Washington column for April 25

A busy weekend

The town of Washington was hopping this past Saturday, with the annual Fodderstack 10K race, a Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue breakfast, Washington Baptist Church’s annual Grandma’s Attic indoor yard sale and Trinity Episcopal Church’s Festival.

I came by the office for a while on Saturday and two ladies from Maryland walked in and asked where to get something to eat and wondered why were there so many people in the town.

“Well, ladies,” I said, “you are in luck, for today the town has at least three places for food.” I named them off: the Country Cafe, Tula’s and Stonyman, and added that they could also swing by Washington Baptist Church for hot dogs or walk up the street to Trinity Episcopal for their Cowboy BBQ cookout.

Renowned organist Ronald Stolk leads the singers from Shenandoah Conservatory at the close of the Trinity Festival. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.
Renowned organist Ronald Stolk leads the singers from Shenandoah Conservatory at the close of the Trinity Festival. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

I also explained that so many people were in town because of the Fodderstack and related events. They said they really missed the big event the town used to have on July 4, and I agreed; I wish the town would bring back some kind of day-long event on the Fourth. I gave them some freebies from the office and sold them a paper. Those ladies were tickled pink. I told them to make sure to not leave the town hungry and to come back to visit.

Ruthie Windsor Mann reports that Trinity Episcopal Church’s Evensong on Sunday was a perfect ending to church’s arts and music festival. World-renowned organist Ronald Stolk led a quartet of singers from Shenandoah Conservatory, while Trinity’s own Judy Segaar served as cantor and Kay Wilson read the lesson from Matthew.

The event was an inspiring half hour featuring Bach, Psalm 103, the Magnificat and “Cantate Domino” by Hans Leo Hassler. As senior warden Spotswood Williams said of Stolk’s ability to play the organ, “He made it sing! What a sound!”

Sometimes we get caught up with things and take Rappahannock for granted; at least I do. We have so much to offer people when they come to visit. We truly are blessed.

4-H livestock news

The Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Club had an enjoyable time at the Skyline Stockman’s Contest in February at Virginia Livestock LLC in Front Royal. Five members from Rappahannock attended the contest and competed with other livestock clubs in livestock, meat cut and hay judging. Equipment, breed, feed and meat cut identification were also part of the contest. Rappahannock’s junior team placed eighth and was awarded $25. The junior team was made up of Christian McCracken, Kristen Jenkins and Catherine Deane.

Ben Kopjanski, 4-H Livestock Club member, prepares to give a heifer a shot at the Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic. Courtesy photo.
Ben Kopjanski, 4-H Livestock Club member, prepares to give a heifer a shot at the Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic. Courtesy photo.

Congratulations go out to Kristen, Catherine, John Riedel, Allie Yowell, and Christian for representing Rappahannock’s 4-H Livestock Club at the Stockman’s Contest!

Earlier this month, the club held their monthly meeting at Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic where they met veterinarian Derek Vandrey, who works in the large animal clinic. A few heifers were brought in and Dr. Vandrey checked the pelvises of each heifer to see if it could calve properly. He also gave one of the heifers an ultrasound, which allowed the 4-Hers to view the uterus and other organs of the cow.

In addition to seeing if the heifers could become pregnant, some of the club members got to give each of them subcutaneous injections. Dr. Vandrey also demonstrated how to relieve bloat, which happens when gas is trapped in the rumen of livestock. A fun and memorable time was had by all who attended.

The club reports that many thanks are due to Dr. Vandrey and Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic for their continued support of the Livestock Club. Thanks also go out to Jim Massie, the leader of the club, for bringing his heifers for the demonstration.

FFA and 4-H clubs from Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock are participating in the 2013 CMR Farm Show July 11-15 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises. The show’s swine weigh-in was April 3, and the sheep and goat weigh-ins are May 1. If you in the area, stop by and congratulate the kids for their hard work and success!

Eagle Scout project update

Plans for the location of the pad and equipment for the new skateboard area at Rappahannock County Park have been approved by the supervisors. Equipment has been ordered and is scheduled to be installed May 13-14. The pad will be placed around the end of the month; final grading will be done after the equipment is placed and the area is dressed up and reseeded.

Eagle Scout Scott Aidan is planning on getting a work party of scouts together for building some benches to place near the pad for folks to rest on or watch others on the pad. The goal is to have the park complete by Memorial Day weekend.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Darlene Moore, Tammy Ricketts and to Jeanie McNear, who celebrated their days this Tuesday (April 23).

Other birthday wishes go out to one of the hollow boys, Chuck Moore of Harris Hollow; he celebrates his special day this Saturday (April 27). And to Sandra Gourley, who celebrates her day next Tuesday (April 30).

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