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40 Kids and Strength Training It’s about building more than muscle BY ZACH HACKERSON

44 Back to School on a Budget

48 Set the Steaks High It’s time to get grilling! BY MIKE ALLEN

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Red, hot August and the search for the missing holiday

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BEST BARBEQUE BEST ASIAN FOOD

Thai Peppers Whether you crave sweet, spicy, or savory, you can’t go wrong with Thai Peppers. They serve authentic dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients, and each order can be tailored to your specific needs. With this commitment to customer satisfaction, it’s no wonder they were voted number one. Get your Thai on at 5541 Merchants View Square, Haymarket. ThaiPeppersVA.com

Mission BBQ Your mission was to vote for the best barbecue, and you did it, naming Mission BBQ our 2018 winner. Mission BBQ serves great barbecue made the American way, and a portion of the proceeds from each meal sold goes back into the community. Now that’s delicious! With mouthwatering selections and a rustic style, give the restaurant a try for lunch or dinner at 13944 Promenade Commons Street, Gainesville. For a peek at the menu, visit Mission-BBQ.com, and for daily specials and events, check them out on Facebook at @MissionBBQTheAmericanWay.

BEST ALL AROUND RESTAURANT BEST BUSINESS LUNCH BEST SATURDAY NIGHT DATE SPOT

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BEST BAKERY/DESSERTS

Crumbles Bake Shop & Custom Cakes Sweet news, cake lovers. Crumbles Bake Shop & Custom Cakes is this year’s choice in the bakery/desserts category. Renowned for its high-quality wedding cakes and custom designs, Crumbles Bake Shop & Custom Cakes is a delicious choice indeed. Located in the Linton Hall area of Gainesville, you can check them out online at CrumblesCakeCo.com and on Facebook at @CrumblesCakeCo.

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BEST BREWERY

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run With great beer, made by great people, on a gorgeous 52-acre farm, it’s no surprise The Farm Brewery at Broad Run won best brewery of 2018. Not only are they family-friendly, but they host festivals and events, including live music. Located at 16015 John Marshall Highway, you can learn more about this popular, locally owned craft brewery at TheFarmBreweryAtBroadRun. com, and on Facebook at @ TheFarmBrewery.

You folks sure love Firebirds. For the fourth year in row, you voted it best Saturday night date spot, and this year you also named it best all-around restaurant and best business lunch spot. The menu offers a great range of options, so whether you need a salad for a casual lunch or a meatloaf for a filling dinner, Firebirds has it all. Located at 4020 Promenade Commons, right near the movie theater, stop in before or after your flick for dinner, appetizers, or a beverage. Find them on Facebook at @FirebirdsGainesville.

BEST CASUAL AND FAMILY RESTAURANT BEST MEXICAN AND LATIN FOOD

BEST WAIT STAFF AND SERVER

El Vaquero West

Chick-fil-A You pull up hungry, discover a long line, and sigh. Then you notice them: the lovely young people taking orders right there in the drive-thru lane. One approaches you, smiling, takes your order, and gets it right. In no time you’re on your way. No wonder you voted Chick-fil-A best wait staff and server. Whether you use the drive-thru or go inside to eat, fast food has never been friendlier. In Gainesville at 5015 Wellington Road and in Haymarket at 15180 Washington Street.

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Once again, you’ve voted El Vaquero West best in two categories: best casual and family restaurant, and best Mexican and Latin food. The family-friendly atmosphere and authentic Mexican cuisine make El Vaquero West perfect for any occasion. Sure, it may be hard not to eat a meal’s worth of chips and queso before your order arrives, but luckily the amazing dishes will have you diving right in whether you’re full of chips or not. Stop in and see for yourself at 14910 Washington St, Haymarket and visit the website at ElVaqueroWestRestaurant.com


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BEST ICE CREAM

Cookies & Cream For a business that’s been open just two years, it’s safe to say that Cookies & Cream is doing pretty well for itself. Between its premium hard-serve ice cream, soft cookies, and specialty sodas, it offers sweet treats for every kind of sweet tooth. “I think that we kind of found a niche where we serve hard-serve ice cream. I think it’s kind of classic and traditional, and not a lot of places are doing a hard-serve ice cream anymore. So, it’s kind of something unique in our area. And our homemade cookies, I mean who doesn’t like a frosted cookie? And then we also serve our signature drinks, which are new to our area, and they’re a different

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option,” said owner Robyn Candland. Robyn and her husband Pete Candland actually got the idea for the business by visiting college towns in Utah. “We saw these little stands in college towns, these small footprints in parking lots, where they just served cookies and drinks. And cars were lined up around the block to get into these places, and they were just little drive-

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thrus! And I thought, wow, that’s such a fun idea, you just grab a little snack and off you go, and so that’s kind of how we started the idea,” said Robyn. Cookies & Cream is a popular spot for families and teenagers alike, bringing everyone together to revel in the creamy deliciousness it serves daily. “I tell people all the time that if I didn’t work there so much, this is a place I’d take my family to and hang out,” laughed Robyn. From the second you walk inside the little blue house, you know you’ve made a good decision about where to get your sugar fix. And, after you order, a server delivers your treat straight to your table, either inside or outside on the beautiful patio where picnic tables await and strands of bright lights glisten. Oh and let’s not forget that Cookies & Cream offers the perfect spot for an ice cream selfie. Strike a pose with the bear statue out front, and snap away. According to Robyn, the bear started its life as a beautiful tree that had to be taken down because it had been struck by lightning multiple times. “We just had this giant tree stump, in the front, and we wondered, ‘How can we incorporate this?’ The guy who carved him helped us come up with the idea, and our employees helped name him. His name is Clawford H. Bearover, and Bearover is in honor of the Harover family who owned the house before it was sold to the town of Haymarket.” In terms of community involvement, Cookies & Cream is all about spirit nights. Explains Robyn, “We’ve had church groups, non-profit groups, schools, and swim teams. It’s a lot of fun. The groups publicize the evening and get involved by providing volunteers who deliver orders. Plus they get 20 percent of all the sales we do during the event. Spirit nights are a great way to support the community and they’re also great advertising. Groups bring their people to us and they get to see what we offer. It’s a win-win.” Discover for yourself why Cookies & Cream was voted best ice cream shop for 2018. Pay them a visit at 14600 Washington Street in Haymarket. For more information, visit CookiesAndCreamShop.com, and keep up with specials and events on Facebook at @CookiesAndCreamShop.


BEST CATERING BEST GROCERY STORE AND PRODUCE

Wegmans Not only did Wegmans once again capture the best grocery store distinction, this year you also named it best caterer. With its top-notch foods, fresh produce, and incredible selection of wine and beer, the store is a consistent reader favorite. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, mediterranean food, or a sandwich, Wegmans has so many choices it may be hard to limit yourself. Shop to your heart’s content at 8297 Stonewall Shops Square, Gainesville, and discover events and specials on Facebook at @ WegmansLakeManassas.

BEST OUTDOOR SEATING BEST COFFEE

Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar With its delectable specialty drinks and its comfortably sophisticated environment, it’s no surprise Trummer’s once again took top honors in this category. Not only do they have drinks that are as beautiful as they are delicious, but even looking at their menu is enough to make the mouth water. Located at 14013 Promenade Commons Street in Gainesville, you can hit the stores, then stop in for one of their cold brews, cappuccinos, or chai lattes any time of day. For more information, visit TrummersCoffeeWineBar.com and find them on Facebook at @ TrummersCoffeeandWineBar.

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Uncle Julio’s Once again, you’ve made it known that, if you’re going to dine al fresco, you’re going to do so at Uncle Julio’s. Located at 13920 Promenade Commons Street in Gainesville, head to this year (and last year’s) winner when you’re ready to get off your feet and relax in the fresh air. Enjoy one of their famous margaritas or fajitas as you people-watch for what is sure to be an enjoyable experience. To see the complete menu, visit UncleJulios.com For specials and event information, follow them on Facebook at @UncleJuliosGainesville.

