Wishing veterans a happy National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day on July 27 and a happy Air Force Day on Aug. 1. Thank you all for your service to our country!

Sending happy birthday wishes to Courtney VanOsten and George Tompkins III from their St. John’s Episcopal Church family and friends! Also, happy third wedding anniversary to Wyatt and Kyana Reuther.

Some strong thunderstorms passed through our area this past week, one of which knocked down some trees and disrupted power for several residents in the Buck Hill area last Tuesday. Local fire and rescue, VDOT and Dominion crews were quick to respond. Some homes in the Valley went dark briefly, but power was quickly restored. Buck Hill Road was temporarily closed to through traffic last Wednesday as crews cleaned up debris.

Faith Baptist Church will have a free yard sale at the church parking lot at 15 Faith Baptist Circle in the Valley on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information regarding this event, call Pastor Terry Bostic at 291-2847.

Services at St. John’s Episcopal Church continue to be canceled at this time in the interest of our parishioners’ health and safety. The church vestry is monitoring local COVID-19 cases on the VDH website and our senior warden will be updating our parishioners via email. For more information, our senior warden, Dave VanOsten, can be reached by emailing vanostens@ In the meantime, you can join my husband and me in “Evening Prayer: Rite Two” as we read from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer on Sunday evenings at 7, live-streamed at

Natural Bridge Country Store and Café now has an outdoor dining area with several picnic tables at the side of the store in their gazebo area. The store also has new electronic gas pumps featuring pay-at-pump service which have now been in use for several weeks.

Special thanks to Sweet Briar College physics professor Scott Hyman for sharing knowledge and telescopic views of Comet Neowise with a small group of stargazers, including me and some family members, this past Saturday night at Thunder Ridge overlooking Arnolds Valley on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The comet was visible over the valley around 10 p.m. as clouds cleared out, small and hazy to the naked eye, but more clear with its tail visible through binoculars and telescopes.

If you have any news, birthdays, anniversaries, well wishes or church updates you’d like listed, please don’t hesitate to let me know. As always, stay safe!