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Contents 6 The Irreplaceable Mr. Bobby

Retired Custodian at Haymarket Baptist Church Preschool & Kindergarten

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10 HGBA Read & Greet Bruce Moore with The Fringe Benefits Band

12 Trails Less Traveled Enjoy hikes that offer quiet beauty in Shenandoah National Park BY ANDREAS A. KELLER

16 It’s Not That Simple Dyslexia is much more than most people think

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20 Time Loss is Brain Loss For every minute a stroke is left untreated, up to 2 million brain cells die BY HOLLY MARTIN

22 Rules of the Road Biking and running on shared-use pathways BY JARED NIETERS

26 Kicking Out Hunger Haymarket Regional Food Pantry & Mt. Kim Black Dragon Martial Arts partner for a cause BY TISHA SIPE

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34 Home Away from Home

Teens are not the only ones enjoying these reads BY JEANINE RAGHUNATHAN

42 Peace Amidst the Chaos Benedictine Monastery offers community a place for reflection and calm BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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52 Come for Breakfast – Stay for Dinner Marshall Diner brothers open new location in Gainesville BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

54 The Battle Buddy Program Bridging services for veterans BY AIMÉE O’ GRADY

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The Irreplaceable Mr. Bobby Retired Custodian at Haymarket Baptist Church Preschool & Kindergarten BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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“He was the glue to our school,” says teacher Becky Ream, adding that everyone really, really misses him. “A celebrity” reports Tricia Wilkins. “King of the preschool,” says assistant Kristine Adams, “the keystone.” There isn’t much Swindall didn’t do for the school, but even more than that, in the hearts of the people he encountered there he was so much more than his job description would suggest. “He was our friend,” they all say. “He would drop whatever he was doing to help someone,” says Rev. Ruth Anne Sawyer, pastor of the affiliated Haymarket Baptist Church where Swindall also served in the same role as custodian. With tears springing to her eyes, Sawyer tells how Swindall heard of a particular parishioner who was having health issues, and immediately went alone to the sanctuary to get on his knees to pray. “He is a devoted disciple of Christ, compassionate, not self-serving, and naturally empathetic,” she adds. Ministry assistant Mrs. Ann Whitney says the best way to describe Mr. Bobby is through one of his many quotes: “When I die, I wanna clean the toilets for God,” he would say. He would also say, “If I had a church, everyone would wear a robe so that no one would outshine the other.” The relationships the teachers at the school developed with Mr. Bobby were special. “It was nice to know that when I worked late, Mr. Bobby would always be there so I felt safe,” a few of them say. When they would tell him what time they were leaving for the day, he would reply, “You don’t have to leave; I like your company.” He also has a wonderful sense of humor. He would call out “mail boy” while walking down the hall to deliver or pick up mail to be taken to the post office. Another one-liner was, “You know I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday,” as kindergarten assistant Tammy Marchand remembers.

“One of the most ‘half full instead of half empty’ people I have ever known, an encouraging spirit, and a great example for the rest of us for seeing the good in life and in others.” Kindergarten teacher Kimberly Stevens says, “He always had a smile to share and never complained. He always said, ‘Life is great!’ and truly meant it. One of the most ‘half full instead of half empty’ people I have ever known, an encouraging spirit, and a great example for the rest of us for seeing the good in life and in others. I truly thank God for the years I had working with Mr. Bobby!” His affectionate nickname for the teachers was Barbie dolls which eventually turned into “Bobby’s Dolls” and a t-shirt was created with this saying on it. Mr. Bobby wore his school shirt on every spirit day, rode on the float in the Haymarket Day parade, and attended every kindergarten graduation through the years. The staff at HBCPK knew how good they had it, and they did their best to show Mr. Bobby their appreciation. “We spoiled him because he spoiled us,” says Mrs. Frasz, especially in December when there was a lot of glitter to vacuum up after holiday crafts. They were able to send him on a skydiving trip, which was on his bucket list, and showered him with gifts and a scrapbook of memories for his farewell celebration held at the school. The reason Mr. Bobby decided to retire is that he just wants to go fishing. After all he gave of himself, he deserves that, and so much more. Here’s to many years of fishing, Orioles, Ravens, Caps, and Nats games, and also the quality time he will be able to spend with his wife, whom he always called “his bride.” Mr. Bobby, you are greatly missed by those who love you and know that you are irreplaceable, not only for what you did for the school and church, but for your friendship and love. ❖ Christine Craddock is a writer, editor, photographer, wife, and mother of two adorable children. She is a faithful contributing writer for Haymarket Lifestyle magazine and has resided in Haymarket since 2006.

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What is your favorite season in this area, and why? I like fall because of the low humidity and the mild, clear days. It is a great time to go camping.

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What are some hobbies you enjoy? Playing guitar is more than a hobby at this point. I also like to record, mix audio, and edit video. Many shows have used three or more cameras and 16 track audio.

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When and why did you decide to start your own entertainment business (band)? I helped start The Fringe Benefits Band at the end of 2013 because my previous band “Shake It Up” dissolved after many years of performing. I wanted to continue to receive “music therapy,” enjoy the music, gigs, and relationships that come with playing in a band.

How does your business serve the local community? We play popular music from the 80s through today, plus Motown, in area venues. These are not concerts but more of a party with lots of dancing. With four vocalists, guitar synth, guitar, bass, and drums, we are able to accurately cover a lot of material. We also play private parties including weddings.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession. The first time our band played at Horseshoe Casino was one of a few “rock star moments.” The stage is viewable from three floors so the sound of the applause was incredible. On my way to dinner after the show, I was stopped a couple of times by audience members who told me how much they enjoyed the show—it is nice to be recognized.

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business? HGBA was kind enough to plan an event prior to the band’s three year anniversary show. It was great to be able to perform for these business people who can offer referrals and come to shows.

What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer otherprofessionals? 1) Come regularly to networking events so folks recognize, trust, and then refer you. 2) Ask others at the network meeting what they do first, then wait for them to ask what you do. That is when they are listening. 3) Make happy customers— do good work, sell quality products. Solve problems in person if possible. Ask happy folks for testimonials, such as a review on Google.

Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town? As a child I moved with my family following my Dad’s Navy orders. I did live in Northern Virginia throughout high school and attended college at UVA. I moved from Hampton to Durham, then back to northern Virginia.

My favorite dish is Veal Francese at Giuseppes in Haymarket, but I like many items and the atmosphere at Zandra's in historic downtown Manassas.

