Student volunteers over break

Published 8:30 am Friday, March 4, 2011

Carrie Weber of Franklin is among nearly 400 James Madison University students, faculty and staff members who will spend spring break helping people in 13 states and seven foreign countries.

Bronco Federal Credit Union employees Shonte’ Walker, seated, and Marie Joll, center, are treated to Girl Scout cookies from Ann Manning Cutchin with Troop 650 in Franklin.

Divided into 35 teams, participants from March 5 to 12 will staff soup kitchens and food banks, tutor children and remove invasive plants from national parks as they carry on a 19-year campus tradition.

Carrie will work with Hands on Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Miss., assisting with projects to help victims devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. Participants will be rebuilding houses, working with children, doing environmental cleanup and community garden development, and serving at a soup kitchen.

• Bronco Federal Credit Union recently rewarded its employees with Girl Scout cookies served by Troop 650 of Franklin.

Over three days, BFCU employees enjoyed a sampling of their favorite cookies while chatting with senior Girl Scouts. Members of Troop 650 include Ann Manning Cutchin, Heather Keller, Jackie Lucente, Maura Zurfluh and Troop Leader Teri Zurfluh.

• East Pavilion resident Steve Edwards shared some news from the Feb. 26 performance by Highway to Heaven before 30 residents and 20 visitors. The group sang a combination of old and country gospel and requests.

Band members include vocalists Sharon Burkholder, Donna Steely, Brenda Lyons and Sharon Story; guitarist Clarence Burkholder; drummer Larry Lyons; pianist Annie Rae Hall; and Wayne Story.

Band members are from Chesapeake, Stoney Creek, Buckhorn and Severn, N.C.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is