Washington column for May 2

Father Michaud visits Trinity

As part of Trinity’s partnership with the St. Marc School in Trouin, Haiti, Father Jean Fruitho Michaud, the Episcopal priest in charge at St. Marc, is visiting Washington tonight (May 2).

His visit will be celebrated with a potluck dinner in the church hall at 6 p.m., followed by an informal discussion. Social time begins at 5:30. The members of Trinity are extending an invitation to anyone who would like to speak with Father Michaud about Haiti or learn more about the church’s partnership with the St. Marc School. You don’t need to bring anything; just come and learn.

Since August 2011, Trinity has helped build a new eight-room school to replace the one destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Their partnership has also helped establish and operate a new trade school, with a computer room and solar power, for about 45 students. For more information, contact Russ Collins at 540-987-9030.

Our congressional art judge

Robert H. Ballard, co-chair of the Rappahannock Artists’ Studio & Gallery Tour and co-owner of the R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery in Washington, has been invited to judge the 5th District Congressional Art Competition this year. Ballard has judged over 40 competitions throughout the U.S. and curated several museum collections and hundreds of gallery exhibitions in his career.

Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in the 5th congressional district, which includes all of Rappahannock County. The theme for this district’s competition is “Virginia’s Heritage.”

The competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

The competition is open to all high school students in grades nine through 12 who live in the 5th district. The overall winner of the district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington, D.C., will also include artwork from other contest winners nationwide. There will also be a reception for all winners in Washington this summer.

For more information, visit hurt.house.gov/index.cfm/art-competition.

WVFR breakfast

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue is having an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the station. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, pancakes, sausage gravy, biscuits, hashbrowns, fried apples, coffee and orange juice, all prepared by the fire and rescue volunteers. Adults (and children 11 and older) are $8 (10 and younger eat free). All proceeds are used to fund daily operations. For more information, call 540- 675-3615.

Flowers for sale

Ladies, check out the flowers at the Rappahannock Farmer’s Co-op. They have beautiful annuals and perennials for sale, as well as vegetables of all kinds. Stop in and see for yourself. Remember – Mother’s Day is May 12!

National Day of Prayer

Today (May 2) is the National Day of Prayer. To celebrate, a prayer rally around the flagpole outside the county courthouse takes place at noon. All who can attend are welcome. The National Day of Prayer is traditionally held on the first Thursday in May. People of different faiths are encouraged to come out and pray for the country.

Register for Relay

It’s still not too late to register your Relay for Life team online at rapprelay.org for the Relay itself on May 18-19 at the Rappahannock County High School, starting at 6 p.m. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to participate in the Survivors lap, call Karen Williams (540-635-4673) or Carolyn Leake (540-635-2073).