Lifestyles

Historic school meeting

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm

A disparate crowd gathered in Burgess Nov. 22 to brainstorm future uses for the Rosenwald School at Lillian. Representatives from organizations as different as Omega Protein, the Rappahannock Concert Association, the Northumberland Public Library and Smith Point Marina came. Dick Saxer came wearing several hats – as a member of the Lions Club, the county economic develop commission and as chairman of the county’s school board. 1950 Rosenwald graduate and

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  • Coats for kids in need

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 8:55 am

    (L-R)  Alice Sumter, Lynn Haynie and Wes Werling unpacking coats.

    Several dozen Northumberland and Lancaster children won’t be cold waiting for their school buses this winter. Last Tuesday the Knights of Columbus from St. Frances De Sales Church in Kilmarnock delivered two dozen brand new coats plus hats, mittens and gloves to the two counties’ elementary schools for distribution to students who needed them. Wes Werling, who headed the effort, said the Knights worked with the schools. “They know who

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  • Nature Camp and the Flora of Virginia

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Chris Ludwig explains how to use the modern Flora of Virginia.

    The Northern Neck chapter of the Virginia Native Plant society held its last regular meeting of 2014 on Thursday, Nov. 20.  The meeting featured presentations by two local kids who the NNNPS sponsored to go to Nature Camp, and guest speaker Chris Ludwig, chief biologist in the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Natural Heritage. Every year the NNNPS sponsors two kids from the Kilmarnock Boys & Girls

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Travel

Education

Susan Saunders leaves Northumberland County School Board

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

Northumberland County’s school board lost a member Monday. During the board’s regular meeting in Lottsburg, Susan Saunders, District 1’s member of the board submitted her resignation. “My family has been relocated to Houston,” Saunders said. “It’s exciting but I’m sad, too.” Saunders was elected to the board in 2011. Her term would have expired in January 2016 following the November elections. Chairman Dick Saxer moved that the board accept Saunders’

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  • Destination: Spain

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

    It’s common wisdom that book learning is a great start, but nothing can compare to real life experience. Northumberland students Kellee Ramsey, Lexy Newsome, and Allison Burgess are planning to go get that valuable experience by taking a trip to Spain. The three girls, all juniors, will start their journey in Madrid then move on to Seville, Granada and Costa del Sol.  When they leave Spain they will stop in

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  • Drug abuse forum prep is under way

    Posted on October 2, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Northumberland County Schools are teaming up with the sheriff’s office to present an informational forum on drug awareness and prevention Thursday, November 6. “Our target audience is parents, grandparents, and family members,” said Dr. Travis Burns, Principal of Northumberland High School. He added that the school has education programs in place that focus on the students, so this forum is geared towards the adults in the area so they can

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Religion

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service Announcement, December 28: ‘Unitarian Universalism as a World Faith Movement’

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

On Sunday, December 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock (UUFR-VA,) Bob Weekley will present: “Unitarian Universalism as a World Faith Movement.” Our little White Stone UU congregation has partnered with the Walmsey Unitarian Chapel in Bolton, England. Our brothers and sisters at Walmsey represent the worldwide linking of Unitarian and Universalist faiths. And we have more global connections that can energize our spirits. Come and learn about

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  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal’s Oysters & Oldies

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

    St. Stephen’s members who volunteered at the oyster roast.

    Oysters being a cool weather delicacy, Saturday was perfect for St. Stephens Episcopal Church’s annual “Oysters and Oldies” oyster roast. It wasn’t cold enough for the oyster juice to numb the fingers of those who were opening them, and the light rain wasn’t heavy enough to chase everybody into the barn at Mason Brent’s “Roanoke” in Heathsville. Bill Kirby who organized the roast and provides the recipe for the chili

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  • Congregations thankful for each other

    Posted on December 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    (L-R) Rev. Jeffrey Cerar, Rev. Mary Swann and Rev. Dr. John Fountaine.

    On November 26, a dual congregation Service of Thanksgiving was held in the OA Brinkley Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.  Although multi-congregation services might be rare for most churches, it’s a regular affair for First Baptist Church and St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.  First Baptist has been hosting St. Stephen’s congregation since 2012. The Thanksgiving service began at 7 p.m.  OA Brinkley Hall is large enough that members of both

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Health

"Congratulations! You found me!"

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

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  • Regaining strength a little closer to home

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Brian Belfield

    A helping hand has embraced the lower part of Northumberland and its residents in need of physical therapy. After having seen patients that were coming from as far as Reedville to Belfield Physical Therapy in Warsaw, Brian Belfield, D.P.T., has expanded his business to include a clinic in the Burgess area, where he has already treated a number of locals since its recent opening. “All the patients yesterday were saying,

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  • Mid-County expresses need for volunteers

    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Last Thursday, Northumberland County Democrats learned about Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad’s services and costs, as well as the challenges faced by volunteer first responders in the county. The rescue squad’s newly elected captain Joe Schlatter said his organization was in strong need of personnel. He added that the same volunteers have virtually been answering calls all of the time. Kitty Creeth said that the county has one of the oldest

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