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Sharday Richardson treasures a 2011 photo of her daughter, Moriah, in which she’s beaming at the camera, “her brown eyes and round cheeks covered by a pair of oversized purple sunglasses.” In the photo, Moriah looks like a happy, healthy little girl, but Richardson said that on the same day that the photo was taken, Moriah was diagnosed with cancer — an inoperable tuSharday Richardson is planning big events for terminally mor on her brainstem. ill children in honor of her daughter, Moriah, who died of It was a stunning diagnobrain cancer in 2013. She recently wrote a book, “The Sister sis and an even worse progI Never Met,” that will support her project. SUBMITTED nosis, Richardson said, with Moriah given a 10 percent chance of livIts “Helping Hands” grant offers finaning out the year. Moriah died Sept. 13, 2013 — just two cial help for families struggling to pay for their child’s medical care. weeks before her 5th birthday. “I am determined to bring change and “I vowed my daughter’s death would awareness to a cause that is so dear to not be in vain,” she told InsideNoVa. Richardson has been turning her grief my heart,” said Richardson, who had into joy for others since her daughter two more children, Josiah, 3, and Faith, 2, after Moriah passed. passed. Richardson self-published her first In 2016, she created Uniquely Yours Events, a Fredericksburg-based, chil- children’s book, “The Sister I Never dren’s event-planning company that Met,” about a boy named Jo-Jo who tells pays tribute to her daughter. One of the his class during show-and-tell about the events is an annual “Remember Me Al- older sister he never knew. “While they know how to identify ways” father/daughter, mother/son Valwho Moriah is,” Richardson said of her entine’s dance, with proceeds donated to children, “there are really no platforms various pediatric cancer organizations to help parents talk to younger children that had previously helped Richardson’s about the death of a sibling.” family. Another of Richardson’s events She wrote the book to help not only includes a meet-and-greet party with herself, but other families. Proceeds of Paw Patrol characters. the book’s sale go to the Forever MoThis year, Richardson launched The riah Foundation. Richardson will sign Forever Moriah Foundation, a nonprofit copies of the book at The Mantle Coffee that focuses on a Making Memories program granting celebrations and birthday Shoppe, 15 Tech Parkway, in Stafford on wishes to terminally and critically ill Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. When Moriah was fighting cancer, children up to 16 years old. “Hope is an integral part of a patient’s her only treatment option was radiation. ability to be physically healthy,” Richard- She endured 30 radiation treatments in son said. “We are dedicated to provid- five weeks, and because she was only 2 ing hope and healing to the family as a years old, she had to be put to sleep for whole through our unique and uplifting all of them, her mother said. “It was very traumatic for her, so I told programs.” The foundation also seeks to unite her we would throw her the biggest parsiblings of sick and deceased children. ty her little mind could imagine when

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the treatments were finished,” Richardson said. “When the month was over, Moriah got her own personal carnival, complete with moon bounces, a merrygo-round, a cotton candy machine, a popcorn machine and carnival games. Surrounded by family and friends, there was so much love for her at her event. It was the last thing she really enjoyed before she got too sick. I want to be able to give this gift to other families of critically and terminally ill children.” The foundation’s first Making Memories birthday wish will be granted to a little girl in Stafford next month, Richardson said, explaining that the group is also launching a “Days of Joy” traveling campaign – heading to 10 cities in 12 months. “Before Moriah got sick, we made it our mission to take her to every state in the United States at least once,” Richardson said, noting that when Moriah was diagnosed, she had only made it to five of the 50 states. “Just because she wasn’t able to physically visit the rest of the states, doesn’t mean her legacy can’t.” In each of the 10 cities, the foundation will choose a terminally or critically ill child and throw a party for them and their families, “to create memories that will live on forever — the same thing we were able to do when Moriah was here,” Richardson said.

A Stafford County pair face shoplifting charges after a Walmart security guard noticed a couple not paying for items at the self-checkout at 4:23 p.m. Sept. 24, according to Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo. The guard reported the pair had been seen several times taking items without paying at the store on 217 Garrisonville Road, Vicinanzo said. Jessica Guevara, 19, was served four misdemeanor shoplifting warrants and released. William Walker, 33, was served four felony shoplifting warrants and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail in lieu of a $500 secured bond.

