The tree lighting ceremony in Buckingham Courthouse was cancelled for the second year in a row due to predictions of inclement weather. Although the evening was cold and air crisp, the weather held. The evergreen that stands on the courthouse lawn glowed bright against the night sky, lone and serene. (Photo by Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers)
Happy wedding anniversary to Paul and Martha Louis of Col Alto, who were married on December 15. May you enjoy many more years together!
Brick Paver Fundraiser
You may have heard that naughty children get a lump of coal for Christmas, but this year, nice kids will ask for brick. Brick pavers, that is. Ellis Acres Memorial Park is selling inscribed brick pavers to support the ongoing mission and maintenance of the park, facilities, and community outreach programing they provide. These bricks make a lovely gift and enduring memorial and may be inscribed with whatever message the giver indicates. Small bricks cost $100 each and offer three lines of text; large bricks cost $500 each and offer five lines of text. All bricks are placed in the Wall of Honor surrounding the flagpole central to the grounds. Pictures of the pavers, as well as purchasing information, can be found at their website: www.ellisacres.com. To speak with someone about the pavers or to purchase one in time for Christmas, contact Ellis Acres Memorial Park by telephone at 434-983-5600 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday, December 12, 2013
December 12 — “Happiness is not perfect until it is shared.”
Ray and Betty Noblin had a very thankful Thanksgiving as their son, David and his family, wife Paula and children Brandon and Allie of Chesapeake, came on Wednesday returning home on Friday. Also joining them on Thanksgiving was Henry and Shirley Richardson of Pamplin.
On Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Smith and their grandson, Charles, went to visit their daughter, Mrs. Emma Sharpe and her son Jeffrey to celebrate Jeffrey’s seventh birthday. The family and Jeffrey’s friend, Jackson, had lunch at McDonalds then went shopping for birthday and Christmas gifts.
December 12 — Happy Birthday wishes are sent out this week to: Nancy Midkiff, of Cumberland, celebrating on Friday, December 13, Mary Flint, of Cumberland, celebrating on Saturday, December 14; and Glenda Walton, of Dillwyn, celebrating on Monday, December 1.
Patsy Jones, of Pamplona, Barry and Linda Miles, of Cumberland, Toney Preston and his son, Tyler, and Holly Cook, all of Mecklenburg, all enjoyed an afternoon of great food, fun and fellowship at a Cumberland Restaurant on Friday, December 6. Later that afternoon everyone visited in the home of Ruby Cogdill, also of Cumberland. Thursday, December 12, 2013
December 12 — Thanksgiving dinner gatherings filled much of the special holiday.
Myrtle Lee Stimpson visited on Thanksgiving Day in the home of grandson Barry and Betty Jo V. Speas, of Oilville. Others sharing the meal included: Gail S. Doss and family, Carroll and Debbie Gillispie and family, Mike and Amy Vaughan, and Dickie and Marie Vaughan.
The annual Thanksgiving Supper was held Brown Church on Saturday, November 23, with many families attending. Carroll Gillispie led the Thanksgiving program. Thursday, December 12, 2013
December 12 — A funny thing happened on my way to submitting my column last week and by the time I realized there was a problem, it was too late.
In talking with one of my neighbors, she said she always enjoyed the columns about Christmas Legends. She reminded me of a couple of my columns about the Christian meaning of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” So, that set me to thinking about some of my favorites. And one of them is “The Legend of the Spiders.” Thursday, December 12, 2013
Brrr! Cold and wet are the words for this week. Mother Nature teased us with a couple of days of flirting with temperatures near 70 degrees and then she opened the freezer door. I believe that she is telling us to get prepared for Mr. Winter’s appearance on December 21. Weather prognosticators have given varying predictions for the coming months. All I know is that we are due a colder and wetter winter after the last couple of mild ones. In fact, last year the cows were able to graze the pasture all winter even though they dined on hay on occasion.
A thank you goes out to all of the individuals who worked during the dangerous, freezing conditions to provide continuous services to everyone. Listening to the scanner, we heard VDOT truck drivers checking and treating the roads, fire fighters responding to calls for downed trees and fires, EMTs answering calls to aid the sick, and the police acting in response to welfare calls along with other calls for accidents and alarms. Thursday, December 12, 2013