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trapper young dairy farm to afternoon drive


stacy gaglio cover artist


what’s in a cone? carl’s


it’s all energy

22 emancipated patients:: goliath shows compassion 24 art in the ’burg


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history’s stories: reminiscing our heritage: social distancing in 1863

20 Senior Care: safer at home

hadrian mendoza visualizing a virus




carl’s continues to inspire


local biz receives award




astrology & you poetryman: chitchat


fredericksburg sketches

on the in fredericksburg Messages


stories of fxbg: beth’s story


Adjust & improvise...finding our way in new normal love sign honors frontline workers


everything greens: nature restores


poetic persistence


i have a friend: together apart


In the Garden: those who s.e.r.v.e.


season’s bounty: june in bloom


beer for brunch...beermosa

15 of cleopatra


bulletin board.....what’s open


...And more! 3 .umw trio receives award for perfect grades 12 walk around photo challenge



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Virtual Acclaim Umw trio receive award for perfect grades By anna billingsley Hannah Frederick of Staunton academic honor society," said Provost Nina Mikhalevsky, who earned the top award for oral led the virtual presentation that presentation at the 2019 Summer Science Hannah Frederick plans to pursue a master's degree also included at University of Virginia's School of Data Science. deans and faculty It doesn't take a 4.0 to figure out members who had worked how to get on a Zoom call. with the winners. "As a But three of the participants in a group, the Darden winners mid-morning call in May have 4.0 grade took 105 different courses averages, and because they have mastered in 23 different subject distance learning during the concluding disciplines and completed weeks of their final semester at University six separate individual of Mary Washington, they and their family study or undergraduate members seamlessly accessed Zoom. projects." The three recipients of the 2020 Mikhalevsky also Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award are Hannah praised each recipient for Frederick, a math major with minors in "persevering during a data science and computer science; Meryl pandemic." Menezes, a psychology major with a minor In presenting the in Spanish; and Aleksandra Shtabnaya, a medallions, displayed computer science major with minors in virtually but which will data science and digital studies. actually be mailed to each Meryl Menezes of McLean plans to become licensed in "Each of our Darden winners recipient along with a clinical social work and conduct child therapy completed their studies at UMW with check, Associate Provost for perfect 4.0 grade point averages. All are Academic Affairs John Morello said the Institute, and her presentation of an graduating summa cum laude, and all 4.0's fail to tell the whole story behind encryption scheme at the largest have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, these outstanding graduates. gathering of mathematicians in the world the nation's oldest and most prestigious placed among the top in a field of 400 undergraduate presenters. She plans to pursue a master's degree in data science at the University of Virginia's School of Data Science. "I then hope to apply my knowledge in mathematics and computation to a career in cryptography or cybersecurity," said Frederick, who served as a mentor to entering first-year students while at UMW. She's looking forward to a rescheduled commencement, though she anticipates it being extra-emotional. "We'll be saying hello and goodbye to everything we've loved and missed in our university all in one day." In addition to her considerable Meryl classroom accomplishments, Menezes served as an officer in UMW's chapter of Psi Chi, an international psychology honor society. "The chapter advisor described Meryl as a steady presence who always brought positive energy," Morello said in presenting the award. "Another faculty member called her a natural and diplomatic leader." Menezes, of McLean, intends to become a licensed clinical social worker doing child therapy. She applied to three Masters in Social Work programs and was accepted at all. She is trying to decide between Columbia University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Acknowledging that finishing the semester online presented obstacles, Menezes said, "I have taken things day by day and have given myself grace on challenging days."

As for Aleksandra Shtabnaya, Morello said, "Sandra took courses in 16 different subject disciplines. It's not often that you see a course in meditation and contemplative practices along with a class on machine learning on the same transcript." He added, "Faculty members describe her as an outstanding writer and programmer, and a determined problem solver." In addition, Shtabnaya, of Stafford County, is an award-winning desktop publisher who has designed materials for Fredericksburg-area nonprofits and developed Java Duck, a tutorial that provides beginning programmers with easy-to-understand instructions. A first-generation Russian immigrant and only the second in her family to earn a college degree, Shtabnaya moved to the United States when she was 6 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen shortly before enrolling at Mary Washington. "I had always been a shy student that blended in with the crowd and doubted myself," she said, "but through the support of UMW's amazing

Aleksandra Shtabnaya hopes to work as a project manager in software engineering or data science. faculty, staff and classmates, I started to break out of my shell." Noting the resilience she and her class members developed during the online learning situation, Shtabnaya aspires to a project manager position in either software engineering or data science.

Anna Billingsley Associate Vice President of University Relations at UMW

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ON THE PORCH Guest Porch Editorial

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anything is still possible by katie hornung Reconnecting with Kellen Gerenser Hello, Front Porch Family! It's so good to touch base with you, again. It's been a couple of years since I contributed here, which is ironic considering writing brings me peace during stressful times. As a teacher and mother, I thought life was going to get even crazier once our schools proactively closed their doors due to COVID-19; however, what I've found is that I've had more time to engage my more creative thoughtsoutside of the work space. Consequently, personal writing of this sort is a little difficult for me because I love shining the light on other people's stories, but an email forwarded to me by Virginia Grogan reinvigorated my desire to try.

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To better understand his request, you'll first need to know a bit about Kellen. I had the privilege of working with her on our high school yearbook. She loved going out on interviews with friends and going to Liberty Town Arts Center to work on her art with Bill Harris. These things gave her a sense of joyful purpose. Kellen wanted to become a painter postgraduation. You also may be wondering what made Kellen an atypical teen in high school. Undoubtably, it was her nearly unconquerable sense that anything was possible and the fact that she was born with Williams Syndrome. The rare genetic disorder developed from her missing the elastin gene on one side of chromosome 7. According to her mother, Lisa, Kellen had been fortunate in that she'd been generally healthier than others who had the same diagnosis, and she has been able to enjoy such honors as being an Olympic community Global Messenger and participating in Art Attack downtown. Now here we are, nearly seven years later, and the winsome high school girl has become a busy young woman. She doesn't want it any other way. Yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has had other plans.

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leads me to wish to know the perspectives of the author [teacher at JM] and student, currently."

Back in mid-April of this year, a Front Porch reader who'd moved from our area in 2015 reached out to the magazine. He'd recently been reviewing his personal archives, some of which included his notes and summaries from this publication. From the email, it seemed like times were tough for this gentleman. It was then humbling to read that he'd requested an update, of sorts, on an article I wrote in October of 2013, "Anything is Possible/ Atypical Teen Kellen Gerenser". He wrote: "Rereading my summary, I readily understand why the glimpse at this young person's life intrigued me, and

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Kellen, like the majority of us, has found our current state worrisome. A natural empath, she had been able to derive joy from the amazing people and pets she's currently working with. The slow-down has forced Kellen to consider much of the positivity that once felt so natural to her. More recently, art has taken a backseat to other aspects of life that she needs and enjoys, and she longs for the days of water and amusement parks, particularly seeing some shows and going on the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens.

Keeping busy is important to Kellen, especially in this time. A powerhouse of work ethic, she works and volunteers when she is allowed. She cleans at Liberty Town Arts Center where her favorite teacher, Bill Harris, still teaches and provides her with guidance. She also works at Spencer Devon Brewing, where they've brought her up to the front of the house to help with various duties. Mary Washington Hospital gets Kellen's time one day a week at their Front Desk, where she helps guide visitors to their destinations. But her favorite job, the one where she feels most needed, is dog sitting for her neighbor. Kellen tells me the dog needs her because he gets anxious, too. Its sister died last year, and the 15-year-old has heart issues. Bringing comfort to the dog gives Kellen the joy she truly needs right now. There's something to be said about that- about trying to find our joy and sense of purpose in this time. Perhaps that is what resonated most with our Front Porch reader as he took stock of his current situation during this crisis. Certainly, within these pages, you'll find ample topics that could get your creative juices flowing and help you find some joy during this time. Kellen and I wish that for you as you read Front Porch, cover-to-cover.

Katie Hornung is an English and Theory of Knowledge teacher at James Monroe High School; she working to conquer distance learning, too.

Trapper Young From dairy farm to afternoon drive on b101.5 By Mandy Smith driver had a part time job at the local radio station. Thanks to this connection, Trapper was able to take a tour of the radio station. While on the tour he found out they were looking for a Board Op. A Board Op is basically a babysitter for the equipment. They are needed when a preproduced show or a live sporting event is airing.

Trapper Young grew up in a very rural part of north central Pennsylvania on his family farm.

Trapper got his foot in the door Board Op-ing for the Casey Kasem and the Top 40 Countdown program! Board Oping led to his first live airshift on WHGL, Wiggle 100 in Troy, PA. From there he went to work in Williamsport then Scranton PA. His radio journey then took him to Elmira, NY then Harrisonburg, VA; all before arriving at B101.5 in

His family was in the dairy business and after his father got his auctioneer license, their dairy barn turned into an auction barn. Every Saturday night they held consignment auctions. Trapper's job was to hold whatever item was being sold, high up in the air so buyers could see what was up for bid. Then after the item was sold, he would deliver it to the winning bidder. Trapper thinks his dad wanted him to "take up the family business" but around the age of 13 he fell in love with the magic of radio. Trapper loved not only the music but the contests as well. Reminiscing he said, "Trust me, I was once the guy who could never get through and win the big prize. I would call a hundred times and it would be busy a hundred times."

Fredericksburg. Trapper started at B101.5 in the late 90's entertaining listeners during their drive home from work with fun contests and great music! He's been an advocate for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge and a voice for Children's National Hospital during B101.5's Care-A-Thon.

Chuck Archer, Program Manager for B101.5 said, "An entire generation has grown up with Trapper on the air every weekday from 3p-7p. What people don't know is that, behind the scenes, He is one of the best prepped radio personalities I've worked with. He comes in a couple hours before his shift and plans out the entire show break by break. He's very genuine. What you hear on the air is the same Trapper you get off the air." Trapper loves calling Fredericksburg home. Fredericksburg is the place he bought his first house and the place he fell in love and met his wife. Trapper said, "Living in Fredericksburg and being at B101.5 has given me the opportunity to work with so many amazing people and be involved in so many wonderful events!"

