Washington column for March 3

Taking home the gold

Sarah Henry won the Girl Scout Gold Award. Courtesy photo.

Rappahannock County’s Sarah Henry will receive the Girl Scout Gold Award at a ceremony this Sunday (March 6) at 2:30 p.m. in Chilton Commons at Highland School in Warrenton. The award is the highest recognition in Girl Scouting.

Sarah completed more than a year of work that required a minimum of 30 hours spent in a leadership role and a minimum of 65 hours of work on a major project that has a long-term impact on the her community.

Sarah co-led an arts camp held at the Boys and Girls Club in Warrenton last summer and fall. She and others worked with about 65 children in the program. They came up with the lesson plans, led hands-on teaching and raised funds for the project. The project was called Arts Appreciation for Youth.

Sarah is a member of Troop 5919 led by Lynn Domann and Tina Tarzier in Warrenton. Carol Schalapo from the Boys and Girls Club was her project adviser.

The Girl Scout Gold Award rewards outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development. A girl must be a registered Girl Scout Senior and have successfully completed certain requirements before she may begin working on a Gold Award project. This special project is an extension and a compilation of all that she has learned in Girl Scouting.

Last year, approximately 5,500 girls received the Gold Award. A Gold Award winner rises one rank in any of the U.S. Military branch. The Gold Award is often compared to the Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Sarah is a 17-year-old junior at Highland School. She lives in Rappahannock County near Washington with her parents, Emily and Al Henry and brother Jon William. She has been active in Girl Scouting since kindergarten.

Conflict education

Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington, will hold a three-part workshop on conflict beginning March 20 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The sessions will be held in the church hall.

The first session will look at understanding and managing conflict. The second session, the date of it to be determined, will explore cycles of conflict and why it is hard for people to communicate with each other. The Northern Ireland conflict will be one of the examples examined in this session. The third session, the date to be determined, will look at conflict transformation and healing.

Rebecca Metcalfe-Stone of Charlottesville, whose family lives in Rappahannock County, will be the moderator of the series. She holds dual bachelor degrees in English and environmental thought and practice from the University of Virginia. She is licensed in special education and is working on a master’s degree in conflict transformation with a dual concentration in restorative justice and international development at Eastern Mennonite University. Metcalfe-Stone is currently employed as a program associate at Central Virginia Restorative Justice; as a facilitating instructor at New Horizon’s Re-entry Program; and as a trainer at the Dialogue for Peaceful Change in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

The free workshop is open to the public. will be provided. For further information, contact Fran Moore Krebser at 540-631-0821 or fkrebser@yahoo.com.

Trinity services

Trinity Church will hold a single service this Sunday (March 6) at 10 a.m. for the visit of Bishop David C. Jones. The public is welcome to attend. The regular service schedule resumes on March 13.

WVF&R meeting

Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue held its monthly meeting on Feb. 26. There were 46 EMS calls and 16 fire calls in January with a response rate of 100 percent. There was also a lot of activity to review for February, including response to wildfires. Some equipment was damaged, necessitating repairs and ordering new hoses, exhaust fan, turbo flare and a new vehicle engine.

Support from the community is appreciated even now more than ever. The Washington Ladies Auxiliary Thrift Shop will hold a $5 bag sale in March. The shop is located next to the fire hall and is open 10 to 5 Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 to 3 Saturdays. According to the ladies, there is a great selection of women’s, children’s and men’s clothing. Stop in and stuff a brown paper bag with all of the treasures it will hold for just $5. Can’t beat that deal!

Fundraising breakfasts will be held on March 19 and April 23. An Easter egg hunt is coming up and there will be a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament April 9. More information is available at WashingtonVolunteerFireAndRescue.org

Cooking classes

“Sunday in the Country” cooking classes continue at Laughing Duck Gardens, Washington, this Sunday (March 6) from 3 to 7 p.m. The classes teach how to prepare a four-course seasonal menu using ingredients readily available or grown/raised in our area. You will learn to prep, time and cook; what can be prepared ahead, dish variations, techniques etc. The classes are small, mostly demonstration with some participation (sometimes more than other depending on the menu). At the end of the session, the best part to come when you can sit down together to eat what was cooked. The main dish will be duck, and dessert will be rosemary crème fraiche gelato.

The cost is $75 per person. Advance registration and a deposit is required.

Contact Sylvie if interested at Sylvie@LaughingDuckGardens.com or call 540-675-3725 .

Jellybean winner

Congratulations to Lisa Welsted, Circuit Court deputy clerk, who won the sheet of Ronald Reagan stamps from the post office by coming the closest in guessing the number of jelly beans in the jar. The jar held 1,482; her guess was 1,469.