What is your favorite local high school sports team? Battlefield High Bobcats

Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why? I serve on the board of the Center For The Arts at The Candy Factory in Manassas and also the board of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Our band has even performed at a reduced rate and brought sponsorships to local charities such as CASA and Serving Our Willing Warriors. We also cooked breakfast at the SERVE homeless shelter on 2 occasions.

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession? My first job was selling electronics at Lafayette Radio in Falls Church, which was during the time that the store started the “CB Boom” of the 70s. ❖

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TRAILS LESS TRAVELED

Enjoy hikes that offer quiet beauty in Shenandoah National Park BY ANDREAS A. KELLER

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merica is rediscovering hiking. More people, young and old, lace up their hiking boots and venture out into nature because it’s fun, it’s healthy, it’s in. Through the website Meetup they pick a hiking club and look for one of the best hiking trails to spend a day in the great outdoors with other like-minded people. It’s a great way to be social and make new friends. The best hiking destinations are often showcased with beautiful photographs from glossy magazines or weekend sections of many publications. A glance at The 7 Best Hikes in the Shenandoah National Park lists Old Rag Mountain, Dark Hollow Falls, Blackrock Summit, Compton Peak, Bearfence Mountain, Whiteoak Canyon and Hawksbill Mountain. Each one of these hiking destinations offers a payoff in unparalleled views. They literally have become famous

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tourist spots. The only drawback is that the trails can be very crowded on sunny weekends.

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park rangers about a trail’s condition, as some may be overgrown or the blazes may have faded.

Overlooked Hikes in our Neighborhood Double Bear Rocks. Close to Sperryville there is the Pass Mountain Trail, one of the least-used in the Shenandoah National Park. This is a two-mile uphill climb on a well-maintained trail accompanied by the rushing waters of the Thornton River. It is a pleasant forest walk along the ridgeline with views of Mary’s Rock before reaching the Pass Mountain Shelter. The Pass Mountain Trail, marked with blue blazes on intermittent trees, which intersects with the whiteblazed Appalachian Trail (AT), offers a smooth and easy-on-the-feet stretch of trail to Pass Mountain. The rocky descent on the AT leads to the Double Bear Rocks, which offers a stunning vista of New Market Gap, Luray Valley, and the Massanutten Range with Strickler Knob and Kennedy Peak. The length of the hike is eight-and-one-half miles with an elevation gain of 1,750 feet, suitable for both young and old alike. There is no river crossing, just a beautiful hike with a great payoff. As a reward for this hike, only two miles west of the trailhead on Rt. 211 is the newly opened Sperryville Trading Cafe and Market with a delectable menu of organic food and grass fed beef. Boots ’n Beer sampled it and recommends it despite the missing libations. For libations, the Boots ’n Beer crowd likes to go to the nearby Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill. Veach Gap. Near Front Royal, secluded in the George Washington National Forest, is one of the easy, little-known hikes of 7 miles with a little more than 1,000 feet elevation gain. If you ever want to hike while being surrounded by white and pink mountain laurel while enjoying the warming sun on your face and wind tousling your hair while on the ridge top, then this is your hike in late spring and early summer. The profuse, exuberant flowering of mountain laurel on this trail turns any hiker into a happy one. If the mountain laurel is no longer in bloom, it's still well worth an early morning hike to enjoy a spectacular sunrise coming up over the horizon of the Shenandoah National Park. On the way back along the ridgeline three overlooks invite you to stop, each one opening up to increasingly more expansive and beautiful vistas of the south fork of the Shenandoah River. After hiking such a wonderful trail, hikers can find more delight at a place that offers 34 different craft beers on tap and made-to-order burgers at the PaveMint Tap House and Grill in Front Royal, VA. Bear Church Rock. This hike is not well known and somewhat more demanding with over 2,200 feet elevation gain on a eight-and-one-half mile picturesque trail along the beautiful Rapidan River before climbing alongside the Staunton River. This path boasts many small falls and pools that provide

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enjoyment along the way. The Staunton River Trail leads into the steeper Jones Mountain Trail, which in early summer resembles more of a tunnel with all the canopies of mountain laurel. A side trip to the Jones Mountain Cabin is worth the extra effort, and the final climb to the Bear Church outcropping is steep but rewards you with a panoramic view. Last March, a large group of Boots ’n Beer hikers braved cold weather with chilly wind gusts at the top of the mountain and looked forward to getting some solid food with craft beer served in old fashioned pitchers at the Pig ‘N Steak in Madison. If you're looking for a new trail or to avoid a crowd in the Shenandoah National Park, you'll be pleased with these pleasant and less-crowded hikes. The recommended nearby food and drink spots will serve to make a day of hiking even more enjoyable! ❖

Top: South fork of Shenandoah River seen from Veach Gap. Center: Boots ’n Beer Hikers James McDonald and Janice Pardun with Lady Boots on the Appalachian Trail to Double Bear Rocks. Bottom: Boots ’n Beer Hiker Simona on the Appalachian Trail to Double Bear Rocks. Photos by Andreas Keller.

Andreas A. Keller is a passionate hiker, avid backpacker and a Charter Member of Boots ’n Beer, a drinking club with a hiking problem. He can be reached via email at aakeller@mac.com.


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It’s Not That Simple Dyslexia is much more than most people think BY DEBBIE EISELE

“Dyslexic kids are creative, ‘outside-the-box’ thinkers. They have to be, because they don’t see or solve problems the same way other kids do. In school, unfortunately, they are sometimes written off as lazy, unmotivated, rude, or even stupid. They aren’t. Making Percy dyslexic was my way of honoring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions. It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark of being very, very talented.” — R I C K R I O R DA N ( AU T H O R O F P E R C Y JAC K S O N S E R I E S )