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Beth’s Stor y From the Files of Empowerhouse Every day at Empowerhouse, we hear stories from victims of domestic violence that would shock and amaze you. We are horrified that a family member would do the things that we hear each day. We are entrusted with these major family secrets and for safety reasons, we cannot always share survival stories as often as we'd like. But these stories are going on all around us, and they are often kept silent. We are going to bring you into the experience that we encounter daily by sharing Beth's story with you. She is one woman who managed to escape. The retelling of these stories gives voice to their experience. Here is her voice, and we now invite you to listen to her story. Beth's relationship with her exhusband started when she fell in love after meeting him at work. They married and started a family. She had no idea of the dark side he was hiding from her. Her husband became verbally abusive and signs of controlling behavior surfaced as time went on. "I was told what I could and couldn't do, where I could and couldn't go….he would call or show up at my job, to be sure that I was really there. He wouldn't let me wear make-up because he said he didn't want other men looking at me. Little by little, I was slowly beginning to lose myself." As the abuse worsened, she tried to assert her independence. She even attempted to leave him. "He told me that I wasn't going anywhere, and that if I didn't get back in the house, he would drag me back by my hair. I left, and started walking. He came out of the house, and started driving down the street looking for me. I hid. When he found me, he did just what he said he would do… he grabbed me, and started dragging me by my hair while I was down on the ground. I remember, in that moment, being so surprised that not one person came to their door. We were in a neighborhood. I could see people in their houses. I was hoping someone would come help me. But no one ever did. When he got me back in the house, he called me horrible names and told me I was not going anywhere. He said, 'And you're not taking my baby anywhere, I own you.' He stepped on my face, and broke my nose. He walked away, and left me lying there. A couple of days later, he said he was sorry, and he wouldn't do this again. He then added 'Things you say


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really tick me off, when you talk about leaving. You know you can never take my child away. I will never let you leave me. It was the first trimester of my pregnancy." Time went on. The verbal and physical abuse continued. "One time when pregnant with my second child, after a brutal beating, I managed to sneak out of the house and try to leave again. A cab came to my neighborhood. He must have realized I was gone and followed us in the cab. He got out at the traffic light, and ran up to the cab, banging on the cab doors, yelling 'Let her out! Let her out!' I told the cab driver to drive to a local mall. I knew there would be people there. As soon as I got to the mall, the cab driver got out. The driver had a baseball bat in his hands, and he was making sure I could get inside safely. They let me in an office, locked the doors, and called the police. During this time, he was outside, trying to get in. He was yelling, trying to tell them, 'She was in a car accident, that's why her face is all messed up.' The police came, and he got arrested. They sent me to the ER. He was in jail about 8 days. He got out and came back to the house. I had already taken my son and left: we had gone to the Empowerhouse shelter." Like many women in abusive relationships, she eventually returned to her abusive partner. He used the children, his threats, and his efforts to isolate them and she succumbed to his pressure. She didn't know what to do. She felt alone and exhausted. Beth's abuser moved her and the children into an isolated area with no phone, car, or neighbors. "No one would have even known [we] were missing or dead… There was no one around to help [or] know what was going on. There was no one around to hear you scream… I think it's important to say that he wasn't using drugs or drinking every day. Most times he wasn't on anything. Alcohol or pills didn't make him do it. The abuse was always there, all along. He did what he wanted to do. During one of his violent episodes, he kicked the baby strapped in the car seat like a football. My son ran through the house with the stroller and said 'Come on mommy, let's go back to the Shelter where it's safe!' He was four." The next day Beth and her family went to the Empowerhouse shelter for the

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second time. "The Empowerhouse shelter was the only place where I knew he couldn't get in, and couldn't get to us. And I knew that I would be welcomed back. I told [shelter staff] all about what had happened. [They] listened to everything I said. I knew the staff at the Empowerhouse shelter would hear me, believe me, support me, and keep us safe." Beth left the shelter again to stay with family members. Her husband showed up one day when she was shopping and made her get into his car. He took her and their children back to the isolated home in the country. "Once there, he said we weren't going anywhere, that we weren't allowed to leave, and that I wasn't going to court to testify against him. He said that if I don't show up to court they will drop his charges. There was verbal and physical abuse every day, as 'reminders' of why it was my fault for his situation. If anything was out of place, or if any of the kids touched his stuff, or even if he forgot that he himself moved it…we would get blamed for it. He would throw things, and I would have to clean up his mess. If I didn't clean it up, I would get hit for that, too. He refused to give me money. "It had been months before the final incident. Every day was abusive. It was normal for him to tell us he could kill us and bury us, and that no one would ever know. I had no phone, no car, and no neighbors. He was right; no one would have even known we were missing or dead. We were so isolated. “He attacked the children that day and told us that he was going to kill us. During the final incident after he tossed me throughout the yard, he picked me up, and slammed me on the ground. He started to strangle me, and he put his hand over my face and mouth. He kicked me in the ribs and back. He punched me in my face. The children saw all of this. They stood there too afraid to move. “A family member drove out to see us the next day and took us away while he was gone. “I reported the crime to a few different authorities but he was not taken in. I felt like no one was listening to me. I wanted to give up. I felt like I had nothing. I knew he was out there. And I knew once he found us he would kill me. I called the one place I knew would listen, the place I knew would help me. I called the Empowerhouse shelter.The Manager on duty and she met me at a store. I knew

I wasn't getting any help anywhere else. “At the Empowerhouse shelter, I knew me and my kids were OK and hidden. I knew we were safe. They were the only people I could trust. And I did…I trusted them with our lives. Empowerhouse took us to the hospital to see a doctor for our injuries. “Eventually, he was arrested. There were many charges. I was back and forth to court many times. Whenever I went to court, the Empowerhouse Court Advocate was there with me. I felt safe and prepared. So many systems had let me down and not helped us. I knew that the prosecutors wanted to help me, but the Court Advocate from Empowerhouse was the only one I felt that I could truly trust in the courtroom. . “The Housing Program Coordinator helped so much. We had nothing. Everything had either been destroyed or left behind when we escaped. We had no verification, ID's, etc. We only had the clothes on our backs. Empowerhouse paid for us to get our ID from the DMV. I don't know any other agency or place that would do that. They gave us help with diapers, clothing, even Christmas presents. They also had me meet the employment specialist worker, and she helped me get a job in a place where I felt safe. “If I had to sum up Empowerhouse? It's not like an office. With staff, it feels like you are talking to a sister. You can talk to staff about anything. They are all there to help you find your way. It's like….Family. “People don't realize behind closed doors what you and your children go through. Without Empowerhouse, I would have been dead. And no one would have ever found me. I was lucky I didn't die and others aren't so lucky. It shouldn't be this way but it is. Women and their children deserve to be safe. “I hope my story helps change someone else's life who needs it like I did. I am forever grateful and thank God everyday for Empowerhouse and all the staff. They truly are 'special people.”' Thank you Kathy Anderson, Empowerhouse Executive Director for sharing Beth’s story To help Empowerhouse's Domestic Violence Shelter families & provide the crucial items they need to get through this challenging time, please support our the Shelter by mailing your donation to: Empowerhouse, P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

Adjust & Improvise finding our way in a new normal By Donna Lewis

Love Frontline workers honored By Bill Freehling

These days, life is different on every level. Throughout the world it has been pretty amazing to see how individuals, companies and even governments have had to find new ways to achieve their goals. The time for lamenting "the way we were" is fading away as we search for our new normal. The 350+ members of Mary Washington ElderStudy (MWES) are no different. MWES has been in existence since 1992 and is affiliated with the University of Mary Washington. We typically hold about 50 classes and meetings each semester on the Stafford campus of UMW where we are challenged by topics such as "Juliana v US" (discussing climate change), "The Legacy of Appomattox", and "The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity." We attend on-campus play previews, tour art galleries and visit interesting destinations in the Fredericksburg area and beyond. We are an academic group, but we also recognize the importance of social contact. We build in opportunities to have fun together. As you can imagine, we have been sidelined by the current state of affairs. For us, without a vaccine, it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. All our members are in the "at 19. It is perceived risk" category for Covid-1 that we are sometimes challenged by the very fact that we prefer "in person" contact to texting, social media and virtual existence. Or so you might think! This vibrant organization whose goal is lifelong learning for its members has met this formidable challenge. This group of active seniors is determined to find ways

to continue its mission into the fall. This situation has not deterred us from finding ways to bring our programs into the homes of our members. We have been in communication with Lifelong Learning Institutes around the country since we are all in the same situation. We have been busy training our members to use Zoom and other media available to us to stay in touch. We have been "leaning in" by holding weekly Happy Hours, Book Group discussions, committee meetings and sessions to engage with our members. We have kept in touch via our website, email updates, newsletters and phone calls.

The LOVE Sign in Fredericksburg's Hurkamp Park now pays tribute to front-line workers helping to protect and care for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crews from Fast Signs installed temporary signs over the LOVE Sculpture with images of doctors, nurses, firefighters, medics, police officers, custodians and servers. It uses hashtags #inthistogether, #lovefxbg, #helpers and #fxbgstrong. The new signs will likely be up for the next few months. Blue lights have also been installed to showcase the sign at night. The sign is part of the Virginia LOVEworks campaign. / .Go to Hurkamp Park and check it out (while following social distancing best practices, of course)! Bill Freehling is Fredericksburg's director of economic development and tourism

As we prepare our Fall 2020 schedule, and until we can return to inperson sessions, our intent is to engage speakers through virtual sessions. We will continue our efforts to encourage all members to join with us‌to A and I (Adjust and Improvise) as we turn this new page and plot a course for the future. MWES will be accepting new members in August. Information is available on our website at

Donna Lewis is the Membership Chairperson Mary Washington ElderStudy. Contact her at 571-259-6097

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Everything Greens nature restores mind, body & community By Alexanna Hengy

...Downtown Greens Provides the Space Amidst such uncertainty and hardship it is unsurprising that 45% of U.S adults have reported their mental health has been harmed by COVID-19, according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This has only exacerbated an existing problem, as 18.1% of the US population were already struggling with anxiety disorders and 6.7% were already struggling with major depressive disorder. Many factors play into these statistics, and holistic solutions are needed to fully address this issue, which include policy that protects our health and safety, and our food, housing, and financial security. There is one proven treatment though that doesn’t have to wait for government action, doesn’t require a prescription, and costs no money: nature. Time spent in green spaces has been shown through numerous studies to significantly decrease anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Empathy has been found to


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increase, and aggression decrease with time spent in nature. Studies have even shown that when vacant and run-down lots are “cleaned and greened” gun violence rates drop significantly. One such study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that in Philadelphia areas that were randomly assigned the “clean and green” treatment experienced a 9% reduction in gun violence! Before Downtown Greens developed their “Lower Garden” the area was filled with briars, tires, and other trash. Before the “Upper Garden” on Princess Anne and Dixon Street there was a vacant lot. Thanks to Downtown Greens we now have 2.7 acres of sustainably managed greenspace open to the public 365 days a year,an organic community garden, and a

variety of programs that get our community’s children outside and learning how to grow and cook healthy food. Nature also has major benefits for aiding focus and attention. A study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders examined the impact of a 20 minute walk in a park for those with ADHD. The positive effects were comparable to that of Ritalin! Getting outside can also improve your health. According to the Nippon Medical School in Japan time spent among trees improved the

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immune system and increased anti-cancer proteins. A study published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine found that 3 days spent in nature produced a significant elevation in the levels of Natural Killer cells that are crucial for our immune functioning, and that these levels remained elevated even 30 days later. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental illness, time in nature can be an important component of your wellness plans. When we may be feeling frustrated or angry at the choices of others, or experiencing tensions with so much time spent with the same people in close quarters, getting outside can help revive our feelings of empathy. If you are finding yourself unable to focus on your screen for work or school, a green break may be just what you need. And if you want to go above and beyond your mask and hand sanitizer to protect your health, some fresh air is just what the doctor ordered. Downtown Greens welcomes our community to enjoy the relaxation and restoration their gardens have to offer while still following the necessary safety protocol. With 2.7 acres you can practice social distance while still fostering greater feelings of connection to yourself, others, and our natural world.

