Recipe for fake blood

Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  1. 3/4 cup corn syrup
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  4. 5 drops blue food coloring
  5. 2 drops green food coloring
  6. 1 tablespoon corn starch

PREPARATION:
In a small bowl, whisk together the corn syrup and water. Add the red, blue, and green food colorings and whisk until well combined. Whisk in the corn starch and let the liquid sit for 10 minutes to thicken.

Celebrating the new mayor, Burlesque style

After the Burlesque event at the Sip n’ Bite Milos Tshaikovskaya or Milo, for short, who is one of the managers at the club and the organiser of said event, has sat down with our reporter, Caspian Douglas for a pleasant conversation over tea. The event itself was hosted to raise money to the Central Virginia Land Group, a small non-profit that works to preserve the forests, farmlands, and other natural and historic resources in the area, in honor of mayor Vishaal Khuran’s recent appointment to office. 

The pink haired New Yorker, who besides being a manager at the club is also a personal friend of the mayor has been a key figure behind the scenes of the recent pre election campaign. And although he holds the position of manager at the club he can often be found behind the bar, serving patrons drinks and cocktails, or on stage, dancing for esteemed guests as well as for special occasions. In their talk, the beautiful young man described himself as more of a hands on kind of manager, who prefers to share in the heavy work, rather than handing it off to someone else. For the evening’s main event Milo, and fellow dancers Boison Ivy, Bella Donna and Ophelia Rose put up a spectacular Burlesque Extravaganza to entertain the guests and seduce them into bidding on them in hope for a special date with their favourite performer. 

All dancers, as well as the formidable host, Rhule, were auctioned off to well paying patrons, and all in all approximately  $325,000 was raised, through the bidding, the price of the dinner itself and donations made during the event. Any tips the performers generated were also given to the cause, and some of the businesses who donated their services also made contributions. There were also a few anonymous donors.

For decorations, organisation and contributing with gifts for the guests stands none other than Miss Sumaya Abdi, without whom, according to  the stunning Milo, the event would have never been possible.

For those of you who want to read more about the Central Virginia Land Group, you can do so here. ((OOC note, no, there is no link. No real website))

-Caspian Douglas

Milo in the outfit he wore for the Burlesque show / Private Image

Lather up with: Suds

Sumaya Abdi recently took over as the owner of Suds, after former owner Claudia left town for a brief period, and has quickly become something of a pillar of the community. Only last weekend she helped organize the fundraiser for the Central Virginia Land Conservancy in honor of our newly elected mayor, Vishaal Khuran, where gift packages from Suds could also be enjoyed by the guests to take home. 

Miss Abdi, who is the embodiment of a promising young entrepreneur, is freshly arrived from her homeland Somalia, where she also runs the non profit Rajo foundation, which we will return to in a later part of our story. When asked to describe Suds to our reporter she is keen to let us know that there is not one word that can describe Suds, but that it is a place where people can go to find products to indulge in a bit of self-spoiling, in relaxation. She states that she wishes for people who come into the shop to feel not just like customers, but like family, and that her store promotes products that let people feel good about themselves. 

Although Miss Abdi is by no means a newcomer to the world of business, retail of beauty and self care products is a new adventure for her. It is a challenge, however, that she is taking on head first, with the attitude of “if you have the proper skill set, nothing is beyond your grasp.”

When asked why she is now taking up this new endeavor, which is indeed not something she has done before, she is quick to talk about how it all comes down to her wanting to contribute to and grow the local community. The close knit community of Clifton Forge reminds her of her own home, and has made her realize that she doesn’t just want to shop to contribute to it, but take a more active role. So when she learned that Suds was looking for a new owner, she jumped at the chance. And with Suds being “a place where people go to and feel happy when they leave” she tells us: “who would not wish to be part of that?” 

Venturing further into the community side of her new enterprise, Sumaya shares with us how parts of her proceeds go back to local charities, her recent sale of Pride related products being an example of this. She also looks locally when sourcing products, and searches for those who are interested in selling their range with nowhere to do so. If someone want to try to sell what they make, Suds would look into renting out a shelf for them in the store for a small amount of money. Of course, Suds also make their own products out of locally sourced raw materials. Not, she presses, to save money, but to stay local, without any part of the proceeds going off to some big company with no interest in the Clifton Forge community. 