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ave you ever witnessed a child or an adult turn left when they were supposed to turn right, or seen someone have difficulty tying shoes, yet are athletic and capable with so many other things? Or watch a teenager attempt to draw a picture of an object or image in front of them, yet leave out many of the small details they were supposed to copy? Many parents have watched their child—who appeared to be happy, inquisitive, smart, and full-of-life— change almost rapidly overnight. They have witnessed tantrums and meltdowns on school nights (even though they are much too old for that type of behavior), or right before a test. Some children refuse to read out loud in the classroom, yet love books as long as someone else reads to them. Others may read beautifully out loud but cannot explain or discuss what they just read. These are all symptoms that something may be going on with your child. There are many things that can cause these underlying issues, but one of them could be dyslexia. Many people will say dyslexia is a reversal of letters—it’s not that simple. Did you know dyslexia is a neurological condition and every individual with this learning

difference has a very unique profile? This makes defining dyslexia much more complicated. Dyslexics are also referred to as “1 in 5” since dyslexia affects 1 out of 5 people, according to Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. The International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) definition (right) is informative, but it doesn’t address everything that impacts the inherent learning differences of dyslexics. “Having dyslexia can have far-reaching consequences on education,” said dyslexia expert Dr. Rachna Varia, a licensed clinical psychologist and director of testing and diagnostics at MindWell Psychology. “While students ‘learn to read’ through third grade, it then changes to ‘reading to learn.’ If a student is not a strong reader, it will impact all areas of study.” Dr. Varia also noted that dyslexia impacts the decoding of the written word. “Dyslexic students may add or delete sounds when reading individual words, which of course then changes the entire meaning of a passage and [reading] comprehension will suffer. Many dyslexic students (but not all) have vulnerabilities in phonological awareness (the auditory route to reading), and orthographic processing (the visual route to reading),” she explained.

What is Dyslexia? “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability (SLD) that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” – Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. This definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Source: The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (www.eida.org).

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Symptoms of Dyslexia There’s not a one-size-fits-all checklist. Each person’s symptoms will vary. Reading specialists, parents, and teachers need to look for a variety of symptoms. If you are a parent or educator and you think a child is being lazy or not trying hard enough, check this list before suggesting they try harder. Most dyslexics actually work much harder than their peers—and many have average to high intelligence—they just learn differently. • Meltdowns and anxiety over going to school • Test anxiety • Phonological awareness issues • Phonics issues (sounding out words) • Reading comprehension issues • Difficulty learning math facts— learns them but a few days later doesn’t remember them • Spelling difficulties (encoding)— learns to spell correctly and/or knows flash cards, but next day doesn’t spell correctly and spells a word differently each time (many times the way it sounds when they hear the word) • Slow reading speed (out loud and silently) • Difficulty with reading fluency • Fear of reading in class or in front of others • Speech delay or difficulty with speech articulation in younger children

evaluation to determine if your child needs remediation and intervention for reading, spelling, etc. Send this request, making sure to detail your exact concerns and specify this particular test. The school then has to conduct this evaluation—by law—within 65 business days. For more information, you may visit page 12 of the Parents Guide to Special Education, available through VDOE. Parents may also seek a private psychoeducational evaluation from a clinical psychologist who specializes in dyslexia. These tests are expensive but extremely insightful. The results provide a more in-depth discussion of a child’s strengths and weaknesses, and provide an amazing framework to assist a child (or even an adult—it’s never too late to obtain intervention and remediation for dyslexia). Importantly, a private evaluation will provide you with a diagnosis. School districts are unable to diagnose a learning disability; they only determine if a child is eligible for special education services. Without proper identification, intervention, and remediation, dyslexic students may experience limited success in school, anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. For students with a learning disability the dropout rate from school is three times that of peers, according to an Understood.org presentation on Capitol Hill. Community residents, parents, and educators alike may assist dyslexics by providing their valuable input at local school board meetings, SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) meetings, and by speaking with their state legislators.

What should parents do if they suspect their child may be dyslexic? Ask the school, in writing, for a full and complete psychoeducational

“In public school settings where many teachers are not knowledgeable about this condition, students with dyslexia may be considered stupid or lazy. Parents who have children diagnosed with dyslexia should seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics. This reading instruction goes by many names, Structured Literacy, OrtonGillingham, Simultaneous Multisensory, Explicit Phonics, and others.” — T H E I N T E R N AT I O N A L D Y S L E X I A A S S O C I AT I O N ( S O U R C E E I D A . O R G )

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How well are the public schools in the region helping students with this invisible disability, as measured by SOL scores? Special note: Dyslexic students are categorized under specific learning disability (SLD), but not all SLD students are dyslexic learners. At this time, the state doesn’t offer a dyslexia category as they do for autism. Source: Virginia Department of Education with search parameters: students (all), genders (all), grades (all), economically disadvantaged (all), limited english proficient (all), migrants (all), homeless (all), disability (yes), disability type (Specific Learning Disability - SLD), state level division (Fauquier County and Prince William County).

SOL pass rates for children with specific learning disabilities (SLDs) in Fauquier County Public Schools. School Year 2015-2016 SOL TEST

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English: reading English: Writing History & Social Science Mathematics Science

28.81% 26.21% 53.75% 37.31% 45.00%

School Year 2014-2015 SOL TEST

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English: reading English: Writing History & Social Science Mathematics Science

24.48% 25.61% 47.58% 32.01% 44.33%

SOL pass rates for children with specific learning disabilities (SLDs) in Prince William County Public Schools. School Year 2015-2016 SOL TEST

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School Year 2014-2015 SOL TEST

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English: reading English: Writing History & Social Science Mathematics Science

38.25% 28.17% 52.23% 36.01% 39.66%

Compare overall student pass rates to that of those with a SLD: Overall pass rate for Fauquier County (all county students) is 80 percent+ for all SOL tests. Overall pass rate for Prince William County (all county students) is 79 percent+ for all SOL tests.


New Virginia Laws Until last year, there has been no mandate in Virginia for higher education (such as colleges and universities) to provide detailed instruction about dyslexia to those studying to become teachers. Also, it has not been required for existing teachers to have training on this learning difference and how it may affect students in order to become recertified. Things are about to change. In 2016, Virginia passed House Bill 842 (HB 842) and it was signed into law by the governor. The law, which took effect July 1, requires that aspiring teachers—and veteran teachers seeking recertification — have dyslexia training. In 2017, Senator Richard Black and Delegate Benjamin Cline wrote mirror bills in both the Virginia House (HB 2395) and Senate (SB 1516) to provide more support for dyslexics. Legislators passed both the house and senate bills unanimously, and they were combined and signed into law by the governor in March and became effective July 1. Specifically, the bill “requires one reading specialist employed by each local school board that employs a reading specialist to have training in the identification of and the appropriate interventions, accommodations, and teaching techniques for students with dyslexia or a related disorder and to have an understanding of the definition of dyslexia and a working knowledge of several topics relating to dyslexia.”