Alexanna Hengy has worked as a facilitator for the Forgotten Victims support group at Empowerhouse, as an In-home Counselor with Compass Counseling, and as a Suicide Prevention Educator with Mental Health America of Fredericksburg. She also served on the board of Downtown Greens

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

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Poetic Persistence celebrating student writings during covid-19 by dylan tolley In March, the news broke that due to safety concerns regarding COVID19, teachers and students would not be returning to their classrooms this school year. Through planning for online instruction, I searched for new opportunities to ensure my students felt seen and understood during this time. I settled on asking them to write poetry with the only guideline being to, "just write." The inspiration, authenticity, and hope in the writing they submitted made me miss them even more, and sparked conversations about their daily thoughts and emotions that might not have happened otherwise. Here are two stellar examples of their writing:

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so it's sunday, right ? and the music from my headphones is kinda loud, and kinda not. i feel like that i'm maybe on a train, sitting in the caboose which is dedicated to the overthinkers like me. you haven't texted me in a while, i still respond immediately. i still send texts to ask if you've eaten lately, send you a million spotify tracks i think you would like. i guess this is growing up, having friends is six thousand different places, and only keeping up with one really. my best friend called the other day to tell me she was stressed and missed me. i was in south carolina, fingers clutching around the empty figure of a glass. i tell her it's going to be okay, but it seems i'm also trying to convince myself. it's silent for quite a bit when we hang up, my feet are sliding around in the wet sand of the ocean. i keep walking out in it, checking that my feet are touching the bottom, but trying to explore more at the same time.

tell me i'm a sun ghost. tell me i'm here. so it's sunday right ?" ~ZĂśe Lucas, Mountain View Class of 2022

There's a girl There's a girl and she's under a lamppost She doesn't quite know why she's under the lamppost but with the dark creeping in, she doesn't mind There's a bird watching the girl, A black raven to be more exact He looks at her as if he was trying to remember her, like she had been in a dream of his or perhaps in some distant memory The girl watches the bird too And she wonders what it would be like to fly The sky's a mix of blurry clouds and shining stars And the boy with golden locks looking up at it wonders if the moon will come out to say hi Then the girl decides to try and find her way home and the raven flies away But the boy stays He always stays on nights like this When it's not too cold and the wind whispers through the trees Of course at some point he leaves But not without singing the moon to sleep and greeting the waking sun"

~Mykia Linze Lopez, Mountain View Class of 2022

Many students stated that their friends and classmates inspired them to write, and that they were using this time to become better versions of themselves which, as an educator, is my hope for them during this season and always.

Dylan Tolley is an English Teacher at Mountain View High School in Stafford County

i guess this is growing up, your feet not touching the bottom of the ocean anymore, and you keep swimming out and out and out. i went to a softly lit restaurant and imagined myself with a date, happy and in love.

Who is this masked dog?

i guess this is growing up, imagining dates and writing romance stories, but also one thousand percent terrified of nothing working out.

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This spring marks a special anniversary for Carol Wheeler and her senior friend, Diana. Carol and Diana began visiting 10 years ago through the Senior Visitors Program. What may have started as a simple friendship has deepened into a respect and admiration for one another that is evident as you speak with them. Carol says of Diana, "She is a survivor and she handles all of her challenges with humor and optimism. She is a delight to be around." When asked what she appreciates most about visits from Carol, Diana says, "She's funny and laughs a lot. She likes getting out and going places." Diana goes on to explain that she would recommend the Senior Visitors Program to other seniors because it is an opportunity to have fun and enjoy going out. While most Senior Visitors Program volunteers visit in the senior's home once a week for an hour, seniors and their volunteers are welcome to spend additional time together and go out into the community as their time, interests and abilities allow. For Carol and Diana, getting out into the community together has been particularly enjoyable. Over the years they have had many outings, but they agree that their favorite was attending a matinee of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. Carol says, "I like knowing that I am giving her experiences we both enjoy and making her life a little brighter and broader." With the current global pandemic, in person visits and getting out into the community has not been possible for Senior Visitors Program volunteers and their seniors. However, volunteers and seniors are finding creative ways to stay


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connected and offer support. Carol says that she mails Diana greeting cards to send her a little cheer and "we talk at least twice a week on the phone and more often if there is a problem." Other volunteers report that they have been dropping off treats or groceries and supplies, emailing, texting, and writing letters. Some volunteers have sewed masks for their senior friend. One volunteer creates a newsletter for his friend complete with pictures of home projects he is working on. He delivers it to the senior's home and they wave to each other through the window. Another volunteer and her senior share Bible verses and pray together. One thing is sure, all of the Senior Visitors Program volunteers and seniors will be glad when they can go back to their normal visits, but in the meantime, they continue to stay in touch the best way that they can. Carol expressed that she really misses seeing Diana in person. "No matter what, I'm going to be there for her. She is my dear friend." This is really what makes the Senior Visitors Program so special. Volunteers and seniors both benefit from the experience; they enrich each other's lives.

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

Jewell Wolterman Laurie Black is the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Visitors Program

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In the Garden those who s.e.r.v.e. By Tina Will

photo by Bill Blevins Extension Master Gardener's Spring awards event was postponed, though we hope only until September. However, that seems too far away, so I want to congratulate the two recipients of our special awards. The Rising Star award is given to a new Extension Master Gardener (EMG) who steps in with energy and commitment to our tasks and projects. The Education award is given to

an EMG who teaches both EMGs and citizens alike when opportunities arise. Rising Star Award Joan Pope receives our Rising Star award. She took the Extension Master Gardener course in 2018, and stepped right into several of our volunteer opportunities. She especially enjoys the public outreach at our Plant Clinics, and our Seed Swap which has gotten a successful start over the last few years. Joan loves to keep learning, and knows that with this training, she has vastly improved her gardening ability. She has two raised bed vegetable gardens, several flower beds that are all doing well, and a worm composting bin. She built a greenhouse last Fall from a kit, and found that most of the work was giving it a firm foundation so that it wouldn't have a moment reminiscent of a scene from the 'Wizard of Oz!' Good idea, Joan! Joan has also taken the Master Naturalist training, enjoys pickleball, volunteers as a US Rowing Referee, and serves on the Senior Advisory Council with Stafford County Parks and Recreation. Joan retired in 2012 from her work as a

coastal scientist and researcher with the Army Corps of Engineers, but still acts as a consultant for them. She is also Vice President for Science and Technology with the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Joan, you are a great encouragement and enthusiastic addition to our army of volunteers. Congratulations and thank you! Education Award Our Education award goes to Tracy Blevins. An Extension Master Gardener for many years, Tracy has always been an active volunteer, and frequently gives talks at our meetings. She continues to share what she learns about new plants, and maintains the plant tags at Cossey Botanical Park. Her website,, chronicles plant collections and information about all that she and her husband have learned over the years. Tracy and her husband host plant tours at their home twice a year, and the variety of shrubs and trees they have offers insight on growing techniques and whets our collective appetite to try new things. Congratulations Tracy, and thank

photo by Dr. Richard Lewis you for your ongoing commitment to VCE and Extension Master Gardeners organization! Stafford Emergency Relief through Volunteer Efforts (S.E.R.V.E.) S.E.R.V.E. offers food, financial aid, and emergency prescription service to Stafford County residents in need. For several years EMGs have had a S.E.R.V.E. garden at Porter Library that is dedicated to growing and donating all the produce to SERVE. EMG Manon Dixon has taken over the leadership of this garden, and she has the help of EMGs Susan Van de Putte and Kathie Hobby. Neighborhood citizens have also helped with various tasks over the years. Hats off to all of you for continuing to tend this garden and serve the community! Tina Will has volunteered with MGACRA for 15 years and lives near Ferry Farm in Stafford County.

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Walk Around Photo Challenge B101.5 & front porch wants your photos When you go for a walk do you find yourself taking pictures of flowers, trees, or some other beautiful photo worthy thing? B101.5 & Front Porch Magazine have partnered to bring you the "Walk Around Photo Challenge" In an effort to stay healthy during social distancing, get out of the house and go for a walk! Be sure to take some snapshots along the way. Go to keyword: Walk to submit your photos. YOUR image may appear on B101.5’s facebook page. PLUS Front Porch Magazine will be picking out a few of their favorite images to show off in this and future issues & maybe even a future cover! “Squirrel Enjoying a Nut”, Nicole Duncan

“Cloudy April Day at Fairview Beach”, Taylor Burress

“Walking Downtown”, Amy Laserna

“Neighborhood Gem”, Holly McKelvy


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The Sunken Well Tavern

June in bloom vanessa moncure

Eat Well Drink Well Live Well 720 Littlepage 540-370-0911

The Soup & Taco, Etc. 813 Caroline St. Fredericksburg, VA

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

Phone: 540-899-0969

Daily life for most all of us has changed beyond recognition in these last few months. Distance learning was for online higher education, not for our public or private school children. "Zoom" was the sound preschoolers gave their Matchbox cars, not the name for business face-toface communications. There are no visible water vapor contrails in the sky as 95%+ of flights are grounded. Pharmaceutical firms worldwide are ramping up research and development of a vaccine which will hopefully halt COVID-19's inexorable pandemic march around the globe. But as much as life can change, in an instant, so much stays the same. The weeks still pass from Sunday to Saturday, each day an orderly 24 hours. The sun still rises in the East and sets in the West; the moon still passes through its monthly phases; the seasons change, rain falls or the sun shines, the grass still grows and our plants flower. June in bloom is a lovely time of year - dogwoods, redbuds, roses (love my grandmother's heirloom floribunda that I grew from a cutting and is now a lush 5' shrub) magnolias, day lilies, water lilies, and my particular favorites, the hydrangeas and peonies fulfilling their annual showy promise. I keep a Rose Of Sharon which I also transplanted from my grandmother's yard. Many people consider the fast-growing and easily spreading Rose of Sharon (native of Asia) an invasive species, plant with care. But it's wonderful as each bloom seems to have its own hummingbird diving into the flower. And my mature herb garden is putting on a bit of its own show, bolting into showy blooms of their own. I think many overwintered during this unusually mild winter - we're usually a solid zone 7 but some annual flowers from zone 8a and b returned for this season. Gorgeous headyscented lavender can be harvested and dried for sachets or folded into delicate lavender cakes and frostings. My clump of sage, with a riot of purple flowers, is the size of a bushel basket!

