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Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014
Orlean VFRD to have breakfast Sunday
By Anne Davis

Good morning on another humid and sticky July day. We must remind ourselves that it is summer time and that's what we here in the South get during this month. Oh well, it will be August soon and we can begin to think about winter and the joys that it brings.

The meeting to discuss the Orlean community post office will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at the Orlean Post Office. Please come and make your concerns heard at this time. The parking is limited, but we need to pack the meeting and show our support for the local office.

The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department breakfast will be held on Sunday, July 20 from 8 -11 a.m. The turnout last month was wonderful; let's do the same again. The volunteers get up very early to make the meal preparations so we need to show up to enjoy their hard work. Also, please bring empty gallon milk jugs which have been rinsed and tops removed for the Orlean Christmas lighting ceremony. These are being stored at another location in readiness for the Dec. 6 eveningfestivities.

Catching up with some birthdays in the community: Chistine Bach, Violetta Johnston Legg, Brett Lowden, Lois Pearson, Georgis Pearson, Chris Lowden, Karen Moore, Susan Havens, Sara Stribling, Alex Hartz, Rita Rowand, Bill Stribling, Sandy Lowdern, Nicholas Mastri, Fred Fox, Will Brandt, Linnea Turner and John Wayland. Have wonderful memories of your special day with family and friends.

The Warrenton Chorale is recruiting young singers for the Youth Chorale Group for the upcoming "Christmas in Music" concerts for 2014. This program is a wonderful opportunity for young people who love to sing to give back to the community. This is a chance for younger students in the public schools as well as those who are home schooled to participate in a great music program.

Here is the basic information needed for parents and students: children need to be nine years old by November 1, 2014; music is composed for treble voices (soprano or alto); rehearsals begin on Sept. 9 from 4:15-5:30 p.m.; concert performance dates are December 4, 5 and 6, 2014. Further information is available at the following web sites: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or http://www.warrentonchorale.org
Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014
Breakfast at the Orlean VFRD July 20
By Anne Davis

The Fourth of July weekend blessed us with spectacular weather and now we are about to be brutalized with what our weather friends are dubbing the "third heat wave". Oh well, it is summer and what can we expect? Just turn up the fans, get a cool drink and prop your feet up. A good book or a hammock under a wonderful shade tree will also help.

Howard Walbridge, former resident of Orlean, recently died at his home at Westminster Canterbury in Winchester.

Survivors include his daughter, Jenny Emig of Orlean, several grandchildren and great grandchildren and his long time companion, Georgianna Moore. A memorial service will be held at Leeds Episcopal Church, Markham, on Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

If you want some fun on Saturday, July 12 and enjoy watching the Border Collies work, there will be trials at Dawgwood Farm, Goldvein, starting at 8 a.m. Bring a chair and cool drinks. You may check the website for further information. The National Finals Sheepdog trials will be held in Colorado this Fall where one can watch the best of the best work to win the US grand championships. For further information about the National Finals go to the USBCHA web page and look up 2014 Finals. This could be a great Fall trip to Colorado if one is interested in seeing these amazing dogs work. Your writer has had the pleasure of attending national trials in Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oregon. There is nothing like this experience even if the weather is horrible as it was last year at Middletown.

That old thing about "two's company and three's a crowd" certainly holds true even with the feline members of our families. The two Siamese crosses in our house are siblings and are like two peas in a dish; very close at all times. The interloper, Alice, our shelter kitty absolutely despises the big Siamese boy. She growls, puts her ears back and is generally hateful to him at every opportunity. He retaliates by chasing her through the house then hides behind the doors ready to pounce whenever she walks by. It really makes life interesting sometimes.

The Hume Baptist Church would like to remind neighbors about the seminar on money matters and dinner on Saturday, July 19 starting at 6 p.m. These programs are aimed primarily at seniors, but everyone is invited to get information about managing financial affairs plus the dinner is always good.
Birthday greetings this week to Linda Clark. Hope she has a great day with some special things planned.

The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department breakfast will be held on Sunday, July 20 from 8 - 11 a.m.

Please remember to bring the empty gallon milk jugs which will be used to light up the village during the Orlean Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6. Please rinse the jugs and discard the lids before dropping them off at the fire house. Some interesting new activities are being planned for the Christmas celebration. Watch for news about this even as we swelter in July.

In the meantime: be kind, be safe and be happy.
Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014
Money Matters seminar at Hume Baptist
By Anne Davis

This week marks July Fourth, the day of independence for our country. Many areas celebrate with parades, fireworks and families travel long distances for vacations with friends and extended family. We urge you to use extreme caution during those long road trips i.e. wear seatbelts; observe road speeds; be observant of all road conditions. Our law enforcement friends will be out in full force enforcing the laws trying to keep us safe. Be mindful of the law that says move over if you see flashing lights. One of our state trooper friends came quite close to losing his life when an impaired driver plowed into his cruiser on I-81 in southwestern Virginia. Anyway, enjoy the picnics, barbeques and other fun with your family and friends on this special day.

Remember our pets who may be terrified of those loud noises and keep them safe.

Every year pets bolt during fireworks time never to be seen again. Protect our little critters. Our Border Collie hides in her crate with her nose safely covered by her tail.

Leeds Episcopal Church will have Vacation Bible School July 14 -18 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. each evening with dinner provided. Children ages 3 (with prior pre-school experience) through 11 are invited to attend. The theme is Son Treasure Island, a fun experience for the youngsters. You may call (540) 364-1849 for information and to register.

The Orlean Christmas committee is gearing up for the Second Annual community celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. There will be music, food and fun for the whole family. Please save those empty plastic gallon jugs which will be used to light up the village during that evening. The jugs may be dropped off at the firehouse on the third Sunday of the month during the breakfast. Your contributions will be welcome and will help to make the village beautiful on Dec. 6.

The Hume Baptist Church will sponsor a dinner and seminar on Money Matters on Saturday, July 19. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by the seminar at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mrs. Sarah Yakel, Fauquier Bank. These evening programs are geared towards seniors; however, anyone is welcome to attend.

There will be a sheepdog trial at Dawgwood Farm, Goldvein, on Saturday, July 12 starting at 8 a.m. This is a fine opportunity to watch these amazing dogs work sheep. You may google Dawgwood Farm for directions to the trial field.

Birthday greetings this week to Connie Rucker Hall who will celebrate with her family at a special dinner.
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