Washington column for Aug. 16

Back to school, and to safety

Julianna Butler, 5, turns to say goodbye to her dad and mom, Jeff and Oxana Butler of Washington, as she begins her first trip to kindergarten Monday morning, the start of a long educational journey.Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
Julianna Butler, 5, turns to say goodbye to her dad and mom, Jeff and Oxana Butler of Washington, as she begins her first trip to kindergarten Monday morning, the start of a long educational journey.

It’s school time again! Summer vacation is over for youngsters (note for all the moms: it’s time for your vacation) Some of them are excited, some are probably having jitters on the first day of school this past Monday with all the new things: new teachers, new friends, maybe even a new school. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while.

Let’s keep caution in mind when driving in the neighborhoods and designated school zones.

Here are some reminders: Yellow flashing lights on a school bus mean the bus is preparing to stop and load or unload children. Slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm mean the bus has stopped and children are boarding or exiting the bus. Come to a complete stop a safe distance from the bus and wait until the bus begins moving before driving on.

Post office news

At the Washington post office, Johnna Taylor (right) helps Jane Bowling-Wilson with a stack of mail last Friday.Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
At the Washington post office, Johnna Taylor (right) helps Jane Bowling-Wilson with a stack of mail last Friday.

The Washington post office has someone new behind the counter: Johnna Taylor has taken over, at least temporarily, for Yvonne Jarrell, who retired July 31.

Johnna began her postal career as a relief postmaster at the Reva post office in April 1998; a year later she began working as a distribution window clerk at the Madison post office. Until 2007, when she became postmaster of the Brightwood post office, she served in Madison and also as officer-in-charge at post offices in Midland, Brandy Station and Jeffersonton. She was asked by her manager to fill in here at the Washington post office until the job is posted and a permanent replacement is hired.

With her friendly smile, Johnna makes you feel as if you have known her for a long time. Stop in and make her feel welcome. Johnna lives in Madison with her husband, Jay, and their children Ryan, Abby and Angel.

Welcome to our community, Johnna!

Breakfast . . .

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s next all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast is 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday (Aug. 18). Cost is $8 ($4 for ages 4 to 12, younger kids eat free). For more information, call 540-675-3615.

. . . and a Bag Sale

Next door, the Washington Ladies Auxiliary is having its semiannual End of the Season Bag Sale, just in time for some back-to-school shopping. The sale runs from this Saturday (Aug. 18) through Sept. 1, during which all clothing, shoes and linens that will fit in one of the thrift shop’s brown paper shopping bags will cost just $5. The shop is located at 10 Firehouse Lane in Washington and is open 10 to 5 Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 to 3 Saturdays. Stop in and and say hi to volunteers Dorothy, Shirley, Louise and Mary. All proceeds from the Thrift Shop go to benefit Washington Fire and Rescue. Merchandise donations are accepted 24-7 at the drop off site outside.

By the way, on page 29 of our just-published 2012-2013 Guide to Rappahannock, the Auxiliary’s thrift shop is listed with the other community support organizations but the hours and some of the contact information were incorrect. The hours above are correct – and for more information, call 540-675-3615 and ask for Russ.

Local notes

Congratulations to Brian and Alex Taylor on the birth of their first child, Thomas Lane Taylor, on Aug. 6 at Fauquier Hospital. Brian and Alex are a part of the bluegrass musical group Hollowbound.

Sympathy goes out to the family of William Printz, who passed away on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Fauquier Hospital.