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Chesapeake

Volume XIV • Issue 7 • July 2012

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2 July 2012

Fast Times on the Rivers

Recently someone chided me about my love for animals, on

Facebook. Specifically the person noted, “I appreciate your devotion

to the homeless animals, but your flooding facebook is getting old.”

After giving it some thought I realized that about 90% of my Facebook

friends have dogs, love dogs or cats or animals, and also worry about

those who are treated badly or have lost their homes. Ultimately I

responded, “Sorry you feel that way...someone has to speak for them...”

I always seem to write this column at the last minute, and realized

that my love of animals is a good topic as my feelings go way back.

The photos above were taken with me and my first dog, a Boston

Terrier, named DB aka Daniel Boone Dawson. During The War, my

mother drove from Ashland, Ky to Galveston, Texas, with me and

DB. There was a bad storm, probably a hurricane, and someone

in the household let DB out. And we never saw him again.

After The War, we lived in G.I. Housing, on Old Brook Road, in Richmond.

For Christmas one year—I was in about the third or fourth grade—

my parents gave me a dachshund puppy, and the original book, Mary

Poppins. Little Bit lived to be 16 and I have many fond memories of her

and her bravery and antics over the years, including killing a muskrat.

Another scene etched into my memory is when I was in sixth or

seventh grade. I was walking to school one morning and by the side of

the road was a German Shepherd that had been hit by a car. As I recall,

the dog had been moved by the time I walked home from school.

As an adult, when my children were young, we bought, bred and

showed dachshunds. One day, at a dog show in Milwaukee, I met my first

German Wirehaired Pointer. Here was a dog who wanted to do what I

asked! While in Illinois, and after moving back to Virginia, I began to breed,

show and work my GWPs in the field and in NAVHDA, (North American

Versatile Hunting Dog Association). On Facebook I began to have more

contacts with other GWP breeders. We prided ourselves on having an

unusual, unique, not too popular, versatile breed. If anyone didn’t want

one of my pups/dogs, I took them back, any time, for any reason.

Then the breed became more popular, breeders didn’t always take back their

dogs, and our beloved breed began to show up in shelters. Several breed rescue

groups were born. I became affiliated with German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue,

Inc, in Olathe, Kansas. I am mostly a cheerleader and share information about

GWPs in need, and also the good news, those who are adopted into forever

homes. I also champion and share information from other rescue groups.

The person defriended me on Facebook. I make no apologies.

It’s in my DNA. Mahatma Gandhi said “You can judge a

society by how they treat their weakest members.”

The mission of Chesapeake Style

is to serve and celebrate the

Chesapeake Bay Region and its

people, past, present and future.

Editor, Publisher

Janet Abbott Fast

Writers & Photographers

Mari Bonomi, Betty Bridgeman,

Kathey Brodtman, Anne Cook,

Ellen Dugan, Jean Duggan, RuthE

Forrest, Bill Graves, Melissa

Haydon, Elizabeth D. Huegel,

Gwen Keane, Spike Knuth, Merrill

Leffler, Rob Ransone, Chelly Scala,

Paula Shipman, Kelsey Sipes,

Elizabeth Allen Stokes, Janice C.

Vogel, Fran Warren, Diana Wise

Teen Style Writers, Photographers

D’Myra Brown, Sarah Ipson,

Bridgette Self, Lawrence Smith

Ad Sales, Distribution

Betty Bridgeman, Susan Christopher,

Deborah Figg, Bill Graves,

Liz Huegel, Kathleen Kehoe,

Victoria Kress, Rob Ransone,

Nancy Shelley, Marie Stone

Proofreader

Marie Stone

Ad Composition, Graphics, Layout

Janet Abbott Fast, Deborah Figg

Chesapeake Style

About the cover~

Mathews County resident Janice C.

Vogel took the cover photo in March

while accompanying local watermen

A.J. Hurst and Johnny Pugh as they

fished crab pots off New Point.

A self-taught, amateur

photographer, Janice recently

published her first book, Mathews

County, part of Arcadia Publishing’s

Then and Now series. The book,

available on Amazon.com, contains

over 200 vintage and current-day

photographs of the county.

Janice graduated from Mathews

High School in 1982 and the

Letters to the editor are welcome.

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edit all submissions for clarity,

lousy spelling or any other

reason that strikes her fancy.

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Chesapeake Bay Marketing.

University of Virginia in 1986

and has more than 20 years of

experience in Human Resources.

In her spare time, Janice enjoys

sharing her photography and musings

on her blog www.lifeinmathews.

blogspot.com, where she is known

as Chesapeake Bay Woman. She is

always looking for local scenes to

photograph or stories to tell for the

blog. She and her two children, Sam

and Maria Spadaccini, reside in

Hudgins on Queens Creek. Contact

Janice at JaniceCVogel@aol.com or

ChesapeakeBayWoman@gmail.com


July 2012 3

Adios~Multiple World Champion Stallion

By Paula Shipman

January 3, 1940, a bay

colt was born to a mare

named Adioo Volo ($0).

This colt would one day

be considered one of the

greatest Standardbred stallions

of all time, with his bloodline

still dominating some 60 years

later—his name was Adios.

Adioo Volo was bred exclusively

to the Hall of Fame Standardbred

stallion Hal Dale ($595.00). Hal

Dale was a pony size stallion but

he was a big horse when he raced.

His meager wages were the result

of a tendon injury that ended his

career all too soon. Their unions

resulted in five offspring over a span

of ten years. The most successful

of those would be Adios.

Adios ($33,329) sold for a small

sum of $2,000 as a yearling. Adios

was owned by Harry Warner of

Warner Bros film studios and

trained and driven by Frank Ervin.

Adios won 43 of 87 starts. As

a freshman pacer he was the

leading money-winning pacer in

North America among all pacers.

He was often rivaled by Kings

Counsel ($44,930). The match races

between the two stallions excited

harness racing fans who were in

the middle of World War II.

In 1949 he was bought by Delvin

Miller and retired to stud duty.

His stud fee was only $300. By

1951 however he was on his

way up in popularity. His star

progenys of 1951 would be

Adios Harry ($345,433) and

Adios Boy ($129,859). Hanover

Shoe Farms bought Adios in

1955 for $500,000 but sold a

third of him back to Delvin

Miller. Delvin Miller had great

affection for his stallion.

In the mid-1960's The

Breyer model horse company

produced an Adios model.

There is also a book about

Adios written by Marie

Hill titled Adios, The Big

Daddy of Harness Racing.

Before his passing in

1965 at the age of 25, Adios

commanded a whopping

$15,000 stud fee. It was

the highest fee for any

Standardbred stud at the time.

Throughout his stallion career

Adios sired 597 foals, 10 of which

died as foals. His offspring had

earned well over $14,000,000 in

combined purses—that was more

than any stallion at that time,

Standardbred or Thoroughbred.

There is a race held each year

on the second Saturday in August

at The Meadows Racetrack in

Washington Pennsylvania to

honor the great stallion, The Adios

Stakes. His Dam Adioo Volo also

has a race contested in her honor

every year for three year old pacing

fillies, The Adioo Volo Stakes.

Adios is buried under an

apple tree near his paddock at

the Meadow Lands Farm near

Washington, Pennsylvania where

he spent the last 17 years of his life.

Adios sired eight Little

Brown Jug winners and two

winners of the Triple Crown

for Standardbred Pacers.

In 1967, the Harrisburg Sale

auctioned the last of the Adios crop.

It was somewhat of a sad event and

all who attended would forever

remember the experience. Louis

Effrat who's writings appeared in The

New York Times and avidly recorded

Adios' racing career would remember

it best as he recorded the sale of

the last Adios yearling that would

ever be. Effrat wrote at exactly 3:24

p.m. On November 2, 1967 Iroquois

Hanover was sold by auctioneer

George Swinebroad for $30,000.

Adios produced a constant stream

of champion colts and fillies in

his stallion career. Some of them

are Bullet Hanover ($132,578),

Henry T. Adios ($922,616), Adios

Butler ($509,875), Dotties pick

($263,978), the brilliant double

gaited mare Countess Adios

($317,158) and another who would

become more famous than his

sire—his story next month.

Photos courtesy USTA, United

States Trotting Association.

Adios’ driver is Frank Ervin.

pshipman@chesapeakestyle.com


4 July 2012

Style Spotlight~Linger at the Lancaster Tavern

By Mari Bonomi

Fine dining surrounded

by historic ambience,

with a keen focus on

customer service,

is no further away

than the Lancaster Tavern,

in the heart of Lancaster.

Brenda Jackson, who owns the

Tavern and is one of the chefs,

describes her complex as “a family

gathering place,” with two beautiful

bed-and-breakfast suites on site

and a B&B cottage next door—not

to mention a petting zoo with ducks

and exotic chickens and rabbits

Brenda raised herself from babies.

What started out as a property

purchase for a business investment

has blossomed instead into a

highlight of Northern Neck eating.

Along with her sister, Sue Murray,

who manages the business side of

the Tavern, Brenda is committed to

providing American cuisine. “We

specialize in fresh seafood bought

locally or shipped fresh on ice

weekly—including the best oysters

in town, high grade beef—we use

Prime only—and desserts that

get a lot of recognition. Our bread

pudding is famous! A food writer

who traveled the South tasting bread

puddings voted ours number one.”

Brenda raises her own organic

produce in gardens at her home

and the Tavern. She has romaine,

tomatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Other vegetables come from a

local organic farm, including

collard, onions and lettuce.

“We change our menus with the

season,” Brenda said. “Our new

one started on May first. We have

crab in the spring, oysters in the

fall. And we're featuring a different

fruit cobbler every day.” During

the summer the outdoor deck is

popular, especially on evenings

when live entertainment is offered.

And Friday night is prime rib night.

One service many folks don't

realize the Tavern offers is offsite

catering and private parties. Brenda

spent a number of years as a

wedding consultant and brings both

experience and skill to such planning.

Box lunches are available as well,

and folks from Kilmarnock to Lively

can arrange to have meals delivered

to them for a nominal fee. Another

special activity the Tavern offers is

a dinner and limo transportation

afterward to the Lancaster Players

productions in White Stone.

The current building is significantly

updated from what it was in 2007

when Brenda took it over. She got

her contractor's license so that she

could control the remodeling herself,

and found “a group of talented local

carpenters and artists to help design

and develop the old building while

keeping the period style,” providing

jobs for the community. The kitchen

is almost completely new, from the

big walk-in refrigerator to the cooking

and dish washing equipment.