BEST PIZZA

Tony’s NY Pizza Clearly you love New York style pizza! That’s why, once again, you voted Tony’s NY Pizza the best in the category. Dine in or take-out, with Tony’s NY Pizza you can enjoy your pie with an amazing array of toppings, a delicious appetizer, and even a gluten free meal. Satisfy your appetite at 10314 Bristow Center Drive and follow them on Facebook at @TonysNewYorkPizzaBristow.

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BEST GIRLS NIGHT OUT SPOT BEST PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL

Bar Louie I think the votes are telling us something, and they’re right; girls night out isn’t complete without a good cocktail. Bar Louie’s cool, contemporary decor and comfortable outside seating provide the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon or evening with your friends. Add to that Bar Louie’s extensive menu and myriad drink options, and you can see why this spot – located at 14081 Promenade Commons Street in Gainesville – is hot. Find dinner and drink specials on Facebook at @ BarLouieGainesville.


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Hidden Julles Haymarket Maybe you’ve heard of Hidden Julles, or maybe you’ve just seen its beloved Rambler (aka, its food truck) at an event. Either way, if you’ve yet to check it out, you’re missing out. There’s a good reason Hidden Julles was named best breakfast place this year and it’s this: Hidden Julles is completely committed to freshness. Every item on its menu is made fresh using natural and organic ingredients. When asked about about why he thought it was important to offer such fresh and organic options, owner Aaron Lynch said, “Whenever I thought about opening a restaurant, I thought, ‘I want my kids to be able to eat this.’ Honestly, a lot of people around here eat only fresh and organic foods, and it’s hard to find places comparable to how people eat at home, so I set out to do that.” In addition to its tasty smoothies, juices, lunches, and of course breakfasts, Hidden

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Julles’ menu includes vegan and paleo selections, and the staff is happy to adjust any item in order to make it paleo or gluten-free. Conveniently located in the heart of Haymarket, Hidden Julles is renowned as much for it’s delicious fresh foods as it is for having the area’s first and only food truck - the aforementioned Rambler - which is used to deliver the cafe’s popular dishes to weddings, special events, and business lunches. With all the love the community has for Hidden Julles, it’s no surprise people want to introduce others to the cafe. And one of the best ways to do that, if you can’t come in of course, is simply to reserve the Rambler! One of Hidden Julles’ major goals is to be as local possible. Not only do they source their food locally from places such as Whiffletree Farm, but they also stay local for other services. “I use local vendors, not only

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for our products but for insurance, accounting, things like that,” explained Lynch. Recently the cafe added weekend hours during which it serves dinner. Said Lynch, “We wanted to test the dinner menu and decided to do so on weekends. To be open for 14- or 15-hours a day is a lot on the staff. But ultimately our goal is to be open seven days a week.” So if you’re looking for a place where you can get anything from juice to a sandwich to some stuffed french toast, and you live in the Haymarket/ Gainesville area, give Hidden Julles a try. Located at 14950 Washington Street in Haymarket, stop in and taste for yourself the reason it’s this year’s best breakfast spot, and check the Facebook page at @HiddenJullesHaymarket for daily deliciousness updates.


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BEST SEAFOOD

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Blue Ridge Seafood Two years in a row you’ve voted Blue Ridge Seafood the best spot for savory fare from the sea! Indoor and outdoor seating options are available at this casual, family-friendly restaurant located at 15704 Lee Highway in Gainesville. Keep up with daily specials by following them on Facebook at @ BlueRidgeSeafood, and check out the entire menu of seafood (and landlubber) options at BlueRidgeSeafood.com

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No surprise here: Haymarket Day is the annual event you look forward to most. It begins with a wonderful parade that showcases many local companies and organizations, and continues with activities, shopping, music, food, and fun for the whole family. Mark your calendar now – this year’s Haymarket Day is Saturday, September 15th! For additional information, visit TownOfHaymarket.org/ index.php/events/haymarket-day.

Congratulations to Thomas Mayhugh, voted best trainer of the year. Clearly you love his talent for making you sweat and whipping you into shape. Want to find him before bathing suit season comes to a close? Stop in at Orangetheory Fitness (voted best fitness center this year) at 14062 Promenade Commons Court in Gainesville to sign up for a session you’re sure to feel the next day.

BEST ART GALLERY CHRISTINE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

Stuff! Consignments Readers made it clear that they love their stuff... Stuff! Consignments, that is, and voted it best in this category for 2018. With a vast assortment of furnishings and collectibles, not to mention jewelry, housewares, handbags, and women’s clothing, it’s no surprise Stuff! Consignments is the place readers turn for paintings, murals, and all manner of wall décor for their home. Located in Gainesville at 7482 Limestone Drive, you can find them on Facebook at @StuffConsignments and online at StuffConsignmentShop.com

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Total Wine Total Wine is totally your favorite. The winner for best wine shop this year and last, the store’s 8,000 different wines, hard-to-find microbrews, gift items, and more have made it easy and fun to stock up for any occasion. When you need a variety of vino, stop in at 5105 Wellington Road in Gainesville, and see the store’s specials on Facebook at @ TotalWineGainesville.

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Lyrique Dance Ballots were cast, and voters decided that Lyrique Dance is the 2018 winner in this category. Founded just last year by April Jubek, a professional dancer formerly with Walt Disney Resorts and Universal Studios, the studio offers classes in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Acro, and Hip Hop. If you’ve got a budding performer in your house, check out Lyrique Dance located at 7956 Crescent Park Drive in Gainesville. They’re also online at LyriqueDance.com and on Facebook at @LyriqueDance.

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Kwon’s Champion School Kwon’s Champion School gets the nod in the children’s entertainment and camp and summer program categories for 2018. The school teaches a combination of martial arts which incorporates the best techniques from Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Hap Ki Do, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, and weapons training. It offers classes for adults, too, as well as an afterschool program for kids and a summer camp packed with fun field trips, games and crafts, and of course martial arts. Stop in to see them at 7605 Linton Hall Road in Gainesville, or visit their website at KwonsChampionSchool.com


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deprived of something should you be taking them.” If you’re wondering if taking supplements of any kind might benefit your health, the pharmacy offers free, expert consultations. Although GainesvilleRx offers many western medicine options, it also offers a nice selection of holistic and integrative medicines, making it an incredibly well-rounded and convenient source for a variety of health care needs. Alka Deshpande, RH, serves as GainesvilleRx’s holistic consultant, and is happy to make recommendations and consult with customers on any wellness, herbal, or nutritional product. GainesvilleRx Pharmacy is also very involved in its local community. Kahlon said he likes to support his Heritage Village associates, local schools such as Battlefield, and churches and temples, because “it’s my responsibility to give back to the community.” With its myriad health care options and products, expert staff, and welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder GainesvilleRx was voted best pharmacy this year. Located at 7963 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville, stop in the next time you need a prescription filled or to browse its excellent selection of wellness and herbal supplements.