When sourcing their products and materials, Sumaya and her staff make sure to not only source locally, but as environmentally friendly as possible, too. And not only that, but all their ingredients are natural, too. 

Besides the products being put through necessary tests to prove their safety for usage, Suds staff also try them out themselves to be able to provide certain product reviews and assure their customers their products are safe. And although their processes of testing might take a little more time than what is ordinary for big chains, Miss Abdi ensures that none of their products are ever tried out on animals and that no shortcuts will be taken when it comes to testing their products. Only the highest quality products end up on their shelves.

-Caspian Douglas

Wet T-shirt contest at Roady’s

The telegraph has reached out to Roady’s owner Finn Cavanaugh who recently hosted a wet T-shirt contest, judged by none other than our own newly elected Mayor Vish:

“It was an amazing night where many of our city’s residents were able to come together, have a bit of fun, eat our famous nachos, and party alongside a mayor who knows how to let his hair down. I think I speak for my staff when I say that we are so thankful to Mayor Vish for taking the time out of what, I expect, is a very busy schedule, just to get down with the residents of Clifton Forge.”

Of course, we also reached out to the mayor himself for a statement of his own:

“I had an amazing time. Anyone who’s looking for a great place to drink and have a good time should go to Rhoady’s.”

We believe it is now safe to say that our new mayor is likely to be one to count on when it comes to making public appearances. We just have to hope he is as enthusiastic about his work at the City Hall.

Statements provided by Finn Cavanaugh and Vishaal Khuran, Mayor.

-Caspian Douglas

Sumaya Abdi: The Rajo Foundation

Mentioned earlier in a separate article, we spoke to Sumaya Abdi about her recent acquiring of the local business, Suds. Within our interview, we learned that Miss Abdi also runs a nonprofit organisation, Rajo Foundation. When asked for a translation of what Rajo might mean, Miss Abdi stated that it meant one thing: hope. Miss Abdi went on to state that she wished to clarify that, “While there is conflict plaguing the country, there is still beauty that can be found in different ways. I would like for the readers to be aware of that. All too often it seems as though we are portrayed as sad beings, as having no hope in our lives, no joy. While aid is always lovely, we are more than what is seen upon the television at the holidays where you see a celebrity asking for donations to help these poor souls. We are stronger than that, and the country is strong as well, and beautiful. So, while there is a war, while there will surely be hard times, we find ways to be happy, to be thankful.”

Asked about why she created Rajo Foundation, Miss Abdi responded by explaining that she herself ended up as a victim of the same war. Forced to flee Somalia, she ended up as a refugee in a European country, remaining there for a handful of years with her family. Then, as she stated, “There was something pulling me back to my country, to return to Somalia. I had to go back and help, however possible.”

Curious about just what Rajo Foundation does, we asked and Miss Abdi answered, “We help those that have become victims of a brutal civil war that still goes on. While the world turns to other news, rape is still taking place, the slaughter of innocent people is still taking place. War is a terrible thing, it cares not how old a person is or how young, it does not care who you are. War simply takes. And yet, there are ways that help can still be given. I returned to start the foundation and from there, we assist anyone that needs help. It is a lovely country but yet, women and girls are often times considered lesser beings. We are treated differently, and I wish to change that. Therefore, we do things differently. We go against the norms of society so to say.”

When asked to share a particular case that might resonate with our readers, Miss Abdi told the story of a fifteen year old girl named Hani, “She came to us from a more remote village after being forced into an arranged marriage where she had to accept a man that was nearing the age of forty as her husband. When I first met her, she was shy, very quiet. It took a couple of visits before she would open up to me. This was a girl like any other girl that you might come across truly. She has hopes, dreams, she has goals that she wishes to reach and exceed even. However, her education had been halted after she had gotten married and therefore, there was very little chance of her ever being able to do all of what she dreamed of. Along with that, there was the fact that she had never been provided medical care that should be provided to women that are pregnant. In these cases, it takes some time before we are finally able to help the mother and get her somewhere safe. When Hani was finally brought to one of the locations that the foundation has, she received the necessary medical care, for both physical and mental health. There is a process that we have with the doctors that we work with when these situations arise, the process goes at the pace that the person wants, no faster, no slower. We might guide from time to time but mostly, we allow the person to make their own choices, we let them know that their voice is heard and that we respect them.”

