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Gardening is a gamble, says Sterns Lott, president of the Ashby Ponds Garden Club. You never know if your crop will take. It s an ongoing search for information.

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Upon his retirement 14 years ago, Robert Bonner and his wife, Hazel, took off. We finally had time to travel, she says. We had read about all these places and wanted to see them for ourselves. Their first trip was to the Alpine country, including Germany and Switzerland. Since then, they have traveled to 76 countries, and they look forward to visiting many more.

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April is National Volunteer Month, and Americans are placing an ever increasing value on helping others.

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[caption id="attachment_8219" align="alignright" width="235" caption="(File photo)"][/caption] If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a live video presence might be worth.

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[caption id="attachment_7176" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="This fall, firefighters from Fairfax County Fire Station #22 took the VIVA! assessment at Greenspring as part of Fire Prevention Week.

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Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

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As Americans share a holiday meal with family and friends this month, there will be those living at Greenspring who are most thankful for the thoughtfulness of their neighbors.

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This fall, 68 college freshmen will begin their journeys through the hallowed halls of learning thanks to the generous support of those at Greenspring and Riderwood.