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Readers let us know that GainesvilleRx Pharmacy is their preferred prescription for all their pharmaceutical needs by voting it best pharmacy of 2018. The family-owned pharmacy offers first-rate services in a traditional retail pharmacy setting, and sells everything from over-the-counter and prescription medicines, to medical supplies and nutritional supplements. In addition, and maybe most importantly, GainesvilleRx is what’s known as a compounding pharmacy. For those unfamiliar with the practice, compounding medicine is personalization of prescriptions in which individual ingredients are mixed to the exact strength and form of dosage that is best for the patient. Owner and Pharmacist Pal Kahlon said on compounding, “Some medication is not available on the market as a commercial product, so we have to make it, and when we do, the medication is precise to the patient’s needs.” GainesvilleRx has a clear commitment to customer satisfaction, even delivering prescriptions to homes for free, which can be convenient for parents with small children or those who are ill or who have just had surgery and cannot drive. Its staff is also always available to answer questions, make recommendations, or help find what a customer is looking for. As for general recommendations, Kahlon said, “Everybody should use probiotics once a day. I do it. Females and males, as they advance, have less calcium in their bodies, so you should take calcium supplements, or Vitamin D. In general, you don’t need supplements, only when you’re


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Readers declared Orangetheory Fitness the best fitness center this year. Why? Probably because of its one-of-a-kind, group personal training approach that leaves members energized, toned, and – ready for this? – burning calories for up to 36 hours after they workout. Work one hour. Burn for 36. That’s the Orange effect. Check them out at 14062 Promenade Commons Court in Gainesville and at OrangeTheoryFitness.com

Readers love this exceptionally talented Gainesville artist and voted her best in the category this year. Kerry Molina specializes in mixed-media pieces that combine colors, words, and nostalgia. She also runs the popular Yellow Brick Road Studio which offers workshops for kids and adults. Check out her work, summer programs, and girls’ night out events at KerryMolina.com

BEST PARK AND RECREATIONAL FACILITY

James S. Long Regional Park With facilities that include baseball and soccer fields, trails, basketball and tennis courts, a playground, picnic pavilions, tee-ball fields, a mini-library, an equestrian ring and grass equestrian area, it’s no wonder you voted James S. Long Regional Park best park and recreational facility of 2018. If you’ve never been there, pay it at a visit at 4603 James Madison Highway in Haymarket, or log on to PWCParks. org for additional information.

BEST LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Tara Sutherland Photography The super talented Tara Sutherland is this year’s winner for best local photographer. Based in Haymarket, but known for her exceptional family and children’s photography around the county, you can see her work and contact her on Facebook at @TaraSutherlandPhotography and at TaraSutherlandPhotography.com Be sure to check her out if you need to update that ten-year-old family picture, capture a rare moment when your kids aren’t fighting, or have any other photos taken.

Congratulations to Transform Power Yoga, voted best yoga studio of 2018. Located in the heart of Haymarket at 15111 Washington Street in Suite 109, the studio’s heated vinyasa yoga classes have been helping people release stress, lose weight, and improve flexibility and stamina since 2013. To find your inner peace and free your outer sweat, give the studio a try and stay up to date on classes and specials through Facebook at @TPY20169.

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Best Buy When it comes to cell phones, computers, home theater systems, and everything else electronic, you love Best Buy best and voted the store number one in the category for 2018. Check it out for back-to-school needs, cool gifts, and whatever latest device your kid’s clamoring for at 13093 Gateway Center Drive in Gainesville.

BEST GIFT SHOP/ SPECIALTY STORE

Dangela Décor You love Dangela Décor’s oneof-a-kind personalized gifts and custom creations, and this year you named the shop best in its category. With a passion for making special orders for birthday parties, bridal showers, anniversaries and more, Dangela Décor is worth checking out. For all their newest items and special offers, follow them on Facebook at @DangelaDecor and visit their Etsy Shop at Etsy.com/Shop/ DangelaDecor.

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BEST LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT/BAND

Fringe Benefits Band Comprised of Julianna Mokarzel Smith, John Fichtner, Bruce Moore, Teejay Medina, and Eric Harmon, this popular Gainesville cover band is your choice for best in the category this year. They play Motown, Classic Rock, hits from the 80s, 90s, and today, and are known for their interactive, high-energy style. Available for parties and found frequently at local live music hot spots, check them out on Facebook at @FringBenefitsBand and TheFringBenefitsBand.com

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Established in 1997, Cornerstone Landscaping set its intentions on creating professional quality landscape designs. Over 20 years later, it’s doing just that, according to your votes. Cornerstone offers landscaping services to meet each individual need and budget, from butterfly gardens to waterfalls, patios to ponds. Cornerstone Landscaping refers to itself as a, “designbuild-maintain company” and this is the perfect way to describe what it does. It offers endless possibilities, because each design is made specifically for each client based on lifestyle, budget, and personal taste. Whether it be phased installations or full installations, Cornerstone is there to do as little or as much as you want. Owner Terri Aufmuth is well-loved by all her clients, and is known for not only her warm and accommodating personality, but also for the amazing designs she creates for every client that walks through her door. She personally manages every project, along with an experienced and qualified crew, so you know your landscape is in good hands. She says the most important quality in any worker is a commitment to learning new techniques and improvements in the industry, which makes sense, as especially in the design world trends are always changing. So how does the process work? Well, according to Terri, “I begin each design after a careful question and answer session with the client about their likes, dislikes, color and texture preferences, maintenance expectations, site conditions and their ultimate expectations.” After she figures out what the client is looking for, she adds, “I take

all the information gathered at the initial appointment and carefully put together a plan that meets the client’s needs, expectations, and budget, and create a phased approach of the work to be installed as it makes the most sense for the project.” Projects can take anywhere from 5 to twelve days, depending upon the elements involved. However, Terri’s favorite ones to do are the simple patios with seat walls and fire pits, “because we know within a 5-7 day time frame a family will be making memories with a space we created.” Cornerstone Landscaping is also a proud member of several professional associations, such as the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association and the local Chamber of Commerce. On her community involvement, Aufmuth says, “We are members of the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association, whose tagline is ‘where business meets community’ and we firmly believe this. We support local swim teams, such as the Braemar Blasters. We are members of 100 Women Who Care in Gainesville, and the IMPACT Club of Northern Virginia. We support PACE WEST, and our founder is a member of the Gainesville Haymarket Rotary Club, Keep Prince William Beautiful, and The Novant/UVA Foundation Hospital Board. Cornerstone Landscaping supports these and other non-profits in all its activities.” Cornerstone Landscaping can be contacted at (703) 754-2843, and you can find them online at www. cornerstonelandscape.com or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/Cornerstone-LandscapingInc-232537656812707/.


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Ann Taylor Loft Maybe it’s the store’s versatile, undeniably feminine fashions. Maybe it’s the unexpected details in each piece and the great fit. Maybe it’s the fact that the collections are affordable, and you can stock up without breaking the bank. Whatever it is, you love Ann Taylor Loft so much you voted it best in the women’s clothing category this year. To see why it’s the winner, pay the Gainesville location at visit at 13999 Promenade Commons Street.

BEST AUTO, BOAT AND FARM EQUIPMENT BEST AUTO PARTS BEST AUTO REPAIR

Piedmont Tire & Auto – Haymarket For several years, this professional tire and auto service firm has claimed victory as the best place for auto repairs and tire needs. Now, they’ve swept the auto parts category too! For a complete list of the many services they offer, visit the website at PiedmontTireAndAuto.com, and stop in to make an appointment at 15151 Washington Street in Haymarket.

BEST MOTORSPORTS EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES

Interstate All Battery Center Not only does Interstate All Battery Center offer batteries for sale, they also offer great services such as free battery tests, battery installations, battery recycling, and battery pack rebuilds. For all things battery, check them out at InterStateBatteries. com and discover why, this year, the Center was voted most power-full place to get motorsports equipment and accessories.

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Bull Run Accounting You voted Bull Run Accounting best accounting firm last year and again this year. Located at 15003 Washington Street in Haymarket, Bull Run Accounting offers a variety of services, including assistance with personal and business accounting, and complete tax preparation. If you need accounting help, take the voters’ word for it and check out Bull Run Accounting.

BANK AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

Navy Federal Credit Union Ballots were cast, and voters decided that Navy Federal Credit Union, located at 7925 Stonewall Shops Square in Gainesville, is the 2018 winner in this category. Savings, investments, loans, and mortgages are offered to meet the needs of service members, veterans, and their immediate family members, as well as DoD employees and contractors. NavyFederal.org

BEST FINANCIAL AND INVESTMENT ADVISOR

Edward Jones, Deborah Trnka Voters have made their decision; Deborah Trnka of Edward Jones is the winner in the best financial and investment advisor category for 2018. If you need assistance with retirement planning, saving for college, or investing, Deborah has the professional expertise to advise you. Her office is located at 5300 Merchants View Square, Suite 100, in Haymarket.

