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March Sushi

March 4, 2015 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on March Sushi
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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place.

My brother Mountie loves telling stories in March about Leprechauns, fairies, rainbows and pots of gold. He had a perfectly mischievous, devilish idea. One that would finally get the perfect little Sushi dog into a heap of trouble. One that involved green glitter. Glitter Mrs. B had out on the counter to decorate with, for the Saint Paddy’s day party coming up for Murphy. The same glitter Mountie purposely dipped his shabby cat tail into. He carefully trotted down to the compost pile, where he gleefully shook the glitter off his tail into a neat circle around a deep hole he had started digging earlier that morning. … Continue Reading

February Sushi

February 3, 2015 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on February Sushi
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February is the month of love and this Valentine phenomenon isn’t just for humans, it happens around the barnyard too.

Miss Ashley loves Sammy the bull, and if you recall last spring they had a beautiful bull calf together, which they named Smash. During the long winter months while waiting for their baby to be born, Sammy got a little self-absorbed with a very flirtatious heifer named Loretta.

Loretta and her best friend Victoria delight in swaggering around the fields turning the heads of even the best behaved bulls. Sammy was no exception, and he had learned a very difficult lesson. This Valentine’s Day he was not about to let any femme fatale’s ruin his marriage to Miss Ashley. He had fallen for that flirtatious trick once and almost lost the love of his life. … Continue Reading

January Sushi

January 6, 2015 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on January Sushi
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A winter’s rose stood all alone in the solitude of the forbidden woods just beyond the opposite edge of our creek bed. Her perfect head glistened, silver drops of water like diamonds hung from her delicate petals. The clear waters of beaver dam creek sang along, while the crisp winter cold rustled through the leafless trees and their bows danced in the wind.

The sunlight played upon the diamonds of the rose beckoning one to take a closer look. With the intrigue of a great gem, like a pirate to treasure, I quickly found my way down toward the creek to inspect more closely. How could a rose be growing this time of year and in a more unlikely place for any rose to grow?

I was so lost in the rose I didn’t hear the tip toeing hoofs of a certain bad little lamb following me. As I got closer to the creek bed this bad little lamb slipped on a sheet of ice causing him to slide into me, knocking my stunned self into the bitter icy cold creek’s water. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swim and the rushing water took me in. The last thing I heard was the little lambs gasps and bahhhs. … Continue Reading

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December 10, 2014 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi
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Dear Friends of the Farm,

As Christmas approaches, everyone on our little farm is cheerfully decorating and working toward the many holiday orders, orders that are sure to make wonderful feasts to be shared with family and friends.

This Christmas Fields of Athenry Farm family wishes you a holiday blessed with love and goodness. Mrs. B saw this placard and decided to hang it in the farm shop. I am not sure I could teach the barn yard any better than this when it comes down to how best to share the love and how to connect with one and all.

Listen without interrupting ( Proverbs 18 )
Speak without accusing ( James 1:19 )
Give without sparing ( Proverbs 21:26 )
Pray without ceasing ( Colossians 1:9 )
Answer without arguing ( Proverbs 17:1 )
Share without pretending ( Ephesians 4:15 )
Enjoy without complaint ( Philippians 2:14 )
Trust without wavering ( 1 Corinthians 13:7 ) … Continue Reading

Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard

November 5, 2014 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard
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By Sushi

Well, I (the Mighty Carin Terrier, “Sushi”) never felt more like singing to the stars because I have so much to be thankful for. I was in one of those deep hearty moods – you know that feeling when you enjoy great satisfaction at the end of a hard night’s work? When you want to sit on top of a hill under a full moon, look out over the farm, breath deep and digest all that went right that day? … Continue Reading

The Grumpy Old Troll

August 6, 2014 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on The Grumpy Old Troll
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By Sushi

One day not long ago a little girl by the name of Adele came to visit the farm.

She was a spirited little thing with long flowing blonde hair. She loved to twirl and dance in the wind. I enjoyed following her around the farm and to make sure she was safe from any danger, as that is my born and bred duty as the brave and mighty Cairn Terrier. She always wore the ruffliest, sparkliest of dresses and skirts that made her prancing and dancing that much prettier. She was so kind and thoughtful and worked hard to making everyone smile and feel better about themselves and others.

She was just like having a good fairy Godmother around.

There was just one thing that made Adele pop her teeny tiny little hands up to cover her eyes and go “Oh” – The footsteps of the Grumpy Old Troll. Thump, thump, thump went the sound that caused Adele to squeal and dive into her mother’s arms.

What was Adele doing so near to the Grumpy Old Troll? That my dear is the story to be told. 

