasons of the year and different times of day. These include a series of videos posted by Kevin Brown that features a panoply of photographs set to music. See https://youtu.be/2m3kJ2oPT7M The sense of the glee of the spring awakening is also witnessed in the families who gather at other sites of nature from Westmoreland State Park to Lake Anna. During one afternoon that we spent at the lake's shore, the ripples on the water sparkled like diamonds and the dads it beholds.Very important to use every means possible to showcase the best and brightest of who we are here in our beloved Fredericksburg Paulette Johnson Front Porch is a wonderful publication. Ray Mikula

Thanks for the article on Kickshaws Bakery....they are awesome! (Feb 2021) Barbara Miller

of picnicking families seemed to be celebrating the most-racing their kids down the hillside and tossing neonbright balls high in the air. A note of gratitude also goes to those who brought moments of joy throughout the darker, shorter, colder days of winter. These include a network of neighbors who offered random acts of kindness and the downtown merchants and artists who treated passers-by to window displays featuring the beauty, creativity, care, and humor that are the hallmarks of the Burg. This issue of the Front Porch, once again, conveys the unique quality of our wonderful, resilient community. May it bring joy to your heart as you read it cover-to-cover! Collette Caprara is a local writer and artist and a member of Brush Strokes Gallery

Hi, Virginia, Thanks so much for supporting the Food Co-op! We really enjoy Front Porch! A great addition to the ‘Burg Margaret Kertess

Front Porch What a great tribute to two lives well-lived. Thanks (Bill Sales & Bill Mercer (Feb. 2021) Anita Smith

Little Free Library hosted by Fxbg area museum countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, France, and Canada.

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is pleased to announce the installation and unveiling of a Little Free Library on the grounds of the museum. The Little Free Library is open for use by the public. Located by the FAM's William Street entrance, 907 Princess Anne St., this is the first Little Free Library in Fredericksburg's historic downtown. The Library is a great addition to the community and adds to the downtown atmosphere ; people spending time with their families and pets, enjoying dining at fabulous restaurants, shopping, attending the Farmer's market, enjoying our community parks, and many community activities, several of which are hosted at the FAM. These outdoor, publicly accessible, enclosed boxes hold books that have been left by others for someone else to enjoy. The spirit of the Little Free Library is "Take a book, leave a book," and you are free to do just that at the FAM's very own Little Free Library. We encourage everyone to stop by , donate a book and pick up one to take home and read. The library is open to everyone in our community and visitors to our area. Little Free Libraries are spread out across the United States and many different

Brown Riggins (left) , a volunteer at the museum,chose to install this Little Free Library as his senior project for Old Town Academy as a way of contributing to the local area. “I was looking for a way to give back to the community I enjoyed being a part of so much” he said. He felt the museum grounds would be the best place for people to stop by and choose a book. “Fredericksburg is the perfect city to have something like a Little Free Library at its center because of its family friendly aesthetic and large amount of foot traffic”. Brown has had a life -long interest in learning and history, and the FAMquickly became one of his favorite places in Fredericksburg. He began visiting the museum with his parents when he was three and started volunteering at thirteen. Brown has done everything from working the front desk and giving tours, to helping create displays and working many special events such as the grand opening of the museum in its current location, our Sounds of Summer concert series, Pizza Palooza , and the FAMFaire: KrisKringlmarkt during the holiday season . He also teaches classes at the museum to school students and has created several activity books to go along with various museum exhibits. Sara Poore, President and CEO, of the FAM, stated, "It has been such a wonderful experience watching Brown grow up at the museum. I never imaged that the small child in our summer camp program years ago would still be a part of our museum community as a young

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man! His connection to the museum and his love of history and learning is why we do what we do! Working with him on this project has been a joy and we are excited to add the Little Free Library to our offerings." "It was a wonderful learning experience working with the Architectural Review Board (ARB) to apply and get approval for the Little Free Library In addition, working with the City on placement and installation has been a great experience. This project's aim is to bring the Fredericksburg community closer in these trying times " Brown said. As he explained to the ARB, "Entire families spend time together in Old Town, and this will be a fun activity for them to choose and share books."

Brown collected donations for months to purchase the library and a large collection of books to fill it.Please feel free to bring one of your favorite books to share in the Little Library.! You can find out more about the Little Free Library initiative, locations of other Little Free Libraries around the globe, and what you can do to help promote literacy in your neighborhood at littlefreelibrary.org .

Caroline Ford is the FAM Development Assistant

For more information on the Little Free Library or other museum programming, please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org. The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. FAM serves a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. FAM facilitates an understanding and appreciation of how the acts of those who preceded us have shaped this community and the nation at large -p providing both lessons and inspiration as we work together to forge a greater community FAM is located at 907 Princess Anne St

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Spring Is In The Air ...


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The city is excited to announce the return of programs and facilities from Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events. Motts Run Reservoir is officially opening for the season on April 1st. This beautiful reservoir located off of River Road is the perfect place to get back to nature with many recreational opportunities. The marina operation gives visitors a chance to rent a jon boat, canoe or kayak for a couple of hours of fishing or paddling (sorry, no swimming no humans nor dogs can swim in the reservoir -and no paddle boards in the reservoir). For a nominal fee, you may also bring your non-motorized boat, canoe or kayak and launch at the reservoir. The reservoir is known for its great fishing, and those with fishing licenses can fish from piers, the shoreline or on boats. Hiking trails are numerous, with a variety of lengths and abilities. Mountain bike

trails offer riding experiences for beginner and intermediate riders. While you are at the reservoir, be sure to visit the Motts Nature Center, located by the boat house not far from the water's edge. Run by volunteers, the nature center is a great place for children to learn all about the animals, insects, birds, plants and trees that can be found at the park, region and state. Motts Reservoir is open Thursday Monday from 7AM - 7PM, April 1 - October 31. Doris The B u f f e t t Swimming Pool in Dixon Park will open for the season on Saturday, May 29th. Open 12noon - 7PM on weekends and 11am 6PM weeknights from June 1 - August 12, and then weekends only through Labor Day. Admission is $6 for children (3-17 years) and seniors (55+), $8 adults (Ages 1854) for nonresidents and free to City residents (those who live in 22401), thanks to a gracious gift from the Sunshine Lady Foundation

through the Community Foundation. This year, there will be COVID-19 protocols in place that coincide with the Governor's and Health Department guidelines. The pool feature a zero-depth entry area, lap lanes, slide and water features. There is also a concession stand on site for snacks and lunch. A variety of swim lessons will be offered this summer - and those interested are asked to register at the Parks, Recreation and Events office. Summer Camps are great ways for kids to be active this summer. Parks, Recreation and Events are offering more than 30 different camps, many with multiple sessions. Check out the variety!! There are sports camps, drama camps, STEM camps, special interest camps such as horseback riding or cooking, Camp Spirit and longtime favorite Summer Fun Festival (held at the DHCC this year). There is something for everyone from preschool through high school; even one camp for ADULTS! Registration for camps will be held on-line only this year; City residents (22401) may begin registering

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on Monday March 29th and non-residents may begin registration on April 5th. It is recommended to sign up for your household account before registering for camps to speed up the process. There are other fun, family friendly events and activities planned for the community in the upcoming months, like the Dog Easter Egg Hunt, Picnic in the Park concerts, Family Campout and much more. Go to our website Parks.FXBG.com and read though the program catalog, and find out ways that you and your family can "Get Out and Play" with us this summer. Jane Shelhorse is the Parks, Recreation & Events Director


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Everything Greens more is less By Brandi Parrish picture: when your online purchase is packaged, it's delicately wrapped in tape, bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts, and cardboard. Then, it is placed on a plane or truck using massive amounts of fossil fuels to arrive at your destination. Those singleuse wrapping materials are then placed in yet another plastic bag to be thrown away. One might say, "it's not realistic to stop doing things the way I'm doing them!" We say, we owe it to the Earth to explore the wide, wonderful, and often creative world of mindful reduction and zero waste living through zero waste options, reducing food waste, paper waste, recycling, and buying local.

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We've all heard the old adage, "less is more". With Earth Day swiftly approaching, it's time to consider this approach regarding our consumption. It seems so easy and relatively harmless to purchase a product from an online retailer as well as all your other shopping and avenues of life.

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What does a zero waste option look like? We've all done this: warmed a pasta dish with red sauce in the microwave until the plastic tupperware is downright unpalatable to reuse. However, by using glass dishes, you can reduce the amount of plastic going into a landfill. An easy one is purchasing reusable grocery totes for your shopping (you get bonus points if they are made from recycled materials)! Things such as cloth napkins versus paper towels, metal straws versus plastic, and reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones are all easily accomplished. Not to mention, they are ultimately less expensive! When it comes to food, did you know that you aren't required to put your produce in the little green bag before you buy it? It's time for us all to admit we're frustrated with those bags anyway. They're impossible to open with dry, winter fingers nor can one adequately shake them to open them while also holding your produce. You should wash your produce at home anyway! Opt also to purchase whole foods, not foods that have already been peeled or chopped even if it's convenient. They already come in their own, natural packaging. Leave it to humans to double/triple pack something to make more money and waste! Let's also talk about your food scraps! If you're not using your carrot tops, onion skins, and celery heels to make a delicious vegetable broth, you're missing out, but also, make sure they make it to the compost pile! Composting can work with ANY sort of outdoor space, yes, even apartments! There are a ton of options available and there are also plans online with which to build your own out of recyclable materials. Composting works best with organic materials such as egg shells, coffee grounds (which can add nitrogen to your soil), unwanted

newspaper (not The Front Porch, obviously), and any other food scraps. Fat, meat, attract critters so we don't advise people putting them in their compost but they will break down but will take longer to do so. There are even countertop compost cans to simplify your composting foray. We all learned about the importance of recycling. "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!" was drilled into us all in school, as the widespread impact of our consumption was already drastically apparent even two decades ago. After having reduced consumption and reused items, here are some easy recycling tips: Participate! Set up a recycling bin next to your actual trash can to make it even easier. Learn what can be recycled. Buy Local! This can never be underestimated. Things that are made locally ultimately reduce the amount of fossil fuels used and non-renewable resources being used. As always, the simplest response is to consider what you're purchasing before recycling becomes a necessity. Consumption plus mindfulness equals reduction! The more we can reduce our consumption, the less waste we'll incur. All of this is for the benefit of this big, beautiful, blue-green ball, hurtling through space that we're lucky enough to inhabit. Let's all experience a glorious Earth Day! We have it on good authority that there will be something exciting happening at Downtown Greens on Earth Day and we don't want any of our excellent Fredericksburg Friends or their families to miss out. Also, be on the lookout for a rare sighting, the Return of the Fairies! Fairies are making their way to Fredericksburg! We'll need to make sure they have lots of recycled, eco-friendly homes in order to return and reside in our fair state. Stay tuned for a fun family activity coming soon! As always, we welcome you all to come sit for a spell at the garden. Feel the warm, spring sun ease the ache of this bitter and lonely winter while you gather with friends (at a responsible distance in the fresh air). We'll see you soon. Brandi Parrish is the Digital Marketing Director for Metro Nova Creative, a dad joke connoisseur, pageant queen, mom to a future astronaut and Downtown Doll.

