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Summer sure did fly by. The hot warm days will soon end and we will (or at least I will) welcome a slight chill in the air– I am even dreaming about roasting marshmallows around a campfire during a cool evening (as I write this it is still August and about 90 degrees outside, sigh). Each season in nature spurs on change in so many ways. From the foliage turning beautiful colors, to animals preparing to hibernate, some differences are noticeable and some are not. For us, here at Piedmont Lifestyle Magazines, we want change to occur–to improve our magazines so you enjoy each page even more. In order to succeed, we need your opinion. Please, go online to, or find last month’s copy of the magazine and complete the hard copy of the Reader’s Survey we included. We truly value your input and are so looking forward to developing additional stories or segments that will be enjoyed by all. Enjoy this month’s issue, which contains helpful roofing tips; information for those with children, and some great information for individuals taking care of elderly family members. Thank you for your readership, and we look forward to reviewing the feedback you submit on how we can serve you better. In closing, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes about change in general and the metaphor of seasonal change. Enjoy.

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The Best of Haymarket

Letters From The Past



Search for a Clover, Discover the World Local author Julia Heckathorn’s crosscultural impact BY KATIE FUSTER

HGBA Member Read & Greet This month’s spotlight: Dr. Alicia Haupt of Gateway Chiropractic ON THE



Selecting Countertops Nothing dresses up a kitchen like a new surface BY BETHANNY FOX




Roof Issues Now is the time to evaluate BY BRIAN WATTS

Summers brought families closer together BY DANIELLE KIJEWSKI


Varmint of the Trail Protect yourself from ticks BY ANDREAS A. KELLER


Vaccines: Not Just for Kids Are you up-to-date? BY GRAZIELLA STEELE

A Journey through Our Local History Read about Virginia’s rich history BY BETH WALKER


Do Not Disturb Service dogs must stay focused BY CHARLOTTE WAGNER


Fall Landscape To-Do list Get ready for changing weather BY TERRI AUFMUTH STEVENS



Teaching Your Kid to Ride a Bike

Computers, Tablets, & Smartphones

Help create confidence and independence

For home, business, or school BY KLAUS FUECHSEL




Homesteading Health, food, and the earth

Dogwoods; Not Just Trees The often overlooked shrubs




Scott Marci, owner of Aerial Portfolios, LLC shares the image he captured using drone technology above the Town of Haymarket. Scott has a degree in mechanical engineering, but has a love of video and flying. Originally from NY, he moved to Haymarket to start his business and enjoy the outdoor activities our area offers. His business provides aerial video and photography. He may be reached at scott@ Find him at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @Path2Adventure.

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ongratulations to all the businesses and organizations in our community. All of you provide us with vital services and/ or products and help make Haymarket an amazing place to live and work. This year’s Best of Haymarket competition offered a few new categories and some highly competitive races. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared your views.


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Asian Garden Fresh. The perfect word to describe the cuisine at this location. Natural, fresh ingredients are utilized in creating the fare at Asian Garden. No wonder readers selected this eatery as the best place for Asian Food in 2017. Select from chef specialities, appetizers, or main dishes (featuring chicken, pork, and beef). Dinein or take-out. Either way their location is convenient—Dominion Valley Market Square Shopping Center. 2nd Place: Thai Peppers 3rd Place: Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood


Cupcake Heaven and Cafe Having a craving for sweets? Readers have voiced their pick for the 2017 best bakery/ desserts as Cupcake Heaven and Cafe. Chocolate Bliss, Vanilla Divine, Red Velvet, and so many other specialty cupcake flavors await all who enter. Weekly specials are also a favorite with the local crowds. Stop in their Washington Street location for dessert, or even try one of their coffee beverages or breakfast wraps.


El Vaquero West Haymarket, you have spoken. This year, the race was very, very close, but only one winner was possible. For several years, you have voted El Vaquero as the best casual/family restaurant in the area. This year was no different. The family-friendly atmosphere and meals they offer are perfect for all ages. El Vaquero has also captured first place in the Best Mexican/Latin Food category this year. Stop in and try their amazing enchiladas, tacos, seafood, burritos, or other delicious Mexican entrees and appetizers. 2nd Place: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 3rd Place: El Tio Tex-Mex Grill


Cookies & Cream Voters, you have selected a new winner this year. The award goes to Cookies & Cream, a business that opened in 2016 in Haymarket. They scoop Gifford’s premium hard-serve ice cream and serve cookies that are baked on the premises. Try their outdoor seating area, or indulge in a specialty drink or Italian soda while you enjoy your treat. If you haven’t been there yet, stop in and check out their location near the playground. You will soon see why voters voted them the best. 2nd Place: Pickle Bob’s


3rd Place: Cold Stone

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2nd Place: Cookies & Cream

With specialty drinks such as cappuccinos, espressos, shakardos, and chai lattes, it is no surprise voters selected Trummer’s the best in this category. Located in Promenade Commons in Gainesville, their spot is perfect to enjoy a good brew any time of day. Next time you stop in, try one of their cold brews, pour overs, or drip coffees, and see for yourself why they were voted the best.

3rd Place: Wegmans

2nd Place: Starbucks – Atlas Way

This lunch spot is favored by our readers, as they determined this year’s winner for the best lunch place. Chick-fil-A has also won other categories this year including best meal for under 10 dollars. Two locations serve area residents: one in Gainesville and one now open in Haymarket.

3rd Place: Dunkin’ Donuts

2nd Place: Hidden Julles – Haymarket


Eggspectation The 2017 award goes to Eggspectation. Menu options include a variety of freshly squeezed juices, coffee, espresso, and a plethora of delectable breakfast entrees to delight patrons any time of the day. Located in the Madison Crescent Shopping Center near the intersection of Route 29 and Route 15, they are a great location for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They even host several business meetings on a monthly basis.



3rd Place: Panera & BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse (tie)


Once again, Wegmans has captured the best grocery store distinction. Wegmans is consistently a favorite with readers for offering amazing customer service, high quality food, and a wide selection of wines and beers. They also sell organic food, fresh vegetables, and other specialty food items for your family. Visit them in the Stonewall Shops on Route 29.


2nd Place: Hidden Julles Haymarket

2nd Place: Harris Teeter

2nd Place: El Vaquero West

3rd Place: IHOP

3rd Place: Giant Merchants – View Square

3rd Place: Chipotle

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Authentic Mexican cuisine draws in our readers, according to ballots cast in this year’s competition. El Vaquero West surely is the favorite with locals. This family-owned business serves up Mexican flavors in every dish they serve, including dessert and a variety of beverages. Stop in the next time you are craving some Mexican fare and try one of their enchiladas, burritos, tacos, or salads. You will see why they were voted the best.

Ballots cast determined that Bar Louie is once again the favored spot to enjoy a cocktail. A myriad of options await those seeking a glass of wine, a beer, or a mixed cocktail. The menu is extensive and there truly is something for everyone.

2nd Place: El Tio Tex-Mex Grill 3rd Place: Uncle Julio’s

2nd Place: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 3rd Place: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse


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Uncle Julio’s Situated in Promenade Commons, Uncle Julio’s has captured our readers’ attention for outdoor seating. Voted best for 2017 in the outdoor seating category, Uncle Julio’s offers shaded areas, as well as an outdoor fire to warm you during the cooler months, all in a conveniently located spot near retail shops and a movie theatre. Next time you wish to enjoy a meal al fresco, try Uncle Julio’s. 2nd Place: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 3rd Place: Bar Louie

The ballots indicate that Panera is still the winner for the 2017 best salad. Readers must really enjoy the salad options such as the Watermelon and Feta, Southwest Chili Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken, Seasonal Greens, Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken, Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken and the Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa. Their location in Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville makes this the perfect place to gather with family or friends. Patrons can also select from a wide variety of sandwiches to accompany their salad. 2nd Place: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 3rd Place: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Blue Ridge Seafood This year is the first ever for this category. Voters made it known that Blue Ridge Seafood is the best place to go if you are seeking delicious meals from the sea! Indoor and outdoor seating options at this casual, family-friendly restaurant is ideal for those who want to enjoy some mouth-watering crabs, shrimp, oysters, clams, chowder, soup, fish, tacos, or sandwiches. The seafood options abound. Try them out the next time you are seeking some savory fare. 2nd Place: Bone Fish Grill 3rd Place: Wegmans


Hidden Julles Cafe – Haymarket


New York style pizza is obviously a favorite with our readers, who voted Tony’s NY Pizza the best for 2017. Pizza pies with an amazing array of topping options are dished out each day for dining in or take-out. Next time, try pizza along with one of their appetizers, gluten free meals, or specials.

Ballots were cast in this highly competitive category! The winner of the best sandwich is Hidden Julles in Haymarket. This locally owned and operated cafe offers tasty fare throughout the day. All of their breads are baked fresh daily and their meats are sourced locally. The cafe offers organic, natural, fresh ingredients for any sandwich or menu item. They offer breakfast, lunch, and catering services. Their building offers indoor and outdoor seating and is conveniently located in the heart of Haymarket.

