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Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014
Food pantry open Saturday in Rectortown
I’m going to start this week’s column with the Birthday Celebrations.

Happy Birthday to:

Virginia Cave on March 8, Andrea Robertson and Bailey Reese Payton on March 10, Nancy Powers and Sam Riggs on March 13, Will Dodson on March 15. A SPECIAL Happy 93rd Birthday to Charlotte Duncan on March 9. A SPECIAL Happy 4th Birthday to Pierce Ross on March 14.

Now, on to the upcoming events..

Warning: Leprechauns at large...It happens every year -- they get loose in the kitchen and create all kinds of havoc. They also inspire some fabulous Tea Room Specials at Crest Hill Antiques Tea Room in The Plains for March: a creamy Potato Leek Soup, an Irish Cheese Sampler with savory Potato-Herb Scone, Warm Corned Beef Sandwiches, and a Bailey's Irish Cream Tea Cake. Slainte.

Pastor Tony J. Craddock, Sr. and the Mt. Olive Baptist Church family invite you to come and join them for the Lent Service on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., with Rev. Dwight Shorts of Oak Shade Baptist Church delivering the preached word.

The food pantry, sponsored by Mt. Olive Baptist Church, in Rectortown serves as an outreach program for Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties. The pantry will be open Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2932 Atoka Road, Rectortown. The Pantry serves as supplemental food assistance, of non-perishable items, for low income families.

The Marshall United Methodist Preschool Dinner and Silent Auction is this Saturday, March 15, 5-7 p.m. at the Marshall United Methodist Church. They have lots of baskets, items and gift certificates. They hope to see everyone there.

Residents of The Plains – This is the last week to pay your taxes and purchase your vehicle sticker. The Treasurer will be at the John Page Turner Community House on Wednesday, March 12 and Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Last chance. Call Nancy Brady at (540) 364-4945 for information.

It’s almost tax time and Quality First Tax Service on Main Street in Marshall is accepting new clients. Not only do they offer tax service, but they are open all year offering all aspects of accounting service. Call (540) 364-1347 to make your appointment.

Hope everyone enjoys the nice weather and have a great week.
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
Cool Spring UMC hosts kids day cookout
By the time you are reading this, I will be on my way home from our annual vacation at Myrtle Beach. What a wonderful place to vacation. There was lots to do and see, and we had some great beach time. But, even with all that, it’s always better to come home to our beautiful town of Marshall. It is always nice to come home.

Looking to do something fun and free this weekend? Cool Spring Church invites you to a "Kids Day Cook Out" on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. So parents and grandparents, bring the kids and come join us.

There will be games, face painting and more for the kids and bingo for the adults with lunch for all; cookout fare consists of hot dogs, hamburgers and the fixings, plus desserts.

Cool Spring United Methodist Church is located at 3322 Cobbler Mountain Road, Delaplane. For more information, call Pastor Janet Martin at (540) 837-9031 – hope to see you there.

Make sure you put the community yard sale/craft show on Saturday Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marshall United Methodist Church on your calendar.

Contact Carol at (540) 349-1862 for outside table spaces and DeeDee at (540) 364-3514 for inside tables.

Happy Birthday wishes go to: Barbara Cooke and Everett Corbin on Aug. 15, and Rev. John Winter and Alberta King on Aug. 20.

Happy Anniversary wishes go to Donna and Everett Corbin on Aug. 15.

I know I’m probably missing some birthdays and anniversaries, and I apologize, but after all, I’m on vacation. Talk to you next week.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
Gott Library undergoes renovations
What a beautiful weekend – I hope everyone was able to be outside and enjoy it.

Have you seen the excavation going on at the Gott Library? The Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation’s work is including a plaza with lighting, a public-address system and space to showcase the many memorial bricks purchased by foundation supporters.

There will also be a kiosk to provide information to visitors when the Gott Library is closed. A few inside changes will be done, as well. A visitor’s center in the front room will be opened, plus they are revamping all of their handicap-access entrances. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

My aunt, Marie Glascock, was such a great supporter, and I’m sad that she can’t be here to be a part of this great addition.

The Plaza will be dedicated to Mrs. Willard Scott, who is a long-time supporter, board member and financial contributor. That will take place on Sept. 21, during the foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration. Make sure you put this important date on your calendar.

Attention all hunters (young and old) – a hunter education class will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marshall Volunteer Rescue Squad Building.

The class is free to the public and fills up fast. Pre-registration is mandatory, and students are required to complete several hours of self-study prior to the class.

For information, to register or to view the self-study material, visit the VDGIF website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/ .

Walk-ins will not be accepted. All questions should be directed to lead instructor Aaron Grimsley at (703) 895-8027. A bagged lunch is recommended.

Marshall United Methodist Church on Main Street will hold a community yard sale/craft show on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables are available to rent at $10 each for yard sale items outside on the parking lot and inside in the fellowship hall for all crafters.

Please contact Carol ,at (540) 349-1862, for outside table spaces and DeeDee, at (540) 364-3514, for inside tables. Coffee, water and donuts will also be available. Bring your treasures and start holiday shopping. Proceeds go to local church ministries.

And speaking of community events, I am tinkering with the idea of trying to have a fall festival of some sorts – not sure that I can pull it off for this year, but I’d like to do that.
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