Washington column for Dec. 9

Christmas parade warms chilly souls

In spite of the bitter cold temperatures and the wind on Sunday, the Christmas parade was a success with colorful marchers and floats, horses, llamas and dogs participating.

It was a great day all around for everyone. The Avon Hall grounds were abuzz with activity as parade coordinator Denise Chandler lined everyone up.

The staff of the Rappahannock News would like to thank three special people from the community: John Clark for the generous use of his hay trailer again this year, Bryant Lee for the use of his Kubota tractor and Chris Lee for towing our float smoothly without dumping anyone off the back. They came through for us again.

Rappahannock Food Pantry and Plant A Row gave a party to thank their volunteers on Saturday at Washington Baptist social hall. Photo by Kathy Eggers.

Food Pantry’s appreciation party

Rappahannock Food Pantry and Plant A Row thanked their volunteers by throwing them a party on Saturday at the Washington Baptist Church social hall. The church was beautifully decorated and set up by Kathy and Fred Eggers, Doris Jones, Bette and Mike Mahoney, Georgia Gilpin and Lillian Aylor. It was a potluck affair and lots of delicious dishes were provided by everyone.

Mimi Forbes, Food Pantry manager, recited a poem of appreciation in the style of Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth Tom, Kay, Jim and Patti can reach into and under to organize cans upon cans and the “bread”th that Shelby, Joanne, Georgia and Jackie can sort in no time and the height that my ever ready John, Don, sweet, silent Jennifer and tall Carolyn can reach to straighten the higher shelves — my soul can they reach!

I love thee even when I am out of sight and Ninie, Noel, Ce and Emily toil and serve recipients for an ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level Andy, Noel, Maddy and David give of every day’s most rushed need, by sun and dim overhead light.

I love thee freely, as Georgia, Jackie, Sandra strive for right placement of produce and deli — oh and Charles of the sweets; and as Warren, Mike, Midge, Nadia, and Fred willingly fill in and Kathy and Doris to photo.

I love thee with a passion as I put Laurel, Linda, Shirley, Betty and Gwen to use in my odd beliefs, and my firm childhood’s faith — my way is better!

I love thee with a love as I always seem to lose my phone and coffee mug and Phyllis, Polly, Ashley or Beth lovingly retrieve.

I love thee Hal Hunter who, like the genie in the bottle, grants all my wishes — tho sometimes wants to throttle.

I love all my lost saints though did not name. Please know I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life — and, if God choose, I shall but love and advocate for them all — better after death.

From left, back row: Richard Gallihugh, Robbie Keyser, Rebecca Funkhouser, Becky Harman, Zach Hitt, manager Michael Cannon and Chris Garcia. Front row: Joe Ritenour and Jimmy Foster. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Shopping at CFC

December arrived in style this year with the temperature dropping 20 degrees on the first day of the month. At the Rappahannock CFC Farm and Home store, December has been greeted with style! The employees are in full swing for Christmas. As you walk into the store there are decorations everywhere that celebrate the season as well as feature many of the items available for sale. The two Christmas trees are decorated with everything from dog treats to cookbooks to socks and boots. The store is currently featuring many great Christmas ideas, including beautiful pine wreathes available in Fraser fir or a combination of Fraser fir and boxwood.

In addition, there are several gift basket suggestions featuring ideas for the handyman, horse lover, farmer, cook and homemaker on your list. A great assortment of Carhartt wallets, socks, scarves, coats and other winter accessories are also available for purchase. New this year is a great assortment of affordable, American-made pet treats that make great stocking stuffers for your four-legged family members.

And don’t forget your feathered friends. CFC stocks a great variety of bird seed, suet and other treats as well as a great selection of bird houses and feeders, including beautiful cedar houses crafted by the Amish. Finally, the Rappahannock CFC Farm and Home also has a great selection of snow shovels, sleds and ice melting products, including a pet safe ice melt. Stop in and take a look at all the wonderful holiday and winter items now available at your local CFC Farm and Home store. The staff is looking forward to seeing you and helping with your shopping.

Post office has drawing

The post office of Washington is collecting names. Children under 3 have a chance to have their names drawn to win a handcrafted rocking horse made by Bobby Brown of Washington. Children 4 up to 12 can enter to win a large Pillow Chum lion. It opens up to make a comfortable pad and pillow to lie on. The drawing will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 21. All that is needed to enter is a name and phone number.

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    The site is free both for the food pantries and the gardeners using it.

    Nearly 3,000 food pantries nationwide are already on it and more are signing up daily.

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    You can help diminish hunger in America . . . without spending a dime.

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