So what do these laws mean? Lorraine Hightower, a regional leader for Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA) and a long standing member of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association (PTA), has a great deal of experience with this silent disability. DDVA members, including Hightower, assisted in creating the language used in Senator Black’s bill. The new legislation requires “that for every school district that employs reading specialists, there will be a trained and qualified dyslexia advisor, who can guide the district on how to best identify students with dyslexia, effectively meet their unique academic needs, and also serve as a vital resource for parents,” Hightower said. “There are still school districts in Virginia who are hesitant to even use the word ‘dyslexia,’” Hightower said. “This [law] is a huge step forward for dyslexic students and their families.” Fauquier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Jeck said, “We will be in compliance [with HB 2395 and SB 1516], since several of our reading specialists are completing the GMU (George Mason University) dyslexia courses. We should also be in a position to exceed the requirements which is, essentially, to have one reading specialist trained in the identification and interventions for students with dyslexia.”❖ The online version of this article contains even more information and resources for our readers. Visit piedmontlifestyle.com. Debbie is a writer, editor, and a mother of a dyslexic student. She is also a member of DDVA Fauquier - Haymarket Chapter, and is involved with educational advocacy efforts in the state and federal government.

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Time Loss is Brain Loss For every minute a stroke is left untreated, up to 2 million brain cells die BY HOLLY MARTIN

During a stroke, every second is critical. In fact, the number one mistake people make when experiencing a stroke is waiting too long to receive medical attention, according to one neurological expert. “Time is brain,” said Dr. Saumya Gill, a neurologist at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center. “If you or your loved one is experiencing stroke-like symptoms, do not wait. Seek attention immediately.”

What exactly is a stroke? It is critical to recognize the signs and symptoms and seek treatment as soon as possible, because for every minute a stroke is left untreated, up to 2 million brain cells die. A stroke happens when a blockage or abnormality in an artery causes a lack of blood flow to the brain. When it comes to treating stroke, minutes matter. “If you are within the time window for administering the clot busting drug known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), this can make a world of difference in your recovery,” Gill said. “Very often people think that the symptoms would resolve on their own or after a night’s sleep, and this delays the treatment that we can administer to reverse the deficit.”

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and emergency medical provider is essential in managing strokes.”

Recognize your risk Although 80 percent of strokes are preventable, according to the American Stroke Association, Gill said that it’s not accidental that stroke is the fifthleading cause of death in the United States. Many Americans have multiple risk factors that increase their risk of having a stroke in their lifetime. The following conditions all contribute to your stroke risk: • High blood pressure • Cigarette smoking • Diabetes • Heart disease • Peripheral artery disease • High cholesterol

• Poor diet • Inactivity • Obesity If you have one or several of these conditions, talk to your doctor about how to lower your risk. Some patients may experience transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), or “warning strokes," that produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. A person who's had one or more TIAs is almost 10 times more likely to have a stroke than someone of the same age and sex who hasn't. A TIA should be considered a medical emergency and followed up immediately with a health care professional. For more information, visit NovantHealthUVA. org/stroke. ❖


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are allowed to ride two abreast, but need to abide by the rules: “When riding two abreast, bicyclists cannot impede the movement of traffic,” according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). While riding two abreast is enjoyable, cyclists should move to a single-file line when other vehicles are in the same lane of traffic, as the law requires. Additionally, drivers are required to give three feet of space when passing cyclists.

Runners Runners function as pedestrians on roads and paths. Runners are required to stay off the road where there is a sidewalk or path. However, in Fauquier County, many roads don’t offer those options. Where there is no dedicated space for pedestrians, runners should face traffic. Running against traffic affords the ability to observe and react to approaching vehicles. Like every other user, runners are required to obey any traffic control they may encounter. This includes traffic lights and pedestrian control signals. Drivers need to remember that runners do have the right of way in crosswalks and intersections where the speed limit is below 35 miles per hour. All bikers and runners should use common sense and take responsibility for their own safety. Wearing

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Kicking Out HUNGER Haymarket Regional Food Pantry & Mt. Kim Black Dragon Martial Arts partner for a cause BY TISHA SIPE

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peration Kicking Out Hunger is a partnership between Mt. Kim Black Dragon Martial Arts and Haymarket Regional Food Pantry. The initial goal of this partnership was to collect 250 pounds of nonperishable food during the week of May 8 through May 13. On the first day of the food drive, the students brought in 190 pounds of food. The goal of 250 pounds was achieved on day three, and a new goal of 300 pounds was set. By the final day of the drive, the Mt. Kim Black Dragon Martial Arts community had collected 403 pounds of food for the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry. Items that the Black Dragon students brought in consisted of peanut butter, rice, soup, macaroni and cheese, pasta, ramen, cereal, and pasta sauce. These items are in heavy demand by the Haymarket Food Pantry, which serves over 600 families and individuals in need— approximately 2,500 people per month. Approximately one third of the individuals served are children. Director Eileen Smith states that the food pantry distributes over 900 boxes of macaroni and cheese each week. The Haymarket Food Pantry is located at 6611 Jefferson St. in Haymarket. Any organization can help with funding the rent (close to $4,000 per month) or food costs (also totaling about $4,000 per month). Donating groups can expect to

be recognized for their contributions on the pantry’s website, www.haymarketfoodpantry. org. The food pantry received a bit of coverage recently from NBC 4 due to a need for food items. The pantry received quite a lot of food, but this will quickly be used. Summer is a historically low food collection period, which is doubly bad as children who receive free/reduced lunch from school are not able to access breakfast or lunch since school is not in session. Businesses can also be a donation center for food items if they are interested. More information about partnerships and donation can be found at the food pantry’s website listed above. Mt. Kim Black Dragon Martial Arts is

a taekwondo dojang run by Master James An (a fifth degree black belt) and his wife, Master Jin Kim (JK) (a sixth degree black belt). Both masters grew up and trained in Korea, and are world taekwondo certified. “This is all part of what we teach our students. We want them to have a respect for others,” said Master James An. “Taekwondo does not just encompass the physical. There is more important mental aspect. To be a true martial artist is to have a mindset of being aware of—and a respect for— oneself as well as other people.” Instructor Christensen said, “We teach the students to never give up and to have an indomitable spirit. This food drive is a way to broaden their horizons and to teach them to start thinking outside of themselves.” Located in the Heathcote Harris Teeter shopping center complex, Mt. Kim Black Dragon Martial Arts’ address is 13863 Heathcote Blvd. in Gainesville. Along with information about taekwondo classes for adults and children, class schedules, summer camp, and kickboxing classes, the masters’ contact information as well as a detailed listing of their certifications and awards can be found at mtkimblackdragon.com or call 703-753-0500. ❖

