Plant Now for a Colorful Spring Display

By Melinda Myers Lilies grow from bulbs and their large prominent flowers brighten up gardens and provide vertical appeal. Photo courtesy of Melinda Myers, LLC Plant Now for a Colorful Spring Display It’s time to think spring. Fall is the time to plant tulips, daffodils, crocus and other spring flowering bulbs. Use these early bloomers […]

Are You Prepared for a Financial Emergency?

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Are You Prepared for a Financial Emergency? Mother Nature certainly has grabbed her fair share of headlines the past few years. From blazing wildfires in California to devastating floods in the Midwest, from massive hurricanes along the coasts to sweeping tornadoes across the Plains—millions have been affected by the […]

2020 Halloween Safety for Your Pets

By Steph Selice 2020 Halloween Safety for Your Pets As the October issue of Old Town Crier goes to press, we all continue to live with COVID-19 and its effects and remain unsure how the pandemic will play out. Halloween will probably still be celebrated by many families this year; others will choose to sit […]

Hitting the Wine Trail

By Bob Tagert Hitting the Wine Trail The month of October brings us Virginia Wine Month. Accordingly, we decided to take an extended trip through our favorite wine trails in Virginia for the October Road Trip. Today there are over 300 wineries in Virginia and as many vineyards. When we started the Old Town Crier […]

Fall Garden Tasks to Protect Your Landscape from Winter Wildlife Damage

by Melinda Myers As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscape from hungry animals this […]

The Bird is the Word

The Bird is the Word The perennial question – whether dogs or cats are the more popular pet – continues.  In these times, however, more people are looking at other options including fish, smaller animals such as gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters, and birds.  A 2017-2018 survey showed that out of a total of 393.3 […]

Pets of the Month- September 2020

Adopt by appointment at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria! Virtual and in-shelter appointments are available at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment. Shnookums, Senior, Female, Red-Eared Slider Turtle Shnookums recently celebrated her 100th day at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, so our summer campers threw her a physically-distanced party to help her mark the occasion. They helped decorate, […]

On The Road-September 2020

The “Usual Suspects” were at it again just before the Corona virus hullabaloo came into place. Long time Old Town Crier readers and Alexandria residents, Marty Yeager, Michele Cumberland, Cathy & “Brad” Bradford and Lynne and Jack Rhoades were able to spend a week in Playa del Carmen in Old Mexico before the travel ban […]

The Long and Winding Road to September

By Lori Welch Brown The Long and Winding Road to September I can’t wait for 2020 to be in our rearview mirrors, but I’m almost afraid of what lurks behind Door #2021.  This year has been a wild and crazy ride to our own backyards, testing facilities, Zoom meetings, etc.  Personally, it seems like the […]

Bass Fishermen are in Hot Water

By Steve Chaconas Bass Fishermen are in Hot Water It’s been a difficult tournament season, covid-shortened by Gov. Hogan’s recreational fishing ban. Many trails played catch up, having more tournaments in a shorter period of time, many during the hottest part of the season. With record heat in June and July, limiting bass tournaments during […]