Washington column for Sept. 18

Celebrating 50 years of marriage

A 50th wedding anniversary is a milestone and deserves special recognition. It’s exciting to even know a couple together for this long. When it does happen, it’s usually as if the couple has melted into one unit. When people have been together for more than half of their lives, the couple’s identity becomes as significant as each person’s distinct identity.

Two amazing people, Charles and Mae Smoot of Harris Hollow, celebrated their 50th on Saturday (Sept. 13). I’d like to dedicate this anonymous poem to them:

In fifty years together
You’ve shared so many things
That’s why this very special
Anniversary brings
To you, a wish that love,
Laughter, joy, contentment too
Will be yours to share throughout
The years ahead of you!

Rock, Lori, Garrett and Chelsea send their love and wish you many more!

Virginia Working Landscapes network

Bruce Jones (right) gives advice to Kyle Rhodes, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s new farm manager. Rhodes is now managing SCBI’s 3200-acre property in Front Royal.Ruthie Windsor-Mann
Bruce Jones (right) gives advice to Kyle Rhodes, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s new farm manager. Rhodes is now managing SCBI’s 3200-acre property in Front Royal.

Washington resident Bruce Jones, who has inspired many farmers and landowners to experiment with bee- and bird-attracting meadows, was at Ruth Anna and Ronald Stolk’s farm last Thursday (Sept 11).

The Huntly picnic, attended by a number of Rappahannock landowners and volunteers, was in honor of Bruce and the 60-plus volunteers working with the Smithsonian, Blandy, the Piedmont Environmental Council and Virginia Native Plant Society on the growing Virginia Working Landscapes network.

Wishes

Happy anniversary wishes go out to Phil Bailey and his wife Karyl. They will celebrate their special day on Sept. 29. It doesn’t seem like it’s been a year already since Phil and his wife moved to their new home in Bedford. You are both missed deeply by the community, as well as myself.

When I am out and about in town, your names often come up in conversation. I hope you’re both doing well. I know that you said one of your greatest joys in life is to be back with your brother and sister in Lynchburg and their families. (I also heard you play in a senior putt-putt league with them on Mondays. How are the games going, Phil?)

Anyone who would like to send the Baileys a postcard or letter can mail it to 1715 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523. They welcome visits as well.

Belated birthday wishes also to Jeff Collins, who celebrated his special day on Sept. 9.

Apple butter sale

Remember that the Rappahannock County Lions Club is selling their delicious homemade apple butter this weekend from 8 to 4 Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday (Sept. 21) at the Quicke Mart. Pint jars are $6 or two for $10. All proceeds benefit an array of Lions causes. For more information, contact Larry Grove at 540-987-8612.

Cookbooks on sale

This weekend and next (Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27), all cookbooks are half price at the Book Barn (the red shed next to the library). Hardbacks are $1.50 and paperbacks are only 50 cents. This is a great buy, since there are many wonderful books available. All other books are their usual low prices. The Book Barn is open 9 to 3 on Saturdays. For information, call Lois Snead at 540-675-3532.

WVFR breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue has its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. at the station. Adults are $8 (10 and younger eat free). All proceeds help fund the company’s daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

New employee

Monday (Sept. 15) was Dawn Dodson’s first day at the treasurer’s office. Welcome to your new job, Dawn!

Trinity news

Trinity Episcopal Church members are busy folding brochures and setting up the parish hall for production of dried flower arrangements for the 58th Annual House Tour. Arrangers will be busy from now until the third weekend in October, producing beautiful arrangements from the materials that have been gathered and dried all year. Custom orders are welcome; contact ecw@trinwash.org. Those interested in learning to make arrangements are always welcome and can also contact ecw@trinwash.org to arrange a lesson.

Paige County treasurer Penny Gray (left) presents a plaque, on behalf of the Virginia Treasurer’s Association, to former Rappahannock treasurer Frances Foster outside the county courthouse Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 9). The plaque commemorates Foster’s 52 years of service and recent retirement.
Paige County treasurer Penny Gray (left) presents a plaque, on behalf of the Virginia Treasurer’s Association, to former Rappahannock treasurer Frances Foster outside the county courthouse Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 9). The plaque commemorates Foster’s 52 years of service and recent retirement.

Lorraine Duisit and Trinity Church invite everyone to stop by at 7 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 21) to enjoy the music of Mandalele. The acoustics are great and admission is free! Attendees can “pay what you will” to help St. Marc School and the people of Trouin, Haiti. Help is needed to pay teachers, improve the school, purchase school equipment and supplies, and provide micro-loans to the community and students.

Rappahannock Clergy Association

Washington Baptist Church has long participated with other local churches in everything from shared worship on special occasions to joint study programs like Vacation Bible School. Now, Pastor Walt Childress is working to expand on those efforts by forming a Rappahannock Clergy Association (RCA).

While we each have our own worship and ministry ways, there are still many things that we can do together as God’s people. The RCA is open to all clergy in the county. The group’s first meeting — with County Administrator John McCarthy and Social Services director Beverly Dunford — is 10 a.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 18) at the church, and will focus on the need for foster care. For more information, call 540-675 3336.

Prayers

Let’s pray for Betty Grigsby’s safe arrival; she left Tuesday to fly to Colorado to visit Carl and Leslie Sharp, who used to live in Woodville. Betty has flown out for a visit every summer.

Condolences

Condolences go out to Pastor John Burke Jr. on the death of his brother, Eugene Edwin Burke, 70, of Warrenton. Eugene passed away last Thursday (Sept. 11) at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. A graveside service begins at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 19) at the Burke Family Cemetery in Washington.

Day at Bolen Cemetery

The annual picnic and clean up day at the Bolen cemetery is scheduled for this Saturday (Sept. 20). The plan is to meet at the parking area at the end of Keyser Run Road in Gid Brown Hollow and leave by 11 a.m. Please bring a dish and drink to share. For more information, call Wayne Baldwin at 540-987-8945.

Enjoy the cool days, and have a wonderful week!