My herb garden has really grown over the years - chives with a white ball of flowers, catnip, spearmint, pineapple sage, bee balm, yarrow and dill, oregano, parsley, thyme, basil, cilantro, chives and garlic chives - yummy, but almost as invasive and tenacious as bamboo! I grow rue for its lovely yellow flowers and a hardy fill-in, not part of my edible herb garden. Rosemary will easily overwinter if deeply mulched. Some herbs are annuals, though many self-seed for the next year. I love annual marigolds tucked between the herbs - and their petals make a delicious steeped tea. My raspberry canes are producing quarts a day of large, juicy berries with (embarrassingly) complete neglect except for some halfhearted weeding and mulching and an annual investment of a Japanese beetle trap. Those beetles are drawn to raspberries as deer are to hosta. Oh, and my hosta are putting on a blooming show for me. I usually snip off their flowers, though, because I prefer them to keep their energy in the leaves, staying green til fall rather than exhausting themselves putting out flowers. Sadly, I'll only be working in my manageable herb garden this summer. A stress fracture in my foot in the fall ended up with having three broken foot bones which, seven months later, just aren't healing. I'm wearing a clunky and uncomfortable custom boot (my husband mentioned stormtrooper, grandchildren identified it as Star Wars and my son says NASA moon boot - so you get the idea). And, I will be wearing it for a whole year. That, along with tottering around with either a walker or cane has put a damper on gardening. And wouldn't you know, because of the very temperate winter, everything was in by March 15, a full month earlier than ever before - and the whole garden is thriving! And I do give complete credit to my husband. I tell him he reminds me of Mr. Green Jeans from Captain Kangaroo with his really green thumb. We should have yellow squash in a week or so! I canned over 100 pints and quarts of tomatoes last year and froze most everything else that came out of the garden. Fortunately sitting and standing is no problem, so with a bit of help I'll still be putting up plenty of everything including my pickles and peaches. I encourage everyone to start gardening with herbs they don't need much room, just a container in a sunny aspect, water and fertilizer. Keep them picked and they should keep on producing for you.

BASIL SANDWICH SPREAD OR SLICED TOMATO TOPPER My son-in-law asked my daughter for my "secret" dressing. Um, two ingredients? Wash and dry plenty of basil leaves - roll them up and cut into narrow chiffonade strips. Stir into Hellman's mayonnaise, never salad dressing. Delicious on BLTs or on sliced tomatoes even as a salad dressing if slightly thinned with buttermilk. Lasts about a day refrigerated. DAUGHTER'S SALSA Mix together two finely diced Roma tomatoes, one-third cup finely minced Vidalia onion, 3 T. minced cilantro, juice of half a lime, peeled and finely diced kiwi and S&P to taste. The kiwi gives it a little sweetness. Add seeded and finely chopped poblano if desired. DRIED LAVENDER Have you ever purchased dried lavender? It costs a bomb! Lavender will spread and has so many uses. Cut a long stem and strip the lavender buds. Spread them on parchment paper inside the house in a sunny location, turning as necessary. When they're dry, store airtight. I love to make very delicate lavender tea cakes for afternoon or brunch-time teas, adding about a teaspoon of lavender buds per tea cups of cake or scone mix. I also add to cream cheese frosting for white cakes or for icing delicate white cake mini cupcakes. If you have plenty of the dried lavender buds, fill small sachets for lingerie drawers. Enjoy your June in Bloom!

Vanessa Moncure, who celebrated her 20th Anniversary writing Season’s Bounty for Front Porch, continues to serve up yummy recipes!

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Beer for Brunch?

Spring is coming- Rooftop Dining opening soon!

Beermosa by Kelly Magyarics 314 William

Beer for brunch? This cocktail will show you why it's truly an all-day drink.

with orange juice make this drink a great match for rich or fatty breakfast foods like bacon, sausage or eggs benedict.

"I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer," Jim Morrison sings in The Doors' song "Roadhouse Blues." As it turns out, he was on to something. When you want to get a little tipsy before noon but still crave your daily dose of vitamin C, why not pair your O.J. with a sour gose, hoppy IPA or fruity saison instead of prosecco? Beermosa put a different spin on the notion of a morning cold brew and prove that beer can indeed be the start of breakfast done right.

· 2 ounces Jailbreak Feed the Monkey hefeweizen · 2 ounces cava · 1 ounce orange juice · Garnish: dehydrated (or fresh) strawberry slice

Ian Clark, the beverage supervisor at Topside in Baltimore, and his bartender team created this MimosaBeermosa hybrid as a follow-up to the team's popular Michelada. “A lot of the time at brunch, the cocktails you find are very fruit-forward," he says. "A Beermosa is a great way to take what's thought of as a traditional brunch cocktail and make it more approachable for guests who would typically not be drawn to those types of drinks." Palate-whetting sparkling wine and the fruity effervescence of hefeweizen combined


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1. Add all ingredients into a pilsner glass and stir gently. 2. Garnish with the dehydrated (or fresh) strawberry slice.

Kelly Magyarics is a travel, food, beverage & lifestyle journalist, content writer , & a wine & spirits educator

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Vino zIBI dO dAH, zIBIBBO dAY by City Vino

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Zibibbo is the Italian synonym for a white grape called "Muscat of Alexandria." This grape is thought to be from Northern Africa-specifically Egypt, and perhaps even the city of Alexandria itself-thus its name. There are thoughts that Cleopatra drank wine made from this grape. There are two schools of thought on the name Zibibbo. One thought is that the name is a derivative of the Arabic word "zabib," which means raisin. The other thought is that the name is a derivative of the Arabic word "zibib" which means grape.

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Zibibbo, or Muscat of Alexandria, is believed to be the oldest genetically unmodified vines in the world. The grape is notably planted in Italy, on the island of Sicily, Sicilian island of Pantelleria, and Calabria. It is the sixth-most-planted grape in Spain. It is also grown in Australia and South Africa. The grape grows as a large, lush, and golden orb that is sensitive to cold; therefore, does well in hot climates. It is susceptible to powdery mildew, and is well suited for arid areas with low humidity, which lessens the risk of molds and mildews. The Muscat family of grapes are known for smelling like ''grapes'' and for being very aromatic. The flavors of the grape lend themselves to sweet wines, which are often made from grapes that were allowed to raisin on the vine, or that

were dried on straw mats. There are also many dry wines made from these grapes. The grapes are often used to make sherry, port, brandy, and distilled spirits too. City Vino has the Pellegrino Gibele Zibibbo 2018 available, which is made from 100 percent Zibibbo. The grapes for this wine are grown on the clay and volcanic soils of Agro di Petrosino, and Mazara del Vallo, on the island of Sicily. The wine is dry, unlike many other wines made from this grape, and it is straw yellow in color. In keeping with the characteristics of this aromatic grape, the wine has intense floral aromas of jasmine, lavender and wisteria, along with green apple, and a touch of cedar. On the palate, this wine has a dry, fresh and long finish with flavors of citrus, yellow peach, and green apple. This wine is a natural pairing for fresh seafood like sushi, delicate pan sautĂŠed light fish, and shellfish. For cheese pairings, we would suggest trying this with a non-sharp cheddar or a nutty Gruyere.

City Vino is located at 810 Caroline St. You can find owner Rita Allan on-site to provide answers to all your wine questions Photo courtesy of City VIno

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BULLETIN June 2020... Be sure to check online stores, brick & mortar stores, galleries, restaurants & facebook pages

Hard Times Cafe, Drive-Up Pick 540-710-6771

to keep current. Thanks to B101.5 (Operation Carry-Out) & City of Fredericksburg (

"There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking" ~Ben Franklin Hartwood Winery, Good Wine Makes Social Isolation Bearable call ahead we will deliver wine "car-hop" style. 540-752-4893. 345 Hartwood Rd. City Vino:, 810 Caroline St, curb-side pick-up, shipping, & delivery 540-368-0400, online store @ Potomac Point Winery, 540-446-2251, Vineside Pickup for food, wine & wine-cakes, check website for more info Red Dragon Brewery, takeaway beer. curbside pickup, 540-3718100. Princess Anne St, FXBG Adventure Brewing, to go or get it delivered. order form on our web site pick up or delivery,, 242-8876, 6 Bears & a Goat, 1140 International Parkwy, 22406, delivery & curbside pick-up of food & BEER! Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Highway.Fridge stocked? Get your Growlers and cans Check facebook for daily hours Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St.curbside pick-up of food and BEER! 540.479.8381 to order. delivery of beer within a 30 minute radius of the brewery. To place your beer delivery order please TEXT 843.384.5750 with your beer order. 540-479-8381

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25 30 Espresso, 400 Princess Anne, full service walk-p & delivery through UberEats Agora Downtown Coffee Shop, 520 Caroline St delivery service Grubhub." (540) -369-8180, fb@agoradowntowncoffeeshop Hyperion Espresso, 301 William St, takeout/to-go, 540-3734882

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well" ~Virginia Woolf

Allman's BBQ, 1299 Jeff Davis Hwy, Curbside Pickup. Don't miss your favorite is "comfort food"! , 540-373-9881, fb@allamnsBBQ Alpine Chef, train station downtown, take-out & delivery, 540656-2101 Bangkok Cafe Thai Cuisine, 825 Caroline St CarryOut and Free Delivery with in 5 Miles radius (minimum $15), 540-373-0745 Basilico Italian Market, 2577 Cowan Blvd; & 7011 Harrison Rd.Curbside pick up and delivery of food, WINE and BEER 540-370-0355 540-370-0355; 540-412-6244

Mason-Dixon Cafe 2100 Princes Stafford,full menu curbside through Ubereats. (540) -220





Carl's, walk up window for carry out .200 Princess Anne Castiglias Downtown, 324 William St, Take out as well curbside delivery. 540-373-6650 Carrabba's Italian Grill, 548.1122, Carryout, delivery from GrubHub & UberEats Carl's, 2200 Princess Anne, walkup service Colonial Tavern, 406 Lafayette Blvd, Curbside orders, which can include beer &/or wine, 540-373-1313 Eileen's Bakery & CafĂŠ, 1115 Caroline St, website for menu Fahrenheit 132, 318 William St A condensed menu, Also offering butcher cut steaks, uncooked, Everything is at a very discounted price as we are trying to keep as many employees working as possible. We are offering wine at 40% off for pick up. 540.940.2614

Guru Indian Cuisine, Take-out, curbside, delivery, wine & beer to go. 3140 Cowan Blvd, 540-548-1011


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Juan More Taco,826 Caroline store pick up and limited delive

Benny Vatili's Pizza , Pickup Fredericksburg (540) - 368-1690

Aladin Restaurant, 2052 Plank Rd, delivery, pickup, curbside, 372-7755

540~479~4116 1013 Princess Anne St , FXBG

Jay's Sport Lounge, 409 William including beer & wine

La Petite Auberge, 311 William out, Curbside delivery, (540) -

Abner B Ice Cream, 821 Caroline St.