Miss Abdi continued on to tell us the good news that came about after her foundation was able to aid the girl, “With the help of the foundation, Hani was able to resume her education with the help of another foundation that my own works closely with at times. When it came time for her baby to be born, we were there for her the entire way and when she announced that she wished to keep the child, we helped her with that as well. Now, I can proudly say that Hani and Kadir are doing wonderful. Hani has been able to continue her education and recently she told me that she wants to earn a degree in fashion one day, which we will help her to reach.”

We then asked her what would have happened if not for the foundation helping Hani, Miss Abdi responded by saying, “If not for the foundation, she might not even be alive. All too often, in child marriages, there is a great deal of violence towards the girl. If she was to become pregnant like Hani did, there is a greater chance of her dying during childbirth. We are trying to end child marriages, the government is making steps in the proper direction but not quickly enough. This could happen very easily within America, within other countries. It might not be from child marriage but if a girl at this age becomes pregnant, she might not receive the proper health care that she should be getting. Her goals might never be reached. With the foundation’s help, we have seen many girls like Hani go on to greater futures than they ever thought they would have a chance at having.”

As we know some readers might be wondering, why would Miss Abdi return to a country still at war, her answer was clear, “I felt the calling to do something, and if need be, I would give my life to allow another to life. When you realize what others are experiencing, that their story is very similar to your own, you cannot ignore the call within your heart. I will never stop going into those warzones to help others, someone has to, I will be that someone.”

Finally, as we wrapped up the interview, we asked Miss Abdi just how readers could help the Rajo Foundation if they wished to, “We are taking donations, we always are in fact. People often ask how they can help the foundation and I tend to give a few different ways that they can help. Some that feel the call to help, they do travel to Somalia to assist with the foundation from its base within Mogadishu. Those that are not feeling up for such a big change within their lives, they can donate if they go to a website that has been set up for the foundation. There are also links upon the website that provide the reader with more information into the ways that we help the communities. That brings up another way that people could help as well. That is something that I always suggest to a person who wishes to help, no matter how they wish to help. We need people to read, to listen, to learn. To be more aware.”

-Amber Greene and Caspian Douglas

Statement of Support

I am not one to discuss politics, and I generally keep my opinion to myself, but as election day looms I feel a responsibility to share my thoughts with those I have sworn to protect.

As was stated in the your recent interview with mayoral candidate Khuran, I have been in talks with him about policy changes, reform, and the like. This ongoing conversation was made possible because he reached out to me in order to make it happen, so that in the invent he does win the election we are that much closer to getting these things in to place. The other candidate has not even attempted to make contact with me or my office, which I find surprising with him being a former law enforcement officer.

Furthermore, I admire the passion Mr. Khuran displays when discussing the issues he believes so strongly about, and I believe that will translate into a dedication for this city and the community that calls it home. A dedication that equals, if not rivals, my own.

I, Sheriff Max Holden, support Vishaal Khuran for Mayor, and believe that you should, too.

-Statement provided by Sheriff Max Holden

Election special

It is near time for our town to select its new mayor, and the Telegraph’s reporter, Caspian Douglas, has sat down with both mayoral candidates, Vishaal Khuran and Edward J. Carpenter in discussions about their visions for Clifton Forge’s future. 

First out was Mr. Khuran, for the VoteVish Campaing. Vishaal is a young, passionate Ex Marine and receiver of the Purple Heart and Marine Corps Good Conduct medal, currently employed as a Forest Ranger in Clifton Forge. Besides rallies and speeches to promote his campaign, he has also been hosting clean up efforts at the local beach in the name of his campaign slogan “Clean up Clifton Forge.”

The second candidate to sit down with our reporter was Mr Carpenter of the Carpenter 2020 campaign. Edward is a NYPD veteran and former councilman Meza, Arizona. He is currently working as a bartender at the Sip n’ Bite in Clifton Forge. 

Read our separate pieces about both candidates to see how they performed when faced by our reporter’s questions, and then it’s time for you to decide whether to vote for the passionate, ambitious Vishaal, or the strategic and precise Ed.

