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Paul Yandura and I are cruising through Appalachian farmland on his ATV, mud spraying, twigs smacking the windshield of the camouflage four-wheeler. The motor is no match for his full-throttle voice or sonic-booming laugh. Even though today is gloomy and damp, Yandura is describing only sunshine here amid the West Virginia pastures.
Someday soon, people from Washington—people like him and the other business owners who have flocked to the town of Wardensville since he and his partner, Donald Hitchcock, opened a boutique there Male seeking female 18 40 —will be kayaking on the clear water.
West lothian mature hookup started with an old feed store that came up for sale in Hitchcock and Yandura bought it and turned it into the Lost River Trading Post, a hybrid coffee shop, art gallery, and home-goods store. They also bought the house next door, moved in, and raised a gay-pride flag out front. But now the Trading Post, with its prime spot at the entrance to town—plus the fire-orange cow statue the couple parked out front—beckoned those travelers to stop.
Many who did so came away with more than lattes and artisanal soy candles. Thanks to his political past life, Yandura has a knack for finding grant money and connections within the federal government to help rural businesses get off the ground. He and Hitchcock also became real-estate agents. Which means potential transplants need only hop into their Land Rover to get zipped around to the mountain houses with the best views and the shuttered s storefronts with the most potential.
It has worked. Marine turned FBI agent turned security consultant Patty Haley stopped into the Trading Post for coffee in and left convinced that she should trade Alexandria for a fixer-upper on Main Street. Another FBI veteran, Dave Altenburg, bought a building he rents to a company that specializes in transcribing congressional and federal-agency hearings—remote work that can be done much more cheaply from West Virginia than from DC.
Sally Weaver, an analyst at SpaceX who lives in Springfield, bought a rundown Hogansburg NY bi horny wives earlier this year after getting to know the couple while passing through on her motorcycle. Vicki Johnson, a former government lawyer who met Yandura when they both worked in politics, watched him post on Facebook about his new life in the country.
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After she inquired, he wound up finding her a log cabin in the mountains and showing her a vacant Main Street building. The list goes on—nearly two dozen businesses and nonprofits have opened in Wardensville since In one of the most depressed states in the Union, you might assume that the economic jolt would be welcomed as great news. Yandura and Hitchcock have been screamed at, had their property vandalized, and, well, worse.
Frye runs a acre farm and cutting-edge agricultural operation that turns chicken dung into fertilizer. These days, Main Street might be brightening up. Spend five minutes in a town-council meeting for a taste of some seriously nasty local politics. A lot of it—directly or indirectly—involves Yandura Adult singles dating in Pismo beach, California (CA Hitchcock.
As Yandura puts it, there have been days when Wardensville felt like living in the nuttiest Facebook comments thread. John was town recorder—basically, treasurer—for more than 20 years. Betsy descends from the Wardens, for Divorced couples searching flirt free fucks the town was named in Together they own the Star Mercantile, a general store and restaurant that occupies one of the oldest buildings on Main Street.
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A year-old widow with bright-white Married women looking for sex Zielona Gora and pink-tinted glasses, Ratcliff moved to town 16 years ago after retiring from a packaging business in Prince William County. Not withstanding her Republican affiliation, he obliged. Even though Ratcliff ran unopposed, her ascension sowed deep resentment among residents who felt steamrolled by what came next. She brought in state auditors to go over the books. I thought it was one of those things towns do to get by. And he loves everybody.
Soon after her election, someone began posting Ku Klux Klan crosses on the bulletin board near town hall. A different white-supremacist group left behind membership applications. The ordeal devolved into a high-school staring contest. Sayers moved to the front row and sat beside him.
Hitchcock did him one better—he leaned in toward Sayers and snapped a selfie. The disgruntled natives began trolling the new in-crew online, Housewives seeking sex tonight KY Louisville 40211 a Facebook group run by an anonymous administrator and sarcastically named Good News Wardensville. Joseph Kapp, another gay DC transplant and Ratcliff supporter, owns a building on Main Street where aspiring entrepreneurs can test out business concepts.
He was ridiculed on the site as the Wiz of Biz. Catchy name, Kapp thought—the Wiz now travels the country in a green top hat and cape, speaking about entrepreneurship for thousands of dollars an appearance. Some attacks were darker.
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Offline, the rancor got just as ugly. An employee called Horney girls 44287, who raced over in time to jump into his truck and follow the woman home so Local older horny women at East Kilbride could explain. When he got there, Yandura says, her two dogs penned him in his vehicle.
On another day, county police showed up at the store—because someone had reported that Yandura and Hitchcock kept child porn inside. Yandura says the officer was nice about it, said he had to stop by even though he knew the call was bogus. But still. Consider the White Lights Affair. The obvious move—more lights.
So they hung strings of white LEDs outside the store and along the fence of the cemetery across the street and encouraged others Sexy housewives want sex South Hill do the same. Within days, Hitchcock and Yandura awoke to find the lights on the cemetery fence unplugged. Then it happened again—and again. Annoying but not too big a deal.
Until someone cut them. Nearly two years later, the episode clearly still rankles John and Deepstep Georgia naughty singles Sayers, but for a different reason. They got over being the outsiders long before they set foot in Wardensville. Yandura, now 48, grew up in a working-class family in Detroit. Hitchcock, 44, was a military brat in rural Florida.
At his orientation there inYandura was the community-college kid surrounded by Ivy Leaguers. When a staffer asked if anyone in the room was gay, he was the only person in the crowd of to stand up. It turned out the President wanted to form a gay-and-lesbian outreach office and needed someone who was actually gay to help.
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I met Bill Clinton. Eventually, he started a political fundraising and consulting firm with another ex-Clintonite. Inhe fired off an e-mail to major gay donors imploring them to close their wallets until the Democratic National Committee started pushing for their rights. Within weeks, Hitchcock was fired. He sued for defamation and claimed that his dismissal was retaliation. What followed became an embarrassing spectacle for Casual Hook Ups Hecla SouthDakota 57446 party.
Then—DNC chairman Howard Dean was deposed during the primaries, and discovery yielded unflattering internal e-mails. Hitchcock became a political pariah and started selling medical devices. His lawsuit was eventually settled. But Yandura continued agitating, becoming a Blonde with 75204 dog for a group called GetEqual to put pressure on President Obama.
They caught word that retired basketball player Alonzo Mourning was planning a fundraiser for the President at his waterfront compound in Miami. Why are you making it personal? More time to knit. The next step: hashing out a deal that could transform the farm from a heartwarmer with small-scale impact into a high-wattage attraction with the potential to bring more people and money to town.
Yandura, Hitchcock, and Lewis envision opportunities for the Wardensville teens to work in high-end Washington eateries and, on the flipside, a chance to bring city kids to Appalachia. The acre property has room for kitchens, educational and meeting space, and housing where the students, visiting chefs, and other out-of-towners could stay Woman seeking for anr special dinners and events.
So far, the teens who ed up to work at the farm have all stuck with it. This place gives you a certain type of confidence.
In fact, Yandura and Hitchcock say much of Wardensville has already been welcoming. Already, the farm has drawn visits from officials including US senator Joe Manchin.
Kids who work there say a lot of people remain suspicious of the place. As Looking for bbw mature 37 Albany 37 Frye points out, the farm has a prime spot on the Cacapon River, a public waterway that locals nonetheless like to think of as their own. Senior editor Marisa M. Kashino can be reached at mkashino washingtonian. This article appears in the July issue of Washingtonian.