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Coconut Almond Energy Balls

Author: From • Feb 27th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

These brightly flavored balls, made with lemon juice and zest, are a great pick-me-up for a quick and healthy energy snack.


- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- zest from 2 lemons
- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbs raw organic honey
- 1 Tbs melted organic coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp. ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp. flax seed or flax powder
- coconut, pepitas, walnuts (or anything that sounds good to you), chopped very small in a food processor or spice grinder, for rolling balls in.

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Transfer to a bowl and roll mixture into balls. Roll balls in coconut, walnuts, etc. Store in fridge, covered, for up to 10 days.

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"Celebrate every tiny victory." - Anonymous

St. Gabriel Possenti: Patron Saint of Handgunners

Author: From • Feb 27th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Today, February 27, is the Feast Day of St. Gabriel Possenti.

Legend holds that Gabriel Possenti was a Catholic seminarian in Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy. In 1860 he is said to have used his skills with the pistol to drive off a band of marauding soldiers who were terrorizing the town. Possenti faced the troublemakers after grabbing revolvers from two soldiers. As they laughed at the young student, he took aim and accurately shot a lizard that was running across the road. Impressed, the soldiers left the town, escorted by the seminarian, who had become the hero of the town.

Like many Saints, there's an unclear line between the facts of the Saint's life and the "tradition" associated with him. However, this story about Gabriel Possenti has led to him being promoted as the Patron Saint of Handgunners. The St. Gabriel Possenti Society was created for the purpose of promoting the Saint's cause. The society also promotes the study of the historical, philosophical and theological bases for the doctrine of self-defense.

A few years ago, our parish was presented with a relic of St. Gabriel Possenti, under the title St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. It was an exciting moment when I saw the blurb announcing the displayed relic in our weekly bulletin. Since then, I've enjoyed sharing the story of Gabriel Possenti with many parishioners. I dare say most of our Catholic friends who also enjoy shooting are now familiar with the Saint and his story.

In another interesting "coincidence," my Virginia Concealed Handgun permit was originally issued on February 27, the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Handgunners!

St. Gabriel Possenti ora pro nobis!

Today would be a great day to hit the range, as we've done on this Feast Day several times. Unfortunately it may not work out this year. Maybe I'll order some ammo or clean a gun instead.

Sunday Humor – Atheists Don’t Have No Songs

Author: From • Feb 26th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
A musical interlude before we "dress up for Mass."

Happy Sunday.

Torn Chicken with Bok Choy and Miso Vinaigrette

Author: From • Feb 25th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

This addictive dish, full of greens and proteins, is one for the books! The miso vinaigrette takes this dish to a whole new level of flavor. A definite "must try" recipe!


- 4 cups cooked Jasmine rice, (2 cups dry rice)
- 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 3 small bok choy, halved lengthwise
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs miso vinaigrette (recipe below)
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, or baked chicken breast
- Basil for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup cooked rice with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the bok choy, cut side down, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.

In a bowl, toss the crispy rice with the remaining 3 cups of cooked rice and 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette. Transfer to shallow bowls and top with the bok choy and chicken. Spoon the remaining vinaigrette over the chicken and bok choy and garnish with basil. Enjoy!



- 3 Tbs red wine vinegar
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 Tbs white miso, optional
- 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.

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"You can preach a better sermon with your life than 
with your lips." - Anonymous

BadWolf Public House Opening in Manassas

Author: From • Feb 25th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
BadWolf Brewing is expanding even further. A press release from the City of Manassas Economic Development Department has the details.

BadWolf Public House to open in Historic Downtown Manassas 

The owners of BadWolf Brewing Company and CJ Finz have teamed up to bring a new home grown restaurant & brewery to Historic Downtown Manassas - BadWolf Public House.  The 3,000 square foot restaurant and brewery, located at 9406 Battle Street, will consist of a 3-barrel brewhouse, taproom and a 2  floor private room that seats up to 35.

The restaurant intends to open in March and will feature a farm to table style menu with local brews on tap. The brewery operation will open later featuring new and unique BadWolf beers. Little BadWolf - 9776 Center St. Manassas, VA will convert to a sour only brewery with limited hours once the new brew operation opens. "As local business owners and long-time residents of the Manassas area, we have deep roots and a love for our community and the impact we have on it," said Chris Sellers, owner, CJ Finz and co-owner BadWolf Public House.

"Our unique concept offers a new attraction for residents and visitors and builds on the revitalization of downtown. We will source local ingredients whenever possible for the brewery and restaurant and plan to increase local ingredients as available in the future. Spent grains will be donated to local farmers and re-used in some recipes in the restaurant. We believe in building our local economy through social responsibility and supporting all local industries, not just our own," said Sarah Meyer, owner, BadWolf Brewing Company and co-owner BadWolf Public House.

Mayor Harry J. Parrish II said "The City has established Historic Downtown Manassas as a modern dining and shopping destination for residents and visitors alike due to its unique character and the strength of its independent small business owners.  BadWolf Brewing Company was the first craft brewer in Manassas and helped establish our City's growing leadership role in craft brewing and craft spirits.  We are pleased to welcome the partnership between BadWolf and the owners of CJ Finz, one of our great local restaurants, as they expand their businesses and establish BadWolf Public House together."

We're looking forward to visiting!

Virginia Misdemeanor and Felony Classifications

Author: From • Feb 24th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

If you’re accused of violating the law in Virginia, you may be wondering if you’re charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.

The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is what the potential range of punishments are. In general, a misdemeanor only carries jail up to 12 months, and a felony carries possible prison of MORE than one year.