Deputies respond to swatting incident A swatting call in North Stafford mobilized multiple Sheriff ’s Office units, including two canines, to a Burns Road residence at 6:05 p.m. Oct. 3, according to Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo. Swatting occurs when someone makes a prank 911 call with a story of an ongoing crime, often involving hostages, to provoke a SWAT response or draw a large law enforcement presence to a particular address, Vicinanzo said. A male called the 911 Call Center demanding money for two hostages he claimed to have tied up. He threatened to hurt them every hour he did not receive $20,000. Out of an abundance of caution, sheriff ’s office personnel treated the event as real, responded to the scene and set up a perimeter around the residence. The homeowners quickly came to the door and cooperated with the investigation. The incident remains under investigation. The sheriff ’s office will release updates as they become available.

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ou might ask, “What possible connection is there between the first artificial satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1957 and the Stafford County Schools Academy for Technology? Isn’t that stretching things a little?” No, not really. DAVID KERR First, a little history. Sputnik was the first manmade satellite. It was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. There wasn’t much to it — a basketball-sized satellite that went around the Earth about every 90 minutes and transmitted a radio signal. Today that would prompt a collective yawn. Back in 1957, it was big news. A seemingly backward country that we Americans assumed lagged behind us scientifically had gotten into space first. It’s difficult to describe the anxiety and near panic this caused. While we fretted, the Russians were gloating about their satellite and, just to add to our anxieties, were talking about putting a man in space. Our position of scientific prowess in the world had been seriously diminished. Americans also realized that we weren’t graduating enough students educated in mathematics, chemistry, engineering and

physics. Something had to change, so, 60 years ago this month, Congress passed the National Defense Education Act. The bill dramatically increased funding for science and mathematics programs. There were federal grants to kick-start new programs, special federal funding for new science and math teachers and more money to build school laboratories. Universities received support for new chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics programs. Several colleges and universities, under the auspices of the mathematics department, started programs in what we call today information technology. The long-term success of the legislation is hard to argue. Several generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers can trace their educational advancement and their subsequent accomplishments to the legislation that began with that single Soviet satellite. However, it didn’t stop there. Those scientists went on to develop the foundation of the technological revolution that has been in full swing for the past 25 years. Never before has technology advanced so much and so quickly. Before we gloat about how far we’ve come, there is a problem. Just like America back in the late 1950s, we’re again not graduating enough students capable of being the scientists, develop-

ers and engineers of this technologically charged culture. Jobs for engineers, experts in composite materials, people capable of working in the fields of artificial intelligence, advanced medical research, physics and chemistry, go unfilled. That’s where STEM education comes in. It’s about getting more students interested in science, math and engineering and teaching them how they can use it in real problem-solving. That’s where the Stafford County Public Schools, and its Stafford Academy for Technology Programs, comes in. The academy is geared toward a set of scientific career clusters. The idea is to not just make kids take more algebra, calculus and chemistry but also to emphasize problem-solving, innovation and collaboration. The program not only gives these talented students the tools, but teaches them how to use them as well. There are three clusters to choose from: biomedical, information technology and engineering. A sampling of the courses includes advanced programing, aerospace engineering, digital electronics, cybersecurity, medical interventions and biomedical innovations. The academy is designed to meet a need, not only in our public education system, but for our nation and the world. But, really, as impressive as it is, it’s just another step that started with that first manmade satellite six decades ago. David Kerr, a former member of the Stafford County School Board, is an instructor in political science at VCU and can be reached at StaffordNews@ insidenova.com.

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he entire issue around Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, regardless of which side of the political aisle one supports, has put a strain on proper legislative action. The same goes with recent actions regarding comments made DANIEL CORTEZ about the chairwomen of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and the Stafford School Board. The issue is political ethics. The boards’ chairs, Meg Bohmke and Patricia Healy, respectively, recently came under fire for their past associations and comments - although not of a sexual nature, as the complaints against Kavanaugh were. Critics say they have compromised the integrity of their offices to the point of suggesting Bohmke resign and Healy “pass the gavel.” In the grassroots community, average citizens roll their eyes in disgust. The issue with Bohmke revolves around her management of fellow board member Wendy Maurer’s comments concerning a controversial cemetery issue being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Attacks on Healy stem from her fam-

