Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUC­K

Nov. 22, 1990

Alice Pullen’s “kin fam­ily” con­sists of two daugh­ters, five grand­chil­dren, and three great-grand­chil­dren.

But she reaches out to many oth­ers — a large un­of­fi­cial ex­tended fam­ily. She babysits the “great's,” is gen­er­ous with her time, helps friends, neigh­bors, the sick and nu­mer­ous wor­thy causes. She does not drive, but she does get around. Her good works are well-known.

Mrs. Pullen at­tends Flint Hill Methodist and Bap­tist (Old School) Bat­tle Run Church. She is amem­ber of the Methodist Women’s group, Flint Hill Ex­ten­sion Home­mak­ers Club, the Aux­il­iary of the Flint Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany. She helps with the Aileen Com­pany’s an­nual blood­mo­bile, as well as the EHC blood­mo­bile. She is a vol­un­teer at the Se­nior Nu­tri­tion Cen­ter, and is an avid gar­dener.

Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day (hol­i­days ex­cluded), Mrs. Pullen boards the van for her six-hour stint at the Se­nior Nu­tri­tion Cen­ter at Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church. She helps serve food, cleans what­ever needs clean­ing, and is a friend to the “se­niors.” If a se­nior needs a lit­tle sewing done, Mrs. Pullen is avail­able. She of­ten takes the gar­ment home. Just lit­tle things like but­tons and hems are what she does, ac­cord­ing to her daugh­ter, Frances.

Mrs. Pullen is faith­ful at work. She is more thought­ful than love re­quires. She has helped with the “Quilts for Baby Aids Vic­tims” and joined the church women in mak­ing re­ceiv­ing blan­kets for Third World Ba­bies. She takes food to homes where there is ill­ness, vis­its the sick, has given at least 500 hours to the Nu­tri­tion Cen­ter, is a good mother and grand­mother, and spends her time mak­ing our world a bet­ter place.

And now all of th­ese ef­forts have earned Mrs. Pullen the honor of Ex­ten­sion Home­maker of Year.

Sun­day was mov­ing day for the Rap­pa­han­nock As­so­ci­a­tion for the Arts and the Com­mu­nity, as vol­un­teers be­gan pack­ing up the RAAC of­fice and re­lo­cat­ing it from the Gay Street Theatre to the pack­ing house at the cor­ner of Gay and Porter Street.

RAAC’s lease on the Gay Street Theatre ex­pires Nov. 30, and the com­mu­nity arts or­ga­ni­za­tion was un­able to agree with theatre owner Wendy Wein­berg on the terms of a new lease, ac­cord­ing to for­mer pres­i­dent and RAAC di­rec­tor Diana Bird.

“RAAC and Mrs. Wein­berg have parted am­i­ca­bly and the or­ga­ni­za­tion hopes that on par­tic­u­lar oc­ca­sions it will rent the theatre on an ad hoc ba­sis,” she added.

Mrs. Wein­berg agreed with Mrs. Bird’s feel­ing, adding, “It just seems to make sense, both to RAAC and to me. I’m sorry that they are go­ing in one way — but I would hope to get the theatre used even more. If RAAC can use the theatre more of­ten, that is so much the bet­ter.”

Jan. 7, 1998

In early De­cem­ber, af­ter more than 30 years, Woodville con­tract Post­mas­ter Ruth Orange re­tired, clos­ing the book on one of the old­est post of­fices in the county.

From Septem­ber 1802, when found­ing Post­mas­ter John Turner opened shop, to Orange’s ap­point­ment as Act­ing Post­mas­ter in July 1965, the Woodville Post Of­fice has been in con­tin­u­ous op­er­a­tion. No­tices of its clo­sure were re­cently mailed to lo­cal res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to Orange, the Woodville of­fice, which op­er­ated un­der con­tract with USPS since De­cem­ber 1967, served 40 fam­i­lies via Gen­eral De­liv­ery and main­tained 125 post of­fice boxes. Orange vol­un­tar­ily ter­mi­nated the con­tract due to in­creas­ing ill health.

The U.S. Postal Ser­vice also no­ti­fied 335 Castle­ton area res­i­dents of the fi­nal for­mal clos­ing of their lo­cal post of­fice. This of­fice, op­er­ated out of her home by Martha Can­non, ac­tu­ally shut down in 1992, hav­ing served only two fam­i­lies.

Woodville and Castle­ton are only two of the lat­est ca­su­al­ties of gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate down­siz­ing. The USPS con­tin­ues to close smaller com­mu­nity post of­fices, con­sol­i­dat­ing ser­vice in re­gional of­fices equipped to han­dle huge vol­umes of mail at min­i­mal cost.

Ruth Kiger, site co­or­di­na­tor for the Rap­pa­han­nock Se­nior Cen­ter, was pre­sented an en­graved plaque rec­og­niz­ing her “self­less car­ing and love for the el­ders and our com­mu­nity.” It was dif­fi­cult for Kiger to leave a job she loved, she said on Dec. 29, but she had to move on to a full time po­si­tion work­ing with com­mu­nity ser­vices.

Un­for­tu­nately, Rap­pa­han­nock’s se­niors are not en­ti­tled to a full-timed co­or­di­na­tor that sur­round­ing coun­ties en­joy, she said.

A dozen smil­ing se­niors warmly said farewell to their friend who had watched out for them for the last four years. “She was the best co­or­di­na­tor we ever had and she ran a tight ship,” said Bar­bara Gen­try. “She was or­ga­nized, care­ful with the lit­tle money we had and com­pleted the con­sid­er­able amount of pa­per­work in­volved with the job.”

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