Mendota Villager September 2014

Thought some of you from Mendota or with ties to Mendota might enjoy The Villager. It’s a peek into life in our rural life. Margie Dean puts this together for our community.   If you like seeing this on this blog, please leave a comment so that I’ll know.  I could do it for our future issues, too.

Sep/Oct/Nov 2014 THE VILLAGER


Thoughts from MCA President (Bill) Porter – Wake Up Mendota! There are wonderful things taking place in your community! The MCA Board is actively serving you. We are working to maintain the community center in good shape. We work hard to keep the pantry stocked and serve the needs of the people weekly. We explore fundraisers to help supplement the county grant. We are working to promote Mendota so businesses will want to open in Mendota. We plan and work tirelessly. We speak positive about beautiful Mendota and the surrounding area. If you want to expand your boundaries and give a helping hand, show up at the next MCA meeting. We need your help and support! We had a great energetic group at our September2 meeting and we believe God has good things in store for Mendota and YOU! Be a positive influence for Mendota!

Welcome HMG! Mendota Health Center opened September 3. Holston Medical Group announces the expansion of primary care services with the opening of HMG Primary Care at Mendota. “We’re very pleased to partner with the Mendota community to provide primary care services to this area,” says HMG President & CEO Scott R. Fowler, MD,JD. “Dr Andrew Bockmyre, a local physician and long-time HMG physician now provides the community with the peace of mind of excellent care, close to home, decreasing travel time and expense to the members of the community.”
Board-certified family physician Andrew Brockmyre, MD, began caring for patients at the Mendota location on September 3. Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8am to 5 pm.
“I am excited to be practicing in my home town and look forward to providing quality care to my neighbors and friends,” said Dr. Brockmyre.

Brockmyre received his doctorate of medicine from Michigan State University School of Medicine and has been practicing at Holston Medical Group since 1997 where he has continued to provide compassionate, attentive care to patients in all stages of life.

Mendota, go to the Clinic and welcome Dr. Brockmyre and staff!

The Mendota Community Association meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Residents of Mendota are encouraged to be a part of this active leadership group. Everyone is invited to attend the meetings and if you have ideas or concerns, please contact Bill Porter at 276-386-7063 or 423-914-5156 or Cobenna Barker at 276-466-4551. Our goal is to keep the building maintained in good shape, inside and out, for many years and that everyone will continue to enjoy many community events sponsored by the MCA and other groups.
Community Center rental is available by calling Wanda Riner at 276-645-2362.

Activities Coming Soon – (Place on Your Calendar)
Mendota Heritage Festival, Sat, September 13
Mendota Pumpkin Patch Event, Tues, Oct 28
Veterans Day Appreciation Dinner, Tues, Nov 11
Christmas Dinner/Tree Lighting/Concert, Friday, Dec 5
Mendota 5K River Run – Saturday, March 21, 2015

Neighborhood Watch
Residents of Mendota area are encouraged to attend the meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Community Center. A representative from the Washington County’s Sheriff’s Office leads the meetings. The meetings are very informative and interesting. The September 4 meeting welcomed Sergeant Jamie Davis, District Supervisor of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Sergeant Davis talked about and distributed literature and pamphlets on Wildlife Crime Watch, Hunting & Trapping, Rabies Vaccination Program and Living with Black Bears in Virginia. Check out the community center bulletin board for information on Wildlife in Virginia and pick up the September copy of the Neighborhood Watch Newsletter for telephone numbers and websites to report suspicious wildlife related activities.
The October Neighborhood Watch will welcome Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman on Thursday,
October 2 beginning at 7:00 pm. Come and visit with Sheriff Newman. He wants to meet you and listen to your concerns and thoughts on how to enhance the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in the Mendota area. Place October 2 on your calendar today so you will not forget this important meeting. Please come and bring a neighbor.

Mendota Heritage Festival, Sat, September 13

Come and enjoy the wonderful activities that are planned for you and your family. The children will enjoy a petting zoo, bubbles in the field, button making in the Library, and archery – all free. Also, guessing jars filled with goodies could be yours if you can guess the number of items in the jars. Adults will enjoy the music, vendors, horseshoe, archery, quilt show, and a cake walk. Everyone will enjoy the K-9 Demonstrations by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Library book sale, and photo contest. Come and welcome HMG’s Dr. Brockmyre and staff to the Mendota Health Clinic. Good food too!

Mendota Food Pantry

The MCA is delighted to serve Mendota and surrounding area with a food pantry that is open weekly on Thursdays from 4-7 pm. Now, we are serving from 35-49 families weekly. The food pantry accepts monetary donations along with non-perishable food items. We have been blessed with continued donations from Churches plus donations of food from several individuals that contribute weekly. We extend a very heart-felt “Thanks” to everyone. Your support is valuable to the success of the pantry. If you haven’t been contributing to the food pantry, think how you might help.