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In the Garden Thoughts from the garden By ray mikula houses block most UV rays from the sun. This can make your plants open themselves up to more light so they can survive the winter in your home. When you put them out in the spring they need to be gradually reintroduced to direct sunlight and full force UV radiation. I usually start mine on the front porch, back far enough to get only a couple of hours of sun per day, less for shade plants. After a couple of weeks I move them to get about four hours per day. After two weeks there, they should be hardened sufficiently to handle the sunshine. I love putting them around the patio. The hibiscus will bloom and attract butterflies, the palms start to produce more leaves and really look tropical making your yard look like a vacation hotspot.

One of my favorite months of the year is April. The Cherry Blossom Festival is still going, azalea gardens will be in full bloom, all the trees will begin to fill in their leaves and the suns rays warm the earth and my soul. Daffodils are joined by tulips in the garden and most perenni-als will begin to show up so you can plant new plants now without digging up past years work. There is a lot of work to do outside like spreading crabgrass preventer. This works by stop-ping the germination process of last years seeds. Remember that after you put this down in the lawn other seeds won't germinate for a few months either. So if you need to fill in bare spots with grass seed, skip the crabgrass preventer.


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Not only do the plants come out in full force in April, but the animals and insects are coming out as well. Lizards, skinks, rabbits, frogs, ants, chipmunks and bears will start to gear up for the warm season. Every spring, a bear comes through our yard and goes through the feeders, usually at night. If that happens in your neighborhood, you can take down the feeders every night for a couple of weeks until they move on. Our bear returns every fall so we have to repeat the process then. One of the best things I get to do is to begin taking all my house plants to there summer locations. Many will reside on the deck or the patio or porch to bring a tropical feel to the surround-ings. One thing to remember is the effect the sun has on them. The windows in modern

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Container gardening has become very popular in recent years with many growers developing plants that are very suitable for containers. During the Master Gardeners Spring Symposium this month, Bryce Lane will be talking about that very subject. Also Leslie Harris will be speak-ing of Year Round Gardening at the Front Door. If you are interested, it is being held virtually on April 10th from 9 to 3:30. You can find more info at MGACRA.org. Till next time, happy gardening.

RayMikula is a Master Gardener.He has several acres of garden space & has been gardening for 62 years. Before retiring Ray was a Earth Science & Astronomy Teacher

Growing & Crawling the ladybug scary looking babies By janet douberly

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Spring has sprung and ladybugs have started to emerge from their hibernation to engage in some very spring-like activities which leads to the subject of this month's article, baby ladybugs!

fearsome looking! Many describe the ladybug babies, or larva, as looking like a red and black alligator with spikes and this is a fairly apt description. Their squishy, elongated bodies and their vivid red and black markings often lead the average observer feeling as though this is a BAD BUG when quite the opposite is true. Ladybug larva are a much bigger help in the garden than their adult counterparts. Adult ladybugs eat around 25 aphids a day but it is in their larval stage that they eat almost 10 times that amount!

When one hears the term "baby ladybug" we tend to think of a smaller, much cuter, version of the adult ladybug but, in reality, baby ladybugs look nothing like their adult form and are actually pretty

After the scary, alligator, baby stage, or "larval stage" for short, the ladybug then enters its pupal stage which makes it appear as though it is wearing a wrinkly, spotted cloak. Once that cloak has finished its job, it is shed to reveal the glossy ladybug that we all know and love! Janet Douberly is Program Coordinator at Downtown Greens. If you'd like to learn more about things growing and crawling in Fredericksburg, check out our Facebook & Instagram.

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“I Have A Friend” Walking with a friend By Laurie Black

Springtime's welcome arrival brings warmer weather and a chance for friends Darby and Diana to visit outside. Though the pandemic has changed many things, it has not diminished our need for friendship, or the joy found in simple pleasures - like walking with a friend. Darby Waetjen has been a volunteer with the Senior Visitors Program for almost ten years. "I feel like it's something God wanted me to do," he says. "I am visiting with my 5th senior now. I spent most of my time with my first senior playing chess. He was the grandfather I never had. My fourth senior to visit was a close second. He and I got along very well; I would have loved to spend more time with him. Thanks to him, I was able to learn about Parkinson's disease through a book he recommended. Then I shared that book with [a family member] who has Parkinson's." In the past year, volunteering has looked quite different for Darby and all of


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the Senior Visitors Program volunteers. With seniors being especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, temporary changes were put in place to ensure senior safety. "It's different because of the pandemic," Darby explains. "[Volunteers are] limited to phone calls instead of visits in person." Being limited to phone calls or outdoor visits - weather permitting - presents an extra challenge when building friendships and fighting isolation. Despite the obstacles, Darby emphasizes that being a volunteer to seniors "is about listening to their stories and getting their minds focused on activity instead of the loneliness and depression." Diana moved to the area just before the pandemic started. "I wanted to make friends," Diana says. "I wanted to be active and get out and do things." Diana read about the Senior Visitors Program in Front Porch Fredericksburg and immediately wanted to join. With her first volunteer she enjoyed

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going to the library or sitting on a bench by the river watching people walk by. After the pandemic, she was matched with volunteer, Darby. Due to the pandemic and the winter weather, many of their visits have only been over the phone. Darby and Diana try to take advantage of warm sunny days when they can gather safely outside with plenty of social distance.

Hopefully, these friends will get to enjoy many more walks as the weather continues to warm, and hopefully, the isolation and frustration of the pandemic will soon be a distant memory for all of us.

"Darby is a real gentleman and I enjoy our time together," Diana says. "Having a volunteer gives me something to look forward to. I love to talk about our interests and walk along the river. When we walk, I like to pet all the dogs out walking. I also enjoyed meeting Darby's girlfriend. She and I both love sea creatures and animals."

The Senior Visitors Program is a free community service program of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. To learn more about how you can be a part of the Senior Visitors Program - as a senior or a volunteer - call the Senior Visitors Program at (540) 371-2 2704 or visit our website at mhafred.org. Also, on our website - find out how you can WALK for Mental Wellness to support all of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg's programs.

Darby agrees, "Diana loves animals! She also loves the water and to be in a pool or the ocean if she could. She would be a mermaid in another life!"

Laurie Black is the Senior Visitors Assistant Coordinator.

Giving Day Bring a little sunshine to a senior’s life! Too many seniors feel lonely and isolated.

#All together UMW on April 13

YOU can make a difference by volunteering to visit a senior in the Fredericksburg area.

By Elizabeth Hunsinger leadership, service, career and cultural programs. And this year's goal - 3,000 gifts to areas across the University during the 24-hour online event - emphasizes each donor's impact on the student experience.

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 mhafred.org or call 540-371-2704

There's no time like spring at the University of Mary Washington, and there's no day like Giving Day. Mary Wash Giving Day returns this year on Tuesday, April 13, and the University community near and far - alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends - is invited to join the celebration. This year's theme, #AllTogetherUMW, serves as a reminder of what can be accomplished when supporters join forces for a common purpose: to benefit students through funding for academic, athletic, arts,

Also known as "Mary Wash Day," the initiative has grown exponentially since its 2017 inception, and with 2020's event canceled amidst the growing pandemic, UMW's Annual Giving team is pulling out all the stops this year. Dynamic leaderboards, matching funds and social media challenges will add to the excitement as the day's progress is tracked live.

In addition to marking the calendar for April 13, the Mary Washington community is asked to help spread the word on social media by tagging their posts with #AllTogetherUMW and #MaryWashDay. In 2019, more than 300 Giving Day Ambassadors inspired more than 1,000 additional gifts by posting and sharing. Anyone can sign up as a Giving Day Ambassador, and receive access to a custom dashboard and toolkit, at givingday.umw.edu.

The University has benefited from strong private support for more than a century, and donors' gifts have provided an essential The Fund for Mary Washington allows University boost throughout the past year. As student leadership to secure adequate funding for areas across need grows and UMW campus, ensures UMW has the best faculty members adapts to a rapidly continuing the level of excellence that Mary changing world, Giving Washington alumni expect, and provides the resources Day gifts are more necessary for UMW students to succeed. valuable than ever. On the Mary Wash Giving Day website, on April 13, donors will be able to provide direct financial assistance to students through the General Elizabeth Hunsinger is a Development Scholarship Fund or the Technology Officer at UMW Assistance Fund, or support the University's most pressing needs through the Fund for Mary Washington. Gifts will strengthen diversity and inclusion initiatives, and bolster campus preservation, student life, and other areas that define the UMW difference.



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Spring Plant Sale Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc. Spring Plant sale at 750 Kings Highway starting on April 9th. Monday through Friday 12 to 5, Saturday 9 to NOON. The sale will run past mid-May. Additionally selling plants at 601 Lafayette Blvd. - the old Roxbury greenhouse! The sales will be open to walk-in customers with proper mask and distancing. This sale will start on April 5th. Hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4. The sale will run past mid-May. Program participants are adults with developmental disabilities.