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and completed in the office, which provides immediate results at the initial evaluation. After the triggers are known, the allergist will propose a treatment plan to ideally avoid future systemic reactions. Recommendations regarding the treatment of stinging insect allergies include ways to avoid stings, such as not wearing open-toed shoes in tall grass, not looking or smelling like a flower (i.e. avoiding perfumes and wearing brightly colored clothing), and keeping food, drinks, and trash cans covered at all times when eating outdoors. All patients with a history of anaphylaxis should carry injectable epinephrine for self-administration; there are several on the market today. Your allergist should then discuss the longterm treatment of a stinging insect allergy which is venom immunotherapy solution. This program, administered by your allergist, can prevent future allergic reactions to insect stings. It involves injecting increasing amounts of the stinging insect venom into the individual over time to desensitize them. This desensitization can achieve and sustain tolerance to the point that subsequent exposure may reduce the patient’s risk of an allergic reaction to the

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Change is Easy Meighan O'Toole, owner of STUFF! CONSIGNMENTS, says that now more than ever, turning your house into a home has never been easier, a concept she credits to HGTV, Pinterest, Facebook, and DIY blogs. However, O’Toole points out a common problem with many who are looking to redo space in their home: the budget. “That's where a local consignment shop can be your best friend!” She urges shoppers not to panic when they decided to change styles. Consignment can help in two ways— getting some money back from your old stuff and helping you to purchase the new items in a more affordable way. Some advice from O’Toole: • Start with one room and assess the situation: what pieces have to go, what can stay with a little makeover, and what can you incorporate into your new style. • Consider consigning the items you will no longer need. You might be done with an Asian inspired living room and are moving on to farmhouse chic, but someone else might be gearing up for the Asian theme. • Most shops offer store credit or payment after the items have sold. So … now that you know—and have consigned— what you don't want, it's time to find some new pieces and transition into your new style. • Let your local consignment shops know what you are looking for. Stuff! Consignments has a waiting list of people who have furniture and home decor to consign. If we know someone is looking for a china cabinet to repurpose, we will get that item into the shop first. It pays to ask and let shops know what you are looking for. • Don't be overwhelmed by high prices as you scroll through the Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware sites, pining away for that farmhouse table or windowpane mirror. With a little bit of paint and maybe some new hardware and a dash of elbow grease, you could transform a consignment shop find into a treasure.

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Even if you’re not sure which direction you are headed, O’Toole recommends walking through your local consignment stores for inspiration. “Sometimes it's a funky pillow, the vibrant pattern of a pair of curtains, a set of botanical prints or a mission style end table—inspiration is everywhere!” But the store shelves aren’t the only place to find inspiration—other customers can be of help. “It is amazing how different people see the same item,” she says. She tells the story of a customer who had fallen in love with a particular mirror for her wall but she knew it wasn’t large enough to adequately fill the space. Another customer helped her gather unique mirrors from all over the shop to create a wall of mirrors with the large one as the centerpiece. O’Toole says the customer brought in a picture once she finished the wall and the result was stunning. The lesson here: “Approach your redesign with an open mind and a flexible spirit. And when you're done with your newest style and want to change it up again you can start all over again. Consignment shops are a great way to move out your old and bring in some new (to you)!”

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also see items come and go with the changing of styles. They say what’s really hot right now at this little store in the heart of Haymarket is accessorizing with a few vintage pieces as accents. “A few carefully chosen pieces give a home a warm, lived-in feel,” they explain.

Some other ideas: • Old fencing can display jewelry, photos, or artwork. • Sewing machine cabinets—with or without the sewing machine—make great bases with a mirror or reclaimed boards as the table top. • Old wooden boxes or vintage wire

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• When thinking about home decor and accessories, windows may not immediately come to mind. But their role can be crucial. Window treatments are often that difficult-to-find perfect element to finish a space, but can be a focal point • of modern architecture and design, says Nelida Janiga of DRAPES & MORE in Haymarket. She explains that “windows have been a source of inspiration, as well as light, ventilation, and inspiration, to all • cultures.” Janiga says the task of choosing a window treatment is both challenging and enjoyable. The challenge part comes from many facets that factor into the decision: “light, view, ventilation, safety, wall space, solar gain, energy conservation, as well as climate orientation and location.” However, the enjoyment comes when • the window treatment is installed after all requirements are met and factors taken into consideration. Then, “the window can truly be used to the best advantage, and the result produces great satisfaction,” she says. Here is some advice of what to consider when choosing a window treatment. • Privacy: The lovely view you have out of

your windows during the day can become someone else’s clear view at night. Sound absorption: Fabric treatments muffle outside noise, especially when lined and interlined or hung in layers. Fabric also can absorb indoor noises from appliances, stereos, televisions, and loud conversation. Comfort: A draped window, like a draped bed, can provide a feeling of security and comfort. Textiles in a friendly color and pattern will establish a warm and comforting interior. Energy Conservation: Window coverings can and do increase energy efficiency. Do you know that fabric absorbs heat ten times more effectively than bare glass? The cost of running a house can be significantly reduced in terms of heating and cooling costs when there has been a careful evaluation of the need to conserve energy. Aesthetics: Many residential homes are built in very close proximity with each other, near an alleyway, or even a brick wall. Camouflaging these views can be accomplished with beautiful results. Shutters, blinds, and shades with beautiful patterns, textures, and colors will always increase the aesthetics of the interior. Window treatments can add character, charm, and interest indoors.❖

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Home Away from Home The differences between sons and daughters moving into a dorm room BY PAM KAMPHUIS

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ll moms want their children’s rooms at college to be homey, but boys certainly care less about this than girls do. I have had the pleasure of raising two boys and one girl to to send off to college; the boys are out of college now, and my daughter is going to be a freshman this fall. It occurred to me that the packing and decor process would be extremely different—and likely much more expensive—this time around. My kids are on the far ends of each spectrum when it comes to exhibiting typical examples of their gender...my boys are very boy-like and could care less about anything but sports, and my daughter is very girly, fashion-conscious, and needs all decor to be “cute.” From my perceptions of my kids, I think the difference is that boys just need a place to sleep and dump their things, while girls view their dorm room as their home and plan for it to be a mixture of the comfort of their room at home and their first foray out into the

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world.” My daughter is starting to plan, gather her things, and add to her Pinterest board. As of this writing, she is at 90 pins and it’s only the beginning of June (seriously, check out the dorm insanity on Pinterest—it is mind-boggling). Below are a variety of items that will most likely head off to college with your child this fall. Based on my observations over the years, here is some advice on the differences in gathering these items for girls versus boys. I’ll explain why I think it’s better for the STUDENT to pack, because “mom might get it wrong” OR if the MOM should pack because, well … you do want them to survive the first year, don’t you?

