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August 2019

Bill Sherrod, Editor

PHOTO MISIDENTIFIED

I’m writing in reference to the Dining with Dan column in your July issue, titled “From San Francisco to Blackstone, Virginia.” The picture at the top of page 28, identified as the San Francisco Bay Bridge, is wrong. The picture is the Golden Gate Bridge taken from the Marin County side of the bridge. I would think you would either know that or be more careful in your identifications. As a native of San Francisco, I hate to see our beautiful Golden Gate misidentified.

Allyn Bamberger
Via email

 

CROSSROADS COLUMN APPRECIATED BY READER

The Crossroads article in the July issue on Eastville was a great article. It was very informative and quite interesting. My great grandfather, John T. Johnson, was born in Eastville in 1849.

— Linda Winstead
Via email

Reader Enjoys Crossroads Column

I enjoyed reading about both Dundas and Kenbridge in the Crossroads column over the last few issues. About three months ago I discovered a beautician who works at the beauty shop in Kenbridge. I live in Hopewell and love my visits to the shop and the experience of driving through the country to get there. The residents of Kenbridge are truly blessed to live in the area and I hope within the next year I will be relocating to Rawlings, which I believe is another little piece of heaven.

Russell Handy
Dale City

OTHER WAYS TO GET YOUR “HORSE CRAVING FIX”

I read Margo Oxendine’s Rural Living column in your July issue. In her story, she says “even ‘adopted’ horses can teach lifelong lessons.” I always take these opportunities to suggest to anyone out there who needs to fulfill their “horse craving fix,” whether experienced or not, that there are so many horse charities and rescue groups. They are begging for volunteers to help out, therapeutic riding schools included. It does not take a rocket scientist to clean a stall or brush a horse! If you are scared to death of horses (or mules and donkeys), you can help with donations of money to save an animal or a child with disabilities in need. Check out horse rescue groups or therapeutic riding stables in your area. You will love it and it is certainly easier than owning a horse of your own.

Marcia Byram
Toms Brook

READER OFFERS SUGGESTION

I always enjoy reading your magazine, particularly the Viewpoint, Crossroads, Co-op People and Rural Living columns. In the July 2019 edition, Viewpoint described the Greatest Generation and their contribution towards the electrification of rural America and the Co-op People column highlighted the centenarian life of Milford Hartman.

Accordingly, my story suggestion to Cooperative Living is to identify co-op people who remember when electricity was brought to their rural homestead by their local electric cooperative and what immediate effect it had on their family and their farms. And if something like this has been done in the past, perhaps a reprise of that article could be done in celebration of some forthcoming anniversary event. Thanks for the consideration.

John Ruhlmann
Strasburg

TO TRESPASS OR NOT TO TRESPASS, STILL IN QUESTION

As a landowner on the Bullpasture with a land grant, I believe the writer of a Mailbag letter in your July issue is in error. She wrote, “If paddlers don’t touch the bottom they are not trespassing.” My land grant gives dominion over, on and under the property, therefore the waters are covered. The issue of trespassing was adjudicated many years ago in favor of the landowner.

Henry C. Marshall
Mechanicsville