Upstairs, two beautiful suites

contain lush baths, comfy beds,

sitting areas and beautiful antiques

from the Northern Neck and

neighboring areas, including

some from Brenda's own

family. The settee on

which her grandfather proposed to

her grandmother graces one of the

rooms. Family antiques also serve in

the dining spaces, along with other

vintage items Brenda has found.

Many of these items are available

for purchase. Brenda, who was born

and raised in King and Queen, takes

justifiable pride in maintaining

the Tavern as an accurate piece of

Virginia history. Even the original

floors, the hand-hewn beams in the

basement and the original Ordinary

are preserved. The building's

foundations date to 1755, and the

greater part of the current Tavern,

including the dining area, is the 1790

building, still serving the community.

Brenda speaks with great pride

and fondness of her staff, virtually

all of whom can cook as well as do

all the other tasks of serving “good

food and laughter. People are always

going to eat somewhere, and there's

nowhere in this part of the county

for people to go for fine dining.”

Brenda insists that the staff

always remember “the customer

must come first.” She has settled

on a group of women including

head chef Richelle Moses who

understand her requirements for

service and calls them “a phenomenal

team, the ultimate crew.”

Brenda explains her philosophy:

“This is my house; this is my life.

I pour my heart and soul into this

every day. I ask of my employees to

always respect my views. I started

very young in the restaurant business

at the Montross Inn in 1981, and

worked at a jewelers for years. I

believe it’s all about customer service

and food quality, not quantity.

“Every person who walks through

my door is a guest in my house,”

Brenda continues, “whether they’ve

come for a cup of coffee, to spend the

night, or to have dinner with friends.

My guests come first—always. I want

them laughing and talking about what

a great time they had and how they’ll

definitely be coming back soon."

The Lancaster Tavern is located

at 8373 Mary Ball Highway in

Lancaster. Monday through Friday

hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and

again from 5-9 p.m. Saturday and

Sunday the Tavern is open from 8

a.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations call

804-462-0080. Visit the website

at www.lancastertavern.com.

B&B Suite, Sue, Brenda cooks

and laughs, Ronnie makes

Slaw. Mari Bonomi photos.


July 2012 5

Spotlight on People in Style

By Ellen Dugan

When Ötzi, the mummified 5,300

year-old “ice man,” was discovered

in 1991, there were a few surprises.

For one thing he sported 57 tattoos.

No one knows what kind of ink

was used, but you have to admit

that it was permanent. Tattooing

is still very popular today, so we

asked a few folks: If you had to

get a tattoo, what would it be

and where would you place it?

Keith Bryant who lives in Warsaw

appears

to be a

sensible,

all-

American

young

man who

shows no

interest in

decorating

his body.

He’s

currently

“in a

relationship” and this may or may

not have anything to do with his

tattoo-less appearance. As a stocker

at Food Lion, Keith is one of the

folks who ensure that you can

find whatever you’re looking for

because it’s where it’s supposed to

be. He has no control over prices,

however. If pressed, he would select

his own name to be tattooed on the

top of his arm. “It’s the only thing I

could think of right now,” he says.

Eighty-five year-old Montross

resident Orva W. Heissenbuttel could

easily pass for a sixty something.

She’s been restoring a Gothic house

for about five

years now,

which is pretty

fast by Northern

Neck standards.

Orva founded

the American

Antique Arts

Association which

has 12 chapters,

including one

that meets in

Heathsville. She

will probably

never get a tattoo she says, but if she

did, it would be “a nice little bracelet

around my ankle, silver colored,

with a heart locket.” The heart in all

probability would be from husband

Bill, who is 96 and a retired Air Force

Major. “I’m still married to the same

man and I still have all my teeth,”

Orva laughs.

Gregory

Nundahl

who lives in

Kilmarnock

has a

salesman’s

personality.

This is

fortunate

because he

is a salesman

(trusts).

Number eight of ten children,

Gregory is no doubt also very good at

sharing and diplomacy. But perhaps

the most striking thing about him is

his love for his dad, retired Navy

Commander Gerhard Delores,

who underwent a liver

transplant 19 years ago

and has held his own

until recently. “My

dad worked his way

up from an enlisted

man,” says Gregory,

“and he’s already

lived a lot longer than

they predicted.” But

when it comes to

tattoos, well, there is

no room for compromise.

Gregory admits to having one

but won’t speculate further. He

advises young people to “re-think

it because it will be there for life.”

Lucky seven year-old Ichabod

Yavorsky gets to meet with his

10 to 5 Monday thru Saturday

Noon to 4 Sunday

Aunt Laura Smith every Saturday

morning for breakfast. Laura lives

in Williamsburg and has been Dr.

John Pitman, Jr.’s medical assistant

for the last 14 years. She does not

have a tattoo. But if she did, she

would choose

a dragon fly,

on the middle

of her back

where the

slacks line is.

“I think they’re

beautiful, kind

of mystic and

different,”

she says.

Surprisingly,

Ichabod

says that he has a tattoo, a “mutant

spider on a web” on his chest.

“Temporary,” laughs Laura. “But

I don’t scrub it,” says Ichabod.

edugan@chesapeakestyle.com

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6 July 2012

Style Spotlight~Fishermen’s Museum Boats for Sale

By Rob Ransone

To quote a well-known

celebrity, River Rat,

to Mole, in Kenneth

Grahame’s The Wind

in the Willows: “there

is NOTHING—absolute nothing—

half so much worth doing as simply

messing about in boats.” If you love to

“mess about in boats,” look no further

than the Reedville Fishermen’s

Museum’s used boat offerings.

Have their boats been loved almost

to death and need a lot of TLC? Well,

yeah. That’s why they were donated

to the RFM. And that’s also why they

are incredible bargains for the DIYer

who loves “messing about” in boats.

Frankly, a couple of their boats

are about ready to end their lives as

planter boxes, but there are also some

gems: For example, a Chesapeake

20 sailboat, designed by Cap’n Dick

Hartge in the early 1930s, this one

was hand-built of wood in 1934 and

Gift and Specialty Shop

Wed. & Thurs. 10 - 3

Fri. 12 - 6 Sat. 10-3

139 Main St.

Warsaw, Va

804-333-3444

804-761-9086

now updated

with fiberglass

coating. At only

$4,000 with its

big sails, trailer,

and mint bright

work, this is

worth the price.

Another gem

is a Catalina

22 cruising

sailboat with a

beautiful Honda

4-Stroke outboard motor. Produced

by Catalina Yachts beginning in 1968,

the Catalina 22 is one of the longest—

and most popular—continuously

produced sailboats in the world—

more than 15,000 produced, and

still in production. The boat is one of

five charter members to the Sailboat

Hall of Fame. With its swing keel

board up it draws only two feet,

ideal for shallow Chesapeake gunk

holing. With the board down, she

draws five feet, so you can go to

weather. And at only 2250 pounds

(unloaded) it is easy to trailer to

distant sailing locations. It’s specs

state that it “can sleep four good

friends.” From experience on a 25-

foot sailboat, however, I know that

it’s not how many it can sleep that

matters—it’s how many it can stand!

And on a hot summer evening at

anchor during a thunderstorm, with

all the hatches battened down, only

about two people can stand each

other on even a 37-foot sailboat!

With a

National

Catalina

22 Sailing

Association,

you’ll have

lots of

support.

Google

Catalina 22

sailboat to

discover a

wealth of

information. With a little interior

cosmetic work, your $4,500 (less than

half the price of a mint condition

Catalina 22) will prove a sound

investment in summer fun.

Don’t be intimidated by the

prices quoted above. Clif Ames, who

has been in charge of RFM’s used

boats for the past eight years, will

consider any reasonable offer—and

the definition of “reasonable” is

solely up to his discretion. “Sixty

percent of something is a lot

better than 100% of nothing.”

Right now, Clif has several small

sailboats, a couple of powerboats,

and even a Jetski on a trailer. Make

him an offer! See photos of some of

these boats in his ad in this magazine.

If you are not in the market to

buy a boat, you may be interested in

getting rid of one that you haven’t

been able to sell and take a tax

deduction. Clif is looking for John

boats, skiffs (rowing or sailing,

and especially Carolina Skiffs),

Sunfish and other small sailboats,

What does the IRS allow for a tax

donation to the RFM, a 501-3c IRS

tax deductible organization? The

IRS would like you to wait until your

donated boat sells before claiming

your tax deduction, but they will

accept an estimate of the Fair Market

Value (FMV) based on “Blue Book”

or a professional appraisal value.

IRS Publication 561, Determining

The Value of Donated Property,

states that, except for inexpensive,

small boats, the valuation should

be based on an appraisal by a

marine surveyor because the

physical condition is so critical to

its value. For small boats, there are

commercial and trade publications

that provide estimates for FMV.

Although Clif and the RFM will

work with you to ensure that you get

a fair deal on your boat purchase or

donation, neither can afford to pay for

a survey, nor can they offer tax advice.

The RFM can only let you know

what your donated boat actually

sold for, when (and if) they sell it.

And River Rat was right:

There really is nothing half so

much worth doing as simply

messing about in boats.

Clif will be happy to talk with you

about buying or donating a boat.

Contact him at 804-453-3506 or email

him at macames@nnwifi.com.

Clif Ames and Catalina 22.

Rob Ransone photo.

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July 2012 7

Style Spotlight~Mulberry, Whimsical, Wonderful, Affordable

By Kelsey Sipes

The owner of Mulberry,

Betty Horton, is a

kind, open woman

who enjoys both her

day job as a school

teacher, as well as her weekend

hobby, Mulberry. Meeting her is like

seeing your mother, grandmother or

a long lost friend. The store evolved

from a love of crafting, a suggestion

from a friend, and words from

Betty’s father that helped to form her

world view about recycling. While

it may be a bit difficult to describe

Mulberry, this is simply because it

contains a little bit of everything. It’s

both an environmentally friendly

store that sells crafts made from

recycled products, and a neat

little shop where you can find a

book from your childhood or that

perfect piece for the house.

When she was young, Betty’s

father had a profound impact on her

mentality about what people throw

away. Happily, she told me, “My dad

always found a use for things

other people wanted to

throw away.” Though she’s

not a native of Warsaw, she

really enjoys the community

that she has found here.

Living about fifteen minutes

away from the county,

Betty teaches first grade in

Charles County, Maryland.

Her husband, Darrell,

works as a salesperson for a

company in Fredericksburg,

so the two are no

strangers to commutes.

