Washington column for March 29

The community’s loss

The town was saddened to learn that resident Howard Swaim, known to most as Howie,  passed away Saturday, March 24. On my walks around town, I  would often see him in the yard or getting in his car, and we would chat for few minutes. He was a friend to many.

God looked around his garden, and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.

God’s garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so he closed your eyelids, and whispered peace in thine.

It broke our hearts to lose you, Howie, but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you. But if we listen with our hearts, we can hear all of your love around us, soft and clear. We know that your spirit will always be with us.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Howie’s family. We are going to miss our kind friend.

Jazz piano Saturday

Don’t forget this Saturday (March 31), jazz pianist Bill Harris will perform at the Theatre in Washington at 8 p.m. Harris lives in Rappahannock but performs around the country and beyond; he will be in concert at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, in April. Tickets are $25 ($10 students 17 and younger). For reservations, call 540-675-1253.

County decal due

It’s time for everyone to get their 2012 county vehicle decals! They are due by April 15. Remember that all delinquent personal property taxes in the name of an applicant must be paid before a decal can be issued. From April 2-30, the Rappahannock County Treasurer’s Office will have extended office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) For more information, call Treasurer Frances Foster at 540-675-5360.

Revival services

Revival services at the Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church, Washington, start at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1 through Thursday, April 5. Guest speaker is evangelist David Sommerdorf from Wasilla, Alabama. Special singing and nursery nightly. For more information, call Pastor John K. Burke at 540-937-4944.

Grandma’s Attic

On Saturday, April 21, whether you’re in town to run or watch the Fodderstack 10K finish or not,  be sure to stop by the Washington Baptist Church (starting at 8 a.m.) and check out the Grandma’s Attic items for sale, a Fodderstack Saturday tradition for many years. Donated items for the sale may be left at the church Fellowship Hall April 18-20. Remember, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

BUNNY CLUB: The 4-H Cloverbud Club’s members celebrated spring at their last meeting by making bunny masks. All 5- to 8-year-olds are invited to join the free 4-H club, which meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Rappahannock County Elementary School cafeteria. For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.  Jenna Kapsa
BUNNY CLUB: The 4-H Cloverbud Club’s members celebrated spring at their last meeting by making bunny masks. All 5- to 8-year-olds are invited to join the free 4-H club, which meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Rappahannock County Elementary School cafeteria. For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

Birthdays

Belated birthday wishes go out to a wonderful lady, Elizabeth Hawkins Switzer. Mrs. Switzer turned 91 on Tuesday, March 13. May you have many more to come.

Birthday wishes go out to Austin Huff and Mary Bailey of Washington. They will celebrate their special days Monday (April 2). Andrew Burke celebrates his special day on Wednesday (April 4).

Also wishes go out to Ellen Mustoe, who will celebrate her special day on April 9.