Washington column for April 21

The Historical Society's new sign with the dogwood logo was completed by the manufacturing-tech students and instructor Scott Schlosser at Rappahannock County High School and went up April 4. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Sign of the (past) times

The Rappahannock Historical Society has a new sign up at its headquarters on Gay Street as of April 4.

The top part of the sign is the Historical Society’s new logo, the dogwood, which has been in use on stationary and brochures for about six months. The logo and sign are part of the society’s efforts to make the organization more visible and of wider interest in the community.

The Society’s hours and some of its features (museum, library, gift shop) are also highlighted on the sign. There are many, many interesting things inside the Society building, and we hope the sign will help draw attention to this fact and give passersby the inclination to visit. The historical society also sponsors a wide range of events related to both historical and present-day Rappahannock County.

Lenten dinner

Participants at the annual Ecumenical Lenten Services held at the Washington Baptist Church March 16 to April 13 each Wednesday donated canned goods and nonperishable items to the Rappahannock County Food Pantry on Wednesday, April 13 at the Lenten dinner. Churches represented were Trinity Episcopal, Reynolds Memorial Baptist, Rappahannock Methodist Charge, Washington Baptist and St. Peter’s Catholic. Everyone seemed like they were enjoying the good food — especially our friend Roger Miller from Washington.

From left, Volunteers David Marrow, Mary F. Bywaters, Shelby Welch and Warren Hackney and Rappahannock County Food Pantry manager Mimi Forbes accept canned goods and non-perishable items for the pantry last Wednesday (April 13). Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Good Friday service

A Good Friday Service takes place Friday (April 22) at 7 p.m. at the Washington Baptist Church. This meditative program will consist of readings about the crucifixion and last days of Jesus Christ from the Gospel of John interspersed with sacred music. Everyone is invited. For more information,. call the church office at 540-675-3336.

Sunrise service

Trinity Episcopal Church will be having its annual sunrise service Sunday (April 24), starting at 6 a.m. on Massie’s Mountain. Head out of town on Harris Hollow Road and look for signs for the property of Jane Batchelder. Refreshments will follow in the Parrish Hall in Washington.

Hazel River Poet, Part III

The Hazel River Poet left me with another poem for my readers this week. Enjoy!

Clearing House

A simple fact — people of Jamaica are now more dedicated to the king James Version of the Bible than Englishmen on the south bank of the Thames — —

P.S. something more than passing hymns.

Best wishes

Sorry to hear that Eugene Leggett is under the weather. Hope that he will be out and about soon.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Stephen Dareing. He is celebrating his special day today, Thursday. Also wishes go out to Jeannie McNear and to Darlene Moore. They will celebrate their special day on Saturday (April 23). Happy birthday, ladies!


There’s a benefit bake sale by Union First Market Bank’s Relay for Life team from 8 to 2 Saturday (April 23) at 211 Quicke Mart, Washington. Stop by and check out the goodies. For more information, call 540-987-8384.

Peter Cottontail on his way

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way. Bringing every girl and boy baskets full of Easter Joy, things to make your Easter bright and gay . . .

You’ll wake up on Easter morning and you’ll know that he was there when you find those chocolate bunnies he’s hiding everywhere. Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down 10 Firehouse Lane, look at him stop, and listen to what he has to say . . . . which is, that the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be having its breakfast and free Easter egg hunt on Saturday (April 23). Breakfast is 7 to 11 a.m., followed by the egg hunt at 11. It’s free to all Rappahannock County children, so bring a basket. The Easter bunny will be present during breakfast, so moms, bring your camera and get that shot of the Easter bunny with your child.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail, Hippity hoppity, rolling lots of Easter eggs your way, wishing everyone an Happy Easter Day!