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ily’s associations with the development community and her votes. In a March 29 InsideNoVa column, I discussed how votes of the two boards regarding clustering can affect the bottom line for many, which is profit and taxation. But the recent attacks have become personal and blatantly political. What I find repulsive is the veil of sexism whispered against two respected women in Stafford political circles, suggesting the “good ol’ boy” network is still not ready for ladies of quality to be political equals. Regarding the blatant attack on Kavanaugh, the recent words of former Gov. George Allen on “Fox Business Live with Neil Cavuto” has great relevance: Judges ought to apply the law, not invent it for their own political purposes. His comments have a sincere local tie with respect to the free speech issue that is the basis of contention in Stafford. Free speech must be allowed without the predetermination of alleged defamation or impropriety. In that, Bohmke must be respected and congratulated for seeking legal clarification and allowing a fellow board member’s words of concern. And if Healy’s or her family’s private business dealings are a genuine ethical concern, they also indeed should be voiced, and voters can take them into consideration in the future. Regrettably, it becomes a political

power play. And for the dominant conservative base in Stafford, actions relate to a former supervisor’s desire to replace Del. Bob Thomas in an upcoming election. Thomas, while demonstrating great effectiveness in representing the common man and woman, has irked some establishment types by supporting Medicaid expansion provisions with a work component. Sadly, out-of-touch conservatives find it troubling to aid the indigent. It is about power while still upholding the rule of law, whether nationally or locally. Citizens are indeed infuriated with blatant double standards found in Congress with respect to the Kavanaugh hearings. His presumption of innocence over allegations finally investigated by the FBI and the fact that liberal senators chose to ignore the FBI’s facts may indeed drive the independent community to the polls with the same fever that elected Donald Trump as president. And the same angry voters may also remove partisans who think our elected Stafford women don’t deserve ethical treatment. Daniel Cortez, a Northern Virginia political writer and broadcaster, is active in veteran and minority affairs. Reach him at dpcortez1969@yahoo.com.

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STAFFORD BRIEFS STAFFORD COUNTY ANNOUNCES SCHEDULED MEETINGS Stafford County has announced the following meetings. All meetings are at the George L. Gordon Jr. Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road. • The Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers. • The Board of Social Services meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, has been canceled. The next meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room. • The Cluster Policy Subcommittee will meet Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room ABC. • The Cluster Ordinance Map Subcommittee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room ABC. • The Utilities Commission will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room ABC. RED CROSS TO HOLD BLOOD DONATION EVENTS The American Red Cross is encouraging blood donations in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer patients may need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications, according to a news release. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations in September. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming blood donation opportunities include QCC - North Stafford at 800 Corporate Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29. VRE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS The Virginia Railway Express will hold a series of public hearings to solicit comments on a proposed fare increase that will average approximately 3 percent over current fares.  The VRE Operations Board will act on the Fiscal 2020 budget, which in-

cludes the proposed fare increase, on Dec. 21. If adopted, the fare increase would take effect the first week of July 2019. The following local public hearings will be held: • Nov. 1, 7 to 8 p.m., Stafford County Government Center, board chambers, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford • Nov. 15, 7 to 8 p.m., Rappahannock Regional Library, room 2, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Written comments will be accepted through Nov. 23. They can be mailed to: Public Comment, 1500 King St., Suite 202, Alexandria, VA 22314. Comments may also be submitted via email to publiccomment@vre.org or via fax at 703-684-1313.  For more information, visit vre.org/ publiccomment. FALL FESTIVAL TO BE HELD A fall family festival will be held Oct. 13 at John Lee Pratt Memorial Park in Stafford County. The free event will be held rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be vendors, hayrides, children’s activities, a pumpkin derby, a car show and festival food. The park is located at 120 River Road in Falmouth. For more information, visit staffordparks.com. EXPO CENTER TO HOLD GARAGE SALE The Fredericksburg Expo Center will hold a massive garage sale Oct. 13-14, with more than 100 vendors under one roof. There will be furniture, tools, clothing, toys, automotive parts, books, bikes, records, toys, pet supplies, decorations, art, tools, outdoor equipment and much more for sale. Tickets are $4 per day apiece with children 12 and under free. Early-bird tickets are available in advance for $10 apiece, which allows those who buy the early tickets to enter the sale a half-hour early on day one. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14. Early-bird ticket-holders can enter at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 13. For more information, visit everythingbutthegarage.com or search the sale on Facebook.

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We’re celebrating Oktoberfest at Trilogy® at Lake Frederick, and you’re invited! Tomorrow from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, we’ll have live music and traditional German food (including bratwurst and beer, of course!) at the Lakeside Lawn at Shenandoah Lodge. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon with your future neighbors!

