Letter: A well-deserved award. Posted Thursday, May 9, pm. Editor of the Reformer,. Good day. My emotions appear to be tugging at me in two.
Editor of the Reformer,
Good day. My emotions appear to be tugging at me in two different directions. I am pleased that you have recognized Bill Oates' 38 years of involvement in and dedication to the Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn world and Select Registry ("Inn business guru recognized with Stafford Smith Award," April 16)
While still active with Inn Consulting Partners, his commute is from the bedroom to the kitchen table, which has become his office. By the way, Inn Partners is not going anywhere. With Eben Viens and Megan Smith (who was formerly the tourism and commerce director for the state of Vermont) on board, Inn Partners plans to be around for some time.
With 38 years of experience, Bill predicted and influenced many of the changes that have occurred and a few that didn't. He enjoys telling stories about himself. One in particular had to do with a heated discussion at a conference, where Rick Litchfield of Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, Maine, had discovered variable rates based on demand. Bill's position was that one should never discount rates because it cheapens the product. Guess who won that battle?
Another time Pat and Joanne, Innkeeper-founder of PAII, were concerned about the growth of Bed and Breakfasts and a subsequent decline in full-service innkeeping. He assured them not to worry, that after all, B&B was just a passing fad and would go away.
I know Bill will treasure this award. As his partner in life and work, I too will treasure this well-deserved award.
Brattleboro, May 7
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Already behind two months when he accepted the position of Rappahannock County Athletic Director in September, Danny Nobbs quickly learned his new job came with a perk few peers had – Camron Wayland.
“He’s only a sophomore,” Nobbs expressed with his classic grin when a reporter asked how he was settling in during a volleyball game the first week. “Camron’s made my life easier because I don’t have to worry if certain things are done. I know if Cameron says it will be done, it will be. He’s been a treat on so many levels.”
In short order Wayland, 16, has grown from a lanky kid to someone “matured beyond his years,” as RCHS Principal Jimmy Swindler described him recently.
Wayland’s take-charge attitude assisted the transition from former Athletic Director Brandon Burley, who announced his leaving to become the new AD at Harrisonburg High School in late Summer, 2018, through Swindler’s handling of the athletic program for a month or so until Nobbs could leave his teaching and coaching posts at nearby Eastern View High School in Culpeper County for his new digs in Rapp.
While Wayland’s announcing duties at athletic contests have become norm in the 18 months he’s been volunteering, it’s the behind-the-scenes work that has garnered praise from administrators in Rappahannock and competition schools well beyond the county line. Quietly, he has become the “Voice of Rappahannock”.
“We get a lot of praise and comments from opposing coaches,” Nobbs said. “And like I was, they are amazed how young he is.”
Wayland hasn’t limited himself to athletic and school events, however. He’s branched out to other forms of media presentation including a Facebook Page he started in January 2018 called Rappahannock County Athletic Commentary, where he posts sports scoring updates, schedule changes and live video streaming of important games and interviews of important people to the school’s program.
“I streamed live commentary to Facebook Live on my personal account,” Wayland said about the start of the new page. “I streamed games while running the PA announcements. I then had the idea to create an official commentary page, where fans could listen to these events. I thought creating a public commentary page would both be free for the public to enjoy and boost my confidence as a public speaker.
“Little did I know that I would also have fun doing this passion. I have even built relationships with others because of this page. I thank everyone who watches, listens, and/or enjoys my content. Without your support, I would not have the courage to even write an 'About' page on a website.”
He’s added Instagram for photos and says he’s always looking for new ways to make the site exciting for Panther fans and his hashtags #FearThePaw and #WeAreRappahannock have become the standard for fans around the county.
For those reasons and more, Nobbs named Wayland his “Unsung Hero” at a recent Athletic Awards ceremony. Burley did the same a year ago.
When his name was announced, Wayland had to make his way down from the back of the auditorium where he was filming the presentations for inclusion on his Commentary page.
Wayland said he’s always had an interest in announcing and sports journalism and loves listening to Dave Koehn, the “Voice of University of Virginia Cavaliers football and men’s basketball. He’s also keen listening to Channing Pool, who does the same as Koehn except for the ‘Hoos baseball team.
“I love listening to them, how they call the games,” Wayland said. “I try to copy them when I announce games or provide play-by-play for my Facebook Live videos.
Last week, during the Bull Run District Softball Championship at Madison County, Wayland set up his video camera on the hillside behind home plate giving viewers not able to attend the game feel like they were there. He called the balls and strikes and described the game like the seasoned professional he’s become.
He quietly roots for the home team while being neutral as announcers and journalists are required to do and hopes he’ll be rewarded – along with the school’s girls’ soccer and softball teams – with a trip to Virginia Tech and Radford University next weekend for state championship games.
He realizes his own graduation will be in two short years and while he wants to go to J School, he’s unsure where that path will take him. Expressing interest in sports journalism, only two universities currently offer that degree – the University of Arizona and Virginia Tech.
The latter might be a hard pill to swallow since he’s been a life-long U.Va. fan, but, stranger things have been known to happen and Wayland admits he’s opened to exploring opportunities wherever they happen.
He’ll begin exploring them quickly as the high school has already rewarded the young man with two unique opportunities to better refine and hone his skills this summer, awarding him full scholarships to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar that begins Friday and continues through Sunday, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, and a week-long camp at JMU in mid-July designed for budding journalists that’s sponsored by the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisors and aptly called jCamp.