Betty has always been

interested in crafts and

the imaginative, even

joking with her children

that she would one day paint

her house uncommon colors.

Mulberry came to be whenBetty

and her husband decided to go

forward with creating their own

business. Since the store that

Mulberry is housed in was originally

a shoemaker’s shop, there were

plenty of old shelves that they

could use, as well as the original

counter. While Betty wanted to bring

something new to Warsaw, she also

wanted to “Keep it intimate, keep it

handmade,” and she buys primarily

from local retailers for her business.

Because she’s a school teacher,

Betty could only open Mulberry on

the weekends but that didn’t stop her

from moving her workroom from her

house into the store. In fact, you can

see where all of the handmade magic

happens

right behind

the counter.

Betty says

when it

comes to her

business, “I

hope that

it all works

out, I hope

that I can be

a positive

influence

in the

community.”

About her

location

on main

street in

Warsaw, she has said, “I just love

being here, being on the city street.”

Betty loves vintage and she goes

treasure hunting, or looking for

vintage items, with her best friend

who shares her love of finding unique

items. As for crafting, she has made

about a third of the items she stocks

in her shop. Some of her current

handmade items include primitive

dolls, sock monkeys, painting,

dish drainer quilts, and scarves.

As far as her vintage and

collectable items go, Betty is

determined to “treat them with

respect,” and that, “they all have

a story to tell.” According to Betty,

Mulberry is a place to go if you’re

looking for collectables, vintage,

crafting, painting and treasures. A key

plan when creating Mulberry was, “I

wanted it to be some place that was

cool, that they could find something

kind of neat, and that could be

affordable.” In my visit, there was not

a single item listed for $100, and when

I pointed this out, she was baffled

because she had never considered

charging her customers that much.

During the rare opportunities

that Betty and Darrell are at

home, they enjoy spending time

with their family—who Betty

describes as a small sized family

who spend a lot of time together.

They have five grandchildren who

really enjoy playing outside.

This means that Betty and Darrell

are outside, at the beach, kayaking or

fishing with them. In addition to this,

they have a nine month old Labrador

puppy and two cats that help to

leave little free time for them. For

Betty, who made her hobby into her

business, 2012 has been a great year.

Due to her summer break, Betty

changed her hours for the summer

and Mulberry is now open on

Wednesday and Thursday from

10 to 3 and on Friday from 12 to 6,

Saturday, 10 to 3. Find Mulberry on

Main Street in Warsaw, on Facebook

and by phone at 804-333-3444.

Kelsey Sipes photos.

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Second & Fourth Thursday

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8 July 2012

Teen

For Guidelines and Permission Forms go to www.chesapeakestyle.com, click on Teen Style.

Essex High School

Encouraging Young Artists, Photographers, Writers

By Sarah Ipson, Junior

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July 2012 9

Style Spotlight~Exciting Times

By Susan Grandpre

With genuine

enthusiasm,

Ann Catherine

Cross beamed

as she said,

“These are such exciting times at our

school of dance”. After many years

of owning and operating the Ann

Catherine Cross School of Dance, Ann

Catherine is full of excitement, pride

and a true love for the art of dance.

Ann Catherine has loved dance

her whole life. She grew up dancing

and singing and knew she would

be truly happy if she kept dance as

a central part of her life. She took

classes and began teaching dance

at the Ms. Wells School of Dance.

In 1975, after graduating from

college, she had the opportunity

to teach dance at Woodland

Academy in the Northern Neck.

Branching out on her own, Ann

Catherine rented a space on Main

Street in Warsaw where she opened

her first dance studio many years

ago. She continued to teach at St.

Margaret’s in Tappahannock while

she enjoyed the success of her own

studio. After she married and had

children, she moved and opened a

dance studio in Mechanicsville.

Life has come full circle as

Ann Catherine has returned to

Tappahannock and opened a new

studio. With two primary locations

now, she enjoys the challenges

and satisfaction of providing dance

to children in two communities,

Mechanicsville and Tappahannock.

In addition, the Ann Catherine

Cross School of Dance offers

classes to the day care center at

the Warsaw YMCA and summer

classes at the Westmoreland

YMCA in Montross as well.

Some of the excitement felt by Ann

Catherine and the staff pertains to

the opening of the new dance studio

in Tappahannock which opened last

August with 75 students. Everyone

involved with the dance school is

thrilled to be back in Tappahannock

and they are pleased with the

amount of interest and success of

this new location on Water Lane.

In addition to the excitement

surrounding the studio in

Tappahannock, Ann Catherine has

another reason to be excited. One

of her students who studies dance

at the Mechanicsville location

just landed a role in the Broadway

production of Annie opening this

fall in New York City. Ten-year-old,

Taylor Richardson, has been cast as

Duffy, one of the orphans in Annie.

Taylor is also the understudy for the

part of Annie. Ann Catherine and

so many people involved with the

school are thrilled and happy for her.

Taylor has

worked hard

putting in lots of

hours at the Ann

Catherine Cross

School of Dance

and has taken many

classes offered at

the studio where

a wide variety of

classes are offered.

The classes are

open to boys and

girls two years of

age and older and

to adults as well.

Some of the class

choices include ballet, tap,

contemporary, pointe, jazz,

hip-hop, creative movement,

competition and combination

classes. Additionally, acting, yoga,

singing and improvisation classes

are also available. Classes run from

September to May and conclude

with an end of the year recital.

Ann Catherine firmly believes that

people should follow their passion.

She wants her students to develop a

love of the art of dance and she always

encourages them to follow their

dreams. Hard work and dedication

are stressed and Ann Catherine has

a no nonsense approach to teaching.

She encourages her students

to, “keep trying, you’ll get it”.

It is obvious that Ann Catherine

is devoted to her students and is

determined to find ways to help

each student reach success not just

as a dancer, but as a person. She

feels that the skills learned from

studying dance translate into other

aspects of life including academics.

Ann Catherine knows that pushing

children to learn to be disciplined

and to obtain a strong work ethic

will make them better people.

Year after year, she sees her

students apply skills they learn

through dance to their academics.

She can list many students who

have graduated from prestigious

universities where they have studied

dance or other demanding academic

curriculum. Ann Catherine has

produced many accomplished

dancers, like Taylor Richardson.

For information regarding the Ann

Catherine Cross School of Dance, visit

the website at www.accsdance.com

or email accsdance@yahoo.com.

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Catherine Cross. Photos courtesy

A C Cross School of Dance

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Spring gardens bring us

lettuce, peas, spinach,

kale, radishes and

herbs. You can find

these products at the

local farmer’s markets early in the

season. There is nothing like fresh

vegetables for taste and nutrition.

One of my favorite spring

vegetables is snow peas. They are

easy to grow and so crispy eaten raw

on salads or used as dippers on a

vegetable tray as an appetizer. They

can be steamed for a few minutes

till they turn bright green. You can

sauté them alone in a little butter

or olive oil, or with other vegetables

such as red peppers and garlic for

a colorful combination. Plus, they

can be added to Asian stir-fry meals.

Before eating, prepare snow peas by

washing them well. Be sure to pull

off the tough strings on the side.

By now, some gardeners have

tomatoes and peppers growing

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July 2012 11

Spike’s Wildlife Almanac~Wood Thrush

By Spike Knuth

Summer woodlands

can be a fascinating

almost magical place.

Large, fully leafed trees

provide dark thickets

or sun dappled understory of ferns,

wild flowers, saplings with enlarged

leaves that capture as much sunlight

as possible. While it is generally quiet,

many species of birds are nesting

and raising their young. Their calls

greet the sunrise each morning.

One such call is the flute-like song

of the wood thrush, arguably one of

the best singers in the bird world.

The wood thrush is a bird of the

eastern half of the U.S. It is one of six

spotted thrushes that can be seen

at one season or another in

our area. The spotted thrushes

resemble each other, so closely

that it is difficult to make

positive identification at times.

The fact that they are so shy and

quiet makes them difficult to

see in the dark shadows. The

wood thrush could be most

confused with the smaller

ovenbird, a ground-dwelling

warbler with spotted breast.

The scientific name of the

wood thrush is Hylocochlia

which is from the Greek “uhle”

meaning a forest or woodland,

and “kikhle” meaning a thrush.

The name thrush is derived from

the old English, “thrusch.” Some

local names include wood robin,

swamp robin, and song thrush.

Some more common members of

the thrush family are the eastern

bluebird and the American robin.

The wood thrush at 7-8 inches is

the largest and most common of the

spotted thrushes. It arrives in the

Chesapeake area about the last week

of April. They favor dense, moist,

deciduous forests with dense under

story, swamps, or along streams and

lakes, but occasionally in smaller,

thick stands of hardwoods in or

near residential areas or parks.

The best identifying marks are

the reddish-brown head which

fades to more of an olive-brown

on its back and tail. It has large

dark spots on its breast and belly,

a white eye ring and white cheeks

with fine, dark wavy lines. The other

spotted thrushes have much fainter

spotting. The wood thrush also has

noticeably large eyes, has somewhat

long, flesh-colored legs, a short

tail, and is kind of pot-bellied

Like the other thrushes it is

secretive; moving quietly through the

dark shadows of the woods. Often all

you might see would be a brownish

bird flying from cover to cover. If it

would sit still for a good look, you

might see it raise their hackles giving

them a crested look and it often cocks

its tail. Many times the only way you

may know it’s around is due to the

clear, pleasant song described as

“eee-oh-lay.” When upset it utters a

“wt-wit-wit” call. The males are first

to arrive on the breeding grounds

and sing until a female is attracted.

After much chasing and displaying

the female chooses a nest site.

The nest is built by the female in a

crotch or lower horizontal limb three

to 40 feet up and is constructed of

leaves, plant stems, small twigs, all

plastered together with mud, then

lined with fine grasses, rootlets, and

animal hair, very much like a robin’s

nest. Three to four greenish-blue

eggs are laid which hatch in about

13-14 days. In another 14 days, the

young are fledged and are fed by

both parents on a diet of insects

and wild fruits. Sometimes a second

brood is raised. The wood thrush

is a common victim of the cowbird

which lays its eggs in the thrush’s

nest resulting in the young cowbirds

displacing the thrush’s young.

The wood thrush feeds on the

ground by scratching in the leaf

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12 July 2012

Tidewater & Timber~The Joys of Summer Time Fun

By Chelly Scala

One morning, we were

fishing out on the

bay, marking lots of

fish signs and I said,

“It doesn’t get any

better than this.” What a beautiful

morning, the sun was rising and the

water was calm. That doesn’t happen

very often anymore. It was a beautiful,

stress free time with the family.

