Volume XIV • Issue 7 • July 2012
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.
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
Ad Composition, Graphics, Layout
Janet Abbott Fast, Deborah Figg
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
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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
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.
4 July 2012
Style Spotlight~Linger at the Lancaster Tavern
By Mari Bonomi
Fine dining surrounded
by historic ambience,
with a keen focus on
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
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
to be 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
which is pretty
fast by Northern
has 12 chapters,
that meets in
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,”
who lives in
is a salesman
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
a dragon fly,
on the middle
of her back
slacks line is.
“I think they’re
of mystic and
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.
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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.
coating. At only
$4,000 with its
big sails, trailer,
and mint bright
work, this is
worth the price.
is a Catalina
sailboat with a
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clif Ames and Catalina 22.
Rob Ransone photo.
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Sunday July 1st,
Friday July 6th,
Sat. July 7th,
Sunday July 15th,
Friday July 20th and
Sunday July 29th.
Charter Fishing from Broad Creek
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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
comes to her
it all works
out, I hope
that I can be
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.
The Courthouse Restaurant
6714 Main St., Gloucester
804-210-1506 804-210-1507 Fax
First Friday & Saturday
Second & Fourth Thursday
Open Until 8 p.m.
Open Daily 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
8 July 2012
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Essex High School
Encouraging Young Artists, Photographers, Writers
By Sarah Ipson, Junior
By Lawrence Smith, Sophomore
Rosebud Bed and Breakfast is nestled in
Virginia's Historic Northern Neck, in Montross.
Easy access for day-trips to 12 local wineries,
Stratford Hall, George Washington's Birthplace,
Virginia's Historic triangle—Yorktown, Jamestown
and Williamsburg—as well as other local historic
sites. Located in town, it's a short distance
to local restaurants, shopping and more.
15353 Kings Hwy
P.O. Box 905
Montross, Va 22520
July 2012 9
Style Spotlight~Exciting Times
By Susan Grandpre
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.
putting in lots of
hours at the Ann
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Grandpre photo of Ann
Catherine Cross. Photos courtesy
A C Cross School of Dance
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Gardening in Style~ Vegetable Gardens, Insects and Color
By Kathey Brodtman
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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of fresh vegetables in
past summers. Even
the smallest yard
tomato and pepper
plants in a raised
bed or in pots.
If you grow
tomatoes in the
ground, be sure to
protect the leaves
and stems from dirt
splash. The soil has
many diseases that
can harm tomatoes.
The best prevention
is to use several sheets of plain black
and white newspaper—no colored
sheets—placed around the plant
and covered with mulch like straw.
If you are growing squash, melons
or cucumbers, you may remember the
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garden by planting marigolds and
nasturtiums on the edges. They
actually help to chase away some
harmful insects and attract beneficial
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July 2012 11
Spike’s Wildlife Almanac~Wood Thrush
By Spike Knuth
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
litter on the forest floor for worms,
millipedes, beetles, spiders and
other insects, plus a variety of wild
berries. The fall migration begins
as early as August but most leave
us in early October, migrating at
night and following a southward
route through eastern Mexico to
Central America where they winter.
Original art by Spike Knuth
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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
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.
gov/ or by calling 757-247-2200.
Don’t forget to review the
information on who has to
register with the Federal National
Saltwater Angler Registry, at www.
CountMyFish.noaa.gov . If you have to
register, it is free and an easy process
for saltwater recreational anglers
in the United States—including
Maryland and Virginia. If you prefer,
registration can be done through a
toll-free number, 888-674-7411. Enjoy
the relaxation of fishing this summer!
Blue Heron also enjoys summer
time fishing. Chelly Scala photo.
July 2012 13
Style Spotlight~Where History Comes Alive!
By Melissa Haydon
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
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
pounding away on metal creating
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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
blacksmith from the Blacksmith
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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.
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
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
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
Karen a call at 804-453-6003 or go
to www.materialgirlnn.com and
discover her products and services.
Some of them may surprise you.
Ellen Dugan photos.
July 2012 15
My Visit To Hanover Shoe Farms
By Paula Shipman
On May 29, I visited
“The Greatest Name
in Harness Racing”,
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,
($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
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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
seen it in specialty stores.