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Italian Station 620 Caroline St pizza panini, baked/delivered drinks and Steep hot teas. curbs drinks (540) -940-2165

Battlefield Restaurant, 1018 Lafayette Blvd, pick-up only, 540846-9661

Foode & Mercantile, Foode & Mercantile have consolidated into one building at Foode's location of 900 Princess Anne St downtown carryout & delivery - and that includes many grocery items. the list is always changing, so please visit our website at for daily updates. 404-790-3409

2400 Diner, 2400 Princess Anne, curbside pick-up, -373-9049

Here & Abroad Bistro, 1004 P 371-2999

Marco Pizza, 316 White Oak Rd

Metro Diner, offering Metro M 540-642-13 UberEats Orifino,1006 Caroline St, delive

Olde Towne Butcher, 401 Willia fresh beef, pork, poultry, eggs

Renee's Crepes & Cakes Take Eagle Village Plaza 22401, (540

Ristorante Renato, Carry out a

Recreation Center FXBG, Carry William Street, 540-371-6498

Soup & Taco 1 & 2- Offer carry in 5 mile radius 813 Caroline S 806 William St (540)899-0941

Sonic Drive In, 5817 Plank Rd, menu car-service

Sunken Well Tavern, 720 little Food/Wine/Beer.& Uber Eats


k-Up 5099D Jefferson Davis Hwy,

Princess Anne, breakfast & lunch,

, Pastries, gelato, salati, arancine, FRESH DAILY. Lavazza espresso side and carryout for all food and

m St., 373-3800, curbside pickup

St, curbside pick up , regular in ery.(540)-372-TACO

m Street downtown.providing take -371-2727

ss Anne St. &11 Hope Rd Ste. 115 pickup, take out and delivery -8867 and (540) -288-3131

d, 373-4014, pickup

Meal Packs, feeds 4-6, check menu 369 .Pickup, curbside, DoorDash,

ery, curbside pickup 373-1352

am St , 540-370-4105 Local farm & dairy. all for orders for pickup

out orders 2020 Augustine Ave, 0)368-0420

and curbside takeaway. 371-8228

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out and curb side orders delivery St 540-899-0969; Soup an taco 2, 1,

Food/Beer/Wine 540-845-9609 Vinny's Italian Grill, 201 Kings Hwy, Ferry Farm Shopping Center, 540-374-8288 Vivify Burger, 314 William St., old town carry out or pick up! menu available will change but it will remain current on Uber Eats and our website. (540) -656-2500

hopping is Cheaper than Therapy ~Unknown Sh 2 Hearts 1 Dress, 614 Caroline St 540-370-8082 merchandise & gift certificates online. Follow social media for featured items. Becks Antiques, 708 Caroline St 540-371-1766 | Interesting antiques added to website every day. Call to place your order. Fraser Wood Elements, 1023 Caroline St ,Store Hrs 11-4 with private or virtual appointments any time. Free Local Deliver. Curbside Pickup.

River Rock Outfitter, 215 William St 540-372-8708 gear and apparel online store at Skin+Touch Therapy Spa ,714 Caroline St | 540-479-6470 Gift Cards online store spa boxes and skin care Taste Oil Vinegar Spice, 815 Caroline St 540-373-1262 Oils, Vinegars, Spices, and Specialty Food.Pickup & shipping available. Whittingham / The Kitchen at Whittingham, 1021 Caroline St | 540-374-0443 gift shop and kitchen shop open Limit 10 We have open arms (but six feet apart!) for you. Come see us! Wildflower Collective, 208 William St 540-940-8932 Free Same Day Delivery!

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Gemstone Creations, 606 Caroline St 540-373-7847 Appointment only jewelry repair, custom design consultations, jewelry evaluations and appraisals. Website sales.

Art Time for Kids, 101 Hanover St 540-842-6250 virtual art class, Weekly Art Instruction K-6th grade.Art History lessons drawing, painting, sculpture!

The Grove of Brite Blessings, 914 Caroline St 540-273-2778 All products & readings by phone. curbside pickup . Jabberwocky Books &Toys, 810 Caroline St | 540-372-5684 | shipping, curbside, in store shopping by appointment

"Paint the Town" postcards are now available that feature a variety of black-and-white Fredericksburg scenes. print them out, color them in with your choice of design and share them on social media with #fxbgcolor #lovefxbg #fxbgstrong.

Kimman's Co., 820 Caroline St | 717-515-9506 Shop online for curbside pickup and shipping. Visit websites & facebook Lady Legacy, 723 Caroline St 540-899-8077 Curbside pick-up & shipping Email gift cards are also available.

Fredericksburg Area Museum, 907 Princess Anne St | 540-3713037 virtual tours of our exhibits and educational resources. FXBG & Spotsy National Military Park Virtual Classroom , Explore the experience of war in Fxbg & Chancellorsville through interactive activities, primary sources and multimedia

Latitudes Fair Trade Store, 800 Caroline St 540-370-8778 Shop online on the website. Facebook and Instagram for updates. . Peacaloo Boutique, 720 Caroline St 540-940-2818 Shop online! Purchase gift cards!

LibertyTown Arts Workshop Virtual art classes, with detailed directions, online videos, and skill building. kids. Adult

Phosphene Studio, 806 Caroline St collection of beautiful, ethically made goods from independent designers online shop is open 24/7; visit us at

Rappahannock United Way, Story time takes place every day at 11:00 am Facebook page.

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery, 712 Caroline St | 540-656-2215 Online Classes available for children ages 6+.

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PONSHOP Studio and Gallery, 712 Caroline St 656-2215 Ceramics, Artist Edition T-Shirts and Artist Prints Order online. Pickup and shipping available. Curbside Pickup

Virtual Museum Tours, Check out the Louvre in Paris, NASA Space Center, The National Gallery of Art, National Women's History Museum , The Vatican Museums, Toyota Automobile Museum, or The Spy Museum!

epage st. curb side pick up for . We also provide deliver for

Re-Run Shoppe, 1017 Caroline St 540-371-7221 Consignment for Women's & children's clothing Call for an appointment.

Wine & Design Fredericksburg, 709 Caroline St | 540-809-0899 Party with us at home! Virtual Classes. FB page for schedules.

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Reminiscing By Ralph “Tuffy” Hicks I sit here in my office writing my story for the June edition of FP and today is Mother's Day. This special day brings to mind exactly what I was thinking previously about this upcoming story REMINISCING. If nothing else the recent Pandemic has allowed us the time to be able to reminisce. I believe to reminisce is to reflect and understand many events and things that we never took the time to understand before, especially family and friendship and our love for one another which is more important than that JOB, HOME, and MONEY.

I grant you it has not rained for the past forty days and forty nights, but our lives have changed forever the way we view our daily living whether it be work or play, our view of the world will be somewhat different. Many of us have looked thru attics and closets and found many old family treasures from the past. I found a picture of myself in the army in 1968 that belonged to my Mother inscribed on the back "I miss him so much", a mother's love. Facebook has been like a history lesson in the past for many of the families in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and the surrounding areas. My longtime friend John Wayne Edwards has a unique website about the area and has a treasure trove of pictures from the past and present. He recently posted a picture of Russell Sullivan a well know local contractor who passed in 2013. Russell played baseball for the Detroit Tigers in the American League in 1951. His cards are quite rare and collectible, fortunately I have two. A recent post of a Fredericksburg Practical Nursing graduates class at James Monroe High School in 1960, is still being talked about and all the ladies are alive and well ( Dorothy Mann, Nanci Herndon, Janet Jones, Brenda Foster and Carmen Vega), residing in Virginia except for Carmen. Pictures of local places such as: Hot Shoppe Restaurant, Roma Restaurant, Paris Inn, The Spot, Eddie Mack's, The Circle, Robinson's News, Belman's, Scotty's Bakery, Andora Restaurant, Farmer's Creamery and Sunshine Laundry, have refreshed our memories during these stay at home times. I think it is good to remember those unforgettable days. We cannot change the past, we just learn from it and move forward. The past is the events that your memory has stored. The past experience is important because that is where the learning process takes place and we hope that we have the best education system in place that will teach us all aspects of the situation and not just a one-sided view. The present is what we are experiencing and hopefully that past experience will enable us to overcome any obstacles ahead for a good life. The future is uncertain. I think we can all say after this is over: GOD BLESS AMERICA Dedicated to Mary Green, Richard Crickenberger, Chip Limbrick, & Karen Davies Ward Tuffy is the Front Porch resident FXBG historian


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History in Our Backyard Social distancing in 1863 By sarah bierle Did you know that Civil War soldiers sometimes had to wait in quarantine? During the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863, the 20th Maine Regiment was forced to stay away from the other regiments in their brigade, much to the chagrin of their commanders, Col. Adelbert Ames and Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. It all started a few weeks earlier smallpox vaccine. with a faulty Vaccinations, performed by military surgeons in an effort to reduce the waves of disease within the army ranks, usually worked and created the desired immunity. However, when the Union boys of the 20th Maine lined up for their preventative treatment, they had no way to know that their vaccines had not been properly prepared. Soon, the regiment faced a rare health crisis, and by April 17, the unit's surgeon warned that the soldiers could easily share the disease and infect the rest of the army.