Good Times at the Shenandoah Lodge Oktoberfest will take place on the lawn of our ~36,000-square-foot Shenandoah Lodge. This amazing facility has a charming café, an educational culinary studio, a sports escape with poker and card tables, billiards, and flat screen TVs, a fitness center, and social and event spaces. The Club also features an award-winning restaurant, Region’s 117, which offers a spectacular lake view and a regional menu of locally sourced ingredients curated within 117 miles of the Club. Region’s 117 was recently awarded “BEST OF” in three categories: Best Dinner, Best Fine Dining, and Best Restaurant in Winchester/ Frederick County!

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Can’t Make Oktoberfest? There’s More Coming Up! If you can’t make Oktoberfest, don’t worry. We have many other events on the calendar. On October 28th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, we’re hosting a Cruise-in Car Show. Whenever you’re here, take a tour of our Model Homes, the Club, and our Quick Move-in Homes. We’re having a National Sales Event on all Quick Move-in Homes (through October 14th), so your timing couldn’t be better. Call to learn more!

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Students at Anthony Burns Elementary, Garrisonville Elementary and Rodney E. Thompson Middle schools are collecting food and supplies to send to North Carolina to contribute to rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Florence, according to a news release. Anthony Burns Elementary School Student Council Association hosted the first community service day of the school year recently. Staff and students who brought in a can of food or water wore a hat for the entire school day and more than half of the school participated.

Garrisonville Elementary School students are collecting school supplies to send to schools and students. Donation boxes in the school are filling up with items that North Carolina students will need. Students at Rodney E. Thompson Middle School are collecting new and gently used books to donate to school libraries damaged in the hurricane. They are also collecting monetary donations to help schools purchase what they need after the devastation. These acts of kindness are a reflection of the SCPS mission to inspire and empower all learners to thrive.

Stafford schools, teachers receive financial literacy awards The five Stafford County public high schools were named W!SE Financial Literacy Blue Star schools, and 17 teachers were recognized as Gold Star Teachers for 2017-2018, according to the school division. W!se’s mission is to develop financial literacy, and college and career readiness. Schools must achieve an 80 percent passing rate on the financial literacy certification test to receive the distinction. The following are W!SE Financial Literacy Gold Star Teachers: • Stafford High School, James Ayers, Bonnie Edyvane and Tammie Thomas.

• Mountain View High School, Jordan Basenback, Kevin Brown, Chevonda Clark, Amy Ellis, Kate Heffner and Kelly Pollock. • Brooke Point High School, Kaitlyn Rehbein, Melynda Rose and Kitty Firestone. • Colonial Forge High School, Adam Spinelli, Nancy Brandon, Deborah Ingram and Brenda Mitchell. • North Stafford High School, Teresa Clark. Gold Star Teachers must achieve a 93 percent pass rate in at least one of their classes on either the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test.

EDUCATION BRIEFS STAFFORD MIDDLE SCHOOLS RECEIVE SAFETY GRANTS Stafford County Public Schools recently received $98,903 for security upgrades through a state grant, announced Gov. Ralph Northam. The funds will be used at Donald B. Dixon-Lyle R. Smith , Edward E. Drew Jr., H.H. Poole and T. Benton Gayle middle schools for continued improvement and technological upgrades of security

camera systems, according to the school division. These upgrades will be similar to ones performed last year at county high schools. The local monies are part of $6 million in school security equipment grants to protect students and teachers in 102 school divisions and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

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Once again it is my favorite time of year — Fall, October, Halloween right around the corner. This means it is once again time for a “pets and Halloween public service announcement.” Screaming and running children; elaborate horror displays; the sounds, sights and smells may prove too much for many dogs to handle. The last thing your dog needs is to be exposed to a high level of stress — even if you think it is fun. Leave him at home as you take your two-legged critters about. Scared, stressed dogs are more likely to respond in ways we do not want. As you pass out candy, keep pets away from doors. Even a friendly dog who happily greets people may become stressed out by the constant barrage of spooky visitors. Alternatively, a child could be frightened of your dog (even if Sparky is trying to be friendly) and end up getting hurt. Frequently opening doors increases the risk of your cat or dog slipping out. Keep your pets securely confined behind a closed door, baby gate or crated. Do not allow your pets outside unattended. They may become the victim of a prank. Before the goblins are due to roam,