Luggage

Laundry supplies

girls: STUDENT ...must have newly purchased Lily Pulitzer coordinated bags. boys: MOM ...if the student selects they will come up with an old duffel bag previously used for sports and likely not smelling very fresh. Or a simple trash bag.

Sheets & pillows girls: STUDENT ... because they have to be cute, right? boys: MOM ... because if you don’t pack it they’ll just sleep on the bare mattress. Seriously, I have witnessed this with my own eyes. And don’t bother with the second set of sheets...they won’t change them all semester. *check the size of the mattresses at the dormmany colleges have long size single mattresses and standard single sheets will not fit. Bed Bath and Beyond knows all about this.

Mattress cover girls: STUDENT ...because, it’s a mattress and who knows who else has been sleeping on it? boys: MOM ...because, it’s a mattress and who knows who else has been sleeping on it?

girls: STUDENT ...adorable hamper found on Pinterest, laundry detergent, woolite, mesh bags for delicates, dryer sheets, drying rack for drip-dry clothes, color-coordinated hangers, and shoe-organizing racks. boys: MOM ...they will need the largest plastic hamper with handles you can find because they won’t do laundry until they bring the hamper home with them on breaks for mom to do it. OR they’ll wait till they have absolutely not a stitch left to wear and then spend a day and a half with the huge hamper washing everything they own in the dorm laundry room. Or they will only wash what is needed for that day.

Room Decor girls: STUDENT ...following the dorm room decor on Pinterest. Must haves: cute curtains, comforter, throw pillows, laundry hamper–all color coordinated and matching every single thing in the room. All of these details have been discussed extensively with her roommate ahead of time. A clock (to complement decor only, because everyone just looks at their phones for the time anyway). Twine to string photos across walls. Cute, color-coordinated baskets for storing anything and everything. Mirror … because, of course. Twinkly Christmas lights, and scented wax melting pot (no candles allowed in dorms, no matter how cute). Desk decor: colorcoordinated file folders, pen holders, notebooks. boys: STUDENT ...a sports poster. But they will not worry about how to hang it and will then just crumple it up and stuff it under the bed. Maybe a Budweiser sign. Everything else is just N/A.

Toiletries

Sports paraphernalia

girls: STUDENT ...because there’s way too much and mom will pack the wrong thing

girls: STUDENT ...because mom will forget something.

boys: STUDENT ...because they only need a toothpaste/brush, deodorant, soap, and shampoo, and hopefully they can manage at least this basic packing?

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*caveat: regardless of the sport, both girls and boys will need hundreds of dollars of new equipment before departing for college.

Clothing Other items

girls: STUDENT ...because mom will pack all practical comfortable stuff and nothing that looks good.

girls will need a small refrigerator to keep sophisticated food like hummus, fresh mozzarella, fresh vegetables, yogurt, and fruit cold. boys will need it for beer. girls will need a microwave to cook a number of sophisticated recipes specifically for microwaves that are neatly cataloged on a Pinterest board and for which the dry ingredients are already purchased and packed. boys might do an occasional cup-o-

boys: STUDENT ...with mom caveat: they will only pack what is in season on the day of the packing, which in August in Warrenton would be shorts and t-shirts. They might throw in a sweatshirt. But if they are going north for school, they will likely have snow and very cold weather before Thanksgiving break, and they will not have a coat and will wander the campus in shorts. Again, I have witnessed this with my own eyes.

noodles.

Towels girls: STUDENT ...monogrammed, with a preferably matching comforter. Enough to use one every day between laundry days. boys: MOM ...because otherwise they'll just dry themselves off with a t-shirt from the hamper. Only pack one so they need to use it every day, otherwise extra ones will get stuffed somewhere and get moldy.

...I’d like to ask everyone to wish me luck as I help this daughter of mine pack for school! ❖

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young adult Books About the AUTHOR Jeanine Raghunathan received her MLIS at the University of Missouri. She works part-time at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. When she isn’t engrossed in a YA book you will find her talking or reading about YA books, doing yoga or driving one of her two boys to/from baseball. She is a midwestern girl at heart but loves living in Virginia and being a part of the important role the Prince William Public Library System plays in the community.

Teens are not the only ones enjoying these reads BY JEANINE RAGHUNATHAN

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here’s been a lot of discussion about adults reading young adult (YA) books. Questions like, “Is it appropriate?” and “Why wouldn’t adults want to read books written for adults?” are being tossed around and debated. Many adults have come out and ‘fessed up to loving YA books and some adults, like myself, read them almost exclusively.

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In 2012, a survey by Bower Marketing Research found that 55 percent of YA books were bought by adults. In 2014, it was reported that adult book sales were down, as YA book sales soared. As these reports kept coming, controversy sparked and the debates started, some very passionate and heated. Despite the debates, teenagers are not the only ones reading YA books, and as a librarian and an avid reader of YA books, I believe they have much to offer to adults. Let’s revisit the history that brought YA literature to life. The term “young adult” came into use by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in the 1960s, and refers to persons between the


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reason why. The evidence is not just in the statistics. The online blog Forever Young Adult (FYA), created in 2009, is strictly dedicated to the adult readership of YA books and sponsors book clubs around the world. The FYA blog states they are “a site for YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A.” Goodreads, an online book-sharing website, also has multiple book groups geared toward adults discussing YA literature. AARP Magazine recently featured a column 50 going on 15 in which the author gives examples of YA books its 50 plus audience will love. Publishers frequently use savvy marketing skills to hook adult readers through pop culture outlets such as movies and TV series. You will frequently see taglines that appeal specifically to adult readers on YA books like, “Looking for the teen girl version of Game of Thrones?” for the novel Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (2013). Also, there are parents; today’s parents want to know what their kids