Free Car Seat Checks Mary Washington Healthcare and the Fredericksburg Police Department Offering Free Car Seat Safety Checks Every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Fredericksburg Police Department located at 2200 Cowan Boulevard, Fredericksburg 22401. No appointment necessary and you do not have to be a resident of Fredericksburg to participate. Upon arrival at the station, stay in your vehicle and call the Fredericksburg Police Department's main line at 540.373.3122. To schedule an appointment on a different day or time, call Sergeant Lynch 540.654.5788.

Renaissance and Rendezvous Renaissance and Rendezvous stocks a unique blend of Renaissance-era products and authentic Native American food, spices and artwork. Visit the store at 916 Sophia St. in Downtown Fredericksburg, VA & the owners Tim and Todd Schwartz

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Operation Tulip Drop Bloomia, a King George Countybased company that is the largest East Coast supplier of tulips, plans to give away 150,000 tulip stems at an April 10 event at James Monroe High School in FXBG. "Tulip Drop 2.0" will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

IdeaSpace Open Central Rappahannock Regional Library's new IdeaSpace, located at 1616 Princess Anne St., Suite B, (part of the Canal Quarter Creative Maker District) is will be open 17 evening & weekend hours a week. The facility will include a sound booth for audio/video recording, drawing tablets, and 3D printers that you can use to make your ideas come to life Library staff will bring expertise in empowering technology exploration and learning to this new venture.

Freddy Donuts Features Mural Ever wonder the story behind the colorful mural on the Kenmore Avenue side of the Freddy Donuts building in Fredericksburg? Turns out it's the work of a famous Los Angeles-based graffiti muralist named Jules Muck. The mural features a snake wrapped around a strawberry-frosted donut with sprinkles (the manager of Freddy Donuts has an affinity for reptiles). Go check out this cool mural for yourself, and while you are there sample some of Freddy Donuts' tasty offerings!

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GARDEN CRESS SANDWICHES Garden cress is not watercress it's an herb related to mustard greens and watercress and shares their tangy, slightly bitter and peppery flavor. My grandmother used to cut and clean it, then blanch in several changes of boiling water and simmer with fat meat, S&P and an onion for several hours on the back of the stove, then serve with a vinegar cruet aside. I do like a bowl of cooked cress, if just for a memory, but really love the flavor garden cress in mixed salads tossed with a whole-grain mustard vinaigrette or especially added to sandwiches - more tang in the flavor profile. This is a favorite - use up your Easter eggs! Peel and chop six whole hard boiled eggs and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together scant ¼ c. mayonnaise, 1 T. whole grain mustard, ¼ tsp. dry mustard powder, ½ tsp. vinegar and finely chopped whole green spring onion or bunch of chives. Fold together with the eggs, adding more mayo by the teaspoonful if needed. Spread on dark bread, like pumpernickel, top with cress and enjoy! Sometimes I spread vegetable cream cheese on a tortilla, then cress and shredded carrots - roll and enjoy! OR have you ever heard of Taylor Pork Roll? Find it in the sausage/bacon aisle - it is a fine-textured pork sausage mixture which you slice and brown in a skillet, then serve hot as on an onion roll sandwich with scrambled eggs and some cress.

EASY SPANAKOPITA SIDE DISH This is great with lamb, think about your Easter dinner, or even as a stand-alone vegetarian dish. Cut, clean and coarsely chop about two pounds of fresh spinach, then blanch or steam - you should have about 4-6 cups cooked spinach. In medium bowl, beat together 3 large eggs, ¼ tsp. whole thyme, S&P. Stir in ½ c. very finely minced onion or spring onions, ¼ c. melted butter, 10 oz. crumbled feta cheese, 1 T. minced fresh parsley - then add spinach. Place mixture in greased 9in. square baking pan. Unroll defrosted phyllo dough (or use homemade - that would take another two columns to explain!!) and keep dough covered with linen towel while working with it, as it dries out so easily. (When you've finished

with this recipe, follow directions on box for saving and refreezing leftover phyllo.) Cut a stack of about 20 sheets to size, then begin layering them over the spinach mixture, brushing melted butter on each layer. Bake in preheated 350F oven 35-45 minutes until phyllo is golden brown and spinach mixture is bubbly and cooked through. The filling can also be used to make traditional small triangular appetizers which freeze very well, and are great to have on hand for appetizer emergencies.

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Talk Beer! Trio Brews Guinness World Record Opportunity by jill laiacona As children, Ray Parrish UMW '91 and his brother were obsessed with the Guinness Book of World Records, devouring the new, hardbound volume they unwrapped each Christmas morning. It was a lifelong dream, Parrish said, to see their own names among the recordholders.

Washington, reaching out to his alma mater, where he connected with another alum, Sarah Smith UMW '12. Now a visiting professor in the recently merged Department of Chemistry and Physics, Smith looped in junior biochemistry major Valerie Ebenki. The trio's quest? To determine the heat content of Maltese's Signal One 2.0 beer, a pineapple IPA infused with 500 Carolina Reaper chilies, the world's hottest pepper. The professor and student both said they came to Mary Washington for precisely these kinds of experiences not necessarily attempts at world records, but highimpact learning opportunities where faculty and students work closely on endeavors. "Being able to participate in real world research, proposed by an alum who is now working Parrish was amazed how quickly his idea turned into in the local community, a full-ffledged learning opportunity for is a fantastic UMW student Valerie Ebenki. opportunity," said Photo courtesy of Maltese Brewing Company. Ebenki, who's applying Fast-forward to last December, skills from Smith's analytical chemistry when Parrish, now co-owner of the courses - literature searches, data Maltese Brewing firefighter-founded collection, results interpretation - to this Company in Fredericksburg, decided to project. look up the world record for spiciest beer. Smith and Ebenki are When he found none, he contacted determining the concentration of Guinness - started in the early 1950s by capsaicin, a chemical that makes peppers Guinness Breweries - about establishing spicy and pungent, and its "twin sibling," one. dihydrocapsaicin. They're employing the That set off a chain reaction with Scoville Heat index, a unit of measurement Parrish, a former physics major at Mary that calculates chili heat. Working in the

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Jepson Science Center labs, Ebenki said they're using a ventilator hood and protective wear to guard against the highly irritant chemicals. Though the original Signal One was never analyzed, Parrish estimates the new 2.0 version is roughly 70 percent hotter than its predecessor. Aside from these experiments, beer itself is a "veritable chemical soup," he said. Maltese's head brewer When people think about chemistry, they often think of must balance sugar scientists in lab coats and goggles with smoking beakers as conversion, yeast they are portrayed on TV and movies. It really is much nutrition, acid utilization more than that," said Smith, shown right, explaining to "and many other Ebenki, a UMW student, how to extract capsaicin and chemical processes just dihydrocapsaicin from Maltese's Signal One 2.0 beer. to fill your pints and Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi growlers." Enrolled in record-seekers will have to wait several UMW's pre-medical track, Ebenki said this months for the results and, hopefully, an experience will be beneficial in her planned even greater boost in business. career as a family physician. "In my Despite the pandemic, this past research, I discovered that capsaicin is a year has been Maltese's most successful in compound in pain relievers for muscle its six-year history. Parrish credits the and joint creams that are prescribed to support of the local brewing community patients." and loyal customers, many of whom have Parrish said he's impressed, both already attempted the Signal One 2.0 with Ebenki's "thirst for knowledge and challenge: Down 10 ounces in 10 minutes. success" and how quickly Smith turned his Many have tried. Few have succeeded. simple request into a full-fledged learning Regardless of outcome, Parrish opportunity. plans to toast their efforts at the end of "It illustrates UMW's the spring semester. Ebenki doesn't drink commitment to teaching and guiding beer and has yet to sample the hot stuff, students into interesting, challenging but - win or lose - he promises to have an and experience-building ventures," said ice cold root beer waiting for her. Parrish, whose own professors encouraged him to pursue his passions, leading him to his current vocation. Jill Laiacona is the Media Manager, University Relations & Communications After they submitted their at UMW findings to Guinness in mid-March, the

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Saturday March 27, 2021, began the seven-day most sacred, and widely observed holiday of Passover (Pesah or Pesach) that commemorates the Israelites' liberation from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. Its name is derived from "passing over" of Jewish houses, where the firstborn were being slayed during the last of the ten plagues. The Seder is a family meal held on the first night of Passover. It is filled with rituals intended to remind all of the significance of the holiday. There are fourteen parts to the seder, all rich with symbolism. Wine is involved in three of the fourteen parts. First, during part one, wine is poured and blessed in honor of the holiday. The wine is drunk, and a second glass is poured. After part five, where the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the first Passover is recounted, the second glass of wine is blessed and drunk. And the third glass of wine is poured during part twelve, and once grace after the meal has been said, that glass of wine is drunk. Wines can be labelled Kosher or Kosher for Passover. Wines labelled Kosher for Passover specifically cannot be made using a yeast that does not grow on bread. Also, some common preservatives like potassium sorbate cannot be used as well as any grain, bread, and dough products. While you may intuitively think that these products would not be used in winemaking, a wheat flour paste has been traditionally used to seal the groove in the head (end) of the barrel, so this is a concern. All Kosher for Passover wines must be certified by a certification agency. Last month for our weekly tasting last weekend, we tasted chardonnay, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon from Recanati that are all Kosher for Passover, and still have a few more bottles in the shop. All the wines hail from the Galilee, in Israel.

The 2018 Recanati Chardonnay which is 100 percent Chardonnay, fermented in stainless steel tanks. Then half of the wine is aged in French oak barrels in contact with its lees (yeast cells that have finished their fermentation work) for six months, to add texture to the wine and preserve the flavors. This Chardonnay has a buttery texture with aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, white grapefruit, and oak spices. Pair this wine with rich fish like salmon or tuna, poultry, or a dish with a light cream sauce. Our next wine is the 2018 Recanati Merlot. The wine is 100 percent Merlot that was destemmed but not crushed, so that some whole grapes start some internal fermentation. This method of winemaking produces a wine with a more prominent, fruitier characteristic. Aromas and flavors of berries plums, cherries, spices, and gentle oak are found in this medium-bodied red wine. Meat dishes like roasted beef, lamb, or veal would be a great companion for this wine. The final Kosher for Passover wine is the 2019 Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon. Like the previous wine, this is made from 100 percent of the varietal, and again fermentation was started with Darker fruits are whole berries. experienced on this wine, with aromas and flavors of black currant, blackberries, blueberries, and black plums. This wine, too, will pair well with beef or lamb dishes, and perhaps even roasted poultry or duck. We hope you will enjoy these very familiar grape varieties, but from a different wineproducing region - Israel. Great wines for your holiday table. City Vino is located at 810 Caroline St. You can find owner Rita Allan on-site to provide answers to all your wine questions.

