Washington column for May 31

County Park repairs

Starting next Monday (June 4), the two tennis courts at the Rappahannock County Park, as well as the basketball court, will undergo major repairs and resurfacing, according to County Administrator John McCarthy.

While the basketball courts will return to service within a few weeks, McCarthy said, the tennis court repairs will keep them out of commission until the last full week in July, weather permitting. The tennis courts will have the section of chain link fence closest to the highway removed, with net posts removed thereafter and reinstalled in new footings. Cracked surfaces will be milled fine and repaired, with several lifts of new asphalt added. The asphalt will need to cure for 30 days before the new tennis court surfaces are put down, with new paint and lining.

Except for periods when equipment is being moved into or out of the site, McCarthy said, the balance of the park’s facilities will be unaffected by the operations.

CFC’s ‘Finest’ feeds

Notably seen on Virginia-produced gourmet foods and wines, “Virginia’s Finest” now also feeds farm animals.

CFC Farm & Home Center’s locally produced feeds, formulated and manufactured in Culpeper, are now designated as “Virginia’s Finest,” according to a recent announcement from David Durr, general manager of CFC Farm & Home Center, whose coop stores are community fixtures in Culpeper, Morrisville, Warrenton, Rappahannock and Marshall.

The Culpeper mill produces fresh feeds for agricultural animals and horses. CFC Farm & Home Center feeds include varieties for horses, beef and dairy cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, even llamas and alpacas. Pace-Maker is their premium line of equine feeds, which is formulated in collaboration with Kentucky Equine Research and milled with local grains and cereals.

To earn the honor of displaying the Virginia’s Finest trademark, Virginia products must meet or exceed quality standards and be approved by the Virginia’s Finest Review Committee. CFC Farm & Home Center also carries the “Virginia Grown” trademark. Look for both when shopping for feed for your animals, as well as food for your family. The 130 employees of CFC Farm & Home Center are very proud of this designation.

Congratulation to all who made this possible!

Special wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Ann Baumgardner and Peggy Ralph. These ladies celebrated their special days on Saturday (May 26).

Birthday wishes go out to Roger Welch. He will celebrate his day on Saturday (June 2), and to MaryAnn Frazier of Washington, who celebrates her day on Sunday (June 3). Eddie, known as Tiger to most, make sure you take MaryAnn out for a nice dinner and buy her roses and a nice gift (such as jewelry). Remember: When the wife is happy, everyone is happy.

Belated wedding anniversary wishes to Steven and Judy Alther of Washington. They celebrated their special day on Wednesday (May 30).

It’s D.A.R.E. Day

Annual D.A.R.E. Day festivities will be held this Friday (June 1) at the Rappahannock County Elementary School starting at 9 a.m. During a day of education, demonstrations and fun for the whole family, you will find exhibitors from such organizations as local fire departments, law enforcement personnel from Rappahannock County and surrounding areas. For more information, call 540-987-8259.

Bolen cemetery trip

Remember, the first group trip to the Bolen Family Cemetery will be this Saturday (June 2). Meet at the parking lot at the end of Route 614 to leave between 11 and 11:30 a.m. If you have them available, SUVs and 4x4s would be appreciated. Bring a dish and a drink to share at lunch along with good fellowship. Also expect to do some weed-whacking and light work. For more information, call Wayne Baldwin at 540-543-2590.


Mark your calendar for Homecoming Day at Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church on June 3. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be special singing by the Rochester Family. Scott Matthews will be the guest speaker for the 11 a.m. service, and lunch will be served at noon. For the 1:30 p.m. service, the Rochester Family sings and pastor Vinton Williams preaches. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 540-937-4944.


Graduation for the Rappahannock County Public Schools’ seventh graders is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, June 8. The RCHS seniors will graduate at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the high school.

Garden Club designs

The Rappahannock County Garden Club will participate in National Garden Week June 3-9 by displaying flower design arrangements at the Rappahannock County Library (arrangement created by Mary Collins), Union First Market Bank (Louise Bondelid’s arrangement), and the county treasurer’s office (arrangement by Jeanne Jarrett). Please stop by to see these lovely designs.