Cel­e­brat­ing the ‘Five Over Fifty’

Rappahannock News - - LETTERS - SAL­LIE MOR­GAN Chair, Ag­ing To­gether

Ag­ing To­gether be­lieves that older adults give more to our com­mu­nity than they take. To give recog­ni­tion to their many and var­ied con­tri­bu­tions, Ag­ing To­gether is honor­ing Five Over Fifty later this month.

In Rap­pa­han­nock County we are cel­e­brat­ing the ever-wise and help­ful Hal Hunter. It’s a bit hard to de­scribe all of the ways in which Hal has made a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity be­cause there are so many.

Hal Hunter is the rea­son that Rap­pa­han­nock County has a Food Pantry serv­ing more than 250 house­holds. It was grown from an­other ini­tia­tive of his, Plant a Row (or PAR), a pro­gram of the Gar­den Writ­ers of Amer­ica in which lo­cal gar­den­ers agree to grow a lit­tle ex­tra for those in need. Hal and his wife Beverly were named Rap­pa­han­nock County Cit­i­zens of the Year for 2009. He also served as a board mem­ber of the lo­cal Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agency and ad­vi­sory board mem­ber of the Rap­pa­han­nock Non-Profit Cen­ter.

Hal works ex­ten­sively on en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion ef­forts through or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Pied­mont En­vi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil and Rap­pFLOW. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Rap­pa­han­nock County Con­ser­va­tion Al­liance, and a mem­ber of the Rap­pa­han­nock Con­ser­va­tion Round­table, fa­cil­i­tat­ing co­op­er­a­tion among re­gional en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, Shenan­doah Na­tional Park, the Culpeper Soil & Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion District and state forestry and agri­cul­tural bod­ies. As a vol­un­teer, Hal also pre­pared an ap­pli­ca­tion for the His­toric Re­sources depart­ment’s recog­ni­tion of Flint Hill and F.T. Val­ley as his­toric districts.

Please come join Ag­ing To­gether as we cel­e­brate Hal (and the other four hon­orees) on June 20 at the State Theatre in Culpeper. The evening in­cludes a re­cep­tion and a con­cert by jazz pi­anist Deanna Bog­art. To pur­chase tick­ets visit ag­ing­to­gether.org.

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