This brand new category for 2017 was a close race. Readers, you ultimately decided that Tony’s NY Pizza has the best steak & cheese sandwich. It’s just another delicious choice beside their pizza (which was voted best pizza in Haymarket this year) and other menu options.

2nd Place: MOD Pizza

2nd Place: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

3rd Place: Brooklyn Brothers

3rd Place: Panera


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2nd Place: Foster’s Grill 3rd Place: Penn Station East Coast Sub



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Winners of Best of Haymarket Eggspectation Haymarket Food Pantry Awesome Dental Center Edward Jones- Mark Miller Bigoski Insurance Law Office of Clay and Lofaso, PLLC

Honorable Mentions Comfort Cases

George Mason Mortgage

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The Fauquier Bank, Haymarket Branch

The Fringe Benefit Band

Cornerstone Landscaping

Lighthouse Chiropractic

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center

Gateway Chiropractic

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Edward Jones- Deborah Trnka

Long & Foster, Sharon Ambrose

Heritage Financial

Linton Hall Realtors, Annelee Farrar

State Farm Insurance, Carmen Rivera

Dominion Valley Animal Hospital

State Farm Insurance, Candace S. Alenas

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Haymarket Day Haymarket Day is in the hearts of most of our readers, as you have consistently voted this annual event the best in town. The parade and activities are geared for the entire family and offer an annual tradition for many residents and visitors alike. So this year, enjoy the shopping, music, and festive atmosphere this event provides all in the community. 2nd Place: Burnside Farms Festival of Spring 3rd Place: Virginia Gateway Fireworks Spectacular and Family Fun

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Last year was the inaugural year for this category and the response was fantastic. This year, voters again determined that Jump-N-Jimmy’s is the winner. Open seven days a week, Jump-N-Jimmy’s offers private and semi-private sessions in a large atmosphere full of indoor inflatable fun. This entertainment center is located on James Madison Highway in Haymarket.

The best girls night out award goes to Bar Louie this year. The contemporary inside decor or comfortable outside seating provides an atmosphere just right for a gathering with your friends—day or night. Enjoy a full meal, a wide variety of appetizers, salads, and desserts. They are ideally located in the Promenade Commons right across from the movie theatre and near many well-known retail stores—the perfect combination for a girls night out.

2nd Place: Haymarket Gainesville Community Library

2nd Place: Winery at La Grange

3rd Place: Haymarket Iceplex

3rd Place: Uncle Julio’s and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill


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Wow, three years in a row Firebirds was selected by you, the readers, as the best spot to go on a Saturday night date. Located near the movie theater, it is convenient for a meal before or after you catch a flick. Next time you are seeking a place to go with your date, stop in and try them out for a meal, an appetizer, or a beverage.

This is one tough competition. Photographers were neck-and-neck, but alas, only one was able to gain the number of votes to claim victory. The 2017 winner is Leah Marsh Photography. Leah specializes in family and children images, is an International Associate of Newborn Photographers, and is a member of the Tiny Footprints Project. Her talent for photographing newborns is astounding, and she donates photography time to parents with infants in local NICUs.

Classic rock appears to be our readers’ favorite this year. The 2017 local entertainment winner is One Hot Mess. The group offers music lovers the sounds of harmony and acoustic rock, and they perform at various locations throughout the region. If you want to hear them at their next gig, visit their Facebook page (www. to see where they will be.

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Readers, you certainly love the furniture at HomeGoods. A wide selection, affordable prices, and great location helped make this a favored store with you in 2017. If you need a new chair, or maybe a dresser, or even a sofa, visit their store in the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center. They will definitely have something you like.

Cookies & Cream opened their doors in 2016 and has captured the hearts of our readers, who have voted them the best new business in 2017. Delicious ice cream, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches await locals and visitors alike. Next time you have a craving for an ice cold treat, check them out. The store is located on Washington Street in Haymarket. 2nd Place: Total Wine

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Verizon Readers have selected Verizon the winner for staying connected, no matter where you are. If you need a family or business plan, stop in and see for yourself. 2nd Place: Best Buy 3rd Place: AT&T


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Shoppers of all ages enjoy Charming Charlie. Voters cast their ballots claiming that Charming Charlie is the winner for the best jewelry store this year. Simple to elaborate options await shoppers. Need a specific color theme in your jewelry? No problem—Charming Charlie has just what you are looking for. Reasonable prices and trendy options are all available to suite your jewelry requirements, whether casual, professional, or formal.

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3rd Place: Grace Jewelers

This year, Total Wine has claimed victory as the best wine shop for 2017. Total Wine opened its doors in 2016 and, voters, you have noticed their selection. It is obvious our readers are passionate about wine, and Total Wine is their preferred place to shop.This business offers fine wines: over 8,000 different wines from every wine-producing region in the world, some of which are not available in any other store. Check them out next time you are seeking just the right red or white to accompany a meal. While you are there, check out the many beer options they have: America‘s most popular brands, hardto-find microbrews, and a variety of imports. Total Wine is located on Wellington Road in Gainesville.

The winner is Details for the Home! Readers, you have determined that this boutique offers residents and visitors an amazing selection. From unique gifts to jewelry to many other accessory pieces, this story as the perfect gift for a friend—even for yourself. Pandora, Vera Bradley, and Spartina are all available for purchase. The store is located on Jefferson Street in Haymarket. Stop in the next time you need a little retail therapy.


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2nd Place: Wegmans

2nd Place: Ann Taylor Loft

3rd Place: Hallmark

3rd Place: Walgreens

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2nd Place: Wegmans 3rd Place: Cork & Fork


Kohl’s Once again, readers, you have determined that Kohl’s is the best place to purchase women’s clothing. And it’s not a surprise, as they offer everything from accessories, necessities, professional, and casual attire—even shoes, all at affordable pricing.

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“My advice to parents based on my almost 25 years of experience is play with your kids! As electronics become a bigger part of our world I truly believe keeping your kids disconnected for as long as possible helps promote better family and social connections and as kids enter school make rules for electronics and stick to them. Also lead by example, more and more when coming into rooms I have parents and kids staring at electronics instead of conversing with each other. Still to this day reading is the number 1 predictor of school success and playing music is also a great predictor of school success. So unplug and read and listen to music!” - DR. MICHEL


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It takes a special soul to be able to handle caring for the smallest and sometimes most fragile members of our families. It also takes a particular kind of person to make worried parents feel at ease. The doctors at Haymarket Pediatrics excel in both these aspects. The Haymarket location and the personal, dedicated staff contribute to keeping the original vision of a small town practice providing exceptional care for newborns through college-age children. Since opening, the office has grown to include three pediatricians who serve the majority of families in our community.


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Dr. Edward Michel opened Haymarket Pediatrics in 2003. His desire to become a pediatrician stemmed from fond memories of his childhood pediatrician - a person who displayed particular compassion to Dr. Michel and his siblings after the loss of their father. Dr. Michel feels his role as a father helped shape his career and his empathy and care as a doctor. He finds fulfillment in “watching new parents grow into confident and loving caregivers and watching children grow up and mature” while also being an integral part of the community. In 2005, Dr. Elizabeth Bauer joined the practice. She says having her own children allowed her to appreciate even more “what an honor it is that these parents entrust me to care for their most precious gifts.” She highlights the resiliency of children, explaining their “uncanny ability to smile through even the most difficult situations and seem to find happiness where few adults could. Their joy is contagious and can brighten even your worst day.” Dr. Julia Krulla rounds out this trio of dedicated physicians. The most rewarding aspect of pediatrics for her is watching children grow and witnessing families overcome challenges. When asked what fascinates her the most about children, she echos Dr. Bauer’s sentiments about their



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Bull Run Accounting and Tax Services This year, you have selected a new winner for the best accounting firm. Bull Run Accounting, located at 15003 Washington Street, offers a variety of services. So if you need assistance with your personal or business accounting and tax questions and preparation, give them a call. Professionals there will work with you to help you in the best way possible. 2nd Place: Sharon L. Zavalanski, CPA 3rd Place: H&R Block


Haymarket Chiropractic & Rehabilitation You have declared Haymarket Chiropractic & Rehabilitation as the best place to go for chiropractic services. They provide clients with relief from pain and offer treatments for not only general chiropractic needs, but also for sports, athletic training, personal training, and muscle work. Clients even learn about injury prevention when they visit the professional staff. 2nd Place: Lighthouse Chiropractic 3rd Place: Gateway Chiropractic


Piedmont Tire and Auto - Haymarket Piedmont Tire and Auto has captured our voters’ hearts. For several years, this professional tire and auto service has claimed victory as the best place for auto repairs and tire needs. Conveniently located on Washington Street, readers can have their vehicles serviced and stop into one of the many local retail establishments while waiting for the work to be completed.


