In accordance with the Party Plan of the Democratic Party of Virginia, each local party must hold a reorganization meeting in December 2013. The Botetourt County Democratic Committee meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.Dec. 17 in the Community Room of the Fincastle Library.
All county residents interested in participating in the activities of the Democratic Party in Botetourt County are encouraged to attend. An application for membership can be submitted in advance and also will be available at the meeting.
The Troutville Volunteer Fire Department is once again bringing Santa Claus to area neighborhoods this Holiday Season. Santa will visit children aboard one of our fire trucks. As in the past, we would like to remind parents of a few safety concerns and ask that everyone stay out of the street until the fire truck has come to a complete stop. If there are any special needs children or other family members unable to meet Santa outside, please call us at 966-8661 to set up the special visit. While we limit Santa’s visit to Troutville Fire Department’s primary run area, children are welcome to join us at any of Santa’s destinations listed below. We plan on arriving at the first location on the list at 6:00 pm each evening and should end around 9:00 pm. Please keep in mind that the schedule may be adjusted in the event of emergency calls. For additional information or questions, please call 966-8661. The Troutville Volunteer Fire Department wishes you a very safe and happy holiday season.
On Dec. 13, we are holding a cancer benefit event for a Fincastle resident, Tina Horton Gray. She is a 47-year-old single mother who is fighting colon cancer. Between surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, Tina has been unable to work, and the medical bills are adding up.
The benefit event will be at the VFW Building on U.S. 220. We will have live bands, food, drinks, a bake sale, silent auction and various raffles. The cost is $8 per person, and all proceeds will go to Tina. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Roxie Wright at 588-9211.
Bonsack United Methodist Church is having a Candy Cane Carnival on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 3:30-5:00pm. Join us for Candy Cane Games & Prizes, Refreshments, Crafts, An Inflatable Candy Cane Maze, and Legend of the Candy Cane Story. Call 977-4212 for more information.
The Wireless Zones of Blacksburg, Daleville and Roanoke (locations listed below), will be donation centers for those looking to donate to Toys-for-Tots this holiday season. The Toys-for-Tots initiative seeks to provide gifts during the holidays to families who might not be able to normally afford them.
To incentivize individuals to give back, Wireless Zone will be gifting Koss Earbuds to the first 25 donators, per location. Tina can further expand on the details of the partnership between Toys-for-Tots and Wireless Zone.
The Daleville location is at 24 Kingston Drive and can be reached at 992-5220.
Botetourt Sheriff’s Department has a special code system for road deputies like Deputy Sheriff Kim Saunders Wyrick, 38. 224 is her call number and is printed across the bumper of her squad car. Code 27 means “Officer needs assistance.” Wyrick is facing the unknown. She has three cancerous tumors growing in her breast. Her coworkers at the Sheriff’s Department have stepped up to give their time and efforts to help her out. They are selling window decals and buttons to help with expenses. “Botetourt County just changed our health insurance coverage to 70-30 last month, too.” said Wyrick.
A mother of a preschooler and a veteran at the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department,Wyrick discovered she had breast cancer close to her son Austin’s fifth birthday. “On Novemebr 19th I received the news. I have been very open about it. ” Indeed she posted the breast cancer diagnosis on her Facebook page.
Like the Christmas season, she is full of hope. “I am facing this with optimism. I know the treatments will be hard, but I can beat this.”
She discovered the problem during a self breast examination. “I thought something was different. It just didn’t seem right.” After a visit to the doctor’s office at first her fears were calmed. A couple of weeks later she said, “It still didn’t feel right. It seemed to be growing.” This time the doctor’s office sent her for a mammogram, then an ultrasound and a biopsy. “I knew when the technician kept measuring and clicking something was not right. ” The technician said, “It’s cancer.”
“Invasive ductile carcinoma,” she said.
Lt. K.S. McClure came up with a window sticker with 224/Code 27 over a pink breast cancer ribbon. “We can post the sticker in a show of support for Kim as we drive around the County.” Window Stickers are posted on the lower left of the rear window and are on sale for $5 each. Dee Dee Bruce is making buttons of the symbol as well for 3/$5. “Donations should be made out to Kim Wyrick and can be mailed to the Sheriff’s Dept. PO Box 18, Fincastle, VA 24090,” said Karen Guilliams who works there. Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said, “We just want her to be well again.”
Her best friend who is proprietor of Peaceful Treasures, Kristin Huffman Reimer is making pink beaded bracelets at $12 each. How to purchase the bracelets is on the ”Helping Kim Fight Cancer” Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/helpingkimfight Like the page as well for other pending information.
This week Wyrick meets with her surgeon to discuss a plan of action for her treatment. There is some disconcernment until she knows what will happen next, but she is faithful that all will end well. After her tests results are all received, a plan of treatment will be established.
“If what I am going through will get one person to do a self examination, to have a yearly mammogram then it will have a positive outcome.” she concluded.
To get a window sticker or button or ask how you can help, contact either Guilliams at 540-473-7911 or Bruce at 540-473-7915.
Robin and Linda Williams perform a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country.
Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will appear in concert at Attic Theater D. Geraldine Performing Arts Center on Route 220 in Fincastle on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Each year, the Twelfth Night Charity presents a concert of free family entertainment for the entire community. The charity concert has its origin at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Fincastle where the first concert was held more than 20 years ago.
The concert is free to the public, but admission tickets are required due to limited seating. Patrons are requested to bring food and money as voluntary offerings for the two benefiting charities. Proceeds are divided equally between the Botetourt Country Food Pantry and the Botetourt County Social Services Emergency Winter Fuel Fund. The Food Pantry gives food to needy families and provides other emergency assistance, while the Emergency Fuel Fund assists economically depressed families and individuals having difficulties paying winter utility bills.
For more than three decades, Robin and Linda Williams have delighted audiences large and small with a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that truly merits the title of “American music.” They have appeared on “The Grand Ole Opry,” “Austin City Limits,” American “Mountain Stage,” “Music City Tonight,” and have enjoyed the rejuvenation of The Hopeful Gospel Quartet on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”
The concert is organized and produced by volunteers from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Fincastle, and the local community. Advance tickets will be available in December at Bank of Botetourt branches, at Digital Image Printing in Daleville, and by mail at 12th Night Concert, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 277, Fincastle, VA 24090. Mail requests should include a self-addressed and stamped return mail envelope. Additional information is available at www.stmarksfincastle.org or email@example.com or call 473-2370.
Though the crowd didn’t seem quite as big as usual, Christmas spirit ran high at the annual Fincastle Christmas parade. Two bands one from James River and the other Lord Botetourt, and over a couple dozen of floats followed WWII vets, a Korean vet and Vietnam vets who acted as grand marshals for the event.
Tiny tots with their eyes alaglow waiting patiently for the seasonally decorated floats, EMS vehicles, fire trucks, cars, bands and numerous scouts and other civic and church groups to pass. At the end, Santa and the Mrs. were on top of things– tossing candy to the children along the street. We heard Santa exclaim “Merry Christmas,” as they drove out of sight!
Buchanan’s parade is next Saturday Dec. 14, at 4 p.m.
Mill Creek Baptist Church will be offering its Annual Christmas Cantata on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.
The Cantata, “Our King Has Come,” will be presented by both the Adult and Children’s Choirs of Mill Creek. There will be parking and shuttles available for both performances, of this special musical time. All are invited to join us for this Christmas Celebration by the Choirs of Mill Creek Baptist Church. The church is at 11475 Lee Highway in Fincastle.