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Best Places to Live In the US? Washington Region Comes In Fourth So do you like living here in the greater Washington metropolitan region? Hope so, because according to the 2017 rankings by US News & World Report you will have to move to Austin, Denver or San Jose, California to find a better metro area to live in. Using a 1 to 10 scale, the annual rankings take five elements into consideration – Desirability (6.9 DC ranking); Value (7.4); Job Market (8.7);

Quality of Life (6.6); and Net Migration (6.9). The overall score for Washington was 7.3 out of 10 possible points. According to the report “The Washington, D.C., metro area has the perks of a large urban area. It's serviced by an extensive public transit system, is home to plenty of restaurants and entertainment venues and a variety of museums and other cultural sites. Meanwhile,

each neighborhood in the District and its surrounding towns has its own atmosphere. Residents gather for block parties, mingle at dog parks and converse at coffee shops, creating an ambiance similar to that of a much smaller community.” In its analysis, the report does note that housing is expensive (average housing price in Washington being $371,772; whereas US average

is $211,731), however they also recognize that “Washington offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.” The report notes that the area is fairly young and attractive because of good schools, plenty of well paying jobs and a variety of recreational and cultural amenities. Traffic, however, is a black eye, with our average

commute times being 34.8 minutes, or roughly 8.4 minutes longer than the national average, and probably much more stressful. All in all, many of the residents love this area for all of the things mentioned in the rankings report. To see more on the report and to see how other areas stack up with DC, visit realestate.usnews.com/ places on the web.

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and Zipcar operate about 800 vehicles each in the DC area.

Car2Go Goes Upscale The distinctive Car2Go fleet of Smart cars in the Washington, DC region is about to get a significant upgrade, in the name of a new fleet of Mercedes Benz models. Car2Go, owned by Daimler AG, which manufactures Mercedes, introduces a fleet of Mercedes crossovers (the GLA) and sedans a (CLA) to the Washington market in early February. While the two seated Smart cars are perfect for city driving and parking; however some subscribers of the Car2Go service desired vehicles that could carry more people and cargo. As such, the fleet is being augmented by these two new lines of Mercedes. Car2Go is an international

car sharing service that provides fleets of cars in major U.S. cities such as New York, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Austin, Portland and Columbus. Fees for usage are based on the time you use the vehicle and no monthly fees or rental subscription packages, no reservations required, no need to return the car to the location where you hopped in. Car sharing, including Zipcar, is becoming increasingly popular in the US and is now being seen more frequently in suburban areas, like Northern Virginia. Car sharing provides a great alternative to car ownership, particularly for those residents who rely mostly on public transportation for most of their trans-

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Bicycling Around Leesburg Begins with Exploring

Seeing is believing, and exploring multi-use trails around town on a bicycle is liberating. The Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County, VDOT, and Bike Loudoun are to be commended for the increased miles and connections of paved multi-use trails in Leesburg and Loudoun. Not only do the trails connect neighborhoods to schools, they also connect cyclists and pedestrians to shopping areas, parks, and the greatest treasure of all – the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail). Yet we don’t often see cyclists using the routes off the W&OD. Is it a matter of being stuck in their cars, or a matter of becoming familiar with the routes? As a bicycle ride organizer and leader for Bicycle Outfitters, I have led rides mostly on the W&OD for

those who are interested in gaining fitness and/or fresh air. A special ride was developed to give riders experience and confidence in using their bicycles for transportation. One of the most popular new rides this season has been the Leesburg Loop, or as one rider dubbed it, Tour de Leesburg. The route circumnavigates the town using its network of multi-use trails and the W&OD – a distance of 12 miles. The ride was designed to give cyclists the opportunity to practice and become familiar with the routes off the W&OD. It’s a ride that packs a lot into those 12 miles. The newly completed and opened section of the Russell Branch Parkway between Battlefield Parkway and Riverside Parkway was the key to taking less experienced riders on the route. This

replaced the hilly and truckladen route on Cochran Mill Road as the departure point off the W&OD southeast of town to Battlefield turning on Russell Branch. Riders love the detour through the Village at Leesburg! Pedaling up the street, they pass the movie theater, bowling alley, shops, restaurants, and beehive that is Wegmans. (Note: the Village at Leesburg could use some visible bike racks.) Northeast of town, they cycle past other shopping areas, Market Place at Potomac Station and then Fort Evans Plaza. Northwest of town, they ride through Ida Lee Park where the path traverses between the library and recreation center. Eventually the route returns to the W&OD through residential areas near Loudoun County High

