Musical sendoff for James D. Russell
Mike Russell led a New Orleans-style second line procession on Jan. 22 to honor and celebrate the life of his father, James D. Russell, of Sperryville, who died Jan. 5. Austen Cloud and Dontez Harris played “When the Saints Go Marching In” with increasing tempo and spirit as the procession approached the Link in Sperryville. There, Harris, M.F. Kera, Janet Kerig and others performed a musical celebration of Mr. Russell’s life for the group of about 100 in attendance.
Students honor MLK
Students at Hearthstone School in Sperryville and Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School in Flint Hill and Front Royal commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 17) with special programs.
A presentation of “Dances of Universal Peace” at Hearthstone included a dance set to music in the gospel tradition and a dance based on a South African freedom march song.
Davette Leonard’s high school art history class discussed racism, slavery, Jim Crow laws and nonviolent protest. They referenced artwork from books by the late James Russell.
Sarah Tayloe’s Middle II class at Hearthstone discussed the principles of nonviolence and nonviolent protest, and drew comparisons between the lives and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and King.
Middle I teacher Liz Shaw said that Trusten Murrah, 10, wrote his own “I Have a Dream” speech and sketched a picture of King, which is shown here.
Linda Orfila’s lower school class discussed and reviewed King’s life and read his “I Have A Dream Speech.” The students drew a picture depicting unity in our world.
Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School answered Dr. King’s challenge to engage in service by volunteering at two assisted-living centers.
One group of students spent the day at Warren Memorial Hospital’s Lynn Care Center, where they worked with seniors creating arts and crafts projects. They also played “wheelchair kickball” with some of the Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Other students volunteered at The Southerland’s retirement community in Front Royal. There, they enjoyed one-on-one conversations with residents, sharing stories about their lives and past events. They also made collages of favorite pictures, which led to even more stories about places where the seniors had lived or traveled. Afterward, the students and residents ate lunch together and played a rousing game of “balloon paddle ball.”
Mountain Laurel is having an open house on Sunday (Jan. 30) from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at both of its campuses, 23 Sunny Slope Lane, Flint Hill, and 155 Biggs Drive, Front Royal. For more information, call 540-636-4257.
Movie: ‘Social Network’
The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community will present “The Social Network” on Feb. 4. Showtime is 8 p.m. at The Theatre in Washington. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. The film is rated PG-13 and runs for 120 minutes. It won the 2010 Golden Globe for best drama and is nominated for a best picture Oscar.
The movie is a chronicle of the founding of Facebook, the social networking Web site, by Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg. Its success made him the youngest billionaire in history in just six years. As the movie unfolds, success leads to both personal and legal complications for Zuckerberg.
The concession stand will be open with popcorn, candy and water for sale.
Future films in the series are “The Kids Are All Right” on March 4, “The Fighter” on April 1, and “The King’s Speech” on May 6.
For more information and to read reviews of the films visit RAAC’s Web site: www.raac.org.
Amissville Ruritans bestow honors
The Amissville Ruritan Club gave special recognition to members for years of service during the annual awards dinner held at Pepper’s Grill in Culpeper on Dec. 12. The club recognized for perfect attendance (shown here in photo, from left) Charlie Priest (49 years), Jerry Curtis (37 years), Jerome Mallory (19 years), Gilbert Lawrence (49 years) and Ed Lawrence (49 years).
The club also installed its 2011 slate of officers: President Jerome Mallory, Vice President David Wilson, Secretary Frank Fishback and Treasurer Jerry Curtis.
Septic system funds available
Residents of the Upper Hazel River watershed, which includes most of Rappahannock County as well as parts of Culpeper and Madison counties, are eligible for cost share funds for septic system pump outs, maintenance or replacement. Participants receive 50 percent of approved costs for the pump out, up to $150. If repairs or a new drainfield are necessary, 50 percent cost share is also available, up to $3,000. Where it is necessary to install an entire new system, residents can receive up to $4,000 in payments. Alternative systems are eligible for higher payment. Low-income residents may be eligible for 75 percent cost share. For more information, contact Greg Wichelns at 540-825-8591 or by email at gregW@culpeperswcd.org. The funding for this program comes from federal funds from the EPA for impaired streams.
Forestry camp — beyond the trees
Nominations are open for the 65th annual Holiday Lake Forestry Camp, to be held June 13-18 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. Located in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, the camp is hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Campers experience hands-on learning about wildlife habitat, tree identification, timber harvesting, reforestation, environmental protection and more. They also take part in field trips, exploratory classes, outdoor recreation and a Lumberjack Field Day.
Teachers, natural resource professionals and others who work with youth may nominate youngsters to attend the camp. Campers must be Virginia residents 13 to 16 years old with good academic standing, have an interest in natural resources, and must not have attended Forestry Camp before. Teachers may also attend camp to earn re-certification credits.
Financial sponsorship is provided by forest industries, conservation agencies, associations and individuals. As a result, every camper selected to attend receives a scholarship and pays only $75 to attend the weeklong residential camp.
To nominate a camper, visit www.dof.virginia.gov/edu/camp.htm . Nominations are due by April 8.