Washington column for Sept. 8

On the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11

I trust everyone had a good, safe Labor Day weekend. This will be our last vacation for some of us until Thanksgiving, which, come to think of it, is not that far off.

In just a few days, our country will be observing the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the country’s worst terrorist attack. For some, it seems long ago; for others, it seems like only yesterday.

This Sunday (Sept. 11), let’s remember to take time out from our busy schedule to remember those who lost their lives in this tragedy. And don’t forget that Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church is holding their annual community Patriot Day service to remember all those who perished on that day and to pray for and honor all first responders.

All area fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel and their families, and all those who wish to join in, are welcome. Memorial white dove release is at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 and an honor and prayer service at 7:15. For more information, call Jon Heddleston at 540-987-8137.

Bourgeois birthday

Paul Reisler (right) sings a birthday song, written in one of his Kid Pan Alley sessions with kids, to John Bourgeois (standing at the rear).Raymond Boc | Rappahannock News
Paul Reisler (right) sings a birthday song, written in one of his Kid Pan Alley sessions with kids, to John Bourgeois (standing at the rear).

According to John Sullivan, last Wednesday (Aug. 31), 40 people showed up at John Bourgeois backyard just outside Washington where he hosted a party to celebrate the 82nd birthday of . . . well, John Bourgeois! Rappahannock’s favorite band director and citizen spent three days preparing a Cajun meal which matched the best of New Orleans, Sullivan says, with shrimp remoulade, jambalaya, Cajun potato salad, bread pudding and more.

Guests included 25 members of the famous (or infamous ) Lunch Bunch, as well as special guests from County Administrator Debbie Keyser to former Louisiana Sen. Bennett Johnson, Goat Hill Farm’s John Burns and Father “Tuck” Grinnell of St. Peter Catholic Church.

In addition to Col. Bourgeois acting as chef, Jason Brady of Union Bank and Trust was chief bartender and Ray Boc chief photographer, the following were instrumental in making the day a memorable success: Mary Ann Kuhn, Eve Brooks, Beverly Sullivan, Louise Goddard, Audrey Regnery, Suzanne Winter Rose and Elizabeth Cruz. And, oh yes, many thanks to the “weather folk” who provided the most beautiful of Rappahannock days. Few have given this county so much as John Bourgeois and and even fewer have given themselves such a wonderful birthday celebration.

CPR, first aid and gratitude

WVFR EMT Connie Smoot demonstrates chest compression on an adult manikin and Michelle Almond practices saving a conscious choking infant during CCLC's recent CPR and first aid classes/recertification for its staff and families.Lisa Pendleton
WVFR EMT Connie Smoot (left) demonstrates chest compression on an adult manikin and Michelle Almond practices saving a conscious choking infant during CCLC’s recent CPR and first aid classes/recertification for its staff and families.

Lisa Pendleton, program director at the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC), is also a Red Cross instructor and has enjoyed providing the annual CPR and first aid class and recertification service to CCLC staff and others since 2009. The class was held last month at the school, and Lisa and the staff want to thank Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue for once again for once again providing the manikins. “This partnership allows our nonprofit organization another great way to provide teaching opportunities for our staff and for our community,” Lisa writes. “Thanks so much for what you do for all of us!”

Popcorn and scouting

Jamieson Snelson (from left), Andrew Loock and David Loock from Cub Scout Pack 123 sold popcorn over Labor Day weekend at the Quicke Mart.Christina Loock
Jamieson Snelson (from left), Andrew Loock and David Loock from Cub Scout Pack 123 sold popcorn over Labor Day weekend at the Quicke Mart.

Quicke Mart, like most of the county, was booming over the Labor Day weekend. Trinity Episcopal Church’s Cub Scout Pack 123 was out front selling popcorn, and wanted to thank Quicke Mart for allowing them to set up their stand and the community for their terrific support of scouting in our county. If you missed the boys last weekend and would like to buy some popcorn, contact the Trinity office at 540-675-3716.

Book Barn additional hours

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The Book Barn’s newly announced, midweek-afternoon book sale hours start next Wednesday (Sept 14), from 3 to 6 p.m. —for all those who might not be able to come during the Barn’s regular hours on Saturdays from 9 to 3.

“We chose Wednesday afternoon for this additional sales time so that people may stop by at the end of their day, and students can come after school,” said the Friends of the Rappahannock Library’s  president, Kathleen Robertson. “We are first going to do this on a trial basis, and hope we are able to continue this service, if it is used.”

The county library next door is regularly open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays, so visitors will have the option of perusing and buying a book from the Book Barn’s collection of used volumes or going next door to borrow one — or stay on, do research or study at the library later into the evening, Robertson said.

The Book Barn’s “impressive collection of great, used books at a greatly discounted rate are culled from thousands of donated books, and selected by staff for resale, after being reviewed for top quality, readability and market appeal,” Robertson said. “We are fortunate that we have such quality books donated to the Book Barn. All proceeds from the Book Barn are used in support of the library, including purchase of computers, internet and reading programs.”

Have a wonderful week!

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