Winning watershed memories along the Thornton River

As a follow-up to the classes at Rappahannock Elementary and a field trip to the Thornton River at the Link, the students were asked to submit essays on their experience, with a winner to be selected and announced in the Rappahannock News.

From 38 entries 10 semifinalists were chosen and then five finalists — Hannah Bennett, Cierra Chambers, Courtney L’Amoreaux, Nivardo Loya and Michayla Neibert. Deciding a winner was so difficult that the committee enlisted the aid of a secret judge to make the selection. The winning essay, written by Cierra Chambers, follows:

On March 31 the Rappahannock County Elementary School sixth grade classes went on a science field trip to the Thornton River in Sperryville behind the Link. It was hosted by the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. On the field trip there were five stations that we got to go to and learn about. Station 1 was on physical assessment, station 2 was on biological assessment,. station 3 was on chemical assessment and station 4 was on septics.

On the field trip I enjoyed two stations the most. One of them was station 2, which was biological assessment. People that helped at those stations were Ed Dorsey, Cindy Crook and Louise Bondelid. At that station first they put a net in the water and held it down hoping that we were going to get some bugs caught in the net. Then we got to go through the net and look for some macrovertebrates. Some we found were hellgrammites, aquatic worms, net spinners and midges. The second one I enjoyed was station 4, which was soils and it was based on vegetation, buffers, erosion and sedimentation. Helping and teaching us at that station was Spencer Yager. I learned at that station that if there is bare soil it causes erosion and if there is grass it causes less erosion and if you put straw it causes erosion until the straw gets patted down to protect it. I learned a lot from those experiments.

For my conclusion I would just like to thank the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District for making the slide shows before we went on our field trip. They helped us learn a lot before we on the trip. Also I would like to thank them for holding this program. It was magnificent.

The pickin’ party returns

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary has scheduled a great pickin’ party for Saturday (May 1) from 4 p.m. until the bands stop. Some of the groups playing are The County Kings, Hurt Hollow Gospel and the County Poor. Be sure to come by and hear these and other great music groups.

High on the Hog is donating barbecue platters. If you are driving or walking on or near Main Street, please stop by and thank J.D. for all he is doing for this event (and while you are there, you may as well bring home lunch or dinner!).

The entry fee is only $2, children under 8 are free. The auxiliary will also have baked goods for sale, so bring some extra money to donate via home baked goods. For more details and/or donations call Michelle Jenkins at 540-987-9440.

The latest in recycling

Beer mash is trash? Not at Andy Thompson’s house — this champion home brewer is now recycling his spent grains into the latest recipe from and TRG Catering/Bone Appetit. Watch for these special dog biscuits made from recycled beer mash and flavored with peanut butter that Terri just took out of the oven.

Buttons abound

Turns out there were 880 buttons in the small quart jar on display at Dexter Lake Club Antiques — there so that customers could guess their number and whoever came the closest would get a donation to a favorite local area charity. The closest guess was 888 by Kara Draper of Markham. A donation will be made in her name to the Mountain Laurel Montessori School.

Busy weekend at the Link

Saturday was a great evening full of graduates of RCHS attending a fun-filled “Across the Years” reunion at the Link. Yearbooks from 1961 to present were pored over by everyone. With food catered by the Thornton River Grille, folks meeting new and reuniting with old friends, it was a special night. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen.

Friday through Sunday at the Link, Blue Ridge Workshops presented a fascinating fine art class featuring fine art photographers and printers Theresa Airey and Barbara Ellison. Participants were treated to lunch catered by the Link’s own Sylvia Rowand of Laughing Duck Gardens.