On The Road

Alexandria native, Greg Rucker takes the OTC to Ketchikan, Alaska! Greg accompanied his fiancée to the “Salmon Capital” of the world. While she attended job related functions, Greg was enjoying the sites and scenes – everything from salmon and lumberjacks, to seals and bears. He brought along something from home to keep him company – […]

Create a Healthy Foundation for Fall Plantings|

By Melinda Myers Create a Healthy Foundation for Fall Plantings| Fall is a great time to start a garden or renovate an existing planting bed. The soil is warm while the air is cool – a perfect combination for establishing new plantings. It is also a great time to prepare gardens for the next planting […]

Service animal or emotional support animal? There is a Big Difference.

By Cindy McGovern Service animal or emotional support animal? There is a Big Difference. “Thousands of blind like me abhor being dependent on others. Help me and I will help them. Train me and I will bring back my dog and show people here how a blind man can be absolutely on his own. We […]

Gift Me This

by Lori Welch Brown Gift Me This While many of you may be focused on back-to-school activities, I am focused on MY BIRTHDAY. Yes—that’s right. I’ve made it another turn around the sun so let the herald angels sing, “AMEN!” Woot. Woot! I’ve always loved birthdays! “Bring on the cake!” I say. Pink says, “Get […]

Snakeheads, a Protected Species?

By Steve Chaconas Snakeheads, a Protected Species? More divisive than politics, debates over whether Potomac River Northern Snakeheads should be a protected sport fish lit up social media pages after being ignited by a Washington Post Op Ed by John Mathwin. In 2004, Frankenfish frenzy covered pages and TV screens across the country. Even the […]

How to Avoid and Correct Tax Issues

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce How to Avoid and Correct Tax Issues Nobody likes unexpected tax bills or IRS penalties. So how can you minimize the possibility of errors on your return? And if an error does still slip through, what then? In both cases, it’s often a matter of paying close attention to […]

Girl Gone Bad

By Lori Welch Brown Girl Gone Bad Life is about making good decisions every day. I know this to be true, yet when faced with options, I typically tend to lean toward the one with the most calories and/or the one that will make me feel the absolute worst. Carrots or chips? Chips! Sparkling water […]

Historic Valley View Farm

By Bob Tagert Historic Valley View Farm With summer in full swing now we thought it a good time to take a road trip to the cool Blue Ridge Mountains. Our destination is the historic Valley View Farm. Recently added to the peach orchards, apple orchards and black and blueberries, the Strother family has planted […]

On the Road

Hot off the presses the July issue of the Old Town Crier went on the lead boat of the 7th annual Solomons Island 4th of July Boat Parade. With almost 30 boats participating it was well….a blast. Melissa Mccormick is pictured here on the bow.

August 2018 Pets of the Month

Olaf – American Pit Bull Terrier, Neutered male, 2 years old Olaf is a hilariously goofy and absolutely amazing dog who LOVES warm hugs (see what we did there??)! This handsome hunk is intelligent, loving, and athletic to the core. Olaf adores learning new tricks and will literally do anything for a piece of hotdog. This smartie learns quickly […]