School. Near the finish, the route turns off near Market Station and its many popular restaurants onto the new multi-use trail through Raflo Park on Harrison Street. The only snag on the route is where Battlefield crosses the Route 15 bypass north of town. The multi-use trails veer off into the neighborhoods before the traffic light on both sides of the intersection. Cyclists must use the four-lane streets for a block on either side. Often the riders have never cycled off the W&OD or out of their own neighborhood, not knowing where the side paths take them. Coming in January 2017, Leesburg will erect wayfinding signs for bicyclists along the routes around and through town, making navigation much easier. Riding the multi-use trails, cyclists brush up on using

hand signals for stops and turns. They learn where the routes go, where the traffic light buttons are located, and safe ways to navigate busy intersections, which at times require a dose of patience. They also see the importance of riding predictably as another vehicle on the road. After riding the Leesburg Loop, riders have later reported taking friends and family on the same ride to share their new-found knowledge of how to bicycle around town. Mission accomplished.

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Celebrate 2017 Historic Garden Week! BY KAREN CAUTHEN ELLSWORTH From its inception nearly a century ago, the Garden Club of Virginia has highlighted policy issues directed at the environment and sustainability. Its 47 member clubs are comprised of more than 3,300 volunteers. They have long advocated to conserve natural resources, plant trees and promote environmentally sustainable gardening. The Garden Club of Virginia encourages the use of native plants. Gardeners everywhere know that setting plants in the proper location reduces maintenance and watering requirements, and eliminates or reduces the need for and use of commercial pesticides and fertilizers. A native landscape does not need to be mowed like a conventional lawn, reducing the demand for non-renewable resources and improving water and air quality. Landscaping with wildflowers and grasses improves the ecosystem. Birds, butterflies, bees and other plants are attracted to these plants,

enhancing biodiversity. “One has only to drive by a Kudzu infested roadside to understand how invasive plants rob native plants of their natural habitat,” notes Tuckie Westfall, Conservation Chairman of this statewide organization. Renowned for its popular Historic Garden Week, the nation’s only statewide house and garden tour, the Garden Club of Virginia celebrates the beauty of the land, conserves the gifts of nature and challenges future generations to build on this heritage. This fundraiser began when a flower show organized by Garden Club of Virginia volunteers raised funds to save trees planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. More than 80 years later, proceeds from local Historic Garden Week tours continue to fund the restoration and preservation of nearly 40 of the Commonwealth’s significant historic public gardens, two annual research fellowships, as well as a new initiative with Virginia’s state parks. This spring, there are four tours involving seven clubs in the Northern Virginia area alone.

Old Town Alexandria – Saturday, April 22 – 10am to 4pm

Overlooking the Potomac River and within minutes of our Nation’s Capital, Alexandria was established in 1749. Rich in history, Alexandria was a major seaport prior to the Revolutionary War, occupied by Union troops during the Civil

Colonial Williamsburg. Photo by Kelly J Mihalcoe. Courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation. Colonial Williamsburg is the world's largest living history museum. It is the restored 18th-century English capital of the New World. It is also the story of the United States. War, and a torpedo production site during World War II. In 1946, Old Town Alexandria was the third city in the country to create a historic district to preserve its downtown.  It has more than 4,000 buildings with a historic designation. This walking tour includes five houses with gardens within the historic district and refreshments at a private home.  A Marketplace at the Athenaeum, boutique shopping, and fine dining are just steps away.  In addition, the tour ticket allows access to two Garden Club of Virginia restoration projects, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and Green Spring Gardens, in addition to other local properties of historic interest.  To help plan your visit to Alexandria, please visit: http://www.visitalexandriava. com for ideas on where to stay, shop and eat. Cost: $45 in advance, $55 day of event.

the Potomac River to six beautiful estates in Leesburg on this tour that includes access to five notable homes, some with spectacular river views, and remarkable historic structures. Journey along the old north-south Carolina Road (now Route 15) and enjoy the scenic landscape. Stone, brick and stucco mansions and restored barns provide the backdrop to picturesque gardens. Tour headquarters is located at Morven Park in celebration of Marguerite Westmoreland Davis’s centennial membership with Leesburg Garden Club, the hosting club. Explore the Garden Club of Virginia’s recent garden restoration project at Oatlands Plantation on the south end of this driving tour. Cost: $35 in advanced, $50 day of event.

