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Welcome to the September edition of Village News Magazine. Note the picture below. This is what the Trade Center looks like today. We shall never forget what happened on 9/11 and keep in our hearts what has happened over these many years. Lots of celebrations this month. First (and on the first) is my birthday. Thanks for your thoughts and wishes. Labor Day is on the 2nd (Monday) and a day off for many. Grandparent’s Day is on the 8th. We expect to hear from you Marisa :). Patriot’s Day is celebrated on the 11th of September. The day our lives were forever changed. September 17th is Constitution Day. Constitution Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution and celebrates the citizens of the United States. Wednesday, September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day. A day of appreciation for cheeseburgers. Typically when cooking a cheeseburger, cheese is added to a hamburger patty a few seconds before the patty is removed from the heat. This allows the cheese to melt onto the burger. September 21st is Oktoberfest. This is a 16-day folk festival celebrated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is also the world’s largest Volksfest, which are German events that combine beer festivals with traveling funfairs. The 23rd is the start of Fall. A welcomed time for most. At whatever you do this month, we hope you enjoy family and friends and this month’s read of Village News Magazine. Please visit our advertisers whenever possible. Without them there could not be a Village News Magazine.

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"Feathers are back!" personal stylist Vanessa Valiente divulged to The List. If you can name a famous designer, you can bet they've incorporated feathers into their designs. Marc Jacobs? Yes indeed. Valentino? Definitely. Even Burberry who stuck with a monochromatic theme during the Spring 2019 fashion show embellished a neutral trench coat with feathers. Yes, we just used neutral and feathers in the same sentence Just as not all superheroes wear capes, capes are not exclusively worn by superheroes. That's right — you don't have to be Batgirl or Super Girl to pull off a great cape in 2019. Celebrity stylist Soneca Guadara told The List that "flowing capes" are going to become a huge trend. The stylist said this style will be "worn over gowns to add drama." Read More: https://www.thelist.com/140260/hugefashion-trends-you-need-to-know-in2019/?utm_campaign=clip

The '90s may still have a firm grasp on the ashion world, but that doesn't mean we've totally forgotten about the '80s. Because, really, who could? Jenny Livits, wardrobe stylist and CEO of Pink Lagoon, said the decade has already begun influencing 2019 high fashion, as evidenced by the Spring 2019 Gucci fashion show. But the '80s vibe isn't going to stay confined to runways. "It's moving into the contemporary marketplace with fun graphic shirts paired back to great suiting," the stylist told The List.


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Here's your greenside sand lesson in two words: speed and bounce. Splashing a ball out of a bunker takes more power than you might think—that's the speed part. And to use that speed effectively, the club has to slide through the sand without getting stuck—that's the bounce. Focus on a few keys. First, grip the handle more in your fingers than your palms. This will help you hinge your wrists on the backswing—notice I have a full wrist set by halfway back (above). I can use that lever to generate speed quickly.

cause the toe to dig, which stops the swing short. Third, stay centered as you go back, and then swing to the left through impact. To maintain the club's bounce, don't let the shaft rotate counterclockwise as you swing through. Your trail hand should stay under the shaft, the knuckles on your lead hand pointing up. Use these keys to hit quality bunker shots.

Second, lower the handle at address, feeling more bend in your wrists. When your hands are low, the heel of the club is more exposed, and that helps the clubhead glide through at a consistent depth. Setting the hands higher raises the heel and can

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“Sparking joy” is the latest catch phrase that has catapulted the process of decluttering and organizing our homes to an entirely different level. The new hit Netflix show “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo premiered on January 1st and quickly the star and her method for tackling clutter have become the latest craze. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I personally am preparing to downsize after 28 years in the same house. So, as I begin the daunting task of preparing for my move, I decided to explore Marie Kondo’s method. Here is what I discovered: 1. Categories and category order- Kondo recommends decluttering in categories. Her process involves dividing into five basic categories and she recommends a certain sequence in which to go about them. The order is determined by how easily people can make keeping/discarding decisions. It is recommended to start with the easiest category first and progress accordingly. The categories are the following: clothing, books, papers, Kimono (simply everything else that doesn’t fit in the other four categories) and mementos (this category usually is last because this is the hardest and most emotional category) 2. Joy- The Marie Kondo method emphases gratitude and joy. I am by nature a positive and “the glass is half full” rather than “the glass is half empty” kind of girl but I never really applied this thought process to my possessions. Marie Kondo asks you to take into consideration if an item “sparks joy” when you hold it. If not, she asks that you thank the item for its past service to you and then to kindly pass it on to another. It’s really not just discarding it’s keeping what you love.

only two rules:” store all items of the same type in the same place and don’t scatter storage space.” 4. The real objective is far beyond just a “tidy’ house- Marie believes that trimming down our possessions to only the things that will truly lead to a stronger sense of peace and satisfaction and that we will find that we already have all that we truly “need”. Kondo advises us to “pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life.” She is convinced that “putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart. Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.” If you are feeling overwhelmed by all your “stuff” and struggling with the process of decluttering, I highly recommend Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. I am hoping it will help you as much as it has helped me. If you need advice for selling those items you don’t choose to keep, please feel free to contact me too. I have some great resources I can recommend. And as always, if you need assistance buying, selling or investing in real estate please give me a call today!

