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Public Servant Spotlight — Nick Schwartz: ‘Where else would you rather be?’

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm

By Daniel Sherrier Editor   Nick Schwartz has been teaching at Caroline Middle School for 20 years, and he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. He said “divine intervention” steered him toward a teaching career. He woke up one morning during his freshman year of high school, and the idea had been planted. “I never really wavered from it,” he added. The Pennsylvania native began substitute teaching up north until

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  • Public Servant Spotlight — Sam Frye: ‘I just fell in love with’ Caroline High

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:43 am


    By Daniel Sherrier Editor   The advice of an old teacher led Samuel Frye into a career in education. Frye had been working at an aluminum mill that shut down, leaving him at loose ends. He stopped by his high school in upstate Pennsylvania, and his former history teacher told him, “I always thought you’d be a good teacher.” “I’m not exactly sure why he thought that at the time,

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  • Caroline High School Fall Fun Day Yard Sale had something for everyone

    Posted on October 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Shoppers at Scentsy enjoyed all the aromas the products had to offer.

    By Lisa Gattie CP Correspondent   The rain didn’t stop Caroline High School from hosting its second annual Fall Fun Day Yard Sale Saturday. “We are hoping to make this an annual event that becomes a part of our school culture and promotes our community relationships,” stated Karri Zellerino, teacher and yearbook advisor, and the catalyst behind this family-friendly event. Zellerino along with the Principal’s Planning Committee, planned a day

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  • At State Fair of Virginia, signs of changing agriculture

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    The CHS FFA's urban garden fulfills its purpose by coexisting in perfect harmony with adjoining structures.

    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   For Robert Gibson, the small piles of dead bees in front of his hives were some of the first signs that something was different. The Ashland-area hobbyist, who ventured into beekeeping into 1980 when his father-in-law was given a hive as a gift, started noting trouble among his stock about 10 years ago. As his bee populations diminished, he would sometimes open up a

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  • Public Servant Spotlight — Carolyn Wenrich: I try to make the library an interesting place to come to

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm


    By Daniel Sherrier Editor   First she majored in biology, then focused on horticulture, and from there she made the natural transition into library management. Carolyn Wenrich is the branch manager for the Ladysmith branch of Caroline Library, Inc. She started at the branch part-time in 2003 to gain customer service experience, and now she’s running the place. “I just found it really interesting to be able to share things

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  • Caroline Recovery Community Program graduates 11

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    David Upshaw, a retired pastor and a supporter of the recovery program, speaks to the graduates at Saturday's celebration.

    By Daniel Sherrier Editor   Eleven people have done something extraordinary. With the help of family, friends, sponsors, and the Caroline County Recovery Community Program, and aided by their own strength of will, they’ve kept themselves sober for a full year. The Caroline Recovery Community Program celebrated its newest graduates during an afternoon of food and fellowship under the picnic shelter at St. Asaph’s Church in Bowling Green Saturday. The

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  • Public Servant Spotlight — Ricky Matiak: The job is ‘being there to help’

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Matiak photo

    By Sarah Vogelsong CP Reporter   Taking a sweeping view of the roughly 30,000 fire departments that dot the United States, a person might easily think that they were separated by vast differences. Not true, says Caroline Fire and Rescue Volunteer Deputy Chief Ricky Matiak—in most cases, for emergency personnel who switch from one to another, “the only thing that changes is the patch.” Matiak would know. With 36 years

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