Sperryville column for April 7

Sperryville traffic update

On April 4 the board of supervisors formally adopted a resolution to pursue the items that had emerged by consensus at the meeting of citizens in March. This resolution includes a request to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to: 1. convert the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 522 in the village to a three-way stop, 2. investigate and report to the board on the process, costs and permitting procedures to be followed in order to install signs at the northern and southern ends of Main Street that would indicate both the reduced speed limit as well as the speed that vehicles who approach it are traveling, flashing if the marked speed is exceeded; and 3. investigate and report to the board on the process, costs and permitting procedures to be followed in order to demarcate pedestrian crosswalks in at least two places on Main Street between the Main Street/U.S. 522 intersection and the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 211.

The resolution further noted that the impending replacement of the bridge over the Thornton River makes consideration of transportation needs a timely issue. The citizens of Sperryville thank the board of supervisors for moving forward in addressing village transportation and traffic needs.

Knit Wit spring classes

Rebecca Abecassis, owner of Knit Wit Yarn Shop at 36 Main Street, continues to offer her lively classes. Honor spring by needle felting a sheep with Nan Crawford from 9 to 12 Saturday (April 9). Make a freestanding three-inch tall sheep using locks and a felting needle. No previous experience required. The fee of $45 includes all materials. (This would make a great Easter gift). Call to register 540-987-8251.

There will be a Knitting in the Round Class from 5 to 7 Thursday, April 14 and 28. Come with friends for camaraderie, fun and you will learn how to knit a hat in the round. The class includes instructions for knitting a hat in the round (child or adult size). Supplies will be available at the shop. Call for details and to register 540-987-8251. The fee is $20, plus supplies.

Sperryville post office

There are now two smiling faces to greet us at the Post Office. Nicole Mack has been joined by Heather Atkins, a Rappahannock resident, as postmaster relief person. We are glad to still have Nicole with us and we welcome Heather.

Shared birthday

Grandpa Bill Baker shares his birthday April 11 with his granddaughter Kellie, who will be 14 on that day. Have a wonderful celebration and Happy Birthday to both of you.

Clean Sweep Day

Twelve bags of trash were collected on Water Street between the one-lane bridge and halfway along the Rappahannock Electric Coop property. We will announce another day to go after the Main Street sidewalks in the future.

Earth Day

The official U.S. Earth Day, on April 22, is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.

Locally, Central Coffee Roasters will be developing an Earth Day promotion (details later) and just a week later, Waterpenny Farm’s annual plant sale on April 30, a rite of spring in our community, will draw us all together to find the flower, shrub and vegetable plants for our gardens. Let us know if there are other events planned for Earth Day and we will be happy to include them in our next column.