Then the trolling line went

off. The blues are back!

Summertime is the time

for bluefish. My daughter

loves a special bluefish

recipe that we use on the

grill. Therefore, her brother

always wants to catch

bluefish for his sister. In

addition to the good eating

size, two to three pounders

are slamming both trolling

and chumming lines.

Along with these great

hook and line fighters, are

other species to enjoy fishing for

including stripers, puppy drum, spot,

croaker and flounder. The bigger

blues in the four to five pound range

are proving to be among the more

exciting angling experiences around.

Chumming is a great option for

bluefish when anchored up along

the Middlegrounds or rock pile areas

east of Point Lookout. The Northern

Neck Reef southeast of the Great

Wicomico River in Virginia is another

good option for bluefish chumming.

Look for signs of bait fish or blues on

the meter before starting to chum.

Create a menhaden slick out behind

your anchored boat by spreading

ground menhaden behind it. Light

spinning tackle is a favorite choice. Be

careful as bigger blues can easily bite

through lighter monofilament leader.

If this happens, consider tying on

a few feet of shock leader of 20 to 30

pound test. No other terminal tackle

should be used unless a pinch weight

positioned a few feet above the hook.

Next, cut large menhaden baits to

cover the entire hook. Then drift baits

into your slick behind the boat. Try

not to anchor too close to other boats.

Feeding bluefish will follow moving

schools of shiners or menhaden.

The best tactic when this occurs is to

troll areas that show signs of balled

up bait fish. Small Tony Accettas

or Crippled Alewives spoons in

either chrome, gold or white colors

are good choices. Medium sized

Tony Surgical tube lures in green,

orange, red or chartreuse colors are

traditional choices when trolling

for bluefish, especially when it

includes fish in the four to five

pound range. Leader length should

be about 25 feet with Monofilament

leader in 30 to 40 pound test.

Check the leaders often and if any

sections are frayed, they should be

replaced before fishing them again.

Bluefish require trolling speeds

faster than those for stripers but not

as fast as when targeting Spanish

mackerel. Use either in-line 6 to 10

ounces trolling weights, with heavy

duty snap swivels so they can be

easily changed up or planers to get

the lures down where the fish are

travelling. Number two planers

work well fishing lines close to the

boat and number one planers work

well outboard of the other lines.

For information about fishing

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and

its tributaries, call 800-688-3467 or

visit Maryland’s Fisheries website

at www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries.

The Potomac River Fisheries

Commission (PRFC) fishing season

information can be obtained by

calling 800-266-3904 or via the

PRFC website at www.prfc.state.

va.us. Virginia fishing regulations

may be found at www.mrc.virginia.

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Don’t forget to review the

information on who has to

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the relaxation of fishing this summer!

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July 2012 13

Style Spotlight~Where History Comes Alive!

By Melissa Haydon

Horse drawn

carriages carrying

folks wearing their

best could be seen

in the town square

in Heathsville, Virginia in the early

1800’s. Rice’s Tavern/Hughlett’s Hotel

(RHHT) was the central location for

the county. The men folk would come

to sell the fruits of their labor while

the women would come to purchase

much needed goods to run the home.

A visit to the tavern restaurant

after attending court or purchasing

or selling goods was common. Unlike

today, a quick run to the store was

not possible. Families had to live off

the land. That often meant long hard

days working the family farm. That

meant working from sunrise until

sunset on a daily basis. Children who

attended school went to a one room

school house and attending school

only until about fifth grade. Mothers

often made their children’s clothing

and items needed for the

home. This was an essential

way of life in those times.

Listening to Ellen

Hollows, Director of

Operations for Rice’s Hotel/

Hughlett’s Tavern, it clearly

shows in her voice

how much she

cares about what

she does. “This is a

1795 Courthouse

Tavern and not

many of them are

left standing in Virginia—

we are looking at a piece of

history” As we walk through

on a tour of the three bedroom

tavern it is almost like we

stepped back in time. From

the uneven floors to the

rooms that are set up just like they

would have been back in the 1800’s.

RHHT is on a mission to try and

preserve the arts of that era. The

Blacksmith, Woodworker, Quilt,

Spinners and Weavers, and the

Scrapbook Guild have all been

formed. Members of these guilds

meet on a regular basis. I had the

pleasure to tour the Blacksmiths shop

the day I visited. The Heathsville

Blacksmith Forge is set up with

a working coal forge powered

by a manual bellows. The Guild

fashions all types of metal work.

Two gentlemen were happily

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visited. They have many items on

display for purchase and will happily

make something for you by request.

You could clearly see the pride in

their work as they showed me some

of the things they had created.

Recently, a college level

weaving class was offered to the

community at a much lower cost

than what would have been charged

elsewhere. Going forward they will

be offering many classes to the

community to further nurture the

creative spirit of the community.

Many events and programs are

offered throughout the year.

A fire in April of 2009 damaged

part of the building. The guilds came

together in unity and preserved

some of the history of the building.

Throughout the hotel you will see

handmade quilts and curtains by

the Quilters Guild. Also, the iron

curtain rods were fashioned by the

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Guild. An original quilt designed

by Anna Holland was destroyed in

the fire. This was replaced by the

guild in 2011 to match the one that

was destroyed. Without the guilds,

these would have been lost.

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern is

trying to preserve that town square

environment by offering farmers

markets from spring through fall for

the past eight years. Local farmers and

art and craft vendors loyally return

each month for the market. This gives

local residents the opportunity to

purchase items all at one location as

you would have back in the 1800’s.

RHHT is run for the most part by

volunteers. Ellen explains that there

may be times when there is no one

there if you visit. Tour boards are

at every building with a wealth of

knowledge for its visitors. This could

be upcoming events or just the history

of the grounds or the buildings.

If you would like more information

about upcoming classes or events

check out the website for more

details. There is always something

being offered that may be of interest

to you. Visit www.rhhtfoundation.

org. The website offers a wealth of

knowledge into the history of RHHT

and the Guilds. I encourage you to

visit and soak in a little history.

Ellen Hollows with recreated quilt

after original was destroyed in the

fire. David works in blacksmith’s

shop Melissa Haydon photos.

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14 July 2012

Style Spotlight~Are You Associating Freely With Quilts?

By Ellen Dugan

As you begin reading

this I would like you

to relax. It’s okay

to have the TV on,

but please, turn the

volume down a bit so that you can

think. We’re going to do some free

associating with words. No, this is

not a psychiatric test or a personality

screening. (We’re not medical

people here at Chesapeake Style.)

You won’t need paper and pencil,

just a relatively clear head. Ready?

What is the first word that

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pops into your mind when you

hear, for example, the word

“bacon?” If you said “eggs,”

“breakfast,” or “crispy” most

people would nod in agreement.

Now, skip to the word

“quilt.” What comes to mind?

“Grandmother,” “fabric,” “sewing?”

Great! You’re right in sync with

Karen Dost, who owns and

operates Material Girl Quilt Shop in

Burgess. Karen’s shop is a friendly

“shopping and sharing” place that

is well known to local quilters,

traveling quilters, and well, almost

everyone else who drives along

Northumberland Highway.

But what if Karen had

responded to “quilt” with

“bartender,” “Crusaders,” and

“Henry VIII?” We need to stop

here a minute and explain.

Karen, whose personality is

off the charts when it comes to

customer service, was once a

bartender. This is probably why she

is so good at helping people ignite

their inner spark of creativity—

she’s had a lot of practice listening,

and she’s good at hearing what’s

being said between the words.

It’s a skill her customers and

friends value because they can truly

relax around her. Karen’s shop is

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cheerful, bright and comfortable.

The kind of place where it’s okay to

linger and chat, catch up on a quilting

project or seek help with something

that hasn’t turned out exactly right.

You could even say that an unhappy

or emotionally distressed quilt would

find Karen’s knowledge of fabrics, her

expertise, and her advice invaluable—

just like her customers do.

Although Karen’s customers are

peaceful folks and therefore

unlikely to voluntarily associate

quilts with “Crusaders,” it’s

okay if they do. Crusaders had

a lot to do with how quilting

came to be. They are said to

have introduced quilting to

Europe via a garment worn

under battle armor called

a gambeson. Gambesons

were designed for comfort,

warmth and protection.

At Material Girl Karen doesn’t

carry gambeson patterns, but

she does point out that comfort and

warmth have historically ranked

high in a quilt’s job description.

It’s a bit of a stretch but you could

also say that quilts do a great job in

protecting their owner’s décor from

being the same as everyone else’s.

And speaking of quilt owners, this

is where “Henry VIII’s” association

comes in. (Remember he’s the guy

who married three Catherines, two

Annes and a Jane during his time

as king.) On his first wedding night

Henry slept under a green silk,

linen-backed quilt. Highlighted

with metal threads and worked in

a rose and pomegranate pattern,

apparently the quilt’s beauty

and comfort did little to help the

marriage. But that was long ago.

Today, many of the 21.3 million

Americans who quilt do it to express

themselves artistically. Few endeavors

lend themselves to such an incredible

array of fabrics, colors, textures,

designs, placements, and artistic

arrangement. Karen delights in the

whole process. And her enjoyment

is contagious. “I love beginners,”

says Karen. “It’s great to be able

to show them how to get started

and to answer their questions.”

Quilting is both a solitary and a

social activity according to Karen.

Often a quilter is alone while sewing

blocks, but just as often quilters can

—and do—bring their work into the

shop to join their friends and fellow

quilters. “They come in as strangers,”

says Karen “and leave as friends.”

In addition to listening to her

customer’s needs and responding

to them, Karen’s heart is perhaps

stitched together with threads

of kindness and little squares of

empathy and feeling. When an

elderly woman came in one day,

unable to quilt anymore—fingers

obviously bent and crooked with

arthritis—the woman’s male

companion took Karen aside.

“She just wants to come in and feel

your fabric,” he said. “Is it okay?”

Karen smiled her consent and now

chokes up a little at the memory.

On a quilter-to-quilter level Karen

knew exactly how important this

simple act was to the woman.

“It was one of those moments

you don’t forget,” she says.

For more information about

how you can begin quilting or to

attend Material Girl classes, give

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Some of them may surprise you.

Ellen Dugan photos.