BEST LAW FIRM

Law Office of Clay and Lofaso, PLLC Once again, readers have declared the Law Office of Clay and Lofaso, PLLC as the best in the category. Located at 7430 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 202 in Gainesville, Clay and Lofaso, PLLC offers a variety of legal services including business law, civil litigation, and criminal defense. For more information, visit Clay-Lofaso.com

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Haymarket Baptist Preschool Looking for a school for your child? Check out Haymarket Baptist Preschool, once again voted best in the Daycare Center and Preschool category. The accredited school, located at 14800 Washington Street in Haymarket, focuses on the Abeka curriculum and offers small classrooms, personalized teaching methods, and Christian-based instruction. Learn more at HBCPK.com

BEST EMERGENCY FIRE AND RESCUE OFFICER

Tyler Cirillo, Captain, Prince William Fire and Rescue Needing to be rescued is never an ideal situation, but you can rest easy knowing there is someone to help in your time of need. Fire and rescue officers do everything from letting kids climb on their shiny red fire engines to showing kids how to stop, drop, and roll, to actually putting out fires. This year, Captain Tyler Cirillo of Prince William Fire and Rescue was voted best fire and rescue officer. Congratulations, Captain Cirillo!

BEST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

Kevin Lands, Chief of Police, Haymarket Without law enforcement officers, we’d still be living in the Wild West. Law enforcement officers have to be the perfect balance of caring and authoritative, and no one fits this description better than Haymarket Chief of Police Kevin Lands, voted law enforcement officer of 2018. Congratulations, Chief Lands!


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BEST HAIR SALON

Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa Clearly you think Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa is at least three ways beautiful as you voted it best in the category this year. The salon prides itself on being fullservice, and therefore a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs. Many customers remark about the home-like atmosphere of the salon, from the smell of fresh coffee as soon as you walk in the door (a complimentary espresso bar offers cappuccinos, lattes, and even wine), to the kind and nurturing staff whose primary goal is to make sure you are comfortable. When someone is taking your appearance into their hands, there is always a little bit of worry, but Three Ways Beautiful puts clients immediately at ease with a welcome that is both relaxed and professional, and the result is a sense of confidence that you’ve come to the right place. “We’re very inviting in the salon here, so when you come in, the atmosphere is absolutely not intimidating. You will be greeted at the door by a salon manager or salon owner, and we basically take care of our guests, we want to make them feel very comfortable and at ease. We want them to leave here feeling refreshed, and relaxed. We want our clients to view whatever they were here for, a haircut, massage, whatever, as a service they’d like to return for, rather than something they regret

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postpartum massage done by a fully certified therapist. In addition, Three Ways Beautiful offers a variety of facials, organic airbrush tanning, lash extensions, microblading, and makeup services. No matter what you want or need, Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa has a service that will meet and exceed your expectations. Beyond the salon, Three Ways Beautiful is also very involved in the community. Whether it be going to homeless shelters and giving free haircuts, or donating gift packages to fundraisers for charities, the salon prides itself on maintaining an active role in the local area. Discover for yourself why Three Ways Beautiful is this year’s best hair salon. Stop in to make an appointment at 17917 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville, take a peek at the dozens of ways to spoil yourself at ThreeWaysBeautifulSalon. com, and find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ MercedesLJacobs.


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Caliber Home Loans Congratulations to Caliber Home Loans, voted best mortgage company of 2018. A firm dedicated to providing affordable home financing, Caliber Home Loans understands client concerns and priorities, and addresses them during every stage of the home loan process. For more information, visit CaliberHomeLoans.com, or its offices at 5615 Wellington Road, Suite 115, in Gainesville.

BEST BARBER SHOP

Haymarket Barber Shop You love Haymarket Barber Shop, voting it best in the category for 2018. Stop in at 6759 Lea Berry Way in Haymarket for a great haircut, shave, moustache or beard trim. There’s plenty of barbers, so the wait is never long. Next time you’re ready to do a little grooming, head over to Haymarket Barber Shop.

BEST MASSAGE, NAIL, AND SPA SERVICES

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon Readers love Tranquility Day Spa and Salon, voting them best in the category two years in a row. Located at 15125 Washington Street in Haymarket, Tranquility offers a wide selection of nail, massage, and facial services designed to help clients feel refreshed, renewed, and, of course, tranquil. For more information on services and pricing, visit TranquilityDaySpa.com

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BEST DOCTOR AND PHYSICIAN OFFICE BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Haymarket Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Congratulations Haymarket Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, voted best chiropractor two years running! Located at 14535 John Marshall Highway in Gainesville, the practice offers top-notch chiropractic care for athletes and non-athletes alike, as well as nutrition guidance and sports and conditioning clinics. For more information, visit HaymarketChiropractic.com

BEST COUNSELOR/THERAPIST

Group Therapy Associates Readers love Group Therapy Associates and voted the practice best counselor/therapist of 2018. Offering individual, couples, and family counseling, relationship coaching, and a variety of classes including social skills building for kids, Group Therapy Associates takes a truly modern approach to mental health. Located in Haymarket at 6611 Jefferson Street, Suite 304, learn more at GroupTherapyAssociates.com

BEST DENTIST

Awesome Smiles Dental Center Awesome Smiles Dental Center continues to lead in the Best Dental Office category. For five consecutive years, voters have made it clear that they trust Dr. Lowe and her team of professionals to keep them smiling with confidence and without fear of the dentist. Children love being celebrated in the No Cavity Club, and adults love the premiere service and family-oriented environment. Awesome Smiles is located next to the Haymarket Kohl’s. Learn more at AwesomeSmilesVA.com

BEST DERMATOLOGIST

Dr. Cuong T. Ha Congratulations to Dr. Cuong T. Ha of Prince William Dermatology, voted best dermatologist for 2018. Located at 7500 Iron Bar Lane, Suite 215 in Gainesville, Dr. Ha and his team specialize in medical and surgical procedures and cosmetic and laser treatments, and are committed to making your skin the healthiest it can be. Learn more at PWDerm.com

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BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER

David Gore, OD, PC For the second year in a row, you have voted David Gore best eye care provider. Dr. Gore sees patients of all ages, from children to older adults, and offers a full spectrum of eye care including vision tests, corrective laser eye surgery, immediate attention for eye emergencies, and so much more. For complete information on the practice, located at 6727 Lea Berry Way in Haymarket, visit HaymarketFamilyEyeCare.com

BEST HOLISTIC SERVICE AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PROVIDER

Zenquility Votes poured in for Zenquility, earning this center for healing and higher consciousness the best of honor in this category for 2018. Located at 14540 John Marshall Highway, Suite 211 in Gainesville, Zenquility offers massage therapy, hypnotherapy, and Reiki, as well as several lesser known but popular services such as emotional clearing and regression therapy. Learn more at Zenquility.com


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BEST HOME HEALTH CARE

Fauquier Home Health Your number one choice for home health care this year is Fauquier Home Health. At Fauquier Home Health, its mission is to design a specific plan to help those under its care achieve their best possible health, in the comfort of their own home. Under the direct supervision of a referring physician, highly skilled professionals deliver quality, compassionate care, including families and caregivers in the process. For more information, visit LHCGroup.com/Locations/FauquierHealth-Home-Care-Services, or call 540-316-2700.

BEST HOSPICE PROVIDER

Novant This year’s honor for best hospice provider goes to Novant Health. Its hospice specialists provide care for terminally ill patients and their families, offering individualized treatment plans to comfortably manage pain. Novant’s team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, grief counselors, and volunteers have one goal: to provide your loved one with effective healthcare that improves the quality of a patient’s last days. For information, visit NovantHealth.org, click on “Services,” then scroll down to “Hospice Care.”