Sweet Adele had come this July to visit the Fields of Athenry Farm family and stay for the Willowin Farm pony camp, a perfect summer trip indeed with her mother and GrandMary. If any of you have been to the infamous Willowin Farm’s pony camp, in the tiny town of Lincoln, Virginia you will know there is a little bridge with water you cross over to get to the indoor arena where riding lessons can be held even if there is inclement weather. Once inside the indoor arena you will notice one end has quite the jagged hole through the wall – not too big – not too small – the perfect place for a Grumpy Old Troll to sneak in and out when no one is looking. It was here that Little Adele was the first one to enter the arena on pony camp morning. She was only 500 feet ahead of everyone else and the first to enter into the arena. No one heard or saw the Grumpy Old Troll snatch her off her beautiful pony Firefly. Poor teeny tiny Adele was pulled through the jagged troll hole before anyone knew what had happened.

The troll threw her over his smelly, hairy shoulder. Little Adele covered her eyes squealing, Oh, Oh, Oh. For she knew that stink bug smell. It was a smell that would drive anyone crazy.  In spite of her being frightened, Adele thought, “No wonder Mr. Troll is so grumpy – for he is covered in stink bugs.” The notorious stink bugs found their way into Virginia from Allentown, Pennsylvania, who got them from China or Japan? The stinks bug’s recent introduction to America whirled through little Adele’s mind, for Miss Adele was the daughter of the world’s greatest entomologist (bug scientist) of all time – Bugsy Miguel. You don’t know the Great Bugsy Miguel made some of the greatest rain forest insect finds and stories of the world?  Dengue fever?  Little Adele’s mind was racing as she was flung into a small wire cage with lots of scared, crying baby trolls. The cage door slammed and a big padlock was snapped tight.

Oh! Oh! Oh! She cried in horror covering her eyes with her tiny little hands.

To be continued…
Love,
Sushi

My master, Elaine Boland lives with her husband and five daughters in Purcellville, Virginia at Fields of Athenry Farm. She cherishes farm life and the joy of providing her customers with fine fresh meats and products. She can be reached at www.fieldsofathenryfarm.com or 703 926 -8444.

Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard

January 8, 2014 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Sushi – “Tails” from the Barnyard
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By Sushi

A winter’s rose stood all alone in the solitude of the forbidden woods just beyond the opposite edge of our creek bed. Her perfect head glistened, silver drops of water like diamonds hung from her delicate petals. The clear waters of beaver dam creek sang along, while the crisp winter cold rustled through the leafless trees and their bows danced in the wind.

The sunlight played upon the diamonds of the rose beckoning one to take a closer look. With the intrigue of a great gem, like a pirate to treasure, I quickly found my way down toward the creek to inspect more closely. How could a rose be growing this time of year and in a more unlikely place for any rose to grow?

I was so lost in the rose I didn’t hear the tip toeing hoofs of a certain bad little lamb following me. As I got closer to the creek bed this bad little lamb slipped on a sheet of ice causing him to slide into me, knocking my stunned self into the bitter icy cold creek’s water. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swim and the rushing water took me in. The last thing I heard was the little lambs gasps and bahhhs. … Continue Reading

What a Beautifully Bright Year

December 5, 2012 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on What a Beautifully Bright Year
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It’s me again Sushi, the brave and mighty Cairn Terrier.

Oh, to ride to the cry of the hound on a crisp winter day. Oh, to ride on a grand horse through vast Virginia farmland. Oh, to settle in by a running creek of clear waters and soak in the beauty of the hills.

A year has come and almost gone. Winter, spring, summer, fall. November is over, December is here and a full moon lights up the hills as I lay here on the front porch of the big white farmhouse. Nights are growing colder and right now it is 32 degrees, a slight breeze and getting chillier.

I jumped down off the farm porch and headed towards the ancient pine trees to make my place for the night and to keep watch for those nasty red fox, the sly ones. (Mrs. B. has her last 100 baby ducklings growing out for the winter season and I can tell you, she is not interested in feeding the fox population.) … Continue Reading

An Image in the Sky for Thanksgiving

November 7, 2012 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on An Image in the Sky for Thanksgiving
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It’s October 28 and hurricane Sandy is headed our way. Memories of July’s summer storms are still fresh in my mind. 100 degrees plus temperatures and six days without power or water. We lost animals. Mr. and Mrs. B’s oldest daughter was in a very serious car crash and it seemed as though one thing after another kept pushing the farm and its staff’s resolve. Mr. and Mrs. B flew to their daughter’s side in Chicago while Bernie and Laino picked up the slack, working 24/7.

One day at a time, one customer at a time, just do your best; keep pushing through, one mistake at a time and one chore at a time.

That is what I, the Mighty Carrin Terrier, Sushi kept telling myself. Do whatever we need to do to keep our wonderful customers happy. Do the best we can, and when we think we have done our best, try harder. This is Mrs. B’s philosophy. Oh, and yes, you must be able to laugh at yourself. Mrs. B says if she can’t laugh at herself for sure one or all of her five daughters will do it for her! … Continue Reading

All of the Barnyard (and Wild!) Animals

October 3, 2012 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on All of the Barnyard (and Wild!) Animals
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I am Sushi, a small but mighty Cairn Terrier, I live my life to hunt foxes that prowl about the woods surrounding Fields of Athenry Farm. You see, it is my born and bred duty to protect and defend the poultry and fowl from the Sly Ones.

