Washington column for Aug. 22

Best media lawyer in either Washington

Jay Ward Brown
Jay Ward Brown

Best Lawyers, a national publication that ranks attorneys based on client and peer feedback, recently named Little Washington resident Jay Ward Brown as that other Washington’s Media Lawyer of the Year for 2014. Jay has represented news and entertainment companies for more than 20 years in First Amendment and related litigation.

He’s one of the founding attorneys, and currently managing partner, of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a Washington, D.C.-based national firm focused on media law. Among Jay’s clients are The New York Times, CBS News, HBO, Politico and Slate.com. Although Jay — who recently sold the Gay Street Inn that he and his partner Kevin Adams had operated for almost eight years — is frequently on the road for business, he usually manages to work from his private office in the old bank building on Gay Street at least two days a week.

Congratulations on your achievement, Jay!

Wedding bells

Newlyweds Lindsey and Justin Puckett reside in Tampa, Fla. Courtesy photo.
Newlyweds Lindsey and Justin Puckett reside in Tampa, Fla. Courtesy photo.

Karen Webb of Woodville, and David and Denise Burger of Front Royal, are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter, Lindsey, to Justin Puckett on Monday, July 29, in Tampa, Fla.

Lindsey is a 1999 graduate of Rappahannock County High School and a 2003 graduate of Virginia Tech. She is currently employed as manager of a clothing boutique in Tampa.

Justin, a member of the U.S. Air Force, is the son of Sandi Puckett of Dalton, Ga., and Jeff Puckett of Colorado. The couple currently reside in Tampa with their dog, Oliver.

WVFR breakfast

Fire hall breakfasts and dinners are a time-honored way for volunteer fire and rescue squads to raise needed funds for their operations. This past Saturday, the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue held one of its regular breakfasts, where members set up the hall, cooked, served and cleaned.

The cooking crew rolled in at 5:30 a.m., followed shortly thereafter by the dining hall crew. The hash browns were hot, the gravy bubbly, the sausage sizzling, the bacon really smelling good, the pancake and biscuits fluffy, the apples perfectly stewed and the coffee plentiful. The eggs arrived just a few minutes later — all the better for being freshly cooked!

Around 60 breakfasts were served on Saturday. WVFR thanks all those who attended, and encourage you to keep reading the paper for news on the next breakfast.

Bowen reunion

The Bowen family reunion is 11 to 3 p.m. this Saturday (Aug. 24) at the Washington fire hall. Bring a covered dish to share. For more information, call Loretta Clater at 540-727-2862.

Homecoming/revival services

Mark your calendars now, as Washington Baptist Church’s Homecoming is Sunday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. (and includes a potluck lunch afterwards); revival services follow at 7 p.m. Oct. 7-8. The guest evangelist, Rev. Roger Roller of Lynchburg, will be the preacher for all the services.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Toni Updike, who celebrated her special day on Sunday, Aug. 18, and to a special friend, Ruth Ann Foster, who celebrated her special day yesterday (Aug. 21). Happy birthday also to Chelsea Smoot, who celebrates her special day today (Aug. 22).

Zack and Austin Huff of Washington would like to wish their mom, Hope, a happy birthday next Thursday (Aug. 29), and to say that they love their mom very much. Birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Yvonne Darrel, who will celebrate her special day on Friday, Aug. 30.

Condolences

Emerson Williams (left) used to sing with Norm Getsinger at Trinity Episcopal Church’s singalongs, as well as at the Lions Club and other venues around the community. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.
Emerson Williams (left) used to sing with Norm Getsinger at Trinity Episcopal Church’s singalongs, as well as at the Lions Club and other venues around the community. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

We are consumed with sadness to learn of the tragic loss of Helen Williams’ husband, Emerson, who died on Sunday, July 14. The memorial service is 10:30 a.m. this Saturday (Aug. 24) at Trinity Episcopal Church. Helen, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times. May you find comfort in the loving memories of family and friends.

Blue Ridge Heritage Project

Make sure you stop by the Rappahannock Historical Society at 328 Gay St. from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, to learn about the The Blue Ridge Heritage Project — a proposal to establish a physical memorial recognizing the sacrifices of the families who were displaced by the creation of Shenandoah National Park. Bill Henry, the project’s director, is the presenter. After the talk, there will be a museum tour and refreshments. For more information, call 540-675-1163.

Have a wonderful week, everyone.