Sperryville column for Dec. 30

Usher in the New Year

Barbara and I would like to start this week’s column by wishing everyone in Rappahannock and beyond our borders our best wishes for a great 2011. It is hard to believe that this is our last column for 2010 and that Saturday will be Jan. 1, 2011. How many weeks will it take for all of us to write the correct year? (For me, at least four!)

End 2010 with a surprise

Time is running out to make dinner reservations to celebrate New Year’s at the Thornton River Grille (540-987-8790). The Grille will have regular serving hours Friday (Dec. 31) from 5 to 9, but will also have some very exciting surprise specials that evening. They weren’t divulged to the press, but the teasers were enough for us to want to be there. Tom and his staff are finalizing their ideas right now.

Start 2011 with a blaze

All are invited to celebrate the New Year at the Link on Saturday (Jan. 1), thanks to the Rappahannock Non-Profit Center. An open house kicks things off at 4 p.m. with the lighting of a bonfire at 5. Bring your marshmallows — or your worst habits or fears or dreams — to roast in the fire. Write your bad habit on a piece of paper and throw it into the bonfire to go up in smoke, sit by the fire and plan the wonderful acts you are going to do in 2011, or dream of what you hope 2011 will bring: helping people, animals, the environment. First on your list should be taking care of yourself, because from that care sparks the desire to help others.

Retirement surprise

Yes, that of our very own Susan Rowan, postmaster of Sperryville since 1992. Susan started her postal career as a clerk at the Sperryville Post Office in 1984 under Aline Johnson. She was promoted to postmaster at Stevensburg less than three years later. Although Aline retired in 1989, we had interim postmasters until Susan returned to Sperryville as postmaster in 1992.

Be sure to stop by and wish her well; Friday (Dec. 31) will be her last day. Susan, we will all miss your consummate professionalism, your warm smile and constant helpfulness. Although we will have a new postmaster, no one will truly replace you.