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Rockville – Donna-Jo Webster

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July 30, 2015

Hello, everybody! Don’t look now, but the calendar is rolling over once again. August! Time for back-to-school sales (sorry, kids), practice bus runs and that mad crush of early holiday shopping. No kidding, I actually saw an ad in Sunday’s Richmond paper for a local craft store, telling shoppers to “create the perfect holiday settings” with their silk floral offerings. Now if that doesn’t just beat all…

Happy hometown birthday wishes go out to Tammy Trapani and Junie West of the ‘ville, both sporting snazzy paper party hats and cutting cake Aug. 3.

The Rockville Ruritans held their monthly meeting at the International Learning Center last week. The club wishes to express their sincere thanks to Debbie Pillow for hosting and to the entire staff of the ILC for sharing their facilities and providing a scrumptious dinner. During the business portion of the meeting, the Ruritans awarded their annual scholarships.

Congratulations to Susannah Gilmore, a Patrick Henry High School graduate who plans to attend the University of Virginia, for receiving one of two $1,000 Ruritan scholarships. Susannah’s proud parents, Meriweather and David Gilmore, beamed from the audience as their daughter received her award.

Three cheers for Austin Davis, also selected by the Ruritans for a $1,000 scholarship. Austin is currently out of the country and could not attend the award ceremony last week, so he and his parents, Elizabeth and Brian Davis, proudly accepted the award at the Ruritans’ May meeting. Applause, applause for both winners!

The Ruritans tell me they are looking forward to a super-busy year, including participation in the South Anna Elementary Fall Festival, cooking “a couple thousand quarts of Nearly World-Famous Brunswick stew and chili” and other exciting projects. They’re looking for new members who love the Rockville community and who want to give back to it.

Interested in joining the group? You’re cordially invited to attend their next meeting Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Rockville Center on Pouncey Tract Road. Call President Lynn Dyer at (804) 640-1329 for more info. Special guest speaker at the meeting will be Delegate Buddy Fowler.

The Cochrane Rockville Library hosts its final Summer Reading Program show Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2:30 p.m. Musician Chris Campbell brings his unique blend of folk, pop, and Americana music to the library for a rockin’ good time. Bring the whole family!

Catch First Friday Films at the library Friday, Aug. 7, at 4:30 p.m. There’ll be a great family feature on the branch’s big screen, plus 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 or more info on any library program.

Got news to share? Rockville would love to hear it. Send your news and events to or call (804) 749-3401. Enjoy your week – the holidays will be here before you know it!