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CALEND april 2021... Celebrate our Earth! Together We Can Do So Much! Thursday, April 1 April Fools Day

First Friday, April 2

FCCA "Artist Choice", All-Media Regional Exhibit; Members Gallery, Bob Worthy, 813 Sophia St Brush Strokes Gallery, "Spring is Here", All Member Show, 824 Caroline Art First, "A Change of Season" features paintings by Karen Julihn, Opening Reception, First Friday 6p 824 Caroline St "Metal Dreams", Works by Patrick Andrews, Artful Dimensions Gallery, 922 Caroline Street, Thru May 2 James Ford - Live Music 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Adventure Brewing Eagle Village, 1113 Jefferson Davis Highway Live Music @Highmark Brewery, Ronnie Richards. 6-9p

Saturday, April 3

Scottish Society of Fredericksburg Celebrate Tartan Day 2021 11 a.m. -3 p.m., in front of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, 1020 Caroline St., in downtown. A display of Scottish items, members will answer questions and hand out brochures about the SSoF for those interested in joining the organization. The event is free!" FXBG Spring Beer Fest, 11-4p $, Frd Agricultural Fair Center craft brewers from all over the region sampling some of their award winning beers. Virginia Wineries and Distilleries sampling their award winning beverages as well. Live Music acts throughout the day!!! Gutterance, Wolf Legion, Under Broken Skies, Path To Exile and Grym live at The Recreation Center Come out and see some heavy bands doors open at 6pm and music begins at 7pm!

Sunday, April 4

Back by popular demand, PONSHOP owner Gabriel Pons will be hosting a Virtual Comic Book Class for kids ages 7+ Students will learn about the history of Heroic Storytelling, from Homer's Odyssey to Stan Lee's Spiderman and create new "Tales to Astonish"! 5-6:30p Virtual Classes held using the ZOOM App

Wednesday, April 7

Food Insecurity in Fredericksburg, 6-7 pm Online. Fredericksburg Food Co-op presents an important conversation with three local experts on the problem of hunger in our community. Email fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com for registration link. Finding Friends Preschool Playgroup , 1-2pm 212 Butler Rd., Falmouth,s a fun, weekly, playgroup designed for children ages 2 to 5 with special needs and their siblings. The fun takes place in room 3 of the Massad Family YMCA from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. FREE of charge

Sunday Brunch at the Colonial Tavern 11:30-3p Together Bluegrass on the Patio, Sunken Well Tavern 6-8pm Every Sunday from 6-8PM

Monday, April 5

RappAdult Activies Annual Plant Sale begins, 601 Layfayette Blvd, Old Roxbury Greenhouse. Info contact Andy Lynn, 540-373-7643

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Earth Day Fest's Virtual BioBlitz Be our local flora & fauna using th Motts, Old Mill, Dixon & Alum Spri

Tuesday, April 13 1st day of Ramadan

Back by popular demand, PONSHOP Comic Book Class for ages 7+ Stud Heroic Storytelling, from Homer's create new "Tales to Astonish"! 5-6

Wednesday, April 14

Finding Friends Preschool Playgrou a fun, weekly, playgroup designed needs and their siblings. The fun t Family YMCA from 1 p.m. until 2 p

Adventure Jeopardy @Adventue Brewing, Eagle Village,7:30-9p. Join us for a fun filled night of Trivia in the form of the popular game show Jeopardy. Prizes awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the night

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Thursday, April 8

Food Co-op Book Group, 1 pm or 7 pm Online. Join Food Co-op friends to discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. Email fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com for info

Adventure Jeopardy @Adventue Br for a fun filled night of Trivia in Jeopardy. Prizes awarded to the tea the night

Thursday, April 15

Friday, April 9

Chalk & Talk Art Photos. Show off art on the trail. Submit chalk art thru 17th

Live, Music, Mark Vollten @Adventure Brewing, Eagle Village, 7-9p

Historic Zion UMC hosts a Coat Cl various clothes and they are free to are 3:30-5:30. Zion is located in t a block from the Snow Library .

RappAdult Activies Annual Plant Sale begins, 750 Kings Hwy. Info contact Andy Lynn, 540-373-7643

Tulip Drop 2.0, 150,00 tulip stems giveaway, James Monroe HS, 10a-2p

Sunken Well Tavern Sunday Brunch, Dine-In, Take-Out, & Delivery. 720 Littlepage til 1p

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Tuesday, April 6

Spring Arts & Crafts Faire, Expo Center find handcrafted treasures, artwork, pottery, bath & body products, unique jewelry, woodworking, gourmet foods, and SO much more!! Show thru April 11

Flamingos and Flowers - Art show 15th through June 13th, 114 N. M

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"Gatsby in Connecticut", Richard We Watch live at facebook.com/crrlnew 6:30-8 pm

Arts at Kenmore, Music on the Lawn, spend an evening with Colonial Faire who will perform a musical Colonial Sampler, 6:30p$

Friday, April 16

Sunday, April 11

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Concert Night. Gsather at Old Mill Park for a Darcy Dawn Concert followed by Cat's Meow! Food Vendors on site. Also demonstration by Earthquest. 6pm Live Music, Hokie Joe, @Adventure Brewing Eagle Village, 7-9p

Saturday, April 17

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HUGE Indoor Garage Sale! Expo Center Sellers have been clearing out their houses, garages, basements, sheds and storage units. Find a wide variety of items:Thru April 18 The Traveling Gypsy Flea Market - April 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., N. Main Street and Chase Street, Bowling Green

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Sunday Brunch at the Colonial Tavern 11:30-3p Bluegrass on the Patio, Sunken Well Tavern 6-8pm

Tuesday, April 20

Back by popular demand, PONSHOP owner Gabriel Pons will be hosting a Virtual Comic Book Class for kids ages 7+ during the month of April. Students will learn about the history of Heroic Storytelling, from Homer's Odyssey to Stan Lee's Spiderman and create new "Tales to Astonish"! 5-6:30p Virtual Classes held using the ZOOM App

Wednesday, April 21

FXBG Food Co-op and community partners present a discussion of the film The Story of Plastic at 6 pm online. fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com

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6-7 pm Online. Fredericksburg Food bie & Paul Simpson will demonstrate te plant-based recipes. Email tration link.

Thursday, April 22 Earth Day

Hidden in Paint Art conservator Perry Hurt takes a look back at his 30 years of work on Belmont's painting collection. Discover what challenges and surprises he found along the way. Hurt will illustrate how he applied a combination of chemistry and artistic skill to give renewed beauty and longevity to some of the museum's most iconic works. Gari Melchers Home and Studio 12-1p. FREE

Friday, April 23

Live Music, James Ford, @Adventure Brewing Egle Village, 7-9p

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Sunday, April 25

Woodland Hike at Gerri Melchers Home & Studio, Conducted by Virginia Master Naturalists, these informative walks cover a mile of trails in both woodlands and fields and also touch on the historic ruins of Belmont's past. 2-3pm meet outside the Visitor Center. Masks are required.

Wednesday, April 28

Fredericksburg Photography Club Photography Show entry deadline Finding Friends Preschool Playgroup , 1-2pm 212 Butler Rd., Falmouth, weekly, playgroup designed for children ages 2 to 5 with special needs and their siblings. The fun takes place in room 3 of the Massad Family YMCA from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on FREE of charge Trivia on the Patio, Sunken Well at 6:30pm Match wits with the 'Burgs finest minds. Prize! Adventure Jeopardy @Adventue Brewing, Eagle Village,7:30-9p. Join us for a fun filled night of Trivia in the form of the popular game show Jeopardy. Prizes awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the night

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Hobo Nickel By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks

Having been involved in Numismatics (coin collecting) for many years, I have found hundreds of interesting and rare coins, many from the old historic homes in the Fredericksburg area. One home on Washington Avenue, had a desk with a secret compartment with a 1856 Flying Eagle cent, a rare coin in uncirculated condition with a value estimated of over twenty thousand dollars. I found one of the most interesting coins that I have owned one day while walking near the RF & P train station, a 1937 Nickel that is engraved with a design that changed the appearance of the American Indian on the front of the coin. These coins are called "HOBO NICKELS". The Indian Head or Buffalo type five-cent coin was minted between 1913 and 1938. The altering of coins actually goes back to the 1700's and became more popular with the "Love Token" that began around 1900. The alteration of coins is believed to have begun primarily in England; however, it was popular in countries such as South Africa and France during the same time period. Today it is done mainly by artist using engraving machines instead of the "old style" using ice picks, awls, nails, hammers, pocketknives, etc. to create the art. The Buffalo nickel was a natural coin for the engraver. The large Indian head was unique in coin designs as the size gave the engraver a large area to work on and for fine details to be shown. The low face value of five cents was cheap to work on. The 1913 Buffalo are the quantity most known in existence prior to 1930. The Indian Head was produced from 1913, until the Jefferson nickel in 1938. The rarest coin produced was the 1918D (Denver) with the 8 stamped over the 7. One sold in 1980 for $8,000. The Indian Head nickel is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. The story of the design of the coin would take up the entire issue of FP. James Fraser was the designer of the coin. Just prior to his death he did reveal that the Buffalo on the reverse of the coin was Black Diamond a Bison in the Bronx Zoo. Fraser when on to say that the Indian's identity had several stories. In 1938 Fraser stated he used three Indians including Two Moons, a Cheyenne, Iron Tail, a Sioux and John Big Tree, a Kiowa in his design. The first coins were released February 22, 1913 at the National American Indian Memorial in Staten Island, New York. The memorial was never


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What’s in a Porch? Rising Sun Tavern By jon gerlach

completed. The true Hobo nickel is carved using crude tools, not engraved as the later ones are done today. Most Hobo Nickels have the original date or liberty present in the design. The majority designs are soldiers, clowns Rabbis, hobo's, and other Indians. The Depression turned the simple Indian Head nickel into a work of circular art. Hobo's were considered during these "Hard Times" different from "Drunks" and Bums", as they tried to stay out of trouble and worked odd jobs, as they rode the rails (HOBO ETHICS). The Hobo nickel was traded or sold by these so called nomadic free-spirited individuals. One of the most famous nickel Washington "Bo" carvers was George Hughes who walked out of his home leaving 11 brothers and sister behind and entered a hobo village called a "jungle". His engraved coins became famous in the 1930's. Bo was still at work in the in the 40's and 50's and he was last seen in 1982 and what became of him is still unknown. Today some of his works will bring several hundred dollars to collectors. There is one group dedicated to the hobo nickels, The Original Hobo Nickel Society in honor of "Bo" Washington their newsletter is called "Bo Tales". My Grandfather Withers had a saying: "Next nickel I find in pig track is yours".

