Towns & Villages Column by Virginia Copeland
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.
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013
Catlett history day is approaching
I received a phone call from Helen Ridgeway on Monday asking if I knew her husband had passed away. I had not. She wanted this announcement to be made to all their Fauquier friends.
I remember Carlton “Jack” when he ran the Funkhouser Garage in Midland. He and Helen had their business account with The State Bank of Remington, and they would visit with us tellers when they came in for bank business.
Jack was always a “kidder”, and lots of fun to be around. He was born in August 1937 in Upperville, and departed this life in February 2013, at his home in Front Royal.
At the time of his death, he was surrounded by Helen, his wife of 58 years, two sons, Carlton Jr., and Edgar, and one daughter, Frances Sobczak. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Jack was one of the founders of the Orlean Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as assistant fire chief in 1972. He was elected fire chief in 1975. Jack also served our country with the Army National Guard.
He will be missed by his family and many friends who enjoyed being in his presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family who, even after these many months, miss visiting him daily.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Remington, invites us to enjoy a spaghetti dinner with them on Friday, July 26 between 5 and 8 p.m. There will be plenty of food, lots of desserts, and friends to visit with. For more information call (540) 439-2676.
We are only a few months away from Catlett history day, our special, once-a-year event, where the community folk work together to have an informative day full of fun and a time to visit friends.
This year, we are encouraging Catlett families that have information on their ancestors at the turn of the century in Catlett to come forth with their scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, old photos and hand-me-down oral family stories to share with the visitors in October.