It was “An afternoon in Tuscany,” March 2 at Church of the Redeemer. The ladies of the Catholic Daughters turned the multipurpose room into a lovely Italian Restaurant for their fourth annual Fashion Show. Fashions were provided by Kohl’s, Peebles and Old Navy. Models from the parish did a grand job walking the runway. There were door prizes, raffles and an amusing commentary from Master of Ceremony, Deacon Ron Reger. Deacon Chris Colville took care of the delightful Italian music that set the mood. Sujatha Kemler, model coordinator did a fine job of recruiting and encouraging the models.
Thanks go to Parishioners, Ken and JoAnn Diana, who proved the main dish and much applause, goes to the kitchen crew, led by Colleen Coningsby, JoAnn and Allen Draper. It was a team effort as many of the CDA members helped in several other ways. Bernie Cornelius and her committee deserve a standing ovation for planning this wonderful event. Thanks also to the Heritage Girls, who helped set up, serve and clean up afterwards. Guest speaker, Esther Windmueller, founder of Cancer Dancer was inspirational. Part of the proceeds of this event goes to Cancer Dancer and the rest to the CDA’s special charities. If you missed it this year be looking out for next year’s event.
Cameron Baumgardner, a Mechanicsville native is in Alaska as part of Radford University’s polar ice research team. Cameron, a junior Geology major is part of an 18-person team from Radford University that is measuring ice depth and temperature on the Chukchi Sea near Barrow, Alaska. The team will be in Alaska through March 15 conducting scientific research to explore the correlation between the surface temperature of the Arctic Sea ice and its thickness. Cameron said he is excited to take part in this trip because it is a great opportunity to learn while also experiencing one of the most extreme environments on the planet. The class has been meeting on Saturdays this semester to prepare for the fieldwork and data analysis that will be done on site. Barrow has a population of 4,212 and is about 21 square miles in total area. The city is located 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Its cold, dry climate sees below-freezing temperatures 245 days a year. Barrow is surrounded on three sides by the Arctic Ocean and is located 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. And we think we have it cold! Thanks so much to Sherry Wallace, Senior Manager of Media Services at Radford University for sending in this exciting news about one of our Mechanicsville students.
If you aren’t happy about going on Daylight Savings time this week, I bet you will be by next week this time. Seeing the sun in the sky as we ate supper tonight (Monday) was a real pleasure.
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