Rixeyville’s own Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team has done it again—helped a stranded horse out of a tough situation. The volunteer company responded Monday to a call from Albemarle County, more than an hour away, for a 16-year-old horse stuck in a seven-foot hole. It was discovered that the horse, Cheyenne, had fallen into a hole in a creek bed. To get free her and get her out of the cold, they decided to lift her out with rigging and an excavator. About two hours later, the plan was successfully completed and the horse gently lowered. Cheyenne eventually managed to stand on her own, and though wobbly, she eventually walked up a hill to a waiting trailer for transport to medical care. To learn more about the efforts of the Large Animal Rescue Team or to support their efforts, visit Little Fork Volunteer Fire & Rescue on Facebook.

Fill a Stocking for local teens

University of Virginia Community Credit Union invites community members to “Fill a stocking” with gifts for teens age 13 to 17 who may not otherwise receive presents during the holidays.

Items can be dropped off at the Culpeper and Warrenton branches through Dec. 11. Stocking stuffer ideas include CDs, DVDs, video games, gift cards, disposable cameras, headphones, hats or gloves and bath/body care products. Once collected, the Salvation Army will distribute the gifts to qualifying teens in the area.

The Kids of Windmore present: ‘The First Leon’

The young people of Windmore Foundation for the Arts will perform, “The First Leon: Uncovering the True Meaning of Christmas,” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West St.

Since Leon discovered that his name spelled backwards is Noel, he wants to be part of the annual Christmas pageant, But he is the only one who doesn’t get a part. Join the fun at this holiday performance to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

The whole family is invited to attend this free event, donations appreciated. See for information or contact

Holiday food drive at Gray Ghost

Gray Ghost Vineyards is sponsoring a special holiday food drive to benefit the Culpeper Food Closet and Rappahannock Food Pantry.

The community is invited to help the winery surpass last year’s 3,000 pound record. All non-perishable food and monetary donations qualify donors for a drawing to receive free tickets to one of Gray Ghost’s events. The winery is located at 14706 Lee Highway in Amissville. For information, see or contact 540/937-4869.

Be a Local Hero fundraiser

The Team Jordan suicide prevention and support coalition will host its annual fundraiser 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Pepper’s Grill in Culpeper.

Admission is free so all are welcome to grab a friend or neighbor and come out for fun evening to support a great cause. There will be food, live music and a deejay, silent auction, raffle prize battle table and the $10,000 grand prize raffle drawing. All 300 tickets for the big drawing have been sold.

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