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Virginia-made cheeses

Nutty, rich or smooth––the personalities of Virginia-made cheeses are unique gifts to share with the individuals in your life this holiday season. The gift of old-world cheeses infused with the essence of Virginia’s seasons are a dramatic gesture for cheese-loving friends, or as the centerpiece of a holiday charcuterie board.

Virginians can shop and select handcrafted cheeses through Lulus Local Food, a nonprofit entity of the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability, in partnership with the
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Virginia Poinsettia

In addition to fresh Christmas trees, few florae exemplify the holiday spirit like poinsettias—and local growers are ready for the season.

Poinsettias are cultivated in all 50 states and are one of the top-selling plants in the nation. In Virginia, about 2.2 million
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Watch out there is now a Ban on phone use while driving in Virginia.

A new Virginia law banning the use of cellphones while driving goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021, and Drive Smart Virginia is reminding motorists of the consequences of distracted driving.

The mandate was signed by Gov. Ralph Northam on July 8, making Virginia the 22nd state to ban the use of handheld devices while driving. The law now prohibits drivers from holding any personal communication devices while driving a moving vehicle on the state’s roadways.

According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles 2019 crash statistics, distracted driving caused 23,246 accidents and 120 fatal crashes. Those figures represent 18.1% of all crashes and 14.5% of all fatalities on Virginia roadways.
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November 17 was a sad day in Middleburg, the same date when two long-time residents, Ruth Williamson Ripley and Betty June Randolph, both passed away.

Ms. Ripley, 80, was a co-founder of the real estate firm Armfield, Miller & Ripley. She never did officially retire, and her last listing and sale was made last year with her friend and real estate partner Lynn Wiley.

Mrs. Randolph, 93, was involved in a wide variety of community activities and sporting pursuits. Her late husband, Archibald Cary Randolph IV, was the great grandson of Col. Richard Henry Dulany, founder of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Piedmont Fox Hounds both based in Upperville.

Both women were also long-time and active members of Trinity Episcopal Church.


Inn at Perry Cabin
Items include a one-night stay with breakfast and a local dinner at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s, MD.

Trinity Church in Upperville is hosting its first “Joy Of Giving Online Auction” from December 13-20 to raise funds for community outreach activities. “Be generous and experience the joy of giving this Christmas,” Chairman Laurie Volk announced, adding: “In the past Trinity has put on the Hunt Country Stable Tour over Memorial Day weekend as a means of raising money for outreach activities. This year’s tour was cancelled due to the pandemic and thus the online auction will enable our Church to continue its tradition of giving back to our community.”

There are many interesting auction items and more to follow. Consider this partial list: Come to Upperville and pick up a load of firewood, or enjoy a one-night stay at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s MD, including breakfast, plus a gift certificate for
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