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3. Organization- Once you have decided what to keep, the next focus is on how to organize it. According to Maire Kondo, “The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue ultimate simplicity in storage so that you can tell at a glance how much you have.” She has 7V

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Why Foundation Cracks Happen As you celebrate Labor Day and back to school time for the littles, take some time yourself to learn a little something new. As they say, it is best to lead by example and your brain needs new things to learn to keep it young. Next time you are doing a little laboring around the perimeter of your home take a look around at your foundation walls. You are bound to find a crack. Why? Cracks in your foundation happen! Builders approach us all the time to help them fix the foundations they just poured. It’s not that they do a bad job it’s just the nature of the beast. Most of Hampton Roads’ homes have poured concrete foundations. Having waterproofed and repaired many foundations we have seen all sorts of cracked foundations. Some cracking is normal, it is when settling happens that you need to enlist the expert and call AMC911.

shift outward and footings to settle. Such soil desiccation occurs when trees, shrubs and other plantings near the foundation send root systems deeper into the ground in search of moisture, drawing it from the soil in areas that normally remain untouched. So, just because we live in Hampton Roads known for its humidity, do not assume you cannot have dry soils around your foundation.

Concrete Shrinkage

Reasons for Cracks in your Foundation

Yup as solid as concrete looks, it shrinks and expands. The science of pouring concrete involves many factors and variables. Since water is used when concrete is mixed, there is an inherent expansion and subsequent contraction of the concrete when it dries. Many factors can affect the drying process, including the type of aggregate, mix of the concrete and humidity levels.

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Anytime you core thru the foundation for installation of sewer, electric and gas lines, it weakens the concrete, which can result in cracking. Cracks are also commonly found angling off corners of crawl space or basement vents or windows. These areas are usually the first place we look when conducting a foundation analysis.

In life, timing is everything. Same holds true for concrete. Imagine your builder ran short on concrete when pouring your foundation - and the next ready mix truck didn’t arrive until the first batch started to harden. Your foundation would no longer be monolithic (one piece) at that point. A cold joint would naturally form, allowing water to easily seep through.

Soil Saturation

Death and taxes are two certainties in life. Often, so is a cracked foundation. Fortunately, the solution is usually very simple, especially when you have AMC911, the expert you can rely on. Now your brain and your home will thank you.

In simple terms, soil saturation = wet ground. Your foundation walls are supported by footings. The footings are at the base of the walls, and hold up your house. When the soil under the footings becomes oversaturated, the footings “settle”, causing the walls to crack. Oversaturation can also cause the earth next to your foundation to expand in volume. Many foundations are not built to withstand that extra pressure. The excess weight of the soil can force the foundation to push inward. This is identified by diagonal cracks coming off corners. The leading causes for oversaturation are improper grading, bad gutters or the need for underground sump pump and downspout extensions.


On the other hand, not enough moisture in the soil can also cause foundation cracks. When the soil is desiccated, in other words, when moisture is drawn from the soil, usually as the result of a drought, the soil itself will shrink and cause foundation walls to The McClung Family 8

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Plants are busy growing all summer long and into autumn. But the dark, dry days of winter are coming. As the days get shorter, trees use this signal to "know" it's time to begin getting ready for winter. During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors. Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along. We just can't see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll. The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are made mostly in the fall. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves turn this glucose into a red color. The brown color of trees like oaks is made from wastes left in the leaves. It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful fall foliage colors we enjoy each year. Take a ride to the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy sceens like the one above. Enjoy! 10

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Dinner & Dessert Good Enough to EAT!

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 6 slices Swiss cheese 6 slices ham 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon paprika6 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules1 tablespoon cornstarch Pound chicken breasts if they are too thick. Place a cheese and ham slice on each breast within 1/2 inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the chicken over the filling, and secure with toothpicks. Mix the flour and paprika in a small bowl, and coat the chicken pieces. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Add the wine and bouillon. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove the toothpicks, and transfer the breasts to a warm platter. Blend the cornstarch with the cream in a small bowl, and whisk slowly into the skillet. Cook, stirring until thickened, and pour over the chicken. Serve warm.

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6 eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups white sugar 4 cups milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 (1 pound) loaf bread, cut into 1 inch cubes 1/2 cup golden raisins 1 1/2 cups white sugar 3/4 cup butter 3/4 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup whiskey

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Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). In a medium bowl, whip together eggs and sugar. Mix in milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Whip until smooth. Arrange bread cubes in a medium baking dish, and top with golden raisins. Cover with the whipped mixture. Allow the bread to become saturated with the mixture. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. To make the sauce, mix sugar, butter and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat when thoroughly blended, and whisk in the whiskey. Serve warm over bread pudding. 11

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Thyme Will Tell Ingredients 2 oz bourbon .5 oz maple syrup .5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice Thyme Instructions Muddle thyme then combine ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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September 2019

Triple Mustard Bacon Cheeseburger

Triple Mustard Bacon Cheeseburger (Serves 4)

You can smell it in the air: BBQ season is in full swing. To impress your friends and family, you're going to need to offer up some serious eats because, let's face it, the food is the true star of any BBQ. But, this summer, don't overlook one of the key elements to really enjoying the full grilling experience - music.