ages 12 and 18. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene (1930), The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger (1951), and Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954) are some examples of books that paved the way to coining the term. In their time, none of these books were considered written for teens as they are designated now. In 1966, The Outsiders by S.E Hinton was the first book written and published specifically for teens and it was not long after that the 1970s became the first golden age of YA literature. Books written and published for teens became their own entity and were more realistic and controversial stories that spoke directly to a teen audience. The Outsiders paved the way for authors like Judy Blume, Lois Duncan, and Robert Cormier to write books for teens, and about teens, during that decade. The 1980s saw more YA authors emerge who started experimenting with different styles, genre fiction, and series books. When the Sweet Valley High Series by Francine Pascal was published in 1983, the teen romance genre was born. It was also the first YA book to reach the New York Times Bestseller list. In the 1990s, this genre fiction continued with the extreme popularity of the Goosebump series by R.L. Stine. But the real era in YA literature history that brought us to where we are today started in the 2000s. Honoring YA books with awards began, and marketing books to teens became a priority for publishers. Bookstores and libraries dedicated sections just to YA books. In addition, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling was published in 1999, and became a worldwide phenomenon read by all ages. The Harry Potter series, even though technically not YA, inspired popularity and a whole generation of fantasy authors, out of which came Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2005) and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008), both series being read by teens and adults alike. This decade is known as the second golden age of YA literature and is the time when adults took more interest in reading books about and intended for younger audiences. Since then, there has been a boom in YA literature and the fact that adults are reading YA books is at least part of the

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When I read YA, it takes me back to memories and feelings. I love reflecting upon them through adult eyes. are reading and many times want to read along with them. It is a fantastic way to bond with your teenager or help your child navigate their world through reading and discussion. So, what is the appeal of YA literature to adult audiences? I know reading choices are highly personal, and I can only speak from my own experience, which is a lot more A than it is Y. Simply stated, I love reading the wonderful stories these authors create for and about teens. Whether it is a dystopian story of a character torn between worlds, a romance telling a tale of first love, a familiar historical setting shown through a teen perspective, or a realistic story about the experiences teens face in real life, I just

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can’t get enough! Call it escapism, call it nostalgia. These are not just stories, they are complicated, diverse, complex stories about a variety of topics. The struggles of the characters are poignant and authentic. Creative risks are taken by YA authors that grab you, pull you into their worlds championed by strong voices and characters, with descriptive prose and a focus on storytelling. YA stories get to the point sooner and they are shorter, cheaper, more frequently published, and can be read in one sitting—instant gratification at its best. More deeply, I read YA literature because it is full of feeling and raw emotion. Teenagers run on high drama, angst, and passion, all while they are becoming who they are. There is a newness to everything when you are a teenager and anything can turn on a dime. When I read YA, it takes me back to memories and feelings. I love reflecting upon them through adult eyes. Maybe I am making a connection to my younger self or moments that made me who I am today. And, hey, being adult doesn’t mean I don’t have those feelings too. I might make different decisions and yes, I frequently get frustrated with young characters and choices they make. But I mainly focus on reading these YA stories as a person with compassion, understanding, and interest in expanding my perceptions, not as a judgmental adult or an authoritative figure. I recently read The Outsiders, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. As he lay dying, character Johnny Cade tells his friend Ponyboy to “Stay gold.” Staying gold encompasses the idea of youthful innocence. It seems the perfect sentiment to me as an adult reader of YA, because maybe nothing can stay gold forever, but I believe YA books can create that blissful feeling of our youth we seek on occasion. If you are a little more A than Y and would like to read and discuss YA books join with like-minded adults, join me for us! Pardon My Youth: A Unique Book Club for Adults Who Read YA at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing American Street by Ibi Zoboi on July 10 and When We Collided by Emery Lord on August 7. ❖


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BENEDICTINE MONASTERY OFFERS COMMUNITY A PLACE FOR REFLECTION AND CALM STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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hances are many in the community have driven past the Benedictine Monastery sign on the side of Linton Hall Road at one point or another. And chances are they’ve never thought there was a reason to visit there. That is changing; the grounds surrounding the Monastery have been transformed into a public sanctuary “for all who seek a meaningful spiritual experience” called the Place of Peace, first envisioned by the Benedictine sisters in 2004.

“The idea was to utilize the natural beauty of our property in a way that would offer our monastic community and our neighbors an outdoor sanctuary providing peace and quiet. Originally, much of our land was a working farm. When our farming days ended, the Sisters asked, ‘how can our land be useful to the people of our area?’ We recognized that the busy-ness of society—the fast-pace that consumes us—is detrimental in many ways to a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We wanted this to be a place where all could come for rest and reflection.” — SISTER JOANNA BURLEY

When visitors turn off Linton Hall road onto the grounds, a long drive leads past the Linton Hall School to a circular driveway in front of the Monastery’s main building. Visitors are welcome to explore on their own, but they are also encouraged to ring the bell at the front door to borrow a map of the grounds; meeting the sisters is an experience in itself. Each one has

a personality that exudes kindness and each is happy to help guide you. The grounds are expansive; some visitors choose to walk, but driving is also an option to explore the sanctuary. There are so many different settings nestled among tall trees, winding pathways, and beautiful gardens that no specific spot is more special than another. Each location has a place to sit and rest, which is only natural to do in this serene environment. The Columbaria is a must-visit; a stone walkway leads to a circular area where the most beautiful angel statue sits atop a stone pillar. Clothed in a robe, the angel has her hands folded in prayer and is kneeling, looking down upon those who gaze up at her face. This is a place where cremated remains are encased in niches with names engraved, so it is quite sacred. A small walkway next to this area leads to a memorial garden for bereaved parents, a special place with stone engravings containing the names of lost loved ones. Continuing down the path will lead to a gated area. Once inside, an arbor and benches line the walkway to a place that opens into a large circular labyrinth, two silos, and a forgiveness garden. Labyrinths are known for their complex, maze-like design, and they are often set into floors as decorative elements. But they have also been historically used for private meditation. Sister Joanna says, “Walking a labyrinth is an ancient meditative practice that evokes the concept of pilgrimage … a journey to a holy place.” This version was inspired by the one at Chartres Cathedral in France where many people pilgrimage to prayerfully walk the labyrinth and experience the spiritual history of the cathedral. Adjacent to the monastery’s labyrinth sit two tall prayer silos each with stained glass windows and an iron door. But as stunning as the outsides are, the insides rivals their glory. Visitors can sit on a bench, listen to the peaceful quiet, and look up at the open sky shining

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down from the top. It’s almost like a glimpse into heaven. Another area houses a teaching garden with many different displays meant to educate visitors about the native species of plants found in Virginia. Nature enthusiasts will also discover more areas to enjoy; a walkway next to the main building leads down to wooded paths and the quiet rustling of water can be heard from the flowing stream. One display is designed specifically for children, where they are encouraged to step into the garden bed, explore, play in the dirt, and touch the plants. It is colorful and fun and sure to be something children remember. The perfect final stop in this adventure is a visit to the Grotto. The monastery’s grotto is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, the Roman Catholic title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France in 1858. Once

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Above: The grotto is a circular area of green lawn surrounded by a cavelike structure where a statue of Mary sits. Right: Visitors sitting on a bench inside the silos will see this gorgeous sight of the sky through the opening.

