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2018-11-14

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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Vicki Jean Lounge

On the 2nd of November, following a stroke, Emporia resident, Vicki Jean Lounge, was called to her Lord. She was 62.

Vicki was born in Houston, Texas on May 31st, 1956, to her loving parents, Mother, Christine Brannon nee Pearson, of Valentines,VA, and her father, Thomas Burns Brannon of Houston, TX.

Vicki had innumerable accomplishments during her life. Amongst some of her proudest achievements, her 22 years of service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. She began as a secretary in the Astronaut office, quickly moving up in rank through her meritorious service and dedication, ending her career as Facilities Manager of AOD, in Ellington Air Field, Pasadena, Texas. She served her government, her family, and future generations through her passion for Aerospace exploration, expansion, and safety. Vicki took great pride in her country’s accomplishments. Vicki was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, volunteering her time as a member of the “Horsepitality” Commitee. She loved the Rodeo, with its pageantry and positive effects on the state she loved so dearly. The live music, one of her deepest and most abiding passions, was something she shared with all of her family and friends. She would arrange for tickets to shows, making gifts of her time and effort to all who wanted to attend a George Strait or Selena concert, as she put it herself, “dance like no one is watching, and then hope they sing along...” She participated in community events, instilling through action community spirit, state pride, and many family memories were made that will live on in everyone who knew her. Perhaps more than any other achievement, Vicki was a mother. She was known lovingly as “Mimi” to her five granddaughters. Her deep bond with her children and grandchildren is perhaps the greatest testament to her character and life. Two generations have thrived under her tender and compassionate maternal care. She was a mother and Mimi first, instinctively,and without reserve. The loss of such a bastion of love leaves her children bereft, but for the knowledge of her goodness and its guarantee of her place in Heaven. Vicki lost many close family members and friends in her life, and with a life so well lived, her surviving family know she is resting happily with a Loving God, her father, brother, and many friends. It is with regret and grief that we say farewell to her, but the gratitude and hope in our hearts, the eternal flame of love she lit in us will keep us warm until we are all joined again. To have had You, Daughter, Mother, Mimi, Friend, was an honor and blessing. You are etched on our innermost selves. We grieve because we love.

Vicki was preceded in death by her brother, John Eric Brannon, her father, Thomas Burns Brannon, and her children’s father, Mark Joseph Spenla. She lost many friends before their time, Diana, Pat, Jeannie, and others. She is survived by her mother, Christine Rivas of Emporia, VA, her son, Marcus Ian Spenla, his wife, Tiffany Spenla, daughter Lauren Jean Woodruff, and her husband Jason. Her precious granddaughters, Brittany Erica Ann, Madison Faith, Meadow MacKenzie, Ivey Nichole, and Evelyn Virginia. Vicki will remain in the hearts of her family,with her ashes to be placed according to her wishes. The family appreciates the condolences and kindness of her friends and neighbors after this sudden loss.

Brunswick Academy Vikings Girls Volleyball

By Hannah Waller

The B.A. Lady Vikings, coached by Mr. Ken Warf, ended their regular season as conference champs. Overall the Vikings went 9-3 and were 6-0 at home. In tournament play, the Vikings played in the semi-final match, but fell to Kenston Forest School. Comprised of five seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman, the B.A. Lady Vikings were fierce and determined to win. In addition to placing first in conference, several players of the B.A. team were recognized for different awards. Olivia Combs, junior setter, was named as part of the VCC All-Tournament team; Hannah Waller, senior middle and co-captain was named VCC All-Academic; Allie Pope, senior outside and co-captain, was named VCC Second-Team All Conference; the VCC recognized Naomi Sadler, sophomore outside, Sarah-Olivia Temple, junior middle, and Hannah Waller, as part of the First-Team All Conference. The Brunswick Academy varsity volleyball team has never won a regular season in almost thirty years, so this season was significant to not only the players and coach, but also for B.A. and the future of the volleyball program. Although we came out as first this season, I expect next year's team to come out even stronger with improved skills and a sharper mindset to end the season not only as conference champs, but hopefully as tournament champs as well.

Awards:

All-Academic: Hannah Waller

1st Team All-Conference: Sarah-Olivia Temple, Hannah Waller, Naomi Sadler

2nd Team All-Conference: Allie Pope

All Tournament: Olivia Combs

VCC Coach of the Year: Ken Warf

2018 Riparian Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour Features the Renner Home

The Riparian Woman’s Club 16th Christmas Home Tour is pleased to have the home of Mary Ann Renner on tour this year. Mary Ann Renner extends a warm holiday welcome into her charming one-story three-bedroom ranch style home built in 2017 and located at 502 River Road, Emporia.

Upon entering, the great room is furnished with comfortable seating and immediately the feeling of the holiday season abounds with Christmas decorations. Mary Ann has a talent for decorating and it will be evident throughout the home. The dining/kitchen area is large and decorated beautifully for the season. Her collection of ceramic roosters and wall hangings are shown off here. She is very proud of her grandmothers antique ninety-year old Helpmate sewing machine. The dining table and chairs and the china hutch were hand painted by her friend. One will notice the unique kitchen island, previously an entertainment center and now a creation by Mary Ann. She knows how to make something old become something new.

    

There is one very special bedroom in the home and it is granddaughter Ellie’s room. The white furniture and the touches of pink speak to a little seven-year old girl. Mary Ann refers to the master bedroom as the Williamsburg Room. She grew up in Williamsburg and has a warm spot in her heart for the colonial area. All the furniture and some of the pictures are from Williamsburg.

Mary Ann loves Christmas and is particularly proud of her “Jim Shores” collection.

Others whose homes on tour are John and Jenny Holtkamp, Mark and Wendi Simmons,  Fortsville, owned by David and Jessica Yoder and the home of  Ken Newcomb and Steve Smith.

Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the E-G Chamber of Commerce, Peanut Patch, in Courtland, any Riparian member or by calling 434-594-4369.

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