Geek Squad/Best Buy Geek Squad at Best Buy Computer has been voted the best place for computer service or system repair for 2017. Stop in at the Best Buy and visit the Geek Squad counter for more information on how they can help you. In person or over the phone, professional staff is available to assist you with your computer needs. 2nd Place: J & S Networks 3rd Place: Geek@Your Service

2nd Place: Virginia Tire & Auto 3rd Place: Piedmont Tire and Auto Gainesville


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Pro Edge Painting This intense, close race yielded a new winner this year! Pro Edge Painting has won the 2017 Best Contractor/ Handyman category. Honesty, commitment, and quality are the three words their professional staff adhere to and they want to help take the stress out of your project by handling your painting and remodeling needs. Call them the next time you have a home project you want a professional service to handle. 2nd Place: Beitzell Fence Co. 3rd Place: Appleton Campbell and Gainesville Plumbing




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The Best Customer Service category is a new selection in this years contest. Readers showed their support for Dynamics Physical Therapy as the best in customer service for 2017. They maintain their focus on their patients and their quality of life. You have recognized Dynamics Physical Therapy as a professional business which provides individualized attention. 2nd Place: Chick-fil-A 3rd Place: Bigoski Insurance


Haymarket Baptist Church Preschool & Kindergarten Small classrooms, personalized teaching methods, and Christian-based instruction have gained your approval. Readers, you have voted them the best preschool yet again for 2017. The accredited school focuses on the Abeka curriculum, music, chapel service, and other instruction to benefit all children. Check them out if you are looking for a school for your child. 2nd Place: Rainbow Station 3rd Place: 4R’s Preschool


Awesome Smiles Dental Center Once again, readers have determined that Awesome Smiles Dental Center is the best place to go to care for your teeth. Awesome Smiles provides general dental care, implants, teeth whitening, and cosmetic services. Call them the next time you need some dental services. 2nd Place: Gainesville Dental Associates 3rd Place: Dunegan Orthodontics


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Haymarket Regional Food Pantry 2nd Place: Comfort Cases 3rd Place: Serve Our Willing Warriors

Community recognizes the needs and benefits of this organization BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

For most social media posts, “going viral” usually means the content has been shared or viewed more than a million times. But for the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry, one post — shared over 300 times and picked up by local media channels — had just as much impact as if it truly went viral. The picture depicted empty shelves and made the community aware of just how much the pantry requires to fulfill the families they serve — 900 boxes of cereal and 900 boxes of macaroni and cheese PER WEEK, among so many other crucial needs.

Our community went into action immediately. Director and board member Eileen Smith, writer of the post, is still blown away by the support from the community since then. “We have received donations from so many individuals and groups since then — some long term donors, some completely new donors,” she explains. Businesses and organizations created food drives and offered to serve as a donation location collecting food in bins, and locals challenged their friends and family to clean out their own pantries or take a quick shopping trip to do their part in filling the shelves. The shelves were filled quickly, but a few months later they were empty again. So Eileen wrote another post — there was no cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, tuna fish, or peanut butter available at the time for those in need. This second post was shared almost 300 times and once again the community responded in force. This last year has included some challenges for the all-volunteer organization, including a big move from the blue historic home up the hill off Washington Street to their current location in the back of the office building on Jefferson Street. This move not only posed difficulties physically in getting the entire contents of the space relocated, but the increase in rent created a substantial financial dilemma: pay rent or buy food.

The outpouring of support helped ease those burdens. “I think one of the blessings of the food pantry is how it teaches so many how fortunate we are and encourages us to think of those who aren’t as lucky,” says Eileen. This humble organization relies on the community to help them serve so many families truly in need. Much gratitude is sent to all who stepped up and made a difference.



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Readers, you know where to go for your landscaping needs—no matter what the season! You voted Merrifield Garden Center the best place to go for all your plants and materials. With greenhouses, native and exotic plants, annuals and perennials, and shrubs and trees, it is no wonder you selected them as the best place to go for some plant therapy. Don’t forget, they even offer water plants, houseplants, and other garden and home decor items. Their courteous, professional staff will help you determine which plants fit your specific needs. Stop in today at their Wellington Road location in Gainesville.

Readers, you have expressed your opinion loudly and clearly by voting Dynamics Physical Therapy the best place to go in this year’s survey. Dynamics Physical Therapy focuses on individualized, progressive physical therapy to help provide clients with a successful rehabilitation. One-on-one care is provided, as is an individualized care plan to help maximize results and provide positive outcomes. Dynamics offers services in sports medicine, post-surgical rehabilitation, pain care, and a variety of injuries. With locations in Gainesville and Haymarket, they offer convenience as well.

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2nd Place: Haymarket Physical Therapy

3rd Place: Gateway Garden Center

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Votes are in and Haymarket Dry Cleaners has won the 2017 award for best dry cleaning services. This location offers dry cleaning services for specialty items such as gowns, as well as suits and shirts and other clothing needs. Stop in and see how they can assist you with dry clean only or delicate items.

For the second year in a row, readers have selected Three Ways Beautiful Salon and Spa as the best place to go for your hairstyling needs. Whether you are seeking a new color, new pixie, or an updo, they will be able to create a look that you will love. Their professional team also provides massage, facials, and tanning services six days a week. Customer satisfaction is paramount to Three Ways. Stop in their The Heritage Village Plaza location to see why they were selected this year’s winner.

We have a new winner this year – Next Level Fitness Sport & Health! Readers, you recognize that Next Level offers adult programs built on the philosophy of getting you stronger, leaner, and more powerful. Experts at Next Level also provide athlete performance training for those seeking more from their workouts. They are conveniently located on James Madison Highway in Haymarket. If you are in need of a stronger you, or athletic training with a personalized focus, stop in and see the staff.

2nd Place: Fashion Forward Salon

3rd Place: Crossfit Durable

2nd Place: Dominion Cleaners 3rd Place: Gainesville Cleaners


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The Best Eye Care Provider category is in its inaugural year. The race was so close, but the 2017 victory goes to David Gore. Dr. Gore provides patients with comprehensive vision and eye health examinations designed to detect a wide range of problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other conditions affecting vision function.

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2nd Place: State Farm

3rd Place: Dominion Eyecare

3rd Place: Bill Harvey Insurance (Nationwide)



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The professional team at Bigoski Insurance Agency is loved by our readers. You have voted them the best place for insurance needs six years in a row! If you need home, life, auto, term life, commercial, or other types of insurance, give them a call. Their team provides personalized service and wants to assist you.

Wow, what a contest this category offered this year. The victorious business this year was Tranquility. Their focus is on the details as well as professional services from a staff dedicated to hospitality. They even serve food or a glass of wine during your visit. You may select from a therapeutic or specialty massage during your visit. They even offer enhancement services such as body serums and aromatherapy, and pregnancy massages for expecting moms. The next time you need a little rest and relaxation, visit them Tuesday through Saturday in their Washington Street location. 2nd Place:Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa

Edward Jones Mark Miller Voters have made their decision; Mark Miller from Edward Jones is the winner for the best financial advisor/investment firm category for 2017. If you need assistance with retirement planning, saving for college, or investing, he has the professional expertise to advise you. His office is located on Washington Street in Haymarket. 2nd Place: Edward Jones Deborah Trnka 3rd Place: Heritage Financial


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This year, readers have declared the Law Office of Clay and Lofaso, PLLC as the best law firm for 2017. Their professionals are experienced with a variety of legal issues: criminal legal services, DUI, traffic, bankruptcy, and more. Their offices are located in Heritage Village Plaza and their staff is focused on providing the clientele with the most effective, professional legal services available.

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The 2017 competition brings this new category to our readers. Ballots were cast and readers have selected BB&T in Haymarket as the best place to go for a mortgage. Mortgage options include first-time buyer programs, refinancing, home equity loans, and construction loans. So if you are seeking to buy or refinance, give them a call and schedule time with one of their professional staff members.

2nd Place: Hopkins Law Firm

2nd Place: George Mason Mortgage

3rd Place: Law Office of Maurice E Moylan, PLLC

3rd Place: The Fauquier Bank – Haymarket




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Stonewall Veterinary Clinic has been providing exceptional care for local furry friends since 2003. A space on the wall will have to be reserved for the 2017 plaque to go alongside the ones highlighting their win for Best Veterinary Practice in the Best of Haymarket contest every year since 2011. Dr. Lauri Fauss, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), and Cheryl Collins, Licensed Veterinary Technician, co-own this friendly, dedicated practice where pets are treated with love and affection, and are appreciated as an essential part of the families in our community. Dr. Fauss’ childhood dream to become a veterinarian turned into a career she says is most rewarding when she is “helping pets live long and happy lives with the people who love them.”

She finds the ability of animals to trust and be resilient the most fascinating part of working with them, and urges owners to pay close attention to their pets and report any subtle changes to the staff at Stonewall. Another member of the staff who has desired a veterinary career since childhood is Dr. Olivia Schlichting, DVM. She finds the appreciation people show her when she is able to help their pet the most rewarding part of being an associate veterinarian at Stonewall. But her passion for animals lies in their ability to communicate–that is, if “we are able to interpret how they express themselves” she says. Dr. Schlichting’s best advice is to “ask lots of questions, explore all your different options, and allow us to help you make the decisions that are best for you and your pet.” A common quote attributed to Dr. Collins sums it up. “Stonewall Veterinary Clinic is privileged to have a very talented and dedicated group of people on staff,” she says. When bringing their animals to Stonewall Veterinary Clinic, pet owners will experience staff that care deeply about them and their animals, and feel confident that they are receiving the highest level of care and expertise, says Dr. Fauss. Dr. Schlichting echoes that sentiment by explaining her desire for pet owners “to know we care about both their pets and about them!”