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July 2012 15

My Visit To Hanover Shoe Farms

By Paula Shipman

On May 29, I visited

“The Greatest Name

in Harness Racing”,

Hanover Shoe

Farms. I received

an invitation to Hanover from its

vice president, Dr. Paul Spears, and

he took me on a tour of the 3,000

acre farm located in scenic

Hanover Pennsylvania. I

was able to touch some of

Harness Racing Royalty.

For me visiting the super

stars of Harness Racing

was better than meeting

any celebrity actor you

could name. I got to meet

and kiss on Hambletonian

winner Muscle Massive

($1,239,138), he was an

absolute sweetheart! I also

met World Champion and

Horse of the Year in 2008,

Somebeachsomewhere

($3,221,138) and World Champion

Donato Hanover ($2,998,777)

who's stand out filly Check Me Out

($973,552) also a World Record

holder, was the fastest and richest

two year old trotter of 2011. Check

Me Out has won 16 of 19 career

starts and I watched her, June 8,

win her Elegantimage elimination

at Mohawk racetrack in Canada.

She will be racing in the final

on June 16th for $530,000.

I met D Train who is the Dam of

Donato Hanover and her new

foal born on April 25, 2012 sired

by Muscle Massive. D Train's

last foal, Detour Hanover, a full

brother to Donato, sold for a

whopping $825,000 as a yearling

in 2011. I am looking forward

to following his racing career.

I also met Dr. Spears' beloved

mare Swan Lake. “Swan Lake

has been good to me”, said

Dr. Spears. She has produced

such standouts as Swan Image

($576,852) and Swan For All

($309,986) among others. She

is in foal to the 3-Year-Old

Trotting Colt of the Year in 2002,

Kadabra ($1,806,779). Kadabra has

sired millionaires Poof She's Gone

($1,312,093)—she is one of my

many favorite Standardbreds—and

Daylon Magician ($1,304,461). One

of Swan Lake's pasture mates is Dr.

Spears' Thoroughbred mare One

More Lillian ($94,872) half sister to

Prayer For Relief ($1,057,225). It was

great to meet her as well and she

is due to foal in January of 2013.

The first horse I wanted to meet

and did was Moonlight G ($151,062).

Dr. Spears has spoken about him so

much I feel as if I know ''Moonie'' as

he is affectionately called. Readers

may remember, Moonie is the first

offspring out of the 2004 Trotting

Broodmare of the Year, Yankee

Windsong ($33,028) who passed

away all too soon. Moonie is as

sweet as horses come and boy did he

make a dent in that five pound

bag of carrots! He is a doll.

I visited the final resting

places of some of Harness

Racing's elite performers as race

horses, sires and brood mares.

I stood by the grave of Tar Heel

($119,148) 1948-1982, one of

history’s best broodmare sires.

Also Brenna Hanover ($21,946)

1956-1974 who gave birth to the

Little Brown Jug and the Pacing

Triple Crown winner, Bret

Hanover ($922,616) 1962-1992;

Hoot Mon ($74,950) 1944-1965

the 1947 Hambletonian winner and

first Hambo winner to sire a Hambo

winner—her name was Helicopter

($99,559) 1950-1972 and she beat a

Hambo field of tough colts. Lastly I

stood by the grave of World Record

holder Holborn Hanover ($2,070,648)

2001-2008 who went the fastest

race mile ever in 1:46.4 at the U.S.

Pacing Championship. He died due

to complications following surgery

to repair a fractured cannon bone.

Dr. Spears took me inside the

offices to see the many trophies

and awards Hanover Shoe Farms

has received, too many to count.

His personal office walls are

adorned with beautiful images

of Trotting Triple Crown winner

Windsong's Legacy ($1,744,644)

some of which I would give my right

arm to have in my living room!

He then gave me a Hanover polo

shirt and mailed me a Hanover

windbreaker. He was the most

gracious host, I truly had a wonderful

time and I can't wait to go back!

Hanover Farms website is

www.hanoverpa.com.

Muscle Massive coming for his carrots

and kisses. All the stallions wear

the fly masks to keep the flies off

their faces. Paula Shipman photo.

Moonie and Paula photo by

Dr. Spears. Dr. Spears and his

Thoroughbred mare One More

Lillian. Paula Shipman photo.

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16 July 2012

Try Quinoa for a New Taste

By Barbara Sherman

It's pronounced (Keen –

wah). You may have heard

friends talking about it or

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18 July 2012

The Guinea Connection~Part IV

By Elizabeth A. Stokes

This is a continuation of the

June article about the childhood

of Pauline Allen Alexander,

Elizabeth Stokes’ mother.

Her Uncle Mon

who lived next

door and had

no children of

his own always

welcomed her and it was from

him that she inherited her love

of horses. Despite her mother’s

distaste, her Uncle Mon always

let her watch the birthing of

his foals. Hog killin time was a

great event in the community

and as with all the local girls,

my mom make homemade

sausage and fried chitlins.

It was known throughout

the community that my mom did

not like church—neither did my

grandfather—but every Sunday she

helped her “Big Bubba” Lawrence

hitch up their mother’s beautiful

chestnut

mare,

Virginia, to

the buggy.

My mother

was a good

student,

loved to

read but

didn’t like

math. In

the evening

she read

to her

parents by

kerosene

lamp from

periodicals

that her

brothers

would

bring from their travels—especially

her brother Ernest who would

come home from his job in NY

building the Harlem tunnel.

Her brother Clyde had just bought

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and she

wrecked it

when she

ran it into

the ditch

in front

of their

home.

She was

known

as one

of the “great beauties” of Gloucester

in her heyday, black or white. She

wrote poetry and plays, sang in

the children’s choir at the chapel

at prayer meetings, hunted in the

woods with her brothers and skinned

rabbits; drank corn liquor in secret

with her friend Mildred Gregory after

their clambakes; swam in Sarah’s

Creek, outcussed and outfought the

boys with her other buddy Winnie

Stokes; got baptized in the York River.

My mom loved to tell about the

three whippings her mother gave

her—she was told to tie up the family

cow and she tied the cow by its

tail to a fence and the cow ran off,

breaking its tail, she refused to get

up from the table when the preacher

came to eat dinner. She told him

that, “This is my father’s table!”

And she pitched a tantrum when

her newly deceased infant sister

Mary McGold was buried in the same

bonnet and lacy dress that she herself

had been christened in. Thanksgiving

and Christmas were special in all

Guinea households. My grandmother

raised geese, not turkeys, and the

table was laden with hams from their

smokehouses, oysters in all forms,

baked sweet potatoes and in season

vegetables from their garden; oyster

and bread stuffing, freshly baked

rolls on the back of the cook stove

and all kinds of berry and dried

fruit desserts on the sideboards.

In addition to their large family

for holiday gatherings, there was

always a visiting preacher, orphaned

children cull boys from the family

boats. In winter the family toboggan

was hauled out of the stable, the rust

sanded off the runners, hitched up

to a team of spirited ready horses

and my mother with her brothers, all

muffled and heavily blanketed with

lap robes, would be off down Guinea

road in the heavy drifts of snow. She

went with her brothers Rodgers and

Clyde in the woods to chop down

their tree and drag it home. Later they

would bring it in to dry, then decorate

the tree with brightly colored pieces of

cloth. She had a wonderful childhood!

Pauline Allen Alexander, teen years,

on her way to Hampton Institute.

Sister Mary McGold Allen in her

funeral dress—her sister Pauline’s

Christening dress-1905. Photos

courtesy of Elizabeth A. Stokes.

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July 2012 19

It’s All Energy

By RuthE Forrest BA,NCBTMB,CMT

“What is energy work?” I believe

quantum physics’ premise that

everything is comprised of energy

waves and particles that are basically

congealed energy waves. We were

spawned in the energy of Earth’s

gravitational field, we embody her

nuclear and electromagnetic fields.

We thrive in the sun’s light energy,

and our body’s energy centers called

chakras emit light and sound energy

documented by modern science. We

are essentially a living liquid crystal

sending and receiving transmissions.

Think of a tree to get a glimpse of

an energy system. This living being

draws vital nutrient energy from

sunlight, the soil, and finer energies

from the surrounding atmosphere.

We can look at a tree and see if it

is healthy. Yellow leaves, bumpy

bark, insect invasion, or shriveled

fruit signify loss of vitality in a ‘sick’

tree. In similar fashion energy

healers have learned to “see” the

loss of vital energy in a body.

A tree expert might begin with the

roots and work up the tree’s structure

to the trunk, limbs, branches and

leaves to figure out what is ailing it,

and create balance by influencing the

tree’s surrounding environment. An

energetic healer explores the subtle

energies of the client to discover

inharmonious frequencies in a

comparable way, “feeling” her way

through the energies surrounding

and penetrating the body that are

creating physical symptoms. Just

like the tree guy, the energetic

healer also is educated to read and

understand the signs and symptoms

of dis-ease, and has the knowledge

to begin to affect positive changes.

There are many systems active

today that map subtle energies.

Quantum science has been helpful

in explaining what healers—and

possibly moms—have known to be

real for eons. Traditional Chinese

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20 July 2012

Lilly Sings Her Way into Volunteers’ Hearts

By Fran Warren

The Animal Control

Officer brought the

dog and her puppies to

the shelter on a brisk

October night after

taking them from a neglectful owner.

Volunteer Supervisor Fran Warren

saw them first thing the next morning.

The mother, a black lab, was

emaciated, dehydrated, near starved.

The bones jutted out at her ribs and

hips. The puppies, just four days old,

were bringing her down even more.

She and puppies’ lives were in danger.

The mother’s looked up at me, her

eyes soft and gentle. As bad as she

was in her condition, she grinned

to me, and sang, Woooo, Woooo.

My heart melted. We’ve got to save

this dog, I thought. She’s got spunk.

Our Shelter Volunteers set to work.

One puppy was too weak. It died.

Three volunteers took turns taking

home the remaining puppies to feed

them every two hours, first with an

eye-dropper and then, as

they grew, with a bottle.

The puppies improved.

We gave the mother—

we named her Lilly—

shots, medication, and

special food and treated

her successfully for

heartworm infection. We

did the same for two of

her older pups from an

earlier litter, brought in

to the shelter at the same time with

the mother and four newborns.

Lilly improved. And she continued

to sing when the volunteers paused

at her kennel to pet and sing with

her. What a scene that was—a

volunteer and black lab crooning

away to each other! The volunteers

also walked her to build muscle

and spent time socializing her.

The story has a happy ending.