BEST ORTHODONTIST

Dunegan Orthodontics Readers love the advanced orthodontic care offered by Dunegan Orthodontics, voting the practice best in the category for 2018. Dr. Dunegan and his team are committed to ensuring that every patient achieves a healthy and beautiful smile, and offer an orthodontic experience that is personalized, fun, effective, and affordable. Located in Gainesville at 7001 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 130, stop in to schedule a complimentary smile consultation, and visit them online at DrDunegan.com

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BEST PEDIATRICIAN

BEST SENIOR CARE SERVICES

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The 2018 winner for best pediatrician is Haymarket Pediatrics, known for its exceptional pediatric care of children from birth through college. Located at 4424 Costello Way, the practice takes great pride in providing personalized, high quality care, one child at a time. For more information, visit HaymarketPediatrics.com

And the best senior care services provider of 2018 is… Gainesville Health and Rehab! Staffed by experts dedicated to the care and recovery of patients and residents, Gainesville Health and Rehab is a place of healing, rehabilitation, and peaceful respite. Located at 7501 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville and online at Gainesville-Rehab.com

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE

Haymarket Physical Therapy Returning patients to their active lifestyles is Haymarket Physical Therapy’s top priority, and most likely the reason it won best in the category this year. Each patient receives a personalized physical therapy care plan, and the practice uses state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment to facilitate such rapid recoveries that many patients experience significant pain relief in just a few sessions. For more information, visit HaymarketPT.com

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HomeGoods When it comes to antiques and furniture, readers voted HomeGoods best in the category for 2018. Located at 13221 Gateway Center Drive in Gainesville, the store bursts with one-of-a-kind finds and designer merchandise all at significant savings. Every HomeGoods is unique, so stop by the Gainesville location to see what it’s like to feel HomeGoods Happy. HomeGoods.com

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Geek Squad/Best Buy The Best Buy Geek Squad is once again the winner in the computer service and system repairs category. Stop in at Best Buy, located at 13093 Gateway Center Drive in Gainesville, and visit the Geek Squad counter for more information and assistance with installation, setup, repair, and more. The Squad is available in-store during business hours and online 24/7 at BestBuy.com/ Services/RemoteSupport.


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Bigoski Insurance Once again, Bigoski Insurance is your number one choice in this category. Whether you are buying your first car or home, starting a family or business, or just aren’t happy with the service you’re receiving from your current agency, Bigoski Insurance, located at 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 303, in Gainesville is here to help. For more information, visit TheBigoskiAgency.com

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

Spotted Leopard When it comes to interior design, the Spotted Leopard is spot-on with readers and is this year’s best in the category. Located in Gainesville, this family-owned business is as committed to bringing one client’s vision to life as it is to guiding a client less sure to the perfect solution. For more information, visit TheSpottedLeopardDesigns.com.

BEST NURSERY AND GARDENING

Merrifield Garden Center Merrifield Garden Center is the winner again this year, and it’s no surprise why. No matter the season, it’s the best place to go for all your gardening needs. With greenhouses full of native and exotic plants, annuals and perennials, trees, shrubs, and more, plus helpful, knowledgeable staff (and a cafe so you can fuel up before or after shopping), Merrifield Garden Center has it all. For more information, visit the Wellington Road location in Gainesville and MerrifieldGardenCenter.com

BEST CONTRACTOR AND HANDYMAN

Fichtner Services, Inc. Fichtner Services Inc. gets the nod in the contractor and handyman category for 2018. Specializing in residential and commercial refinishing, interior and exterior painting, and eco-friendly pressure washing, the company services both residential and commercial properties in Northern Virginia. Find out more at FichtnerServicesInc.com

BEST FLORIST

Melanie’s Florist

Gainesville Plumbing

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE BEST TRACTOR, LAWN MOWER SALES & REPAIR

Gainesville Plumbing is a proud Native American Woman-owned business that operates on the Native proverb, “Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.” Gainesville Plumbing offers both residential and commercial installations and repairs, and is also heavily involved with its community. To find out why readers voted it best in the category this year, call 571-248-8727.

Clearly you love Lowe’s, voting it best home improvement store and best in the tractor, lawn mower sales and repair category this year. Located at 13000 Gateway Center Drive in Gainesville, the store offers a huge selection and professional service. Whether you need a repair or to make a purchase, Lowe’s is the place to go! Lowes.com

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Congratulations to Century 21-New Millennium, voted best real estate office of 2018. Whether you’re buying a home or selling, or simply looking for advice on how to get started doing either, connect with an agent at Century 21-New Millennium. Simply visit the website at C21NM.com.

BEST EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES

Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center Congratulations to Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center, named best equestrian facility for 2018. With a mission to “enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities through participation in equine assisted activities” voters made it clear that, in their opinion, the Center is succeeding in doing just that. To learn more about Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center or to volunteer, visit the website at RainbowRiding.org.

Congratulations to Melanie’s Florist, our 2018 winner in the best florist category. Located at 15111 Washington Street, Suite 101 in Haymarket, this family owned business offers only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, and friendly, prompt, and professional service. For more information or to send flowers to someone you love, visit MelaniesFlorist.net

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BEST PET BOARDING AND SITTING

Happy Paws Pet Nanny Voters sure do seem to be happy about Happy Paws Pet Nanny, voting it best in the category for 2018. Whether you need your dog walked while you’re at work or someone to feed your gecko while you go on vacation, Happy Paws Pet Nanny has you covered. They offer a free consultation with you and your pet at your home, so if you think their services are something you might be interested in, visit the website TheHappyPawsPetNanny. com for more information.


BEST DRY CLEANER

TIE! Expert Cleaners and Gainesville Cleaners Readers were split between two great dry cleaners this year, voting both Expert Cleaners and Gainesville Cleaners best in the category. Located at 6739 Lea Berry Way in Haymarket, Expert Cleaners offers both pick-up and delivery services, plus expert cleaning of wedding gowns, drapes, and leather and suede. Take advantage of its tailoring/reweaving services, and shoe repair too. Located at 14662 Lee Highway in Gainesville, Gainesville Cleaners offers organic dry cleaning, alterations, and cleaning for items such as drapes, leather and suede, and of course wedding gowns.Take advantage of its shoe repair service, too.

BEST SPORTING GOODS

Dick’s Sporting Goods

BEST PET GROOMER

The Polished Pooch At The Polished Pooch, located at 6601 Jefferson Street in Haymarket, the comfort and care of your pet is the number one priority, and that’s why readers voted the groomer best in the category for 2018. Whether your pet needs a good bath or the full salon treatment, visit ThePolishedPooch.com for details on services and pricing.

BEST PET TRAINING

Citizen K9 Congratulations to Citizen K9, and owner and head trainer Andrew Horan for being voted best in the pet training category. Located in Gainesville, Citizen K9 offers standard boarding and private lessons, as well as a 21-day “Board and Train” program that’s essentially behavior boot camp for your pet. Visit Citizen-K9.com for full details, customer reviews, and more.

BEST VETERINARIAN OFFICE

From baseball bats to running shoes, water bottles to biking shorts, Dick’s Sporting Goods has got you covered so it’s no wonder the store got your votes, winning best in the category this year. Experience Dick’s selection for yourself at 8009 Stonewall Shops Square in Gainesville, or visit DicksSportingGoods.com.

Stonewall Veterinary Clinic Consistently, you have voted Stonewall Veterinary Clinic the best place to care for your pets, and this year is no exception. The team of experienced professionals offer wellness care for puppies and kittens, cats and dogs. Services include pet dental care, laser therapy, routine and comprehensive diagnostics, microchipping, and more. Located at 7627 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville, this winning practice has been helping four-legged family member since 2003. For more information, visit StonewallVet.com.