Stonewall Vet 2nd Place: Dominion Valley Animal Hospital 3rd Place: Caring Hands

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We have a new winner for 2017—Exit Heritage. Cheryl and Brian Garcia launched Heritage in 2003, and became part of the Exit franchise in 2006. They focus on honesty, integrity, and respect for everyone involved, as well as being good citizens and neighbors in our community. Exit Heritage’s staff is comprised of over 25 agents working under Brian Garcia. Each individual on the team offers professionalism and extensive knowledge relating to the local real estate trends. If you are looking to purchase or sell your home, give them a call. 2nd Place: Long & Foster 3rd Place: Linton Hall Realtors

This year provided us with insight into how much our readers enjoy our local businesses. Every business and organization in our area should be congratulated, since each and every one provides us with amazing products and services. We truly have amazing growth, entrepreneurship, and customer service in our area. To all our readers, thank you for participating in this annual competition.❖

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“I’d always wanted to write and illustrate children’s books,”


okesville resident Julia Heckathorn says. “I didn’t know how to start, though, and I always assumed it would be too hard.” But after Heckathorn’s work as a massage therapist became too fatiguing on her joints, “my husband, Jason, was asking me what I wanted to do, and I decided to tell him about my dream of becoming a children’s book author.” Jason’s response? “You can do it! I’ll help you get started.”


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“Just having his support was huge,” Heckathorn says. “We were discussing the endeavor as we were walking in Hawaii, in the middle of a forest, and I had been talking about my love for nature and animals. So said, ‘Why don’t we write about that?’” Thus, the Search for the Hidden Clover book series was born. “I started writing my books to get kids excited about nature as well as reading,” Heckathorn says. In 2009, she began working on the series, keeping true to its tagline of Search for a clover, discover the world. To

Above: Julia is interviewed for a segment on the Fairfax Network, the educational programming network produced by Fairfax County Schools. Photos by Lauren Modny, Fairfax County Public Schools.

provide readers the best sense of what the natural areas of the world in her books are like, Heckathorn travels to each region, intently researching and photographing it before she begins writing. “It took me about two years from start to finish with the first two books,” Heckathorn says. In addition to publishing her children’s books, Heckathorn began conducting wildlife education events at venues like schools, museums, churches, and book festivals. The fourth of Heckathorn’s Search for the Hidden Clover books takes place on Escudo Island. Here, an anteater named Noche Cuervo takes cartoon versions of Julia, Jason, and their animal friends on a mission to save the pygmy sloths. The brightlycolored characters describe the pygmy sloths’ plight, as well as conservation solutions, in catchy rhymes and games. Together, they tackle real-world answers like removing trash from the pygmy sloths’ mangrove habitat and replacing trees lost to timber harvesting. Heckathorn’s photographs from her trips to Escudo Island serve as a backdrop to the 28-page adventure. Heckathorn’s other Search for the Hidden Clover books – Kangaroo Island, Costa Rica, Redwood Forest, and Tasmania – similarly started out as collections of photographs Heckathorn took while visiting these locations. “If we had an opportunity to go somewhere, then we would,” Heckathorn says. “We’d spend the whole time researching, talking to scientists, and sometimes spending hours outside an animal’s nest, waiting for it to come out.” Once home, Heckathorn would sketch cartoons over her photographs, creating adventure stories that are “a different type of book than I had seen before, something even non-readers could get excited about,” she says. In each adventure, children meet the animals that live in that region, learn facts about them, and play games like picture hunts and counting games. Heckathorn has cared for a number of exotic animals, including an anteater, a sloth, two sugar gliders, and a kangaroo, all of which were born in the United States. The Heckathorns have built special facilities for the animals at their Nokesville property and are USDA licensed to care for them.

“Owning a kangaroo is kind of like owning a lazy dog”

Julia and her kangaroo, Boomeroo.

Heckathorn’s kangaroo, Boomeroo, is a main character in all of her books. Boomeroo first joined the Heckathorn family five years ago. “The first year of her life, she went pretty much everywhere with us,” Heckathorn says. “She’s such a social animal; she just loves people.” “Owning a kangaroo is kind of like owning a lazy dog,” Heckathorn says with a laugh. “They’re very loving. They love to be held, petted under the chin, and handfed snacks.” Boomeroo and Heckathorn’s other exotic animals are not just pets; they play an important role in the educational outreach events Heckathorn has held. “Humans don’t generally try to care for things until they have a genuine love for them,” Heckathorn explains. She hopes that introducing children to Boomeroo and her friends will instill in them a love for these animals, and that love will motivate the next generation to conserve these animals and their habitats. The emotional connection that the children make with Heckathorn’s animals is instantaneous and profound. “The kids just go nuts when they see a kangaroo hopping down the aisle at their school,” Heckathorn says. “It excites them, helps them learn to love creatures, and makes the memories from that event really stick.” Heckathorn loves getting mail and email from children who say that the Hidden

The proceeds from Heckathorn’s books and events go primarily toward saving pygmy three-toed sloths. The smallest of the sloth species, the pygmy three-toed sloth is found only in the mangroves of Escudo Island, a habitat of less than two square miles off the coast of Panama. The pygmy sloths are among the world’s 100 most threatened species, and are categorized as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Clover series has encouraged them to read more or write their own stories. “Sometimes they even send me photographs of four-leaf clovers in their yards, or pictures of them reading the books,” Heckathorn says with a quiet smile. While proud of her books’ impact here in the States, the series’ effect on Escudo Island most excites Heckathorn. “It’s

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Left: Julia reads Search for the Hidden Clover Kangaroo Island to children in a remote village in Panama. Photo courtesy of Hidden Clover LLC.

been really cool because when we first went there, there was trash everywhere,” she says. Because the Ngäbe people of Escudo live beside the Panamanian beach, their garbage usually went straight into the ocean. It would wash up in the island animals’ habitats, where the waste posed a threat to the animals’ survival. “The kids littered, the adults littered – they didn’t have any trash cans and didn’t know why it was good to throw away trash,” Heckathorn says. The Ngäbe, whose culture teaches them not to trust outsiders, caught Heckathorn’s conservation vision only after a miraculous chain of events during one of the couple’s visits. The conservation group she partnered said it would not be needed, but promised to send some antivenin as well as information about the area’s most dangerous snake, the Fer-de-lance pit viper. During the trip, after a discouraging day of being shunned by the Ngäbe on the Panamanian mainland, Jason and Julia took a motorboat out to Escudo. While on Escudo, the couple’s luck seemed to change, and they made a series of new species discoveries. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a snake struck Julia in the

finger. It was a Fer-de-lance pit viper. The couple hurried Julia back to the mainland through a strong storm. When they reached the shore, “my entire arm was so blown up that I couldn’t move my fingers,” Heckathorn says. “I only had about two more hours to get the anti venom injected properly and then be taken someplace where I could be treated further.” A doctor who had just arrived from Cuba and specialized in venomous snake bites happened to be on the beach when the Heckathorns arrived. Incredibly, he had 16 rounds of the antivenom that Julia needed. At the same time, a Panamanian congressman was visiting the remote area, and he brought electricity with him. This in turn was used to power the hospital Heckathorn was admitted to. “Miracle after miracle occurred,” Heckathorn remembers. “In a place where survival from a snake bite of this magnitude is almost unheard of, God stepped in to make certain that this time would be different. He had a greater plan.” Three days after a bite the Ngäbe people thought would put her in her grave, Julia walked out of the hospital to their cheers. “That was the moment they

decided to trust us and work with us,” Heckathorn says. During subsequent visits, Heckathorn went around reading translated versions of her books, teaching the importance to take care of the environment and how to do so. She gave copies of her books to the local schools. “The children were so amazed to have books in their language about the island they live on,” Heckathorn says. In addition, her team put signage up around the pygmy sloths’ habitat, laying out guidelines that would help protect Escudo’s unique plants and animals. “We also brought over a whole bunch of trash cans for the island. The kids threw a party and actually built pedestals for the trash cans. It was a learning experience for us all, something new.” Lately, Julia has been devoted to her role as stay-at-home mom of a baby and toddler. Jason now visits Escudo twice a year with a team of like-minded workers. “My husband actually got to go back to Escudo a few months ago, and he said, ‘Julia, it’s so clean, it’s amazing. They’re taking care of their environment.’” To learn more about author Julia Heckathorn and her book series, visit ❖

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there other options Q Are besides stone that provide heat, scratch and stain resistance? A. Engineered stones (a manmade stone facsimile fabricated from adhesive and crushed stone) come in many patterns and solid colors. Because this product is man-made in sections, it has a consistency and repetitiveness to the slabs instead of an overall fluid pattern. The engineered stones are not heat-, scratch-, or stain-proof, rather, they are only resistant to these hazards. With engineered stones, you can achieve the look of granite without the maintenance.

