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Changing the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

by Katie Manning Henry


Four years ago, Jennifer Mitolo started waking up to an old-school alarm clock blaring every night at 2am. She’d plod over to her 9-year-old son Joey Mitolo’s bedroom, prick his finger with a lancet, and squeeze out a drop of blood to check his blood sugar levels with a small machine. Her son had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. At the time, neither Mitolo nor her home-schooled son even had a cell phone. She began searching for a better way to control her son’s disease, and their relationship with technology transformed overnight.

Cismont Summers

A Personal Recollection

By Rev. Dr. George A. Bates, JD

I recall the soothing warmth of mid-June days in Virginia when it was already 60 to 70 degrees when you arose in the morning. You had better not sleep too late because you did not want “Old Hannah,” the blazing hot sun, to catch you in that garden from noon to 3pm.

When the sweet aroma of lilac and honeysuckle pierced the air, you knew that summer was in full bloom and the 4th of July celebrations and cookouts (or “lawn parties” as we used to call them) were coming soon. After we fed the hogs, dogs and chickens and “weeded” Pop’s one acre garden, we were free to roam North America (so we thought).

Laundry Room Makeover

By Cathy Purple Cherry AWA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

The laundry room has evolved from simple functional rooms in which the space (usually a disaster) is kept behind a closed door, to a room of great pride. The “new” laundry room fills the soul of every woman. Both a purposeful room and a stunning room, laundry rooms have developed into shrines of organization. And they now are one of every woman’s favorite room in the house!

The Flag of the United States
of America

The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a separate nation, which the United States of America has been for more than 200 years.

Happy Fourth!

Gather the sparklers, lawn chairs, and everything red, white, and blue because it’s time to celebrate America’s Independence

Fireworks Safety

In the month surrounding the 4th of July, 280 people are seen in the emergency room each day for fireworks-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). When celebrating the holiday, please exercise caution and use fireworks safely.

Albemarle County Fair Days

The Fairgrounds at James Monroe’s Highland,

July 25–27, 2019

The Albemarle County Fair features tents bustling with local vendors and live music, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Central Virginia’s farmlands at James Monroe’s Highland. Celebrating country life, the fair will feature local products, agriculture and livestock, art, food, and entertainment.

For a complete schedule of events, information, entertainment, and volunteer opportunities, please visit

Craft Beer in Virginia

Explore the Trails

The Virginia craft beer scene is booming, with more than 200 craft breweries open in the Commonwealth. A great way to try different brews is to follow a craft beer trail. Grab a designated driver, or reserve a hop on bus, and visit several breweries in one day, or explore at a more leisurely pace. Breweries are casual, relaxed places, so there’s no need to hurry. Several spots on these Virginia beer trails are easy to reach by bike, on a city stroll, or on a scenic drive through the countryside.

Visit or follow the links below to explore craft breweries in Virginia. All highlight what we have come to expect in our state: beautiful scenery, delicious, locally-sourced meals and some of Virginia’s finest craft beer.


The Oldest of Equestrian Sports

by Whitney Spivey

For the polo enthusiast, “treading in” does not constitute breaking in a new pair of shoes. Having a significant “handicap” does not merit storefront parking. A “chukker” is not a Harry Potter quidditch position, and a “hooter” is certainly not a restaurant. Familiarizing oneself with such vocabulary is only a small part of the experience of learning the rules of polo (which, by the way, is derived from the Tibetan word “pulu,” meaning “ball”).

Beyond the Gates

Grace Church’s Historic Farm Tour and Country Fair

Travel “beyond the gates,” past rock walls, and stroll down the tree lined paths to six of Keswick’s celebrated historic farms, the Keswick Hunt Club and Grace Church. This farm tour event provides a rare opportunity to visit a selection of historic sites near Charlottesville. The chosen route for this special day in the country was first traveled by Virginia’s earliest settlers, future Presidents, Revolutionary and English militia, Confederate and Union troops and the grounds are as beautiful today as they were 300 years ago.