2017 Was a Whirlwind of a Year!

2017 Was A Whirlwind of a Year!   As most of our readers know, every January I take a look back at the Road Trips of the previous year, and like our cover has said for 30 years…”From the Bay to the Blue Ridge”. Knowing full well that there is no better place to be […]

On the Road

Alexandria residents and former OTC columnist, Mike Waite, and his wife Penny took a few minutes from visiting Copenhagen, Denmark in August to catch up on Alexandria news from the OTC. They were on a two week Celebrity cruise from Southampton, England to the Baltic Sea, stopping in Fredericia and Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm, Sweden, Tallinn, […]

Brighten Up Your Winter Garden with Colorful Berries

Brighten Up Your Winter Garden With Colorful Berries   Just because the trees are bare and there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean that your garden has to become a winter wasteland. A well-planned garden will provide year-round interest and visual treats. Many evergreens and hardy ornamental grasses can be quite stunning in the […]

Fostering Adoptable Dogs, Q & A with dog-lover Megan Kremer Barlow:

By Sarah Liu As a “cat lady” and cat rescue organization volunteer, it’s easy to gravitate to cat-centric articles for our monthly Points on Pets column. Last month, though, I found myself in a heart-to-heart with fellow rescue volunteer and dedicated dog lover, Megan Kremer Barlow. Sharing our foster experiences made me curious how canine […]

Pets of the Month

Corona Chihuahua Black/Tan Spayed Female 15 years old   Corona’s spirit animal is Sophia from the Golden Girls. The way to this feisty lady’s heart is food, respecting her space, and playing along when she tells you a tall tale. Like most dogs of a certain vintage, Corona prefers the company of adults and is […]

Upgrade Available: iNY v.2018

By Lori Welch   Upgrade Available: iNY v.2018     The last of the sugar cookies have been eaten, and the decorations stored away. The holiday presents have been stuffed into their respective drawers, closets and cupboards. The Amazon deliveries are back down to a respectable three times a week vs. 19 times a day. […]

Major Expansion of National Harbor

By Steve Chaconas   Major Expansion at National Harbor Already serving thousands of tourists and convention travelers, National Harbor is adding housing for tens of thousands more residents. These residents will hopefully use the accommodations for reproduction.   National Harbor and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have teamed up to increase and restore habitat […]

Setting Personal and Family Wealth Goals

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce  Setting Personal and Family Wealth Goals There’s a Finnish quote, “Happiness is the place between too little and too much.” In our culture that’s so driven by having more, no matter what we already have, this can be a smart and helpful bit of advice. For families just starting […]

Pets Of The Month December

Cupcake – Senior, Spayed Female, Domestic Shorthair Cupcake is a sweet as the most delicious frosting with sprinkles on top! This delightful kitty is currently residing in one of our staff offices at the shelter. Her officemate reports that Cupcake has been an amazing work buddy and is incredibly affectionate! She snoozes in a soft […]

A Peaceful, Easy Feelin’

Open Space By Lori Welch Brown   A Peaceful, Easy Feelin’     This time of year when somebody wishes me ‘peace’ my mind says, “yes—I’ll have another. But just a small one—I don’t want to look like Mrs. Claus.” Peace be with you. Easier said than done, right? Especially during the hectic holiday season […]