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Warrenton – Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, Leesburg – Sunday, April April 27 – 10am to 5pm The bucolic countryside 23 and Monday, April 24 – includes one of the first houses 10am to 5pm

as well as a very recent house built in the style of the Tidewater plantations. Three impressive manor houses attest to the gracious lifestyle of the area in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The county seat of Warrenton is the fulcrum between the rolling Piedmont hills with lush agricultural land to the west and the bustling urban centers to its east. Admire the county courthouse as you stroll down the streets of Warrenton for lunch and shopping as well a visit to the Old Jail Museum on this twoday tour. Cost: $35, available at any of the houses open for the tour. Credit card only accepted at Headquarters. Advance Tickets: $25. www.vagardenweek.org. By mail before April 12, send a self addressed, stamped envelope and check payable to The Warrenton Garden Club, PO BOX 1073, Warrenton, VA 20188. Tickets available locally, until April 19 at Christine Fox, the Town Duck and Carter & Spence.


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A Richmond, west-end home open for Historic Garden Week in Virginia. Photo by Beth Furgurson, Virginia.org, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Winchester – Saturday, April 29 – 10am to 5pm Going out of town, this rural tour showcases four estates dating from 1782 to 1993. "Visitors might not

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realize that their ticket purchase helps to preserve and restore historic gardens in the immediate area. Take a side trip to the State Arboretum of Virginia and experience one of the nearby gardens that

Monticello, photo courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation. Historic Garden Week has helped to sustain and grow," explains Anne Buettner, one of the Tour Chairmen for the Winchester-Clarke County tour. The 175-acre Historic Blandy Experimental Farm at the State Arboretum is in nearby Boyce. It contains

over 5,000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. A property of the University of Virginia since 1926, it is currently operated under its department of Environmental Services. Stone walls along Dogwood Lane that once led to the manor house of the

original farm were rebuilt in 2004 by the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past tours. Walking trails wind through the property, including the Native Plant Trail where visitors will see early blooming spring ephemeral wildflowers like Bloodroot, bluebells and trillium. These harbingers of spring are followed by violet, wild geranium, wild blue phlox and Mayapple. Cost: $30, in addvance, $40 day of event. Visit www.vagardenweek. org for a complete tour schedule, to purchase tickets and for details regarding itineraries and Garden Club of Virginia current restoration sites. Karen Cauthen Ellsworth is the Director of Historic Garden Week.

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The Quest for the Perfect Summer Camp

Photo by Danny Turner, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

It’s hard to believe, but those long, lazy days of summer are just around the corner! While the summer months can conjure up nostalgic memories of relaxed, school-free days, they can also be a challenge for parents who work, or who are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged and active as the summer wears on. Luckily, in the DC-metro area, there are a variety of camps available that range in price and cater to different interests. With so many available options, keeping a few things in mind can help you find the perfect camp for your child:

What interests your child?

This is probably the most important question to answer. With so many themed camps to choose from, it helps to think about the types of topics and activities that interest your child. Some camps are very focused. Would your child be happy playing soccer or basketball every day? Is your child happier playing indoors or outdoors? As a camp instructor, I witnessed more than one unfortunate mismatch between camp and child. Picture a kid who is fearful of worms and finds fishing boring at a camp where that was the activity all day, everyday - this actually happened. The camp, aptly named “Fishing Camp,” was a dream come true for most of the kids, but perhaps the parents of this young man didn’t realize to what extent the kids would be fishing, or thought he would “warm-up” to the sport. Do your homework. If you can, talk to someone who has had a child who has previously attended the camp. If you have any questions or uncertainties,call

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the camp director. And, by all means make sure your child is part of the camp decision process. By the way, STEM camps are all the rage right now, so if that is something that interests your child, be sure to sign up early!

“Sleep-Away” Camp?

Most overnight camps are offered to children starting at about seven years old. Camps range from high-adventure (think ziplines, white water rafting and horseback riding) to performing arts-focused to traditional camps that touch on a little bit of everything. Once again, think about what interests your child. You might also want to consider accommodations - is the camp single sex or co-ed? How many kids attend the camp? Do campers spend the night in tents or cabins? These types of details can make or break a camper’s experience.

