Letter: Celebrating the ‘Five Over Fifty’

Aging Together believes that older adults give more to our community than they take. To give recognition to their many and varied contributions, Aging Together is honoring Five Over Fifty later this month.

In Rappahannock County we are celebrating the ever-wise and helpful Hal Hunter. It’s a bit hard to describe all of the ways in which Hal has made a difference in our community because there are so many.

Hal Hunter is the reason that Rappahannock County has a Food Pantry serving more than 250 households. It was grown from another initiative of his, Plant a Row (or PAR), a program of the Garden Writers of America in which local gardeners agree to grow a little extra for those in need. Hal and his wife Beverly were named Rappahannock County Citizens of the Year for 2009. He also served as a board member of the local Community Action Agency and advisory board member of the Rappahannock Non-Profit Center.

Hal works extensively on environmental and conservation efforts through organizations such as the Piedmont Environmental Council and RappFLOW. He was a founding member of the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance, and a member of the Rappahannock Conservation Roundtable, facilitating cooperation among regional environmental groups, Shenandoah National Park, the Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District and state forestry and agricultural bodies. As a volunteer, Hal also prepared an application for the Historic Resources department’s recognition of Flint Hill and F.T. Valley as historic districts.

Please come join Aging Together as we celebrate Hal (and the other four honorees) on June 20 at the State Theatre in Culpeper. The evening includes a reception and a concert by jazz pianist Deanna Bogart. To purchase tickets visit agingtogether.org.

Sallie Morgan
Chair, Aging Together 

 

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