is the least Q What expensive countertop? A. The postform laminate, a premade laminate with

the curved edge (half-inch bullnose) and integral back splash, is the least expensive. You can find these at most of the big box stores in limited sizes and colors. The next option, slightly more expensive, is custom laminate. These custom tops are made of a higher-quality product and high-definition digital graphics are used to create the look of stone. Custom laminate tops also have several different edge treatments (i.e. ogee) as well as under-mount sinks. Laminate may not be heat, scratch or stain resistant, but it is inexpensive.

it true that marble and Q Issoapstone are soft? A. Yes, according to the Mohs scale. Marble is rated at a three to four, and soapstone is a one. Both of these stones are heat-resistant, but neither is scratch-resistant, and both will stain if not treated periodically with a stone-penetrating sealer. If you use heavy lotions, oils or perfumes, this is not the countertop for you. Searching for just the “right” countertop can be daunting. The best thing to do is educate yourself on the products you find interesting. Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors, and listen to their experiences. Obtain quotes for the materials you like and make comparisons based on the total installed price. Lastly, ask a professional. If you ask a salesperson, they will sell you what is most profitable for their store. Locate a professional who will help you find what material best suits your budget and lifestyle. ❖

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Summers brought families closer together BY DANIELLE KIJEWSKI


ummer is a season that sees many travelers. Schools liberate their pupils to supplement academics with adventures, the fairs and beaches have their time, and sunny weather seems to shine brightly upon roads that can lead almost anywhere. In Haymarket’s younger days, it was a similar experience when the warmth and light not only allowed for longer days, but had a beneficial effect on the well-being of local residents who benefitted from the yield of Piedmont's farms and pastures. One important benefit to summer in the 1800s is something that doesn’t affect


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us today: the mail became more reliable and was delivered relatively consistently. After spring rains had reduced the roads to muddy wallows, the summer's heat dried and hardened the roads, allowing them to become passable both for travelers and stagecoaches delivering the mail. Letters—residents’ only communication with far-away relatives— brought families closer together, whether the distances that separated them were great or, by today's standards, small. The Ewell Family, previously profiled in Haymarket Lifestyle, were residents of the Haymarket area whose travels brought them all over the country. The post, whether via stagecoach or steam engine, always brought some of their letters back to their relatives in Haymarket.



May 10th. 1852 ALDIE, VIRGINIA

My dear Brother, I have intended writing to you for some days past, but did not do so because I heard that the mail did not come to Aldie, owing to some change they had made in the stage routes – but as I believe they have now made some arrangement for sending the mail, I will not delay writing any longer.” ~ Eleanor Ewell The excerpt above was written by Eleanor Ewell to her brother, John, who divided his time between Washington, D.C. and the family's Haymarket estate of Edge Hill. As Eleanor repeatedly wrote in her letter, the traveling distance from Aldie to Washington was prohibitive, and even the stagecoach postal service did not often make the journey. These sentiments are repeated by the Ewells’ mother, whose few lines at the letter's conclusion took her son for an incredible guilt trip, and asked him to visit more often.

Left: Helen Ewell as an adult - she later moved with her family and took up residence in Colorado.

“I do not like to miss the opportunity of saying a few words to my darling boys— alas, I lost one out of the number of those whom my heart so fondly clings to, and so dearly loves upon earth; and it is natural that my feelings toward the remaining ones should be deeper and more tender than ever before—my most ardent wish in this world is to be allowed to have the society of my children during the rest of my life. I tremble at the thoughts of being left in old age without them—what there may be in store for me, of future bereavement: God only knows, yet I would not be selfish, in exacting or requiring anything burthensome [sic] of them—I wish I could write cheerfully…” Since this maudlin correspondence was written in May, one can only hope that John Ewell took some time that summer to visit with his mother and lift her spirits.

A generation earlier, John, an infant at the time, was the one left at home while his father took a long trip very far afield. The letter below was sent to Edge Hill from the short-lived Republic of Texas. As the letter indicates, even this incredible distance was not too great to keep this loving father from buying sweets for his children (of which there were eventually eleven). Addressed to John's sister Helen, the letter was enclosed with a quarter, and included directions for Helen to buy candy to share with her siblings: “I would send you some new frocks but Mr. Jim is just going to take a little carpet bag so he cannot bring them. I would send you some candy but Texas is such a poor country that they don't have any candy here. I send you a quarter to buy some with. You must be sweet & give some to brother, May, & maybe Alice Maud is big enough to suck a stick by this time, at all events you can try her.” Then, as now, people took advantage of the summer’s kind weather and passable roads to travel, and their families at home were treated to glimpses of faraway places through their eagerly-awaited letters, which arrived more reliably in the summer. ❖

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VARMINT OF THE TRAIL No need avoid the outdoors, just protect yourself BY ANDREAS A. KELLER


here isn’t a warm summer day on the trails when insects do not approach hikers with a hungry determination to feed on fresh blood. Yet most insects are rebuffed by the smell of Deet or Permethrin. The ones who ignore the warning smell and attack are likely to find an inglorious end from a swift slap of the hand. Flies, fleas, chiggers, and biting insects are annoying but can be dealt with. A good bug spray will keep them at bay. Ticks, on the other hand, are like stowaways. With their hind legs holding onto leaves, tips of grasses, or shrubs and with


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their forearms outstretched, they quickly get on board when hikers or dogs brush the spot where they have been waiting. Once on board a host, the tick either attaches quickly or wanders in search for an inviting feeding spot, then inserts a feeding tube in and anesthetizes the spot so as to not be disturbed during meal time. The blacklegged tick, also called deer tick, is common in our area and is known to spread Lyme and other tickborne diseases. Each year more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported nationwide, while studies suggest the actual


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number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease is more likely about 300,000. LYME DISEASE

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans or animals through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks who carry the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi. The early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease appear within 3 to 30 days after a tick bite and include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Within about 7 days after a tick bite, the majority of infected people can see a rash growing from the tick bite up to 12 inches large, resulting in a target or “bull’s-eye” appearance. The rash is hot to the touch but neither itchy nor painful. Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the state of infection. These include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis. Lyme disease needs medical attention. Call your doctor if you get a fever or rash from a tick bite. Treatment with antibiotics in the early stages usually results in rapid and complete recovery. Untreated, the disease can lead to a chronic condition, which is more difficult to control. PROTECTING AGAINST TICKS

Should you avoid the great outdoors during the peak period of tick season, which stretches from early May to late September? Of course not. Fear of a tick bite is understandable but should not stop you from hiking, biking, camping, or simply being outdoors and enjoying summer to its fullest. It is imperative, however, that you take steps to prevent tick diseases. Follow these four steps: Education: Many people do not know that they are at risk or what tickborne diseases are. Therefore, the first step of protecting against ticks is to learn about ticks. Tickborne Diseases of the United States: A Reference Manual for Health Care Providers is issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is a most helpful educational resource. It is available online at TickborneDiseases.pdf.

Protective Clothing: Wear long and lightcolored pants and a shirt with long sleeves. This advice may fall on deaf ears with younger hikers or runners. Light-colored clothing make it easier to spot a tick. Repellents: Use insect repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent Deet on exposed skin for protection that will last several hours. On clothing, use products that contain permethrin. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Shower: Take a shower soon after having been outdoors, as it flushes unattached ticks off your body. Also put your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 60 minutes to kill any remaining ticks. Hiking equipment has to be investigated by hand for ticks.

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Deet is a chemical that was patented by the US Army in 1946 and is used as an effective mosquito repellent in different concentrations up to 100 percent. Prolonged exposure to Deet is reported to be harmful to human health, although short-term exposure in concentrations not exceeding 30 percent may not be harmful. Deet and Permethrin are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control as insect repellent. Organic alternatives to chemical repellents consist of citronella, lemongrass oil, peppermint oil, and some other organic ingredients depending on the manufacturer. Not only do these bug sprays have a fresh lemon scent, they are effective against mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, ticks, and other biting insects. In rainy conditions, organic bug sprays need not be reapplied to stay effective, which is not the case with Deet-based products. PROTECTING DOGS

Our furry friends are at risk of tick and insect bites just as much as we are. Therefore, treating dogs and cats for ticks and insects, as recommended by the veterinarian, is imperative. Hiking dogs are especially at risk to become hosts to ticks. My own hiking companion, a Bernese mountain dog with a beautiful double

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coat, is a tasty trail snack for ticks–they love to hide in her soft and fluffy fur. Two years ago, a blood culture revealed that my dog had Lyme disease. The most recent serologic test indicated that she has an Ehrlichiosis infection, which is transmitted from a subspecies of the deer tick more prevalent from Florida to Texas. Both infections were brought under control with antibiotics. Because the infections were detected and treated, my hiking partner has recovered quickly and fully, and now runs to the car ready to jump in for the next adventure on the trails the moment I lace up my boots. ❖