I have been told when telling a story not to have too many different characters, no one can keep track. But, I ask you, how in the world can I tell a story about Fields of Athenry Farm without including all of us animals that make this farm so unique and special? I am going to buck the rules of storytelling because this story cannot be told without all of my friends! … Continue Reading

Back to School Kindness

September 5, 2012 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Back to School Kindness
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Now … you all must remember … Fields of Athenry’s Sammy the Bull and Miss Ashley, the lady cow with the big baby brown eyes and long eye lashes that just drove Sammy the Bull crazy in love? This past year they had a baby bull boy, little Sammy Junior, the spitting image of his mother. Beautiful Angus bull calf, just one thing wrong though, when little Sammy Junior went to call his mama or papa, his “moo” would start with a sta sta sta stutter!

Wow, you just have no idea how on a farm, when born into a herd of cattle, how tough it can be with other little bull boys if you have a sta sta sta stutter in your moo. I noticed how little Sammy started to hang his head in shame as the other young bull boys would snicker and moo at him. He began to stay all to himself. And, he never swished his tail or romped with glee anymore. He seemed very lonely. … Continue Reading

Coming Home

July 31, 2012 Columns, Sushi's Corner Comments Off on Coming Home
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Before the school year starts it is my master Mrs. B’s tradition to have a fun family gathering around the grill one last time for the summer.

The cool evening breeze was settling in. Bernie and Laino (farm daughters) where down by the fields near the Beaver Dam Creek putting their ponies away for the night. Mr. B was working the grill and good smells began to fill the air. Mrs. B, family and friends filled the tables with yummy treats to compliment the dinner. Before I knew it, we all gathered round Grandfather under the story tree. I love family times like this because you never know what kind of a whopper of a story Grandfather will come up with! … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Hundreds Will Join 20th Annual Butterfly Count August 6

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By Andrea Gaines How Is a Butterfly Like a Rainbow? Scientists recently discovered that some butterfly wings contain tiny structures called gyroids that diffract or break up light into the colors of the spectrum. You may also have seen this …

Your Retirement Plan B

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Take the time to design an alternative retirement plan should retirement come earlier than expected. Imagine this. You’ve spend decades working, saving, and planning for your version of the ideal retirement. Your company was just acquired, and your boss is …

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

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By Mary Rose Lunde They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve …

Remembering the Man Who Never Forgot

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “God is God because He remembers.” The implication being that the defining element separating humans from God is the Divine’s inability to forget. Elie Wiesel was defined in part by his willingness to remember, along with his …

Just Like Nothing (Else) On Earth: Balch Library

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By Tim Jon Solitude, peace, and quiet: Not exactly the first three adjectives I’d choose to describe the greater portion of downtown Leesburg, although its charms do shine through even on the busiest of weekday afternoons. The last morning I …

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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OysterFest & Roussanne Release!

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August 7, 2016

Hot & Cool featuring glass artists Dave & Dale Barnes and abstract painter Kay Layne

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Live Music: Stealing Dawn

August 21, 2016

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August 22, 2016

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August 23, 2016

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September 1, 2016

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Winchester Plans Patsy Cline Music Festival Labor Day Weekend

11 Aug 2016

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The Patsy Cline Music Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in her hometown of Winchester, Va. in honor of the legendary singer’s birthday anniversary on September. 8. Celebrating Patsy Cline sponsors the celebration that begins with a block party from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. Music will …

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Vigil for Lost Promise to Remember Loved Ones Lost to Drugs

11 Aug 2016

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Residents and local leaders are encouraged to join the many families, friends and community groups to share the light of their loved ones lost to drugs. The Vigil for Lost Promise will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Drugs: Cost and Consequences Exhibit (DEA Museum), located at 750 Miller Dr. …

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August Is National Peach Month: Eat a Peach in Salad

3 Aug 2016

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Are You Kidding? No. A nectarine and a peach are basically the same species. Nectarines are bald peaches, in effect. In early cultivation, nectarines occasionally appeared on peach trees, the result of a recessive allele, the fruit from which were then cultivated as nectarines. Peaches are also part of the rose family. No wonder why we like all three, so …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Around Virginia

Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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State Senators Investigate University of Virginia’s $2.3 Billion Operating Surplus

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Senators Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), are calling for an investigation into disclosures that the University of Virginia has accumulated a $2.3 billion operating surplus, now titled a “Strategic Investment Fund,” that is significantly larger than the Commonwealth’s own cash reserves. Both senators agree that the …

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Sports

Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016

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American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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