Sperryville Column for Oct. 7

Grant awarded to SVRS

Rappahannock Electric Coop has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad to be used to upgrade ceiling insulation and tiles and make other building improvements. Thanks go to Donald Gore for his initiative in applying for the grant. The improvements should save on heating costs and leave more money for the community.

If you are entering, or re-entering, the work force and considering a career that requires emergency medical technician training, SVRS can provide that training in exchange for a commitment for your service. New volunteers are always welcome. Call Ray Boc for information at 987-9706.

A farm tour thank you

To all of the volunteers and vendors who made the Link such a happening place for farm tour weekend, thank you for everything you did to help make it such a successful event.

Blue Ridge Workshops Canon photography group poses in front of Old Rag Photography. Photo by Karen Archer.

Farms and photos

Blue Ridge Workshops held a Canon photography workshop over three days at the Link this past weekend. In addition to class instruction, the excursions to Mount Vernon Farm, Hazel River Farm, Red Oak Mountain, the Hazel River and downtown Sperryville provided photographic challenges to the more than 20 students on hand. Sperryville residents no doubt spotted the group — or may even have been challenged by one or two of the students on assignment to pose with a cabbage.

Hawk’s Landing to help veterans

Hearthstone businesses expanded again with the addition this year of Hawk’s Landing Wilderness Therapy. Since 1990, licensed clinical psychologist Denise Horton has been involved in wilderness therapy and vision quests. She first became interested in the subject while living in Flint Hill, and took training with Outward Bound and other outdoor leadership organizations.

This week, Horton is attending the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., having been awarded a scholarship to its “Healing Our Troops” program, designed to provide mind-body healing and holistic medicine services to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The program has already been implemented overseas in places such as Gaza and Kosovo. Congratulations to Denise on the scholarship.

If you would like to learn more about her work, she can be reached at 434-825-3088 or hawkslanding1@earthlink.net.

Hollowbound to the park

Sperryville resident Brian Taylor took his Hollowbound Bluegrass Band to Skyland Resort at the Shenandoah National Park last Saturday for the Autumn Days Festival. The performance by Rappahannock and Virginia Tech grad Taylor, his wife, Alexandra, and retired school superintendent Bob Chappell was part of a festival that also featured crafts, food and beverage concessions and games for children.