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September 2020

Bill Sherrod, Editor


I read the article in the May issue on barn quilts. My mom is an avid quilter … so when I shared the article with her, off we went on the three barn quilt trails in three days! We traveled through Greene County, Craig County and Alleghany County and found just about every quilt pattern in these counties as listed in Google, plus some extra quilt patterns not listed. It was such a fun trip, like looking for “Where’s Waldo?” but, instead, “Where’s the next quilt pattern?” I would recommend this trip to anyone who likes adventure and a good old-fashioned road trip!

– Peggy Donnell, Eastern Shore, Va.


Regarding your article in the July issue on the passing of Wayne Browning. He has been a blessing to the ESVA and Craddockville UMC since I moved here in 1989. He is sorely missed. I had the blessing of sitting in Sunday school with him nearly 30 years when we were the “young adult” class. He rarely commented on the lesson, but when he did it was profound … from the soul of a devout Christian man. Due to the virus, we were not able to gather for a celebration of life, but when the masks come off, there will be an awesome service and feast at Craddockville. RIP Wayne.

– R.D. McDowell, Pungoteague, Va.



I read with interest the article by Adam Culler of VFBF in the July issue. Living in a rural area, I am quite used to farm machinery on the highway and the patience required to navigate this necessary traverse.

I noted that nowhere in the article did the author mention the provisions of the Virginia Code Section 46.2-842 that “… Any over-width, or slow-moving vehicle as defined by Sec. [sic] 46.2-1081 shall be removed from the roadway at the nearest suitable location when necessary to allow traffic to pass.”

Although patience by other drivers is a virtue, it is extremely rare for the operators of slow-moving vehicles to adhere to the provisions of Virginia law. I have frequently observed that overstressed drivers take unnecessary chances to pass such equipment when traffic is backed up, sometimes for over a half-mile behind such vehicles that pass numerous intersections and wide open areas where they could easily display such courtesy as required by law.

— Dev Morrison, Berryville, Va.