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The following events are coming up at the Porter Branch Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Visit librarypoint. org/porter for more info. Halloween Costume Swap Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-2 p.m. Exchange your child's gently used costume for one that's new to you. Drop off your clean, intact, and stainfree costume through Oct. 12. For each costume donated, you will receive a swap voucher. Costumes remaining after the swap will be donated to charity. Halloween Hoopla Friday, Oct. 19, 9:30-10 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. Stories, songs, and a costume parade! All ages with a caregiver. Fabulous Friday: Candy Science Friday, Oct. 19, 4:30-5:15 p.m. For grades K-6. Local Author Visit: Jennifer Nsenkyire Saturday, Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m. Meet the author of “My Pool of Bethesda.” Meet The Moon Saturday, Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. View the moon with a NASA Solar System Ambassador at the library's Meet the Moon event! We're celebrating the annual International Observe the Moon Night at Porter Branch with an open house for all ages.

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Colonial Forge running back Ernesto Bowen ran for two second-quarter touchdowns Oct. 5 to help the Eagles improve to 6-0 with a 35-0 victory over previously undefeated Massaponax. PHOTO BY WWW.JENNIFERMUHLENBRUCK.COM

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When North Stafford lost five of its key varsity volleyball players to graduation following a trip to the state semifinals last season, it might have seemed a tough challenge awaited the Wolverines and third-year head coach Nicole Candelora. Then after the Wolverines lost a tough five-set match to Massaponax during their Commonwealth District tournament to begin the season, the challenge seemed even bigger. But thanks in large part to strong contributions from two of its key returning players, Victoria Barrett, an all-state firstteam pick, and Sydney Ferguson, who will play for Penn State next fall and was a first-team all-region and second-team allstate selection, North Stafford managed to regroup, winning nine straight matches, including a rematch against Massaponax in regular season play. Interestingly, the Wolverines have played just two matches at home due to both a scheduling quirk and some remodeling of the North Stafford gym. So the best might still be to come with home matches against both Massaponax and Brooke Point still ahead, though a difficult road match against Colonial Forge also awaits. “That’s one that gives me a little bit of heartburn because Forge is a very tough team,” Candelora said. One of the reasons why North Stafford may have dropped its initial match versus Massaponax was the health of Ferguson, who had ankle surgery this past summer and played at “about 40 percent” against Massaponax. “She’s at about 70 percent now. She’s slowly getting back,” Candelora said. “We will need her to kick in [to normal gear] for regions. She has two metal plates in her ankle and she’s 6-4, so she’s had to adjust her game a little bit to still be effective.” Another factor in North Stafford’s strong play has been the fact that Candelora foresaw the loss of the starters last season, so she had then freshman Gabriella Figueroa gain valuable experience. In addition, Manierys Munoz switched from setter last season to libero this season and has done so “seamlessly,” according to Candelora. “All of the sophomores have really grown throughout the season,” Candelora said. “Figueroa also really grew a lot during the travel ball season and she already knew everybody from last season, so she has done really well.” Another player who has contributed to the strong start is senior Annika Benson, whose primary sport is lacrosse, but has contributed well in the middle. “She’s done a lot for us [in past seasons]. She was open to moving to the middle and is such a hard worker. She’s been impressive,” Candelora said. There are two other things about the

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early season that may be factors in helping North Stafford be state contenders once again. First, the team has played in several tough matches early on that has tested its mettle, perhaps a bit more than Candelora might like, but she said she is trying to see it as a blessing in disguise. “Maybe the struggle and fight we’ve had to show so far in several of our matches is going to be beneficial,” Candelora said. “We’ve had an extra grind to pull out some of these wins. That’s where the play of Victoria [Barrett] and Sydney [Ferguson] has been so crucial. They often rally some of the younger girls. I think it’s been good for [our players] to pull out matches and find that needed grit.” The other important factor has been the emergence of “North Nation” at games. Candelora said it’s been a rallying point for her since 2016, when she took over as head coach. “When I first came to North, nobody came to our games,” Candelora recalled. “So I started telling everyone, if I can just get you to come out to one game, and you see these girls’ power and talent, you will want to keep coming.” One of the team’s biggest boosters at the time was football coach Joe Mangano. “He came out and started texting his players and other people, ‘You’ve got to come out and watch these girls. This is amazing to watch.’” Because of the word of mouth from people like Mangano and Candelora, the school’s volleyball fandom has increased to such an extent that two student buses were needed to bring all of the students who wanted to attend last year’s state tournament. “They definitely rally us when we play at home and sometimes on the road,” Candelora said. “Another reason we like playing at home is the low ceiling in our gym. We definitely see it as a home court advantage.”

