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VIRGINIA CHEESE GIFTS
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Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Familiar flavors of Virginia and the influence of international cheese-making styles set the stage for drama at Locksley Farmstead Cheese Co in Middleburg. This sister company of Chrysalis Vineyards on the east end of Route 50 in Loudoun County was established in 2018.

“Each cheese has such a character to it,” said Locksley creamery manager Erin Saacke. “Like people.” Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss cows produce hundreds of gallons of milk a week for a list of cheeses named for familiar characters from Robin Hood tales.

The King Richard blue cheese is aptly named for royalty, with a spreadable yet crumbly texture. The Little John black wax cheddar is crumbly too; the result of a stirred-curd process. Nottingham gouda is smooth and nutty, listed beside Friar Tuck’s tangy, salty fromage blanc. Locksley’s pungent washed-rind cheese is named for the villain, Prince John.

Visitors can stock up on cheese, wines and preserves crafted from the vines and milk produced on-site––pairings worthy of an encore.

“Our Norton grape jelly and Maid Marian cheese is an incredible pairing,” Saacke said. “That sweet grape jelly with the earthy camembert cheese––so good!”

VIRGINIA FARMS GROW MILLIONS OF POINSETTIAS
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poinsettias with a wholesale value of $10.3 million were raised commercially in 2018.

The plant’s popularity is an additional income opportunity for nurseries and farms during late fall. Vegetable and tobacco farms also can utilize their greenhouses between seasons to raise the flowering plant. Poinsettias come in a variety of dazzling colors and patterns, but the solid reds remain bestsellers along with cream, pink and Red Glitter—one that has red leaves with white splotches.

While buyers enjoy their poinsettias during the holidays, most don’t save the plants afterward because they can be challenging to care for. They are very sensitive. Poinsettias are tropical plants that prefer warm temperatures. To ensure they thrive during the holidays, an indoor temperature around 65-70 degrees is ideal.

To nurture a poinsettia for next year, Virginia Cooperative Extension recommends cutting the plant back to about 5 inches from the soil surface and repotting in fresh soil once the leaves—or bracts—fade or fall. Set the plant where it will receive indirect light and temperatures around 55-60 degrees, and water sparingly. When new growth begins, place in a well-lit window and pinch new growth to produce more stems.

In addition, the poinsettia needs continuous periods of darkness—at least 12 hours—each night to grow its colorful bracts.

TRINITY CHURCH ONLINE AUCTION
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dinner at a local restaurant. There’s a framed oil painting from Ellen Hall, a wool cape from Gum Tree Farm, a tour of Mellon Gardens in Upperville and a one week-stay in a condo on Gasparilla Island in Boca Grande, FL.

In addition to chair Laurie Volk, committee members [in alpha order] include: Joan Eliot, Vicky Moon, Jennifer Moore, Pamela Ryder, Leonard Shapiro, Laurie Volk and Carol Walser with support from The Rev. Jonathan Adams, Betsy Crenshaw and Gina Hammond.

“The causes supported by Trinity’s Outreach include Seven Loaves food pantry in Middleburg, Mobile Hope mobile medical services in Leesburg and So Others Might Eat (SOME) in Washington, DC,” Laurie Volk said. “Additionally, because of the special needs created by the pandemic, we’re providing financial support to increase internet access for school children in Loudoun and Fauquier counties. The needs in our community are greater than ever, so we ask everyone to take part in the Joy Of Giving Online Auction. There are some fabulous items offered that will make fun Christmas gifts, so get ready to go shopping.” For more information go to: www.trinityupperville.org or 540-592-3343.


“PHONE DOWN. IT’S THE LAW.”
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Virginia DMV statistics from 2018 revealed that the jurisdictions with the most distracted fatalities included Fauquier.

Drivers who violate the new law will be subject to a $125 fine for the first offense and $250 for each subsequent offense. Violations that occur in highway work zones also will carry a $250 fine.

It’s still is permissible to use hands-free technology to make or receive phone calls while driving—the ban only prohibits drivers from directly handling their devices. If drivers must use their phones while traveling, they must be lawfully parked or stopped to do so.

Drivers using a handheld device to report an emergency are exempt, as are the operators of emergency vehicles who are engaged in their official duties. Motorists also may handle amateur or citizens band radios.

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