IN BRIEF: Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary donates money for guest chairs

The Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary recently donated new guest chairs for the UVA Culpeper Hospital infusion area. The donation, an approximate value of $6,500, was made possible by the auxiliary’s annual Lights of Love celebration fundraiser.

Held in December, the Lights of Love event has been a part of the Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts for nearly 33 years. Beginning in October, community members have an opportunity to purchase a light on the tree for $10 or a light in the star for $50. Donors can give their money in honor or in remembrance of a loved one.

“The Lights of Love celebration is a great way for people to celebrate the holidays and honor or remember their loved ones,” said Sally Canavan, Chair, Lights of Love.

The Lights of Love campaign began in 1983 when the Culpeper Memorial Hospital Auxiliary decided to sell lights and celebrate the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony. That first year, they raised $5,000. Money from previous years’ Lights of Love fundraisers has gone to the purchase of a portable telemetry monitor, portable defibrillators, heart monitors and other medical equipment for several departments throughout the hospital. Last year, the Auxiliary raised $6,200 to buy sleeping recliners for care partners.


Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community is now The Culpeper

 Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community has changed its name to The Culpeper, Executive Director Jim Jacobsen announced in a community meeting with residents April 6.

“While we are proud of our Baptist heritage, we believe this name change better reflects where we are today — a community who welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds in the faith-based family atmosphere Culpeper residents have come to expect,” Jacobsen said.

Built in the late 1940s, The Culpeper is the fulfillment of Dr. J. T. Edwards’ vision to assist Virginia Baptists in their retirement years. Since then, LifeSpire of Virginia (formerly Virginia Baptist Homes) has grown to four continuing care retirement communities in Culpeper, Newport

News, Richmond and the Roanoke Valley. Each community provides a full continuum of care to address the changing health needs of seniors.

In addition to the name change, plans are underway to expand and revitalize The Culpeper campus, including a new front entrance and building, said Peter Robinson, LifeSpire’s Vice

President of Marketing and Public Relations. Access to the community will change from Route 15 to Route 299, and the new campus will face the Blue Ridge Mountains. Additional services will include a rehab-to-home neighborhood, memory care and skilled nursing.

“For Culpeper, this is long overdue,” Robinson said. “We have long been known for providing some of the best care in the area. We have been accomplishing this in a building built in the late 40s. We can’t wait to give residents and staff a new building, multiple dining venues, a wellness center, library, walking trails and all the amenities our residents deserve.”


Tuesday Morning Storytimes begin at library

Registration for Tuesday Morning Storytimes started Tuesday, April 11, in person at the Culpeper County Library. This is for the April-May session. PreSchool Storytime (ages 3-5) is at 10:30 a.m. and Toddler Storytime (age 2) is at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. Toddlers participate with a caregiver, and pre-school children participate on their own while parents remain in the children’s area of the library. Children and parents benefit from being with the same group of people each week, and from programming tailored to specific age groups. Stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, activities, and tips for helping children develop pre-literacy skills are shared. Contact Laini Bostian at 540-825-8691 or


Honorary fire queens

The Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department is seeking young ladies age 5 to 18 to compete for the honorary fire queen title with the annual fair slated for July 27-30. For information call Stephanie Jones at 540-222-8762.


Virginia State Parks celebrates 80th anniversary with new contests offering prizes, $500 drawing

A new contest celebrating the 80th anniversary of Virginia State Parks is offering the opportunity to win a $500 gift certificate for an overnight stay at a Virginia State Park. Other prizes include a waterproof smartphone case and a carabineer pocket knife.

The new “80 Things to Do in Virginia State Parks” serves up a bucket list of experiences that celebrate the diverse and significant offerings of Virginia State Parks. The 80th Anniversary Collectors Issue of the Virginia State Parks color booklet includes an outer cover with the “80 Things to Do” ready to check off. Pick up the booklet at any park or find the list here:

Guests earn prizes by logging experiences on the contest webpage: Multiple family members may participate and use the same email address as long as the names are unique. Prizes begin with a special 80th anniversary acorn stress ball after 10 visits.

At 20 activities the prize is a waterproof smartphone case. A carabineer pocket knife is the prize at 30, and visitors checking off 40 experiences receive 10,000 loyalty program points. Visitors who achieve 40 or more items on the list during 2016 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Virginia State Park overnight stay gift certificate.

Visitors may also participate in the Virginia State Parks Trail Quest program to earn unique hiking pins for visiting parks. Find out more about Trail Quest at

Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make a reservation for one of more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Customer Care Center at 800-933-7275 or visit


Nominate a hometown hero

 Do you know a Virginian who is responsible for generating positive change in the community or in the lives of others. If so, starting April 18, the public can visit to complete a short nomination form to recognize, honor, and celebrate heroes throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nominations will be accepted April 18-May 16. Winners will be announced June 22, 2016.