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March-April 2019

Bill Sherrod, Editor


I am writing to compliment you regarding your January Cooperative Living magazine. As I was reading through the magazine, two things really stood out to me. The first was the Kids’ Korner column, by Anne Dellinger, titled “Becoming a Can-Do Kid.” When I was a young girl, I was a Girl Scout. We worked to get badges, which taught us to perform many of the tasks on the checklists mentioned. What we did not achieve in Scouts, we had the opportunity to experience in Home Economics. I am glad to see that children still have ways to learn these important skills. The second thing that really stood out to me was the 2019 Virginia Legislative Guide. What a wonderful resource for citizens to use to participate in our democracy! Hopefully, your subscribers will use the contact information to express their concerns and opinions regarding issues occurring in our state and our country. Well done!

— Tracy Anne Kohut
Cape Charles


Regarding the Viewpoint column in the February 2019 magazine, “Paper Power” … thank you so much for continuing to print this wonderful, heartwarming magazine! We have been with Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative for almost 20 years and have enjoyed it every issue.

Keep up the good work!

— Carol Floyd


The Crossroads feature on Milford in Caroline County in the January issue was very well done. However, there are several businesses on Richmond Turnpike that have served me since I moved to Caroline County in 1951 that I think should be mentioned.

G & G Farm Service, at the intersection of Richmond Turnpike and Antioch Road, opened in 1957, was a branch of Southern States Cooperative, and has served the agricultural needs of the community ever since. Still operated by members of the Gravatt Family, they are now an outlet for Ace Hardware, but focus on agriculture with greenhouses and small engine repair.

Across Richmond Turnpike from G & G Farm Service is Caroline Animal Hospital. This was opened in 1990 by Dr. Deborah Grissom. Today, she and two other veterinarians plus their supportive staff offer boarding and complete medical and surgical care for pets.

G. H. Watts Construction, a family-based company, located at 17485 Richmond Turnpike has been in business for 40 years. They construct stick-built and log homes, do renovations, ICF and concrete work. They serve 10 counties surrounding Caroline in addition to Beaverdam, Tappahannock and Fredericksburg.

The bank mentioned in the article must have been Milford State Bank. In 1921 it became a branch of Union Bank and Trust located three miles away in Bowling Green. In 1933 it was closed and business was directed from Milford to the main office in Bowling Green. Today Union Bank and Trust is one of the largest banks in Virginia.

— Barbara W. Beale
Bowling Green


Regarding Margo Oxendine’s “Winter Weather Prep List” in her January Rural Living column, if one uses kitty litter, instead of the salt mentioned, it would give you the grit needed for traction, without salting the soil, making it only “dirt.”

— Judy Smarr
Via email


Just read Dining with Dan’s terrific article, “Lunchbox 22,” about United States Marine Chris Sousa. It was a heart-warming article and I enjoyed it.

However, there is something I felt needed to be pointed out in regards to this Marine. A Marine is NEVER called a “soldier”… we are always “Marines”!!! Plus, the Marine Corps does NOT have the rank of SFC (sergeant first class ― that is for the Army). He may have been a sergeant, staff sergeant, gunnery sergeant or first/master sergeant, but he was NOT an SFC.

Just wanted to give you a heads up about that! Please note that this “discrepancy” does not detract from the wonderful article you provided all of your readers about this heroic Marine. Thank you, and Semper fi!!

— Sharon W. Bartley,
Former SSgt, USMC
Via email


Hallmark may not make Earth Day cards, but your local community may well have an Earth Day event.

Most of these are free and chock full of fun family activities and useful information about going green.

If you’re in the Shenandoah Valley, stop by Woodstock’s Historic Courthouse on April 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Earth Day Shenandoah!, sponsored by environmental non-profit Sustainability Matters and Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District.

There’ll be a huge Community Plant Swap, sustainably sourced food and vendors, electric car test drives, games, talks, nature photography classes, and even a Llama Kissing Booth.

For more information, contact [email protected] or Sustainability Matters on Facebook (@sustainabilitymattersVA)

— Sari Carp


In the October 2017 issue of Cooperative Living magazine, there was a story about a group of people who painted small rocks with bright colors and wrote sweet messages on them. They would hide a finished rock in a place where an unsuspecting person would find it, giving an instant uplift as well as a smile to the one who found it.

That’s exactly what happened to me while shopping in February. There, leaning against a wooden post, was a beautiful blue rock with a heart outlined in bright neon colors with the message, “Do all things with love.” I had found one of the treasured rocks!

When I turned it over, there was a sticker on the back that said ― KINDNESS ROCKS ― Shenandoah Valley Rocks or Port Rocks. Keep or re-hide. I have decided to keep it as a reminder that sometimes the smallest of gestures yields the greatest of pleasures.

I just might paint a few of my own rocks from Love, Virginia, and hide them where someone else will be as surprised as I was!

— Lynn Coffey