Dogpound February 26, 2019

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. My new used car is keyless, and I cannot tell you, after almost a month, how many times I have reached into my pocket for the non-existing key. Another change, a good change: had a remote starter installed... Read more

Moving on

Dogpound February 19, 2019

Hello and welcome back to the very tired world of the Dogpound. I finally got moved. I picked the coldest week of the winter to move. The prior weekend we were in the 40s, and by mid-week we had a high of minus-2, and then by the following Sunday... Read more

Flu outbreak

Fire & Life Safety February 19, 2019

This time of the year, the flu seems to be running through families in much greater numbers. Just before flu season, we are all tasked with the decision of whether to get the flu shot. As a firefighter/paramedic, I always took the flu shot, which has continued in my... Read more
How many of you have started a diet and failed to accomplish your goals? Maybe 10 pounds a month over the next three months for a total of 30 pounds lost. That is an admirable goal if that is what you need/want to lose. For those who accomplish this... Read more
Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Let’s spend a minute or two talking about that over-commercialized holiday which is just around the corner. You know the one, the one that has been on the store shelves since Christmas, as if you could really forget:... Read more
The area under your house is called the crawl space, since in most cases you cannot walk upright, but must crawl. If it is a livable space, then it is called a basement. The crawl space is usually where the water and drain pipes and wiring runs and where... Read more
New M&M Fund created in honor of Piazza: Teacher, fitness enthusiast died last year
HOPEWELL — The John Randolph Foundation recently announced a new memorial fund at its Jan. 17 awards ceremony. The Cynthia Piazza Mind and Movement, or M&M, Fund will honor the life of a Chester woman who died Oct. 31 after battling brain cancer. Piazza taught for more than 20... Read more
Your “Living Safe” column by Pete Hypes (Jan. 16) brought back memories of a true story when I was living in Powhatan County and a member of the local all-volunteer fire department. It seems that back in the late 1960s, over a period of several months we received six... Read more
The hypocrisy is simply overwhelming! Attorney General Mark Herring demanded that Gov. Ralph Northam resign because Northam admitted to appearing in blackface, or worse, as a 25-year-old medical student. Now, Herring admits that he, too, appeared in blackface whilst in college. Is Herring going to look in the mirror... Read more
A team of seven, including me, have just returned from a 13-day journey to South Africa. It is summer in that part of the Southern Hemisphere. Warm days, thunderstorms and occasional cool breezes offered us a break from our winter. I call the place where we worked the “land... Read more