On The Road

Gal-Pals Daisy, Lauren, and Lisa share a sunny lunchtime walk admist the cicada’s song in Historic Downtown Winchester. Pictured here is the John Handley Library, a Winchester Landmark.

WANTED: MOM…Apply Within

WANTED: MOM…Apply Within By: Caroline Simpson Job Title: Mother. Requirements: must be willing to work overtime for no additional compensation. Necessary Skills: patience, fortitude, and super-human ability to multitask. Salary: none but must be able to provide monthly (at least) payments to clients. Travel: yes – lots. Benefits: bedtime and the one day a year […]

The Memorial Day Poppy

by Rita Jacinto The Memorial Day Poppy The inspiration for this column began at the local shopping mall. Yeah, I know it is a pretty bizarre place to get any kind of inspiration let alone gardening inspiration but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. You see sitting out front of one of […]

Watery Heaven? Or Crowding Hell? Exploring and Avoiding the Crowds at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Crotia

By Scott Dicken Watery Heaven or Crowded Hell? Exploring and Avoiding the Crowds at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia We had been told to expect startling, other-worldly, turquoise, blue and green waters. We’d been told to expect stunning landscapes and autumnal foliage. We’d been told to expect cascading waterfalls in numbers that belie the […]

Earth Day 2021- “Restore Our Earth”

Earth Day 2021 -“Restore Our Earth!” We believe that most of you who are reading this will agree with us here at the Old Town Crier that EVERY day should be Earth Day, however, April 22nd of each year since 1970 has been the designated day to pay extra homage to our beautiful planet. We […]

Historic Ellicott City – A Pleasant Surprise!

By Bob Tagert Historic Ellicott City – A Pleasant Surprise! This month’s Road Trip took us to Ellicott City, Maryland. Unfortunately, over the last five years the biggest publicity that Historic Ellicott City has gotten has been the devastating news of the floods of 2016 and 2018 but one would never know it was so […]

A Brief History of Presidential Pets

A Brief History of Presidential Pets By Aaron Tallent   This Presidents’ Day, we have First Dogs back in the White House since President Joe Biden has brought his two German shepherds, Champ and Major. President Donald Trump was the only Commander in Chief other than James K. Polk to not have presidential pets while […]

Publisher’s Notes February 2021

Publishers Notes February 2021 Here we are into the second month of 2021 and our 33rd year without missing an issue. Some things have changed while some remain the same. We have a new administration running this country while the pandemic is still raging. Hopefully this year will see the end of COVID-19. At least […]

Ziggy Marley on His Father, Reggae and Jamaica

Ziggy Marley on His Father, Reggae and Jamaica By Bob Curley, Caribbean Journal Bob Marley would have been 75 years old this year, and while the reggae legend’s life was tragically cut short, his oldest son, Ziggy, has not only carried on his father’s musical legacy but his quest to make the world a better place, […]

Sentinel of the City

By Harold Heisness Sentinel of the City By day, the George Washington National Masonic Memorial stands as a stately sentinel, overlooking all of Alexandria. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night – wait – that’s the Postal Service motto!  However, that part applies well to the memorial.  And, like the Postal Service […]