Congratulations to the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department. Their new tanker took first place in the parade on Friday, May 1 — and they were awarded a Best in Show. The Best in Show is awarded for the best overall piece of firefighting equipment. The parade in Winchester is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Look for more information about the new tanker in the coming weeks. Chief Todd Brown hopes to have the piece servicing the residents and homes of Chester Gap and the surrounding area by early June.
The fire department meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering his or her time can pick up an application at the fire department or by calling 540-635-5482.
Congratulations to Carolyn Leake and her Relay for Life Team, “Carolyn’s Live, Laugh, and Love,” for their strong showing at the recent Relay for Life event held at Rappahannock County Elementary School last Saturday (May 9). The team raised more than $13,000 for the fight against cancer. Besides Carolyn Leake and team captain Karen Williams, there are 17 additional members from our area. They are Terri Brooks, Sherry Clay, William Clay, Stephanie Crawford, Jerrell Grogg, Phyllis Grogg, Thomas Leake, Darrell Martin, Ryan Martin, Tammy Martin, Norma Settle, Stephanie Wharton, Alexis Williams, Ronnie Williams and Carolyn Williams.
Ms. Leake said that at one time there were almost 10 teams from Chester Gap participating in the relay. She said she would like to see that strong participation again from Chester Gap and encouraged the young people of the Gap to get involved in this event. The event began at 2:30 p.m. with speakers from the area including two physicians from UVA who treat many patients with cancer from our area.
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