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whooping cough or pertussis, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Women are advised to get the Tdap vaccine for each pregnancy as it protects babies from whooping cough. “Young adults ages 18 to 25 can still benefit from the HPV vaccine if they haven’t already received it,” De Rosa said. “These young people should all receive the meningitis vaccine, too.” At age 60, people should get a zoster shot to prevent shingles, even if they have had shingles before. Two different types of pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for adults at age 65 to protect against pneumonia – sepsis and meningitis. “Older people who are physically active, teach in a college, or come in contact with younger people need the meningitis vaccine because meningitis can be deadly,” De Rosa said. He also recommends Tdap, particularly for grandparents who come into contact with children. “Whooping cough can be a bad cold in an adult, but it can kill a small child.” “Even if you have doubts about your own needs, don’t expose vulnerable populations who cannot protect themselves,” De Rosa added. This includes infants who can’t yet be immunized, people undergoing chemotherapy, or transplant patients. In addition, if you did not have all the necessary childhood RECOMMENDED VACCINES immunizations, the CDC All adults should get the flu recommends the vaccinations for vaccine annually. Adults should the following: measles, mumps receive a tetanus booster once and rubella (MMR); chicken every 10 years as well as one dose pox; and human papillomavirus of Tdap, which protects against (HPV). Pregnant women should

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There are some important changes to the recommended guidelines this year. For example, while everyone ages 6 months and older should get their annual flu shot, the nasal spray vaccine is no longer recommended for anyone. De Rosa recommended that people get their flu shot as soon as it becomes available. “It will last throughout the season,” he said. “It’s also a good precaution based on the global nature of our world and international travel which has affected the duration of the flu season.” Another new guideline says young people vaccinated for HPV before age 15 only need two doses given at least five months apart rather than three doses. If you’re older than 15 and haven’t been vaccinated, you will still need three rounds of the vaccination. Also new this year, people with liver disease should get the hepatitis B vaccine, which protects against liver cancer. People with HIV or human immunodeficiency virus need two doses of a meningococcal vaccine. If you are unsure about whether you are up-to-date on your vaccines, schedule an appointment with a Novant Health UVA Health System provider at NovantHealthUVA. org/findadoctor. ❖

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A Journey through Our Local History BY BETH WALKER

can visit presidential homes, battlefields, historic courthouses and schoolhouses, national and state parks, forts, museums, hiking trails, and more. A visit to the website ( can help you create your own itinerary for a variety of different destinations and interests. If you are a local history buff, you can even take their Certified Tourism Ambassador course, which introduces you to the Journey and how you can share your knowledge and expertise with others. We are fortunate in Prince William County to have access to a range of history-related services, including RELIC at Bull Run Regional Library, where the staff are experts in researching local history and genealogy. You can also pick up a map for The Journey Through Hallowed Ground at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. Prince William County is additionally unique for its Historic Preservation Division, which helps to protect, preserve, and interpret our county’s history through a variety of historic properties. You can visit one in your own backyard in the 200-year-old Bushy Park House at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, which is a fantastic example of late-18th century construction. While the house is not yet ready for tours, the Historic Preservation Division continues its efforts to create an historically accurate space for interpretation of early farmhouse life in our area. To locate even more points of interest, try these books in the library’s collection: Virginia Curiosities by Sharon Cavileer, Backroads & Byways of Virginia: Drives, Day Trips, and Weekend Excursions by Bill Lohmann, Honoring Their Paths: African American Contributions along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, by Deborah A. Lee, and A Guidebook to Virginia’s Historical Markers, by Scott David Arnold. ❖


rowing up in Connecticut, I joined a junior fife and drum corps when I was 13, which was my first experience with “living history.” My love of history and sense of adventure that comes with learning about new places only grew in the next few years, and continues to this day. As a young teenager, it was always so exciting to be part of something that had a vast and varied history, and although fifing and drumming was prevalent particularly in New England, occasionally we were able to travel beyond our immediate locale to some great historical sites. My first taste of Virginia history was on one of these trips. We traveled to Loudoun County for a muster, and on the way home, we stopped at the Manassas Battlefield. It was my first direct experience with Civil War history, and the scale of it was aweinspiring. After graduate school I moved to Virginia, and I was excited to live in an area that had so much accessible history. While Connecticut had its share of historic locations, it cannot match the breadth and volume of what is available in Virginia. While I had the opportunity to visit famous places like Mount Vernon and Monticello, I found that even just a hike through a local park could reveal some hidden piece of history, like an old homestead, fort, or cemetery. When I moved to Haymarket and began working at our new community library, I was not surprised to discover that we live at the heart of a designated national heritage area known as a The Journey Through Hallowed Ground. This area, which stretches along the Route 15/29 corridor from Gettysburg in Pennsylvania all the way to Charlottesville, encompasses an unparalleled amount of historical, cultural, and natural attractions. Within a few hours’ drive in any direction, you


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Charlotte Wagner, BSc owns and operates K9ology LLC in Warrenton where she teaches group and private training classes for pet, competition, and working dogs. She holds a Bachelors of Science with honors in Animal Management from the University of Essex with a special interest in behavior. She regularly competes with her furry family members in breed confirmation, tricks, obedience, rally, and dock diving events.



t is vital for the public to respect service dogs while they are working. A dog that is looking away from the owner or is distracted is unable to properly function and execute life-saving tasks. Although you may be tempted to talk to the dog, coo, or whistle in hopes of making a connection, this approach is highly frowned upon by the owner. Other attempts of contact, such as asking to pet the dog, offering praise, or allowing unsupervised children to approach, are further hindrances. Owners of service dogs may respond with “no thank you, he is working,” or “please don't distract him.” This is not to offend people, but instead stresses the need for the canines to focus on their work. Service dogs are trained for specific public access skills, which allow them to politely and quietly function with their owner when outside the home. Dogs learn to settle down, stay, leave things alone, disengage from the public, cross streets, enter and exit buildings, navigate public transportation, and more. Part of the training process includes teaching the dog to ignore the general public. This is a difficult task to accomplish — even harder when people purposefully disrupt the


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canine’s work. As hard as it may be, simply ignore them when in public. Service dog owners who encourage contact between their teammate and the public are most likely phonies. Legitimate service dogs are required to remain focused on their owner, especially if they still have their vest on.

RESPECT FOR DISABILITIES AND THE ADA Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. Some are visible; others are “invisible”. In addition to mobility assistance, dogs can be trained for a variety of the invisible conditions. Medical alert dogs



are even able to indicate when a diabetic’s sugar levels are out of balance. Others predict the oncoming of seizures. Hearing dogs alert their owners to sound, and psychiatric service dogs assist owners with mental challenges and help them gain confidence and independence. People will sometimes see a service dog and ask “What’s wrong with you?” or “But you don’t look disabled.” Occasionally, individuals make a brash comment such as: “Do you even need that dog?” This type of statement originates with a misconception of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA explicitly states “Staff may ask two questions: (1)

Part of public access training includes working in and around cities. Kuma visited DC as part of his training.

is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.” Professionals, the public, and business owners need to become aware of ADA requirements when interacting with service dog teams. This will enable the public to maintain respect for disabled

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“Service dog owners who encourage contact between their teammate and the public are most likely phonies.”

individuals, who may already feel vulnerable in public. Remember, questioning their condition and interrogating them adds stress, and is also illegal. People faking service dogs have considerably contributed to the same problem. Owners putting vests on pet dogs have caused businesses to become skeptical. Fake service dogs can appear out of control, disruptive, unhygienic, and poorly mannered. The more people abuse the law, the more people with disabilities are disadvantaged.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO? Teach children early on not to interact with service dogs. If you see one in public, tell your child not to distract the dog and explain the canine is working. Also, explain to children the types of assistance service dogs provide and that a person with a health condition depends on their dog for guidance, especially in an emergency.

Business owners and professionals will benefit from understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to better handle customer interactions. It is astonishing how many people are unaware of their rights and etiquette. Suggest a protocol for personnel to ensure interactions with service dog teams are pleasant. If business owners are concerned about a service dog, here’s some key guidelines regarding service dogs from the ADA: Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility (for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter), they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility. A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective

If you are with your own dog Luc learning how to navigate transport and come across a service dog at Union Station in team, please be courteous and Washington DC afford them some space. Do not allow the dogs to interact or socialize. Maintain focus on your dog and ensure their behavior does not impose on the working team. Teaching your dog to focus on you instead of the service dog is a great way to gain control. Please do not put a vest on your pet in an attempt to pass it as a service dog in public. Business owners have become increasingly suspicious of legitimate service dog teams as more owners take their pets in public places. Even emotional support and therapy dogs do not qualify under the same rights as service dogs under the ADA. Virginia and other states consider it illegal to falsify pets as service dogs. Service dogs should be unseen, unheard, and have impeccable manners in public. It may be tempting to point the dog out, watch, stare, or otherwise acknowledge it, but please remember to disengage; it is kind and respectful to give a quick glance and smile before returning back to your own agenda. ❖


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action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence. For more info regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and Service Dogs please visit: animals_2010.htm Although federal law does not require service dogs to wear a vest in public, Virginia law requires dogs to be identified as working animals. Under code § 51.5-44, dogs must wear either a blaze orange leash, vest, backpack, or harness identifying the dog as a trained service dog. Dogs in training (6 months and older) have the right to access streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places as long as they are part of a service dog working team and are appropriately identified. A handler’s requirements include “a jacket identifying the recognized guide, hearing or service dog organization, provided such person is an experienced trainer of the organization identified on the jacket; or (v) the person is part of a three-unit service dog team and is conducting continuing training of a service dog.” § 51.5-44. E. For more information regarding Virginia code and service dogs visit: vacode/title51.5/chapter9/ section51.5-44/

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This is the perfect season to tend to your landscape before winter arrives. Here are some tips to help you improve your overall appeal and create an improved growing environment for your plants and turf. Clean landscape beds of

weeds, debris, and leaves. Apply a light layer of mulch after the ground has frozen to protect plants from heaving, which is an upwards swelling of the soil during freezing conditions.