BEST CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

Comfort Cases Clearly, Comfort Cases and the work it does for children in foster care has touched readers’ hearts, as this year the organization finished first in the category. Comfort Cases provides children in foster care with a special bag filled with comfort items and personal belongings to keep with them and provide a sense of security during this uncertain time in their lives. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, visit ComfortCases.org.

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New places through old books Books can take you on new adventures, but no one said the books have to be new BY EMILY CHILDRESS

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icture this. You’re a viking, getting ready for a battle, and you’re polishing your shield as you look out over the misty Baltic Sea. Or maybe you’re a young woman in the nineteenth century, dressing up as a man to sneak out each day and work to support your family. Now you’re sipping a nice glass of wine in Paris, now you’re running across a battlefield, now you’re attending a school for wizards, now you’re hurtling through space at over 17,000 mph. That is the power of books. They can take you to new places, at new times, with new people. But with all the new adventures that books bring, who said the books have to be new? In fact, ask almost any book connoisseur and they will tell you there is nothing better than the smell of an old book, bound in leather with parchment pages. While leather-bound parchment is not readily available on the market, used books are. Read on for the nearest places to get your used book fix, and for a low price, too.

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The Book Cellar John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton On Facebook at @TheBookCellar2 Hours: Friday & Saturday,10am-5pm

The Book Cellar is run by volunteers for Friends of the Fauquier Library, and all proceeds help fund special Fauquier County Public Library programs and cultural events for children and adults. The Book Cellar carries nearly new and used books, and prices start as low as 25¢. From fiction to nonfiction, hardcover to paperback, children to young adult, there’s something for all ages and interests to enjoy.

Treasure Box Thrift & Consignment Store 31 W Shirley Avenue, Warrenton WarrentonTreasureBox.com Hours: Monday-Saturday,10am-6pm

The Treasure Box Thrift Shop sells everything one could think of including, but not limited to, CDs, DVDs, records, household goods, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and books. The store also offers online consignment sales. This place is a one-stop shop for anything you might want, so next time you visit to pick up some of its treasures, grab a book or two, too.

The Salvation Army 62 Waterloo Street, Warrenton VirginiaSalvationArmy.org/ WarrentonVA Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm

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store in Warrenton. Furniture, notecards, lamps, artwork, toys, jewelry, and a super selection of used books for kids. Stop in and peruse the shelves. Pick up a little something for yourself and bring the kids home some super reads. The proceeds go to a good cause, so please pay them a visit.

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Prospero’s Books is a used bookstore that specializes in military and antiquarian volumes, though it does have a large inventory of fiction and nonfiction. In addition, Prospero’s sells a large selection of books online, so it’s easy to shop and ship all over the country and internationally. If you have books you’d like to sell, please make an appointment prior to coming in. Prospero’s offers cash or store credit for those titles it purchases.

617 Frost Avenue, Warrenton FauquierHabitat.org Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm

Everyone knows that Habitat for Humanity builds houses, but did you know the organization also has a Re-Store where they sell a huge variety of donated items to the public for 50-90% off the original prices? Well, it does, and there’s a location in Warrenton that you should check out for furniture, lighting accessories, plumbing fixtures, and yes, a fabulous selection of donated and used books.

McKays Used Books 8345 Sudley Road, Manassas MckayUsedbooks.com Hours: Sunday 10am-8pm, MondaySaturday 9am-10pm

For those who have never been to McKay’s Used Books, you’re really missing out. Not only does the store have hundreds of thousands of books, but it has DVDs, CDs, cassettes, LPs, video games, audio books, and more. And you can sell things there too! McKays pays cash for certain high-demand products, but more commonly the store

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THE PNEUMONIA VACCINE Who should get it and when? BY ASHTON MILLER NOVANT HEALTH UVA HEALTH SYSTEM

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neumonia is a leading cause of people checking into hospitals across the United States. In fact, one out of every 20 adults who gets it will die. But two pneumonia vaccines can protect those most vulnerable to the illness. During August, National Immunization Awareness month, shedding light on the importance of pneumonia vaccination can save lives. Dr. Victoria Hammonds, a family and geriatric medicine provider at Novant Health UVA Health System Bristow Run Family Medicine – Stonewall in Gainesville, explains details about who is at risk for pneumonia and how they can benefit from the pneumococcal vaccine. “Two groups of people need to get the pneumonia vaccine – generally, all adults over the age of 65 and people under the age of 65 who smoke or have certain chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes or heart disease,” Hammonds said. Pneumonia is an infection of one or both of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or chemical irritants. It is a serious infection or inflammation in which the lungs’ air sacs fill with pus and other liquid. According to the American Lung Association, pneumonia is a common complication of respiratory infection – especially the flu. “Despite being preventable, pneumonia can very rapidly become a life-threatening illness and adults 65 and older are at greatest risk as aging

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starts to change the immune system,” Hammonds said. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and undernourishment can also raise your risk. “The current recommendation for adults who don’t smoke or have chronic illness is to receive the Prevnar 13 vaccine at age 65,” Hammonds said. “Once they receive the Prevnar 13 vaccine, it is recommended they receive the second pneumonia vaccine, Pnuemovax23, 12 months later.” Unlike the flu vaccine, there is no need for an annual vaccination. It is also recommended that those under age 65 who smoke or have a certain chronic illnesses should receive the Pneumovax23 vaccine at the time a chronic illness is diagnosed. Hammonds said once these patients reach age

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PROWL Pantry at PACE Students shop on Fridays as part of positive behavior program supported by the community

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or principal Maria McDonald, affectionately known as Mrs. Mac at PACE West school in Gainesville, “schools should be an integral part of the community they inhabit.” A little known, fun part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Program is helping enhance the connection between our community and the children at this school. It’s called the PROWL Pantry (Prepared, Responsible, Open-minded, and Willing to Learn) and the original concept was implemented about 15

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years ago. As part of the PROWL Pantry program, students earn points for “making good choices, meeting academic expectations, and showing responsible behavior,” says Mrs. Mac. These points are accumulated until the exciting day of the week comes when the pantry is open for business. On Fridays, kids “shop” during their lunch hour. It gives a whole new meaning to TGIF for these kids. The pantry’s humble beginnings were a skinny cabinet filled with toys, games, snacks — basically anything that would appeal to the kids attending school at the time — and was stocked by the teaching staff from a small part

of the school’s budget. But one day about 10 years ago, PACE principal at the time Dr. Mary Ellen Garduno and staff member Kecia Wolf visited and spoke to the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club about how the community could help the school. Inspired to act, Rotary Club members Linda Marlow and Amelia Stansell had lunch one day to discuss it. This is when the vision of the PACE Village was born. This village, named after the catchphrase “it takes a village,” would be a group of organizations, churches, and women’s groups that could work together to fill in the gaps for needs in the community. More key players were brought in to the PACE Village from the Rotary Club, Dominion Woman’s Club, Haymarket Gainesville Business Association, and local churches and businesses. The village began initiatives to fill funding needs in the community as well as other special projects. One of those projects was the PROWL Pantry. The GainesvilleHaymarket Rotary Club approved a grant and the Dominion Woman’s Club provided donated items to help the pantry move towards the important program that currently exists. Currently, the Dominion Woman’s Club and the Rotary Club work handin-hand to keep the pantry supplied and provide a group of volunteers who come every Friday to run it. The items available have changed throughout the years and have grown from a few items to more than a hundred, including pokemon cards, clothes, and sports gear. All items available for “purchase” from the pantry were donated to the school. When students earn 1000 points in good behavior, it equates to 1 point to spend at the store. The


