Towns & Villages Column by Virginia Copeland
Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014
Warrenton Chorale recruiting young singers
By Virginia Copeland
There will be a hymn sing in memory of Virginia “Snook” Longerbeam tonight, Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Midland United Methodist Church, 5435 Midland Road. Virginia was a faithful member her entire life to this, her church, where she played the organ for fifty years. Come out and join the family as a remembrance of this good lady.
We are invited to the Sumerduck Baptist Church homecoming and revival services. Homecoming will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday July 27 followed by lunch and an afternoon song service. Revival begins on Monday, July 28 through Wednesday July 30 each evening at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is Brother Monroe Baldwin of Moneta, Va. with special singing each evening. For more information call (540) 439-6799 or
there will be reminders as the time gets closer, but jot this down on your calendars now. Time has a way of creeping up on us.
Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014
Red Cross blood drive today in Catlett
By Virginia Copeland
The Catlett Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held today beginning at 3 to 7:30 p.m. This is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church UMC and is held at the Cedar Run Building on Catlett Road. For information you can call (540) 788-9522.
Two of our great-grandchildren visited us last week. They were here for an extended stay. Their great-grandmother in Arizona passed away and their mom needed to go for the funeral. When she called to see if I could keep them I was delighted, and so was Wes, their big brother. I tried to keep them busy here at home doing some things I thought they would enjoy. We also saw the new movies just out, visited Crocket Park to relax and fish, a couple of trips to the mall in Manassas and the Flying Circus. In the middle of the second week, Cameron came down stairs one morning and even before he had his breakfast he said to me, “Nana, can we stay home today? We have been going a lot. Let’s just stay home today.” I thought of the innocent wisdom of a little eight year old boy. Cameron just wanted a break from doing, to a day of peace and quiet. When I seem to become overwhelmed with so much to do I think of the words of an eight year old boy and concentrate on being still.
I have word that the Lee Family Reunion went well last Sunday. This is the 64th reunion of enjoying family and good old home cooking. There were 74 in attendance including 90-year old Uncle Gordon Briscoe of Front Royal, Virginia (he was the oldest). Aunt Lucy and her daughter, Shirley Griffin, was here from Kennewick, Washington. Also, from Benton City, Washington was Brenda Munley. The reunion this year was hosted by Edwin Lee, and sons, Gilmer, Roger and Arthur. Next year the 65th reunion is to be hosted by Uncle Briscoe and family.
Don’t forget Zane Woodward is collecting wet cat and dog food for the SPCA. This is to earn his Citizenship Merit Badge for Troop 1177. If you would like to help, call (540) 788-9365.
Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014
Town hall meeting tonight in Remington
By Virginia Copeland
Our community was saddened by the death of our friend Virginia (Armstrong) Longerbeam. She was affectionately known as “Snook” by family and friends. I talked with them a while back and Gene, her husband, was telling me how they met and even after many, many years had passed you could still feel the love for her as he spoke. His love and admiration for her was so strong it was almost as though it was just a few days ago. She leaves behind her husband of 63 years, a daughter, Cynthia, son, Jerry, a grandson, Logan, and two great granddaughters, Brooke and MaKayla. “Snook” will missed be for her many community and church activities, but most of all for her pleasant warm greeting to all she met.
I received the news that the Woodward household is very busy and would like to pass it on to you. Working for his Citizenship Merit Badge for Troop 1177, Zane is collecting wet cat and dog food for the SPCA. If you would like to help Zane with his project you can call (540) 788-9365 and he will help get your donation to the SPCA. Or you can give directly to the SPCA (in his name), or leave your donation in a box on the porch of Southern States in Calverton. Thanks for your help in this project.
Zack Woodward and Jacob Matthews both of Kettle Run High School earned their State FFA degree at the State FFA Convention held at Virginia Tech. To earn this top FFA award you have to be active in your local FFA for 2 years, have 360 hours of instruction in agricultural education, earn at least 1,000 points in agriculture production, and show leadership within your FFA chapter and in your community. Zack and Jacob were the only two Fauquier FFA students to earn this award this year.
Zack is also a young firefighter working with the Catlett Fire & Rescue Volunteer Company.
The Christian Women’s Club of Warrenton will hold their monthly brunch, “Creative Pottery”, Thursday, July 10, at the fellowship hall Warrenton Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. For reservations, cancellations or child care call Yvonne at (540) 347-1317.
This evening, July 9th, the monthly Town Hall meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Lions Club in Remington. For more information you can contact supervisor Lee Sherbeyn or Chester Stribling.