Towns & Villages Column by Virginia Copeland
Wednesday, May. 22, 2013
‘Stop hunger now’ needs volunteers
Next Monday, our nation celebrates Memorial Day. It was a day set aside in July 1880 to remember the soldiers of family and friends who gave their life for the freedom we have today.
There will be many parades in our area for you to attend. Many have a family backyard cook-out planned.
Whatever we do to observe this day, let's stop for a moment to remember those that gave their life for our freedom.
Congratulations to Hilda and David Blackwell, who celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on May 20. Many good wishes are sent with much love from grandson Antony Garnett and all the family, as well as many friends. May you have many more good years together.
Warren and I have almost as many years together. We celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary on May 19. We enjoyed a delicious meal at Olive Garden with our great-grandson Wesley.
Simple Changes is offering raffle tickets for a vacation to Costa Rica to benefit its therapeutic riding academy. Chance tickets ($10 or three for/$25) must be purchased by May 31 for the drawing on June 1.
For more information in getting your chances or to help this worthwhile organization, call (703) 400-7209 or visit www.simplechanges.org.
On Saturday, June 1, "Stop Hunger Now" comes to Casanova between 9 and 11 a.m. to package meals for the "Stop Hunger Now" ministry.
Members of Grace Episcopal Church, St. Andrews Catholic Church and the Casanova community will gather at the Grace Church parish hall to work on this project.
More volunteers are needed if you would like to help. A sign-up sheet is at the Casanova post office for your convenience or you can call the parish hall at (540) 788-4419 and leave a message with your name and phone number.
Our community is invited to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church outdoor worship service at Crockett Park on June 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The service will be followed by a cookout feast and plenty of great side dishes. In addition to the picnic, there will be games, stories, music and plenty of time to spend with your friends.
Wednesday, May. 15, 2013
Be sure to give blood this afternoon
When death comes to our home, we always hurt, but when one of our little ones is taken from us, we become devastated.
Our thoughts and prayers are surely with Rebecca Stanley and Andrew LaRoche, who lost their little one on April 27. God gave them Jonah Thomas for 11 months to bring joy to their hearts and fill their day with sunshine. Now he is safe in the arms of angels.
A special service was held for him on May 10 at Johnsville United Methodist Church in Union Bridge, Md. Our sympathy goes to these parents as well as grandparents, great-grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial contributions can be made to defray the cost of arrangements to Sarah Lerner, 4548 Razor Hill Road, Bealeton, 22712.
Don't forget, the Red Cross Catlett Community Blood Drive will be held at the Cedar Run Building, 3558 Catlett Road, this afternoon between the hours of 3 and 7:30 p.m. This is sponsored by Trinity UMC Men's Group. Call (540) 788-9522 for more information.
There will be a pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 18, at Trinity United Methodist Church between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m. Breakfast proceeds will go toward the support of the Community Red Cross Blood Drive.
The church is located at 9280 Old Dumfries Road. For more information, call (540) 788-9522.
Do take notice that the Christian Women's Club of Warrenton's brunch "How Does Your Garden Grow," is a week later this month. It will be Thursday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall, Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main St.
Elizabeth Thornton will be giving tips on gardening; Missy Leresche will share her music and the speaker, Jean Hartman, of Norththumberland, Pa., will share how Stonecroft (Christian Woman's Club) got started 75 years ago.
For reservations, call Yvonne at (540) 347-1317 or Pat, (540) 347-7417.
On Saturday, June 1, Stop Hunger Now will come to Casanova from 9 to 11 a.m. To update you on the Chili Cook-off earlier this year, this effort raised $5,000 to support the purchase of at least 20,000 meals for children or families.
I will have more later on the June 1 fundraising event, but if you would like to call now for information, the number is (540) 788-4419.
Friday, May. 10, 2013
Town hall meeting tonight in Remington
Correction: Last week, I informed you the Heartland Town Hall meeting would be in Catlett tonight. I must correct that. The meeting tonight, May 8, will be at the Lions Club in Remington at 7 p.m.
Our county transportation specialist will be there to explain how and why our roads get done and not get done. There will be updates on other projects, also.
For more information, you can contact supervisors Lee Sherbeyn or Chester Stribling.
Congratulations to Justin Osteen as he celebrated his 20th birthday with friends at his home on Sunday, May 5. He said he had a good day. Justin, we are wishing you many more good days and happy birthdays in the years to come.
Don't forget the community buffet breakfast held at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church in Bristersburg from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will have its "Blooming Spring" plant and yard sale this Saturday, May 11. It will also have its first barbecue chicken dinner of the 2013 season.
Make it early in the day to catch the best sales on the plants for Mother's Day and the many other items for sale in the "yard."
This event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The chicken barbecue will be ready at 11 a.m. For more information, you can call (540) 788-4252.
There will be a community-wide yard sale in the vicinity of Timber Fence Parkway at Silver Cup Estates and Olde Gold Cup Subdivision just off Broadview Avenue at Bear Wallow Road on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine.
The next Catlett History Day meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. to continue plans for the fall.
If you would like to help with this coming event, feel free to come and help make this another good year. The time for the meeting is 7 p.m. and it will be held at the Cedar Run Building, 3558 Catlett Road. For more information, call (540) 788-4609 or (540) 788-4232.
The Red Cross Catlett Community Blood Drive will be Wednesday, May 15, between 3 and 7:30 p.m. This is sponsored by Trinity UMC Men's Group and held at the Cedar Run Building, 3558 Catlett Road. For more information, you can call (540) 788-3621.
Christian Women's Club of Warrenton invites us to a "How Does Your Garden Grow" brunch. This brunch features Elizabeth Thornton giving us master gardening tips, while Missy Leresche shares her music with us.
The speaker, Jean Hartman, of Norththumberland, Pa., will tell us all about Stonecroft, the headquarters for the Christian Women's Clubs all over the world. She will share how it got started 75 years ago.
This meeting will be held at Fellowship Hall Warrenton Presbyterian Church at 91 Main Street. For reservations, call Yvonne at (540) 347-1317 or Pat, (540) 347-7417.