Washington column by Jan Clatterbuck

Learn to cook, can local foods locally

Washington-based Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery continues to offer canning workshops through October. The July and August workshops were well attended and students learned to put up tomatoes and peaches and to pickle vegetables. In September and October, the classes will focus on canning apples, tomatoes and quince;  the classes are $40 and last about two and a half hours. On the first Sunday of the month, owner Sylvie Rowand offers a cooking class entitled “Un Dimanche a la Campagne” (a Sunday in the Country). Students will learn to make a three- or four-course menu using seasonal ingredients sourced locally (sometimes as close as the garden), as well as variations on dishes, shopping and storage tips, herb lore, ingredient or dish history, growing information and more. The cost for the four-hour session is $75. For more information: call 540-675-3725 or visit LaughingDuckGardens.com.

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Congratulations go out to Leon and Barbara Slawecki, Ridgeview Lane, Washington, on their 51st anniversary on Sept. 12. May you both have many more years together.


Sympathy goes out to the family of Ray Cannon, who died on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Mr. Cannon took great pride in his black Angus herd. He often had the top-selling bulls at the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association sales.

In 1981, Mr. Cannon was recognized as the only Angus breeder in the state of Virginia to receive the coveted “Get of Sire” award four times. That same year he and his wife, Ruby, received the Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation award for Rappahannock County.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Loring Anderson Jr., who celebrated his birthday on Saturday, Aug. 28. For those who do not know Loring, he is the brother of John Anderson, who owns Jessamine Hill Farm down Tiger Valley.

Also belated birthday wishes go out to John Bourgeois, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Birthday wishes go out to Shirley Hitt and Hazel Haines, twin sisters who will celebrate their special day on Thursday, Sept. 16. Ladies, make sure you both get Lois Alther to take you out for a night on the town.