Opening Soon!

Welcome to the new Business Weekly column!

We are very excited to announce that each week, we will be featuring one of Clifton Forge’s finest businesses. You’ll get the chance to find out a little bit about what they have to offer, who works and runs them and so much more!

We have our first couple businesses lined up to feature, so watch next week! But if you have a business you want to nominate to be featured, feel free to reach out and let us know!

A New Investor

Clifton Forge is a small town full of old world charm and old time traditions. But with that, this sleepy town is not sheltered from changing times and hands that hold the property deeds.

One such recent change Clifton Forge can see is a new investor for the local paper, your very own Clifton Forge Telegraph.

The new benefactor? Well, he’s a mystery. Only one person in your sleepy, little town knows their identity, and that’s the one person they hired directly to get the paper back up and running… Faeryn Murphy, also known by her friends as Fae.

Fae was hired in early May as the paper’s Editor in Chief, and she’s already cleaned up the office and gotten a head start on getting the paper a fresh look and more avenues to entertain the varied residents of Clifton Forge.

Keep watch! Lots to come as the columns and news stories are rolled out! We are very excited about this investment. The news in a main vein in life, and we’re happy to know your mainline to your local news is coming back to life.

– From the desk of the Clifton Forge Telegraph investor’s office.

The Clifton Forge Telegraph is hiring!

Do you have a knack for writing interesting articles, finding great news tips or taking gorgeous pictures? We are looking for you!

The Clifton Forge Telegraph is looking for a couple people to join the staff who have a passion for news and entertainment.

Interested? Contact Faeryn Murphy (TheresaHerondale), the paper’s Editor in Chief, with your contact information and resume or to schedule an interview.

Reviews from Movieland

Hello and welcome to our weekly look at two random movies each week.

That’s right, each week, I’ll be selecting two movies… one a bit more action or horror and one more on the romantic side. And I’ll tell you what I think of them! Some will be newer to give you a glimpse of what’s “out now” while others might be more of a flashback to remind you of some gems from the past… or not so gems.

Now, without further ado, BRING ON THE MOVIES! ★ ☾ * . .

—» Movie #1

Pride and Prejudice [2005]

Staring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen (among many others.)

A classic story brought to us by the timeless mind and book of Jane Austen’s. A story that reminds us that pride and misunderstandings and social status can and do often muddle our hearts and minds.

Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. Ina time when social standing, titles and money ran everything, even down to IF you could or would marry, the Bennet family face a perilous time as their title doesn’t carry them when there’s no sons and five daughters that all have yet to marry.

Can love bypass prejudices? Will pride overrun a heart’s desire? Well, you’ll just have to watch and see how these upstanding English countryside women handle themselves when faced with needing to marry or try to find love.

—»Move #2

Lucy [2014]

Staring Scarlett Johansson

A not-so-classic film but definitely a timeless moral – Don’t trust drug dealers.

Lucy is the every-day-woman type from a not-so-well-off lifestyle in a city who makes the wrong decision to trust a man she probably knew she shouldn’t have trusted. And oof… her choice makes all my horror stories in relationships perish in comparison!

Young Lucy gets kidnapped and forced to act as a drug mule for some pretty unsavory types. And, of course, she’s knocked around a bit. Not so great on the goods, right boys? Only in her case, her outcome walks that fine line on “this is horrific” and “this is amazing” when she starts to absorb even the smallest amount of the synthetic hormone she was transporting.

Packing in a long list of tropes, cliches and thoroughly done plot lines into one, Lucy manages to feel like an original story in its own way. And when our pretty little drug mule gets her chance to show her abusers how their precious drug works? Whew! Well, that’s almost as good as what happens to her when it’s in full effect.

If you like a flick with pretty FX, a sci-fi type story and some pretty sexy action scenes? I’d say grab Lucy for your next to-watch movie.

The Lich

Welcome to a new column for all you myth, folklore and conspiracy fanatics! Around the Campfire will bring you some juicy tales that are usually only shared on AM frequency stations or… well… around the campfire. ❤

Looking through legends and lore to kick us off, I stumbled upon something I had nearly forgotten about. To me, sometimes the best lore are ones that sneak up on you having almost been forgotten them. And this week’s?