Dedicated To: Chuck McCormack II, James Beard, & Gerald Schmidt Tuffy is Front Porch’s Resident Historian

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One of the most iconic early buildings in Fredericksburg is the Rising Sun Tavern at 1304 Caroline Street. A popular destination for visitors and children of all ages - the Colonial ambiance is amazing - it just exudes history. Well known for its full length front porch and three dormers, the structure was built Charles around 1760 by Washington as his residence (younger brother of George Washington). The Wallace family bought the property in 1792 and rented it to a series of tenants who, in turn, operated the Golden Eagle Tavern here until around 1822, at which point the next tenant operated it as the "Rising Sun Tavern". Five years later the tenant lost his liquor license and the building ceased being a tavern. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this was a stagecoach stop, situated on a main route from lower Virginia to the Washington DC area. Patrons who visited the tavern included the well-to-do, plus farmers and sailors, and likely as with many such wayside stops, overnight guests. The tavern keeper also ran the Fredericksburg post office out of the building. From 1827 until 1907, it is believed that the building was a boarding house at times. Legend has it that George Washington, George Mason, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson visited the tavern, but since this was the private residence of Charles Washington and not a tavern at that time, those stories may instead relate to Weedon Tavern which was nearby. The Wallaces kept the property in their family for 80 years, and sold it to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA). In 2013, Washington Heritage Museums, which operates four premier museums in downtown Fredericksburg (Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, St. James' House and Rising Sun Tavern), acquired the tavern from APVA. Emilie Kracen with the help of David Casteel, historic preservation students under Michael Spencer at the University of Mary Washington, wrote an excellent Historic Structure Report on Rising Sun Tavern in 2010. Archaeological evidence suggests that the original structure lacked a front porch, but a full length porch was in place at least from 1796 until 1842. By around

1906 it was gone, and the building had a small porch not much wider then the front door, with wood steps leading up to it (see photo). A narrow front porch on a sandstone foundation with iron railings was added as part of major restoration work by Philip Stern in the 1930s. Following a fire in 1975, the restored full length front porch we see today was done by Walter Macomber. Unfortunately - and this is the sad truth about many early buildings in town - we know little about the role African Americans played in its history. One can reasonably assume that enslaved persons participated in its construction, and labored here when the building was a residence, tavern and boarding house. Thanks to new efforts underway, including the City's Racial Equity Plan, a re-write of the Historic Preservation chapter of the City's Comprehensive Plan led by noted historian John Hennessy, and other volunteer efforts, we are starting to see a fuller picture of the African American experience in Fredericksburg. So … what's in a Porch? Here, a time-travel portal to a fascinating era, with more stories to be discovered as time unfolds.

An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach chairs the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg 2010 photo from Historic Structure Report, 1906 photo from www.postcardhistory.net

History in Our Backyard General Bartlett & General Battle's Fight at The Wilderness By sARAH kAY bIERLE in the broken lines and halting the Union advance. This particular battle clash and counterattack was one like many during the Civil War Battle of The Wilderness and pitted two ambitious commanders against each other in a struggle that would have far reaching effects.

General J.J. Bartlett's brigade broke through the Confederate lines at Saunders' Field Union soldiers burst through the Confederate lines at the crest of the high ground at Saunders' Field in The Wilderness on May 5, 1864. For a few moments, it felt like a victory for the blueclad brigade, but then the scene changed. A Confederate brigade had lined up and now rushed into the fight, filling the gaps

Joseph Jackson Bartlett, a twentynine-year-old brigadier general, commanded the Union brigade of the V Corps which successfully broke through the Confederate lines. According to some researchers, Bartlett fought in every major engagement of the Union Army of the Potomac and lived to tell the stories. During the attack through Saunders' Field, he rode his horse across the open ground, urging his regiments-20th Maine, 18th Massachusetts, 1st Michigan, 44th New York, 83rd Pennsylvania, 118th Pennsylvania-forward along the Orange Turnpike (modern Route 20) and through the south side of the field. After breaking the Confederate lines and climbing over the earthen trenches, Bartlett and his men reformed and realized their expected reinforcements

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had not crossed the field so successfully. The Union soldiers had little time before Confederate General Cullen A. Battle launched his counterattack to stop their advance. Cullen A. Battle, a thirty-fouryear-old lawyer turned soldier, had started the war commanding the 3rd Alabama Regiment. Now, as a brigadier general, he led his old regiment along with the 12th, 61st, 6th, and 5th Alabama regiments which formed his brigade. Poised in

General C.A. Battle led a counterattack during the Battle of The Wilderness. reserve, but hardly able to see what was happening due to the dense forest, Battle waited. Then, hearing reports and seeing the fleeing Confederates from Saunders' Field, he swung his brigade across the open Orange Turnpike and rushed to stop Bartlett's advance. General Battle's counterattack, combined with the rallying of other Confederate troops and the lack of Union reinforcements, left Bartlett with little choice. In the words of a soldier from the 83rd Pennsylvania, "Every man saw the

danger.and broke for the rear on the double quick." General Bartlett, still riding his horse, had a narrow escape in his retreat across Saunders' Field. Seeing the lone horseman, Confederates took aim and fired just as the Union general jumped his horse over a ditch. The horse did not survive; the general took a bad fall, but managed to limp the rest of the way back to his brigade. Perhaps the Battle of The Wilderness might have unfolded differently if the Union breakthrough had been secured and if General Battle had not launched his successful counterattack. However, bloody fighting raged in and around Saunders' Field and other parts of the Wilderness for the next day and half before the armies moved toward Spotsylvania Court House. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has joined ranks with American Battlefield Trust to preserve the 36 acres of land where General Battle's Alabamians waited and began their counterattack toward Saunders' Field. This will give additional interpretive opportunities for exploring the Civil War history at Saunders' Field and along the historic Orange Turnpike. To learn more or to donate for historic preservation, please visit: www.cvbt.org/wilderness Sarah Kay Bierle serves on staff at Central Virginia Battlefields Trust; when not at work preserving historical sites, she is often reading or hiking. Central Virginia Battlefield Trust seeks to preserve battlefield land to protect the memory, meaning, sacrifices, and stories of the Civil War soldiers who fought and fell here. To learn more about this grassroots preservation organization and their 24 years in the local community, please visit: www.cvbt.org

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Mental Health Signs of eating disorders By amy mock

As the year progresses, people of all ages are continuing their resolution to lose weight. While getting fit can be fun and keeping one's weight in check can be a good part of a healthy lifestyle, too much focus on weight loss is not healthy. Teenagers are an age group that are at risk for developing eating disorders. Anyone can develop an eating disorder, but onset is more common in people aged 12 to 25. Kids younger than 12 who develop an eating disorder are especially concerning due to their smaller size and can quickly develop serious health issues if they avoid food. For parents of teens and young adults, being aware of the risk factors and what to look out for can help. Risk Factors Youth and young adults facing behavioral health challenges, such as anxiety, depression and obsessivecompulsive disorders, have a higher risk for developing an eating disorder. This can include, among other conditions: A person who feels pressure to be "perfect" or thinks there's only one right way to do things Youth and young adults may also face increased risk if a family member has had an eating disorder or a history of depression, anxiety or addiction. Having food allergies that require restricted eating can also be a factor, as can a family history of type 1 diabetes. Finally, pressures from society to be thin and fit a very narrow standard of beauty . What to Look For A person with an eating disorder may try to disguise their weight loss by wearing loose, ill-fitting clothing. They may visit websites or participate in social media groups that describe how to hide their eating habits from others, also known as pro-ana (pro-anorexia) and promia (pro-bulimia). It's also common for someone with an eating disorder to lie about whether they have eaten and what they eat. They may throw away food to make it look like they have been eating.


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They may also feel shame, not wanting anyone to know of their struggle. How You Can Help If you suspect your child, or someone else that you care about, may have an eating disorder, here are a few tips on how to talk to your teen and seek help when you need it: Educate yourself. Read about eating disorders. Talk to a health care provider and do research on available treatment options and specialists near you. Also, find support for yourself, so you're equipped to help the person. Seek out help. One good place to begin is the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), which published a toolkit for parents to download. NEDA also has a helpline at 1-800-931-2237, a chat helpline, and a crisis text helpline where you can chat with a trained volunteer by texting "N.E.D.A" to 741741. Another excellent source of information is the Eating Disorders Resource Center. And the NAMI helpline at 1-800-950-6264. Be a role model. You can teach your child/teen to have a healthy relationship with eating and weight through your own actions. Encourage your child/teen to develop a strong sense of self and take charge of their own self-care.This includes finding activities that help them develop as individuals, including intellectual, physical and social pursuits. Trust your instincts. This is especially true if you suspect your child/teen is hiding or lying about their eating or exercise habits. Even if they deny anything is wrong, by showing them you're not judging them, you'll give them the opportunity to talk about things when they're ready. Be patient. A person with an eating disorder is going through a very rough time, and their relationships with food, eating and their weight likely developed over a period of time. Changing that and being ready and willing to take positive steps forward - will also take time.

Amy Mock, LCMHC-S, CEDS, is a certified eating disorder specialist and the Medical Services Liaison at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.