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Pastoral Center for prayer, learning, and retreat programs; Benedictine Educational Assistance Community Outreach to Neighbors (BEACON), which provides literacy assistance for adults as well as life-skills workshops; and the BARN Community Housing, a nonprofit program for homeless women and their children located on the grounds of the Monastery. Visit osbva.org to learn more about the monastery and its ministries, and visit Benedictine Sisters of Virginia on social media. The monastery is located at 9535 Linton Hall Road in Bristow, and visitors are welcome every day between sunrise and sunset. ❖ Christine Craddock is a writer, editor, photographer, wife, and mother of two adorable children. She is a faithful contributing writer for Haymarket Lifestyle magazine and has resided in Haymarket since 2006.


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What additional steps do I take to lose fat? Create a calorie deficit. In other

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words, to lose weight you need to take in fewer calories. So, if you know your BMR is 1,600 calories/ day, you know you need to eat less than that to lose weight. The main reason we recommend getting your BMR information is so you know exactly what caloric intake you need to maintain or lose weight. Studies have shown that you need a minimum 500-calorie deficit per day to lose weight. Eat more protein. When it comes to lowering your body fat percentage, the real key is losing the right kind of weight. While lowering your caloric intake for the day and increasing the amount of protein that you ingest, you will be able to maintain and even increase muscle mass while losing body fat. So, how do you know how much daily protein you need? First, find out what your lean muscle mass is (using a body composition analyzer).

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clear their plates with this large portion. Fluffy buttermilk biscuits have scrambled eggs mixed in and are topped with a choice of creamed chipped beef or sausage gravy. The first half is delicious; so is the second when leftovers are taken home. The breakfast sandwiches are made using white, wheat, rye, sourdough, biscuit, or english muffin, and omelettes can include cheese, meat, or veggies. One choice patrons may try is the greek omelette with feta cheese, olives, onions, and tomatoes. For those with a taste toward sweeter meals, golden buttermilk pancakes, short stacks, belgian waffles, and french toast may be be topped off with a blueberry or strawberry topping, or whipped cream. Remember, breakfast may be the first meal of the day but it’s not the only one. Diners can also enjoy soups, salads, pastas, cold sandwiches, burgers, and hot sandwiches, like the corned beef reuben with sauerkraut, russian dressing and swiss cheese. The monterey hamburger is smothered with grilled onions and melted cheese on rye bread. For really hungry patrons, larger entrees include chop steak, country fried steak, grilled chicken breast, cajun-style chicken, openface turkey or roast beef served with mashed potatoes and gravy. The menu also offers catfish, salmon, and tilapia. The Gainesville Diner should be a welcome addition to the local restaurant scene, judging from the success and reputation of the Marshall Diner. This new place may be the next go-to spot for home-cooked, feel good, family-friendly, affordable meals, no matter what time of day or what kind of food visitors order. The Gainesville Diner is located at 14674 Lee Highway in Gainesville and is open 7 days a week. Call 571-248-2179 or follow them on Facebook. ❖

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“[Battle Buddies] pairs aging veterans with their younger comrades to help assess their needs, help with transportation, and provide companionship.” BY AIMÉE O’ GRADY

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ighty-seven-year-old Korean and Vietnam veteran Peter lives very simply. His one-bedroom apartment is furnished with only a sofa, rocker, and a recliner that he recently received. There are a handful of books lying on a few tables. There is no television. The recliner faces a large picture window that looks out of the first-floor apartment onto a small lawn. Peter lives on a tight budget: $1,100 monthly, most of which goes toward paying his rent. Peter’s wife has passed away and his family lives on the West Coast. Peter does not complain, but rather simply states the facts. He has had two major operations for cancer on

his jaw, with another one scheduled. Even though he suffers from several maladies, when asked by his doctor how he is, he will answer that he is doing well. Hero’s Bridge was created for people like Peter. David Benhoff, LtCol, USMC Ret. and Molly Brooks, RNBC, CHPN, created the nonprofit organization to improve difficult circumstances for veterans who served their country and fought for freedom worldwide. Battle Buddies is one program Hero’s Bridge offers, which pairs aging veterans with their younger comrades to help assess their needs, help with transportation, and provide companionship. Phil Kasky, Captain, USN Ret. is a Hero’s Bridge Battle Buddy volunteer; “My wife, Mary, was with me at [the VFW Post 9835] meeting and Molly and Dave’s comments resonated with us, especially the importance of Battle Buddies and how together, we might make a difference in an old veteran’s life.” Benhoff connected the Kaskys with Peter. “We feel it is both a duty and a joy to help Peter, and even the smallest of things can make a big difference to an aging veteran such as Peter who no longer has the mobility of a younger man. Mary and I visit Peter weekly, we make occasional grocery runs for him, help with errands and assist with local transportation needs. Our friendship has grown and he has become important in our lives. We have become important in his life as well,” says Kasky. Brooks adds that “Peter's situation

is unfortunately common. Many aging veterans are predisposed to isolation due to their time spent in the military culture. The military promotes stoicism, self-reliance and suppression of emotion, especially during times of war. This mindset often prevents them from reaching out or asking for help later in life.” As our veteran community ages, even those who led well-adjusted lives can experience post-traumatic episodes when a spouse passes away and health fails. Brooks feels that the Battle Buddy program is “so special because they see glimmers of themselves in each other.” While the organization is still in its infancy, veteran members, like Peter, appreciate the effort made by Benhoff and Brooks and offer suggestions on the areas where improvement is needed. Hero’s Bridge is committed to growing the programs offered by their nonprofit organization to serve this great generation of veterans during their twilight years. Benhoff and Brooks are hoping to grow the number of volunteers involved with Hero’s Bridge as the list of participating veterans grows. Benhoff is confident that through collaborations with other organizations in the Piedmont region, the group will gain momentum and improve the quality of life for our community veterans. If you know of a veteran who would like to join Hero’s Bridge, please call 540-993-6386. To register as a volunteer, please visit the Hero’s Bridge website at www.herosbridge1. org.❖

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