Washington column for April 12

A successful hunt — for Easter eggs

GOODIES: The Easter Bunny helped sell Easter treats Saturday at the Quicke Mart, including to W.K. Harris of Fodderstack Road, to help raise money for a Relay for Life team. Phyllis Grogg and her daughter, Juanita Canard, are enjoying the sales pitch. The goodies were made by employees of Union First Market Bank.Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
GOODIES: The Easter Bunny helped sell Easter treats Saturday at the Quicke Mart, including to W.K. Harris of Fodderstack Road, to help raise money for a Relay for Life team. Phyllis Grogg and her daughter, Juanita Canard, are enjoying the sales pitch. The goodies were made by employees of Union First Market Bank.

The cool air on Saturday did not deter the 130 or so children intent on finding the candy-filled eggs that were hidden all over the grounds of Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s headquarters.

Some were dressed pragmatically, others colorfully. But they were all smiling, especially those who found an egg with a numbered ticket in it – the key to a prize (a stuffed animal). Every child also received a toy firefighter helmet (with more candy). The Easter Saturday egg hunt has long been a WVFR tradition, open to all children in the county, free of charge. The Easter Bunny was a big draw, and many people took pictures of their children with him. And who was that big bunny with the long ears? I’ll never tell!

Earlier that morning, the volunteers also served a hot buffet breakfast to a crowd of 160. Net proceeds are used for the operations of the company. A WVFR spokesperson wishes to thank all those who attended – and remind everyone that the next breakfast is May 19.).

Circle the date in red

Are you kidding me? You haven’t yet marked your calendar for the annual Fodderstack 10-K race that on Saturday, April 21? Get out your pen and circle that date in red on your calendar. This is one of Rappahannock County’s most hallowed traditions each year, so you better do it now before you even finish reading this column.

Also, Washington Baptist Church will be having its annual Spring Event Fundraiser on that Saturday, and everyone is invited to drop by for the Grandma’s Attic inside yard sale in the Fellowship Hall.

Congrats

Wedding anniversary wishes go out to Paul and Cucie Baldwin of Washington, who will celebrate their special day on Sunday (April 15).

Rapp’s Reagan Dinner

The Rappahannock County Republican Committee is holding its annual Reagan Dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 21 at the Washington fire hall. Please come and join them and share the evening with family, friends and neighbors at no cost. The speaker is Jim Kuhn, author, advance man and former executive assistant to Ronald Reagan. The dinner is potluck; bring a covered dish to share. For additional information, contact Evelyn Kerr at 540-937-2650.

News from Dodger

Rappahannock Food Pantry’s ambassador, Dodger, the dog who lives in Rappahannock with his mom and dad, Rudy and Judy Segaar, reports in the latest Trinity Episcopal Church newsletter that he and his family are having a lemonade stand in town on May 12. Seems the town of Washington and the county of Rappahannock have declared May 12 to be Food Pantry Day. “My friends at the Food Pantry asked me to hold an event to raise food and money,” Dodger writes, “so I decided to set up a lemonade stand at the food pantry . . . from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Itʼll be called ‘Dodgerʼs Lemonade Stand’ (has a nice ring to it, donʼt you think?). All you have to do is stop by and bring a donation of food or money and I will give you a glass of lemonade or iced tea or both, if you want. Everything I collect will go to the Food Pantry. So put it on your calendar! Bring your friends! Bring your pets (Okay, maybe not the cats).”

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