Day Camp?

When we hear “camp,” many of us think of the traditional “sleep-away” camp, but there are also many exciting day camps to look at too. Day camps are typically offered to children beginning at four years old. Similar to overnight camps, think about the theme and camp size. While many day camps offer a variety of activities, there are a number of specialty camps focusing on sports, the arts, nature, etc. Additionally, you want to think about transportation – is busing an option, or will you need to drive your child each day? Do camp hours coincide with work hours, or do they have an aftercare program? You may also want to inquire about lunch options for your child.

Photo by Scott K. Brown, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Interested?

The following are more resources to help you and your child make some decisions about how to spend a week (or eight weeks!) of their next summer. Week-long day camps are offered through the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William County Parks and Recreation Departments. With zoology, soccer, fishing, gymnastics and chess camps (to name a few), there truly is something to fit every child’s interests.

Fairfax County:

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/camps/

Loudoun County:

www.loudoun.gov/camps

Prince William County:

www.pwcgov.org/ government/dept/park/summercamp/Pages/ default.aspx. For a comprehensive listing of private day and overnight camps, check out Washington Parent’s 2017 summer camp guide: washingtonparent.com/ guides/guide-camp.php. The American Camp Association has guides on how to choose and prepare for camp, as well as comprehensive information on topics like camp accreditation, the value of camps and camps as an industry: www.acacamps.org.


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Worry Free Winery Tours Enjoy Your Day and Let Someone Else Do The Driving With more than 40 wineries, Loudoun County has had great success in branding itself as “DC’s Wine Country.” On any given weekend, you’ll find most of them packed with area residents and visitors eager to sample award-winning wines such as The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek Winery’s 2015 Reserve Chardonnay. Described on the Leesburg’s winery’s website as a “delicate Burgundian Chardonnay made from 100% estate grown grapes,” the wine won a Best in Class award in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – hailed as the nation’s largest contest of American wines. On the state level, three Loudoun wineries – Breaux Vineyards, Sunset Hills Vineyard and The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyard – recently took home gold medals in the 2017 Governor’s Cup.

With that kind of appeal, it’s easy to see why winery tours have become one of Reston Limousine’s strongest market segments. President and CEO Kristina Bouweiri launched the tours in 2002 to try to expand the company’s offerings after the economy stalled following 9/11. Her plan was to take two friends to visit nine wineries in one day, and to remain focused, they said they wouldn’t drink. “At the first winery, we ran into Chris Pearmund, who is one of the most amazing and accomplished winemakers in our state,” Bouweiri says. “He insisted we try the wine at the first stop, and we ended up staying a little too long that day and getting horribly lost on the way home! But we were convinced that wine tours would be a gold mine!” Faced with a scant marketing budget, she created public tours where passengers could purchase a seat on a bus for

$35 and visit three wineries. Bouweiri then donated gift certificates for 2 seats on the winery tours to various organizations, and invited groups out to wine country to showcase the experience. At that time, there were fewer than two dozen wineries in the county. Over the last decade and a half, the industry grew and so did the popularity of the tours, bringing residents from all parts east into the rolling hills of Loudoun County. Today, not much has changed with the tours. Seats are sold for $39, but the tour now stops at only two wineries for a more leisurely and enjoyable experience. “We discovered that by the time people got to the third winery, they were too exhausted to enjoy the experience.” Bouweiri says. A change in Virginia law several years ago now allows tour operators with permits to collect tasting

fees, which allows the company to pay the wineries directly rather than conducting multiple transactions from each passenger. As word spread of the scenic backdrops the wineries provide and more couples opted to exchange vows among the vines, the Reston Limousine’s partnership with the wineries extended beyond the wine tours to shuttle services for wedding guests to the rural locations. “There are few hotels in Western Loudoun where the majority of wineries are located, and so many brides with larger guest lists need to get their guests to the weddings,” Bouweiri says. “That’s where we come in; we actually have more buses than limousines in our fleet, so we’re capable of transporting large groups to the wineries. And with our history of winery tours, our drivers know those back roads like the back of their hand.” Going into 2017, the winery tours will expand with new pickups in communities such as South Riding and Virginia Run; previously, passengers got on the buses at area

shopping centers and metro stations. “We hope to work with more neighborhoods and developments so that we can share the experience of DC’s Wine Country with more of our friends and neighbors,” Bouweiri adds.

