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Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014
Orlean fire hall breakfast comes Sunday
Spring is almost here; we hope. A few brave robins are lurking around the yard and we are awaiting that welcome sound of the small "peepers" who announce the coming season. These little frogs are quite small and have powerful voices especially when they sing in chorus with their friends and relatives.

The Hume Baptist Church will host a community supper on Saturday, March 15 at 5 p.m. followed by a musical program by Calvary's Mercy, a four part harmony men's Southern Gospel Group, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Inclement weather, please call (540) 364-3464 for information.

The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will hold its monthly breakfast on Sunday, March 16 from 8 until 11 a.m. Please plan to come, enjoy the food and visit with your neighbors. The Spring ham and oyster dinner will be held on Saturday, March 29 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Calling all yard sale enthusiasts: The Orlean Volunteer Fire Department will hold the Spring Sale on Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Set up time is 7:30 a.m. Table fees are $20 in advance; $30 the week before and the day of the sale.

Mary Tarr will be contacting previous vendors with advance information. We will publish more details as the time comes closer. This is a great way to pass off some of your no longer needed items and perhaps add to your own collections. It also is a great way to support the efforts of our volunteers who are here for us every single day of the year.

Birthday wishes this week to Ashley Neese Bybee, Karen Ward, Tucker Bybee, Hadley Tippett, JoAnn McCullough, Lily Atherton, Irene Kerns, John Piper, Sally Shoemaker, Parker Harrell, Winchell Chung, Sarena Marshall, Melissa King and Carl Liles. Hope everyone has a great day. Anniversary greetings to Alice and Herman King who will celebrate 34 years together on March 15.

Our friend, Steve Campbell, is recovering from hip surgery. He has no idea what is in store for him while he goes through the physical therapy. We think he is beginning to get the picture. Keep up the good work, Steve.

The Border Collie trials which we mentioned earlier have been postponed because of the foul weather. Further information may be found at the following web site: http://www.winkmason.com Ple.ase feel free to investigate dates, directions, etc. at this site. Wink is an accomplished no-nonsense trainer of Border Collies with more than 25 years of experience who can offer advice on all aspects of working with these amazing dogs.
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
Breakfast at the Orlean Firehouse Sunday
Was anyone fortunate enough to see the meteor showers last evening? We watched, but the cloud cover prevented any sightings of this unusual event. We may try again this evening if we can stay awake long enough.

The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department held its monthly meeting last week. We were happy to welcome six neighbors who have expressed an interest in becoming members.

They were interviewed and taken through the application process,, which we hope will go quickly. Thanks, friends, for wanting to serve the community.

Note that the monthly breakfast will be held this coming Sunday, August 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. Looking forward to seeing you there.

The Orlean Volunteer Fire Department yard sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire house on Leeds Manor Road.

This will be a great opportunity to rid yourself of those treasures which have been taking up space and perhaps to acquire more "stuff." This is a bring-your-own table event. Details about reserving space are forthcoming with contact numbers and other information about fees.

Birthday greetings this week to Jackie Horn, Kyle Loch, Carolanne Petrusiak, Nicholas McCullough, Iris Branscome and Brian Dove. Enjoy your special day with someone you love and who makes you happy.

Elizabeth, one of the Siamese cats, got herself in a pickle this week. She accidentally turned over a basin of water being used for some laundry and came flying through the house with her hind legs and tail soaking wet.

She thought that someone else had done it and protested loudly during that quick trip. Naturally the cleanup took much longer than she wanted. There was plenty of licking and all of the other stuff that goes on when a cat bathes. She refused help from mom who offered a dry towel. Oh well, it is so nice to be independent sometimes.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
Graveside service Aug. 14 for Jack Kinzer
Another gorgeous weekend. The porch provided a great place to enjoy the pleasant days and watch the traffic. The only unpleasant thing was watching the drivers who deliberately ran through the stop signs at the intersection of Leeds Manor and John Barton Payne roads.

The peaches are ready, and are they good. My favorite summer fruit is a lovely ripe peach, preferably served on ice cream. A friend and I prepared 36 pints of delicious brandied/pickled peaches which will be available for purchase at the Leeds St. Nicholas Day sale on Dec. 7. The green pepper jelly (first-prize winner at the Fauquier County Fair) will also be available.

Graveside memorial services for Jack Kinzer will be held at the Old Leeds Cemetery (across the road from Leeds Church) on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends in Leeds Parish Hall following the service.

Margaret and Jack Kinzer were members of our community for many years prior to moving to Tennessee for their retirement. Jack spent many hours crafting beautiful woodwork items which will be treasured by his family.

Alice and Herman King and their two daughters, Melissa and Samantha, enjoyed a short vacation in Florida last week. The ladies did some shopping and all enjoyed doing some of the "touristy" things.

Birthday greetings this week to Ann Prideaux, Hayden Shaw, Jutsie Carter, Ruth Baxley, Don Armstrong, Adele Harrell, and Anthony McCullough. I hope everyone gets to celebrate with someone special.

A special quote this week is, "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." Enjoy and do something stupid if you wish.

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