Deer tend to enjoy the landscape more in the winter as snow may cover their natural food sources. Place bird-netting on the landscape before snowfall occurs to minimize negative deer impacts. A lot of plants need to be pruned in the winter; it’s

Fall is also a great time to divide crowded perennials.

When plants go dormant, dig up and divide. Aerate your lawn. Fall is the best time to aerate, overseed and fertilize the lawn. The temperatures are favorable for grass seed to germinate. Plant fall bulbs. Daffodils, crocus, tulips, alliums, hyacinths, and others are best planted in the fall. In the spring you will reap the rewards when these plants emerge and bloom.

a good time to see branch structure. Some plants should not be pruned in the fall, so check with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office if you are unsure when you begin to prune. Remove any dead plants

from your vegetable gardens. Pests and disease will overwinter in the garden and resurface in the spring.

Clean your garden tools. Fall

is a good time to clean tools to remove any diseases that might be hitching a ride on your gear. You can use one part rubbing alcohol to nine parts water to clean your tools. Be sure to rinse completely off and dry before storing. Protect cold-sensitive plants

such as figs and palms by either installing a burlap screen (or burlap staked) around the plant and fill the space between the burlap and plant with straw to provide warmth and protection in case of a harsh winter. Raise the height on your mower for that last

mowing so your lawn has enough “food” to sustain it through the winter.

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garden beds and landscape beds. If you compost, Fall is a great time to add compost to the soil as it will move through the soil with the heave-thaw cycle.

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hoses, containers subject to cracks, and fountains. Also don’t forget to drain spigots and turn off outside water sources.

About the AUTHOR Terri Stevens, owner of Cornerstone Landscaping, a local landscape design, build, and maintain firm serving Northern Virginia since 1997. Terri is also a board member of Comfort Cases, and has resided in Prince William County since 1979.


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About the AUTHOR Jared Nieters is coowner of Haymarket Bicycles and founder of Mapleworks Endurance Coaching. He has won multiple national championships in cycling and now coaches endurance athletes in a multitude of disciplines. He can be reached at info@ mapleworkscoaching. com and found on most social media sites at @mapleworkscoach.



earning to balance on two wheels can be a nerve-wracking experience for both parent and child, but it doesn’t have to be. When a child learns to ride a bike it improves their confidence, independence, health, and happiness. Plus, the mobility of the entire family increases, opening up new opportunities for adventure.


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Many parents are unsure of when to remove the training wheels. It varies from child to child. Some children are ready as early as three, while others won’t be until seven or older. Kids need to be both physically



and emotionally prepared. Physically, this means they should have the strength to hold up the bicycle on their own. Emotionally, kids need to have the confidence and desire, but also need to be able handle the anxiety

associated with a potential fall. Parents also need to develop their own balance– encouragement versus pressure. Being too pushy about starting the process or showing frustration during the attempts may delay success.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT Every rider should place a helmet on their head before they throw a leg over a bike. If the child is particularly anxious about crashing, opt for knee and elbow pads. This equipment may aso help boost their confidence. Parents should also make sure the bicycle is set up for success. Your child’s feet should be able to touch the ground when they are settled on the bike seat. Choose a bike with a coaster-brake (a brake activated by pedaling backwards), as this characteristic may make it easier to stop and will eliminate the distraction of a hand brake. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TERRAIN Select an open space with nice grass and a slight downhill slope. This may help kids gain the necessary speed to balance the bike and provide a softer landing when the inevitable crashes occur. PRACTICE THE SKILLS Before setting off, have your child simply practice holding the bike up on their own, look ahead where they want to go, and practice the braking movement (pushing backwards on the pedals). LET IT TIP! Be prepared to follow behind, helping as needed. With one hand on the back of the seat and the other on the back or neck, have the child pedal while you help them balance. As the skill develops, you’ll begin to notice less pressure on your hands, indicating your rider is developing balance on their own. Once the balance is evident, it’s time to let go.

DON’T OVERREACT TO CRASHES Some kids will “bail out” on the attempt when they get nervous, while others will keep going until a crash happens. As a parent, it’s important not to overreact to crashes. Kids need the resilience to respond to mishaps without unnecessary fuss.

Below: Kick bikes allow children to learn to ride by walking rather than pedaling. These bikes build two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence. Photo courtesy of Strider Bikes.

PERSIST Persistence is an important skill for all kids to develop, and this is a great time to teach that lesson. As kids continue to push through the challenge, the payoff at the end will be more fulfilling—but pushing too hard can have a negative impact on success and delay the process. Once it’s clear that frustration is outweighing the fun, it’s time to wrap up the lesson and return to it another day. THE NEW ALTERNATIVE Try a kick bike. These childsized machines look nearly identical to a bike, but lack the pedals and chain. They are often far lighter and are used more like a scooter with a seat. Parents can allow their kids to maneuver the kick bike at their own pace, which often means just walking around with the bike underneath them. When your child is ready, they begin to take longer and longer strides, while sitting on the bike. Eventually the sense of balance will kick-in and they can coast down hills and around corners. At that point, transitioning to a pedal bike can happen in just a few minutes.

CALL IN A PROFESSIONAL Sometimes the stress and anxiety of this process is too much. Whether a child feels too much pressure to perform or the parent feels too much anxiety at seeing a potential fall, it may be better to step back and call in a professional. There are are a variety of services in the area that provide equipment, terrain, and expert guidance to help remove any barriers to success. ❖

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very single morning I wake up to a rooster crowing. Most mornings, I love the simplicity. Other mornings, I want to hit him with a shoe and tell him not to crow for another two hours while I sleep until at least 6 a.m. Doesn’t anyone sleep around here? But I drag myself out of bed, put some coffee on, feed the backyard farm animals, tend to the garden, and become a muddy mess all before breakfast. Homesteading—it’s a relatively old term with a brand new meaning. In the 1940s, homesteaders were mostly mountain people. They were people who didn’t have a choice; their living was made by growing their own food and being completely self-reliant. They were our grandparents and great grandparents—it was a hard life in many ways, but they knew what had to be done. Even more so, they enjoyed the bounty of nature and the work of their hands. In westernized culture today, many of us haven’t even plucked our own food from a garden or orchard. It’s rare for us to know where our food came from, from dirt to plate. But there’s a movement that’s shifting the face of our America—homesteaders rising up once again. And it’s a movement worth paying attention to. The homesteading movement is impacting our nation more than we realize. Homesteaders are literally taking back their lives from the commercialized food and healthcare culture. They are also fierce about changing

the way people see this back-to-the-land movement. There’s nothing hippy-ish or weird about it—these are simply people who care about their health, their food, and the Earth that they’re leaving behind to future generations. Today’s homesteader can live on 100 acres and have herds of cattle, or they can live in a highrise apartment with an urban jungle of produce growing right on their balcony or rooftop.They are normal, everyday people, just like you and me, and they want nothing more than to live a healthy lifestyle on their own terms. Homesteading isn’t a trend, it’s the a movement to bring back old-time skill sets that we’ve lost. Planting vegetable gardens, preserving food, foraging for wild edibles, making cheese and butter, learning about natural remedies, and sewing and knitting are skills from the generations before us that have been lost, and we need to relearn them. Homesteaders of America was founded to serve this need for education and information. This organization provides an online source of information as well as a community for homesteaders across the United States. Homesteaders of America connects like-minded individuals whom can learn from one another, teach one another, and trade goods and services. It’s a place for homesteaders to come together, share life experiences and skills, and celebrate in them.



