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Sue Henderson In the moment

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companions: summertime pet threats

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add life to your summer renew: 7 habits to be healthy & happy

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Senior Care: convoy pt. 2

Art with a full heart Sara Erby

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wellness: protecting our sunny disposition emancipated patients

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scene & heard...in the ‘burg!

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Pam Pell ....National Award

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fredericksburger music scholarship winners

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fxbg music: blake esse

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Va Wineries

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fredericksburg sketches My Favorite Places: July pick FXBG Farmers Market

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poetryman autoknown from my porch: 8 reasons to love summer

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porch talk 3

All You need is love

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on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

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unplugged:: a week on the appalachian trail

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downtown buzz

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buy local hands

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Michelle Vezina Peterlin

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fresh from the farm

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vino: summer wines

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season’s bounty: peter picked a peck....

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Cooking with Kyle bavarian style: deutschland downtown

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chicken season

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Calendar of events

Come Aboard with Us!

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Our Heritage: grub in the ‘burg history’s stories.: civil war drones

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Here’s A Refreshing Idea...

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All You Need is Love... ....and a community By suzy woollam about Barker is that they work in conjunction with other adoption agencies, and were able to put us in touch with one in Buffalo NY, where we were told our wait could be anywhere between 6 months and one year. “ said Will. “So that was our timeframe. We were very surprised when in less than two months I received a phone call that she had been born, and the birth mother had already selected us as candidates. I was in Louisville on business, and Brian was in

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...And more! 9 UMW: a hidden gem 11 paranormal porch: new series on the ’burg 24 summer in the galleries

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schedules in order to be with her. This time is precious, and we don’t want to miss a minute of it” says Lam. “This is time you can never get back.” Please join me in welcoming the newest member of our Fredericksburg Mackintosh. We family, Ms. Hazel Lam-M send Brian and Will all our happy thoughts and wishes, and applaud them for becoming masters at swaddling.

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Suzy can be found at The Scenter of Town on Charles St., busily knitting a new blanket for baby Hazel!

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Cover Photo By Sue Henderson The welcoming of a new baby is always an exciting event. There are so many plans and preparations to be made, showers to attend, a nursery to prepare, and the nine month wait provides most parents with plenty of time. But sometimes, as with Brian Lam and Will Macintosh, who last month welcomed their new daughter Hazel Lam-Mackintosh, you have less than 18 hours. For Brian and Will, their wait was much shorter than expected, and with an amazingly happy beginning to a life-long story. Brian and Will are not strangers to most in Fredericksburg. Two very career dedicated individuals, Will is the Assistant Professor of History at The University of Mary Washington and Brian is the owner of Skin+Touch Therapy in Downtown Fredericksburg. Will and Brian recently celebrated their 1 year wedding anniversary, and always knew they wanted to start a family someday. “We chose Fredericksburg as our home because of the community. We knew we wanted a family, and this was the environment we wanted our children to grow up in.” Will and Brian first contacted the Barker Adoption Foundation of Bethesda, MD in 2014 to begin the process of adoption. Between their very busy schedules, it took them about 6 months to fill out the paperwork to adopt. Originally, they were told that it could be up to 2 years before they moved to the top of the list. “The wonderful thing

Fredericksburg. We didn’t even have a car seat! Between last minute arrangements, phone calls and a lot of Bluetooth, was very “planes, trains and automobiles!” (There’s a great story associated with this, but you have to hear it from them!) “It is an open adoption”, and we were able to meet and talk with the birth mother, who was a lovely person.” said Will, “ “We moved to Fredericksburg because of the community, and it definitely took a community to get us together with our daughter”. Despite their hectic schedules, Brian and Will are totally committed to equal parenting for their family. “Will has the option for paternity leave, and I am paring down my schedule as well, and we are so lucky to be able to adjust our front porch fredericksburg

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