Washington column for Oct. 30

Breast Cancer Awareness

Left to right, RCES Principal Cathy Jones; corn hole winner Sharon Humbles; corn hole game donator Margie Southard; and ADK sorority member, raffle coordinator and RCES nurse Linda Torrance.Vickie Miller
Left to right, RCES Principal Cathy Jones; corn hole winner Sharon Humbles; corn hole game donator Margie Southard; and ADK sorority member, raffle coordinator and RCES nurse Linda Torrance.

The staff of Rappahannock County Elementary School has been very busy the month of October raising money for the American Cancer Society. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by ADK, an altruistic educational sorority, $800 was raised for the American Cancer Society by the RCES staff. The grand finale of the fundraising event was last Friday (Oct. 24). “Hope” corn hole boards, built and donated by the Southard family of Flint Hill, were raffled off. The staff of RCES and other donors gave generously to the cause. The staff honor all of the women we know and love who have and are fighting this battle. With this donation, we hope to find a cure.

Bully prevention balloons

Sharron Proper shows off the Pennsylvania-sent balloons she found on Bessie Grigsby’s property.Jan Clatterbuck | Rappahannock News
Sharron Proper shows off the Pennsylvania-sent balloons she found on Bessie Grigsby’s property.

Students and staff at Penns Manor Elementary, in Clymer, Pa. (east of Pittsburgh), released red balloons last Thursday (Nov. 23) to spread kindness and to support the kickoff for its Red Ribbon Week.

The event was also part of anti-bullying efforts through the Olweus program, where students discuss aspects of being good citizens at school and home. Each of the balloons had a positive message attached, along with the school’s contact information. Here in Rappahannock, Sharron Proper of Washington reported finding two of the released balloons at the home of Bessie Grigsby, near Rappahannock County High School. The message on it began, “We are so happy you found this balloon!” Anyone who finds a balloon is encouraged to let Penns Manor Elementary know by calling 724-254-2666.

Trick-or-treat!

Little Washington’s annual Halloween festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 31) — and last until 8:30, well after the sun’s gone down.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages can stroll around the town and visit both homes and businesses, many of which will also be decorated, for goodies and treats. Be sure to wear your costumes and join in one of Rappahannock’s most enjoyable and family-friendly events! Also be sure to visit Trinity Episcopal Church’s parish hall, which opens its doors at 6 to offer hot dogs and treats.

Hunt Harris is also organizing a community bonfire, scheduled to start at dusk on the field behind the county courthouse complex. All are welcome.

Let’s hope for good weather.

Spring forward, fall back

Remember to turn your clocks back an hour this Sunday (Nov. 2). Daylight Savings Time’s start is also the perfect reminder to do as your local fire department recommends: change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

WVFD dinner a success

The beautiful weather brought a large crowd out for the ham and oyster dinner the past Saturday night at the Washington fire hall. According to one of the volunteers, everyone seemed to enjoyed themselves — and the ham and oysters, along with the side dishes, were all sold out by the evening’s end.

Free Clinic

The Rappahannock Free Clinic is open at the Rappahannock County Health Department on Main Street in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Registration is 5 to 6 p.m. Details from the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540-347-0394.

Have a great week!