Sperryville column for May 3

The first fish

Anthony Ganz, 7, is clearly happy about catching his first fish on his first cast.E. Raymond Boc
Anthony Ganz, 7, is clearly happy about catching his first fish on his first cast.

From the first cast with a bamboo pole that immediately hooked the first sunfish, up to a count of 20 sunfish and largemouth bass, 7-year-old Anthony Ganz spent one of the happiest days of his life learning to fish.

When, having graduated to a spin casting rod, he landed fish No. 21 –  a 17-inch largemouth bass, his pride and joy knew no bounds!

Through the generosity of retired RCPS teacher Roger Flinchum, we had planned a day at his pond for this first fishing adventure.

Anthony was spending the weekend with his grandparents (this is Ray and me) and was excited about fishing for the first time in his life.

By the end of the day he had learned to fish from a canoe and dock, to cast a rod, to set the hook in the fish and to reel in the fish.

We released all the smaller 10- to 12-inch bass and sunfish back into the pond so they could grow bigger to be caught on another fishing adventure.

Retired teacher and pond owner Roger Flinchum shows off some catches of the day with 7-year-old first-time fisherman Anthony Ganz.E. Raymond Boc
Retired teacher and pond owner Roger Flinchum shows off some catches of the day with 7-year-old first-time fisherman Anthony Ganz.

When we returned home Ray cleaned the fish, with a little help from Anthony, and we had the fish for a “pond-to-fork” dinner.

Anthony felt so confident and competent by the end of the day that he announced he wanted to be a fisherman when he grows up.

Needless to say we were very thankful to Roger for his offer to teach Anthony, for his good humor and for building the confidence of a little boy.

One of the joys of Rappahannock County is living in harmony with nature. Away from electronics, being outdoors and learning to fish is just one more example of the joys of country living.

SVRS celebrates excellence and newest medic

Every two years the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad must be re-inspected for renewal of its license. This year, state representative Heather Phillips not only passed the squad, but said she would nominate SVRS for the “Excellence in EMS” program. That is something to be proud of and is testimony to the hard work of your volunteer crew.

Congratulations to Brian Ross, who was released as a medic. The precepting phase of his training took a year, during which he was a top-three runner at SVRS. The phase includes a year of running calls after passing the National Registry Exams and graduating from EMT-I school with an AEC (Associate in Emergency Care) degree. He wanted to practice with the same people with whom he volunteered and wanted to get to know the medical control officers in our jurisdiction. Brian says he is grateful for the help and encouragement he received at the emergency rooms in Fauquier and Culpeper. Brian was cooperatively precepted by Josh Waddell of Company 7 and Russ Collins and Ann Spieker from Company 1.

2012 Miss Rappahannock Pageant

At 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Rappahannock Elementary auditorium, the annual SVRS Miss Rappahannock Pageant will be held at the elementary school auditorium. This year the pageant, with 12 categories, will be open to residents of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Page,Warren and Rappahannock counties (except for the Miss Rapp category, which is only open to Rappahannock County residents or students who attend our county high school).

The pageant begins early enough that that all the little ones can get home at a decent hour, but the festivities go on through the dinner hour. As always, you can purchase supper, dessert and drinks, so plan to spend the afternoon and evening with your community. All proceeds benefit SVRS. For information contact Deanna Wayland at 540-987-9166 or deannaleigh@msn.com, or Sally Price at 540-987-8366 or suntogro@yahoo.com.

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