Washington column for April 4

Easter with family

Spring is here and the best indication that it has finally arrived is the Easter weekend – a time for family and fellowship, where children play games, hide eggs and enjoy the feeling of spring in the air.

A group shot from the Easter gathering at Anna Clatterbuck and Mae Racer’s on March 30. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.
A group shot from the Easter gathering at Anna Clatterbuck and Mae Racer’s on March 30. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

An Easter gathering is something that every family looks forward to. For Anna Clatterbuck and daughter Mae Racer, that meant a big gathering of around 40 people for Easter on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the special bond among the family.

As always, there was more food than everyone could eat and desserts that were out of this world. For Emily Dodson, that meant indulging her sweet tooth and trying a bit of every dessert. Everyone had a wonderful time and had a plate of leftovers to take home with them.

A successful hunt

For more than 24 years, it’s been a tradition for the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue to organize and host an Easter egg hunt open, free of charge, to all county children the Saturday before Easter. And so it was again this year!

One could not ask for a more beautiful Saturday; the weather was just right for the hunt at 11 a.m. The horn sounded and 175 kids, armed with baskets and bags, rushed out into the field to hunt for brightly colored plastic eggs filled with candy.

Some eggs even contained a slip to claim a stuffed animal toy prize. All the kids also received a firefighter plastic helmet with candies. That same morning, WVFR also cooked an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. All in all, WVFR served breakfast to 200 people that morning and didn’t have any food left over.

The Easter Bunny was a big draw. Can you guess who the big bunny was? I’ll never tell!

Easter bunny still hopping

Darla Morres, owner of Tula’s Off Main, adds her signature to a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to help fund a cat shelter in Rappahannock County. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.
Darla Morres, owner of Tula’s Off Main, adds her signature to a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to help fund a cat shelter in Rappahannock County. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

The Easter bunny is still hopping around. You can see him inside Tula’s cafe on Gay Street where RappCats has an Easter bunny display complete with bunnies, eggs and a tree where you can pick off an item to donate and help the cat rescue group. You can also help in a big way by signing a petition asking the county board of supervisors to help fund a cat shelter and by placing a monetary donation in a box on the table.

Currently, there is no cat shelter in Rappahannock and RAWL only does dogs. RappCats is asking the county for permission to operate a cat shelter at the Vierling packing shed in Flint Hill and has to appear at a public hearing before the planning commission on April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Amissville fire hall (and again at the supervisors’ 7 p.m. meeting May 6 at the courthouse).

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to my grandson, Jackson Clatterbuck, who celebrated his day on March 22, and to Sherri Burfield who celebrated her day on March 26. More belated wishes go out to Austin Huff and Mary Bailey of Washington, who celebrated their special day on April 2, and to Andrew Burke, who’s celebrating his day today (Thursday, April 4).

Wishes go out to three dear lady friends of mine, Lois Alther on April 6, Ellen Mustoe on April 9, and Pat Davis, who celebrates her special day on April 11; and to Clyde Pullen, who celebrates his day April 12.

Spring on the way

As I was taking my daily walk around town Monday morning, I noticed the Inn at Little Washington was beautifully decorated with pink hydrangeas at the front entrance – a definite sign of spring.

County decal due

As a friendly reminder, the arrival of spring also means it’s time for everyone to get their 2013 county vehicle decals, which 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.

Have a wonderful week!