I had a student who worked extra hard during the school day to work to be on level 1. Once he was promoted to level 1 he would complete all of his work and have successful days in order to go to Prowl Pantry on Fridays. He would be so excited when he would come back from lunch and would give his friends gifts that he purchased for them. He enjoyed being able to spend his hard earned points on his family and friends. He would also buy

volunteers running the pantry happily accept suggestions from the kids as to what items would most motivate them to earn points, and then will solicit those items to be donated from the community or will use the budget from their organizations to shop for them. A visit to the school on any of these fun Friday afternoons would find students excitedly finishing their lunches so they have plenty of time to peruse any new items in the pantry since the last opening. They check in with their teacher to confirm the amount of points they have earned or banked, and then spend some time looking around, talking it over with their friends, and making the ever

things for his teachers and for his foster parents.” — TEACHER MRS. G

I have a student that starts talking about Prowl Pantry in the early mornings on Friday. He gets excited to buy gifts for friends and family and sometimes a little treat for himself if he does well. He bought headphones recently and wears them to and from school.” — TEACHER MR. MIKE

I have a student that emails me a list of certain items he would like to earn through successful days, kind acts, completing his work and being safe. He asks and asks about his prizes and has to discuss his behaviors with me before he earns the reward. It allows him to reflect on his own behaviors and work hard for his reward. This student is doing so well, that we are considering transitioning him to his base school this school year.” — PRINCIPAL MRS. MAC

important decision to spend or take the chance of saving their points for any possible new items the next week. Some kids will have their eyes on a particular item that is worth a high number of points so they learn to budget and save. During the holiday season, these points become ever more important because some students use them to purchase gifts for their loved ones. This is something they particularly enjoy since they can use their own form of money and feel proud when giving it to the recipient. This is a time when teachers know the points may feel more valuable to the kids so rewarding them for achieving their goals reaps its own benefits.

But the children aren’t the only ones benefiting from this program. The volunteers truly enjoy the time they spend with each other and with the children. Mrs. Mac encourages them to engage students in conversation and assist them in making their decisions. This program serves as another way these children can have positive and enjoyable interactions as part of their day, especially with people who are giving their own time to a cause they hold near to their heart. Amelia Stansell adds that this “hidden jewel” in our community has allowed her to develop a bond with kids through seeing them grow through the years and gain confidence. “Many are special needs and to watch them come out of their shells and build rapport and relationships with the various volunteers was amazing to watch,” she says. Volunteer Martha Feeney explains that the entire experience is rewarding for her, including “shopping for items for the pantry, sharing the time on Friday with a member from the Rotary Club, seeing the excited faces of the younger students as they come into the cafeteria on pantry day, and watching the students mature over the years.” Volunteer Donna Flory also really enjoys hearing the stories about the other volunteers’ time spent with the students and shopping for the students’ requested items. “Knowing that a student is going to have an exceptional Friday when they see the item they’ve been wanting makes me smile!” she says. Being part of these organizations isn’t the only way those in the community can help this program. Mrs. Mac emphasizes that the community can offer support in the way of donating new or gently used items; some examples are gift cards, books, music, video games, toys, socks, earbuds, sports gear, and so much more. She suggests calling the school first if you have something in mind or need more ideas on how to help. Visit pacewest.pwcs.edu to learn more about PACE West school or call 571-402-3700 to ask how you can help. ❖

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Kids and Strength Training It’s about building more than muscle BY ZACH HACKERSON NEXT LEVEL PERFORMANCE COACH ACSM CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER

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s a strength coach, I talk to a lot of kids and their parents and hear many misconceptions about childhood fitness, particularly as it relates to weight training (also known as resistance training or strength training). Concerns from parents about it stunting their child’s growth, making their child bulky, or that it’s dangerous. None of those concerns are valid, and there’s plenty of science to support that strength training, when done correctly, has many benefits both physical and mental. It typically takes 8-12 weeks to see marked improvement in young athletes’ coordination and performance through change of direction drills, acceleration and deceleration drills, plyometric or jump training, and lifting weights through basic movement patterns. Getting stronger and learning these athletic movements increases the chance of an athlete earning more playing time and decreases the risk of injury.

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program that follows the recommended guidelines and precautions is safe and effective for children. When choosing a program for your child, and for the sake of safety, make sure the coach controls the amount of weight lifted and the modality utilized. Kids should not try strength training on their own, or by watching online videos. Be sure the training is always supervised by an experienced and certified strength coach that teaches your child proper technique, the purpose and benefit of the exercises, as well as safe and respectful gym behavior. Performed in a safe environment with proper load, weight training will increase strength, but not muscle size. As your

disabilities, strength training is a reasonable and beneficial protocol. We have worked with numerous youths with disabilities, including a young man with cerebral palsy. His strength has improved to the point that he is reaching his goal of walking with one crutch. I like to say that the iron belongs to everybody, and I know that his self esteem and confidence has risen because he is doing strength training. One thing we hear from college coaches and our athletes that have gone on to play collegiate sports, is that those athletes who strength train are better prepared for the rigors of playing at the collegiate level. They demonstrate increased performance on the field, and benefit

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For a young, preppy look, Connor is wearing flat front khakis from Bonabos and a Vineyard Vines button-down Oxford. Sarah is wearing J. Crew floral shorts with a light blue plaid blouse and Hunter Original Tall Wellington boots in aubergine. A printed messenger bag completes her easy, casual look.


These two are picture-perfect proof that youth and style can absolutely be synonymous. Olivia is wearing black skinny jeans with J. Crew three-tone flats and a two-tone leather jacket over a rust colored tank. A large, vintage leather carrier completes her look. Max is stylish in red shorts and a striped navy tee topped with a plaid shirt left unbuttoned for a super casual look.

For a look that’s a little edgier, Olivia is in a shoulder cut romper paired with a denim jacket and crepe leather sneakers. Rompers are everywhere and will be with us all through the fall season. Max looks sharp in Levi’s jeans and a plaid, button-down shirt paired with Vans sneakers.


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less while playing outdoor games like horseshoes or cornhole with a drink in hand. Like working the remote control, cooking outdoors is a lot easier than most men would like to admit, and it doesn’t matter whether your grill is gas, charcoal, open pit, or electric, as long as you keep a few tips in mind. First and foremost, do all the prep work you can before starting the grill, especially when using wood or charcoal. Timing is crucial and you can’t very well turn coals off. Now, start by opening your favorite beer, and let’s get prepping.


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First, marinate your steaks. My favorites for the grill are Ribeye, Porterhouse and T-bones. Everyone has their favorite prep, but I prefer a little Worcestershire sauce to dampen the meat and then a heavy dry rub. Make your own or use a store bought rub like Montreal or Emeril’s, and add salt and pepper. Don’t worry about it being too salty, because it doesn’t permeate the meat, but it does help form a flavorful crusty exterior. Also be sure to have the meat at room temperature before grilling. Cold meat does not cook evenly. Next, decide what your side dishes will be. This would also be a good time to grab another beer. I prefer a garden salad and summer corn. Summer corn is easy to cook on the grill. Just keep it away from the high heat and it will be ready to go in just a few minutes. If you want potatoes with your steak, you can even bake them on the grill. This will add time, but it’s worth it. Try rolling the washed potato in salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, then wrap it in foil, stab it with a fork, and cook it on the grill away

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from the hot center for about an hour until it gets soft on the inside. Now make your drink decisions. If you happen to be watching your carbs or just prefer wine, it’s perfectly acceptable to replace the aforementioned beer with a cold glass of Peju Sauvignon Blanc as your aperitif. Also, while the potatoes are cooking, pop the cork on your favorite bottle or two of Alexander Valley Cabernet so that it has time to open up before dinner. Another delicious idea for while the potatoes are cooking. A good way to pass the time while you wait for the potatoes is to make the best outdoor appetizer – shrimp on the barbie. There’s no easier way to turn your steak dinner into a little surf and turf then to buy a pound or two of large unpeeled Argentine Shrimp, douse in melted butter, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and lots of Old Bay. When the grill is good and hot, place the shrimp directly on the grates using your grilling tongs. Flip after a couple minutes when the shells turn pink. Remove, peel, and dip in cocktail sauce. It’s a great

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mark Luna is a Portfolio Rep for Roanoke Valley Wine Company. He has a Level 3 Advanced Certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and is a member of the prestigious Wine Scholar Guild, where he’s finishing his Italian Wine Scholar post-nominal accreditation. Through and beyond his work for RVWC, Mark writes, teaches and guest-speaks about wine in a variety of both industry and privately held events. He lives in Nokesville with his family. For events, Mark can be reached at info@winespique.com.

