Washington: Thrift Store back in business

Ann Spieker gets everything sorted out at the Thrift Store operated by the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue volunteers on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

This past weekend more than 100 residents took advantage of the reopening sale for the Thrift Store now operated by Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue volunteers. The Thrift Store has served our county since 1965, providing a local source of inexpensive clothing and funding support for Washington’s fire and rescue operations. Until last fall, the Thrift Store was operated by the Washington Ladies Auxiliary, with Jean and Jonas Alther, Frances Foster and Marie Davis donating innumerable volunteer hours over 45 years of operation. The members of Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue are very grateful for this support.

New hours for the Thrift Store are 10 to 4 Wednesdays and 9 to noon Saturdays. Additional volunteers are needed to help operate the store. If you can assist with a three-hour shift, your help would be welcome. Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hopes the store will continue to provide a means to redistribute used clothing within Rappahannock County. Donations of clothing in good condition are most welcome. Due to limited space, donations of furniture, TVs, electronics and other non-clothing items are no longer desired.

T-shirts are for sale

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue department is selling Rappahannock July 4th T-shirts again this year. Shirts are available at the fire hall prior to July 4 for $10 to $18, depending on size. These shirts are a great way to show your “Rappahannock Pride” and to support our fire and rescue volunteers. Stop by the fire department and purchase a shirt for the Fourth and wear it with pride.

The T-shirts can also be purchased at Saturday’s all-you-can-eat breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday (June 20). It’s Father’s Day, so bring your dad out to enjoy a home-cooked breakfast prepared and served by your local fire and rescue members. The shirts also will be on sale at the 4th of July celebration at the Thornton Hill race course outside of Sperryville.
For more information on the July 4th T-shirts, call 540-675-3615.

Lavender for sale

Ballard’s shop window is now filled with freshly cut, aromatic lavender bundles. The Ballards are so happy to be selling locally grown lavender. The bundles are $12.95, and make a great gift for yourself and your home.

The great thing is that the shop now smells of lavender fields in summer! Check it out, and while enjoying the aromatic atmosphere, try a cup of their coffee.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Pat Grigsby. She celebrated her special day on Friday, May 28. Also, birthday wishes go out to Steve Clatterbuck, who celebrated his day on Wednesday, June 16.


Monday morning as I took my daily walk through the town, I decided to walk through the Washington Masonic Cemetery to visit Ann Critzer’s grave, as I do often. I noticed that the cemetery was finally mowed. I would like to thank whoever took the time in the heat over the weekend to mow.

Happy Father’s Day

Fathers play a significant role in the upbringing of children today.

I don’t tell my dad often enough how special he is but he is the greatest dad in the world.

I wish him and all fathers a Happy Father’s Day.