-Amber Greene

Interview with Vishaal Khuran

The interview took place at the Telegraph office presumably in between two the busy candidate’s many meetings. Vishaal arrived at the Telegraph office in full campaign mode , wearing what looked to be a U.S. Forest Service Forest Ranger outfit with the U.S. Forest Service logo taped over on the left hand side, as well as a number of campaign buttons decorating his uniform. 

He seemed in good spirits, and eagerly set out to answer our reporter’s questions regarding his involvement with the LGBTQIA community, in light of Pride Month that has just passed, and his work for a more sustainable future. Vishal, who revealed himself to be a member of Planet Earth, as well as being an undisclosed part of the queer community expressed that matters regarding both issues were going to be of doubtless import even after having been elected mayor for Clifton Forge. 

But it wasn’t until asked further about his vision for our town’s sustainable future he became really passionate. “I am going to make sure the right incentives are there for people to transition to using renewable resources. I’ll provide subsidies, tax breaks, and we’ll ensure that we update our building codes to require solar panels and wind turbines to offset the need for power from other sources. I also make sure that our local power grid is updated so that it can accept power from alternative sources.” The candidate promised, and went on to urge every citizen as well as businesses in our community and communities across the state to work together so that we can become 100% green.

In making a comparison to Fredericksburg, which has made a commitment to become 100% green by 2035, Mr. Khuran ensures us that he is going to put together a commitment of our own that is both realistic and aggressive, and that if we band together as a community, he believes we can beat Fredericksburg on their date. His first action as mayor, he claims, is going to be to hire a sustainability export. So if any of you readers out there are up for the role, he urges you to get in touch with him. 

He turned once again to our readers to do their bit to make Clifton Forge cleaner, stating that he intends to create a city website with a handbook and a guide on how to become sustainable as well as hosting educational programs aimed at the public. However, he reassures us that although he will need the community’s help in meeting his lofty goals, it is ultimately him that is going to be responsible, and that if the goals aren’t met, he will be out of a job. And he is already aiming high, claiming that his next campaign slogan will be “Keep Clifton Clean” rather than the current one, stating “Cleanup Clifton”.

So there, dear readers, you all have something to hold this candidate accountable for, should he make the position as Mayor. 

The interview started to take a different tone as the subject changed to law enforcement, with the candidate seemingly somewhat losing interest in the topic. But, we will leave it up to you, our readers to decide whether he is right in his opinion that there is nothing out of the ordinary regarding the levels of crime in our city, if compared to any town of a similar size. However, he goes on to inform us that he has been in conversation with the local county sheriff, Mr Max Holden, who has promised to work with him on key reforms. 

We regret to inform our readers that the interview was cut short as the subject went on to equality, as Mr. Khuran began to seem agitated. He did however ensure us that he is committed to ensure that the city employs fifty percent women, and that he already has made a list of those he wishes to work within his own office. He was able to tell us that “In addition to focusing on issues of justice reform, we’re going to be looking closely at issues relating to homelessness and LGBTQIA outreach. We have a hostel and community center in Clifton Forge that is dedicated to helping address these issues but it’s not enough.”

Unfortunately, it seems that the pressure might have finally gotten to the young candidate, as he was barely finished assuring our reporter that he intents to set an example in the way he forms his own office, with a team that represents all walks of life from the community, before he decided to set an end to the interview by throwing the device it was being recorded on onto the floor.

The Telegraph has since tried to reach out to him to inquire about his well being, but has not been able to get a reply that can confirm how he is currently doing. We can only speculate that the busy campaigning schedule is starting to take its toll.

– Caspian Douglas

Interview with Edward J. Carpenter

Our reporter met with Mr. Carpenter at the patio belonging to the renowned Tavola Calda at the candidate’s wishes. His campaign consists of three parts, according to his website, and when asked what he saw as most important of these parts, he admitted to it being Public Safety. The other parts are Infrastructure and the delivery of necessary services, as well as promoting an environment that attracts and retains business.The retired police NYPD officer tells us that for him, “it all ties back into that: If we can give people what they need, good homes, work and a sense of community we are all better for it.”

Seemingly a fairly calm and collected man, at ease with answering the questions coming his way with what appears to be a great volume of data in his mind,  Carpenter is pushing for community policing programs and more training for our local law enforcement, planning to shift those allocated funds from things like tactical swat vehicles to outreach programs, needle exchanges as well as making counselling more available. 

