Monthly Archives: June 2015

Thanks to an incredible teacher.

As school in Westmoreland County ends, my favorite teacher, Trudi Ficklin?, is retiring from teaching. Mrs. Ficklin taught me home economics when it was still called home ec.

When I started at W&L I knew no one, I was scared, I was lonely, I was dealing with a drinking problem that most people had no clue about, in fact, this will probably be the first time my Dad knows abou tit.

My depression and anxiety issues started about the time I moved to W&L. Mrs. Ficklin took me under her wing, taught me things I would truly need in real life, things like balancing a check book, how to wash clothes, how to cook, how to take care of a family, and make a house a home.

However, she taught me so much more than that. She taught me that I was worth the time. She taught me that I was a good strong woman. She taught me that I could be picky about my future spouse (I was engaged in high school to an older guy, we were not a good fit. However, we are friends, now.)

Trudi Ficklin brought me into FHA, got me involved as the reporter for it, and writing my first articles for the Westmoreland News? about vocational education at W&L. Yes, that means I have come full circle now.

She taught me to believe in myself, to defend what I believe in, to learn from my mistakes, pick up and move on from them.

She taught me leadership as I moved into the role of President of FHA my senior year.

When no one else believed in me, she did. When I was done and ready to quit school, permanently (I didn’t bother going to school for most of a year at CBHS,) she listened to me, and helped me to realize that was a mistake.

W&L will be lesser without her. I’m glad Kyrstin? got at least one class with her.

Good luck in your next endeavor, Trudi! Thank you so much for everything you did for me, and for all your students, in your time as a teacher.

My town

This was addressed to others who live in/around Colonial Beach. Our town won a $747,000 grant to help with financial and physical blight in the downtown area.  The next closest town won the same grant a year earlier and looks incredible:

If you haven’t been to/through Montross recently, you need to go see it! One year before CB did, Montross received a grant to help with the economic and physical blight in their town.

It looks amazing. New facades, murals, old buildings being razed. Montross has a fresh coat of beauty all over it.

That’s next for CB. As the revitalization group continues its work, CB’s downtown waterfront area will improve as well! I can’t wait to take pictures, and report on it, as it happens.

Our little town can be better on the outside. Now, if we could learn, as a community, that the gossip and hatefulness does not help us. Colonial Beach is a beautiful, waterfront town, with the second largest beach front in Virginia.

We could be something astounding, but, it takes not only money from grants, volunteers, but also a willingness for the citizens to accept change and see it as a good thing.

We need the tourism. I know that we swell with people during the summer, we need those people to spend money. We need them to buy food, lodging, souvenirs, and gas. (also, note places that sell souvenirs, the correct spelling of that word. Also, bikinis, not bikini’s)

We can be the great destination we used to be. Accept the people, enjoy the summer when we fill with those who don’t have the joy of living in this small, beautiful, waterfront community.

Everyone of us is lucky to be here. We have the amazing river passing by our windows, a school that is the backbone of our town, many who volunteer their time, and so many others who just love this town.

Support it, support progress, and also, go see what CB will look like!