The camp’s unique in that students will learn by doing, and special this year, they’ll learn how to weave a story through storytelling strands.
Each camper will have one-on-one with an instructor who will teach the basics of journalism while choosing from a variety of daily break-out sessions exploring photography, videography, writing, design, law and ethics, and social media/digital journalism.
Wayland says he’s excited about the opportunities but also can’t wait for school to start again in the fall so he once again can announce football and volleyball games.
“I have so much fun doing this,” Wayland said.
In a recent edition of this newspaper, Mr. Music, AKA Jim Corbett, asks why he was awarded a place on the Sebastopol Living Peace Wall. He goes on to answer his question, and once again we make contact with his uplifting hopefulness born of song. Music is for opening us to goodness and love, he writes, and for inspiring communities of peace and justice. “Music is a joy-maker,” he says, and he has given himself to spreading this joy near and far.
It’s all but miraculous that vibrations in the air can affect the little hairs, tiny bones and lively nerves in our ears in such a way that our brains experience sound. Beyond that, there are the organized sounds sent out by musicians and singers so, wonder of wonders, by simply listening to them, we feel elated or sad, pensive or enlivened, able to experience literally millions of shades of emotion and response. Little else does this as well as music does.
Those who study these things tell us that music is as old as humanity. By stimulating our brains, calming our souls and strengthening our resolve to press on through the challenges of change, it may have aided our evolution as a species. Music still does all this and more.
My most important musical experience proves to me that Mr. Music is absolutely right about the power of music in the human heart. It came during the last hymn of the first church service I ever conducted. The church was in Scranton, Pa., and the people were descendants of thousands of Welsh who immigrated to that area to work in the coal mines. They suffered mightily from cave-ins, explosions, asphyxiations and black lung disease. They met their suffering with their songs.
“The hymn is number 104,” I called out that day, and they began to sing: “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,/Pilgrim through this barren land,/I am weak, but Thou art mighty,/Hold me with Thy powerful hand.”
The singing rose and fell in ever more energetic waves: “Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,/Feed me till I want no more,/Feed me till I want no more.”
People stood on their tiptoes, threw their heads back and strained their necks into the song. The six elders in the front pew closed their eyes and sang with their mouths in perfect circles, each note drawn out as far as it would go, each syllable filling the room with reverberating sound. It seemed the main duty of an elder in that congregation was to sing the tenor part.
When they came to the last stanza, the people sang quietly in a haunting whisper: "When I tread the verge of Jordan,/Bid my anxious fears subside./Death of death and hell’s destruction,/Land me safe on Canaan's side.”
For these people, the Promised Land of Canaan was right there in their church, in the lives they were living and the faith they expressed in song. Their mournful memories and ongoing hardships were wrapped into the sound of their singing.
Graduate student Erica Harris received the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Student Mentor award in recognition for.
We’re proud of our teachers. They work hard. They have fun. They care. They invest their time, their wisdom, and their lives into our students. They do more than they’re asked to do and give more than they’re asked to give.
Nowhere is this more true than with our beloved 5th grade teacher, Susanne Horn.
Mrs. Horn was recently nominated by Peyton, one of her students, for “Teacher of the Year” with local radio station, KTIS. The honor is given not only because of the way she teaches, but also because of the way she lives.
It’s the way she engages with her students. It’s the way she makes her classroom a chance to shape their minds and their character. It’s the way she points them to the God who has been more than enough for her in even the most difficult seasons of life. It’s the way she uses everyday situations that 5th graders encounter - like someone stealing food out of someone’s lunchbox - and turns it into a chance to show grace, extend mercy, teach forgiveness, give accountability, and build character. It’s the way she teaches, trains, mentors, and coaches her students.
What we have seen in the ten years that Mrs. Horn has been pouring into lives at Liberty Classical is that teaching is simply an extension of the way she lives her life.
When Peyton nominated Mrs. Horn to KTIS, she didn’t make it quite so verbose. For her, it was a simple, “Mrs. Horn is my favorite teacher.” According to Peyton, "Mrs. Horn is encouraging. If we make mistakes, she is nice and patient with us. If we have a prayer request, she stops and prays with us right there.”
Peyton goes on to describe her 5th grade teacher as sort of “like a school mom: she is stern when needed and loving at the same time. She loves us and we love her. Mrs. Horn shares with us during our friendship lunches how to be better friends to each other and to ourselves. Mrs. Horn helps us to remember that God is always there.”
Perhaps the best description of Mrs. Horn is when Peyton said, “Mrs. Horn is like an angel, the ones that we see in movies, except I just don't want her to go away in the end. It is hard to explain, but she has brought me so far, in every way, this year. I am so blessed to be in her class.”
Thank you Peyton, for speaking up and honoring Mrs. Horn. By doing what you did, you’ve helped our whole school, and our whole community, recognize an incredible teacher who’s doing incredible things! People need good news. We live in a world where we’re so quick to criticize and speak only about what’s going wrong. But by nominating Mrs. Horn the way you did, and speaking so eloquently and boldly about the amazing things she’s doing, you’ve helped each one of us. You gave us all something good to talk about. We pray that you always keep that spark in you that speaks words of life and messages of hope in a world in desperate need of it.
And thank you, Mrs. Horn, for giving selflessly to our kids, for building their character while you also grade their assignments, and for showing them how to lean hard on God.
Our school - and our families - are enriched because of the work you do here at Liberty Classical Academy.
Camron Wayland, a rising junior at Rappahannock County High School has quietly become the 'Voice of Rappahannock' and an unsung hero.