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.

This Month In the Garden

By Backyard Gardener This Month In the Garden BackyardGardener.com is proud to be affiliated with the Old Town Crier and look forward to providing you readers with valuable gardening information. Since 1996, Backyard Gardener has been providing gardening tips, season-by-season, and how-to-grow information for almost every type of gardening you can imagine. Whether you are […]

Re-Discovering St. Mary’s County, MD

By Bob Tagert Re-Discovering St. Mary’s County, MD Now that the pandemic is winding down, folks are beginning to get out of the house, roll the windows down and hit the road. We have been writing road trip articles for 34 years and after this last year’s confinement, it is time to revisit some of […]

Saying “Yes”: Two Stories in Honor of Adopt-a-Cat Month

By Cheryl Burns Saying “Yes”: Two Stories in Honor of Adopt-a-Cat Month It was 5 A.M. and my mother-in-law’s newly rescued cat, a still nameless 5 year-old, was crying. I can’t see much without my glasses, but I could make out little white paws sliding in and out underneath our closed door. That was the […]

June Pets of the Month

Adopt by appointment at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Virtual and in-person appointments are available at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment. Beethoven and Mozart, Female, 15 Year Old, Red-Eared Sliders Why “Slider?” Beethoven and her best gal pal Mozart would be happy to show you! Describing the way they slide off of rocks and into the water, Red-Eared […]

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

By Lori Welch Brown Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Dear Dad, This is gonna be a tough one—our first Father’s Day without you.  That was hard to even type without crying.  I hate this so much.  I hate not talking to you every day.  I hate not being able to call you or hold your hand.  […]

Oh no, not another tie!

By Steve Chaconas Oh no, not another tie! Here is my annual “Dude, don’t get Dad another tie column”! He might wear it…only when you’re in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you! It’s Father’s Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the […]

6 Steps Toward Your Retirement Goals

Financial Focus By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce 6 Steps Toward Your Retirement Goals What should you consider today to help you move forward? You want retirement to be your chance to get out of the rat race and have time for the things you’ve always wanted to do. That’s great, but what exactly does […]

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 […]

Angling Buzzes with Cicadas

Go Fish By Steve Chaconas Angling Buzzes with Cicadas Showing up every 17 years, cicadas enter the region with sight and sound and are expected to appear up and down the East Coast between late April and early June, as the ground temperature reaches the mid 60s. They come out of the ground, mate and […]