The shelter volunteers managed

to find homes and adopt out all three

remaining new-born puppies and

the two older siblings, as well.

Lilly, too, found a home.

Believe it or not, she was

adopted by a man who loves

to sing. He and his wife are

retired and he sings in church

when he’s not singing at home

with Lilly. At night, Lilly sleeps

on the bed with the couple.

Lilly and her six offspring were

brought to the shelter October 18

and were all adopted over a period

of ten weeks. Few public shelters are

permitted to keep animals that long.

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of items donated by citizens.

The shelter needs more

volunteers. Come join us. You

may have to feed a puppy all night

long with an eyedropper and you

may have to clean a few kennels,

but volunteers will find rewarding

what we do for animals like Lilly.

Fran Warren is Supervisor,

Northumberland County

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Lilly, Before and After.

Photos courtesy NAS.


July 2012 21

Teen

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Middlesex High School

Encouraging Young Artists, Photographers, Writers

By Bridgette Self

It was the day of February 23rd, 2012.

I went throughout my school day as I

usually did, but that day I felt a little more

pep in my step. That evening at six would

begin a very important basketball game

for the Lady Chargers. We played Rappahannock

High in a second round regional game. All we

needed to do was win this game to ensure a spot

in the State Tournament. The Lady Chargers had

not been to Regionals in quite a few years, so

needless to say, our team was pretty stoked.

After school let out, our team separated until

four fifteen when we gathered for a quick sandwich

before our game. Once dinner was consumed,

some of our teammates decided to work on

homework. As for me, I headed straight for the

court to shoot around a little bit. I was feeling

fairly confident as we changed into our uniforms.

We ran out and began our pre-game warm up

which consists of layups, jump shots and free

throws. Halfway through our warm up, captains

were called to meet in the center of the court.

I headed to the center with my other two cocaptains

and shook the other captain’s hands. The

referees gave us the regular talk about using good

sportsmanship which we all smiled and agreed

upon, but we honestly knew only time would tell

the outcome of that. The warning buzzer went

Regional Game

off signifying the game was about to begin. The

opposing team was introduced first. After they were

introduced, the announcer announced, “At starting

guard, number four, BRIDGETTTTEEE SELLLLF”

sending the crowd into numerous cheers! Heather

Blankenship (guard), Grace Rutkowski (small

forward), Megan Payne (strong forward), and Joey

Stinchcomb (center) were announced after I was.

They all received just as much encouragement as I

did. Following the National Anthem, we gathered

in our final huddle before the game began. The

referees blew their whistles, so the four starters

along with me headed out to the center of the court.

The tip off between Joey and the Rappahannock

center generated the battle between the

Rappahannock Raiders and Middlesex Chargers.

One of their players kept shooting crazy shots; she

shot so many times only making a few of them.

In the first quarter, I hit a three; I felt exhilarated!

I guess this girl was trying to outshine me, so she

threw up a shot a couple feet behind the three point

line. It ricocheted off the backboard landing in one

of my teammate’s hands. Throughout the first half,

we ran our plays and scored, but Rappahannock

did the same. At halftime, I had six points, two

three pointers, and we were not down by much.

Once our coaches gave us our pep talk at

halftime, we went out and fought some more.

Halfway through the third quarter, we were

down by ten points. Coach Wake put me back

in the game after a quick breather. I was ready

to go, for my game was not over yet. I caught

the ball behind the three point arch and shot.

I made it, so we set up in our press defense.

They turned the ball over, so we got it back. Grace

passed me the ball, so I took the shot a step back

from the three point line. “SWISH!” The crowd went

wild, for we were only down by four at this point.

This caused Rappahannock to call a time out. They

scored once after the time out, but we followed.

During the second half, we had plenty of free throw

opportunities; we just could not secure them. The

last thirty seconds Rappahannock had the ball.

They took the shot with fifteen seconds left, but they

missed. Megan rebounded the ball and attempted

to pass it to Jessica, but she had run down the

court too soon. The ball sailed out of bounds

which meant Rappahannock received the ball.

Rappahannock held the ball for the remainder

of the game. As soon as the final buzzer went off,

tears streamed down my face. Not only was I upset

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school basketball game. I shook the opposing

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told me I did well, it made me cry even harder.

I felt like I let everybody down; I was mortified.

I looked at the scoreboard one last time to see

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Style Spotlight~So much more than Adirondack chairs!

By Mari Bonomi

Don’t believe the

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Ron and Marjorie

Jewell, Rivah Interior owners,

say that’s just not true.

“We are downsizing rather than

retiring,” Ron said. “We thought

we’d simply close both stores, but

our customers wouldn’t let us. We

will still be providing the personal

customer service and offering special

orders the way we always have.”

At some point, Ron and Marjorie

will close the Callao branch of the

store and move their entire operation

to their Kilmarnock location, known

as The Sleep Center. This store has

always also been Rivah Interiors, but

now will offer a much fuller array

of furniture and decorative items.

Ron describes his store as offering

a “casual coastal cottage” look to

suit the lifestyle of the Bay and the

Rivahs. “Our customers come from

Richmond, from Mechanicsville,

from Maryland and Delaware. Yet

sometimes local folks are surprised

to find all the furniture and

decorative items we offer right here.”

The store’s signature brightlycolored

Adirondack chairs adorning

the front of the building are made

in America, mostly in US but

some in Canada, and crafted from

recycled plastic milk jugs. The chairs

“fly out of the store,” Ron said.

The bedroom furniture, both bed

frames and chests, is available in a

variety of styles and can be special

ordered in a range of colors, from

traditional wood shades to more

“shabby chic” looks. A variety of

mattress styles also is available

on site or for special order. And

decorative pillows for the whole

house are always in stock.

A printed sign sits prominently on

one of the display sofas in the center

of the shop. It reads, “American made.

Does it matter to you? It does to us!”

The sign is “my motto,” said Ron.

“Our goal is to provide good value

to our customers,” Ron

explained. That doesn’t

mean the cheapest price;

it means the best quality

goods made for the most

part right here in the United

States. Ron said that in

2010 71% of bedroom

furniture was imported

from China. His decades of

experience in the furniture

business have taught him

to value quality construction.

Ron provides value through

stocking solid wood furniture. In fact,

Rivah Interiors is bringing in a new

line: Lincolnton. This company is a

spin-off from Cochrane Furniture,

an old North Carolina firm. When

that company was sold, Bruce

Cochrane opened a new company

to make solid wood dining and

bedroom furniture in North Carolina.

Another company, Harden, is the

oldest continuously-owned family

furniture business in the US.

The North is represented by, among

other companies, Telescope Casual,

a firm started in New York State in

1903, where the director’s chair was

invented. Almost all their furniture is

made in America, and they’re a green

company that heats its factory with

the wood scraps from manufacturing.

“We also do custom orders. We

can get traditional Lawson-style

sofas in a range of custom styles:

different numbers of cushions, with

or without skirts—and in 500 different

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fabrics. We can also get it covered in

white muslin with slip-covers. We

can have them made in sectionals

or as a sofa bed,” Ron explained.

“Our best outdoor furniture is

powder-coated aluminum or resin

wicker on aluminum frames. Chairs

are covered in Sunbrella fabric, and

here is the cool part: we can also

have your indoor furniture covered

in Sunbrella, so it’s stain-resistant.

Great for when the grandkids visit!”

And Ron has more new ideas.

“We’re going to add a new approach

to bedding. We’re going to offer a

hotel-style bed with fully upholstered

head and footboards that will have

full five-star hotel bedding and

linens, from mattress to comforter.”

Ron is proud that much of the

store’s business is repeat customers,

“though we are always delighted

to welcome new customers. We

greet everyone with warmth and

friendliness and always work to help

them find what they need, he said.

“What we do is different,” Ron

said. “We offer styles not usually

found in other area stores, and we

try to do so in a helpful way.”

The Callao location, at 838

Northumberland Highway (Rte

360), is open Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Phone 804-

529-7770. The Kilmarnock store,

at 24 South Main Street, is open

Wednesday through Friday from 10

a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday

from 10-3. Phone 804-436-9115. The

website is www.rivahinteriors.com.


July 2012 23

One of Life’s Moments~Friendship

By Gwen Keane

Friendship, a priceless

commodity, often goes

unappreciated until we

are old. I am fortunate to

have many great friends,

which include my two childhood

friends. One childhood friend,

Bobbi Gaskins Weeks, and I have

known each other for almost sixty

four years. Yes—I am truly blessed.

In April I accompanied Bobbi

and her daughter Kim to New York

City (NYC). I don’t believe Kim had

a clue before our trip, what it would

be like to travel with two seniors.

This generous daughter had offered

to share a hotel room with us. So

there we were—right on Broadway,

two blocks from Times Square!

The weather was beautiful except

we were not prepared for the low

temperatures. We arrived early that

Friday and took a five and a half hour

bus tour which included a boat ride

in New York harbor. After our

guide, Mike, a native New

Yorker, introduced himself,

we knew our afternoon

would be memorable.

Mike shared a lot of “off the

beaten track” information

with our tour group.

Prior to going to NYC,

Kim had sent us a proposed

itinerary. Each day and

night was filled with places

to go and things to see.

In three days we went to

two Broadway plays, The

Museum of Modern Art,

The Top of the Rock, several nice

restaurants, Chinatown, and Little

Italy. We shopped in Times Square.

One of our favorite places was the

impressive Toys R Us store. Anyone

planning a trip to NYC should see

this store. The experience made

us feel like children again!

The taxis in NYC lived up to their

reputation of high speeds, excessive

lane changing, and failure to brake

slowly. Each time we travelled

by taxi, it was as if we were on

an amusement park ride. Yet, we

always arrived at our destination

without an accident. On Saturday

morning we went to Chinatown.

The taxi cab driver warned us not

to eat there, but suggested we have

lunch in Little Italy. In Chinatown I

became overwhelmed by the armies

of people on the sidewalks and

the many handbag shops. When

Kim had asked if we wanted to visit

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Chinatown I said, “Yes, but I am

not going to any warehouses.” In

the first shop a sales person said “I

can take you in the back and you’ll

find exactly what you want.” I then

imagined us being arrested for having

purchased a few “Knock Off” (fake

brands) purses. We declined and

continued to shop. I made one $6

purchase—a scarf. The morning was

cold, but the sun provided enough

warmth to enjoy lunch at an outdoor

café. New York pizza is the best!

