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Pat Ralson, Wishes and Dreams owner, with a hand-painted desk by local artist Connie Ihlenseld.

Wishes and dreams fulfilled at Colonial Beach

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Two Chief Master Sergeants found their way from the Pentagon to Colonial Beach in 1988.  Gary and Pat Ralston retired from the Air Force and moved to the third generation vacation spot of Gary’s family.  They had spent most of their careers in Arlington, with Gary having 34 years in the military and Pat having 26 years. When the building that is now Wishes and Dreams became available, Gary wasted

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    Posted on January 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

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    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

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