Tom Wilson, Master Shepherd

By Michael McLeod TOM WILSON, MASTER SHEPHERD Tom Wilson raises Katahdin sheep near Gordonsville, Virginia. Home is an antebellum plantation house built in 1857 surrounded by 1200-acres of lush pastures, ponds, barns, and kennels. Wilson is a third-generation shepherd who was born to an already large family on the Scottish border with England. Known as […]

Philip J. Katauskas – A man of Many Words

By Bob Tagert Philip J. Katauskas – A man of Many Words One of the fun things about our Personality Profile is that you just never know how interesting folks are until you talk them. We met Philip “Phil” Katauskas at River Bend Bistro over the past half year or so and through conversation found […]

Dad aka John Edward Welch

By Lori Welch Brown Dad aka John Edward Welch Last year I had the privilege of profiling several great dads for the June issue.  This year I hit the jackpot—I was able to interview my own father, John Welch.  Up until April, he had been residing in Pensacola, FL.  Unfortunately, he took a fall in […]

Laz & Szilvia Bazals – From Hungary to Fort Hunt

By Lori Welch Brown Laz & Szilvia Bazals – From Hungary to Fort Hunt Typically this column is about the personality of a single person, but it’s hard to choose between the personalities of Laz or Szilvia when you have the unique and special personality of the spa they own and operate itself to consider.  […]

Nina Tisara – Still a Force to Reckon With!

By Bob Tagert Nina Tisara – Still a Force to Reckon With! There have been many individuals that have had a profound effect on the City of Alexandria over the years and this month’s profile is one of kindest persons I have ever known to unite a growing city – Nina Tisara. In the early […]

Billy Reilly, The Fastest Bartender…Winning (and Working) at Life

By Lori Welch Brown Billy Reilly, The Fastest Bartender…Winning (and Working) at Life I thought I had a strong work ethic, but this month’s Personality Profile, Billy Reilly, is making me rethink my game.  After an hour phone call, I felt like I had been bowled over by the world’s fastest bartender (which by the […]

Sailor turned Beer Man

Casey Jones Sailor turned Beer Man One of the great things about the Old Town Crier over the past 31 years is the fascinating people we meet and then get to write about. Casey Jones is no exception. We ran into Casey sitting at the bar at Cedar Knoll Restaurant. We struck up an easy […]

Howard Rogers – Maritime Artist and Renaissance Man

By Bob Tagert Howard Rogers – Maritime Artist and Renaissance Man Twenty-one years ago, the bridge over Spa Creek that connects Annapolis to Eastport, Maryland was closed for needed repairs. The bridge is the main connection between Annapolis and Eastport and having it closed insured that an economic loss was certain. A group of sailors […]

Wendy Rieger – One of a Kind

By Lani Gering Wendy Rieger – One of a Kind From the Bay to the Blue Ridge Most of you who live in the local area will recognize this name as one of NBC Channel 4’s most popular news anchors. In fact, she celebrates 30 years with the affiliate this year – hard to believe […]

Captain Martina Jones

By Lani Gering Captain Martina Jones From Fair Winds to Following Seas Over the years we have been very fortunate to be in the “right” place at the “right” time. Thanks to a chance meeting with our pal Shaun Sheehan on Union Street in Old Town Alexandria a couple of weeks ago and the offer […]