Hello to all the neighbors in Chester Gap. My name is Dolores Crooke and I am happy to be writing about the happenings in our little part of Rappahannock County. Let me tell you a little about my family and myself. We have lived on the mountain for almost 10 years. I am a nurse and the director of the Medical-Surgical and Intensive Care units at Warren Memorial Hospital. My husband Jeff is a firefighter in Arlington County and also volunteers for the Chester Gap Fire Department. Our son, Matt Lombardi, graduated for Rappahannock County High School in 2013 and will soon begin his second year at Virginia Military Institute. We are all very happy to live in this beautiful area!
I want to write about the all happenings on our mountain such as special events, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, fundraisers, church events, new neighbors and so on. I am going to need your help to be able to do this. I need to hear from all of you! In order to make this easier, I have set up an email account where you can send me news of upcoming events — firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the fire hall. Chief Todd Brown encourages interested persons to come out to a meeting and consider joining. By being an active member you could be eligible for a credit on your county taxes.
The fire department will be holding a gun raffle on Sept. 27; tickets are on sale now for $5 and can be purchased by contacting Brown or Dave Kane at 540-635-5482. Four prizes will be awarded: First prize is a Bushmaster Carbon 15, second is a Ruger American 30-06, third is a Winchester SXP 12 gauge pump and fourth is a Wicked Ridge Warrior Crossbow.
Congratulations to two of the nicest people I know on becoming grandparents for the first time. Jeannie and John Grigsby along with parents John Thomas Grigsby Jr. and Michelle Millar Grigsby welcomed baby John Thomas Grigsby III (J.T.) on June 15 at 5:20 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.25 inches long. Grandma Jeannie said baby J.T is doing great and she plans on spoiling him every chance she gets (as any good grandma should!).
I would just like to thank Chris for writing this column in the past and for allowing me to take over the reins. He has set a great example for me to follow.