→ The Lich ←

The lich is a mythological creature meaning ‘corpse’. Yes, yes… I know. You’re going to say: But Fae, those are “zombies”. But no. In this case, it’s different.

So. what makes a lich different from any other member of the undead? Well first, technically speaking a lich is not a ghost, but rather a physical entity. Though it’s relatively a newcomer in the ghost encyclopedia, it’s never-the-less very popular. It rose to prominence when the role-playing game ’Dungeons & Dragons’ used the lich as an undead character.

Second, a lich is supposed to be the body of a dead sorcerer who, through a ritual called ‘Ritual of Endless Night’ lives on, after his mortal body has perished. More specifically, the wizard can save his soul inside a physical object, which is known as a ‘phylactery’. As long the phylactery remains intact, the lich cannot be killed, as seen in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, starring Nicholas Cage.

On this token, it appears Voldemort was a Lich.

Lichs are often mistaken as Zombies, but unlike Zombies they don’t feed on humans and has fully functioning minds. Lichs are said to be either cadaverous with a desiccated body or completely skeletal. They are often depicted as holding power over other obtrusive undead folklore creatures, using them as soldiers and servants, as seen in Army of Darkness, starring Bruce Campbell.

The lich became a staple of gaming throughout the 70′s and 80′s, with Vecna, the lich-lord of Greyhawk (from ’Dungeons & Dragons’) ranking among the most popular. Around 2000’s the Lich was again brought out of obscurity by two more games ‘World of Warcraft’ and ‘Arthas, the Lich-King’.

However, with all this talk about it coming from an RP gaming thing, there have also been reports of people having actual experiences with this thing… and seeing or various phylactery items. So, beware! After all, isn’t there some truth to each and every story?

The Three “L”s… Leather, Lace & Latex

Hello there Clifton Forge!

Welcome to a new column for us… Tips Noir. That’s right, a whole column dedicated to learning a bit about the things that generally happen only behind closed doors… or in locked quarters in the back of seedy clubs. And no, I don’t mean evil. I mean those deep, sheltered, taboo parts of your brain that only you (or very few) know that you enjoy.

In these recesses of your mind, there’s a simple little closet… okay, maybe not so simple… that houses a variety of clothing you wouldn’t be caught wearing to your family holiday party. It is those beauties that you’ve bought from those shops where you’ve worn a wig and trench coat to go into or looked all ways before entering or simply ordered off the Internet? Yes those unique articles, I want to talk to you about those today.

Caring for – cleaning and storage that is – these items are key. That is, unless you’re super rich and can afford a new outfit every session. But for those of you that are looking to have your items last? Here’s a few tips to help you ensure your outfits won’t end up permanently on the floor.

Now… lets see about the three “L”s… Leather, Lace and Latex…

→ Leather ↘
While it’s tough as nails, we must also remember that leather is in fact skin. It can dry, crack, stain, warp, etc. So today I’ll walk you through the various options for treating and taking care of leather so that whatever form it takes can be passed down your family line.

The first task in deciding how to treat and care for your leather is simply asking what you want it to look like, and the role it plays in your life. It comes down to taste. Some men want a clean, polished look for their outfits, while others are okay with scratches, blemishes, and natural wear and tear. Dave Munson, founder of Saddleback Leather Co., prefers to minimally treat his own personal bags and allows them to have the beaten-to-hell look that tells tales of adventures (and sometimes misadventures).

So, lets start with polishing. Some of you want that clean, shiny look to your leather goods. On its own, it’s mostly about the actual shine of the product rather than protecting it from the elements. Having said that, many polishes have a moisturizing element, so you really have to look at the product description and user reviews to know what you’re getting and what it does. If this is the goal, be sure you’re picking a product that is both effective and appropriate.

