Sperryville column for Feb. 10

Specialist Tyler Hartman in Afghanistan.

Soldier’s Sperryville respite

JD and Debbi Hartman are expecting the best Valentine gift possible. Their son, Tyler Hartman, a specialist (SPC) with the Army’s 101st Airborne infantry division in southern Afghanistan, is scheduled to return home on Valentine’s Day. Tyler deployed to Afghanistan last June 6 for a year. He will return to Fort Campbell, Ky., until his service tour ends next February. Tyler has been in combat and we hope that his few days with family and friends will bring him respite, safety and comfort. Being of service is one of the highest human values, and we thank Tyler for serving our country.

‘Love’ at the Copper Fox

Do you know about the laws of love? Come warm your heart and soul at Copper Fox Antiques Saturday, where James Henry II, author of “The Laws of Love: A Guide to Gallantry,” will be signing his book from 2 to 5 p.m.

Based on a 19th-century volume of the same title by Horace Raison, Henry’s book succinctly reinterprets philosophy, advice and observations about many aspects of love. Valentine goodies, coffee and a warm fireside chat complete the picture at Copper Fox Antiques, at 7 River Lane in Sperryville’s new River District, behind Rappahannock Central and across from Wasmund’s Distillery. Call 540-987-8800 for more information.

Meet Cheryl Lynn Herrmann

Sperryville is home to the growing number of professionals whose full- or part-time livelihood is based in technology. Cheryl Lynn is an experienced professional graphic designer whose volunteer work and private consulting enrich our county. Her best friend from their days at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sarah Van Dam, spent years encouraging her to move to “the country.” In 2000, when Oasis CD needed a graphic designer, Cheryl Lynn was ready to move away from Fairfax.

She immediately began volunteering for the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) and has served as a director of the organization since 2001, currently as the board’s vice president.

Her expertise is in design, photo editing, printing and mailing and she donates her services to RAWL for promotion/fundraising materials, including the RAWL logo, and designs for its “Strutt Your Mutt,” “Salsa Rawlsa,” “Hound Dog Hoedown” and other events.
She has designed local projects that include Kid Pan Alley’s “Tidal Wave of Song” CD package, Julie Portman’s “Life Stories” brochures, Virginia Equestrian marketing materials, The Local Flavor’s logo and a logo for Sperryville’s annual TezFest.

Cheryl Lynn worked for two years with the late James D. Russell, typesetting his handwritten manuscript for his book, “Felicia,” and recently designed his memorial program.

She is also the graphic designer for National Relief Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life on America’s most poverty-stricken Indian reservations. She creates fundraising materials such as direct mail, calendars, greeting cards, bumper stickers, magnets, brochures, newsletters, corporate stationery and business cards, newspaper and magazine ads and annual reports.

“I feel good at the end of each work day knowing that I have helped to improve the quality of life of our Native American brothers and sisters who are living in third-world conditions right here in the U.S.A.,” says Cheryl Lynn.

Contact her at cheryllynn@copper.net.

Happy Birthday, Terri

On Feb. 4, Terri Lehman celebrated her birthday. Next time you’re at the Corner Store/Thornton River Grill, be sure to give your birthday greetings to this woman, who enriches all our lives with her smiles and her culinary delights.

Wine online

Certified wine specialist, writer, graphic designer and web designer Mary Ann Dancisin of Amissville designed and hosts the Virginia Wine Gazette’s Web site, vwg-online.com, where this week’s edition features a “Crepes from the Piedmont” article by cooking and garden consultant Sylvie Rowand of Washington.

Sylvie entices us to celebrate France’s National Crepe Day — or any closer-to-home February holiday — with her recipes for vanilla crepes with almond cream and maple caramelized apples. Sounds just right for a special treat for our grandchildren for Valentine’s Day!

Also on the site, Clare Turner from Virginia Chutney provides us with a recipe for warming little cheese tartlets to enjoy by the fire in this cold weather.

Among the feature articles is an alluring story about the artisanal wineries of Rappahannock by Mary Ann, who traded her New York City life in the fast lane a few years ago for the more tranquil pace of Rappahannock. Contact her at mdancisin@studioecs.com or 540-937-2804.