The candidate seemed to take some amusement in our reporter calling his suggested method softer than the ways of policing currently in place, assuming they were being seen as easier. However, for clarification, in this case, softer means friendlier.

He warned that it isn’t going to be an easy change, to enforce his suggested new community policing act. And that it’s likely that people are not going to be happy to answer questions about their race and gender when a sheriff [or police officer] pulls them over. However, he is quick to point out that “It’s necessary to prove in plain english and numbers that people of color are being disproportionately targeted, and those numbers need to be recorded.”

Of course, with what is currently going on in our nation, and has spread across much of the world, our reporter saw it as important to follow up with questions regarding Mr.Carpenter’s plans for our local law enforcement in comparison to the Defund the Police Movement. This is his response: “ I wouldn’t say [it is] part of the movement. We still need law and law enforcement. But yes, I support defunding as a matter of public safety.” He later went on to specify how he wished to see some of the current spending being redirected to organized steering committees for each neighborhood comprised of pro-active residents. In his own words, “sort of a Social Outreach Worker.” 

Although this candidate’s main focus seems to be very much on the law enforcement side of things, as should perhaps be expected of an ex cop, he also shared some intricately detailed plans on his vision for Clifton Forge’s sustainable future, which unfortunately could not all be included in this article to ensure our readers’ attention remain with us. 

“Our environment plays heavily into my plans for supporting our local economy,  Nothing happens without money, and Clifton Forge is one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve ever seen.” Ed, who is born and raised in New York, seems to have a very economical eye on the environment, and also expresses that his idea is to follow the governor’s lead in moving to green energy as a way to keep our natural spaces pristine and as a way to more effectively deliver Services and goods to our city. 

If elected, he intends to court Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, in hope that they would consider building one of their new wind farms off our coast, stating he wants our people to benefit from the growth industry and jobs green energy offers.

Of course this sort of plan often comes with worries and questions from the public, one being a concern for the natural beauty of the area. But the mayoral candidate has told our reporter there is no need to worry, comparing the structures that need to be raised to implement his plans for a greener Clifton Forge to that of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in that people were not in favour of it at first, but that it now is a major tourist attraction. However, we need to point out that the iconic tower was built as an entrance to the Exposition Universelle 1889 and was to be disassembled in 1909. It also never had any intended function besides that of a monument to art and engineering, which we hope isn’t the case with the wind turbines and solar stations the candidate is proposing for our town. 

Again, he points to the benefit for local industry and economics to implement green energy as well as a zero waste policy, claiming it will create more well paying jobs. And, as a last statement regarding his environmental policies, providing the business community buys into his plans, he hopes to be able to go fully green somewhere between 2035 and 2050, and sees that smaller goals, like coming up to emission standards, can be reached as early as 2035. 

And there, dear readers, you have an actual goal to hold Mr. Carpenter to, should you vote him in as the next mayor.

Mr. Carpenter’s social policies seem to heavily tie into those of public safety, and again points to a need for solutions that are indigenous to our neighborhoods and our community. We must bolster the programs we already have in place and give more hands to help. But he also states that to make this part of his scheme work, growth industries like green energy and tourism bring in a much needed cash flow.

The interview had to be cut short in the end, as Mr. Carpenter is a busy man and seemed in a hurry elsewhere. However, the Telegraph did manage to get a hold of him for a few final questions regarding his hiring policies and his stance on lgbtqia questions.

In regards to the queer comunity, he let us know that  “As a bisexual man I am my thought are never far from the protection and rights our community has fought so hard for.. I will always support our community in whatever  way I’m able, we’ve made considerable  strides towards equality. But we’re not done yet. ” And he went on to further claim that he has a fair mix in his campaign team and [that] if he is elected to office I will continue hiring people who can offer perspectives that engender equity.

Our reporter met with Mr. Carpenter at the patio belonging to the renowned Tavola Calda at the candidate’s wishes. His campaign consists of three parts, according to his website, and when asked what he saw as most important of these parts, he admitted to it being Public Safety. The other parts are Infrastructure and the delivery of necessary services, as well as promoting an environment that attracts and retains business.The retired police NYPD officer tells us that for him, “it all ties back into that: If we can give people what they need, good homes, work and a sense of community we are all better for it.”

