Publisher’s Notebook: Bring on spring!

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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It’s with heartfelt joy I write the publisher’s note for the March edition of Farmville the Magazine. It’s been an interesting winter, temperatures in the 70s one week, then cold and freezing the next. Warm, cold, warm, cold, over and over again with no end in sight, or at least so it seemed as I yet again donned my coat, scarf and gloves to keep out the cold. Being a warm weather girl, the days of winter slowly ticked by for me. Many mornings the sunrise gave hope that at last the weather was turning warm only to have those hopes dashed once again and be met with more cold, rain, snow and ice. It’s been a long winter – welcome spring!

In this issue you’ll find plenty of stories to enjoy. On the cover are Farmville Area Community Emergency Services (FACES) President Ellery Sedgwick and FACES client Nancy Jackson. Turn to Page 18 as Marge Swayne delves into the positive impact this organization has on so many in our community.

The smell of freshly baked pie is something most of us enjoy. For something different from traditional southern pies, we recommend turning to Page 9 as Betty Sumner shares a community favorite — Japanese Fruit Pie. This pie recipe includes coconut, walnuts and raisins, and according to Sumner she has made it for years as “people love it.” From the rave reviews we heard about this pie, we are confident you will love it too. Thank you Betty for sharing the recipe with our many readers.

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Farmville the Magazine strives to tell the story of our community. Each month within these pages is the story of a community bursting at the seams with people that step up each day and make a difference.

There are many more stories within these pages, and we hope you will enjoy them. As this is a magazine about and for you, we welcome your ideas and invite you to share with us what you would like to hear more about by sending us a note at P.O. Box 307, Farmville, VA, 23901, giving us a call at (434) 392-4151 or sending me an email at Betty.Ramsey@

We publish Farmville the Magazine in the months of March, April, May, summer, September, October, November and December. We invite you to pick up a copy of the latest issue as there is sure to be someone you know inside — a neighbor, a family member, a friend or perhaps even you!

Betty J. Ramsey is publisher of Farmville the Magazine.

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