Lifestyles

A snowball fight on February 17.

We’ve got a snow-can-do attitude

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Residents of Northumberland County got their winter all at once last week.  The inclement weather started with snow and high winds that knocked out the power in several areas on Saturday, Valentine’s Day.  That Monday, predictions for heavy snow caused many businesses to close early.  Continued snow and bitter cold for the rest of the week kept many people housebound. Nancy Fisher, a manager at Allison’s Ace Hardware in Lottsburg

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  • YMCA honoree

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Cristian Shirilla receiving a plaque from YMCA Executive Director Danny Carroll.

    Cristian Shirilla, Branch Executive of the Northumberland County YMCA has been named the YMCA’s Regional Director of the Year in recognition of outstanding leadership and dedication to the YMCA. “The CEO contacts all the directors for peer nominations and then he makes the final selection,” Shirilla said. The yearly award is the only staff award the YMCA presents, he added. As Branch Executive, Shirilla works primarily in volunteer development, community

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  • Youth mentoring off to a galloping start

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Jesse and Mary Bowman with Mike Newsome, a board member for the new mentoring program.

    In spite of bitter cold weather Thursday evening, a good-sized crowd was at Henderson United Methodist Church, eager to hear about  a  newly-formed after school youth mentoring program in Northumberland County.    The event was sponsored by the United Methodist Women but was open to the entire community. Jesse and Mary Bowman, whose motto is, “Conveying God’s love with our hands, our hearts and our hooves,” are founders of LillyWood Ranch

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Travel

Education

Dads volunteering at Northumberland

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 9:11 am

A couple of weeks have passed since Northumberland Elementary School implemented the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  Lynne Haynie, guidance counselor at NES says that there is now a regular presence from fathers and father figures. Tyrone Newton and Lawrence Green Sr. recently took the time to describe their experiences as WATCH D.O.G.S. volunteers. Newton, whose granddaughters Allysia, Alliya and Nyriel attend NES, started in Mrs. Mitchell’s head-start class. “The kids, they

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  • Michel joins the School Board

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

    The Northumberland County School Board elected Jim Michel to fill its vacant District 1 seat at a special meeting Thursday night, but the election wasn’t a walk-over. Chairman Dick Saxer opened the meeting by explaining what was happening and saying how difficult the process was. As the four applicants, Mathew Brent, Susan Smith-Leland, Dana O’Bier and Michel listened, Saxer noted that they had “Stepped forward and offered their services.” He

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  • The public weighs in on Board applicants

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

    All four applicants for the open District 1 seat on the Northumberland School Board had supporters speak for them at the Board’s public hearing Wednesday but, if it had been an election, Susan Smith-Leland would have won hands down. Mathew Brent, Jim Michel and Dana O’Bier each had two supporters recommend them to the Board. Smith-Leland was recommended by at least a dozen speakers. The appointment is not, however, an

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Religion

Ash Wednesday Worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:55 am

The members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church invite the community to attend Ash Wednesday Worship Service on February 18 at 5:30 p.m. and the entire family is welcome to attend.  The service will be conducted by Rev. Mike Ramming, Pastor of Good Shepherd, with the imposition of ashes offered.  Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season, which is the 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter and is a Christian

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  • A spaghetti dinner date

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

    On Thursday, January 29, the Kilmarnock United Methodist Church welcomed guests to its 41st Annual Spaghetti dinner. The church’s fellowship hall was decorated like an Italian restaurant, complete with red checkered tablecloths and candlelight. The spaghetti sauce recipe has such a history with the church that not even everyone in the kitchen was aware of its full story at first.  Eventually, Eric Nost was able to piece the truth together.

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  • Indoor yard sale for memorial scholarship fund

    Posted on January 15, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Visitors peruse the items for sale at the Afton UMC Indoor Yard Sale.

    On Saturday, December 10, Afton United Methodist Church held an Indoor Yard Sale.  The event was one of many fund raisers the church holds through the year to support the Betty Smith Gaskins Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship awards $2,000 to any second year student from Northumberland County who is attending Rappahannock Community College.  Betsy Appleby, a member of the scholarship committee noted that the amount usually covers tuition for a

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Health

YMCA trains 5K newcomers

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 9:04 am

Under the theme, “You Can Run a 5K Too,” the Northumberland Family YMCA in Heathsville, has invited first-time participants age 18 and up to join a training program, called “Couch to 5K.”  The goal is to be physically fit to enter the Earth Day 5K, sponsored by the Northumberland Assn. for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) on April 18. Classes consist of weekly meetings on Saturdays from 8 to 9 a.m. starting

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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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