Washington column for Sept. 4

Gettin’ muddy for cancer

Former Amissville resident Tammy Martin and her team The Hooter Honeys participated in the Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run and Obstacle Course to help support breast and ovarian cancer last month in Clarksburg, Md.

The ladies pose after crossing the finish line (from left): Tina Dove, Connie Wiley, Beth Penner, Tammy martin, Alexis Williams, Melissa Werth, Denise Mishalow, Brenda Harrington and Becky Simpson.Karen Williams
The ladies pose after crossing the finish line (from left): Tina Dove, Connie Wiley, Beth Penner, Tammy martin, Alexis Williams, Melissa Werth, Denise Mishalow, Brenda Harrington and Becky Simpson.

“It was unlike anything we could’ve imagined,” Tammy said. “It’s about teamwork, camaraderie, laughter — lots of laughter — and most important, it’s for a great cause.”

The team consisted of Alexis Williams of Chester Gap; Melissa Werth and Beth Penner of Amissville; Tina Dove and Connie Wiley of Alexandria; Denise Mishalow and Brenda Harrington of Burke, Va.; and Becky Simpson of Stafford.

The ladies wanted to show everyone that they are all in this fight together; their fight is our fight! Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to next year’s run.

Vestry members

With Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III’s retirement from Trinity Episcopal Church coming up in 2015 after 40-plus years at the church, this year’s Vestry is facing more challenges than usual. The Vestry is a group of lay members elected by the congregation who support the Rector in managing the affairs and programs of the church. Each member accepts responsibility for leadership in a specific area.

Trinity’s newly elected Vestry members are (from left) Don Clay, Carolyn Emerick, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Harold Beebout, Susan Laing, Anne Kerr, Linda Brosgol, Andy McIntyre and Mike Mahoney.Courtesy photo
Trinity’s newly elected Vestry members are (from left) Don Clay, Carolyn Emerick, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Harold Beebout, Susan Laing, Anne Kerr, Linda Brosgol, Andy McIntyre and Mike Mahoney.

Michael Mahoney was elected as senior warden, Harold Beebout as junior warden and a new, very important, assignment is being fulfilled by Susan Laing, as chairman of the search committee for a new rector. Other roles being filled include Linda Brosgol as chairman of the outreach committee; Ruthie Windsor-Mann is in charge of communications; Anne Kerr heads up membership; Andy McIntyre is in charge of stewardship; Carolyn Emerick leads hospitality; and Don Clay heads up finance.

Plans and schedules are underway for Jenks’ retirement, with next May 31 being his last day in the pulpit. This column will have announcements for those important events, so stay tuned.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go to Gary Jenkins of Washington, who celebrated his day on Aug. 25. Birthday wishes also go out to a special young lady, Joy Virginia Alther, of Washington. She will celebrate her special day on Tuesday (Sept. 12). Happy birthday from your family!

Lastly, birthday wishes go out to twin sisters Shirley Hitt and Hazel Haines, who celebrate on Sept. 16. Happy birthday, ladies!

Harris Hollow news

Pat Davis and her four-legged pets journeyed to Lake Anna in Mineral, Va., for the Labor Day weekend events. There was a big lakeside party held on Sunday with friends and family. Good food and wonderful friendship were indeed taken in.

Nature photography presentation

Renowned nature photo-artist Jackie Bailey Labovitz presents her “photography on canvas” to the Rappahannock County Garden Club at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Washington fire hall (10 Firehouse Ln.). Club meetings are always open to the public. For more information, contact Sylvia Garcia at 540-987-3121.

Lions apple butter sale

The Rappahannock County Lions’ commitment to service and volunteerism covers quite a spectrum. Club members conduct vision and hearing checkups for Rappahannock County children each school year, manage projects like installing access ramps for senior citizens, provide scholarships for our college-bound brightest, and make contributions to an array of the county’s worthy causes and organizations.

Rudy Segaar and Jim Blubaugh selling Lions Club apple butter last year at Quicke Mart.Don Audette
Rudy Segaar and Jim Blubaugh selling Lions Club apple butter last year at Quicke Mart.

To raise funds for this charitable work, the Lions make and sell their dark and delicious apple butter each fall — and are gearing up for this autumn’s sale. Starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Co-op, club members and volunteers will cut some 45 bushels of apples from Lee’s Orchard. The following morning, all hands head to Keezletown for a day of cooking apple butter using a time-honored recipe.

This year’s sales begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 13 (10 a.m. Sept. 14) at Quicke Mart on Lee Highway, and continue the following weekend until the stock is sold out. Apple butter sells for $6 per pint jar (two for $10); a case of 12 is just $48. The jars make great holiday gifts, too.

Your purchases support the Lions’ good work throughout the year. For more information, contact Larry Grove (lgrove9577@aol.com) or Bud Meyer (lbudmeyer@gmail.com).

RAAC membership picnic

The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) annual membership picnic is 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the historic Greenfield estate, home of Alfred and Audrey Regnery (30 September Song Ln., Washington). Local trio Mandalele performs, while RAAC provide libations and an entrée; members are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. New members welcome. For more information, visit raac.org or call 800-695-6075.

On a sad note

Renee and Caroline Ruffner of Washington are moving to the Charlottesville area. I got to know this wonderful couple when I was working at the Fauquier Hospital, and came to find out that they live in the same Hollow as me. They both are dear friends. Good luck, Renee and Caroline! I wish you a new and brighter life. Don’t forget our tiny village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to come back and see us!

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