Go, go, go, is what our visit was all

about. I mentioned my desire to go

to the Today Show. I have watched

that show almost every morning

since I retired in 2003. It is how I start

my day. Bobbi wasn’t too interested,

but pretended it was a “must do.”

I said if we were going, we had to

have signs. We went to the drug store

and bought poster paper and magic

markers. That night, as tired as we

were, we made our posters. On one

side of the poster board I wrote, “Help

Me Celebrate My 90th birthday.” I

thought that might be an attention

getter. Kim suggested I change the

posting to “my 100th birthday” just in

case Willard Scott was on the plaza.

On the other side of the poster I

wrote, “Friends for Sixty-four Years.”

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in line. We were there early enough

to get on the front row and for more

than two hours we stood in fortytwo

degree weather, dressed in thin

spring jackets minus gloves. Bobbi

asked, “When will the celebrities

come out?” I said. “It won’t be long.”

I called my husband and my other

childhood friend to say “watch for

us on television.” Bobbi called her

husband, her next door neighbor,

her sister, and Kim. At 8:15 Al Rooker

appeared, with Ann Curry and Matt

Lauer. We had hit the jackpot! They

greeted the crowd and shook our

hands. Bobbi’s sister called back

to say she had taped us and taken

pictures. We then felt like celebrities

I guess, whatever that means.

Afterwards I took Bobbi to the

famous “Magnolias”, a cupcake store

and purchased three cupcakes. I told

her “If my Grandmother were alive

today and knew I had paid $9 for

three cupcakes, she would disown

me.” Yes things are more expensive

in NYC compared to here in the

Northern Neck. And while there

is much more to see and do, if the

truth be known, there is no place

like home. It was a great trip with a

best friend and her sweet daughter.

Kim should receive an award for

having put up with two old biddies!

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Ah! Summertime! I look forward

to two of its greatest pleasures:

fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and

fresh-picked corn on the cob!

If you’ve tasted corn on the cob

from a State Fair, you know that the later in the

day, the better it tastes. This is because—my

theory—is that early in the day the water

boils out flavor, but later in the day the water has

so much corn flavor, that it boils some back in!

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July 2012 25

HSSNN Volunteers meet interesting folks

By Anne Cook

One of the things that

make volunteering

for Hospice

Support Services

of the Northern

Neck (HSSNN) interesting is the

diversity of the patients that use

our services. At present we have a

patient who is in this country under

political asylum. This is a young

person who, while waiting for the

spouse and children to be able to

come to this country, developed

a life threatening condition. It has

been especially distressful for this

patient because of the language

barrier, not having family support,

and in addition to worrying about

their physical condition, worrying

about the safety of the family.

The volunteer who is seeing to

this person’s needs—mainly making

sure the medical appointments

are kept—is fulfilling a much

needed role. It is difficult to picture

oneself in a similar situation.

We have had other patients, who,

for one reason or another, do not

qualify for Medicare, Social Security

and have no insurance. Several find

themselves in this situation because

they are not citizens of the United

States. We are able to bring them

much needed supplies, in many

cases, that they would not be able to

buy themselves. More importantly,

the patients that I have known in

this situation are here without their

family so really look forward to the

volunteers visit and knowing there

is someone who will help them

navigate a problem if one arises.

Many of our patients are simply

in need of a visit from a person who

is interested in them— who wants

to hear about “the good old days”, or

report on what the weather is doing

outside. If you mention the vegetable

garden you just put in, more often

than not you will be given some

advice on the way to get larger onions,

for instance. If you pull the dirt away

from the bulb, as they grow, the end

product will be a much larger onion.

Also, if you remove half of the fruit on

your fruit trees, the remaining fruit

will be healthier and larger. These

are just a few of the “tips” that have

made my gardening more successful.

Another patient, who comes

to mind, is one who, after being

diagnosed with a brain tumor, started

out needing a cane we were able

to supply. They then progressed

to the need for a motorized wheel

chair and hospital bed along with

the other items that help to make

one be able to stay in one’s home

where the surroundings are familiar

and they can be surrounded

by family and friends so that

“things” can feel more “normal”.

If you know of someone who can

benefit from our services please call

our office. We usually get our referrals

from social workers but have gotten

them from a concerned neighbor,

a family member, their minister.

Anyone can recommend a person.

If you would like to add interesting

folks to your life, speak to someone

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26 July 2012

Cover-ups and Conspiracies

By Merrill Leffler

Review of Kathleen Toomey

Jabs, Black Wings,

We open Black

Wings as though

we’ve come

late to a movie

and missed the

opening scene: “He pinched her

left ring finger between his thumb

and forefinger, pressing it first onto

a pad of blank ink then rolling it

onto the official card.” Dateline (all

chapters have datelines): Arlington,

Virginia, October 5, 1993, 2 p.m.

Navy Lt. Bridget Donovan is being

fingerprinted and then led to a room

where she is grilled on her role in a

security breach: the unauthorized

release of a secret Navy report on

the death of Lt. Audrey Richards,

whose Hornet aircraft crashed

after lifting off an aircraft carrier.

“If you’ve done something wrong,”

Special Agent Wilkinson says with

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won’t get away with it.” “Bridget

looked him in the eye and said, ‘The

one who got away with something

is still out there.’” “He shook his

head. ‘You’re a terrible liar.’”

Backtrack to The Pentagon,

September 25, 1993, 6:30 a.m. when

Lt. Donovan first learns that it was

Audrey Richards who went down

in a fiery death. They were close

roommates at the Naval Academy

from their Plebe year in 1986 through

commissioning four years later,

Donovan to public affairs, Richards to

flight school. Though they have seen

each other since then, they had slowly

drifted apart—the reasons are hinted

at, but not explored: this is a mystery

novel, not a psychological one.

Backtrack again: Annapolis,

Maryland, July, 1986. The thirdperson

narrator brings us into life

in Bancroft Hall. Those first months

are stressful enough for all Plebes,

but for young women who

have entered an insular male

world—women had only

been admitted to the Naval

Academy a decade before—it

is worse. Misogyny, malice,

and sexual jealousy are not

uncommon – at least then.

Fundamentalism has a

foothold (the “God Squad”

silently intimidates, says

Bridget), deceit is everpresent

among cadets and

officers, and learning how

to get around The System

is part of the unofficial

training. “This whole place

is rationalized,” Bridget

says to Jude, a cadet Audrey has

had a relationship with and who

is instrumental in the story that

unfolds. “The whole system. It’s

not designed for honor…Why do

you think we have graduates like

Poindexter and Ollie North?”

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an indictment

of the Naval

Academy or the Pentagon. She

has written an intense intrigue in

a setting she knows well. Audrey’s

possible murder leads Bridget back

to the Academy when Audrey was

warned—she is a woman after all in

a man’s world—against becoming a

pilot. When she signs up

for flight school, a pair of

black wings—gold aviator

wings smeared in black –

makes its first mysterious

appearance (there will be

others): Audrey discovers

it when she rolls out of bed

and steps on the open pin

that sticks her in the heel.

Kathleen Toomey Jabs

is a skillful storyteller.

Seemingly without effort,

her narration takes us

back and forth in time

as we shadow Bridget

Donovan in her relentless

pursuit of truth—despite

the attempts of higherups

to stop her—that

leads us to the meaning

of those mysterious

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July 2012 27

Eat Healthfully This Summer~Buy, Eat Locally Grown Food

By Jean Duggan

When we think of

summertime

gatherings,

we also think

of all the

wonderful foods that help to make

picnics, camping trips, vacations

and family reunions so special

and memorable. Some of those

great dishes incorporate plentiful

summer season fruit and vegetables.

Do you purchase some of your

food from local pick-your-ownfarms

and farmer’s markets?

There is ample evidence that eating

lots of fruits and vegetables protects

us against chronic diseases like heart

disease, some cancers, diabetes and

others. Local fruits and vegetables, as

well as livestock and fish, are bursting

with flavor because they arrive freshly

harvested, usually from no more

than 100 miles away—not 1,000

miles, come in delicious varieties

and have been allowed to mature

and ripen naturally, to full flavor as

well as absorb maximum nutrients!

Why not use the power of your

food dollars to support your local

economy? The Virginia Food System

Council says if each household in

Virginia spent just $10 a week on

locally grown agricultural products,

it could bring $1.65 billion back

into the local economy each

year. Buying locally preserves the

economic viability of farming and

preserves agricultural land. It also

helps current farmers succeed

and inspires new farmers.

The Middle Peninsula and

Northern Neck region abounds with

farmer’s markets. The following

includes several farmer’s markets, but

is not inclusive of all the growers who

have roadside stands—Deltaville,

Heathsville, Irvington, King & Queen

Farmer’s Market in Walkerton,

Kilmarnock, Market Nights in

Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex,

Tappahannock, Urbanna and West

Point. Check Facebook and your

local newspaper for information

about producers in your area.

For a healthy summer, take

the $10 a week challenge and

purchase healthy foods from

your community’s growers! The

more you buy from local Virginia

farmers, the more you support

sustainable, healthy, affordable and

fresh local food to all Virginians.

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President, Development

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28 July 2012

Who Wants Homemade Ice Cream?

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I

Elizabeth D. Huegel

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or Strawberry? How about

Salty Caramel or Bacon

Maple? Those are just five of

the 22 flavors of homemade

ice cream available last week at

Short Lane Ice Cream in Gloucester.

Unlike corporate owned ice cream

stores, Short Lane makes their own

ice cream, sorbet and gelato on site

every week. In fact, they typically

make about 200 gallons of ice

cream each week, according to Kim

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Of course, she

tries to keep the

most popular flavors

in stock and they

will always offer

sugar-free and

lactose-free choices

for people with

dietary restrictions.

Also noteworthy, Kim does not put

nuts in the mixer because she is

very concerned about nut allergies.

The nuts are mixed in by hand after

the ice cream is made just to be

safe, and they’ll gladly use a new

dipper if a customer is concerned.

This year they have launched a new

program…a customer suggestion box.

The “box” is actually a Paper Mache’

replica of an ice cream cone, created

by one of her enterprising young

employees. Each month Kim and

several employees sort

through the suggestions

and pick one they want

to try. This past month

the selected flavor was

Salty Caramel—using

a combination of sea

salt and caramel.

“Sort of a sweet/

savory concoction”

she explained. For

submitting a suggestion,

the winner is given

a half gallon of their

suggested ice cream flavor,

and the flavor is featured

under “specialty” ice creams

on the board. In addition to

the customer’s suggestions,

the employees are always

encouraged to come up

with new ideas. One such

example is the Bacon and

Maple, which they tried,

but Kim thinks the recipe

still needs some “fine tuning”.

