Washington column for Nov. 15

Memorial garden at RCES

Rappahannock County Elementary School (RCES) wanted to establish a garden in memory of both Margaret Gottlieb, longtime resident of Little Washington, volunteer with Headwaters and a reading tutor in the Kindergarten classes; and Casey Lucas, a fourth-grader who passed away last year from cancer. Janet Davis, who owns Hill House Native Plant and Nursery and Four Seasons Gardeners Landscape Design from Castleton, offered to design and install the garden.

Davis began working with the Farm to Table coordinator Jen Rattigan and Rattigan’s sixth- and seventh-grade students to install the garden. Materials and plants were donated by several individuals and businesses, including mulch from the Rappahannock farmers’ coop; azaleas and witch hazel trees courtesy of the Brunes at Persimmon Springs Nursery; topsoil from Williams Tree Service & Landscape Supply; and steel edging from South Riding Wholesale Nursery. Hill House Nursery helped with the garden design, installation and several plants, while Mark Sanborn helped haul topsoil. Students in the high school’s building trades class are making two benches for the garden.

From left: Jen Rattigan, Jacob Sisk, Jerome Jenkins, Adriana Bowman, Katherine Deale, Kirsten Keyser, Rachel Bynum, Conner Culbertson, Skye O’Heron, Madison Stevens, Jordon Rector and Janet Davis break ground for the new Memory Garden last Friday at RCES. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.
From left: Jen Rattigan, Jacob Sisk, Jerome Jenkins, Adriana Bowman, Katherine Deale, Kirsten Keyser, Rachel Bynum, Conner Culbertson, Skye O’Heron, Madison Stevens, Jordon Rector and Janet Davis break ground for the new Memory Garden last Friday at RCES. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Last Friday, Rattigan and her class, along with Davis and Waterpenny Farm’s Rachel Bynum, started breaking ground for the garden. Janet and Rachel hope to have the garden completed before Thanksgiving break. They hope the garden can be a place of remembrance – a garden of peace and a tapestry of love for their beloved colleague, mentor and friend.

Davis has a second grader at RCES and was the co-chair of the playground committee last year. Bynum has been involved in many of the changes happening at the new playground, including the memorial garden and upcoming stencils on the blacktop. Good luck to you all, and thank you for doing this wonderful thing for the school.

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: “I want to thank everyone for their good wishes for my health. I am feeling somewhat better, but still not 100 percent. I have been able to get over to the Food Pantry, though, and here are a couple of things you should know: The sing-along is Friday (Nov. 16). It has quickly become a much anticipated tradition at Trinity. All proceeds go to the Food Pantry. So come one, come all. It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing – we need good listeners too. Come for fun, come for fellowship.”

Dodger also says that Thanksgiving is early this year, and since the pantry lost its turkey provider this year, they need turkeys. You can donate them by dropping them off at Social Services, who will make sure they get them to the Food Pantry. He adds: “Tip from my mom: Safeway almost always puts turkeys on sale during the last week in October, and Martin’s is giving away a free turkey if you have enough points, so buy one or two extra and give them to the Food Pantry.”

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go to a special girl, Parker Critzer from Washington, who celebrated her day yesterday (Nov. 14), and to my sister, Judy Alther, who celebrates her special day Sunday (Nov. 18). Birthday wishes also go to Lois McFarland of Washington, who celebrates her 92nd birthday on Nov. 27.

Pie season

If Grandma’s too busy tweeting to make pies for your holiday table, let the Inn’s kitchen crimp your crust. The Inn at Little Washington is now taking orders for favorite holiday pies, including apple, pumpkin or chocolate bourbon pecan tart. These eight-inch pies come packaged in a handcrafted shaker-style box and are $25 each. Pies are available in the shops from Saturday (Nov. 17) through next Thursday (Nov. 22). Call 540-675-3800 to pre-order.

WVFD breakfast

The all-you-can-eat breakfast is Saturday (Nov. 17) from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hall. Come enjoy all your favorites, including eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham, biscuits, sausage gravy, hash browns, fried apples, coffee and orange juice – all prepared by your local volunteer fire and rescue personnel. Cost is $8 ($4 for ages 4 to 12) and all proceeds benefit daily operations. Call 540-675-3615.

Poetic thoughts

I ran into my friend the other day, and this is what he had to say:

Strange Tuesday (Nov. 6)

Did we win or did we lose?
Did we send or did we choose?
Our weather now dictates its own strange change,
Like it or not time to rearrange.

Hazel River Bard