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April 22: Earth’s Special Day Isn’t every day Earth Day? It’s where we live. Its soil, weather, and atmosphere help provide us sustenance. Its beauty inspires art and poetry. We’re all about the earth…so how did a special day to celebrate our symbiotic relationship with the planet Earth finally come to be? The “creation” of Earth Day was motivated by the emerging social consciousness embodied in widespread anti-Vietnam War protests and partially inspired by the international popularity of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking ecological exposé The Silent Spring, published in 1962. During an era seemingly oblivious to the effects of leaded gasoline and unregulated manufacturing on air quality, a true bi-partisan effort to protect Mother Earth emerged. In 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord

Nelson – shocked by the devastation wrought by a massive oil spill the previous year in Santa Barbara – convinced conservation-minded California Congressman Pete McCloskey to join him in sponsoring a “national teach-in on the environment.” Denis Hayes, now president of the Bullit Foundation (dedicated to preserving the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest), became national coordinator. Hayes marshalled a staff of 85 to promote the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people nationwide participated in Earth Day activities. Friends of the Earth came from all walks of life, from both political parties, from blue collars to blue bloods. And that was just the beginning. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air,

Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts all trace their origin to the success of that first Earth Day. By 1990, more than 200 million people in 141 countries “celebrated” Earth Day, leading to Senator Nelson receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in protecting the environment. Despite occasional setbacks prompted by lobbyists, a sometimes apathetic public, and cautious politicians, what is now the Earth Day Network has grown April 22 into the largest secular observance in the world, involving 22,000 partners, 192 countries, and more than a billion people in activities that reach far beyond a single day of observance. With history in mind, the Earth Day Network has set amazing and achievable goals to celebrate the 50th

Anniversary of this monumental day. Learn more about how you can be part of the 2020 celebration at www.earthday.org. After all, the Earth belongs to all of us. And we belong to it!


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Farm to Table at Your Own Home – Join a CSA! As the sun stays with us a little longer and days are warmer, many of us can’t help but think of summer cookouts and the good food that accompanies them. One way to take full advantage of those perfectly sun-ripened tomatoes, sweet corn and crisp greens is to join a CSA (community supported agriculture). A CSA provides “city-folk” with direct access to food produced by local farmers. Basically, CSA shareholders pay for a “share” of vegetables for a set number of months (usually by season). This cost allows the farmer to plan for the season, repair equipment, purchase seed, etc. In exchange, each week shareholders receive a box of locally farmed, seasonal vegetables. Many CSAs also offer options to purchase locally produced meat, cheese, eggs, flowers, breads, and other goodies! Each CSA is a little different, but there is usually a “host site” (this can be an individual’s home, a school, farmer’s market, etc.). This is where the vegetable boxes are dropped off by a CSA representative and picked up by CSA participants. Your CSA will work with you to find a host site that is closest to your home to facilitate pickup. Alternatively, many farms offer CSA share pick-up at the farm itself. Most CSAs also have different sized “shares” – full, half and even quarter shares – depending on how many individuals you are feeding and your budget. Another option is to split the share with another individual or family if smaller shares are not an option.

Why would I participate in a CSA when I can just go to the grocery store? The produce is fresh. The typical American meal travels 1,500 miles before it is consumed. That lettuce you just purchased was picked and stored up to 4 weeks ago. And how about that tomato? In the U.S., tomatoes can be picked and stored for up to 6 weeks. In order to transport our produce long distances, it is often picked while still unripe and then gassed to “ripen” it after transport. Am I making you hungry? Conversely, the vegetables you are getting through your CSA have been picked the week you receive your box. Yum! CSAs are more sustainable. Remember that 1,500-mile road trip your veggies took to get to

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CSA box, pohto courtesy of Tanaka Farms.

