Eagle Rock Ruritans award scholarships; plans welcome signs for community


James River High School graduates (from left) Benjamin Alan Johnson, Rebecca Lynne Hall, and Caleb Richard Craft with Eagle Rock Ruritan Club President Sue Marazzi.

Three James River High School graduates were awarded scholarships by the Eagle Rock Ruritan Club at the Awards Assembly on Tuesday night, May 16, in the James River auditorium. Ruritan Club President Sue Marazzi made the presentations with the assistance of club member Robert McRae.

Benjamin Alan Johnson received the Eagle Rock Ruritan Club/Kathryn Buhrman Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $600. Ben plans to continue his studies at the University of Virginia.

Caleb Richard Craft received the Eagle Rock Ruritan Club Community Scholarship in the amount of $600. Caleb plans to continue his studies at New River Community College.

Rebecca Lynne Hall received the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College/Eagle Rock Ruritan Club Mary D. Pauley Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Rebecca plans to continue her studies in the nursing program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

At the May Ruritan Club meeting, Barbara Holaday reported on the April roadside cleanup day. Eleven club members participated and reported fewer bags of trash, indicating that travelers along the cleanup route are helping to keep the community clean.

Buck Hartwell, co-chair of the Citizenship and Patriotism Committee, gave club members a brief preview of the June 13 primaries. At that time, both the Democratic and Republican Parties will elect their respective candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Those candidates will then be on the ballot in the November election.

The community witnessed a great turnout at the club’s annual fish fry fundraiser at the Gala Picnic Pavilion on May 13. The club expresses gratitude to all who helped to make this event a huge success. The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to fund the club’s many community service projects.

The club will join two other Ruritan Clubs in Zone II and feed the veterans at the Virginia Home for Veterans in Salem on June 3. This is an annual day to remember with a delicious meal and warm fellowship the great contribution that veterans have made..

With the help of the Eagle Rock Improvement Association, the club hopes to soon display on either end of Eagle Rock a beautiful “Welcome to Historic Eagle Rock” banner.  The two groups have worked together for several years in purchasing, hanging, and watering 30-plus baskets of flowers. This year they have opted to hang two banners instead, with the future possibility of adding more banners in between.

The club extends an open invitation to anyone to attend a monthly meeting on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. On June 20 members will meet at the Eagle Rock Community Center, at which time the program will be presented by representatives from the Heritage Family Market and the Fincastle Mennonite Church and School.

Individuals and groups wishing to reserve the Eagle Rock Community Center may call 884-2775.

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