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Northumberland Library makes new friends

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

The Friends of the Library, a group devoted to supporting the Northumberland Public Library had its annual organizational meeting in Heathsville last Tuesday and elected six new people to its board. Jim and Diana Russell, John and Ethel Frye, Joel Stubbs, Wanda Allain and Bill Estell were elected to board for varying terms depending on which departing board members they replaced. The Russells and Stubbs were elected to three year

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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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  • Farm, Field, Craft Day

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Kids feeding the animals at the 2014 Farm and Field day.

    Tammy Wilkins has been organizing the Northumberland High School’s Farm and Field day for a number of years, but April 2015 is going to see a newer and bigger version of the event. This year, for the first time, Wilkins is teaming up with Lee McKenzie to combine the Farm and Field Day with the Craft Fair to create a new, school-wide event. In the past, the Farm and Field

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  • ‘Share the Love’ and bikes for local kids

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 8:46 am

    All the kids pose with their new bikes.

    It’s not surprising that when the Divas and Dukes social club decided early in the year to do something for others they would settle on making Christmas more joyful for some youngsters. Two of its members, Irvin and Phyliss Nickens son, Ty, has been doing that for “Ty’s Friends” for years. The group made it happen at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Dec. 22. As the climax of a program called

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  • Body, mind and spirit

    Posted on December 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Reverend Charles F. Bates

    When people are in trouble or under stress, they often turn to their faith leaders, according to Reverend Charles Bates of Galilee United Methodist Church, but when the problem is a mental health concern, not every faith leader is qualified to give the necessary aid.  Bates, however, is a licensed clinical therapist as well as a minister, and he works with his clients to address a wide range of mental

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  • Christmas angels at Melrose

    Posted on December 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Leland playing on the piano.

    The Special Angels of Melrose play group held its Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 16.  The play group was formed to allow children with special needs to have a welcoming place to socialize. On Tuesday evening, the kids enjoyed some of their usual favorite activities like the ball pit, the rolling chair, playing piano and doing puzzles.  They also sang “Happy Birthday” to baby Jesus and had cake. When asked

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  • Mary Ball Washington’s unique historical resource

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Carolyn Jett displays the binders of information that accompany the index.

    Several years ago, Donna Helmuth, a volunteer at the Mary Ball Washington Library in Kilmarnock, asked author and historian Carolyn Jett what piece of research she would most like to have done.  Jett said she answered immediately that she would want all the known information on every single slave in Lancaster County from 1825 to 1865. “She said, ‘Hm, that sounds like quite a job.’” Jett recalled Helmuth saying to

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