Sperryville column for April 5

Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad members gather for a group portrait in front of their building, including a recently completed addition of an ambulance bay (on the left). The bay will house an ambulance to be delivered this summer to replace an older and failing vehicle.E. Raymond Boc
Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad members gather for a group portrait in front of their building, including a recently completed addition of an ambulance bay (on the left). The bay will house an ambulance to be delivered this summer to replace an older and failing vehicle.

Rescue squad family photo

The Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad has grown! We wanted the community to see the addition that has been built in anticipation of the arrival of the new ambulance, so we decided to take a photo for you of the rescue squad family at the same time. This diverse group of women and men, young and old, provides services for the largest service area in the county. Of course, we do this with the support and cooperation of all the other volunteer fire and rescue companies in the county.

As we rejoice in the increase in the number of volunteers over the last few years, please remember that a small number of people run the majority of the calls for service and that we constantly need to train new EMTs, medics and ambulance drivers to support that small group so they do not burn out. At the last membership meeting, the four top runners for 2011 were recognized for their service:  Harold Beebout ran 213 calls; Judy Reidinger, 152; Brian Ross, 140; and George Swett,  120. These folks, and the rest of the squad, are the quiet heroes in our community.

Summer sun safety

There is an incredibly informative web site that we want to share with you: www.ewg.org has studied many products that we all use for safety (or so we hope). As we enter the sun season, we particularly want to share this link: breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen. Many suncreen products apparently are not that safe. This site tells you which ones are. Enjoy that sunshine safely.

Stonewall Abbey Yoga

Yesterday (April 4) was opening day for yoga classes at Stonewall Abbey on Main Street. Owner Susan Myers started with a mixed-level class at 9 a.m. that day and a more rigorous class at 5:30 p.m., and she will be adding classes as she gets to know the community and what they want. Call Susan at 540-987-8369 or visit stonewallabbeyyoga.com.

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