Washington column for March 26

The Free Clinic’s new sign

Behind the Free Clinic’s new sign on the health department building are (from left) clinic volunteers Brion Patterson, Tod Morgan, Sherry Pace, Scott Schlosser, Sallie Morgan, Barbara Dennis and Mary Jane Cappello.
Behind the Free Clinic’s new sign on the health department building are (from left) clinic volunteers Brion Patterson, Tod Morgan, Sherry Pace, Scott Schlosser, Sallie Morgan, Barbara Dennis and Mary Jane Cappello.

A sign for the Rappahannock Free Clinic was installed by Scott Schlosser on the county health department building last week. Schlosser is a career and technology teacher at Rappahannock County High School, where he and his students manufactured the sign. Advanced art students in Joy Sours’ class did the artwork.

The sign was made possible by a recent fundraising raffle supported by The Inn at Little Washington and the Flint Hill Public House, as well as by numerous local businesses who helped sell raffle tickets. The Rappahannock Free Clinic has existed for 15 years but its location has never before been identified by a sign.

The new sign displays the date of the next clinic session. Volunteers hope the new visibility will bring more patients into the clinic, where any Rappahannock resident in need can receive free medical attention, typically is available the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month.

With the rest of the raffle proceeds, the clinic plans to purchase a digital blood pressure instrument and other equipment needed by the volunteer doctors and nurses. In 2014, 167 Rappahannock residents making more than 600 clinic visits were treated at the clinic and its parent organization, the Fauquier Free Clinic, which is affiliated with the Fauquier Hospital.

Losing a dear friend

Our community is deeply saddened by the death of Charles William Jenkins, 76, of Tiger Valley. Charles passed away on Wednesday, March 18.

He was the owner and operator of Tiger Valley Backhoe Service for 15 years; he also worked for Rappahannock public schools as a bus driver for 15 years.

The best kind of people are the ones that make us see the sun where we once saw grey clouds. Believe me, my husband and I were seeing grey clouds trying to get our house built in 2004. We got to know Charles when he was digging our foundation for our house.

Trying to get moved in was a nightmare on Maple Hill indeed. My husband and I got so discouraged that some days we just wanted to give up. Charles would come up every other day to see how we were coming along. He encouraged us to stay with it that the reward would be our beautiful home sitting on the hill. It took almost a year to get moved in, but we made it, thanks to Charles’ encouragement.

I’m the type of person that have always been fascinated by large beautiful rocks, and he had a huge rock that was shaped like a saddle on his place. He showed it to me and I fell in love with it. He ended up giving it to us for our yard. I had no way getting it up to our place, but he loaded that huge rock up in his backhoe and brought it to our place. We have it by our pond. I have flowers planted around the rock that come up in the spring.

Every time I look at that piece of art, I will remember our friend, Charles.

Charles you may be gone from our sight, but you will never be gone from our hearts. Charles, you will be missed by my husband and I and everyone who knew you, my friend.

Our sympathy is extended to his family.

A funeral service was conducted last Saturday (March 21) at Thornton Gap Regular Baptist Church by Elder Forest Atwood and Pastor Tim Dyke.

Bake sale

Rappahannock Carolyn’s Live, Laugh & Love Relay For Life Team is having a Easter Bake sale at the 211 Quicke Mart on Saturday, April 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. So mom, stop by and purchase some goodies for that Easter dinner on Sunday.

Wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to a dear friend, Ray Gooch, who celebrated his day on Monday, March 23; to Sherri Burfield, whose special day is today (March 26).

Spring revival

Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church holds five evenings (April 13-17) of revival services at 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker for Monday and Tuesday is Dr. Bobby Robertson, from Walkertown, N.C. and Pastor Don McCann from Kingsport, Tenn., from Wednesday through Friday. There will be special singing and nursery provided each night. For more information, call 540-937-4944.