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Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014
Heartland Town Hall meeting is tonight
The Heartland Town Hall meeting will be held tonight at the Remington Lions Club at 7 p.m. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Don’t forget the programs at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. They have already started but it is not too late to get in the classes on Sunday mornings and evenings. For all the information call (540) 788-3364.

Weather permitting; the Christian Women’s Club of Warrenton will hold their monthly brunch Thursday, March 13 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the fellowship hall in Warrenton Presbyterian Church. The policy is if school is canceled so will the brunch, but if school is delayed, the brunch will be held at the appointed time. For reservations and more information call Yvonne at (540) 347-1317.

The Catlett Community Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, March 19th at the Cedar Run Building between the hours of 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. Due to inclement weather all over the country many of the blood drives had to be canceled. This has depleted the Red Cross blood supply over our nation. If you are able, come and give blood. Bring a friend, a family member or a neighbor and donate.

On Saturday March 22 there will be an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast will all the trimmings at Trinity United Methodist Church to benefit the Blood Drive. A freewill donation will be accepted. For more information on either of these events call (540) 788-9522.

The Casanova Chili Cook-Off was a success. First place winner was Carter Nevill with his “Vegetarian Black Bean Chili”; second place was Dee Garrett with her “Jamaican Me Crazy Chili” and Ellen Fox Emerson took third place with her “Black Bean Chili”. Honorable mentions were: The Ladies from the Town Duck and Sherry Sokach-Lowman. They raised $3,800 for Stop Hunger Now. It was a fun time. A big thank you from Grace Church for the help of all that participated and supported this event. If you would like to donate to help reach the goal of $5,000, you have time. The packaging will be done on April 26. For more information and to donate, call (540) 788-1202.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
Bylers travel to Alaska and California
It is always so hard to lose a loved one in death, but especially difficult to lose someone young.

Samuel P. Blackmer passed away at the age of 29, leaving behind his son Samuel, his parents, Rose Mary (Miller) and Stephen Blackmer. Sam also leaves behind two brothers, and two sisters.

Sam spent a lot of years in the home of his grandparents, Esther and Alvin Miller, who also survive him, along with many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

There was a beautiful sight of fire and rescue vehicles at the entrance to the cemetery here in Catlett on Friday in honor of Sam’s grandfather who has served in the CVFR for some 50 years and is a lifetime member.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sudden loss of such a fun loving family member.

Cora and Simon Byler along with his sister Martha and her husband Homer Yoder just returned from a trip of a lifetime.

The four of them flew to Anchorage, took a train to Denali National Park, and came back on the bus tour to catch their ship for an Alaskan cruise.

From that point they flew into San Francisco, rented a van and toured part of the West Coast. Visiting the Red Wood Forest and even into part of Oregon. Simon says it was a wonderful trip and so beautiful.

Congratulations to Kozie (Smith) Phibbs who celebrated her 59th birthday this weekend with many surprises.

Kozie now lives in Huntersville, N. C.. Her girls, Kelly and Karey along with their children, Kaley and Kolbs made the trip from Virginia, joining her daughter
Ashley and granddaughter Madison who live nearby.

Kozie knew about their coming for the event, but was totally surprised when her siblings, Karen, Kandy and Kalvyn and their spouses showed up from Catlett.

And to top it off, her dad’s brother, Jim and his wife drove up from Florida to complete the weekend.

She never dreamed they would make the trip to help her celebrate. What a wonderful display of love and a real tribute to their parents for creating such love between their children.

The Christian Women’s Club invites all you ladies to attend the “Baubles Bangles and Bling” brunch on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Warrenton Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

Karen Thompson will feature her line of Premier Jewelry. Speaker, Gloria Feralio of Woodbury, N.J., will give her story of her love for old movies, and how she was in a movie. For reservations call Yvonne (540) 347-1317 or Pat (540) 347-7417.

A town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Cedar Run Building on Catlett Road beginning at 7 p.m. Supervisor Lee Sherbeyn will bring us up to date on county projects.
Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013
Samantha’s Thrift Store opens for business
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Russell “Bob” Tudor this morning. Most of us knew Bob through his work with Fauquier County as county agent. Fauquier County, being a farming community, had many needs for his advice about things around the farm or even for pests in the garden. For many years, Bob was there to answer our questions.

When I retired, I attended the Christian Woman’s Club and became involved. There I met Bob’s wife Mary Catherine. After that, there were many times to meet with them on a social basis.

Bob is survived by his wife, one son Thomas, two daughters, Cynthia and Mary Robin, and three grandchildren.

Knowing the family and seeing their closeness, there will surely be a great empty place in each heart. Let us remember them in our prayers as they adjust to life without a husband, dad, and granddad.

Wesleyan United Methodist Church sends great news. The church received two new members on Sunday, Maggie Jane Mast and Barbara Ann Mast.

Pastor Steve Little officiated in the ceremony. There was a time of fellowship at a reception following the service.

Samantha’s Thrift Store has had its open house and is now open full time for business.

Wes and I stopped by on Saturday and received a warm welcome by owner Patricia Callaway and her daughter Samantha (who is where the store got its name).

Store hours are Mondays through Fridays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need a gift or would just like to browse, stop by the store. If you would like to learn more, call the store (540) 788-6083.

The Catlett/Calverton wastewater treatment project has distributed a survey to local residents to provide information, for the purpose of reducing interest rates on a loan to the county that is being sought to pay for the project that will provide sewer to the Catlett/Calverton residents.

If you have received your community household survey and have not responded, do so today. If you have any questions concerning this project, contact (540) 422-8001 or (540) 433-8021.

Longwood University has selected 150 students to the President's List for superior academic achievement during the fall 2012/spring 2013 semesters. Kelsey Nicole Nelson of Catlett and Elizabeth Nicole Leonard of Midland were among those who earned a perfect 4.0 academic average.
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