Chester Gap column for Jan. 1

Operation Santa Claus runs into bad weather

Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department’s Operation Santa Claus took place as scheduled on Christmas Eve. Santa rode along with fire department volunteers and visited children in Lake Front Royal and Point of Woods. However, because of heavy fog and Rudolph’s having a previous commitment, he and Santa were unable to visit all the homes in Chester Gap. We are hoping to have better weather next year.

Fire department elects new officers

The Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department elected its new officers for 2015 on Dec. 3. Chris Ubben will again serve as president. David Settle is the newly elected vice president. Stephanie Crawford and Maybelle Gilkey will return for another year as secretary and treasurer, respectively, while Ashley Settle will assume the role of member-at-large. Todd Brown, Kevin Williams, Jeff Crooke and Angelica Vittitow will remain in their roles as chief, assistant chief, fire captain and emergency medical services captain, respectively. Shane Wood is the newly elected fire lieutenant while Thomas Nowell is the new EMS lieutenant. Anyone interested in joining the CGVFD are invited to come to a meeting, at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month.

Webelos earn citizen badge

JT Dreibelis helps deliver books his Webelos 1 Den collected for Warren County’s “Second Story” program.
JT Dreibelis helps deliver books his Webelos 1 Den collected for Warren County’s “Second Story” program.
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The members of the Webelos 1 den in Little Washington’s Pack 123 — Jonathon Jenkins, Ryan Williams, Luke Ubben, Jack Gerard, Zachary Thompson and J.T. Dreibelis — collected children’s books and donated them to the “Second Story” program at Warren County Public Schools.Second Story works to instill a love of reading in children by providing them books if they don’t have any. The Webelos boys are all fourth-grade students at Rappahannock County Elementary School, and their den leaders are Nicole Champney and Lorelei Dreibelis.

Webelos is a 20-month program that helps prepare children to join the Boy Scouts. They participate in activities, learn outdoor skills and have the opportunity to earn up to 20 different badges. To earn their Webelos badge, members must first earn the citizen and fitness badge, along with one other activity badge. By collecting and donating the books, the boys are one step closer to achieving this goal. Great job, boys!

Happy holidays to everyone

As 2014 comes to an end, Jeff, Matt and I wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. We hope that you find the time amidst all the hustle and bustle to make some new memories with family and friends. I want to thank everyone that has helped me in 2014 with ideas for the column, and I look forward to what we can work on together in 2015.