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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Breakfast at the Orlean VFRD Aug. 17
By Anne Davis

That bright, bright moon in all it's glory lit up Fauquier County last night. It was bright enough to read that newspaper during the night. The facts are fascinating about how close it was to earth and exactly how bright it really was. Your writer was too lazy to get photos, but we enjoyed it anyway. We hope that you have taken notice of the late summer flowers: the August lilies (aka naked ladies) are in full bloom and the crepe myrtles are out in all of their splendor. Also, the butterfly bushes are attracting their namesakes in large numbers and in all colors.

School starts next week. We urge all drivers to use extra caution since the youngsters will be waiting for the school buses on our winding roads. Many of the young people tell me that they are ready to go back to their studies and that they look forward to early closures next summer. The weather predictions look as if this coming school year may have some really cold, rough times ahead. Having an early start is probably a good thing.

The Orlean Volunteer Fire Department will have its monthly breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please come and support our volunteers while you enjoy this dishwashing free meal. Also, please remember to bring the clean gallon jugs which will be used to light up the village during the Second Orlean Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The quilt display, held as part of the Orlean Christmas celebration last year, was so popular that we have been asked to repeat it this year. The quilts will be displayed at Providence Baptist Church during the community dinner and will be carefully guarded at that time. Anyone with older quilts made in this community or new ones that have been recently crafted is invited to display them. If you have quilts that you would like to display, please contact your writer by email or telephone.

Catching up on some birthdays: Ann Prideaux, Hayden Shaw, Jutsie Carter, Ruth Baxley, Holden Truax, Don Armstrong, Adele Harrell, Anthony McCullough, Jamie Hutt and Kyle Loch. Hope these were special days for everyone celebrating. Your writer also observed her special day while she was in South Dakota. We are not telling exactly how many years for her, but the number is large. Keep guessing.

We are working on Christmas bags for the elders at Pine Ridge. These goodie bags will have personal care items and small gifts for many of these folks who will probably receive very little during the Christmas season. If you are interested in helping to make an old person's holiday a little brighter, please contact your writer. Also, the funds are being provided for gifts and the dinner for more than 100 children who come to the observance at the Church of the Inestimable Gift.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The Orlean VFRD will have breakfast Aug. 17
By Anne Davis

Well, friends, we're back after that flying trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Our friends there sent their greetings to the people in Fauquier who have been so helpful to them during these past years. Your writer was privileged to participate in a memorial service for a young man who died in a tragic water accident last year and we met and greeted many of our old acquaintances during this event. We were also the recipient of a gorgeous green star quilt which was presented during the giveaway as part of the memorial observance.

Some of our ramblings took us to the new Veteran's Cemetery (beautifully done); to a prayer service held outside with plenty of flies; we also helped to celebrate the wedding anniversary of our host family; visited the casino (won no money); did a little sewing and generally enjoyed the countryside which was green. This time of the year things are usually brown and crispy. We took some lovely photos of native flowers and got to see some Border Collies, which belong to a friend there. All in all, a great trip and a good experience. Plus, the airlines were super nice to an old lady.

The Orlean Volunteer Fire Department will have the monthly breakfast on the third Sunday of this month (Aug. 17). Please come and support the volunteers. Speaking of which, we always need volunteers who can become active members to run calls and help support the community. Think about what you can do with that extra time.

We are happy to welcome our friend and neighbor, Steve Campbell, back to his desk at the Fauquier Times. We missed him and are glad to have him here again.

Please send in your news to me via email or feel free to call and leave a message on the telephone. This is your column and we need your input.
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
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