Also, we need a chest type freezer for our pantry, if you happen to have one to donate.
Alive 55 Senior Group
The Alive 55 Group continues to enjoy their monthly activities. The July meeting was a health program by Dr. Donna Fraysier that everyone participated in and thoroughly enjoyed. The August meeting was a fun meeting with a scavenger hunt for unusual items of empty spool of thread, a used crayon, rubber band, finishing nails, and a match stem. After finding these items, everyone enjoyed using them and learned to make “creepers”. Then, we had a creeper race that was won by Jo Mutter. We played bingo and had ice cream sundaes and banana splits. Barbara Hays brought watermelon – delicious. The September 16 meeting will be a cook-out at Nottingham UMC Picnic Shelter at 3 pm. But first, some seniors are going to the Creations Kingdom Zoo located about 15 minutes from Nottingham, leaving about 1 pm from Nottingham and arriving back at 3 pm for the meeting.

Our October 21 meeting will be a fun time and preparing for our Silent Auction scheduled in November and “The Gift Tree” for Mendota’s children and elderly that might need a little extra love and care for Christmas. Also, we will work on shoeboxes for children in foreign countries through Samaritan’s Purse. Our November meeting will be featuring Mendota’s talented Oscar Harris. In December, we will celebrate Christmas with a program, games and Christmas goodies.
Come and see what’s happening at Alive 55. You’ll be glad you did!

Snow Removal from Mendota Health Clinic – HMG.
If you have equipment to remove snow from the clinic parking lot and would be available to scrape the parking lot on days the clinic is open, please contact Bill Porter at 423/914-5156.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday November 2, 12:00 am – Remember to set those clocks back one hour.

Heritage Festival
Sat – Sept 13, 2014, 11am-3:30pm

MUSIC – Beginning 11:00 am
Jeff Millsap 11:00 am
Blood Bought – D.C. & Mary Hess- Noon
Savior’s Call – 1:00 pm
Candice Bennett – 2:00 pm
Liz, Gregor, Micah – 2:30 pm
Karen Vermillion – 3:00 pm
God’s Grace – 3:30 pm – Patty Odum

Free to Enjoy all Afternoon

Enjoy all Afternoon – Free

Washington County Sheriff’s Office – Free

QUILT SHOW – Free Admission
Bring Your Quilt and Win the Blue Ribbon

Free of Charge


Hot Dogs, Nachos/Cheese, Chips, Brownies, Cookies, Sodas, Water, Baked Goods and ice cream cones

Rivermyst Farm -ORGANIC GARDENING – Produce, Bread

CAKE WALK – Noon & 2pm
15 Cake Walks Tickets – 2 walks for $1.00

Photo Contest – Children & Adults – Call Ray @645-2374 for Details

WELCOME Dr. Brockmyre and Staff


CAKE AUCTION – 11:45am

We Welcome Mendota Community residents and friends to share in a day of family entertainment.

Mendota Community Center
2562 Mendota Road
Mendota, Virginia 24270


We invite everyone to worship with us Sundays, 6 pm and Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Thanks Be to God! We are planning our Advent and Christmas studies and look forward to supplying shoe boxes for children with Samaritan’s Purse in November.

The Mendota Ministerial Group – Pastor’s meetings are to encourage and pray together, for each other, the Mendota Community and, as the Spirit leads, for ministries for the Mendota area. We invite all area ministers to join us. We meet the second Thursday, at 6:30 pm; but if that is not a good time/date for you, let us know and we will try to find a date that will work for most.
The Mendota Gathering Bowl, a ministry of the Mendota Ministerial Group, will continue weekly on Thursdays in January 2015. Summer Picnics, compliments of Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, have served almost 100 individuals monthly at the community center. Thanks Wayne and Barbara Hays and the Mendota Parish. We appreciate you!


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  1. Eva, Thanks for posting this on your blog and sending the notice to facebook. I loved seeing what is happening in Mendota. It was so fun that my doctor, Andy Brockmyre, is now able to practice at the clinic. That was one of the things I miss here in San Antonio, he is an awesome doctor and very caring Christian man.

    Again, thanks for posting.

    • are welcome. I’m sure Dr. Andy misses you, too. Please pray for the health of the clinic and that it will become vibrant and busy.

  2. joann m vicars says:

    Eva, thanks so much for the information you have posted. I enjoy reading the Villager and sometimes I do not get around to get one. Thanks also for the info on all the happenings in mendota in the future. Mendota is alive and well.

  3. Debbie Fitzgerald says:

    Best wishes to everyone who works tirelessly to make Mendota thrive! May all your dreams come true!

  4. Tineke Marburg says:

    Since we hardly ever get the Mendota Villager while we are in Mendota, Bill and I were sure happy to find it this way! Thanks a whole bunch Eva!

  5. Muriel Smythe says:

    Thanks for posting this. I would like you to post it monthly.

    Bud and I are involved in several of the Mendota activities.

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