Posted: May 1, 2012

The Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Service Award was presented to Selah Sprinkel, retired Rockingham County educator. Sprinkel, is currently an assistant principal at a private girls’ school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She supervises the kindergarten and elementary division of the school. Sprinkel served as principal at Mountain View Elementary, Port Republic Elementary, and Mt. Clinton elementary schools. She retired in 2008. (Photo by courtesy)
Monsanto Company representative Rebecca Holtz (middle) presents Clover Hill Fire Chief Phil Rohrer with a check for $2,500. The Eldon Horst family won a drawing for funds donated by the Monsanto-sponsored program, “America’s Farmers Grow Communities.” Emily Horst (right) is a member of the fire company. (Photo by courtesy)

 Jeff Ishee, former producer and host of “On the Farm” radio and “Virginia Farming” television show, has been awarded the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s 2012 Special Recognition Award. Council Board of Directors Chairman Eric Holter presented the award during the Rockingham Chamber of Commerce “New Beginnings” event at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds April 12.

Ishee has been involved in Virginia agriculture since moving to the Shenandoah Valley in 1994. In 1996, he began his farm-related radio broadcast “On the Farm” with WSVA, adding the “Virginia Farming” television show in 2002. In January, he assumed his new role as the general manager of the Rockingham County Fair. Ishee has also served as the Vice President of the Virginia Farmers Direct Marketing Association and has worked with organizations across the nation on issues relating to public farmers’ markets. He has served on the Board of Directors for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom, a program that promotes agriculture education in schools.

The Virginia Agribusiness Council, with more than 40,000 members, represents agricultural and forestry producers, suppliers, marketers, processors and commodity associations in the Commonwealth with a unified voice through its government affairs activities.

Artist Kathy Pigg, of Bridgewater, received two Special Recognition Awards in the 14th Annual Judeo-Christian Juried Online International Art Exhibition. Her work—”Resurrection Crossing” and “Surely the Presence”—is presented under her artist’s name, Kathryn Cramer Brown.

This international exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery received approximately 170 entries from around the world. The work of 38 artists was selected by juror Laurence Bradshaw, professor of art at the University of Nebraska, in Omaha.

The work, Pigg said, “expresses the power and presence of Jesus to comfort and heal.”
The exhibition is archived at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.

Thanks to a donation from the Eldon Horst family, the Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Company will purchase new life-saving equipment.

The Horst family, which farms in the Hinton area, won $2,500 through the “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” program, sponsored by Monsanto Fund.

Randomly selected farmers in eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit organization. 

Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, an agricultural biotechnology corporation. The Horst family uses Pioneer Seed—a subsidiary of Monsanto Company—for their soybean crop.

The check was presented to fire chief Phil Rohrer April 9. Horst’s daughter, Emily, is an emergency medical technician with the company.

“The money is actually being used for an AED [automated external defibrillator],” said Emily Horst. “It should buy one or two. They’re pretty expensive.”

Because the company covers such a large area, they like to send out an AED in a volunteer’s personal car, in case they are the first responder, Horst said. “In essence, it could save a life.”

—Florence Barrett

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