Washington: Good breakfast, bad neighbors

Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue held the first fund-raising breakfast of the new year Saturday. Seventeen company members served more than 100 meals to hungry customers, who feasted on scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes and sausage, hash browns, cinnamon apples and huge quantities of bacon. What a feast they had. WVF&R would like to thank all of the residents of the county who came out to support the squad. We appreciate your support. No one left the building hungry.

Roadside littering

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck
Keith Rowand picks up the trash someone left in Harris Hollow.

Cleaning up a roadside in your community is one of the best service projects one can do.

Though it was not what he set out to do Tuesday, this is what Keith Rowand of Washington wound up doing.

On Monday, Keith and his wife, Sylvie, were enjoying the good weather coinciding with a national-holiday break in their schedule, and decided to take a walk up Mt Marshall Road. Right about where the state road ends at three different private lanes, they found that someone had dumped some 20 trash bags full of bottles and garbage. “Whoever dumped it threw a few bags into the woods, but then essentially piled it up on either side of one of the lanes, which made it easier to pick up,” said Keith. Mt. Marshall is mostly a quiet road with a few hikers going to or from the park, plus farmers and property owners passing through.

“We had a problem with deer carcasses last year, but nothing like this,” he said.

He called some neighbors to see if they’d seen or knew anything about the trash, eventually calling the Sheriff’s Office, which contacted the local Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) office. “But the VDOT fellows said the dump was too far off the state easement to do anything about it. I’m not sure exactly what the sheriff is going to be able to do about it,” said Keith, “but they do have a couple names pulled off receipts. Just proves litterbugs are dumb.”

Not too late to make — and keep — a New Year’s resolution to refrain from littering! And when you see Keith out and about, thank him for picking up that trash.

Celebrating first anniversary
On Valentines Day, Feb. 14, the Ice House Gallery will celebrate its first anniversary in Little Washington by hosting an intimate champagne reception from 2 to 5 p.m. in the gallery. Owner and artist Linda Lawler is inviting her clients, friends and neighbors to stop by the gallery for a glass of bubbly and some strawberries. Also on that day Ms Lawler will release the second set of four note cards in her “Little Washington” series. Each purchaser of artwork that day will receive a free box of the cards as thanks for helping celebrate the occasion.

The gallery is located at 291-B Main St. Give her a call for more information at 540-675-3039 or stop by and check things out.

Simply Chicken workshops
Sylvie Rowand of Washington will be holding a workshop called “Simply Chicken” this weekend and again next month.

In the workshop, students will learn to make the most of chicken, this inexpensive, easy-to-find and yet too-often-maligned poultry. Students will learn how to cut up a whole chicken and how to make home-made stock (and why they should do both).

“We’ll cook a spicy Vietnamese-inspired chicken soup that’s sure to warm you up. We’ll also make spicy Chicken Sosaties (of South African inspiration), and of course we’ll learn to roast a perfect chicken along with seasonal veggies for a one-pot delicious dinner. And provide ideas for leftovers that neither taste nor feel like leftovers – so that one chicken can be turned into several meals,” said Rowand.

This is a good class for novice cooks as well as for those who are watching their food budget. Printed recipes will be provided, as well as time to sit down and enjoy the freshly prepared dishes.

The class will cost $75 and is offered on two separate occasions: 10 to 2:30 this Saturday, and again from 10 to 2:30 on Monday, Feb. 15. More information and registration at info@LaughingDuckGardens.com or 540-675-3725. Directions provided upon registration.

New court hours
Starting Feb. 1, there will be new office hours for the Rappahannock County General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courts. They are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Congratulations go out to Major and Mrs. Rob Elliott on the birth of their first child, Savannah Lee, born in EI Paso, Texas, on Thursday, Jan. 14. The baby’s mother, Emmy Elliott, is the daughter of Mary Bailey of Washington and Steve Bailey of Strasburg.