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As Spring gets into full swing this month, let's focus on some ways to bring that energy of renewal into our physical bodies. One energy principle that Donna Eden teaches through Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) is that energy needs space to move. You may have heard of the practice of Feng Shui, which aims to harmonize us with our environment by changing the space we live in. One major part of this practice is to make space for new energy by clearing out old energy in the form of things. Our bodies are no different. In order for energy to move it needs space, but because of the stress that we may experience in our daily lives, we often become tighter and more restricted. Holding onto that old energy can lead to physical and emotional imbalances. Fortunately, some EEM techniques can help us make space so that our energy flows more smoothly. The Blow Out helps to release emotional toxins and can help you let go of built up anger and frustration. 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 let it all go. Energy tends to get stuck on our hands and feet. Opening the hand and foot gaits helps to clear this energy. Simply massage deeply between the bones of the feet and hands and rub and stretch the palms and bottom of your feet. Finish by pulling the energy off of your feet, as well as each of your fingers.

Both the Crown Pull and Connecting Heaven and Earth exercises are part of a Daily Energy Routine (see my website for a video). These two techniques also help open up space for energy to flow. To do the Crown Pull, place your thumbs on your temples and your fingertips in the middle of your forehead. With pressure, stretch your forehead by moving your fingers to your temples. Repeat at your hairline and move over your head, pulling your fingers out about an inch over and down the back of your head until you reach the base of your neck. Place your fingers behind your shoulders and with a deep breath, pull your hands off. I like to add an ear pull to this exercise, as well. Simply pull out and massage your ears by moving up and down the outside of them and squeezing lightly as you pull. Connecting Heaven and Earth starts with your hands on your thighs and a deep breath. Feel yourself connecting through your feet to the ground, and then on an inhale, circle your arms out and bring them to a prayer position in front of your heart and exhale. On the next inhale, stretch one hand up and one down, stretching as far apart as you can, and hold your breath. Come back to prayer position on the exhale and repeat on the other side. Do this twice on each side and after the last stretch, bend down as far as you can, letting your arms hang in front of you. Take two deep breaths, and then swing back and forth making sideways figure eights all the way up your body. For videos of these exercises and more techniques to make space, and release old energy, visit www.itsallenergywellness.com. Christina Ferber is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner

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Emancipated Patients Covid Recovery: the long haulers By Patrick Neustatter, MD It seems there is a bit of a feeling "we're out of the woods." We've shaken this COVID-19 pandemic. But while those who have got vaccinated are dancing in the streets, spare a thought for those "long-haulers" and others who are suffering persistent problems - and who are perplexed about what exactly is going on. Friend and Registered Nurse Ed Rodriguez, who normally works on the cardiac unit, but when routine procedures were temporarily on hold, worked on a COVID unit, and caught it himself - and apparently brought it home to his wife Adrian. They both complain of a relapsing course that went on for weeks or months. "When I seemed to be on the mend, I suddenly got a bad cough" Adrian told me. They seem to have finally recovered I'm glad to say. But it was a long uncomfortable ride. Long-H Haulers But worse than their ordeal, there seems to be a subset of so called "long-haulers." A not well understood group, who suffer a hotch-potch of rather nonspecific symptoms like fatigue, joint pains, GI distress, headaches, dizziness, depression, anxiety and brain-fog (or described by one sufferer on-line as "COVID ate my brain"). Perversely these people often have only a mild COVID illness in the first place.

What's Causing the Long-H Haul? A report in the British Journal of Mental Health reports studies supporting the idea of there being a so-called somatic symptom disorder (SSD) component. SSD is where people suffer from multiple, often debilitating, symptoms but with no identifiable disease or pathology as a cause. It is the "proper" term for what used to be called hysteria, or psychosomatic illness. Having anxiety about getting COVID "predicted general somatic symptoms" notes the report. Also, ICU nurses in China, who didn't actually have COVID, were reported as suffering from long-haul type symptoms, like breathing difficulties, dizziness, headaches, nausea and fatigue - especially if they have had some mishap with their PPE to increase their anxiety. SSD can be a component in illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, gluten sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme Disease. The claim is that over 50 percent of all primary care consultations involve issues that have some element of SSD. I've got a bit of a bee-in-mybonnet about it as it is so prevalent, yet so poorly understood - by both doctor and patient. And trying to explain to a patient there might be an element of SSD - or "a stress component" as I prefer to phrase it - can be the kiss of death for any cozy doctor/patient relationship. People think you are "blowing them off".


Supporting Long-H Haulers COVID king-pin Anthony Fauci notes "anecdotally there is no

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question that there are a considerable number of individuals who have a positive syndrome that really, in many respects, can incapacitate them for weeks or months following so-called recovery and clearing of the virus." Whatever the mechanism of their debility, they need support - and not as Ed has observed, doctors telling them "you've just got a bit of a virus. It's all in your head. Exercise more." One long-hauler in an article in JAMA Networks called this "medical gaslighting." One source of support that many people with this, and other illnesses not being satisfactorily dealt with by their doctor, is an on-line forum. The COVID Survivors Support on Facebook is an example.

If you're one of the lucky ones who has already got vaccinated, as you run around hugging and socializing and enjoying your liberation - remember people having prolonged problems, especially the "long-Haulers."

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. managingyourdoctor.com

BIZ BITS don’t forget about your facebook page! By Mandy Smith most importantly they have a desire to support you. It's important to interact with these top fans. They are your free word-of-mouth advertising medium. Use them!

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This is a friendly reminder… Don't Forget About Your Facebook Page! I know you're juggling a lot. Running a successful business, keeping the website up-to-date, and then there's life in general. It can get very overwhelming, and you just keep putting off posting to Facebook or updating that old profile picture. A stale Facebook page isn't doing your business any favors. Customers who choose to follow you are your Top Fans! They want to engage with you, find out new and exciting things about your business, and

When it comes to Facebook, the goal should be to post a minimum of one time a day. It doesn't have to be just content about your business. You can post funny memes, share videos, etc. Facebook has developed a great scheduling tool called Creator Studio. When using Facebook from your desktop, click on Creator Studio on the left of your screen. Then click create new post (top left). This will generate a new post screen. At the bottom of that screen, you'll see a little clock icon and down arrow with the words Share Now. Click on that then select schedule. This tool allows you to schedule your posts, eliminating the need to remember to post daily. I know what you're thinking… are your followers really seeing your posts? If you have a huge sale going on, a big event, or maybe you're featuring a new product; try boosting a post. When you post to Facebook, you'll see on the bottom right side of your post a blue box that says, Boost Post. Don't be scared, give it try! Once you click Boost Post all you need to do is select the who, how much, and when. The "who" is your audience. From location to age range, and even interests; you can specifically target people to see your boosted post. Now, select a budget and time frame. $10.00 over 5 days or $20.00 over 7 days, really anything goes. As you make these changes, you'll see the Estimated Reach (the who) increase or decrease. Use estimated reach as the gauge for your budget and time frame. At the

end of your boost, Facebook generates a report to show you the effectiveness of the campaign. Another great way to engage with followers is posting a Facebook Story. According to later.com/blog/facebookstories/, "When you share a photo or video to your Facebook story, it can be viewed in the stories section at the top of your friends' or followers' News Feed on Facebook and at the top of your Messenger inbox… your Facebook Stories will be visible to your selected audience for 24 hours." I would suggest checking out your competitor's stories. See what they're doing and do it better! A simple way to keep your Facebook page looking fresh is to update your profile picture and cover photo at least once a month. When you update your profile picture and cover photo it generates a post that your followers can like and share! Be sure to get your sizing right. For best profile picture results, upload a square 360x360 image. Cover photos can be tricky. What you upload to your desktop doesn't size down on your mobile device. I would suggest using the desktop size of 820x312. Center your graphic and add a nice border. Check out B101.5's Facebook page on both desktop and mobile as an example, @B1015FM. Phew! I know it's a lot to create and maintain, but it's worth it. Your customers value this type of personal interaction. When in doubt, B101.5 is here to help you navigate social media advertising. We're just a phone call away! 540-373-7721! Mandy Smith is the Promotions & Marketing Director for B101.5. AKA "AJ" Weekend Air Personality

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Art in Burg Art Galleries in April “Metal Dreams” Works by Patrick Andrews Artful Dimensions Gallery 922 Caroline Street Thru May 2 ~Sally Cooney Anderson Canal Quarter Arts 1517 Princess Anne Street Darbytown

Darbytown Art Studio 241 Charles Street ~Jeannie Ellis

"A Change of Season" features paintings by Karen Julihn Opening Reception,First Friday April 2, 6-8 8p Art First, 824 Caroline ST Open Thurs-S Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Dabbling in paint has become a favorite pastime of mine," says artist, Karen Julihn, "I am not a realist painter. My art may look unrefined to some people but I enjoy its slightly abstract quality because it reflects my personality. I consider myself an expressive painter." ~Lisa Gillen

“Five Fingers”, Andrea Clement @Artist Alliance "Artist Choice" All-M Media National Exhibit Bob Worthy, Members Gallery FCCA 813 Sophia ST Th-F Fri, 12-4 4p; Sat 11-4 4, Sun, 1-4 4p

“Spring is Here” All Member Show Brush Strokes Gallery 824 Caroline St. Friday- Sun 11am - 5 pm. & Appointment Throughout April, creations by artists of Brush Strokes Gallery convey Spring's spirit of renewal and new life. Stacy Gaglio's painting of a panoply of parasols "April Showers Mai Tai Flowers" reminds us that the rains make possible the glorious display of color and beauty of blossoms such as those depicted in Penny A Parrish's "Chatham Diana and Tulips," Nancy Williams' "Meditative Moment," and Collette Caprara's "Cliffside Beauty." In addition, Danette Taylor's "Pears" depicts the bounty from Spring's blossoms, while Carol Haynes "Jesus Donkey" conveys the essence of Easter. A special Spring feature of the gallery is a table displaying unique small works of art that can be treasured gifts celebrating the season, Easter, and Mothers' Day. ~Collette Caprara

“Pears”, D.R.Taylor @Brush Strokes Gallery

The Artists' Alliance 100 Taylor St, Suite 101 Colonial Beach The Artists' Alliance (AA) Gallery at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts, in Colonial Beach, View an array of painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, wood furniture, and basketry from AA artists Additionally, Carl and Joyce Thor, Jarrett Thor Fine Arts, continue to maintain studio space in the adjacent area, suite 102. They display their original paintings, as well as decorative minerals ~ Rob Rudick

“King of Coffee”, Beverly Toves @Brush Strokes Gallery

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“Left Behind”, Norma Woodward @Brush Strokes Gallery "Change of Season" Karen Jullien @Art First

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T r o n ja Local Artist Ascending By Tom Conway comes from slowing down and living a simpler, quieter life," she wrote in her blog. "I relocated my art studio back home. A big benefit of that has been that we spend a lot of time together. It is where I am happiest. "

In many ways, it feels to Fredericksburg artist Tronja Anglero like her time has come. On 16th Street, a few blocks from the White House, hangs a three-story banner featuring a portrait of Vice President Kamala Harris. She wears a white suit with an American Flag pin on the lapel. Behind her, symbols of her Indian and Jamaican heritage bring to mind the importance of her accomplishment in becoming the first female woman of color to ever serve in that position.

