Rockville – Donna-Jo Webster

May 21, 2015


Hello, everybody! Is it me, or does this year seem to be clipping by at thoroughbred speed to you, too? Time seems to be flying faster than a hummingbird in the portable fan section at the local hardware store. You know what that means, though – there are fewer and fewer shopping days left until Christmas!

Happy hometown birthday wishes go out this week to Noah Pearce, enjoying cake May 22, and to Tammy Jowers, sporting a snazzy paper party hat May 26.

Take a moment this upcoming holiday weekend to give thanks to the brave men and women of our armed forces, who put their lives on the line every day so that we can enjoy our wonderful way of country living. Freedom isn’t free – salute a vet, thank a soldier, fly your flags with pride.

From our Good News Department: three BIG cheers go out to Rockville’s own James (Jim) Attkisson, who recently won the Spirit of Inspiration Award at Hanover County’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism recognition. County leaders recognized award winners during a program at Hanover High School May 12.

Jim has been a member of the Rockville Ruritans for 39 years and has a perfect attendance record. Know that nearly-world-famous, oh-so-good Ruritan Brunswick stew? Jim single-handedly sells about two-thirds of every batch made. He volunteers about 240 hours annually to club ventures like the Santa Breakfast, Project Life Saver, and the Wounded Warriors Project, among others.

His true claim to fame, though, is spearheading a community recycling campaign. Since 1976, when he first started collecting cardboard and newspapers from local residents, Jim has recycled over 11 million pounds of materials. That is an astonishing achievement! We’re so proud of him for being recognized for his good deeds by Hanover County – keep up the good work.

Stephanie Jowers Baisey traveled back to Rockville from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 9, the special guest at a baby shower given in her honor by Kristin Rudisill. Stephanie and her husband, Chris, expect a baby girl in June. Congratulations to the happy family-to-be!

The Cochrane Rockville Library will be closed this Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal operating hours will be observed Friday before and Tuesday following.

First Friday Films returns to the library Friday, June 5 at 4:30 p.m. Catch a full-length family feature on the branch’s big screen while enjoying free popcorn, snacks and drinks courtesy of the Friends of the Rockville Library. Call the branch at (804) 749-3146 for the film’s title.

Springfield Christian Church, located at 18285 Vontay Road, will hold Vacation Bible School Sunday, June 14 through Friday, June 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., nightly. This year’s super-fun theme is “Weird Animals.” To register, or for more information, call the church office at (804) 749-4793 for details.

Share your news in this space! Rockville would love to hear about your upcoming church events, fundraisers, achievements, and more. Send news and events, preferably at least two weeks in advance, to or call (804) 749-3401. Have a wonderful week!

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