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Welcome to the October 2015 Edition!

Well it certainly was a soggy September, wasn't it? Fall is definitely in the air, with our warm days and cool, albeit humid, evenings. It looks like October will be kicking off with a hurricane and loads of rain for all of Virginia. But of course we have monsoon rains, the State Fair is "in town!" The arrival of the State Fair has historically signaled the heavens to open up, as far back as I can remember. It never fails.

October is a fun month that I always enjoy. The month of October always makes me think of childhood memories of raking leaves into piles and jumping into them. The memory always makes me smile; I'll bet you have a similar fall memory! We celebrate Columbus Day on Monday, October 12th and, of course, Halloween, which falls on Saturday this year.

The weather is nice now, but it soon will be getting cold. Don't forget your neighbors and bring your clean, gently used coat(s) to the Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism's 6th Annual Coat Drive, held in partnership with the Xi Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The Coat Drive is being held from September 28th through October 23rd, 2015 and donations can be dropped off at the Betty Queen Center Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The Coat Distribution Day is Saturday, October 24th. Please do your part and help our community stay warm this winter!

Have a safe and happy Halloween on Saturday, October 31st. Please also remember to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Halloween night. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Remember, "Spring forward and Fall back" to keep your time correct!

Have a wonderful October and we'll see you back in November!

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Sponsor Spotlight - Sabor A Mexico Restaurant

Sabor A Mexico Restaurant

Much to the delight of local residents of Louisa, especially those in Mineral, we have a wonderful Mexican restaurant right in the heart of Mineral! For those who haven't discovered the rapidly-spreading secret, Sabor A Mexico is a taste treat not to be missed!

A family owned and operated business, local residents Olga and Jesus Lopez, along with daughter Diana, are serving up some great Mexican food. No more need to drive to the Town of Louisa to enjoy delicious, quality Mexican food!

Having gained experience working and learning in other Mexican restaurants, Olga and Jesus made their dream come true. On March 15th, 2014, Sabor A Mexico opened for business with the goal of serving the best, most authentic [READ MORE]

Community Events

October still holds a great deal of outdoor fun for folks in our area with wine and beer festivals, fall festivals and street festivals, the Haunted Trail and even a BBQ Throwdown (Cookoff) both hosted by LCPRT. If indoor events are more your thing, check out Gladys Knight and The O'Jays for a blast from your musical past! Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery is the site for the Ghosts & Goblets Wine Festival on Halloween, if you and your ghoul have nowhere to go (sorry!).

The State Fair of Virginia will run through October 4th at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Grab your umbrella and head over for a great time enjoying an old-fashioned day at the Fair! You can sample fried foods galore and ride crazy, [SEE COMMUNITY EVENTS]

Food for the Soul by Pastor Alex Riffee

"Guidance with a Side of Friendship"

I have never met an individual who didnít like to receive gifts. Whether it is a small piece of candy or the keys to a brand new car, you will find someone baffled by the idea that they were chosen to be the recipients of such kindness and forethought. It is something to cherish and it provides a glimpse into the beauty found in human relationships. One such relationship that I think we need to embrace a little more is the role of the mentor.

It is my belief that God created us to be social creatures. We were meant to be around others. We learn from other people. We find joy and sorrow with others. We even grow as individuals by the ways in which we separate ourselves from the larger community. Regardless, we are who we are, in part, because of the people in our midst. I believe mentors [READ MORE...]

Your Health & Wellness Advice by Dr. David G. Schwartz, M.D.


Ann Wilson Schaef has written extensively about addictions and codependency, and her book When Society Becomes an Addict encapsulates systematic societal and cultural structures that support addictions and addictive behaviors, which we often donít like to look at. A major part of our health problems can be linked to addictions in one form or another. Thus it is vital to address such a widespread problem to improve our general health, individually and collectively. Her book goes into specific details about structures in our society promoting addiction, more than I have space in this article to cover, and it is recommended reading. I have extrapolated from her ideas with my own observations and have gathered thoughts from a variety of other sources regarding mass addiction in our culture.

I would define addiction as a behavior that seeks immediate gratification of a desire without regard for long-term consequences and that results in progressively less satisfaction. This requires more of the behavior than previously in order to obtain the same level of satisfaction, and then even more of the action is needed just in order not to feel worse than baseline, before it was ever started. Over time this becomes more and more destructive to [STAY HEALTHY, READ MORE]

Food a La Carte

Fun Recipes for October

Welcome to Food a la Carte, LouisaOnline.Com's latest feature article series! My name is Sandy O'Brien and I have lived here in Central Virginia all my life. Many of you know me personally and even more know me on sight as the "LouisaOnline Lady." I am writing Food a la Carte to share my love of food with you.

Let me just start off by saying I am a "foodie." That means simply that I love everything about everything about food...the ingredients...the recipes...the process of cooking...all of it! Now, I know that is not how everyone feels. A special someone near and dear to my heart doesn't really enjoy cooking at all; it is a task that must be endured strictly to nourish the body. That's the far extreme of the spectrum and maybe you fall somewhat in-between these two attitudes. Whatever your feelings toward food, Food a la Carte was written for you. [Food a La Carte, READ MORE]

Live Breaking News - World View from Other Countries

Catch up on Breaking World News. Read news from the U.S.A., China, France, Ireland/U.K. and Russia!
See what these countries are reporting and compare with what is being reported here in the United States. Very Interesting! [SEE LIVE BREAKING NEWS]

Current List of Animal Food Recalls and More!

A Constantly Updated List of All Animal (Exotic, Farm, Pets, etc.) Food Recalls from The American Veterinary Medical Association. Check Back Often! [SEE CURRENT RECALL LIST]

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