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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

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, …

Brotherly Love

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel There he was. A small, innocent being entering the world for the very first time. Can I touch him? Nervously, I lean forward. He seems so perfect, so completely serene. He is loved instantly. The last …

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could …

Unmotivated Teen

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, At our insistence, our 17-year-old son is going to get a summer job. Well, that’s what he agreed to, but we are two weeks into the summer and guess what … he doesn’t …

Time To Add Discipline To Your Good Money Habits

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– By Amy and Dan Smith For many, their 30’s is a time to build a family and a stronger financial future That 30th birthday can be a somewhat traumatic event, but with people living longer, they say 50 is …

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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Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

23 Jul 2016

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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 is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the …

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Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton

20 Jul 2016

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To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Bluemont has announces the first ever Bluemont Harvest Ball, to be held on September 17 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Warrantor. This black tie event will feature live music from the Silver Tones Swing Band, dancing, a four-course, seated dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets …

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What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

7 Jul 2016

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– By Amanda Clark “To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville) “To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. …

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McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

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Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and …

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Sports

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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Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!

6 Jul 2016

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Purcellville Cannons? Baseball July Schedule July 9, 7 p.m. at home Covington? July 12, 7 p.m. away Winchester? July 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisonburg? July 14, 7 p.m. at home Strasburg? July 15, 7 p.m. at home Woodstock? July 16, 7 p.m. away Front Royal? July 17, 7 p.m. at home …

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