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hhhh, summer!! What’s not to like about longer, warmer, sunnier days? Here in Virginia, we’re lucky to enjoy the beauty of four seasons. But there’s something about summer that brings a smile to our faces. Summer is a time to loosen up, break free of schedules (as much as possible), wear sandals to work, feast on fresh corn, tomatoes, ice cream and peaches. Summer means camps for kids, less car-pooling for parents. It’s a time for cook-outs, reunions, outdoor concerts, afterdinner strolls. It’s a time to get out of the house and chat with your neighbors. It’s a time to linger over another tall glass of iced tea with a sprig of fresh mint, a time to while away the afternoon with a lowbrow book or a stack of magazines. After our winter of the never-ending snowstorms, who among us would dare to complain about the heat and humidity? OK, there may be a stretch in August when summer’s sizzle might get to us, but we can snap out of the doldrums with a trip to Carl’s or a dip in a pool. At Virginia Neighbors, we’ve been gearing up for summer since that last snow got to us. In this issue you’ll find columnist Anna Billingsley’s thoughts on summer, a humorous look at summer jobs gone awry, a refreshing drink recipe and a feature on the Lake of the Woods ski team. We hope you enjoy this issue of Virginia Neighbors and as always, we look forward to hearing from you. Let us know if you have a friend or neighbor you think our readers would like to meet. Give us a call at (540) 899-3999, send me an email at or drop by our office at 520 William Street. We’d love to hear from you.

Susan Tremblay Editor


Virginia Neighbors  

July August 2010Issue