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Not only that, but Homesteaders of America will have its first annual conference right here in the Piedmont on October 14, at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds in Warrenton. Our event will bring together members of our growing online community of homesteaders to a central location where we can learn from the best in the industry, like Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily, Esther Emery (daughter of The Encyclopedia of Country Living author Carla Emery), and famous YouTubers like the hosts of Off Grid with Doug and Stacy. We have homesteaders coming from as far away as Washington State and as close as our own neighborhoods. The conference will boast more than 100 homesteadand farm-related vendors, various workshops, lectures, food, speaker Q&A, and a community setting replete with marshmallows roasting over an open fire once the conference is over. From hog butchery to quilt making, chicken keeping to blacksmithing, this is the premier event to attend in the area if ever you’ve wanted to gain old-time skill sets to help live a more sustainable lifestyle. As an extension of Piedmont Lifestyle Publications, we are extremely excited to bring you this annual event, and we hope to see you there! Make sure you bring a notepad, good walking boots, and a curious, open mind. If nothing more, we know you’ll have a great time connecting with some amazing people who enjoy life to its fullest, and you might even fall in love with chickens! Happy Homesteading! ❖


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oday’s consumers have a wide variety of personal computing devices from which to choose, ranging from the smallest smartphone to the largest desktop. The range of price, functionality, data storage, power, speed, security, and sturdiness also varies. When my clients ask me for recommendations, I tell them to consider what size, computing speed, data, and mobility is needed for work, school, and/or home. Since 1992, when IBM released its Simon Personal Communicator, mobile smartphones have taken over the communication process. The early prototypes, such as Blackberry and Palm, turned the mobile phone into a personal digital assistant, or PDA. Apple released its first iPhone in 2007, and wowed


the market with what it could do. Google followed a year later with Android, which is a mobile operating system for touchscreen devices based on Linux. These ubiquitous little handheld devices make users happy, because they function like a mini computer at your fingertips. SMARTPHONES

That’s why Germans call it a “handy.” Your typical smartphone provides a search engine (such as Safari), wakes you up, manages your emails, connects you to social media, and allows a multitude of

useful and entertaining applications. And what would we do without that built-in camera which documents our lives through photos, videos, and countless selfies? I am not a cellphone addict, but I can hardly imagine getting through a work day without my handy contacts, emails, messages, bank access, maps, weather, TomTom, Facetime, Skype, and various online stores–not to mention my personal health, medical, and entertainment apps. But the problem is that small screens are really

rough on the eyes, and it’s hard to type accurately on a tiny touchscreen keyboard. They’re also frustrating when you don’t have a good connection. And, as we all know, they are really easy to loose, drop, and break. TABLETS

This brings us to the iPad and other tablet devices. Your average purse-sized “computer on the go” has a seven to nine inch screen, which makes it easier to watch movies, read emails and books, and surf the net. Why buy that expensive, heavy textbook, when you can get the cheaper digital version for Kindle? Tablets operate on WiFi; some allow cellphone data access. The lightweight but bigger touchscreen is helpful with typing. Several models

provide detachable keyboards, too. The battery life is impressive. Because of their size, mobility, and relative ease of use, many workplaces have shifted to tablets instead of computer stations; the most modern hospitals outfit their staff with tablets for entering and looking up medical data. But you have to remember that these miniature computers don’t have much data storage. If you have gigabytes of personal data, it has to be stored in online accounts. And, like the phone, tablets are easy to break and very expensive to fix.



SMARTPHONES • multifunctional • lightweight


There are several hybrids between a tablet and laptop. Microsoft has developed the Surface Pro Windows 10 computer that runs all the Windows software on its 12.3 inch screen. The magnetic keyboard is light and can be detached easily. This system is as powerful as most desktops and laptops on the market, and is promoted as ideal for normal business and school use. Another favorite is the Chromebook, which also has the larger 12 to 15 inch screen, keyboard, and touchpad of your typical laptop. Like a tablet, it’s relatively light, because it’s stripped down to the basics. It is much cheaper, but limited. Essentially, it’s just a Cloud access device that runs on a Linux-based Chrome operating system. If you work primarily through Google, Gmail, and the Chrome browser, you can get a lot done with it. But when your internet connection is down, it’s useless. COMPUTERS

If you need the ability to compute faster and store a lot of data on your device, you need a full-fledged computer system with a larger hard drive. For the average household and business use, the choice is between a portable laptop and a desktop computer. LAPTOPS. A laptop or notebook ranges from 11 to 18 inches in screen size, which is much better for processing graphic oriented data. A laptop is relatively light in weight, small enough to fit in a backpack or bag, but still very fragile. The smaller and more powerful computer will heat up more and it is easier to drop, damage, break, or spill liquids on it. If

• small screens • easy to loose, drop, break • not ideal for typing without keyboard • expensive to fix • limited data storage

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LAPTOPS • processing power of a computer • relatively lightweight and portable

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you don’t backup your data regularly on an external device of some sort or into the cloud, you are doomed if your drive fails. Because of this, I always recommend replacing the hard drive with a solid state hard drive; with no moving parts it becomes much sturdier, and also speeds things up. DESKTOPS. If you don’t need to take your computer on the road with you, I still recommend the old-fashioned desktop. Desktops can provide more processing power and speed than a laptop, are solidly built, sturdy, secure, and incorporate a good amount of internal hardware. They even have more built-in ports for external components, such as screens of any size, special keyboards, projectors, printers, and hard drives. Additionally, these computers have room for larger vents and bigger fans–even a water cooling system–which keeps down the heat. The price range for a desktop is wide, anywhere from $300 to several thousands of dollars, depending on the power, speed, data capacity, cooling system, custom features, and operating system you want. And be aware that desktops come in many different sizes, even as small as 6.1 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches! A client recently asked me to get a desktop where she can put in the hard drive from her old computer as well, but most of the desktops I found would not have enough space inside to do so. This is because of the trend for our electronic companions to become lighter, faster, and more powerful. Big desktops will slowly diminish, except the “smaller sized” desktop that I see in places like banks and government offices. However, it is easy to connect to a bigger screen like your TV screen when needed.


Most people have several computing devices nowadays. My belief is a combination of these options may work for your daily needs. ❖

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Dogwoods are not just trees

Often-overlooked Dogwood shrubs will brighten your garden in all seasons



he beloved Dogwood tree, Cornus florida, is our state tree and flower. Its beauty is admired by many for its delicate-looking creamywhite flowers that grace us each spring. However, there are other species of dogwoods that offer spring blossoms and yearround interest that are actually not trees, but shrubs. Looking to add interest to your garden beds yearround? Then the red twig dogwood shrub, or redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea— previously categorized as Cornus stolinifera), is an option to consider. It offers the same type of flower in May and

dogwood (Cornus sericea). Yes, it has the same botanical name as the red twig dogwood and has almost the same characteristics, with the exception of the color of the branches, which are yellow instead of red. If the red twig’s mature size seems too big for your space, this may be an alternative as it typically does not grow as large. At maturity, the yellow twig will mature to about five to six feet tall by five to six feet wide. The fall foliage is also very enjoyable and the shrub attracts birds and butterflies in the June as the tree and attracts butterflies and birds during the warmer months, offering yearround interest in your yard. growing season. At maturity, Overall, both red and yellow this shrub can grow six to nine twig dogwoods are ideal for use feet tall by eight to twelve in the home landscape. They feet wide. The branches are can be used as an ornamental (a generally straight, but do offer some irregularity that provides single feature) in your garden beds, or you can plant in mass visual interest. Although this quantities to form thickets is all noteworthy, the red twig dogwood is more often planted or naturalize any given area for its fall foliage (red to orange, in your yard. In both plants, then to purple) and the striking flowers give way to fruit which birds will enjoy in the summer stem color which provides a months. beautiful pop of color during Ideal locations for either the dreary days of the cold months. In the snow, the stems of these shrubs are areas that are truly showcased against the receive full to partial sun exposure and offers medium white background. to wet soil. So, if you have a Another dogwood shrub persistent wet area in your yard, that will supply unique color these shrubs may be an ideal in your yard is the yellow twig

Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea

way to assist in soaking up the moistness. Two of the features many homeowners enjoy are that these plants are typically deer-resistant and are adaptable to even our clay soil. There are even more types of Dogwoods that exist, such as Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ and Cornus racemosa. The Cornus alba is also known as Siberian dogwood and is not native to the U.S. Like the native red twig dogwood, it has red coloring but it offers a variegated leaf that adds interest with a mix of leaf colors. The gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa) is another U.S. native shrub and is excellent for typically wet areas and rain gardens. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and can be used throughout the landscape. This shrub does not provide the winter color that red or yellow twig dogwoods offer, but the fall color is admirable. By selecting any of these native dogwoods, you are not only planting beneficial plants for the environment, you will help prevent the winter garden blues. Instead, you will have reds and/or yellows, which will be sure to delight your eyes.❖


red twig dogwood TYPE: deciduous shrub FAMILY: Cornaceae ZONE: 3 to 8 HEIGHT: 6.00 to 9.00 feet 8.00 to 12.00 feet BLOOM TIME: May to June BLOOM DESCRIPTION: white SUN: full sun to part shade WATER: medium to wet MAINTENANCE: medium SUGGESTED USE: hedge, rain garden FLOWER: showy LEAF: good fall ATTRACTS: birds, butterflies FRUIT: showy OTHER: winter interest TOLERATE: deer, erosion, clay soil, wet soil COMMON NAME: SPREAD:


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