Which brings me to conditioning and such. Leather conditioner or cream moisturizes the material so that it doesn’t dry out and crack. This won’t make your thigh high boots “shine,” but it will protect them. Note that in most cases conditioners don’t waterproof your leather (though some do include a water-repelling component). Leather conditioners are lotion-like, and are to be gently rubbed into the leather. The hide will soak up the conditioner, just like your skin would soak up a moisturizer.

How often you use conditioner, really depends on what you want. Most folks out there — everyday folks who haven’t founded leather goods companies — like to condition their goods every 3 months or so, sometimes more if they live in a dry climate.

Oh… and… Test first. When applying any polish or conditioner, always test a small area first.

Okay… on to Waterproofing. Waterproofing sprays or waxes provide a coating to your shoe to repel water, snow, baby drool, etc. These treatments generally only need to be done once a year, depending on your use of the product. Sprays should only be used in a pinch; they’re convenient, but create a lower quality effect. You’ll need to re-apply a spray several times over the course of a single winter or rainy season. Waxes (and sometimes creams) are much more durable, and can be applied with greater precision and control. With a spray, you’ll be coating laces, zippers, etc., perhaps unnecessarily wearing them and exposing them to chemicals.

Some more tips for leather…

Leather needs to breathe. Just like skin, leather needs some ventilation to prevent mildew and rot. Air can naturally pass through leather, leaving moisture to evaporate naturally. That can’t happen when your leather is all sealed up, though. So don’t ever store or transport it in a plastic grocery bag. Either use the storage/travel bag the item came with, or some type of breathable fabric — pillowcases are great for shoes, bags, and/or other accessories.

If your leather gets soaked or even waterlogged, it can be tempting to throw it in front of a heater or to use a hair dryer to speed the process. Don’t do that, ever. Just like skin and other fabrics, when leather gets wet and then heated right away, it can shrink and dry out too quickly. Rather, let it dry naturally, even if it takes a couple days.

Also, just generally keep leather out of direct sunlight when storing. The leather fades naturally over time, but sunlight speeds up that process. Drying and cracking can also ensue. Darker places with some humidity are preferred, although again, ensure air flow so that mildew can’t form.

Regularly clean with a damp cloth. As mentioned above, the most foolproof way to keep any leather product from prematurely aging, even if you do nothing else, is to give it a regular wipe-down with a damp cloth. Your jackets, shoes, bags — they all quickly accumulate dirt, dust, and all manner of other abrasive particles that lead to premature wear and tear. Preserve your leather by wiping them down weekly, or even after a single hard use in a winter storm, with a wet cloth or even paper towel.

To sum up, ensure that you have a good routine for caring for your leather goods. In many instances, it will look something like these 3 easy steps:
→ Wipe down leather with a damp cloth 1-2 times per week depending on use and accumulated dirt and grime. Store leather shoes on cedar trees.
→ Condition leather every 3-6 months, sometimes more depending on the environment and season.
→ Waterproof once a year, if desired, and if your lifestyle/environment calls for it.

→ Lace ↘
Delicate lace have a variety of effects on many people. After all, the fragile fabrics that are so alluring to look at and soft and smooth to wear, are the very same ones that give us so much stress and hassle when it comes time to turning our attention the washing, care and storage of these items.

The bad news: You can’t escape the need to do laundry, especially where underwear is concerned.

The good news: You can implement some small tips into your daily or weekly routine to streamline the overall process.

If your care labels have started to feel a bit like the menacing thorns that spear treacherously through the beauty of the roses, never fear. These handy tips, tricks and hints, will keep you covered!

Machine washing lace or silk is never recommended, as it exposes the fabric to harsh agitation that increases the risk of damage and reduces the longevity of your clothes. Nevertheless, if you absolutely have to machine wash your delicates, you can take as much precaution as possible by:

→ Using a front-loader washing machine, which tends to be gentler on clothes than a top-loader.
→ Washing items of like colours in delicate-specific laundry bags to prevent snagging.
→ Fastening hooks/clasps and tying down loose embellishments to prevent fabric tears.
→ Choosing a cool, gentle cycle.
→ Opting for delicate-specific laundry detergent.
→ Removing items from the washing machine immediately after the washing cycle.