your plate? That trip contributes to your food’s carbon footprint. Vegetables from your CSA box generally come from farms within 100 miles of its drop-off point. Additionally, CSA vegetables are seasonal, meaning that you are not going to get a tomato in January. Vegetable production accounts for a large percentage of a vegetable’s carbon footprint – think of the energy needed to heat and light a tomato hothouse. By eating local and seasonal, you are cutting down on both transport and production emissions. Bonus: Your support also helps to keep the farmer’s small business sustainable! It expands your palette. Garlicky scapes, Jerusalem artichokes, and stinging nettles – oh my! While CSA boxes include common seasonal vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, etc., if you are lucky, you will get a few surprises. Initially, it may feel a little bit like playing Iron Chef each week, but most CSAs give you a list of what to expect in your box a few days before pick-up, which helps with planning - some CSAs even provide

recipe ideas! As five-year CSA veteran (with kids), I have found that it has really pushed my family to incorporate vegetables into our meals that I would never have considered – with (mostly) very positive results. It’s an opportunity to meet new people. Since most CSAs have a central pick-up point, it is not uncommon to meet participating neighbors at these pick-up points. The question, “What do you usually do with all of these turnips?” is an easy conversation starter and you may find that you have a lot more in common than a turnip problem! Our gracious CSA host has also held potlucks for our CSA group and put those who are interested on a listserv where we can exchange emails regarding vegetable storage, recipes and food swaps. Are you sold? Interested in trying a CSA this summer? Here are a few that cater to those living in Northern Virginia.


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Blenheim Organic Gardens Washington’s Birthplace, Va. Lawrence and Becky Latane 804-224-7039 lwlatane@sylvaninfo.net localharvest.org/csa/M12666 $580 (farm pickup), $600 (Fredericksburg or King George pickup), $635 (Falls Church pickup), mid-May through November, every other week. Certified organic. Pickup locations: Falls Church, Fredericksburg, King George Pickup at the farm: Yes Fair Oaks Farm Aldie, Va. Mollie Madison 571-257-4243 locallygrownva@gmail.com www.fairoaksfarmva.com $495 full share, 16 weeks; or flexible CSABucks program in which members choose produce, meat, eggs, flowers and more for pickup at farm shop Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Chantilly, the District Pickup at the farm: Yes Great Country Farms Bluemont, Va. Mark Dewey 540-554-2073 csa@greatcountryfarms.com www.greatcountryfarms.com $499-$649 (depending on pickup or delivery site), 20 weeks; delivery to homes or businesses in Northern Virginia. Pickup locations: Aldie, Arlington, Ashburn, Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Lansdowne, Leesburg, Sterling, Vienna Pickup at the farm: Yes

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Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative Leola, Pa. CSA department 717-656-3533, ext. 2 csa@lancasterfarmfresh.com www.lancasterfarmfresh.com $599-$825 vegetable share, 26-week summer season; fall and winter seasons available; chicken, meat, fruit, flower, herb, bread, cheese and egg shares available. Cooperative of about 100 farmers. Pickup locations: Arlington, Baltimore, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Columbia, Damascus, the District, Fairfax, Falls Church, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Great Falls, Herndon, Kensington, Leesburg, Montgomery County, Olney, Potomac, Reisterstown, Rockville, Silver Spring, Springfield, Takoma Park, University Park, Vienna Pickup at the farm: No Polyface Farm Swoope, Va. Sheri Salatin 540-885-3590 farmchick@polyfaceyum.com www.polyfaceyum.com Pay-as-you-go buying club for meat (beef, chicken, turkey and pork) and eggs; monthly March through November. Delivery. Pickup locations: Alexandria, Annapolis, Arlington, Ashburn, Centreville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Kensington, Laurel, Leesburg, Manassas, Occoquan, Potomac, Reston, Silver Spring, Springfield, Takoma Park Pickup at the farm: Yes Potomac Vegetable Farm Vienna, Va., and Purcellville, Va.

Hana Newcomb 703-759-2119 hana@potomacvegetable farms.com potomacvegetablefarms.com $448 mini share (off farm), $616 regular share (off farm), $788 robust share (off farm), 16-week summer season; $224 mini share (off farm), $308 regular share (off farm), $392 robust share (off farm), 8-week fall season; egg, flower, herb, chicken, and bread shares available. Pickup locations: Alexandria, Arlington, Burke, Falls Church, Fairfax, Herndon, Reston, Springfield Pickup at the farm: Yes Spring House Farm Lovettsvile, Va. 703-999-6636 info@springhouse.farm www.springhouse.farm