It also gave her more time to devote to painting, and she soon discovered some additional bonuses as well. Suddenly, it was very easy to convince people to meet virtually rather than in person, and it also became easier to display and transmit her work on-line. In August, she mounted her first ever solo exhibition at the Fredericksburg

It hangs from the top of the Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women's Leadership, and was created by Anglero. "It was really big for me," she says. "It was such a great opportunity to be able to do something on such a huge scale. We went up to see it, and of course I knew where it would be, but it still surprised me when we rounded the corner. There it was. My work. It's really impressive." The banner was the culmination of what turned out to be a great year for the artist. As for many of us, it didn't start off terribly well. In March, when the pandemic hit, she was furloughed from her full-time job and also shut down her shared gallery space in downtown Fredericksburg. As it turned out, though, it wasn't so bad. "There is serenity that

"Daughters of the Dust," exhibited in Tronja Anglero's solo exhibition at the FCCA

Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA). "Nothing I'd done or even imagined had prepared me for the thrill of encountering a gallery filled entirely with my work," she wrote. "The work felt elevated. It felt good." A few months later, in February, she juried another exhibition at the FCCA, this time in honor of Black History Month. In the meantime, other things were happening. One of her works was chosen for exhibition at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. Another, entitled "What Year Is Tronja’s three-sstory banner featuring a portrait of It?" was selected by the National Caucus of Vice President Kamala Harris on the The Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women's Leadership at Women's Art for their Social Justice Art 1509 16th Street, Washington, DC Exposition. Image by Kaz Sasahara of Lancer photography, courtesy of Vital Voices Global Partnership And it was that last selection that led to her being noticed "My mom accomplished a lot in by Vital Voices, who subsequently asked her lifetime, but there's no body of work her to create a portrait of the Vice that's hers for us to look at. I want to President. document, to leave something behind." It has been quite a step forward for a woman who has spent a lifetime in the arts. Her mother was a New York fashion designer, and Anglero has childhood memories of sketching her own designs as her mother worked nearby. As she grew older, that love of painting and fine art never faded. She hopes to create a body of work for her family and future generations to see.

With the success of the past year, it appears that moment has arrived.

Tom Conway is an English teacher and writer who recently moved back to Fredericksburg after years of exile a few miles up I-95.

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The Bowling Green Scene Happening Hamlet in the Heart of Caroline County

By amy bayne town that time forgot. I hated seeing it sink into closed-up shops and empty storefronts. When I was a kid, it was a town where you could roam around, ride your bike, skate or do anything. Everybody looked out for each other, and you would go into shops and people knew you. That part has changed a bit, but it's exciting to see what is going on right now."

Amy Bayne is an educator, writer, and artist who lives in Bowling Green with Leah, Atticus, Sophie, Chonky, Bella Bean, and Sweetpea, some of whom are humans and some who just think they are.

Hite says, "When I first started exploring photography, one of my goals was to document my hometown and the places I knew from growing up here. My interests branched and grew from there." Hite describes his photography as "painterly" and says he is an avid collector of Johnny Johnson's work, having first befriended Johnson in 1969 through a teaching connection. He's also enjoyed working on with Fredericksburg “Abandoned Church, St. Margaret's Episcopal” projects Alex Harvell "artrepreneur" Alan Hite, Caroline Album. (Freebyrunning, Majestic Vibes), originally One of Bowling Green's charms is from Caroline County, whom he met many its close-knit community. Many of the years ago at a local YMCA. people who are at the fore of the town's revitalization are long-time residents, Hite currently prioritizes passion having lived here for decades, or in projects over profit and invests his photographer Alan Hite's case for his earnings from sales of his work back into entire life. Hite grew up in Bowling Green his equipment and photography. and came back after college to teach in its schools for thirty-two years. His latest Prior to the pandemic, Hite had local ventures include documenting the started a project photographing his town and county's sites, both those that former students as adults. He is in touch are known and those that are oft with many of them on Facebook, and as he overlooked. He's truly a homegrown started capturing and posting before and talent. after images, more students came forward for him to document their progress into When asked about Bowling adulthood. He's hoping to continue the Green's revitalization, Hite says the project as the community recovers from progress feels different this time. He the pandemic. muses, "For a long time, I've called it the He says, "For the past year as we were stuck at home, I've been trying to learn more about lighting and botanicals. I'm looking forward to getting back out, especially to Ocracoke Island, and doing some more photography and just working with people collaboratively." Ultimately, Hite says of his photography, "I want my portrait, lifestyle, and life study work to show just how much we are alike. In these times when we all seem so divided, I want my images to show the opposite."


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You can view Alan Hite's photography on Facebook @AlanHitePhotgraphics or through the website www.designsandexpressions.com. He also shows his work at The Painted Horse Gallery on N. Main Street in downtown Bowling Green.

Other Events in Bowling Green in April Bowling Green Farmers Market Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 204 N. Main Street Flamingos and Flowers - Art show at The Painted Horse Gallery - April 15th through June 13th, 114 N. Main Street The Traveling Gypsy Flea Market - April 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., N. Main Street and Chase Street

Metal Dreams Artist Patrick Andrews

Southbound “I have been interested in art in almost every form since middle school. I still remember going to my grandparents' house and my grandmother teaching me oil painting and then spending time with my grandfather as he taught me woodworking skills. This interest in the various forms of art has allowed me to explore different media such as ceramics,


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As I became a parent, my goal was to encourage my children to develop the same appreciation for art in all its forms. I have watched my daughter learn how to play the piano as a child and later taught her how to forge a piece of metal into a Roman Legion spear for her college history class. I have also passed on my love for metal working to my son as he completed a sculpture inspired by Alexander Calder and made a rose out of a cookie tin. Teaching my children these skills allowed me to renew my love for art and inspired me to branch out artistically.

Flag - "I wanted to practice my blacksmithing skills and try some new techniques. I already had a rectangle that was nearly the perfect size. I needed to engrave the metal, heat it in the forge, and then fold and hammer it. As I worked the hot steel, I was able to add dimension and depth. The flag pole was turned on a metal lathe. I wanted to ensure I had the sphere on top. There is a tradition that inside the sphere is a razorblade, a match, and a bullet. The razor is used cut the flag, the match to burn the remnants, and the bullet, to defend the flag. The base is made from a pad used to hold railroad tracks. I wanted to leave that rough to add texture and meaning. It is reminiscent of the iconic photo of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima."

My goal is to have re-used or repurposed 80% or more of the materials in my pieces. I have learned to look at a piece of material and in addition to seeing it for what it was, seeing what it could become. I believe that is a primary goal of art. To teach us to look past the surface of not just a piece of art, a person or situation, and see not just who or what it is, but what they or it can become. Southbound - "One day, as I was struggling to think of something to make, I saw a flock of birds through the window of my shop. I realized the piece of metal in front of me already had the basic shape of a bird. I knew that is what I needed to make; it was a sign. I often turn to nature for inspiration. There are so many wonders around us that we frequently overlook -- a crisp winter morning, a bee crawling on a flower, or even just silence as you walk through a forest. Nature offers a peace and beauty that people should take time to appreciate."

Conjunction "This piece represents the association our planet has with Mars. I started it just before the rover Perseverance landed on Mars. Throughout history, Mars has stirred our imaginations and played an important role. Whether in Roman history or modern science fiction, we have always wondered what is there. Whether it is the God of War, the basis for HG Wells War of the Worlds, or little green men from recent science fiction, Mars fascinates. While the Moon or other planets are important, they do not hold the same mystery as Mars." -- Pat Andrews


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Companion Spring into health by Gerri Reid dvm I am always saddened to learn of a fellow Veterinarian committing suicide. Many of them showed no signs of distress or in need of help. Mental health is a silent killer. Many are afraid to talk about it or admit they need help. Employers are now addressing mental health in the workplace. Offering options/programs to help those who seek it. Schools/colleges are also i n c o r p o r a t i n g programs/classes into the curriculum for those in need. It is rather refreshing to see this change in society and to hear more people talk about mental health issues.

We have all been patiently waiting for the weather to break and have warmer days. With Spring coming, what better time to stop and smell the Roses as they say. Get out and feel the Sunshine on your face. These simple things can make a difference in your life when it comes to addressing self-care and mental health. COVID pandemic has definitely taken a toll on many of us, young and old. The constant isolation and no contact/social distance has caused mental health issues/depression to be at an all time high. Not only are adults/elderly people struggling, but it has impacted our children. But what about the Health Professional such as Doctors, Nurses and even Veterinarians. How do they cope/deal with mental health? Veterinary Medicine is one of the health professions that has a high rate of suicide. It is hard for people to believe that a person who works with animals all day could be depressed or suffer from mental health issues. As a Veterinarian, we work long hours dealing with the health and welfare of your pets while dealing with the everyday emotions of clients/staff. Many of us are so consumed with work that our work-life balance becomes unbalanced. We go home full of emotions from the cases and patients we have seen. And then we have to go home and deal with home, our spouse and children. Our mental health takes a beating day in and day out.


