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Number 40


Daffodils by Barbara Sharp
Painting by Barbara Sharp

The Upperville Garden Club, along with the American Daffodil Society, will display a splendid collection of daffodils for the 57th edition of the Daffodil Show on Tuesday, April 7, at Buchanan Hall in Upperville.

Local artist Barbara Sharp will be in the alcove to greet guests and friends and have a
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Carl Tinder, owner of Tinder Cattle & Vineyard in Earlysviile, has been named Grower of the Year by the Virginia Vineyards Association (VVA). Mr. Tinder has become an important force in the growth of Virginia’s wine industry, said VVA President Nate Walsh.

“In addition to planting 32 acres of vines on his own properties, Carl has helped numerous
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Drought of the Farm

Farmers in 49 Virginia counties who suffered losses from last year’s excessive heat and drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently designated localities affected by the extreme weather as primary natural disaster areas, allowing recovering farmers to apply for emergency credit.

The loans can be used for replacing livestock, equipment and other essential items; refinancing debt; and reorganizing farming operations.

“The declaration helps farmers obtain emergency loans they can use to pay for farm and other expenses incurred during the 2019 disaster, which the disaster-related losses prevented them from paying themselves,” said Tony Banks, senior assistant director of
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Lilla Ohrstrom of Youngblood Art Studio

Lilla Ohrstrom of Youngblood Art Studio has been way ahead of the curve with her art therapy classes in The Plains. Sign up for individual sessions with Lilla, who works with families, couples, children, adolescents, and senior citizens in nurturing creative development, addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, and more. Upcoming workshops for March include: Ladies Clay group from 2-4 p.m. on Fridays; mixed media, clay, paint Soulcollage® on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m.; as well as Sunday classes for young adults and teens. Classes include all materials, work and processing time with the group led by Lilla Ohrstrom MA. ATR-P. Details: 540-270-0402 or


Jeb Hannum, executive director the Virginia Equine Alliance has sent word to on the latest developments in the world of horse racing. The Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s Residency program hit a new gear in 2019 as $1,357,730 in bonus money was were distributed from 338 victories at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region. A total of 156 different owners who had a horse spend at least six months at a registered farm in the Commonwealth prior to December 31st of their two-year-old year, shared in the bonus money.

Photo finish by Hero's Man
Hero’s Man won his fifth start of 2019 on December 18 at Charles Town.
Photo by Coady Photography.

Top bonus earnings owner was Taylor Mountain Farm, which racked up $75,781 from 20 wins, all at Charles Town and all trained by James Casey. Their Hero’s Man scored five wins which accounted for $18,472 of the total bonuses. The 4-year-old Charitable Man gelding has finished in the top three in 10 of 11 career starts and has bankrolled $125,504. He started 2020 with an allowance win January 22. Taylor Mountain’s largest bonus check came via Boundtobebad, a 3-year-old Windsor Castle filly who is 3-for-4 with wins in a maiden special weight, the West Virginia Futurity and the $75,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders Classic Stakes.

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