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Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014
Paws for Seniors at Denny’s July 28
By Donna Rosamond

It was a busy and exciting week. The weather was comfortable and not too hot for the week of the Fauquier County Fair. Numerous kids activities, food vendors, rides, games, livestock, safety demonstrations, exotic animals were among the daily activities but the rodeo, truck pull and music always make it special. Agricadabra magic show and Hanson Spectacular returned to the fair, but now have incorporated their children into the show. Now you see a new show with the next generation.

Vee Kreitz, a fellow watermelon eating, Tabacky spitting, soggy bottom, frozen footed and booty shaker won Best in Show for the Adult Photography, and in the barn one of her bunny’s won a best in show. Not sure which one of the ribbons, but it was really big.

My son, Kevin Rosamond, won a second place for his little rooster, Alvin. His first time entering livestock was fun and educational. Pam and Ferlin Mathews, managed the poultry barn and helped teach the kids more about the poultry. This couple worked long days and nights to make it an enjoyable experience. A huge thanks to them and all the volunteers that made the fair possible.

This week Warrenton Baptist and Broad Run Baptist Churches had their Vacation Bible Schools and the theme was an investigation study. It takes a lot of volunteers to pull off a fantastic VBS and they do it every year. When churches make the opportunity for an evening and morning program it gives parents the extra accommodations to get the kids there to church. If this may be the only chance a child gets to church in a year it’s worth the time. I know some churches have quit doing VBS but I think it’s still important for children.

Join Paws for Seniors at Denny's Restaurant on July 28, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a "Dine for Senior Pets" fundraiser. Denny's will be donating 15% of your bill to benefit Paws for Seniors. Paws for Seniors will be there if anyone wants to come and chat about their mission and pets available for adoption.

I met Muffin and Buddy at the fair and they will steal your heart. If you can’t adopt them, please support Paws for Seniors and have dinner at Denny’s on Monday, July 28.

Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014
Scouts from Troop 175 return from Philmont
By Donna Rosamond

Everyone is gearing up for the Fauquier County Fair this week. Our artwork, handicrafts, photos and woodworking will be on exhibit. Lots of different activities this year and we are excited. "Alvin" our rooster will be making his debut.

This past weekend we shared in celebration the nuptials of my niece Victoria Marie Somers and Chris Cook. God bless this happy couple. Best wishes for a healthy and beautiful life together.

Happy birthday to my father, Charles Fincham.

Justin Bresson, Shane McDonald, Will Overman, Benjamin Scaring, Alex Smith, Robby Stanziano, Kyle Smith, Kurtis White just returned from a 2-week backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico. The boys hiked 100 + miles at this high adventure camp in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

In addition to hiking they did mountain climbing, burro racing, tomahawk throwing, and shotgun shooting. They also toured the Air Force Academy. These Troop 175 scouts were accompanied by Ken Bresson, Gregory McDonald and Ashley Smith.
Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014
Camp Creation at Kettle Run proved to be fun
By Donna Rosamond

Awesome week at Kettle Run for Camp Creation, a STEM camp. It was a wonderful opportunity for our young folks to choose from Aeronautics, Coding with Scratch, making Co2 cars, and Lego stop animations. Our schools need to do more of this because in a few short days our kids were making their own video games, building cars, and making rockets. My personal favorite was the hovercraft. The kids had fun learning and it may have sparked an interest in a future career. Special thanks to the three camp directors; Sarah Frye, Debbie Embrey, and Diana Story.

Elizabeth Stanziano, a Senior at Kettle Run High School, attended the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program this past week. It is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience that began last December and concluded with a seven day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. The students were housed at Christopher Newport University. During the academy, the students worked with NASA technicians, scientists, engineers and astronauts to design a mission to Mars.

Congratulations to the U11 Huskies softball team for winning the championship game of the Fauquier Girls Little League Softball Majors division. The Huskies played hard during the single elimination tournament to beat the Seminoles in the final game. Coached by Lynne Markley, Bob Hume and Linda Hume, the team included: Jessalyn Fox-Robinson, Kendall Goldmann, Savannah Hulverson, Ashley Hume, Riley Loudin, Emily Markley, Ashley McClanahan, Natalie Pearson, Nicole Pearson, Michelle Pearson, Rachel Sandifer, and Cathryn Wolfe.

God Bless America and Happy Independence Day to everyone. Be safe with those fireworks and enjoy our freedom with family and friends this holiday.
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