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Angel Finch knew that making the adjustment to the college level would be a challenge. She is finding that to be the case both on the field and in the classroom at Bridgewater College as a Division III player in women’s soccer. “Academics and the competition [in soccer] is really high,” Angel Finch was a four-year varsity player at Stafford High School. said Finch, a gradu-  SUBMITTED ate of Stafford High School. “The coach set up a hard schedule and won the Coach’s Award her last two this year. For academics, it has been more years of high school. than I thought, but it is bearable.” She was part of championship teams at Finch is contributing on the field for the the club level, including the 2016 Jefferson Eagles, who defeated Emory & Henry on Cup champion and the 2016 WAGS DiviSept. 22 in the first Old Dominion Ath- sion I title. letic Conference contest of the year. Finch also considered Division III state The freshman defender has seen playing schools Lynchburg and Hampden-Sydney time early on for Bridgewater, which then for college soccer and also looked at Frostbeat rival Eastern Mennonite 2-1 on Sept. burg State University in Maryland, which 26 to improve to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the plans to make the move from Division III ODAC. to Division II next year. Another Stafford resident with the Ea“The team bonding was a lot stronger gles is Mountain View graduate Lindsey [at Bridgewater]. It was a real family feelWinkels, also a freshman defender. ing,” she said. “I cared more about … how “Angel and Lindsey have been great the team [bond] felt.” additions to the program,” according to Finch’s older sister, Kristal, played socMike Van Horn, the head coach of the cer at Stafford High and went to college in Eagles. “Not because they are just good New York. Their father played high school soccer players, but because they are great football and basketball near Chicago. young ladies and great teammates. Angel Other Stafford residents with college is very versatile and has played as a for- soccer teams are freshman goalie Laura ward for us, and can play in the back if we Mason (Brooke Point) and senior midneed her to. Winks has played both out- fielder Kara Rombaugh (Colonial Forge) side back and center back for us already of Lynchburg. The Hornets played Oct. 10 this year. They are off to a great start, and at Bridgewater. we are looking forward to them growing Among the teams to beat in the ODAC in our program.” are Lynchburg and Shenandoah. Finch was able to see the Eagles in ac“I know our rival is Lynchburg,” Finch tion in 2017. said. “I know they did really well last year,” Freshman midfielder Abby Harrigan Finch said. “It was the best year that their is from Brooke Point High and is now at program had since coach Van Horn had Christopher Newport with women’s soccome in. I saw them play last year. I knew cer. Another Stafford product at the colI would have to work hard. Bailey Kratz, a senior, has been a good role model for lege level is freshman midfielder Kendall Weinfeld, who is playing for Division I me.” Finch was a four-year varsity player Davidson in North Carolina in the Atlanat Stafford High and a second-team all- tic 10 Conference. David Driver can be reached at Staffordconference performer in 2016. She was named to the first-team in 2017 and 2018, News@insidenova.com.

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HOROSCOPES ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) At the halfway point in any solar year, there is a chance to reflect back on the intentions and resolutions you moved into this solar year with. Often that means confronting truths, yet by doing so this is ultimately liberating. As the Moon returns to your relationship sector and into opposition with planets in Aries, is the bringing up of old baggage. TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) A New Moon is an opportunity for new beginnings and where you’re able to strike out in new directions on the job front. Yet as the Sun aligns with Ceres here, there is a chance to ask ‘what am I getting out of this’? There is a greater focus this year on abundance and not just financial abundance. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) When the Sun and Moon come together to create a New Moon, this is a powerful moment in any month. The Moon has the power to move the tides and the oceans, while the Sun literally governs everything. When they come together we have a chance to tap into that combined power. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have reached a turning point in this year, a point where you’re coming out of the shadows. As you do, you’re starting to appreciate that it is the simple things in life that bring the most joy. The Sun will always turn the solar spotlight on your home and family life and matters at this time of year. This is just a stopping point, with a chance to recharge your batteries before taking on the world. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) With Mars firing things up on the relationship front, in a positive and empowering way, having the communication lines open is everything. Yet not just on the relationship front, but in all your communications you have some stunning support, which becomes even more stunning. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be warned that the Moon’s final hours in Virgo might push some buttons and bring up some old emotional responses, which are amplified. Yet it is where your buttons are pushed or old feelings resurface, that this gets them out into the light. What you have now, which you didn’t before, is a voice. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) While your birthday month still has several weeks to run, today marks the start of the