This is the best option when it comes to caring for your delicates, as it’s gentler on sheer fabrics and thus reduces the risk of tearing and other damage. Hand washing is also the best way to preserve elasticity, keeping your clothes looking new and feeling fresh, many washes in. Hand washing, however, is not without its perils, so be sure to wash as efficiently and safely as possible by:

→ Separating your clothes into like colours.
→ Washing light garments first so you can use the same water for darker garments later.
→ Using cool or room-temperature water.
→ Minimizing the amount of detergent to prevent residue from building up on your clothes.
→ Abandoning scrunching, twisting and pulling actions in favour of gentle swirling motions.
→ Leaving to soak for only a few minutes.

There’s no point putting in the effort to properly wash your delicates, if you’re not willing to show them a little love during the drying process, so to get the most out of your garments, be sure to:

→ Avoid the dryer, which can shrink and breakdown fabrics, and bend wires.
→ Keep your items out of direct sunlight to help preserve colour.
→ Place wet garments on a towel and gently pat them down to expedite the drying process.
→ Use a drying rack for super delicate items that you don’t want to pat down.
→ Reshape items or dry flat when the care label instructs you to do so.
→ Avoid ironing where possible.

As far as storage. Of course, direct sunlight will cause fading of the colours. Lucky for lace, depending on the materials used, warmer, drying, more humid, cooler? Those tend not to be factors unless you’re dealing with a lace made with a specialty material. So, be sure you know the material to ensure you are giving it the best care for the longevity of the piece.

→ Latex ↘
Lots of people enjoy the feeling and look of latex, and with the proper caution, care, and maintenance, your latex clothing can last for a very long time. How about we start with how to wear your latex… Latex clothing can be tricky to put on and take off, but if you keep the following tips in mind, this won’t be nearly as much nuisance!

Pulling on latex clothing – which tends to be tight and fit snugly – can easily damage it, leaving permanent finger marks, stretching, or even rips and tears, in the material. Have patience, and use baby powder generously on the inside of your garments. Another option is to use a silicone-based shining product or a NON oil-based lubricant to make putting on your clothing easier.

Instead of grabbing the latex material with your fingers, which increases the likelihood of leaving finger indentations or causing damage, use your whole hand to pull. Use your hand to shift the latex and gradually shift until the garment is in place properly and you are comfortable. Use as much baby powder or lube as you feel you need; excess can always be wiped off once everything is in place! And lets be honest… extra lube rarely hurts anything.

Be sure to watch your fingernails and any sharp edges on jewelry or watches, as these will catch the latex and possibly cause a tear.

Then, to remove your clothing, follow this same ‘pull and shift’ method to remove garments with care.

Washing and Cleaning Latex Clothing…
Be certain to wash your latex garments after each use. When wearing latex, sweating is common and can be increased by the constriction of this type of material and snug fit. Use a small amount of soft soap in lukewarm water to rinse your garments thoroughly by hand. Do not scrub them, as this may damage the latex, but wipe with a soft cloth inside and out and rinse completely. Do NOT wring out your clothing; it is more than sufficient to gently shake the garment to shake free excess water, pat with a towel to soak up remaining moisture, and hang to air-dry in a room temperature setting. Any remaining water streaks can be gently wiped away with a soft cloth as your clothes are drying. You may also want to lightly shake some baby powder inside your garments as they are drying to prevent sticking.

Properly Storing your Latex…
It’s recommended to store your latex clothing in a cool, dark, dry space. A garment bag is perfect. Use a broad plastic hanger to help your garment keep its shape; wire hangers, thin hangers, or hanging an outfit from the straps may cause the outfit to lose its shape. DO NOT store your clothing in direct sunlight; the sun’s rays will cause the latex material to rapidly deteriorate or even turn white. GASP White? okay, I know some come white, and that’s perfectly fine. But the other effects of direct sun light still remain.