Although relatively new
in the United States, quinoa has
been a dietary staple in the Andes
Mountains of South America
for thousands of years. Quinoa
is used as a grain substitute but
is actually an edible seed that is
harvested from the Chenopodium
or Goosefoot plant, which got its
name from the shape of its leaves.
We hear the term “Super
food” bandied about a lot these
days, but just look at some of
quinoa’s nutritional benefits:
✔ One serving of quinoa
contains 48% of the daily
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✔ It is an excellent source
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✔ Despite all those minerals
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making it ideal for dieters.
✔ Quinoa is gluten free.
It is no surprise that it is being
recommended for people who
want to lose weight, for people
who suffer from migraine, heart
disease and atherosclerosis, for
people with gluten sensitivity, for
vegans, and basically for everyone
who wants to eat healthy.
Available in three colors, or
varieties, Golden, Red, and Black,
each having a slightly distinctive
“nutty” taste. Quinoa is more
similar to rice than a grain and
is delicious served alone or as a
substitute anywhere you would
use rice. Cook quinoa in water as
you would rice, but only for 10 to
12 minutes. Quinoa flour is used to
make most familiar pasta shapes.
Quinoa has proven a Godsend
for people diagnosed with Celiac
disease who are unable tolerate
the gluten protein in foods
containing wheat, barley or rye.
Cooking with quinoa offers
many delicious possibilities
for staying healthy.
It can be cooked in a broth to make
couscous, stews and soups. Use it to
add texture and flavor to salads and
breakfast cereals and even desserts!
So, the next time you are in the mood
for something new, try Quinoa.
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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
was a good
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
ran it into
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.
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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techniques for bringing about
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response. Hospice Nurses hold the
hand of a dying patient, transmitting
subtle energy that helps them make
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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,
Animal Shelter Volunteers
Lilly, Before and After.
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July 2012 21
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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
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
by this tragic loss, I realized that was my last high
school basketball game. I shook the opposing
team’s and the coach’s hands. When the fans
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
52-50. Then, I trudged into the locker room.
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Style Spotlight~So much more than Adirondack chairs!
By Mari Bonomi
Don’t believe the
is going away!
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:
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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.”
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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
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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.”
At 5 a.m. we left the hotel and
walked to Rockefeller Plaza to stand
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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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Corn Cooking Magic
Now, here comes the magic part: grab the ear
by it top, where the silks stick out of the husks,
hold it up, and give it a vigorous shake. You may
have to shake pretty hard, or squeeze the top of
the ear to start the corn sliding out of the husks.
The corn on the cob will drop out of
the husk in all of its delicious, pristine
beauty, leaving the silks in the husks.
By Rob Ransone
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!
First tip: Don’t boil fresh corn on the
cob! Roast it in its husks either on the
grill or nuke it. Here’s the best way:
Stick the ears in your microwave, husks, stem,
and all—just like you
pulled it off the stalk or
bought it at the fresh
produce stand. Nuke it
for about six minutes
for two ears, depending
upon the power of
When done, place
each ear on a cutting
board and cut off the
bottom, at its biggest
part, above where the
husks attach to the ear.
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July 2012 25
HSSNN Volunteers meet interesting folks
By Anne Cook
One of the things that
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
about becoming a volunteer, please
call our main office at 804-333-0084.
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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
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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a barely-restrained hostility, “you
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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gives us inside
she is a 1988
served six years
on active duty,
and is today
in the Navy
Wings is not
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
black wings and their
implications in the death
of Lt. Audrey Richards.
July 2012 27
Eat Healthfully This Summer~Buy, Eat Locally Grown Food
By Jean Duggan
When we think of
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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28 July 2012
Who Wants Homemade Ice Cream?
Elizabeth D. Huegel
do, I do! Chocolate, Vanilla
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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owner and manager
of this unique
Of course, she
tries to keep the
most popular flavors
in stock and they
will always offer
for people with
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
a combination of sea
salt and caramel.
“Sort of a sweet/
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
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
to her, Kim also
insists on using
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
including domestic and
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
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.
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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.
1 cup oily Italian dressing
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
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.
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
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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
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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.
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.
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
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do stop by and visit for many more
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would love to have you. Much love.
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.
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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
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
If you have a boat with clear title that you wish to donate to
the museum please contact Clif Ames at 804-453-3506
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