Washington column for Aug. 11

Update on the stub street

Last Friday afternoon, Chef Patrick O’Connell was viewing the new brick sidewalk that is being done by the Serra Stone Corporation from Maryland.By Jan Clatterbuck/Rappahannock News
Last Friday afternoon, Chef Patrick O’Connell was viewing the new brick sidewalk that is being done by the Serra Stone Corporation from Maryland.

Last week, Saluador Baulista and Wuiliu Scdillo from Serra Stone Corporation, Maryland, were busy laying bricks for the new sidewalk down the stub street alley by the post office. I talked with Chef Patrick O’Connell on Friday afternoon. He was telling me about what plans the Inn had in store for the alley. Take a look at the sketch photo. From an old stub street alley to a new beautiful alley that will be transformed. Thank you Patrick what you have done to make this town so beautiful. You have done so much.

A sketch by Joseph W. Heilman, ASLA, Landscape Designer, DCA Landscape Architects, Washington, D.C, of what the stub street will look like after the Inn at Little Washington's work is complete.
A sketch by Joseph W. Heilman, ASLA, Landscape Designer, DCA Landscape Architects, Washington, D.C, of what the stub street will look like after the Inn at Little Washington’s work is complete.

Rachel Hayden, director of public relations for the Inn, said she was not sure if they had a completion date, but the project was rolling out in phases. One of the most complex parts of the project has already been completed, which was burying the power lines and removing the poles.

Rachel keep things run smoothly for Chef Patrick. Always on the go making sure that everything is done. One great lady!

Atlantic City, here we come

Beverly Exline, Kathy Atkins, Lisa Streightiff and Jeanette Brady took a three days trip to Atlantic City, N. J. to relax, sightseeing, a little gambling, but most of all for bonding time.Courtesy photo
Beverly Exline, Kathy Atkins, Lisa Streightiff and Jeanette Brady took a three days trip to Atlantic City, N. J. to relax, sightseeing, a little gambling, but most of all for bonding time.

A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part. —yourtango.com

The beautiful, special thing about friendship, that friends are friends because they want to be, that they choose each other, throughout life to stay in touch.

For Beverly Exline of Washington, Kathy Atkins of Browntown, Jeanette Brady of Front Royal, and Lisa Streightiff of Amissville, have been close friends throughout their school years, graduated from Rappahannock County High School in 1981. Over the years the ladies got married and went on with their lives. They try to get together on a monthly basis, but sometimes things came up and they could not get together.

The ladies had this trip planned since January. So on July 25, they packed their suitcases and headed for three days trip to Atlantic City, N.J.

On their way, they stopped at Maryland House, in Aberdeen and had breakfast. Finally they reach the Tropicana Hotel, in Atlantic City, which was right there off the boardwalk where they check in to stay.

According to Beverly the Tropicana Hotel was awesome! It had places to eat and to shop and they even got to go to the Casino area to do a little gambling. It was Beverly first time, and she did not win anything. Kathy won $50 and Jeanette won $29. Kathy has been to the city before, first time for the rest of the girls. Better luck next year ladies.

They relax and talked about old times, their school years together. They even soaked up some sun on the beach.

They even got to shop at Kmart. “They enjoyed that, they really missed the Kmart in Front Royal,” said Beverly. They even had time to catch a Magic Show.

According to Jeannette Brady, “Bonding time in the indoor pool, watching the birds, you know it’s great to be able to get together with your friends and just talk, laugh, playing catch up time especially when you can’t always get together or even talk.

As I say every time when you are with families or friends, there are three things that one cannot recover: The stone after it is thrown; the word after it is said; and, most importantly, time after it’s passed. Remember, families or friends.can be here today and gone tomorrow.

Ladies, I hope as the years pass by this legacy of friendship you have will always keep going and always cherish the memories you all made together over the years.

Their plan to go back next year for a week.

Sky observers

The Perseid Meteor Shower, expected to have an outburst in 2016, will peak around mid-August yielding anywhere between 150-200 meteors per hour. According to the American Meteor Society, normal rates range from 50-75 shower members per year, but in 2016 they will appear at double the normal rate. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke was quoted by Space.com as saying the rate could top 150 and even reach 200 meteors per hour. The outburst is the first of its kind since 2009. What a show that will be.

Enjoy the beautiful view! I am looking forward to it.

WVFD breakfast

The all-you-can-eat breakfast is Saturday (Aug. 20) from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hall. Come enjoy all your favorites, including eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham, biscuits, sausage gravy, hash browns, fried apples, coffee and orange juice – all prepared by your local volunteer fire and rescue personnel. Cost is $8; kids 10 and younger eat free. All proceeds benefit daily operations. Call 540-675-3615.

Reception

Gay Street Gallery, 337 Gay Street, Washington, new exhibition opens on Saturday, Aug. 20. Original artwork by Noted Children’s Book Author/illustrators, David Hyde Costello and Jeff Mack. There will be a reception with refreshments from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All is welcome.

Sale

Ladies! Christmas just around the corner, and Ballard shop is making way for their Fall shipments by having a Weekend Summer Sale, 10% – 50% OFF throughout the store – Saturday, Aug 13 and Sunday, Aug 14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sale is two days only in-store, not online. Linens, Lamps, Dishware, Glassware, Books and a lot more. Stop by and check it out.

Condolences

Condolence go out to Ruth Ann Burke family. Ruth Ann passed away on Sunday, 31 at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal.

She worked at the Aileen Sewing Factory for 22 years. That is where I got to know her. She was a wonderful person. A hard worker.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 4, at the Flint Hill Pentecostal Church. Burial was in the Flint Hill Cemetery.

Road to journalism

Julia FairCourtesy photo
Julia Fair

Julia Fair, a 20-year-old rising junior at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, started an internship this summer for the Rappahannock News which was sponsored by the Foothills Forum (a community engagement nonprofit). She has been here for 10 weeks. Now is the time for her to leave us and head back to school. She has done a fantastic job while she’s been here.

She grew up in Solon, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. At school, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Post, where she wrote breaking news, law enforcement beat coverage, features and data analysis articles.

In Julia’s words:

After I graduate from college, I want to get a job as a data journalist somewhere in the U.S. Wherever a job takes me, I’ll go.” I’ve learned a lot during my summer at the Rappahannock News, and I feel like I need a little more time to keep reporting. I’ve loved staying in the county this summer. Everywhere I drive has beautiful scenery and everyone that I’ve met has been extremely nice. I’ve had two black bear encounters, one was a baby so I ran away before the mama bear came around. But, it’s all part of the Rappahannock experience.

Julia, give it your all. Never look down, you might miss something you’ve been searching for in a story. The Rappahannock News wishes you the best on your road to journalism.

Have a great week!

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