Latex is a very sensitive material, which burns easily. For this reason, you may wish to carefully avoid storing or hanging your clothing near heaters or heat sources, avoiding fire, flame, and cigarettes/cigars. Similarly, avoid storing clothing in damp spaces or fluorescent light to avoid fading and deterioration of the latex material. Metals such as copper, brass, and bronze will stain your clothing if permitted to come into contact with one another. Makeup and perfume may stain or even break down the latex material and should also be avoided. Lastly, avoid oil-based products when wearing your latex clothing and opt for non-harmful water-based ones.

↘ Alright, I hope that helps you keep those precious, expensive secret-time articles fresh and long lasting. Next week, lets see what other little secret love we can talk about. Until then… Always use your safe word!

Dear Sunday | 5.17.2020

Hello my lovelies. ❥Ask Sunday here. It’s that time of the week. You’re bleeding problems, and I have the words to be your bandaid. This is where you come seeking for advice… and I give it. Yes. I give it real good. And man, do you all have some serious issues this week. So, since this is our first, I’ll tackle quite a few of your questions. Thanks for bearing our inner most personal secrets for the whole town to see.

►Want to seek advice from Ask Sunday? Contact Faeryn Murphy (TheresaHerondale)◄

So… on to your questions!

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Dear Ask Sunday,
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I’ve been with this guy for about a month, and I’m absolutely head over heels, in too deep. neither of us want to be dating, or get hurt again… but we’re so close, we eat together, go out on ‘dates’ together, and are very sexual together and hell we even just moved in together… but we’re ‘just friends’. I know how i feel but i can’t tell him that. What should I do?
Yours Truly,
Hopelessly Friendzoned.
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Dear Hopelessly Friendzoned,
This is where I would close my eyes, shake my head and laugh softly. Let me put this to you bluntly – You have the best setup ever! You have someone you care about, maybe even love, and you share bills so you don’t have to pay for it all, you get sex, and you even get to hang out like you’re friends! PLUS! You get to go out and do anything you want when you’re not busy being stuck up their ass. Go! Have fun! BUT, if you’re set on that whole tie them down and be something special? Tell him. Sitting and wishing they would make the move isn’t getting you anywhere. But know, it could mess up the really great setup you have going on. Good luck with that.
❥Ask Sunday

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Dear Ask Sunday,
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I’ve noticed lately, my underwear smells like wet dog when I take it off. Should I go to the doctor? I don’t own a dog, but my boyfriend says everything tastes just fine!
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Dear Puppersnatch,
Lets see… The human body is a fickle thing. And a woman’s vagina is no stranger to various bacterias, and an overgrowth of any one of these can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from itching to foul smells. But in the case that your panties are smelling like wet dog when you take them off? Have you tried to douche? Have you checked to be sure that where you’re washing your clothes isn’t washing canine bedding? Then, have a chat with your boyfriend about his personal time activities. Does he have a dog? Are they close… like a little too close? Does he pay special attention to anything of the canine breed? Maybe even behaves like one himself? If none of this applies, then yes. Maybe you should seek advice from your OB/GYN. Be sure to see your physician if you or your boyfriend start howling at the full moon, though. One can never be too careful.
❥Ask Sunday

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Dear Ask Sunday,
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Last night I felt this odd sensation, almost like a chill come over me while I was sitting on the front patio, drinking a glass of wine. It struck me so oddly that I was suddenly incredibly turned on and couldn’t help myself. Manual stimulation didn’t seem to fix the matter, but I kept picturing this guy in my mind. I’ve seen him around town. Tall, so tall, dark, and very handsome with grey eyes. He has long hair, muscles that just…. I’m getting hot just thinking about him growling in my ear while he takes me. I think I’m in love! What should I do?
Desperate and Horny
~~[Your Reply]~~
Dear Desperate and Horny,
Enjoy it. I mean, you have built-in porn in your brain! Do you know what men would pay for that? The next thing… is this a man you’ve actually seen around town? If so, approach him. I would have to wager a guess that the two of you have a mutual attraction to each other’s pheromones. Hell, I would wager a bet that if you simply walked up and made your attraction known in a physical way, you won’t be refused. Go… find him. Give it a try! You only live once, right?
❥Ask Sunday