Sperryville column for March 22

4-H fundraisers

The 4-H Livestock Club is a group of  Rappahannock’s boys and girls, ages 8 to 17, who are having two fundraisers.

Come to the bake sale at the CFC (the Coop) this Saturday (March 24) from 9 to 1. And on April 22, the club will have a two-hour trail ride, lunch included, for $25 at the Windsor Lodge Farm in Huntly (rain date is April 29).

Do you know what 4-H stands for?

Head – managing, thinking

Heart – relating, caring

Hands – giving, working

Health – being, living

4-H is a youth development program of the Rappahannock County Agricultural Extension Office that teaches skills through active programs. Our neighbor, 4-H member Courtney Dodson, raises award-winning pigs and keeps us well supplied with the freshest of eggs!

For information about the bake sale, call Lisa Dodson at 540-987-9350. To register for the trail ride, call Stacey Fincham at 540-423-8747.

Celebrate World Water Day at home

World Water Day has been observed on March 22 since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly declared it as World Day for Water. Right here, in our own backyards, RappFLOW (Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of Our Watershed) has been monitoring stream water quality and taking a leading role in creating demonstration projects. You may recall that RappFLOW developed the riparian buffer and the rain garden behind the Sperryville School House. Your help is needed for the spring cleanup of those projects. The goal is to release the trees in the riparian buffer zone from vines and other growth and to create a trail on the banks of the rain garden.

This Saturday (March 24) from 2 to 6, come dressed for work and bring your hand tools, shovels and rakes. These demonstration projects benefit not only our own Thornton River, but also are a model for the many visitors who come to Sperryville and the School House. For information, call Forrest Marquisee at 540-987-9381.

Our neighbor, the park

Just in case you missed it, I thought this information was relevant to us in Sperryville, gateway to the Shenandoah National Park (SNP):

“A recent study of the economic impact of the national parks conducted by Michigan State University economist Daniel Stynes found that SNP has an $88-million-a-year impact on the communities around it and supports more than 1,400 jobs.

“In 2010, more than 1.2 million people visited SNP. Nearly 302,000 stayed at least one night in neighboring communities – and spent money on food, lodging and other items. The study estimated that spending by people who traveled to the park from outside the area generated some 968 jobs, while day travel by area residents generated another 119 jobs. In addition, SNP employs some 235 people, who receive $13.3 million in salary and benefits. Those employees’ spending generated an additional 80 jobs with associated salaries and benefits of $3 million.”

Some of us have discussed the idea of creating a Sperryville flag for businesses and homes that promote that gateway relationship. If anyone wants to spearhead such a project, let us know.