Washington: First edition

Angel the beagle mix
Angel, the publisher's beagle mix, keeps the staff in line.

The Rappahannock News first edition came out under the new owners last Thursday, and the paper really looks great!

I want our readers to think of this newspaper as a positive force in our community. I want the readers never to forget that this newspaper is the living mirror of our times, and the only printed memory of the dayto-day events from which our county history will be written.

Always remember that the Rappahannock News’ door is always open (or from 8:30 to 5 weekdays, anyway) if anyone would like to stop in and get to know the new publisher, Walter Nicklin, and the editor, Roger Piantadosi – or just stop in with new ideas for the paper. (See this week’s editorial.) When you come by, you will be greeted by Angel, a beagle mix owned by our publisher. Angel keeps the staffs in line.

Cookies for sale

The Cadette Troop 628 Girl Scout Cookie Sale started Jan. 1 and will go through March 31.

All the familiar favorites are returning, including the ever-popular Thin Mints. The second most popular cookie is the coconut, caramel and chocolate confection, Caramel deLites. Thin Mints are also the third most popular cookie sold in the United States.

The cookie sale is an important part of Girl Scouting. Not only does it fund programs and activities, but it teaches girls important life skills such as setting goals, handling money responsibly, greeting the public and answering questions, and following through with a commitment. The wonderful thing about Girl Scout cookie activities is that they raise critically needed funds in a way that provides girls with a positive experience that develops character and skills.

The Cadette 628 troop will have a booth sale 8:30 to noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Quicke Mart. So stop by and help the Girl Scouts out by buying some of your favorite types.

To contact the local troop for more information, call Amo Merritt at 540-987-8431.

Stonyman new hours

Stonyman Gourmet Farmer on Gay Street has new winter hours. The shop will be offering its selection of soups, sandwiches, coffee, baked goods and gourmet meats and cheeses from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays. Call 540-675-2005 for more information.