Joshua L. Chamberlain had to quarantine during the Battle of Chancellorsville and had several opinions on the subject

responsible a part as anybody in the affair at Chancellorsville-though the Regt. [regiment] was not engaged." In the end, the 20th Maine recovered from their smallpox episode and finished their quarantine. Colonel Ames found another command, leaving Chamberlain as the regiment's leader. About two months later, on July 2, 1863, on a rocky slope south of the town of Gettysburg, the 20th Maine held a crucial part of the A recreation of the 20th Maine's regimental flag. Federal line and contributed to The unit experienced a smallpox scare in April-M May the Union victory at that large 1863 and a military version of social distancing battle in Pennsylvania. Looking back in history, The regiment got sent into we quickly find we are not the only ones quarantine and moved away from other who have waited through periods of units. Colonel Ames decided to slip away quarantine or "social distancing." One and managed to get detached service on a famous Civil War regiment had that exact general's staff, leaving his second in experience here in Central Virginia. The command in charge of the sick camp. As encouraging news? Even at a distance the Chancellorsville Campaign began at from the battle lines at Chancellorsville, the end of April 1863, Chamberlain they made a difference by guarding the begged to be allowed to return the communication lines. Perhaps it's a regiment to the army. The commanding reminder that we can make a difference officers rejected the enthusiastic offer, too, keeping watch and waiting patiently and, instead, assigned the 20th Maine the for when the new "marching orders" take unglamorous duty of guarding a us back to the usual routines in our communication line. community. Chamberlain complained, Sarah Kay Bierle serves on staff at suggesting, "If we couldn't do anything Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. else we would give the rebels smallpox!" ( When not at work His suggestion for biological warfare was preserving historical sites, she is often also promptly rejected. The lieutenantexploring archives or hiking. colonel tried to console himself, explaining During this season of social distancing, in a letter to his wife, "[there] came an CVBT is offering a FREE history email order from Gen. Butterfield direct, to go program called "At Ease", sending local to the battlefield and take possession of Civil War history to your inbox every the signal line from U.S. Ford…to the H.Q. week. More information and the sign-u up [headquarters] of the Army. No one will form at: e ase say that I did not have as honorable and

What’s in a Cone? Carl’s By jon gerlach Delicious soft serve ice cream. Smiling kids of all ages. These are "a few of my favorite things" that make Fredericksburg so special. Carl's Frozen Custard first opened for business in 1947 in a re-purposed filling station and restaurant at 2200 Princess Anne Street. It was one of five frozen custard stores that opened that year in our region. Today, Carl's is the only one left. Built by local contractor Ashton Skinner in 1953, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Carl's is a great example of Art Moderne architecture that speaks of the bygone era when automobile-centered commercial development first defined the old US Route 1 corridor. It's much more than just a cool building (no pun intended). Carl's is an iconic treasure of Fredericksburg history and culture. Important not only to the local economy, it has profound social significance. For generations, families have come here, lining up for their turn at the

window, enjoying ice cream and visiting with one another. It's a place that brings people together. Carl's was named by Southern Living and USA Today as one of the best places to get ice cream in America, and was featured by PBS in "An Ice Cream Show". The Electro-Freeze machines at Carl's are original, and both date from the 1940s. Electro-Freeze pioneered soft serve ice cream in 1946, and they are still in business today under the name of H.C. Duke. What makes Carl's ice cream so good? Well, it just is. The original recipe for frozen custard was changed in the early 1960s when four percent egg yolk (by volume) became the norm. Undeterred, and to keep its original recipe, Carl's changed its name from "Carl's Frozen Custard" to just "Carl's". Later, the recipe was altered by a switch to Pet Milk that kept the ice cream pasteurized with the correct viscosity. That's just a scientific way of saying "Yummy & Smooth". What's in store for Carl's in the future? Good things, we hope. The Princess Anne Street corridor still has

many commercial buildings that evoke the old US Route 1 heyday. The Architectural Review Board has identified 30 structures here, including Carl's, that contribute to its unique character. The Creative Maker District is a new urban plan for this part of Fredericksburg, spearheaded by Assistant City Planner Mike Craig with grass-roots support from many local residents and business owners, including the Fredericksburg Canal Quarter. The goal of the plan is to encourage adaptive re-use of historically significant buildings in a way that supports local business, creates walkable areas with green spaces, while nurturing and complimenting the neighborhood character in a modern, sustainable fashion. We look forward to what's coming next … like the anticipation of standing in line for Carl's ice cream! So … what's in a Cone? Here, a shining architectural gem and a favorite gathering place for generations of smiling families. An attorney and retired archaeologist, Jon Gerlach serves on the Architectural Review Board in Fredericksburg. Photos courtesy of Carl's Facebook page.

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Senior Care be Safer at home Dog Walking Pet Sitting Companion Play Time & Mini Furies, Too!

By Karl Karch

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We are now entering a new COVID-19 pandemic phase and beginning to re-open Virginia. Governor Northam has moved from the "Stay at Home" order to a phased reopening advisory "Safer at Home". Older adults are the most vulnerable and are strongly urged to remain home during this pandemic. So, I thought it appropriate to address the question: How safe are older adults at home? Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all age groups, but it's the #1 cause of death for those 65 and older. A simple thing can change your life, like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor. For some people, falls result in embarrassment, skinned knees, or broken bones. For others, falls can signal the beginning of lifestyle changes - even leading to death. Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall and many more are injured, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC data indicates: more than one in four older adults falls every year and fewer than half tell their doctor; 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments each year for fall injuries; more than 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year because of injuries due to a fall, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture. Even if an older adult survives a fall and resulting medical care, they may be vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia, sepsis, MRSA, C. diff, and possible urinary tract infections. Hip fractures often require surgical procedures and rehabilitation. Head injuries may result in traumatic brain injury. More than 75% of falls take place inside or near the home. Research has identified many risk factors contributing to falling including: lower body weakness, vitamin D deficiency, difficulties with walking and balance, use of medicines


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(prescription and over-the-counter), vision problems, foot pain or improper footwear, and home hazards. The National Council on Aging outlines 18 steps to fall?proof your home at the following website Additional steps you and your loved one can take to prevent a fall are: weight-bearing exercises such as walking, balance and resistance exercises, properly managing medications, and regular vision checks. Every year, and every time a new medication is added, check with a doctor, pharmacist, or other medical provider to see if medications can be reduced, switched, or even stopped to reduce fall risk. Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling. Fear of falling again can cause a reduction of activity, increased frailty, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness. Family caregivers can play an important role in preventing their loved ones risk of falls. An excellent "Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers" can be downloaded from the website o n v e r s a t i o n - G u i d e - f o r Caregivers_Final.pdf. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continually reminded to take basic hygiene measures, wear face masks, maintain social distancing, and stay home to remain safe. Yet, few reminders are given about risks at home. So, remain vigilant about these risks and take proper precautions so we truly can be "safer at home". Karl Karch is a Gerontologist and local franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care, a licensed home care organization providing personal care, companionship and home helper services in the Fredericksburg and Culpeper region.

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Summer is upon us, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), that means the Fire Element is also in full swing. Triple Warmer Meridian (Front Porch, May 2020) is one of four meridians (energy pathways in the body) associated with the Fire Element, and while Triple Warmer protects us from our outside environment, his sister Pericardium or Circulation/Sex Meridian, (C/S) protects our inner world including our heart. Sometimes called the "King's Bodyguard," the job of the C/S Meridian is to keep our heart safe, physically and emotionally. The pericardium is the area surrounding the heart, protecting it, and removing excess energy from it. It is associated with the hormones and chemical messages related to reproduction and relates to the muscular function of the heart and blood vessels. Emotionally, an unbalanced C/S Meridian can make it hard for us to open our heart to others and can impact our experiences with intimacy and love. We can become overwhelmed with our choices and the demands placed on us, and neglect our desires and what our heart truly needs. When it is in balance, however, C/S prioritizes the joy of the heart, and we are true to ourselves. We can then make good decisions that support our heart's needs, whether those decisions have to do with our relationship with others or ourselves. Self-acceptance, resilience, radiance, joy, and openness are all supported by a balanced C/S. Taking Down the Flame is one exercise that can balance C/S, as well as the other Fire Element Meridians. Take a deep breath in and bring your fingers and thumbs together in a pyramid type position above your head. Rest your thumbs on the top of your head and exhale. Inhale and on an exhale, bring your thumbs to the middle of your forehead. Inhale and on the next exhale, bring your thumbs to your heart area. Inhale and on the exhale, bring your thumbs to your naval and flatten your hands. Inhale, and on the next exhale, sweep the energy down and off of your legs. If you really want to add even more balance to this exercise, you can exhale each time with the "Haaaaaa" sound. The Source Point of C/S (C/S 7) balances energy within the Meridian but also supports the pericardium itself. I have even used this point to successfully stop hiccups. Working with C/S 7 can also help balance emotions related to a

relationship and help you to access the heart's joy and fun. It is directly in line with your middle finger where your wrist and hand meet. Simply press or massage it (see diagram). C/S 6 (see diagram) can help to calm the heart and relieve any congestion associated with holding onto too many emotions and not expressing them. It is also commonly used to help relieve nausea, motion sickness, and headaches. It is located on the inside of the arm about three finger widths down from the wrist between the two tendons. Massage and press on this point for a few moments to balance the point and the meridian. There are many other ways to balance the emotional and physical aspects of C/S. Please visit to view other exercises to balance this meridian, as well as other energies in the body.

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Emancipated Patients goliath shows compassion By Patrick Neustatter, MD It's good when some Goliath responds to the suffering of the little people - especially when it is a suffering that they have themselves imposed. I refer, in this rather clumsy metaphor, to the modifications that Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) and other Virginia hospitals, have made to their discount policy. What Happened Last June, JAMA published a report about hospitals suing for unpaid bills. They singled out Virginia hospitals in particular. Then NPR picked up the story and reported MWHC, which is of course a non-profit, was suing more patients than any other hospital in Virginia - and how Fredericksburg General District Court had to set aside a whole "hospital docket day" just to get through all the cases.

“Those families below 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines will not be financially responsible for medically necessary care.” “Those with income levels between 200 and 500 percent will have their medical bills reduced.” ~MWHC Financial Assistance Flyer This means for a family of four, with an income up to $131,000 (500 percent of FPG) would be eligible for medical bills reduction. No family will be asked to pay more than 5 per cent of their annual income in a year. There has been an increase in direct patient billing due to insurance companies increasing their deductibles, and more out-of-network care being delivered, even at in-network facilities notes the article, so that a startling 20 percent of US consumers have medical debt in collections. I wrote about this, saying all these people being taken to collections is really a symptom of the unaffordability of healthcare. It's a little bit of a David and Goliath. Big corporations versus the little people.