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most important days. Just as the Sun is exposing your deepest needs and priorities. As you line up with a chance to commit to your new solar year, the future and the journey ahead, you have a mix of intuition and logic, imagination and intelligence to draw on. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) As if having Venus in retrograde motion in Scorpio wasn’t creating enough nostalgia, this will increase as the Moon returns. This brings you to a point in the month long wind down of your old solar year, where the Sun and Moon are getting ready to look to the future. Yet in the lead up to the New Moon and its focus on looking ahead, it’s more about looking back. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) This was always going to be an auspicious time for personal and professional networking. There is not only a sense of camaraderie in the air but both a need to be and a feeling of being supported. You have no time for takers, with a need for something nurturing and supportive from your friendships and relationships. This is when the potential for new beginnings begins. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) The Moon is hanging onto its final hours in an adventurous part of your chart. You may even find that these adventurous lunar vibes are so insistent, that they challenge your excuses. If you’re wrestling with a need to embrace a sense of adventure and a need to keep your professional hat on, find a way to do both. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) In between now and then is an adventurous New Moon that starts setting in from today and the timing couldn’t be better. With Venus still in her early days in retrograde motion in your career sector, you can benefit from a chance to get your bearings. At the same time, the adventurous lunar vibes that roll in from today can guard against over thinking things. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Pay attention to any buttons being pushed today and the emotional responses this may trigger. Look to where this has come from the past and simply observe, without interfering. This could bring up some old baggage and old emotional responses. Yet if you can stand back and not buy into old reactions, the healing process can happen naturally. WWW.HOROSCOPEASTROLOGYTAROT.COM

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71. “Give me your ____, your poor...” 72. Cremation pile 73. Lamb’s momma 74. Glorify DOWN 1. Nordic native 2. ____ of Qatar, or Prince of Qatar 3. Rigatoni relative 4. Old World lizard 5. Prayer beads 6. Call to matey 7. *As opposed to blue 8. Moved like ivy 9. Not to be mentioned 10. *Like the citizenship Oath of Allegiance 11. Cheese on Peloponnese 12. One on drugs 15. ____ Dan, olden-day hair pomade 20. Full of corals 22. Expression of amazement 24. Salad green 25. *Lower chamber of Congress

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Stafford County Agricultural Fair Through Oct. 21 | Free Stafford County Fairgrounds 2135 Mountain View Road, Stafford, VA 22556 Take a ride on the monster truck, see the 4H animals, watch the Miss Stafford Pageant. Listen to great music on stage. Demolition Derby, Truck Pull, Carnival, Food, Vendors.

Spooky Stories in the Woods 6 p.m. | $8 Curtis Memorial County Park 58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22406 Take a nighttime hike through the woods at Curtis Memorial Park followed by spooky stories, a craft and s’mores by campfire. Suitable for children ages 5+.

SAT | OCT 20 Stafford’s Fall Vendor and Craft Fair 10 a.m. Anne E. Moncure Elementary 75 Moncure Lane, Stafford, VA 22554 Over 50 local small businesses with something for everyone.

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How to Care for Your Eyes as You Age s we age, our bodies don’t perform as well as they once did, and vision is no exception. However, early detection and treatment of eye problems and diseases through an eye exam is the best way to protect your eyes and overall health. To help keep your eyes healthy for years to come, consider the following tips. „„Eat an eye-healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables, especially carrots and dark leafy greens, provide a hefty punch of key vitamins and a key vision protectingsubstance called lutein. Find some new recipes to make filling up on these nutritious choices both delicious and fun. „„Maintain a healthy weight. Did you know that by eating healthy portions, exercising regularly and doing your best to maintain a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of cataracts? Conditions such as obesity and diabetes can lead to vision problems like cataracts. „„Protect eyes from blue light. Most people today spend a lot of time in front of digital screens, such as smartphones, computers and televisions. These devices emit high-energy blue light, which causes digital eye strain that can lead to headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and even neck pain. Ask your eye doctor about the best options to help reduce eye strain. „„Get an eye exam. A yearly eye exam is

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