Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue had a busy month in July. Statistics were reviewed at the monthly meeting last Saturday. There were 38 EMS calls in July. The squad responded to five fire calls, including a whole house fire. Other incidents included giving CPR, transporting a patient with severe fractures after being kicked by a horse; helping a child who broke an arm and needed 32 stitches after a bicycle accident; and several vehicle accidents.
Several squad members are registered for training classes in August in handling LP gas, search/rescue and arson investigation. Two members are continuing their medic training.
Fundraising to support operations is a constant topic on the agenda.
The WVFR would like to thank all who made memorial donations, responded to the annual fund drive, bought Fourth of July T-shirts or made other contributions. Donations of any amount are welcomed at any time.
The next breakfast fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14 (please note the change from the originally scheduled fundraiser dinner on that date). The cost is $8 per person, $4 ages 10 and younger. Call 540-675-3615 for details.
Pretty as a picture
Ice House Gallery is currently presenting a new exhibit, “Piedmont Vistas & Our Town,” that showcases Washington and the surrounding countryside. The exhibit runs through Sept. 26. The gallery at 291-B Main St. in Washington is open 10 to 6 Friday-Monday or by appointment. Call 540-675-3039.
Catch of the day
Dave Konick and son Nick decided to go on a fishing trip on Tuesday, July 27 in Maryland, just eight miles off Ocean City and returned with a whopper of a tale that’s true. They caught a 58-pound bluefin tuna and a 16- pound bull dolphin. Both were pleased with their catch of the day.
Birthday wishes go out to two dear friends of mine. Lisa Dodson, celebrated her special day on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Clarisa Leggett will celebrate her special day on Thursday, Aug. 12.
Show in the sky
From midnight to dawn, Thursday night to Friday, Aug. 12 and 13, is peak time for watching the Perseids meteor showers, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA. During those hours you could see up to 50 meteors per hour. This year, the moon will be waxing, so moonlight will be minimal, promising a truly exceptional celestial show.
Of course, the earlier evening hours may end up being a good time to see them also. It could be a very neat meteor shower for those who like to watch.
Amateur astronomers and sky watchers look forward to the meteor showers every year.
I can say that my eyes will be on the sky both nights.
Let’s hope for clear skies those nights.
Thought for the day
I would like to leave this saying, from thoughtfortheday.com, to all our readers:
Be patient. Breathe more deeply. There is a season for everything and nothing can be rushed. Make allowances for the fact that other people have different rhythms than you. Your patience will reduce your anxiety, and you will enjoy each day more.
Have a great week!