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Helping the Little People Those little people do have a couple of champions, however. One is Dr. Martin Makary, a surgeon and a health policy expert at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and lead author of the JAMA article. He has also recently published The Price We Pay, a book about how business leaders and families can lower their healthcare costs. The other is David Silverstein, a management consultant who's non-profit, helps people deal with unfair medical bills. UVA, which is taxpayer supported and state owned, so has no profit motives or shareholder demands, was also taking a lot of people to court - 6000 patients a year compared with Johns Hopkins modest 240 for example. UVA claims they have to because of a Virginia law that says "all state agencies and institutions shall take all appropriate and cost-effective actions to aggressively collect all accounts receivable." MWHC Responds From being "Under the microscope" MWHC immediately stopped suing patients and have now "completely revamped" their financial assistance program notes MWHC Senior Vice president Eric Fletcher They want to ensure "our friends and neighbors will not experience financial hardship when seeking high quality care." A novel, and unique feature of this policy is that no family will be asked to pay more than 5 percent of their annual household income. I am happy to be able to report this as I wrote rather critically about this and how the little people were getting screwed - though Fletcher did note then a lot of people "can pay and should pay" but don't. Shortly after that, the Fredericksburg Food Coop had their annual get-together. This was at the beautiful house of MWHC CEO, Dr. Mike McDermott and his wife Chrissy. I felt a little uncomfortable when I happened to fall into conversation with Mike - and he did bend my ear a little. So now I can report they're making amends. Now if they could just do something about the cost of healthcare overall. . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Art in Burg Art galleries in June

“Apple Man’, Beverly Toves @Brush Strokes Gallery Brush Strokes Gallery, 824 Caroline St "Uplifting" While our gallery is temporarily closed, Brush Strokes artists are busy creating new works at home and we are presenting our creations on our Web Site and Facebook pages, so folks can still purchase uplifting, unique art for their home or as a gift for that special someone. Brush Strokes artists work in a spectrum of mediums, including handcrafted jewelry, unique glass art, charcoal drawings, pastels, photography, paintings in oils, watercolors, acrylics, metal sculpture, porcelain painting, and mixedmedia, which can be viewed and purchased at --Collette Caprara

At First Gallery, 824 Caroline St "FREDERICKSBURG STRONG" Exhibit on View June 4 - June 28 , All-Members Show "Fredericksburg Strong" celebrates the resilience of our little 'Burg as we navigate during these challenging times. NO First Friday reception until further notice due to the COVID-1 19 restrictions. Also as a result of government guidance, the Gallery is only open currently Thursday through Sunday. We will expand to our previous 7-day schedule when the situation improves and it is safe to do so. Take this opportunity to enjoy the abundance of great art created by local Fredericksburg-area artists. In addition to this month's featured artist, you'll also find art displayed by more than twenty local artists and gallery members. ~Casey Shaw

Lynette Reed @Artful Dimensions

“ Bruton Parish Church” Sarah Finn @BSG

Craved Coral, Lina Pivirotto

LibertyTown Arts Workshop Virtual Shopping Every Saturday,11 am Tuesday Video Demos Ponshop 712 Caroline St. Online Shopping, Curbside Pickup

“New Galaxy”, Lynn Bailey @Art First

Artful Dimensions 922 Caroline St. Virtual Tour & online Shopping

Canal Quarter Arts , 1517 Princes Anne Darbytown Art Studio 241 Charles St. 810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St “Chatham Blooms”, Penny A Parrish @810 Weekend Gallery

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Carl's has been a Fredericksburg hot spot for 73 years. Their frozen custard is made fresh daily from all natural ingredients and the devoted followers line up daily for their taste of nirvana….and the weather , good or bad, makes no difference. Featured on the Food Network as some of America's Best Ice Cream!, Carl's goes beyond an ice cream shop into an attraction in it's own right Carl's building, reminisce of a bygone era, is on the National Register of Historic Places. (see more on pg 19, "What's in a Cone", By Jon Gerlach) It is no wonder that Carls' has been painted, photographed & filmed more times than can be counted. And, no matter the medium, you smile, reminisce & crave a "Carl's" The above watercolor was painted by Nancy Williams, a local artist. She has been drawing since she could hold a crayon. From art camps in her youth to a Fine Arts degree specializing in Drawing from the College of the Holy Cross, she has pursued her love of art in all aspects of her life. Working to record life in color, Nancy captures harmonic scenes of everyday life

painting for over 30 years. In the last few years I have decided to focus on working in exclusively in watercolor.” Nancy grew up with artists in her family and drew from an early age. She is from the Annapolis area and attended the University of Maryland where she received a BS in Housing. Fascinated with drawing, she kept sketchbooks for years. After her first child was born, she felt the need to start painting. Nancy came to Fredericksburg 24 years ago and felt instantly at home. She has deep affection for the Rappahannock River and is often drawn to depict its mystery and beauty. Nancy loves nothing better than to visit art galleries and museums. She feels that art nourishes the soul and spirit and that is is a prime communication tool. "The art viewer or appreciator and their background and the part they play in the art experience is just as important as that of the artist", states Nancy. She also feels that taking the time to experience works of art in-person is the best education an artist can give themselves Nancy has been a member of Brush Strokes Gallery at 824 Caroline Street since 2006.

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Visualizing a Virus UMW Alum’s art captures emotions of a pandemic by laura moyer rounded protrusions of different sizes that elevate and support the center. Even so, he said, the form has a pleasing quality. "I try to make it look as disgusting and nasty as I can, because that's what it really is," Mendoza said. "But when you try to make it look so gross, it ends up beautiful."

Hadrian Mendoza (above) isn't glorifying the novel coronavirus at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. But in images of the tiny particle, he sees more than fear, suffering, loss and grief. To Mendoza, a 1996 Mary Washington graduate and internationally known fine-arts potter, viruses have long represented a fascinating intersection of danger and beauty. Starting in 2016, he began creating sculptural interpretations of viruses - his creations then were hollow spheres with sharp, spiny protrusions that served both to balance and to convey threat. In early March, when Mendoza's family found themselves isolating in their Arlington, Virginia, townhouse, the idea "crept back into my mind," he said. From his makeshift front-porch studio, he conceived a sculptural version of a coronavirus. It's less a rendering of the actual virus than a reimagining that captures the many emotions engendered by the pandemic. The result is art at its most timely, a reflection of current events

and of the universal attempt to contain and control what affects us.

The glazing that enhanced the danger and beauty of Mendoza's earlier viruses has yet to be completed on the coronavirus works. Isolating at home leaves him no way to fire his pieces. When social-distancing restrictions lift, though, Mendoza plans to use a wood-burning kiln and an oxblood glaze for a color effect that is chiefly red with light blue tones. Meanwhile, he is making the best of unforeseen circumstances.

A business administration major in his Mary Washington days, Mendoza takes seriously the financial aspects of his artistic profession. He already has three commissions for versions of the coronavirus, all from collectors in his native Philippines, where he has held two solo exhibitions a year for 12 years. It is satisfying, he said of his current work, "to take something negative and bring something positive out of it." Where the 2016 virus sculptures captured a certain snowflake-like quality, unique but symmetrical, Mendoza's coronavirus is intentionally random, with

His wife is working from home now, too, and their children, in eighth and fifth grades, are attending school remotely. "With four of us here, we've had a lot of bonding time," he said. "It slows everything down." Mendoza has enjoyed a boost in studio time, even if the studio is outside and open-air. And he's found creating the coronavirus pieces oddly therapeutic, a respite from being stuck in place and a welcome reminder of creating his earlier virus artworks. "For me, I'm just creating," he said. "I see it as picking up where I left off."

Laura Moyer is Editor of University Relations & Communications Mendoza is the full-time art director for St. Thomas More School in Arlington, and he has adapted to teach his students via videoconference. He assigns projects to challenge their creativity using materials they have on hand.

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TidBits local biz News: Appleton Campbell Recognized By heather appleton Prior to the pandemic Appleton Campbell Received 2020 President's Award from Carrier, Earning Honors as an Outstanding Dealer Appleton Campbell is a recipient of the prestigious President's Award from Carrier for the sixth year in a row. This award provides recognition for outstanding dealers in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Dealers were honored at a ceremony held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The President's Award is given to Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers who achieve excellence in product promotions and deliver superior customer satisfaction. Appleton Campbell is one of the seven recipients in the state of Virginia to be awarded. Recipients of this award demonstrate the very best in operational

excellence, business effectiveness and the delivery of cutting-edge technology to its customers. Appleton Campbell demonstrates technical expertise, while also serving as a leader in promoting the Carrier brand and raising the standard of equipment sales. The company exemplifies service excellence and provides exceptional customer care. Appleton Campbell began in 1976 and proudly serves its communities with quality HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical services by honesty, integrity, and experience. "The 2020 Carrier President's Award winners demonstrate excellence in providing customers with exceptional service each and every day, while also serving as outstanding examples for our industry," said Justin Keppy, president, Residential HVAC, Carrier. "This award

(L- R) Justin Keppy, Carrier President; Jason Anderson, Appleton Campbell Service Manager, 10 years; Ronnie Bland, Appleton Campbell HVAC Service Technician, 16 years; Roger Safrit, Appleton Campbell HVAC Installer; 2 years, Casey Yates, Carrier Senior Director further reinforces the role these companies play as leaders in their communities and serves as an example to all Carrier dealers of how HVAC businesses can thrive in any region."

and appreciative for our customers, employees and vendors especially during this time. Together we will all be stronger and thrive during and after this pandemic."

The President's Award is designed to encourage Carrier dealers to objectively review their businesses and to reward dealers who have excelled in customer satisfaction. This award presents the opportunity for recipients to serve as role models, share best practices and offer peer mentoring to help cultivate excellence across Carrier's independent dealer network.