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 4 slices cheddar cheese 4 slices bacon, crisply cooked 6 tablespoons French's Classic Yellow Mustard, divided 1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, ground 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 hamburger rolls

McCormick asked Pitmaster Myron Mixon and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff to bring the two together. They remixed an old-school favorite, the classic cheeseburger, and layered it with lots of flavor. Try this Triple Mustard Bacon Cheeseburger, which calls for mustard in the ground beef to add tang, brushed on as a grilling glaze to keep them moist, and spread on the rolls as the perfect topping. Below are a few helpful tips from Myron and Jazzy Jeff for making your BBQ sing this summer. Visit FindYourSummerHit.com - this season's go-to grilling resource for seasonings, sauces, grilling essential sets, guides, tips, and of course - more recipes! * Be patient - Myron points out that flipping meat too early is one of the most common grilling mistakes. The key to the perfect burger is waiting until it's cooked on one side before turning. The flip should only happen once. * Give your burger a little poke - Try not to press your patties with the spatula. That sizzle is the sound of all your flavorful juices hitting the grill and drying out. Instead, Myron recommends pressing your thumb into the patties to create a dimple, before throwing them on the grill, for more even cooking. * Set the mood - Nothing says backyard BBQ like turning up the ultimate playlist. Jeff suggests choosing songs that are nostalgic and make you think about the great summers of the past.


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Directions: 1. Mix 2 tablespoons of the mustard, garlic powder, pepper and salt in medium bowl. Add ground beef and mix gently until well blended. Shape into 4 patties. 2. Grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes. Brush tops with 1 tablespoon of the mustard. Flip burgers and brush with an additional 1 tablespoon of the mustard. Grill 4 to 6 minutes longer or until desired doneness. Add cheese slices to burgers 1 minute before cooking is completed. 3. Spread remaining 2 tablespoons of the mustard on rolls. Serve burgers on rolls. Top with bacon and desired condiments and toppings.

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A Nationwide Holiday - Labor Day The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. The character of the Labor Day celebration has changed in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics, and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television. The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership – the American worker. 17

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Virgo (Aug. 22 – Sept. 22) Happy Birthday! What a powerful month astrologically! The planets that rule the three fire signs are all transiting through Virgo near your natal Sun. Also, Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, enters your sign on the 10th. Finally, a New Moon, auspicious for new beginnings, takes place on the 14th, conjunct benevolent, expansive Jupiter. This will be a good test for you. You are burning with inspiration, ambition and likely yearning for a new sense of direction. It’s time to re-balance that rational, analytical part of you with your feeling, heart and passion for life. It simply won’t suffice to plan things out in your usual methodical manner. You are going to have to feel this energy of possibility palpably with your body. 18

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Anhingas at Stumpy Lake For the past several years, as the Principal Atlaser for a priority block of the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, I have been hoping to document breeding of the elusive Anhingas, here in Virginia Beach. This summer, it happened at Stumpy Lake, which is part of my priority block. The Anhinga is an unusual looking bird with a snake like-neck and silvery feathers. They are often refereed to as the “snake bird” or the “water turkey.” The adult male is all black with silvery white feathers on his back and wings. The female and the juveniles are brown and beige. They dry their wings out of the water like our more common Doublecrested Cormorants. In fact, they spend a lot of time out of the water, seeming only to go in to find a meal. Birds of the swamps, they are right at home at Stumpy Lake, with its tannin colored water and many Bald Cypress and Tupelo trees. Stumpy Lake also has a healthy population of fish, a favorite of the Anhinga. They are considered a semi-aquatic bird, and can stay submerged for long periods. While swimming under water, Anhingas use their sharp beak and strong webbed feet to spear small fish.

Anhingas thrusts are so powerful that sometimes they must come ashore and pry fish off of their beak using a rock or their feet. Like many aquatic birds, anhingas eat their food whole; tossing them in the air and swallowing fish head first so that the spines lay flat as they swallow. Anhingas are a delight for both beginner and expert birders alike. They are easily spotted because of their unique coloration, telltale stance, and habit of staying still for long periods. Since they decided to stay visible at Stumpy Lake, they have had many visitors, so many in-fact, that they are no longer considered a “rarity” in Virginia Beach. The National Audubon Society predicts that this species will be severely impacted by climate change, and we will probably be seeing them expand their breeding range northward in the United States. Like many migratory birds, they will head South for the winter, some all the way to South America perhaps, where many other Anhingas live and breed all year. I pray they will return to Stumpy Lake again in 2020 to breed and raise their families. Godspeed.


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Village News Magazine September 2019  

Welcome to the September edition of Village News Magazine. This month we pay tribute to Labor Day and 9/11. We hope you enjoy this month's r...

Village News Magazine September 2019  

Welcome to the September edition of Village News Magazine. This month we pay tribute to Labor Day and 9/11. We hope you enjoy this month's r...