The Aug. 11 Open Forum article by Thornton Parker paints a very rosy picture. In 2010, Uncle Sam gave the residents of Rockingham County about $650 million by his calculation.
WASHINGTON — I’ve observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Last week I went for what, God willing, was the last.
Twenty-one years ago, in mid-August 1993, an orthopedic surgeon named George White penned a simple yet clear missive to The Winchester Star, the DN-R’s sister paper to our north, outlining a sound philosophy for how men should think that applies not just to Americans in their everyday lives, but as well to the elected officials with whom we entrust the public weal. We repeat this piece each year as a reminder.
Noah Michael Pitsenbarger, 15 months, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 12, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Noah was born Sept. 4, 2011, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital and was the son of Brandon Lee Chandler and Ravyn Pitsenbarger Chandler.
Even though he was diagnosed with cancer, he was always a strong, vibrant little guy whose smile always lit up the room.
He is loved by his brother, Sean Mason Pitsenbarger; sister, Marlee Grace Pitsenbarger; maternal grandmother, Donna Wright; paternal grandparents, Jeffery Allen and Kathy Bare Chandler; aunt, Taylor Brooke Chandler; two uncles, Benjamin Clay Chandler and Rashad Ashton Pitsenbarger; and numerous extended family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Kevin Gerber officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UVA Children’s Hospital, 1215 Lee St., Charlottesville, VA 22901, or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Online condolences may be made to Noah’s family at www.kygers.com.