Penalties for Misdemeanor Charges in Virginia

Misdemeanor ClassMax JailMax FineExample
Class 1 12 months $2,500 DUI - §18.2-266
Class 2 6 months $1,000 Driving without a Valid License - § 46.2-300
Class 3 n/a $500 Unintentional Damage To Property Or Monuments - § 18.2-137
Class 4 n/a $250 Drinking While Driving - § 18.2-323.1

Misdemeanors in Virginia can carry a wide variety of possible punishments. To determine what exactly your punishment could be, you need to know what class your offense falls under.

There are four different classes of misdemeanors: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4. There are also “unclassified” misdemeanors, which just mean that they don’t fit into any of the predefined groups.

If you’re charged by a warrant, it will normally list the class of misdemeanor right on the front. Otherwise, you can find out what class you’re under by researching the offense or – better yet – talking with a defense lawyer. Virginia law sets out the punishments for each class.

The authorized punishments for conviction of a misdemeanor in Virginia are:

  • For Class 1 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.
  • For Class 2 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than six months and a fine of not more than $1,000, either or both.
  • For Class 3 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $500.
  • For Class 4 misdemeanors, a fine of not more than $250.

Examples of Virginia Misdemeanor Offenses

  • Class 1 misdemeanors include offenses such as DWI, reckless driving, and shoplifting.
  • Class 2 misdemeanors include driving with a valid license (first offense).
  • Class 3 misdemeanors include unintentional damage to property or monuments.
  • Class 4 misdemeanors include drinking while driving and public swearing / intoxication.

Both misdemeanors and felonies are crimes in Virginia, so if you’re charged with either one, you should definitely find the best lawyer for your case. Misdemeanors and felonies become part of your permanent criminal history.

Penalties for Felony Charges in Virginia

Felony ClassMax JailMin JailMax FineExample
Class 1 Life n/a $100,000 Premeditated Murder Under Special Circumstances
Class 2 Life 20 years $100,000 Burglary With a Deadly Weapon
Class 3 20 years 5 years $100,000 Shooting, Stabbing, etc., With Intent To Maim, Kill, etc
Class 4 10 years 2 years $100,000 Arson of Unoccupied Building
Class 5 10 years 1 year $2,500 Involuntary Manslaughter
Class 6 5 years 1 year $2,500 Repeat Larcenies

Felonies in Virginia are defined as any offense that carries more than 1 year in prison as a possible punishment. Depending upon the specific felony in question, your potential prison sentence could range from 1 year to life.

Virginia felonies are categorized into classes from a Class 6 felony being the least punishments to a Class 1 felony being the most possible punishments. Many offenses are classified based on the harm that the crime commits or the amount of damage that is done.

For example, a hit and run charge in Virginia could be anything from a Class 4 misdemeanor for the most minor violation, all the way to a Class 5 felony (if someone is injured or there is over $1,000 damage to attended property).

The authorized punishments for conviction of a felony in Virginia are:

  • For a Class 1 felony, confinement in prison for life, and a fine of not more than $100,000. The death penalty is possible if the convicted person is 18 years or older.
  • For Class 2 felony, confinement in prison for life is possible. 20 year minimum prison sentence and a fine of not more than $100,000.
  • For Class 3 felony, up to 20 years in prison. 5 year minimum prison sentence and a fine of not more than $100,000.
  • For Class 4 felony, up to 10 years in prison. 2 year minimum prison sentence and a fine of not more than $100,000.
  • For Class 5 felony, up to 10 years in prison. 1 year minimum prison sentence and a fine of not more than $2,500.
  • For Class 6 felony, up to 5 years in prison. 1 year minimum prison sentence and a fine of not more than $2,500.

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Range Time: Flashlight Drills

Author: From • Feb 24th, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
I brought along a flashlight during my weekly trip to the indoor range. I’ve been reading about various techniques for holding a flashlight while shooting a pistol, and have been trying them out in my dry fire practice. I found two options that seemed to work for me and now it was time to try them out with live fire.

The first flashlight technique I tried was holding the flashlight like a cigar between my first and second fingers of my support hand. The flashlight is pressed up under the trigger guard, while the support hand index finger goes in front of the trigger guard. I’ve seen this referred to as the Graham Technique. Except for that odd finger placement on the trigger guard, I found the technique very effective. The flashlight moved around a bit until I applied more pressure to pull it back into my hand on the pistol grip.

Next I tried the Harries Technique. In this, the flashlight is held in the support hand, which is crossed under the gun hand, and the back of your weak hand supports the gun hand. In dry fire practice, I thought this technique would be useful, but under live fire I found it woefully lacking in support and stability.

After devoting a few magazines to both techniques, I decided I would concentrate on the first technique, at least for this practice session. After a box of ammo downrange, I was pretty comfortable with holding the flashlight under the trigger and keeping it in place with repeated fire. Unfortunately, I can’t actually live fire in the dark with the flashlight. Any nighttime practice I get is limited to dry fire.

I finished up the practice with some close 5 yard precision shooting, which was surprisingly satisfying, followed by some 20 yards shots that were less so. In total, 150 rounds were put down range at this fun "lunch break."

Happy feet!!!

I’m not sure it says “warm weather feature” but Abby the English bulldog was getting a lot of attention today on the streets of FredVegas

Author: From • Feb 23rd, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

With temperatures in the mid-70’s, players get a pick-up basketball game going at Loriella Park in Spotsylvania. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star)

Author: From • Feb 23rd, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

With temperatures in the mid-70's, players get a pick-up basketball game going at Loriella Park in Spotsylvania. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star)

Thursday: Made Me Laugh

Author: From • Feb 23rd, 2017
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
To make up a lack of content, enjoy this meme that made me laugh out loud.

Though I am not sure if my laugh was one of disgust, or fear.