Sperryville column for May 24

Soccer and service: a winning combination

RCHS’ boys varsity soccer team members pause during their Sperryville Rescue carwash duty for a portrait, including (from left): Matt Lombardi, Ben Estes, Clayton Hatcher, Tanyon Lee, Edwin Garcia, Logan Vest, Robbie Adams, Case Kramer, Logan Welch, Smith Clifton, Shane L’Amoreaux, Brian Baumgardner, Jon Letson, Patrick Foley, Alex Jung, Amrit Tamang, Andrew Oyster and coach James Lofton.E. Raymond Boc
RCHS’ boys varsity soccer team members pause during their Sperryville Rescue carwash duty for a portrait, including (from left): Matt Lombardi, Ben Estes, Clayton Hatcher, Tanyon Lee, Edwin Garcia, Logan Vest, Robbie Adams, Case Kramer, Logan Welch, Smith Clifton, Shane L’Amoreaux, Brian Baumgardner, Jon Letson, Patrick Foley, Alex Jung, Amrit Tamang, Andrew Oyster and coach James Lofton.

Last week I came to a quick stop as I passed the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS) when I saw suds and teen energy bursting and bubbling all over the ambulances and utility vehicle.

Rappahannock County High School soccer coach James Lofton has raised the bar for his team and expects the boys to be “standard-setters on and off the field and to set the bar for the entire community.”

All soccer team members must participate in four group and two individual community-service projects during the season.

SVRS was the recipient of one of those projects, and the boys had those vehicles spit-polished and shining in no time! Coach Lofton says that “the team has gotten out of their efforts what they have put into them and have had a winning season in the district.” (More about that on page 6.) These boys have also helped with landscaping at the Child Care and Learning Center and cleared brush around the county library in preparation for the Civil War reenactment activities planned the last weekend in September.

Coach Lofton is a graduate of William and Mary and was a former coach at the Naval Academy. He lives in Harrisonburg but frequently spends the night with his grandmother, Wilhemina Price, in Woodville. That is one lucky grandmother and we are fortunate to have this young man coaching our students. Hats off to them for their efforts on and off the field.

SVRS welcomes American Legion Riders

If you were driving around Sperryville last Saturday you could not help but notice the 78 or more motorcycle riders that stopped, by previous arrangement, in front of SVRS. The Spring Poker Run, organized in memory of Sean Callahan, USMC, raised money for memorial bricks at the the Warrenton American Legion Veterans’ Plaza for Callahan, for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), for other veteran’s families and local veterans. This group has many activities including “Cup of Joe for Joe” (purchasing coffee for soldiers in Afghanistan), and a program that has school children making cards for distribution at veterans’ hospitals in Richmond and Martinsburg. SVRS is delighted to have provided a respite for those who have served, or continue to serve, their country.

Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day originally began to honor fallen soldiers after the Civil War, but now honors all American soldiers who have died in all wars. We do not have any ceremony this year in Sperryville, but we honor in our hearts all the men and women who serve our country.

People to People ambassador

Courtney Nichols, 15, is the only Rappahannock County student to have been nominated to the People to People program this year. The mission of the program is to “bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, making the world a better place for future generations.” Courtney will travel to England and France, stay with a family and participate in community projects. She is excited to see the world beyond Rappahannock, to learn about new cultures and meet new people. Her parents, Marsha and Curtis Nichols, are proud of their daughter who is an honor roll student at Rappahannock County High School. The fee for the opportunity is $6,800 and the Nichols have paid half of it. They would appreciate sponsorship from the community to help their daughter achieve this goal. Call Marsha at 540-937-4210 if you can help. To read more about the program, started in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower,  visit peopletopeople.com.

Yoga Schedule Expands

Susan Myers opened her yoga studio just a few weeks ago on Main Street in Stonewall Abbey. Her warm and supportive teaching style has begun to attract an increasing number of men and women, and Susan has announced that she will expand the schedule to include 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday classes starting June 4. Please see her website for a complete schedule of classes (now on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Sperryville bridge update

The old bridge is being cut apart and removed this week. The pilings for the new bridge were added last week. This is a great work crew and they are moving very efficiently. (Related story and photos here.) Please, please, please . . . remember to drive 25 or less on Main and Water streets. Both are residential streets and Water Street has one vision-impaired resident and several senior citizens. This temporary inconvenience will be well worth it when the new bridge is completed, but in the meantime we need to be extra cautious with the traffic funneled primarily onto Main Street.

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