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Mike Appleton, President of Appleton Campbell stated "I am thankful

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Companions future of veterinary medicine by Gerri Reid dvm

COVID-19 has definitely stopped everyone in their tracks. Virginia has been shut down for almost 2 months. Being quarantined for the last 2 months has taken a toll on everyone. It has changed the way we eat, shop and of course how we socialize. Social distancing has now become a part of our day-to-day routine. Many companies are forced to have their employees work from home. This pandemic has impacted so many businesses and professions on so many levels. And sadly, I see how it has affected my profession. Will Veterinary Care change after this? Many Animal Hospitals had to conform to the protocols set by our American Veterinary Medicine Association as well as the guidelines set by our Governor. Clients now have to wait in their car and have their pets seen without them being present. Doctors have to talk with the owner on the phone to relay their findings/recommendations. Pet owners are not allowed to be with their pet to say "Goodbye" as the "6 feet away protocol" takes on a whole new meaning. Veterinarians were asked to give up any form of PPE they had so those in Human Medicine can be safe. It has definitely been a challenge for Veterinarians. But we have turned to some unconventional means of caring for our patients. Telemedicine is will be the new wave in Veterinary Medicine. During this time, many have relied on video applications such as Zoom, Facetime or Facebook Messenger to see clients/patients. This platform of medicine is something that I believe will be of value not only to us but to our patients. It is a way to connect with our clients and manage the care of their pet(s). It is convenient and can be very useful in many ways. So, how does it work? A Telemedicine appointment is different than a regular visit. Veterinarians are able to talk with clients and collect important information about


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the pet. It opens up the ability to see the pet's environment or witness certain behaviors/issues. Since our patients don't talk, we have to strategically ask questions to get a better understanding of the owner's concern about their pet. It may also involve receiving pictures from the client to interpret the pet's problem. Once the information is gathered, we are able to prescribed medication or recommend the next step for the pet. It is a great alternative to the routine way of seeing patients as well as a good option to offer clients. As for Reid Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC, I have used this service during the shutdown and quarantine. My clients have appreciated the Telemedicine calls and found it very helpful. Part of my Business Mission Statement is to bring back the relationship between the Client and Veterinarian. Offering Telemedicine has been the perfect addition for me to achieve that relationship. On many calls, clients and I have found time to just chat about other things. Clients need this oneon-one interaction as many clients feel they are rushed during an appointment at other facilities. Telemedicine has become a permanent service we will offer. The pandemic has taught us that we can still connect with each other. As Doctors, we can still engage with client/patients and offer quality care. As everything begins to open back up, many of the changes we have seen during the shutdown may remain in place. Restaurants may continue to offer delivery to customers. As for Veterinarians, we are turning to a whole new way to "see" our patients. My thoughts‌Telemedicine is the Future of Veterinary Medicine! Gerri S. Reid is the Owner/Veterinarian of Reid Mobile Veterinary Services. has been named “2020 Best Vet in the “Burg, 540-623-3029; ; fb eVetServices

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Astrology & You THE POETRY MAN

rising sun

By Frank Fratoe

By Dianne Bachman

CHITCHAT On my walks around the town perhaps it may seem unusual but I talk to birds a little as they chat from their perch. One day I neared a light-pole on which a crow had set down and looked above to ask hin “What are you doing up there?” He cawed back at me in monotones I could not recognize at all for this was a bird-language no human has fully understood. After we exchanged discourse it dawned on me he was saying: “I’M here minding my business so can you just mind yours?” Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city.he loves.

When visitors approach your front door is it typically open or closed? Is it painted a bright, welcoming color or is it subdued, mysterious? Is the walkway clear of debris and open or is it a challenging, rocky pathway? Just as the front door of our house reveals some things about our lifestyle, our rising sign (or ascendant) represents how others' might experience us at first glance. It is the face we show to the world and it also reveals a bit about our physique and physical characteristics. Your rising sign is determined by the zodiac sign that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. In a 24-hour period, the rising sign changes every 2 hours, so without an accurate birth time important details of the chart may be lost. The rising sign is located at the cusp (or beginning) of your first house and it sets the signs for the rest of the houses in your chart. Again, without the birth time those details regarding the houses and their interaction with the planets and the signs can be lost. If you do not have a birth time, there are ways to rectify the chart, however, accuracy of interpretations could be questionable. Let's look at a few celebrity charts for examples of how rising signs

present themselves. Can you guess what rising sign Evel Knievel, renegade stuntman had? Aquarius! This rising sign as well as all the other signs have many characteristics. For Evel, however, it really resonates with his rebellious, individualistic public persona. This quote speaks to that cool blooded rebel spirit: "The people don't come to see me die. They come to see me defy death."

relationships with others and ourselves, to look at what our needs are, both from a mundane and a higher mind perspective. Venus will be in retrograde in Gemini as well, so this is definitely a time to focus on what we value most. What risks are we willing to take? Where are we stuck or stagnant? Look at 15 degrees Gemini and Sagittarius in your chart to see how this eclipse might impact you personally.

Mick Jagger has a Gemini ascendant. Yep, you can see it in his lightning fast moves on stage (Jumping Jack Flash) as well as his sharp mind and his high level of creativity. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, known for its speed. Scorpio was rising when Keith Richards took his first independent breath at birth. It gives him that air of mystery and a bit of a glimpse into the dark side. There were rumors after Keith's father died, that he mixed the ashes with cocaine and snorted them. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, named for the God of the Underworld.

June 18: Mercury goes retrograde in Cancer, 1:46 pm. Slow down on all things dealing with communication. Recheck, review, revise.

Oprah Winfrey's rising sign is Sagittarius and she shows the world her enthusiasm, love of learning and adventure through her productions. She is known for her philanthropic ventures and many people with a prominent Sag in their chart will work toward higher good in the world. Rising signs are the front door to our charts and, together with our Sun and Moon can guide us as we grow deeper into our true selves. Now, here are some astrological events to watch for in June: June 5: Full Moon in Sagittarius Lunar eclipse, visible mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. Though we won't be able to view it, the Moon in Sagittarius and Sun in Gemini bring the opportunity to go within, to take an inventory in our

June 21: Solar eclipse in Cancer will not be visible from the United States. Focus is on family, emotional security, relationships. Perhaps the introspection that began during the full Moon lunar eclipse will continue to deepen, maybe heralding beginnings or endings of relationships or ways of thinking about how we relate to the people in our lives. Mars in Pisces will be squaring the Sun during this time, so strong emotion could bring some confusion into the mix. Perhaps it is best to avoid impulsivity and wait for a few days before making any bold decisions. June 23: Neptune goes retrograde at 2:06 pm. Mysterious, watery, deep. Neptune can bring confusion, bewilderment, illusion but also the opportunity to look deeply at meaning in our dreams and how these inform and awaken us to our daily lives. June 25: Venus stations Direct at 2:14 pm. For the entire month of June, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will be in retrograde.

Diane Bachman is a psychotherapist & astroger practicing in FXBG. She can be reached at dbachmanlcsw@gmail “Soul Collage” by Diane Bachman

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Stacy Gaglio June Cover Artist By Collette Caprara

Fredericksburg Sketches A visual Celebration of our community

By Casey Alan Shaw

signage," and her painting that graces the cover of this June issue of Front Porch, "Ground Keepers of Old Town Fredericksburg" & “Crismond’d” below are prime examples. "This nursery always caught my eye driving from my home to downtown Fredericksburg," she said. "I loved how all the colorful flowers and bushes looked and decided to paint it in a pointillism style to really make the colors pop!" With a keen eye for architectural detail, she also took note of the unique pattern of the building's facade and the whimsical nature of its signage. The skills Stacy Gaglio honed as she earned her degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and her natural talent as an artist are evident in her creations on canvas. Also, undeniably present in her art is her joie de vivre. Stacy's subjects are typically homes and buildings, depicted with architectural precision and conveyed through strong lines and bold blocks of color. If a particular scene catches her interest, she may re-visit it a number of times to find a time when the sunlight and contrasts with shadows are exactly right to capture the essence that moved her heart. And Stacy's recipe for a masterful painting includes one more ingredient, a hint of a building's distinctive personality. Her exhibits have included a collection dubbed "Unfrozen" in which she magically brought to life buildings that were vestiges of bygone years, sometimes with an added touch of objects that connote the people in whose lives they once played a role. "My favorite subjects to draw and paint are buildings, homes, and old

Stacy said that her goal with this painting was to convey the essence of spring and its explosion of color. The enchanting scene that takes its viewers to a fanciful world of delight merits the declaration: "Mission Accomplished, Stacy!" Stacy is a member of the Brush Strokes gallery. Additional paintings are available Folks who admire and enjoy Stacy's works will be also happy to know that she is now available to create custom house portraits. See Gaglio Art Collette Caprara is a local writer & artist

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SKETCH #66: Hyperion; Sammy T's. If you happened to be staying close to home and missed the past couple of months of this column, I've been sharing some fun little sketches I did that were inspired by a designer named Jim Flora who was most famous for his 1950s jazz record album cover art. I chose an iconic art style because I wanted to pay homage to some of Fredericksburg's icons. This month, I'm sharing my Hyperion and Sammy T's drawings. I'll likely move back into sharing more "traditional" sketches in the coming months … but this series was just so much darn fun to make that I thought you might have fun looking at them, too. Casey Alan Shaw is a local artist. He teaches art at James Madison University and Germanna Community College and exhibits his original artwork and limited-edition prints at Art First Gallery and at .Casey Alan Shaw is a local artist. He teaches art at James Madison University and Germanna Community College and exhibits his original artwork and limited-edition prints at Art First Gallery and at

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S A Y C H E ES E Theresa Rasmussen

Theresa Rasmussen is a local landscape and Battlefield Photographer. “If you ever see me out and about with my camera, you'll know immediately, I'm in my happy place. You'll see me with a big smile on my face, and I just know that I'm where I'm supposed to be. “I've loved photography and capturing events, moments and places for as long as I can remember. I've always been the one taking photos at any outing, and for my birthday one year, my friends got together and got me one of the first digital cameras ever released. It was basically a small brick with such low resolution, that every picture was grainy. But I didn't care. I loved that

camera. I loved the freedom it gave me to capture the world around me and see my r e s u l t s immediately. A few years later, I bought my first DSLR and ventured into the world of learning to use my camera in manual when photographing my daughter's volleyball games. No more auto for me. After that, I was hooked. “A few cameras and adventures later, I found that I absolutely love bringing the world around me to life through my photos. Though my real job often gets in the way, I shoot and travel as often as possible. Many days I'll stop for sunrise on my way to work, go out to a local park at lunch to shoot, and stop for sunset on my way home. And, I'm never happier. “Living in Virginia, most of my subjects are close by or in neighboring states, and the NC beaches and mountains are among my favorites. I live in the middle of Civil War country, so you'll often find me on a battlefield for sunrise or sunset. I volunteer with the American Battlefield Trust as one of their Distinguished Photographer Corp. I never was a big history buff growing up, but now that I'm photographing these sacred lands, I've found a new appreciation for our country and what our soldiers endured. “But, as much as I like shooting my local area, I've found that traveling to beautiful, scenic, locations is what makes me feel alive. I'm lucky to be married to a wonderful guy who is often the first to suggest a trip for me to take photos. He's patient when I have to take "just one more shot", and is always on the

lookout for something interesting for me to photograph. We love to travel with our two golden retrievers (and grown kids when possible). Photography has made empty nesting much less lonely. “Traveling has taken on new meaning, and through my photography I've developed a love and appreciation for nature that I didn't have before. I try to capture what I'm feeling when I see the amazing vistas and scenes before me, and hope they bring you as much happiness as they do, me.

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