Towns & Villages Column by Anne Davis
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Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
Breakfast at the Orlean Firehouse Sunday
Was anyone fortunate enough to see the meteor showers last evening? We watched, but the cloud cover prevented any sightings of this unusual event. We may try again this evening if we can stay awake long enough.
The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department held its monthly meeting last week. We were happy to welcome six neighbors who have expressed an interest in becoming members.
They were interviewed and taken through the application process,, which we hope will go quickly. Thanks, friends, for wanting to serve the community.
Note that the monthly breakfast will be held this coming Sunday, August 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. Looking forward to seeing you there.
The Orlean Volunteer Fire Department yard sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire house on Leeds Manor Road.
This will be a great opportunity to rid yourself of those treasures which have been taking up space and perhaps to acquire more "stuff." This is a bring-your-own table event. Details about reserving space are forthcoming with contact numbers and other information about fees.
Birthday greetings this week to Jackie Horn, Kyle Loch, Carolanne Petrusiak, Nicholas McCullough, Iris Branscome and Brian Dove. Enjoy your special day with someone you love and who makes you happy.
Elizabeth, one of the Siamese cats, got herself in a pickle this week. She accidentally turned over a basin of water being used for some laundry and came flying through the house with her hind legs and tail soaking wet.
She thought that someone else had done it and protested loudly during that quick trip. Naturally the cleanup took much longer than she wanted. There was plenty of licking and all of the other stuff that goes on when a cat bathes. She refused help from mom who offered a dry towel. Oh well, it is so nice to be independent sometimes.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
Graveside service Aug. 14 for Jack Kinzer
Another gorgeous weekend. The porch provided a great place to enjoy the pleasant days and watch the traffic. The only unpleasant thing was watching the drivers who deliberately ran through the stop signs at the intersection of Leeds Manor and John Barton Payne roads.
The peaches are ready, and are they good. My favorite summer fruit is a lovely ripe peach, preferably served on ice cream. A friend and I prepared 36 pints of delicious brandied/pickled peaches which will be available for purchase at the Leeds St. Nicholas Day sale on Dec. 7. The green pepper jelly (first-prize winner at the Fauquier County Fair) will also be available.
Graveside memorial services for Jack Kinzer will be held at the Old Leeds Cemetery (across the road from Leeds Church) on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends in Leeds Parish Hall following the service.
Margaret and Jack Kinzer were members of our community for many years prior to moving to Tennessee for their retirement. Jack spent many hours crafting beautiful woodwork items which will be treasured by his family.
Alice and Herman King and their two daughters, Melissa and Samantha, enjoyed a short vacation in Florida last week. The ladies did some shopping and all enjoyed doing some of the "touristy" things.
Birthday greetings this week to Ann Prideaux, Hayden Shaw, Jutsie Carter, Ruth Baxley, Don Armstrong, Adele Harrell, and Anthony McCullough. I hope everyone gets to celebrate with someone special.
A special quote this week is, "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." Enjoy and do something stupid if you wish.
Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013
Carol Scott wins award at the fair
Another gorgeous morning. We need to enjoy these special "weather gifts" after the blistering heat of two weeks ago. The sky is crystal clear after the hard showers on Sunday; not a cloud in sight. Sit on the porch and enjoy this weather while you listen to the grass grow.
The recent Fauquier County Fair was a great experience despite the unbearable heat. Kudos to the many volunteers who made things run smoothly.
A friend and I entered items in the exhibits. Both of us now have bragging rights.
The needlepoint picture of a border collie got a second-place ribbon with a very nice note by the judge and a third place on the sour cream pound cake.
Carol Scott went home with Best in Show on the green pepper jelly and ribbons on the other jams and jellies.
Not so bad for two old ladies who have never entered anything in a competition.
By the way, the green pepper jelly will be available for purchase at the Leeds Episcopal Church St. Nicholas Day sale on Dec. 7.
Plans are progressing for the Christmas in Orlean celebration to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be an opportunity to enjoy a full Christmas dinner, music, a children's gift shop, and other fun things to do in the village. All of this will happen after the sales and parades are over for the day. Plan
Birthday wishes this week to Margaret Wise, Jerry Hall and Gary Lowden. Hope they have great days and many more. I am also celebrating.
There was sadness in my house with the loss last week of my beloved Miss Kitty, a very special companion and champion lap sitter.
The other cats have only just realized that they now have special rights to Mom's lap and are taking full advantage of the privileges which go with that spot.