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f you saunter through today’s Gregorian calendar, you’ll notice that in virtually every month, there is pause for either a traditional holiday or some kind of National Celebration Day, honoring something. We have the whole year covered, as our country’s full of them. Obviously, January 1st kicks it all off, with a midnight kiss. Fast forward to year’s end and you have two really big ones that occupy November and December. And then there’s April’s special Sunday, with chocolate bunnies and eggs. There’s also a couple of national 3-day weekends, at the end of May and beginning of September. And of course, don’t forget the pyrotechnic celebration every July, honoring our nation’s birthday. Still, for every one of those traditional, grand occasions, we also have lesser, but equally important days of recognition, like February and lovers, March and leprechauns, October and goblins, and June’s two Sundays, one each for mom and dad. Then there’s August. Lonely, forgotten August. The month where everyone skips town, trying to stretch out summer as long as humanly possible before begrudgingly returning home to get ready for school, or work…or Congress. Sure, you have celebratory days of the JV kind, like National Mustard Day, on August 4th, and Wiggle Your Toes Day, on the 8th (that’s a heck of a week). And don’t forget doozies like Left Hander’s Day, on the 13th, and National Spumoni Day, on the 21st. But the one

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After months of crisp whites and floral rosés, red wine is swirling inside the barrels, just waiting to explode.”

day that truly epitomizes August happens to fall on the 27th - National Just Because Day. That’s right, just because. I must confess, though, I love NJBD, for it sets up my favorite celebration day that August somehow managed to snatch up for itself, and that is National Red Wine Day, on August 28th. Now that’s how you polish off the month! After months of crisp whites and floral rosés, red wine is swirling inside the barrels, just waiting to explode. And no matter how high the thermometer climbs, a great red just can’t be denied, especially when the AC is cranking. So, for this issue, I’ve picked two producers and six rosso selections that I think are perfect for August. Seth Cripe makes great California pinot noir. Hailing from Anna Maria Island, Florida, Seth was bitten very early by the wine fruit fly, showing earnest, if not unusual interest at the age of 12, and reading anything and everything he could about the wine world. Soon after, the restaurant gigs came,


as did wine list exposures. His calling was heard and, at 17, he left for California to pursue his wine dreams. After 12 harvests at some of the world’s most renowned wineries, including Caymus and Pfeiffer Vineyards, he founded LOLA (named after his favorite dog) in 2008, and set out to make high quality, yet approachable wines. Of his numerous offerings, my favorites are his three pinot noirs – North Coast 2016, Russian River 2016, and his single-vineyard beauty, Artisanal Series Pinot Noir 2014. The North Coast PN 2016 is a unique blend of pinot vineyards from Mendocino, Russian River, and the Sonoma Coast. An entry-level, walk-in wine, it preserves dark cherry fruit, a touch of cola, and redwood forest aromas. His Russian River PN 2016 is a step up, with darker concentrations of both fruit and terroir, all exclusively sourced from California’s most prestigious region for pinot noir. It is both refreshing and refined. If you want the best, then you must try his Artisanal Series PN 2016, a small batch of wine produced solely from the Coast Grade Vineyard, situated less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, on Ben Lomond Mountain – the westernmost area of the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation. This wine is gorgeous, with overflowing aromas of ripe plum and strawberry, with a palette to match. Throw in a touch of spice, fresh fig, and excellent acidity, and you have greatness. Any (and all) of these three wonderful pinots can be best enjoyed, in honor of LOLA of course, on August 10th. You know, National Spoil Your Dog Day. Staying in California, my old stomping grounds, we turn to the beautiful red wines of the Peter Franus Wine Company. Much like Seth, only add a few decades, Peter’s winemaking skills were born of a passion, both for wine and the way of life that it offers. He is both studied and imaginative, a craftsman and an artist, and his wines reflect the core knowledge and heartfelt love that he has for his winemaking home, Napa Valley. Napa Valley represents barely 5% of California’s total wine production, but its stature is global. And for the countless number of visitors it welcomes every summer, it knows that red wine isn’t just for winter consumption, not even close. Peter’s wines are world-class, and in choosing his

reds, I’ve decided on three that I think separate him from so many others who are still trying to be great, his Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Brandlin Vineyard Mount Veeder Zinfandel 2014, and Lake County Red Hills Rhone Blend 2014. If you’re going to drink Napa, you have to drink Cabernet. Peter produced his first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1981, as winemaker for Mount Veeder Winery; he knows what he’s doing. His Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is produced in the legendary Howell Mountain AVA, in the northeast corner of the valley. This is a majestic wine, dark ruby in color, with a shower of inviting aromas such as dried herb, cassis, and subtle vanilla. Floral notes add to its elegance and approachability. Ripe yet moderate tannins and good acidity create balance, and plum/cherry overtones add freshness and focus. It’s full bodied, but never weighty. Brandlin Vineyard Mount Veeder Zinfandel 2014 is the way to go if you want to “dance with the one that brung you.” Zinfandel is truly a California original, despite its Primitivo grape origins, and Peter’s Zin is a showstopper. Coming from one of the most exclusive vineyards in Mount Veeder, 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor, this wine is alive, bursting with spice, black cherry, cranberry, cinnamon, and pepper, all in a firm and concise structure. Zinfandel is a zesty grape and this wine doesn’t miss a step. It’s a big night out at the end of a hot summer day. And finally, something a little different. Lake County Red Hills Rhone Blend 2014 is a gamble that paid off. A spectacular property, situated at 3000 feet elevation, Red Hills is a not place for every winemaker. Soils are thin and drain instantly, and the elevation sets vines well above the hot summer heat trapped in the valleys below, aligning them in the path of cool westerly Pacific breezes. And all of this makes for superb wines, if you can pull it off. This French-inspired bottling is composed of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, the three classic varietals of the Rhone Valley, France. Not your typical Napa wine, but brilliant nonetheless. Peter’s skills truly shine here, as each grape’s characteristics come through – the clove, smoked ham, and pepper of Syrah, the lavender and floral notes of Grenache, and the brooding fruits of Mourvèdre, all commanding complete attention. And like LOLA, Peter Franus red wines are absolutely perfect for those special August occasions – like National Friendship Day on the 7th, National Relaxation Day on the 15th, and Kiss and Make Up Day on the 25th. Whatever your day of choice, just get to the 28th, and all will be right in August. If you have any questions about the wines, you can find me at info@winespique.com. Until then, Happy Vino’ing! ❖

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dry conditions as a means of protecting themselves and preserving their resources. For your lawn, more frequent watering for shorter amounts of time is best. Remember those roots are closer to the surface than shrub, tree, and perennial roots. It’s also best for lawns to mow high in the summer months so that the grass is not being stressed. As far as fertilization goes, there are many schools of thought on this, but the general consensus is it’s best not to fertilize plants when they are under stress, and this includes grass. It’s best to not fertilize at least a month prior to when hot summer temperatures are expected. Just keep watering, and not before nightfall. Keep those mowing blades sharpened and clean periodically with rubbing alcohol to prevent spreading disease. Don’t give up! Some of your plants will go dormant in the summer heat. Give them a chance, and do not yank them from the yard, as many will revive in the fall with cooler temperatures. If in doubt about the health of a plant, The Prince William County Extension Service is an amazing resource and hosts plant clinics at local farmers markets or sometimes garden centers. You can contact them directly at 703-792-6289.❖


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