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ROBERT VERNON DOBSON

Robert Vernon Dobson

Robert (Bobby) Vernon Dobson, a businessman, publisher and avid horseman who lived in Delaplane, Virginia for 50 years, died on April 16, 2020 a day before his 93rd birthday due to complications from a stroke.

Mr. Dobson, was a native of Alexandria and was born on April 17, 1927, the son of George and Fanny Mae Dobson.

He attended George Washington High School in Alexandria and joined the Navy at age 17 in 1944, where he was stationed in Newport News and served aboard a ship that patrolled the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.

When he returned to Virginia after the war, in 1949 Mr. Dobson married Gwendolyn Marie Armstrong, then a reporter for the Alexandria Gazette newspaper.

She went on to become a reporter and then editor of the women’s section of the Washington Star newspaper.

Mr. Dobson’s working career began as a plasterer in a family business and before and after his military service, he also rode with much success in jumper classes on the horse show circuit.

He had learned to ride while working on a nearby farm in Mount Vernon starting at the age of 14 and maintained a lifelong passion for horses.

Several of his early horses came from the Army remount center in Front Royal, Virginia.
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SOCIAL DISTANCING  

Towering carved wooden Horse piece of art

Two very cute and inventive little girls defined the notion of social distancing with their sidewalk chalk art.

Ages three and five- one of the cutie pies was wearing her bunny ears.

And congratulations are in order to Gertraud Hechl who correctly identified the location of the Horse With No Name.



LAND TRUST OF VIRGINIA

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This just in from the Land Trust of Virginia: They’ve recently recorded two easements so far this year.

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SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS, PROPOSE USING GROUNDED AIRLINERS FOR COVID OXYGEN THERAPY TREATMENT.

Scientists, Engineers, Propose Using Grounded Airliners For COVID Oxygen Therapy Treatment.

Fauquier County, Virginia entrepreneur Ralph Crafts is one of the people urging the government to utilize the country's aircraft for COVID treatment.

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By Leland Schwartz
Fauquier Channel One


The Plains, Virginia -- A growing number of physicians, scientists and engineers who use pressurized oxygen chambers to treat patients with severe wounds and infections as well as other conditions are urging the government to convert the nation's grounded airliners into large-scale COVID treatment facilities.

Oxygen therapy was used 100 years ago to arrest the Spanish Flu, they say, and is now being used in China to treat virus patients.

"They’re using this in China to treat severe and critically ill patients," says Edward di Girolamo, PE, who runs a hyperbaric clinic in Durham, North Carolina and produced a video to publicize the therapy. "It’s clear this is a great opportunity primarily because hyperbaric oxygen is an anti-viral, anti-bacteria fungus therapy."

There are 1,500 hospitals in the U.S. with wound care centers and hyperbaric chambers, and others scattered around the country, but most of them can only treat one or two patients at a time.

Di Girolamo, along with other hyperbaric oxygen supporters, say that military and commercial airplanes are already pressure-capable and hundreds, if not thousands of them, are grounded at airports all over the country.

"These planes are required to carry pressure because when you’re up at 30,000 feet the air is very thin — you’re essentially in a hyperbaric chamber," he said, making "airports a great and viable treatment option."

Fauquier County, Virginia entrepreneur Ralph Crafts is one of the people urging the government to utilize the country's aircraft for COVID treatment. He and his wife, Bobbie, use a hyperbaric chamber and have reported positive results on multiple non-COVID fronts.

The Crafts recently donated two chambers to former pro basketball player and recovered addict Chris Herren -- one for his soon-to-open Herren Wellness Center outside of Warrenton.
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