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PUT YOUR STAMPS ON

Well, if this doesn’t beat all, right when we are featuring all types of Heritage breeds of animals. The United States Postal Service is celebrating with new stamps. A colorful assortment of heritage livestock breeds are the latest American symbols to be immortalized on U.S. Postal Service stamps.

The Heritage Breeds Forever stamps, which highlight 10 rare animals, “pay tribute to heritage breeds, pre-industrial farm animals that are enjoying renewed attention for their versatility, adaptability and unique genetic traits.”

The collection includes photographs of the American Cream draft horse, American Mammoth Jackstock donkey, Barbados Blackbelly sheep, Cayuga duck, Cotton Patch goose, Milking Devon cow, Mulefoot hog, Narragansett turkey, San Clemente Island goat and Wyandotte chicken.

A dedication event—coinciding with the stamp set’s release date—was held at Mount Vernon  George Washington’s famed residence, which is still home to American Mammoth Jackstocks and Milking Devons, breeds that were raised by the first president.

“Mount Vernon is a place where we invite visitors on a daily basis to come out and learn more about these animals, to learn more about these heritage breeds and how they helped build the nation into what it is today,” said Matt Briney, vice president of media and communications for Mount Vernon.

“It’s great to remember what happened in the past, and I think that is what’s really great about the heritage breed stamps.”

Briney said he hoped the stamps would encourage the public to learn more about heritage livestock breeds and the farmers who are conserving them. According to The Livestock Conservancy, six of the 10 breeds commemorated in the collection are critically endangered species, with U.S. populations of less than 200.

Steve Hart, who raises Milking Devons, Mulefoots, Narragansetts and several other heritage breeds at Hart Burn Farm near Lexington, noted any exposure generated by the stamps would be beneficial for the breeds.

“The real importance of these breeds is that they have a certain set of genetics, and once those are lost, they’re never coming back. And, as climates and certain environments change on Earth, we may need the genetics that only these animals have,” Hart noted.

ELLIE STEVENS

Ellie Stevens was on hand recently at the Fauquier Livestock Exchange near Marshall. We couldn’t resist sharing this photo Ó Tiffany Dillon Keen at the Poultry and Small Animal Auction.

HONORING LOCAL STUDENTS

At The Plains Community League Scholarship Ceremony, students gathered on the porch of the John Page Turner Community House: Joshua Umetsu, Johnathan Pieja, Tom Rice (The Plains Community League President), Mikhaela Ulewicz, and Aubrey Fisher, not pictured is Katherine Lattig. Photo by Ellen Richmond-Hearty

BOOKED UP

Many thanks to Deborah Napier, the Steward of Amissville’s 1st Little Free Library, over in Rappahannock County. She has been busy at work putting some new LFL (Little Free Libraries) in place. She sent this note to Middleburgmystique.com: “As you may know, Amissville is a book desert.  Getting a book from the local library is a 20-mile round trip.  And for most of the last year, that library has been shut.  Once upon a time a woman ran a store with a thrift shop that had a selection of games and used books.  That’s been closed for a couple of years.

I’m covering the cost of the boxes, the books and getting the word out.  I have a pretty good selection with which to start.  Each book will be stamped with a Little Free Library logo that says:  Always a Gift Never for Sale.

As you’re going through your spring cleaning activities, please feel free to send good used books my way.   I’ll make use of them.  Please stick to books that may be entertaining for children and adults.   [Books about self-help, UFOs, cooking, spiritual or religious matters, work-out or exercise books can not be utilized for this project.]   I’m not sure whether or not the USPS still has a media rate to offer for the shipping of books. Contact Deborah at PO Box 6, Ammissville, VA 20106