Seemingly a fairly calm and collected man, at ease with answering the questions coming his way with what appears to be a great volume of data in his mind,  Carpenter is pushing for community policing programs and more training for our local law enforcement, planning to shift those allocated funds from things like tactical swat vehicles to outreach programs, needle exchanges as well as making counselling more available. 

The candidate seemed to take some amusement in our reporter calling his suggested method softer than the ways of policing currently in place, assuming they were being seen as easier. However, for clarification, in this case, softer means friendlier.

He warned that it isn’t going to be an easy change, to enforce his suggested new community policing act. And that it’s likely that people are not going to be happy to answer questions about their race and gender when a sheriff [or police officer] pulls them over. However, he is quick to point out that “It’s necessary to prove in plain english and numbers that people of color are being disproportionately targeted, and those numbers need to be recorded.”

Of course, with what is currently going on in our nation, and has spread across much of the world, our reporter saw it as important to follow up with questions regarding Mr.Carpenter’s plans for our local law enforcement in comparison to the Defund the Police Movement. This is his response: “ I wouldn’t say [it is] part of the movement. We still need law and law enforcement. But yes, I support defunding as a matter of public safety.” He later went on to specify how he wished to see some of the current spending being redirected to organized steering committees for each neighborhood comprised of pro-active residents. In his own words, “sort of a Social Outreach Worker.” 

Although this candidate’s main focus seems to be very much on the law enforcement side of things, as should perhaps be expected of an ex cop, he also shared some intricately detailed plans on his vision for Clifton Forge’s sustainable future, which unfortunately could not all be included in this article to ensure our readers’ attention remain with us. 

“Our environment plays heavily into my plans for supporting our local economy,  Nothing happens without money, and Clifton Forge is one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve ever seen.” Ed, who is born and raised in New York, seems to have a very economical eye on the environment, and also expresses that his idea is to follow the governor’s lead in moving to green energy as a way to keep our natural spaces pristine and as a way to more effectively deliver Services and goods to our city. 

If elected, he intends to court Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, in hope that they would consider building one of their new wind farms off our coast, stating he wants our people to benefit from the growth industry and jobs green energy offers.

Of course this sort of plan often comes with worries and questions from the public, one being a concern for the natural beauty of the area. But the mayoral candidate has told our reporter there is no need to worry, comparing the structures that need to be raised to implement his plans for a greener Clifton Forge to that of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in that people were not in favour of it at first, but that it now is a major tourist attraction. However, we need to point out that the iconic tower was built as an entrance to the Exposition Universelle 1889 and was to be disassembled in 1909. It also never had any intended function besides that of a monument to art and engineering, which we hope isn’t the case with the wind turbines and solar stations the candidate is proposing for our town. 

Again, he points to the benefit for local industry and economics to implement green energy as well as a zero waste policy, claiming it will create more well paying jobs. And, as a last statement regarding his environmental policies, providing the business community buys into his plans, he hopes to be able to go fully green somewhere between 2035 and 2050, and sees that smaller goals, like coming up to emission standards, can be reached as early as 2035. 

And there, dear readers, you have an actual goal to hold Mr. Carpenter to, should you vote him in as the next mayor.

Mr. Carpenter’s social policies seem to heavily tie into those of public safety, and again points to a need for solutions that are indigenous to our neighborhoods and our community. We must bolster the programs we already have in place and give more hands to help. But he also states that to make this part of his scheme work, growth industries like green energy and tourism bring in a much needed cash flow.

The interview had to be cut short in the end, as Mr. Carpenter is a busy man and seemed in a hurry elsewhere. However, the Telegraph did manage to get a hold of him for a few final questions regarding his hiring policies and his stance on lgbtqia questions.

In regards to the queer comunity, he let us know that  “As a bisexual man I am my thought are never far from the protection and rights our community has fought so hard for.. I will always support our community in whatever  way I’m able, we’ve made considerable  strides towards equality. But we’re not done yet. ” And he went on to further claim that he has a fair mix in his campaign team and [that] if he is elected to office I will continue hiring people who can offer perspectives that engender equity.

-Caspian Douglas