Washington column for Jan. 20

Students help heart fundraiser

The students at Rappahannock County Elementary School kicked off a Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association on Friday (Jan. 14). Students in kindergarten through third grade will be jumping rope and students in fourth through seventh grades will be shooting baskets to raise money through pledges.

Jeff Brown, still known to many of us as Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Brown, was a guest speaker at the kickoff event. Brown had a mild heart attack on Dec. 3. He said he did not know what was wrong at first. He started to feel a mild pain in his chest that lasted about two minutes. He thought it was caused by stress. Later, he became dizzy and started vomiting. He went to Warren Memorial Hospital, where tests revealed the heart attack. He was transferred to Winchester Medical Center where four stents were implanted. Brown said that he feels great now and that he’ll be eating healthier food this year.

Students will be asking for pledges over the next several weeks for the Jump Rope/Hoops event, which will take place Feb. 7-11. Checks should be made out to the American Heart Association with a note “for RCES.” Money raised will go to the heart association, but the physical education department will also receive money for equipment.

Busy as a bee

Sylvie Rowand from Harris Hollow has been busy as a bee. She recently wrote the recipes for Sauveur magazine’s Seasonal Table, which features recipes that help the home cook make simple, flavorful and healthy dishes using local seasonal ingredients.

Rowand’s cooking classes “Un Dimanche a la Campagne” (Sunday in the Country) are about to resume. Generally held on the first Sunday of the month, they combine demonstration, participation and degustation. Students learn to time, prep and cook a whole menu using fresh seasonal ingredients — and then take time to enjoy the fruit of their labors. The first class of this year will be held on Sunday, Feb. 6. More information at LaughingDuckGardens.com or 540-675-3725.

Ann Spieker dons a helmet at the fire and rescue squad breakfast as new chief Gary Jenkins looks on. Photo by Hope Huff.

Successful breakfast

According to Hope Huff, a member of Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue, the squad had a great turnout for the all-you-can eat breakfast on Saturday in honor of Ann Spieker as she concluded seven years as chief. The breakfast took in $1,075 in donations. The company displayed the new roster of officers and pictures of squad apparatus for the public to see. Many guests were able to express their gratitude to Ann for her years of service as chief. There were a lot of familiar faces at the breakfast, but some new patrons as well. Gary Jenkins will be the new chief. Congratulations, Gary.


Our condolences go out to Karyl Bailey after the sudden death of her father, Stanley Northrop on late Friday night (Jan. 14). A memorial service will take place in Rockville, Md. in the near future.

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Knight

White flag memorial

St. Peter Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Committee, a group of parishioners, raises funds for the Front Royal Crisis Pregnancy Center and collects diapers, blankets, baby formula and other items for it. It also educates others on the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death and organizes an annual parish bus trip to join the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The church’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus assists the pastor, Rev. Paul L. Dudzinski, as well as helping the local food bank and building handicap ramps. It also had a live nativity float in the town’s Christmas parade.

The pro-life committee and the Knights of Columbus have erected a “Cemetery of Innocents” in front of the church on Lee Highway. Each tiny white flag memorializes one of the approximately 3,300 lives taken by abortion each day in the United States. This marks the third straight year that St. Peter Church has erected the cemetery as a witness to the sanctity of life, preceding the annual March for Life.

Prayer list

Let’s remember Harry Smoot in our daily prayers each day. He has been under the weather and has been moved to the Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation Center in Culpeper.