Spring Sniffles

Mixing Bowl April 26, 2017

Spring has finally arrived, and while my soul rejoices, allergies are wreaking havoc on the Lashley household. My sweet flower has it the worst. Her skin literally reacts to pollen, and she is covered in eczema from head to toe. Her poor eyes have a raccoon mask of dry,... Read more
Spring has sprung. With temperatures on the rise, plants are blooming and leaves are coming out. Another thing that comes out are the fertilizers, lime, insecticides, and pesticides. To control weeds, grow greener and thicker lawns and control things like ants, we resort to chemical agents. The problem is... Read more
Hello and welcome back to the healthy world of the Dogpound. I hope you are all in good health…I think I am as well since I just came back from my annual “poke and prod” session with my doctor. That is what I call our annual “wellness” check provided... Read more
Traveling around central VA the last two weeks has reminded me just how beautiful spring is. Trees and shrubs are bursting with color, lawns are greening up, and birds serenade us at sunrise. One tree in particular has been especially brilliant this year. The flowering dogwood, or Cornus florida... Read more
I read in the Village News, March 22, 2017 XIX No.32 issue, the front page editorial titled “Cat lovers concerned over new ordinance amendment” by Mark Fausz, Managing Editor. Cat lovers concern was not on the Board meeting agenda. A better title for a front-page news article would have... Read more

Dogpound weekend

Dogpound April 19, 2017

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I hope you had a nice Easter…as usual I am writing this ahead of schedule , so my Easter is yet to come. We do not get Good Friday off at work, so I... Read more
Dolls on a Mission

Dolls on a Mission

Features April 14, 2017

After three years, a prayer has been answered for Ray Spivey. She wanted to use her basement for a Christian ministry, and it has grown in her words “like wildfire.” Four volunteers came together in 2014 to fulfill a request from a local church that wanted 300 dolls for... Read more
For years, the fire service, the medical community, and insurance companies have stressed the importance of having carbon monoxide detectors in homes and businesses. A fact about carbon monoxide is that our bodies have a 200 times greater affinity for CO than it does for oxygen. In other words,... Read more
Walter Wilson Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. This is going to be a very busy time of the year…with Easter and Tax Day all so close together. This is where one event gives life and the other event takes it away. Anyway, I have... Read more
COMMENTARY By Rick Gray I couldn’t possibly catch my old readers up on over a year of my life, so if you’ll permit me, I’ll narrow it down to the first nine days of March, which I might call “Training Days.” On March 1, I flew to Denver, where... Read more