Washington column for Dec. 16

Photo by Ruthie Windsor Mann.

Town Hall Christmas party

The Washington Town Hall Christmas party on Sunday had it all — loads of food, delicious desserts, good people, plenty of fun, and, yes Virginia, there was a Santa Claus. Santa, aka the Rev. Jennings Hobson III, delighted the youngsters who couldn’t wait to receive presents and have their photographs taken. The Rev. Phil Bailey led a Christmas quiz, resulting in very few correct answers, and a more successful sing-a-long of Christmas songs that got everyone in the holiday spirit.

A jubilant Mayor John Sullivan presided over the evening’s festivities and the guests couldn’t help but leave in a more joyous mood than when they arrived.

Jeff and Becky Burke celebrated their 25th anniversary at their home in Harris Hollow on Dec. 7.

Burkes celebrate 25th

Congratulations go out to Jeff and Becky Burke of Washington. They celebrated their 25h wedding anniversary on Dec. 7. On Dec. 4, family members gathered at the Burkes’ home in Harris Hollow to remember the special day.

The Burkes were married Dec. 7, 1985 at Locust Grove, Va. by the late B. Gale Titchenell. Mr. Burke is the son of Paul Burke of Sperryville and Dale Burke of Washington. Mrs. Burke is the daughter of the late Charlie F. Baldwin and Florine Baldwin of Slate Mills.

Extra mile

If you know someone who is hurting this Christmas be there for them. Give them an extra gift of your love and attention, share the Christmas spirit. It may be a hug, or having a talk over a cup of coffee, or just being with someone. If you have the opportunity, do it. It may be the best gift you have ever given.

Is your list longer than you want it to be? Is there too much list left at the end of your money? Show love intentionally this Christmas. If that includes giving a gift, wonderful. If it means writing a letter or doing something that is inexpensive, do that instead. Whatever it means, give out of the love in your heart.

No one knows this better than Sharon Pyne at Rappahannock Social Services and Darcy Canton at the Rappahannock Senior Center. Darcy has placed “Angel Trees” at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, at Union Bank, and at the Rappahannock County Library while Sharon has put “Cherub Trees” at the Country Cafe, at BB&T in Flint Hill, and at Trinity Episcopal Church. Each tree is decorated with either cut-out angels or cherubs containing the holiday wish lists of local seniors or local youth who otherwise might not be getting much of anything this year.

For those of you wanting to reach out and touch someone’s life beyond your own circle this holiday season, it’s a simple process: you find a tree, pluck an angel or cherub from its branches, purchase and wrap the requested items, and then deliver them — along with the paper angel or cherub to identify the recipient. Senior angel gifts can be returned to the tree site; cherub gifts can be delivered to DSS on Gay Street in Little Washington. The deadline is Friday (Dec. 17). Let’s go the extra mile this Christmas and bring joy for those who are less fortune than we are.

Missing: Fuzzy-Wuzzy.

Missing cat

Mary Ann Kuhn has been searching for her 5-year-old male gray cat with black stripes since Saturday evening. It is not like him to just disappear. He was last seen at the Middleton Inn on Main Street.

His name is Fuzzy-Wuzzy, and he is very friendly. He was one of the cats raised at the Rappahannock News before Mary Ann adopted him.

Please, if anyone has seen him or knows of his whereabouts, contact Mary Ann Kuhn at 540-675-2020. Let’s help Fuzzy-Wuzzy be back home for Christmas.


Congratulations go out to proud grandparents Wanda and Sam Snead of Washington upon the birth of their granddaughter, Juniper Ann Brownlee in Plano, Texas.

WVF&R breakfast

The Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast, with Santa, from 7 to 11 a.m., at the Washington fire hall on Saturday (Dec. 18). Bring the family and enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared by your local fire and rescue members. Also, bring your camera; Santa will be there to hear your wish lists and pose for pictures. The cost of the breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 11. All proceeds benefit the WVF&R. Any questions can be directed to 540-675-3615.