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I recently recalled a powerful experience I had as a teenager. After graduating from high school, I got a job working at a landscaping company in northern Virginia. I did whatever they needed me to do in the nursery. My boss told me to help a woman get some plants out to her car. She was in her 40s or...
Many people are surprised to find out how similar human anatomy and physiology is to that of our dogs and cats. There are obvious differences such as walking on four legs, having sharp teeth for killing, and tails; however, the overall makeup and function of our bodies are much more similar than different. One very common trouble spot for both...
© Marlene A. Condon Where I grew up, June marked the start of Japanese Beetle season. Even here in the South, I often do not see the first of these insects until then. Their presence always brings me back down Memory Lane. During my teenage years, I was responsible for bringing in the laundry from the clothesline, which I did not...
May is my favorite month in the hospital. All of the interns have survived intern year (usually). When they started last June they were tentative and nervous all the time. They were wrong more often than they were right when making treatment decisions. Now after a long year made harder by the toughest type of learning of all—learning from...
“The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.” —President George W. Bush, July 7, 2007 I watched the recent debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with a great deal of (vested) interest. This...
It’s not always a happy life for bluebirds, those vivid symbols of spring and joy. Rat snakes plunge from nearby trees to invade their homes and eat their eggs, and house sparrows trap them in their nests, attack and kill them. And invading development gobbles up the open land that gives them a territory for hunting along with the...
The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority is installing a granular activation carbon filter system at Crozet’s water treatment plant on Rt. 240. Two large tanks holding 16,700 gallons each that will contain the carbon particles are being housed in a new steel structure and should be operating by autumn. “It’s an advanced treatment and it’s much more expensive than alternative...

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Back to Fitness: Flame On

I recently recalled a powerful experience I had as a teenager. After graduating from high school, I got a job working at a landscaping...

Gazette Vet: Doggies’ Disc Disease

Many people are surprised to find out how similar human anatomy and physiology is to that of our dogs and cats. There are obvious...

Blue Ridge Naturalist: The Japanese Beetle

© Marlene A. Condon Where I grew up, June marked the start of Japanese Beetle season. Even here in the South, I often do not...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Sharing Uncertainty

May is my favorite month in the hospital. All of the interns have survived intern year (usually). When they started last June they were...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: The Cobra that Tamed the ER

“The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in...

Local Bluebirds Thrive, with Help

It’s not always a happy life for bluebirds, those vivid symbols of spring and joy. Rat snakes plunge from nearby trees to invade their...

New Filtration System Being Added at Crozet Water Plant

The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority is installing a granular activation carbon filter system at Crozet’s water treatment plant on Rt. 240. Two large...