Congratulations to Washington’s own Connor Miller, son of Hodge and Kay Miller and a senior at Fauquier High School, for winning his second state championship in a distinguished wrestling career — his first championship coming in 2007 for Rappahannock High School. Miller, who transferred from Rappahannock as a sophomore, managed to finish his high school wrestling career with medals from the AAA, AA and A state tournaments. For FHS, Miller went on to place fifth as a 119-pound sophomore and third as a 135-pound junior in the AAA state meet before winning this year’s AA title at 145 pounds at the Salem Civic Center in Salem. Keep up the great work!
Adams solos in New York
Artist Kevin Adams, co-owner of Washington’s Gay Street Inn, will have a solo exhibition of his paintings opening March 11 at a gallery in New York City. The show will run for a month at MDH Fine Arts in Chelsea. Although Adams has been in group shows in New York City before, this is the first time a New York gallery has given him a solo show; the exhibit features paintings of Rappahannock County and surrounding areas and includes a couple of paintings from his recent trips to Cuba and Ireland. What an opportunity for New Yorkers to see Adams’ renderings of the beautiful views we get to see every day.
Thank you, Kevin, for making Rappahannock look so good around the world!
A thank you
James (Seymore) Freeman of Washington passed away on Thursday, Jan. 20, and the family wrote the Rappahannock News to express their appreciation for the gifts, kindness and love that was shown to their family during this very difficult time. They would like to thank Ann Spieker, Gary Jenkins, Charles Ray Crawford and the Washington Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response to their need. The family would also like to thank Fauquier Hospital and Oak Springs Nursing Home, especially Vicki Williams, for the wonderful care that was given.
Belated birthday wishes go out to a special friend of mine, Betty Grigsby of Washington. She celebrated her special day on Sunday, Feb. 27. Betty is always helping her neighbors out. Whenever she makes vegetable soup or potato soup, she always shares it around.
WVFR monthly meeting
The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue had their monthly meeting on Saturday, reviewing January and some February happenings. In January, WVFR were dispatched 47 times by the County 911 system, including 38 EMS calls and nine fire runs.
In January, fefore the snow arrived, various members spent almost 125 hours painting one the bays and working on the ceiling tiles that badly needed replacement. The February winter storms and power problems caused a lot of damage to equipment at the fire hall, including a scanner, the PA system and the loss of two bay door motors. The weather also made rescue challenging due to impaired driving and road conditions. Cooperation between county VFR companies as well as other agencies (Sheriff’s, DOF) really helped everybody perform better and rescue patients and victims. Several automobile accidents were also directly related to snowy and icy conditions.
WVFR is particularly grateful to Ennis Jenkins of Washington who used his large tractor to clear the lot of snow and ice. They are also grateful to the Washington Ladies’ Auxiliary, who presented them with a $5,000 check for needed bay projects. Finally, they are about to mail out their annual solicitation drive and want to thank everybody in advance for their support.
WVFR meetings are generally the last Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. and the public is welcome. The schedule as well as a calendar of events can be found on the Web at www.WashingtonVolunteerFireAndRescue.org.
Don’t forget the WVFR’s All-You-Can-Eat Ham and Oyster Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. this Saturday at the firehouse. Tickets are $20, $10 for kids 4 to 12; younger kids eat free. Come out and enjoy a great dinner with family and friends. Proceeds to benefit the fire department.