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As for me, Mental Health issues hits close to home. At one point, my mental health was getting the best of me. On October 1, 2017, I decided, with the help of my Partner Kourtney, to address it. We went to the Hospital and soon I was admitted into the Outpatient Program at Snowden. It was the best decision I ever made. I was able to get the help I needed, get on the proper medications and learn how to cope with my feelings/emotions. I was able to take control and begin my journey to becoming mentally healthy…It truly changed my life. When it comes to talking about mental health, I am not ashamed to admit that something was wrong, that I was suffering from depression and lack of sleep and that I needed help. Learning about myself helped me understand others who suffer from depression and anxiety. Veterinary medicine is not the only profession impacted with suicide and mental health. If you are someone or know someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety or having thoughts of suicide, tell someone and seek help. Just as the sun-shining days of Spring are upon us, so is the road to our mental freedom. Stay strong, be brave and start loving yourself. Time to Spring into Action!

Gerri S. Reid is the Owner/Veterinarian of Reid Mobile Veterinary Services. 540623-3029; reidmobilevetservices.com photo of Stachi by Reid Mobile Veterinary Services

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Astrology & You pluto and the super moon


By Dianne Bachman

By Frank Fratoe

A Vantage Point

(Near Laucks Island) Two crows chasing an eagle to keep away the trespasser zigzag behind him overhead pulling a spring-sky inward. Little else matters to crows except driving an enemy out and save their nesting young which is so imperative now. But for me what I observe is a blur of wings-sixfold zooming along in succession to project the sky outward.

Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city.he loves.

On February 18, 1930, Clyde Tumbaugh discovered a small, icy planet at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. This was exciting news! It became the outermost planet in our solar system and orbits in what is known as the Kuiper Belt. Previously referred to as 'Planet X', it needed a name. So, an 11year-old girl from Oxford England, Venetia Burney, told her grandfather she thought it should be named for the Roman god of the underworld, Pluto. Grandpa then relayed this to the Lowell Observatory and the Pluto moniker was chosen and became official. Though Pluto was re-categorized as a dwarf planet, its power in the astrological world is in no way diminished. Pluto can pack a powerful punch! On the 27th of this month Pluto will turn retrograde at 26 degrees Capricorn. I like to think of retrogrades as a time to slow down and, especially with the slower moving planets like Pluto, a time to turn within and to explore the hidden parts of our subconscious. This retrograde can be a time of great change, preparing us for growth and letting go of old habits or yuck that no longer serve us. It invites us to look at issues of power and

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control, trust, selfworth, and Pluto wounding. gives us the opportunity to take a deep dive into our lives, to examine them and to participate in our own evolution. And this Pluto in Capricorn can activate awareness about the structures of our lives, our careers, the rules we live by, and our attachment to success and prominence (to name a few). It is a time that many people find it helpful to seek therapy, begin journals, or join support groups. We can study the possibilities of how Pluto might impact our lives by looking at our birth chart, our progressed chart, and the current transiting planets. Look for anywhere Pluto makes an angle to one of the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, and Mercury). For this retrograde, if you have any planets in the sign of Capricorn at 20 to 30 degrees the impact may be more personally prominent for you. And this retrograde will be kicked off by a full 'Super Moon' in Scorpio, which is the sign Pluto rules (see below re: Super Moon). Pluto goes into retrograde about 5 months each year, when it opposes the Sun, and it will station direct on October 5 at 24 degrees Capricorn. So, let's look at the rest of the astrological weather for April: April 5 Mercury will join Chiron, the Sun, and Venus in Aries. A dynamic time to think about moving ahead with ideas, breaking free of anything that feels like it is weighing you down, and a time when focus can be on aesthetics. Get that haircut, paint that wall, be brave and bold

and try out a new style. April 9 Mars in Gemini will square Neptune in Pisces. Daydreams and dreamworld in general can come into focus but make sure you are grounded before making any rash decisions. Mars in Gemini can be quite impulsive, and Neptune can delude us at times. This transit may find some people having a difficult time getting good sleep, either due to restlessness or vivid dreaming. April 13 to April 17 Sun in Aries will square Pluto in Capricorn. A focus on structure, responsibilities, business and moving forward with life, embracing the heart of the Warrior spirit. The Sun can open a brief window and light a path through the resistances and challenges Pluto in Cap can bring. April 19 Mercury enters Taurus and supports entertaining thoughts about our own comforts, creations, and selfworth. April 24 Saturn in Aquarius squares Venus and Mercury in Taurus and this invites us to put some bones and a plan to anything that came up on the 15th when Sun squared Pluto. April 26 brings a Full Moon that will be a 'Super Moon' in Scorpio. A Super Moon is a full moon that appears larger and brighter than usual because its orbit brings it closest to the Earth. Super Moons happen about every 14 months. This full Moon supports doing some psychic house cleaning, inviting us to let go of shame and guilt and embrace our own true essence, which is the light of pure love. Above all, take good care, enjoy the warmer weather, and know that transits are called transits for a reason. These too shall pass as we travel together on this big, blue planet we call home. Diane Bachman is a psychotherapist & astroger practicing in FXBG. She can be reached at dbachmanlcsw@gmail ..com

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Annual Plant Sale two locations to choose from

disabled individuals to go out into their community to explore their interests and pursue their Horticulture is an passions. excellent avenue way for folks to learn and interact with fellow members of their own community. The pandemic has presented both challenges and hidden opportunities for all of us. The demand for gardening has exploding as America welcomed 60 million new gardeners to the fold in 2020 RAAI will offer online preordering of over 300 varieties of plants from the 750 Kings Highway site beginning on Friday, April 9th. You may preorder plants for curbside pickup or schedule an appointment to shop in person at 750 Kings Highway. The hours will be Monday through Friday from NOON to 5, and Saturday from 9 to NOON. You may preorder by accessing the order form through the Rappahannock Area Community Service Board website (https://rappahannockareacsb.org) or by calling 540-226-2949. Area residents may engage in walk-in shopping at 601 Lafayette Blvd. (the old Roxbury Farm & Garden Center greenhouse) starting on Monday, April 5th. The hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Masks and proper social distancing are required. The sale will last until about midMay. The people from RAAI. thank the community for their continued support and look forward to "greening" up the town with you. Andy Lynn is the RAAI Horticulture Program Manager

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A visual Celebration of our community

By Paula Raudenbush

By Andy Lynn

For more than three decades individuals with developmental disabilities have helped grow and sell spring plants to their area community. Every year many members of the greater Fredericksburg area look forward to visiting Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc. (RAAI) at 750 Kings Highway just east of town. The staff and program individuals open the doors to their greenhouses to sell the fruits of their efforts. The traditional RAAI plant sale prides itself in offering over 40 varieties of tomatoes as well as an extensive variety of peppers, herbs, vegetables, flowers, hanging baskets and decorative planters filled with bloom. This year RAAI will be selling from 750 Kings Highway and from the old Roxbury Farm & Garden Center greenhouse at 601 Lafayette Blvd. The Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc. individualized day support program was started in 1976 when community members noticed that adults with developmental disability didn't have anywhere to go during the day. The nonprofit RAAI program serves the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. A major goal of the Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc. program is to help small groups of

Fredericksburg Sketches


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Old Barn Behind Weedon Street One of the joys of working with other sketchers is challenges we set for each other that stretch our skills. A recent challenge among our local group was to work with materials we were not familiar with or had not used in a while. I chose to work with a bottle of ink and a dip pen which I hadn't used for years. This is a sketch of a wonderful old barn that surprisingly is right in the middle of town. I've mentioned before in this column that I love the alleys in Fredericksburg and this barn is in one near Kenmore Avenue. I don't think it's being used for anything now but there is a canoe leaning against it so I guess you could say it's still serving a purpose. I've sketched it many times because it's just down the street from my house and I'm always afraid I'm going to find it gone one day. One of the great things about urban sketching is that we record the history of our community and sadly often sketch things that later disappear. I sketched the big sycamore tree on Princess Anne Street the day before they cut it down and the old red warehouse on Sophia Street that's no longer there.

Paula Raudenbush is a local artist and organizer of the Fredericksburg Chapter of Urban Sketchers International (on Facebook at Urban Sketchers Fredericksburg).

Spotlight Downtown Greens Garden Coordinator Jeanette Kurucz

Meet Eve June Eve (above) is Downtown Green's Community Outreach intern. She will serve as a support and link between local, regional and national parties, including farmers who are black, indigenous, or other persons of color (BIPOC). The internship aims to challenge and reverse environmental degradation, food apartheid, economic injustice, and to foster a more relational, sustainable, restorative community with both our neighbors and our ecosystem as a whole. This internship is being offered in collaboration with Creekmur Collective, and in partnership with Pure Strategies, Inc..

Like many military brats, Jeanette has ties all around but has considered Fredericksburg area home since childhood. As an adult, she gained a deeper appreciation for connecting and stewarding the natural world, grounded in her Indigenous Hawaiian roots. She shares a passion to empower others with her family. This passion has led her community development in

Central America, humanitarian work in the United States, and, most recently, has led her to Downtown Greens. She enjoys teaching and sharing with others and takes a humble approach to gardening, considering herself a lifelong learner in an ocean of knowledge and wisdom.

Executive Director Sarah Perry Sarah Perry (right) was born and raised on farmland near Tappahannock, Virginia. She attended the University of Mary Washington, where she majored in Studio Art, concentrating in Sculpture. During her first year of college, she began volunteering at Downtown Greens. After college, she moved to France and got practical experience in biodynamic gardening practices, water saving techniques and composting through woofing. She spent 6 years overseas and began performing in, codirecting, and managing a nouveau-clown show as well as performing on stage with other theater troupes. She has been serving in the Executive Director position since July of 2013. In November of 2014, she co-founded Good Turn Earth Company, with the mission to rescue food waste from landfills and turn it into a premium organic soil conditioner. She has found her home in the outdoor oasis of Downtown Greens.

Founded in 1995, Downtown Greens promotes environmental care by preserving two urban garden areas, using sustainable gardening methods, teaching children through a weekly Garden Club, and raising bees with the Urban Bees program. Located at 206 Charles Street downtowngreens.org. Be sure to visit Fredericksburg's Community Greespace open from sunrise to sunset 365 days per year.

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