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Carol Hueber Educator Advocate

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My Home Girl G ... Going Strong at 99

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Missy Pixton ... Mental ealth advocate

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porch talk 4

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Our Heritage: religious revival of 1863 history’s stories.: jane howison & braehead manor

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companions: is your dog’s back out of whack?

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autoknown better: april shower’s brings what? hollyburg: oscars live among us

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Senior Care: safe today, healthy tomorrow

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wellness: weighty problems fxbg wellness wonderland

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art in the burg: carol waite

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scene & heard...in the ‘burg!

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fxbg music scene

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community link: community give

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Renew Your Strength

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protocols

on the porch...life in fredericksburg Messages

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Quiet Moments: what one person can do People & Cmmuity: Downtown Greens

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Wearable art Summer Camps A Graced Eye....Poetry

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mindful living: bill brooks

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VA Wineries... Playgrounds for grownups

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Vino: chardonnay, queen of summer Cooking with kyle

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season’s bounty: may day

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will power: all about beer

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Calendar of events

Get your glove and meet me at the park By Kyle Snyder

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...And more!

stafford 350: Land grab of’42 My own path

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Community Catch: simson & kirklighter spotlight on kickshaw market Little Burg, Big World: Sister Cities

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Fredericksburg Community Catch

Cover photo Bob martin

Fredericksburg is a great place to live. We share a sense of community, family, and service. Richard Simpson, from King George and one of our greatest personalities, teamed up with Sean Kirklighter, originally from Stafford, to promote the newest of our community focused programs not sponsored by anyone but our own community; Fredericksburg Community Catch. Just out of the Army, Sean found himself at odds with civilian life. Permanently disabled, the less structure civilian world presented many opportunities for frustration. Sean’s bank moving their location left Sean driving around for hours talking to a customer service representative who suggested he drive to the branch in Richmond. “It made me angry. Their own people didn’t know where the new location was!” He visited his wife at her work. The end result was more frustration and a wife whom bore the brunt, for which he later apologized.

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Eventually, Sean found the new location. He recounted, “I was still upset, even at the bank. The adjustment period is hard.” On the way out of the bank, Richard called Sean where Sean shared his frustrations and personal transgression. “I can’t change (the way I feel). They are not being fast enough for me.” Richard keenly advised Sean to “get your glove and meet me at (the park).” Sean and Richard spent the next hour playing catch. The result was a transformation from the frustrations of the now, to the fond, familiar memories of yester year. Sean said, “(catch) was like sunshine and hotdogs; Even like riding my bike to every game.” Within minutes Richard noted Sean’s change. “It was like handing a man a coloring book without taking away his masculinity.” At the end of that day, they thought others could benefit. From December till the first “Community Catch” day on April 6, they have been collecting gear. “Matt Matter, Eli Poole, B.K., and others have really stood up,” smiled Richard. Sean added, “the goal is to get people outside and interacting with others in the community.” They have connected with Big Brothers and Big Sisters as well as other groups. “We will be playing catch all summer, as long as the weather is not horrible, every Sunday at Maury park next to Maury stadium on the corner of William street and Kenmore Avenue from 1-3p. Come join us!” As a recent participant, I second that motion! Come meet your neighbors and play catch.

Kyle Snyder is always on the lookout for community gatherings.

Lexi Grogan’s Pet Sitting Service

Our Joe is Blooming!

“Your pet becomes my pet while in my care, and I care a lot!” - Lexi (540-903-0437; lexig0892@gmail.com) On facebook as “lexi grogan’s pet sitting service” Prices: Dogs - $15 per canine per visit Cats - $12 per feline per visit

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May 2014

Front porch fredericksburg

Better value, more love for your pet than if you kennel board him!

front porch fredericksburg

May 2014

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Front Porch Fredericksburg - May 2014