Sperryville column for Oct. 18

Future of the Post Office

Most of us have received a somewhat unusual letter and survey about the fate and future of the Sperryville Post Office. Why would they ask us to indicate if we want it closed? Do you know anyone who wants it closed? Why is our routed mail sorted in Little Washington? Sherri, our route carrier, was based in Sperryville and when she was moved to Little Washington for the sorting, the Sperryville Post Office was dropped from a level 14 to 13. (“Level“ determines service issues such as hours of operation.) We have 29 businesses in the Shop Sperryville effort alone, and that does not include everyone, nor does it include the non-storefront businesses in and around the village. We all use the post office. Be sure to attend the meeting at the post office at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 to affirm that we want our post office to remain open.

Lions raffle and chili fest

Rappahannock Lions Club will have the 20th annual Grand Raffle and (for the first time) Chili Fest at the Sperryville fire hall starting at 4 p.m. Nov. 3.

Brats and beer flowed as the Thornton River Grille celebrated Oktoberfest in the behind the Corner Store last weekend, with polkas and folk tunes by the “Old Comrades” German Band. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.
Brats and beer flowed as the Thornton River Grille celebrated Oktoberfest in the behind the Corner Store last weekend, with polkas and folk tunes by the “Old Comrades” German Band. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Chairman Jim Manwaring invites you all to join the fun and this chili feast for the annual fundraising event. For a donation of $100 for two people you will get a ticket for the $5,000 Grand Raffle prize and the opportunity to vote for the “Best Chili in Rappahannock County.” So go to the annual RAAC Studio and Gallery Tour and finish your day with chili in Sperryville. A hundred percent of proceeds raised by the Lions Club goes directly to the community. Tickets can be obtained in advance at Union First Market Bank or by calling Frank Raiter at 540-937-7958 (or at the door, if available).

SynergyDance at Mountainside Dance Center

The aura of positive energy that is emanating from the Mountainside Physical Therapy and Healing Arts Center continues to grow and expand. We now add SynergyDance to the full menu of physical therapy, which already includes Pilates, strength training, Zumba and dance classes for people of all ages. SynergyDance is a practice developed by Charmaine Lee that combines polarity therapy with dance and meditation. Join her Friday classes from 10 to 11:45 a.m. to experience your inner self in new ways through energizing movement and stillness that lead you to look inward to self discovery. For information contact Charmaine at 540-987-8696 or char@synergydance.com.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is something we tend to take for granted until there is a problem. Because stigmas are often attached to mental health issues, many are reluctant to seek help and pretend that everything is just fine. Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion or economic status. Complementary health practices include psychotherapy and the traditional healing arts of, for example, Reiki, yoga, guided imagery, nutritional treatment, exercise and more. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms such as depression, anxiety and panic, help is available from private practitioners, the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board and from complementary treatment therapists in our community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

Foodshed . . . coming soon!

Foodshed is a nonprofit organization that encompasses and promotes every aspect of eating local. Melissa Harris, founder, is taking the role of promotion and advocacy far beyond that of her previous publication, Flavor magazine. Read all about this Sperryville-based nonprofit organization at food-shed.org

October Celebrations

Happy birthday to Francie Schroeder and her son Brenden Eastwood, and to John Kiser and Stefanie Atkins. And happy 100th, Andre Lang! No, not a birthday – but a celebration of having hiked in 100 countries.

Confirmed Rappahannock hiking enthusiast Andre Lang (center front, in green shirt) celebrated his having trekked in his 100th country (Spain, a few weeks ago) by inviting the local Lunch Bunch and the Sunday morning Laurel Mills gang to his home last Friday evening for hors d’ouevres and champagne. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.
Confirmed Rappahannock hiking enthusiast Andre Lang (center front, in green shirt) celebrated his having trekked in his 100th country (Spain, a few weeks ago) by inviting the local Lunch Bunch and the Sunday morning Laurel Mills gang to his home last Friday evening for hors d’ouevres and champagne. Photo by E. Raymond Boc.

Joy of joys! Ryan and Stacy Scott have a son, Marcus Demetrius Scott. Proud grandparents are Lewis and Dollie Atkins and Scott and Nancy McBride. Our very best wishes to each of you.

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