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Governor McAuliffe Announces "Virginia is for Lovers" and Uber Partnership for October Virginia Wine Month Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) will be partnering with Uber, the multinational transportation network company, for October Virginia Wine Month promotions across the Commonwealth. The partnership is the first-of-itskind in the country. Uber and VTC are partnering for Virginia Wine Month to ensure that residents and visitors around the Commonwealth have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation to some of the state's more than 280 picturesque wineries. "Working together with Uber, we are able to ensure that everyone enjoying Virginia Wine Month has a ride home, which keeps our roads and communities safe," said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "This partnership will increase accessibility to the greatest wineries in the country by creating a more affordable transportation option that is available when people want it. We are thrilled to be partnering with Uber on this promotion to celebrate Virginia wine, and for Virginians and travelers alike to discover their local crush." "Virginia's wine industry is a huge driver for travel and tourism in Virginia, with an estimated annual economic impact of almost $750 million," said Todd Haymore, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. "October Virginia Wine Month is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore Virginia's beautiful wineries and quality wines. We're pleased to be working with Uber to ensure that travelers get to those wineries safely and reliably. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase why Virginia is for Wine Lovers - and for Uber lovers." During the month of October, consumers using Uber to visit to select wineries near the Charlottesville, Richmond, and Leesburg areas

Barboursville Vineyards. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation. will receive discounts on tastings, merchandise, and bottles of wine. The goal of the promotion is to encourage visitation to Virginia wineries during October Virginia Wine Month, while also promoting safe transportation through Uber's driver network. Participating wineries include: King Family Vineyards and Veritas Vineyard & Winery in the Charlottesville area, 8 Chains North Winery and The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in the Leesburg area, and Buskey Cider and James River Cellars Winery in the Richmond area. "Uber is proud to celebrate with the Commonwealth during Virginia Wine Month," said Colin Tooze, Southeast Public Affairs Director for Uber. "Partnering together, we can help boost the local economy, keep our roads and highways safe, and welcome Virginians and tourists to enjoy the best Virginia has to offer with convenience and peace of mind." Uber has committed to leverage its logistics and processes to ensure there

are enough drivers, even in some relatively remote areas, to ensure anyone who needs a safe ride home can receive one with the touch of a button. Visitors to the participating wineries will receive 50 percent off tastings (same day only), 50 percent off their first flight at Buskey Cider; 15 percent off any merchandise, and 15 percent off any wine purchased. Upon arrival at the winery or cidery, riders will show their Uber receipt or Uber trip history on their smartphone to the staff. Discounts are only available on same day of travel. This promotion will run on weekends throughout October and on Columbus Day.

About Virginia Wine

Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with more than 285. Virginia is also the nation's fifth largest wine grape producing state. Currently, Virginia is sixth in the nation for number of cideries. According to a 2012 economic impact study, the Virginia wine industry, in-

cluding the Virginia cider industry, employs more than 4,700 and contributes almost $750 million to the Virginia economy on an annual basis. Sales of Virginia wine reached a record high during fiscal year 2016, with more than 556,500 cases, or over 6.6 million bottles, sold. Get more information on Virginia wines at Virginia.org/Wine

About October Virginia Wine Month

October Virginia Wine Month: Discover Your Local Crush is a monthlong celebration of local wine with special events, tastings, festivals and more at Virginia's more than 280 wineries statewide. October is an ideal time to visit Virginia as the state's 15 million acres of foliage burst into color and wineries are celebrating the harvest. From the coastal serenity of the Eastern Shore to the majestic splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, each wine region provides travelers with a one-of-a-kind wine experience.


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Dulles Rail Construction Update BY DUSTY SMITH

Work along the Silver Line Phase 2 alignment is making steady progress. Stations are taking shape at Dulles Airport and eastward to Reston. Crews in February started building a new entrance to the Herndon-Monroe Park-and-Ride lot along Sunrise Valley Drive to improve access to the commuter lot as well as the coming Herndon station. Work is also underway on a traction power substation - one of nine that will supply electricity to the rail line. In addition, Fairfax

County has cleared a portion of the site for construction of a new parking garage to accommodate Metro users. To the west at Innovation Center Station, drivers along the Dulles Toll Road will see the first pedestrian bridges installed on this phase of the project. The bridges will connect the rail stations in the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway to Metro pavilions, most of which include parking, bus bays, bike racks and kiss-and-ride lots. At the airport, the aerial guideway

decks are nearing completion and crews have begun installing tracks, and the station at Loudoun Gateway to the west is beginning to take shape. Along the Greenway, work has begun on the last of four straddle bents required for aerial tracks to span that road. At Ashburn Station, the last to begin construction, a tower crane has been installed and excavation is complete. Construction is on track for completion in 2020.


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