Kim has about 20 part-time

employees; Sandy Darnell, a good

friend who has helped since the

beginning, and the remainder who

are teenagers and young adults.

She affectionately refers to them

as “the kids”, and relies heavily on

them for every aspect of the store’s

operation. When any of them

demonstrate an interest in working

in the kitchen she encourages them

to help her make the ice cream,

brownies and pound cake.

Others have expressed interest

and talent in organizing and

merchandising, so she gives

them permission to organize the

store. Whatever their talents and

inclinations, Kim encourages

them to take a participatory role

in running the store. They learn

the art of joyful customer service

and running a successful business.

Some of her “kids” have been

with her since the store opened in

2004 and have returned year after

year while going through high

school, college and beyond.

Now she is beginning

to get second generation

family members—

younger brothers and

sisters of the original

crews. Needless to say, she

has a waiting list for new

hires. In fact, she recently

hired a substitute to cover

when a regular employee

could not come in, but

that sub has been only

been called in twice since

being hired.

In addition

to nurturing

her young

employees,

which

obviously

comes naturally

to her, Kim also

insists on using

only quality

ingredients to ensure the highest

quality product possible. Married to

Jim Williams, owner and manager

of Ware Neck Produce, offers just

the right inside track she needs to

get the best ingredients available.

As a family they have always been

cognizant of the importance of quality

foods, and a lot of what they sell is

organically grown on their farm in

Ware Neck. Jim makes sure he keeps

plenty of fresh fruits, eggs and milk

available for Kim’s culinary needs.

One would think Kim enjoys a nice

long vacation through the winter

months since she closes the store in

November, and doesn’t open again

until March—but if one made that

assumption, one would be wrong!

Although the ice cream store closes

the first of November, she continues

to make ice cream to be sold by the

pint and half gallon at Ware Neck

Produce all through November and

December. During that time, they

typically focus on Thanksgiving

and Christmas type flavors, such as

Pumpkin Custard and Peppermint.

In January she’s back at the store

thoroughly cleaning out the freezers,

and in February she starts making

more ice cream to be ready for their

opening on the first of March. Nope…

no long winter vacations for Kim!

If you haven’t been there yet,

make it a point to go to Short Lane

Ice Cream on Route 17 this summer.

You won’t be disappointed! Find

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July 2012 29

Retirement Plan on Track?

By Bill Graves

Recent studies indicate

that you will need on

average about 80% of

your current income

to retire comfortably.

They also make the point that better

than 60% of baby boomers will not

have that kind of money. A quick

rule of thumb to determine what

you need in savings and investments

is to take what you need to live on

for a year and divide it by .04. If that

isn’t a scary wake up call I don’t

know what is. You can get more

exacting results with retirement

calculators available on line

through AARP and most brokerage

websites. So what can we do?

If you are approaching retirement

but your portfolio took a hit during

the 2008 melt down and hasn’t

come back to where it needs to be,

consider working a few more years

and building it back up. Actually 75%

of baby boomers surveyed intend to

do just that. Delay drawing

your social security until

you can get the maximum.

This decision in some

cases will almost double

your pay out or add $1,000

a month to your benefit.

Work closely with your

financial advisor to get no

load and low fee plans.

Avoid mutual funds with

management fees. Make

sure your investments

are diversified,

including domestic and

international stocks

along with bonds and

commodities. My financial

advisor suggests saving

25% - 35% of my gross

income. Maintaining a

budget and cutting out

luxuries is half the battle.

Make sure you have that

six-month emergency

fund. This is very

important so you don’t

have to tap into your investments.

If your investment savings are

small don’t despair. Just $100,000 can

provide you with $300 a month for life

and that could be enough to keep the

water and lights going. A maximum

social security benefit could be more

than $2,000, and last but not least

the reverse mortgage. This financial

tool is often overlooked but in recent

years becoming a critical part of the

retirement strategy. If you are over 62

and your house is paid for you can

receive a monthly check for life. A

70-year-old in a $200,000 home would

receive $750 a month, in a $300,000

home it would be $1,200 a month.

The combination of these sources of

income could be the key elements

in allowing you to age in place.

For a free copy of NCOA’s

Savvy Saving Seniors or Using

Your Home to Stay at Home or

To learn more about reverse

mortgages call me, Bill Graves

Toll Free at 866-936-4141.

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30 July 2012

Served up with Love in Style!

By Melissa Haydon

When was the last time

you actually watched the

night’s sky? Not just a short

gaze but eyes wide open,

fully taking it all in. What

a great way to free your

mind of all the things that

have flooded in throughout

the day. The hustle and

bustle of all that life brings

into our busy lives could

be simply forgotten in a

small moment of time. The

month of July brings the long dog

days of summer. The hot days lend to

cooler nights with the sound of the

frogs and the locusts serenading in

the darkness. The twinkling stars are

captivating and the stresses of your

day seem small in comparison to the

vast sky. It is simply breathtaking.

July also brings the month of

celebration for our nation as we

celebrate July 4th. Whether your

celebrations include picnics, beaches,

Even though the

weather still gives us

a chill, it's finally time

to uncover the grill.

Grilled Pork

1 cup oily Italian dressing

2 tablespoon

Worchestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Port

chops or pork loin steaks

Mix liquid ingredients in quart-size ziplock bag;

baseball games, fireworks

or spending time on

the river, it usually

involves spending time

with family. I couldn’t

think of a better way

to spend the day than

with the ones you love.

This dessert will

wow your guests with

very little effort.

Patriotic Trifle

1 Pound cake (a frozen

pound cake works well)

1 Pint of Strawberries

1 Pint of Blueberries

1 Large package of instant

vanilla pudding prepared

1 Container of whipped topping

Prepare your favorite pound

cake and allow to cool. Make the

pudding according to directions

on the package. Wash and slice

your strawberries and wash the

blueberries. Slice your pound cake

and take a star cookie cutter and

Cooking with Style by Betty B.

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cut out star shapes out of your cake

and set aside. Assemble the trifle

by placing some cubed pound cake

at the bottom, top with a layer of

vanilla pudding, top that layer with

strawberries and blueberries and then

whipped topping. The next layer place

the star shaped pound cake on the

outer edge of the trifle dish, fill in the

middle of those with cubes of pound

cake, layer with pudding, berries and

whipped topping. Place the berries

on top of the whipped topping.

This side dish is a family favorite.

Cucumber Salad

6 Cups thinly sliced cucumbers

shake to mix. Add port chops or

loin steads and shake to cover with

liquid. Squeeze air from bag as it is

sealed. Let marinate unrefrigerated

for 30 minutes. Grill over medium

coals until done, turning once.

Rum Balls

2 cups of Vanilla Wafers, crushed

1 cup of nuts, finely chopped

1 cup 10X sugar

2 tablespoons of white corn syrup

one-fourth cup of rum

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1 Cup chopped onion

1 Large chopped green pepper

2 Tablespoons salt

1 Cup of apple cider vinegar

2 Cups sugar

1 Tablespoon celery seed

Mix cucumbers, onion, green

pepper, and salt. Cover with cold

water and refrigerate overnight.

Drain next morning; add the vinegar,

sugar and celery seed. Cover and

refrigerate until ready to serve. This

mixture will make its own liquid.

Served Up With Love was created

in March of 2011. I share my love of

cooking, writing, photography, and

family on my blog. I share many

easy recipes any cook can prepare.

I don’t do a lot of fancy ingredients

or get too complicated. Feeding

your family should be easy. Please

do stop by and visit for many more

recipes to add to your collection, I

would love to have you. Much love.

www.servedupwithlove.com

mhaydon@chesapeakestyle.com

In medium mixing bowl,

combine all wafers, nuts,

rum and corn syrup. Mix

together well, then form

into small balls. Roll in 10 X

sugar. Let stand in airtight

container until flavors

blend at least one week.

Kitchen tested and

photographed by Diana Wise.

804 695-2999

All Our Regular

Flavors and More

Open Tuesday

Thru Sunday

July’s Weekly Featured Flavors

•July 3rd ~ Patriotic Peach

•July 10th ~ Nutty Buddy

•July 17th ~ Blueberry

•July 24th Chocolate Malt

•July 31st Blackberry Cobbler

Hand Made in Gloucester, VA

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July 2012 31

Come to The Mooring and Enjoy!

Monday - Your choice of One Large Pizza

or Pasta Dish. Includes Bottle or Pitcher.

Wednesday - Cookout Night! $2 BBQ slider with a side

and other favorites on the grill!

Thursday - Miss Nellie Night. A

night of Great Comfort Food!

Friday - Happy Friday 4 to 6

Friday~Saturday - Regular Menu,

Extra Delicious Specials!

Sunday -Our famous Sunday Buffet

from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special Raw

Bar on Sundays at Market Price!

Sunday night regular menu to 7 p.m.

Live Entertainment every Friday and Saturday night!

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Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Closed

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Reedville Fishermen's Museum

Boats for Sale~List is subject to change

1971 20 foot Highlander Sailboat and

1998 Venture Trailer. Asking $2700

1982 22 foot Catalina sailboat with 8

HP Honda 4 stroke O/B Asking $4,500

1934 Hartge built Chesapeake 20’ Sail boat

and trailer, glass over wood. Asking $4000.

1990 21 foot Sunbird fiberglass

O/B 200 HP Johnson, good

condition. Asking $2700.

1985 Bayliner 18 foot Capri 2.1 liter

Volvo I/O with trailer. Asking $2000

1971 Windjammer 17 foot

fiberglass sailboat w/1997

Venture trailer. Asking $1600

Visit the Reedville Fishermen's Museum

where history of Northern Neck

Watermen comes alive

Walk our dock, inspect our boats, visit our museum galleries

Take home memories of your trip from our gift shop

Visit the 1875 Walker House and learn how

Reedville's early residents lived

For a complete listing of our activities and events

go to www.rfmuseum.org

504 Main Street, Reedville, Virginia

804-453-6529

Coleman RAMX 15 fiberglass

canoe with two wooden

paddles. Asking $350.

1985 Mistral Equipe Windsurfer.

Asking $300 Not Shown

WE ARE SEEKING DONATIONS

Contact Committee Chairman Clif Ames

RFM 804-453-6529

If you have a boat with clear title that you wish to donate to

the museum please contact Clif Ames at 804-453-3506

www.rfmuseum.org


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