Culpeper County Sheriff’s Deputy Josephine Breckley recently participated in the 2019 World Police and Fire Games in Chengdu, China. She competed with thousands of competitors in various sports with the hopes of winning a medal. After competing in the Women’s Taekwondo (Kyorugi, Poomsae, and Pairs), Wrist Wrestling (right handed), Indoor Rowing (Individual), and Track and Field (100M), Breckley racked up six gold medals and one bronze.

Local Author Extravaganza

All are invited to join the Friends of the Culpeper County Library for its Seventh Annual Local Author Extravaganza 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 in the Library’s meeting room.

Each author will have a table and be available to talk to the public about their books. The authors will have books available for purchase and autographing. Each author has been invited to speak briefly about their book, or books – check at the Library for specific times.

Two dozen authors will be in attendance as well as representation from the Windmore Writers Group. The Local Author Event was awarded Best Adult Program by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. There will be coffee, punch and cookies to enjoy while chatting with local authors.

Community Suicide Prevention Conference

A free community program about suicide prevention will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.

Sponsored by GCC, Rappahanock-Rapidan Community Services and Healthy Culpeper, the conference will include a screening of the 2018 documentary, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” resource tables and a panel discussion with community members. The public is invited to participate in the event; lunch will be provided with preregistration.

The panel discussion will feature coalitions enabling community prevention programs to work on this problem locally. To register, contact or 540/321-8751.

Constitution Day at Montpelier

Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 14 with free house tours and activities at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County.

Begin the day at 9 a.m. with an interpreter-led “We the People” trail walk on the 3.5-mile Montpelier Loop Trail, learning about Madison’s role as an early environmentalist, managing Montpelier today, tree identification, and more. A second walk will be offered at 1 p.m.

There will be free admission to the presidential mansion 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and hands-on history activities and colonial games around the grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Madison will be at home and receiving guests all day.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of walking tours: Montpelier’s Enslaved Community (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.); Archaeology (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), and Garden and Grounds (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites will be open—come and learn about our newest discoveries.

In the Exchange Cafe at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy a buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, and desserts for $10/adults, $5/kids. Or pack a lunch and picnic anywhere on Montpelier’s 2,650 acres. Listen to live music while you eat; adults can also enjoy a cold Virginia craft beer for $5/glass. Live music at the Visitor Center will be as follows: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Calvin Earl is a performing artist, musician, storyteller and documentary film maker specializing in the history of African American spirituals; 1-2:30 p.m. —Alex Caton and Nightbird will play traditional Appalachian, gospel, and early country music and 3-4:30 p.m.—The Jason Burke Band will close out the afternoon with 1960s and 1970s American and British rock and roll.

Diabetes Course

The Culpeper Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free course on, “Balanced Living with Diabetes.” The four-week class will provide participants support to eat healthier, be more active and learn to control their diabetes.

The program will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct.8, 15, 22 and 29 at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S West St. in Culpeper. Registration deadline is Oct. 1. Contact Becky Sheffield Gartner at 540/727-3435 ext. 344 or to register.

Madison County Republican Women’s meeting

Republican Party leader and TEA Party activist Travis Witt will be the guest speaker at the 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 meeting of the Madison County Republican Women. Known for his portrayal of Revolutionary War hero and Virginia pastor John Peter Muhlenberg, Witt will be discussing The Equality Act and other issues.

The Republican Women will celebrate summer’s end with a traditional turkey dinner including great sides and desserts by club members. Dinner is $8. Everyone is invited to attend this informative meeting in the Madison Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1236 Fishback Rd. For information, contact 540/923-4109.

Health Matters: speech therapy

September’s free Health Matters program at Powell Wellness Center will focus on voice and swallowing changes in the aging process.

Speech language pathologist Claire Ligon of Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center will present the program at noon on Sept. 10 at the center, 1005 Golf Dr. in the town of Culpeper. She will share how speech therapy can help with the effects of aging.

Health Matters is a monthly program that is free and open to the public. For information, contact or 540/445-5395.

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