The Washington column for July 12

Longtime Washington postmaster retires

Washington Postmaster Yvonne Jarrell waits on a customer; after 24 years, she’s retiring from the U.S. Postal Service at the end of the month. Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
Washington Postmaster Yvonne Jarrell waits on a customer; after 24 years, she’s retiring from the U.S. Postal Service at the end of the month.

After 24 years with the U.S. Postal Service, Yvonne Jarrell, postmaster in Washington, is retiring at on Tuesday, July 31.

Yvonne started her postal career on March 12, 1988 at the postal facility in Merrifield, Va., as a automation clerk. She worked on the machines that read barcodes and sorted letter mail to the right zip code.

“I loved everything about my job except how far it was from home,” said Yvonne.

She transferred to Manassas in 1990 and worked as a window clerk helping customers. She then heard that Dulles would be opening soon in 1992 and applied for a transfer. Yvonne was excited to get back into working automation and was an acting supervisor for six years while working at Dulles. In 1997 she learned that Winchester had an opening for an automation specialist, and transferred there to be closer to home. The Washington postmaster job became available in June 2003. “That would be a perfect job for me,” said Yvonne. She applied, was interviewed and was awarded the job on June 28 of that year.

“This has been the best place to work, when I can look out the front window and see the water fountain, so calm and relaxing, and this is the best community to be a part of,” Yvonne said. “I have loved working in this capacity. We have a great group of people working in this office.”

Bobby Brown, a rural carrier for the Washington post office, said Jarrell is “a great boss, and she will be missed.”

Yvonne lives in Front Royal with her husband, Richard; they have two daughters, Shannon and Mandy, and two grandsons, Daniel and Ryan, and a granddaughter, Liliana.

Although she is retiring from the United States Postal Service, Yvonne says is not going to retire to a rocker chair. She plans to spend time time with her family and to design jewelry.

“To all of you who have been a part of or touched my life in any way because of my job, I thank you and I will miss you. My best to all of you!”

Stop by and say goodbye before July 31.

Yvonne, you will be missed at the post office. The good memories will always stay with us.

Good luck!

Fire on Warren Avenue

At 11:15 a.m. Saturday (July 7), Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue were busy on Warren Avenue, getting a house fire under control. The home belongs to Charlie Tompkins of Washington and is rented to Greg Clark. The fire started on the second floor, according to authorities, most likely from an air conditioner plugged into a wall socket. According to EMS Lt. Charles Crawford of the Washington squad, it took crews about four hours to get the fire under control – and, because of the combined outdoor air temperature and the heat of the fully involved fire, Washington Chief Gary Jenkins called in all the county’s fire and rescue squads to help, plus crews from Salem, Little Fork, Warren County, Warrenton and Orlean, to make it possible for no firefighter to spend more than a few minutes close to the intense heat. The damage was primarily to the second floor of the house, plus water damage downstairs.

Parish hall gets a facelift

From left: Steve Kerchner, Lillian Aylor, Jim Manwaring and Kaye Kohler read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights Wednesday morning at Washington Baptist Church.Bud Meyer
From left: Steve Kerchner, Lillian Aylor, Jim Manwaring and Kaye Kohler read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights Wednesday morning at Washington Baptist Church.

Trinity Episcopal Church got fresh paint and a refinished floor in its parish hall last month, plus new faucets in the kitchen sinks. Painting was started and finished during the second week of June. Floor refinishing immediately followed. Painting contractor Jose Morales came very highly recommended by several of the parishioners and, the church reports, lived up to his recommendation. His men showed up on time and took only one day to clear the walls and windows of displays, drapes and wallpaper. They spackled, primed and applied two coats of new paint. After the floor was refinished, Jose returned to touch up where it was needed.

Brian Fertig of Brian’s Floors in Amissville, did a high-quality refinishing job on the wood floor. A final coat of finish was applied Friday, June 22, but will take about a month to fully harden.

Little Washington Winery summer picnic

Little Washington Winery hosts a midsummer picnic set against the magnificent backdrop of the Blue Ridge from 11 to 7 this Saturday (July 14) at the winery on Christmas Tree Lane. On tap are wine tastings, art, food catered by the Blue Rock Inn, Big Pan Parties and North Carolina Ribs on Wheels, wine pairing seminars and live music all day. Tickets are $15 at the door ($10 online at littlewashingtonwinery.com).

Wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Bobby Brown of Washington. He will celebrate his day on Sunday (July 15). Also best wishes to my daughter, Heather Dawn Singleton, in Indiana; she will celebrate her special day on July 27. Happy birthday, Heather Dawn.

Many thanks

The Rappahannock News would like to thank Betty Grigsby for the use of her shower and water during the power outage last week. Betty went out of her way to help us out last week – just another example of the community pulling together in a time of need. Thank you so much, Betty, for all you do for us.