Washington column for Sept. 6

Remembering 9/11

Our country will be observing the 11th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in United States history on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Let’s not forget the innocent victims and the brave heroes who died attempting to save them. We will never forget the survivors, the children, the devastated families and the grieving friends they left behind. We will remember where we were and how we felt on that morning. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found. And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country.

Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, in Sperryville, will be having a special worship service at 6 p.m. in remembrance of 9/11. Dinner will be served at 6, with the worship service to follow. Praise and worship music will be provided by Reynolds Memorial choir. Doves will also be released in honor of the victims. For more information, call 540-987-8137.

I’d like to leave readers with these wise words by Richard Roman:

The sun will come up tomorrow,

but not for those who died today.

And there are no magic words to bring them back,

that anyone can say.

Life will go on tomorrow,

but not the same as yesterday.

Let’s take time out from our busy schedule on Sept. 11 to remember those who lost their lives through this tragedy.

CPR and first aid classes

Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC) is the site of an upcoming American Red Cross CPR and first aid class aimed at members of the general public who wish to have first-aid and resuscitation training and skills. School bus drivers, child-care providers, teachers, parents, babysitters and others will receive a two-year certification. Pre-register (required) with Red Cross instructor Lisa Pendleton, LPN and childcare consultant, at 540-987-8637 or tl2kids@gmail.com. The cost is $60.

CCLC training

From 8 to 4 on Saturday, Oct. 6, CCLC is also the site of a medication administration training course, a three-year certification required in Virginia for providers or staff members from licensed child or adult day care centers and schools who administer prescription drugs. Registrants must have current CPR and first-aid certification. Pre-registration (required) for the $100 training course is with MAT instructor Lisa Pendleton (contact information above).

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a special young lady, Joy Virginia Alther, of Washington. She will celebrate her day on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Happy birthday, Joy! Also, birthday wishes go out to twin sisters Shirley Hitt and Hazel Haines. They will celebrate their birthday on Sunday, Sept. 16. Happy birthday, ladies! Lois, make sure you bake them their favorite cake.

RCHS reunion

The Rappahannock Class of 1961 is organizing a reunion of all Rappahannock County High School graduates from noon to 5 at the Sperryville fire hall. Pass the word to all graduates you know to help make this an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and bring back many fond memories. Bring a covered dish to share. Call Shirley Brown Kushner at 301-869-1189 or Richard Belch at 410-437-5373 for more information. Hope to see you there!


Congratulations go out to Sandra Jenkins for having a perfect attendance for 33 years for Sunday School at the Washington Baptist Church. One dedicated lady.

Ordination service

An ordination service for Stephen Dareing to the Gospel Ministry will take place at the Washington Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Open invitation will be given to all churches and their pastors of the Shiloh Baptist Association. Rev. Lanny Horton, Shiloh Missions director, will help in the planning of the service. Rev. Phil Bailey, as chairman of the Shiloh Ordination Council, will present Stephen’s ordination certificate. A reception will take place following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.

Kid’s Bible Club

The Rappahannock Community Kids’ Bible Club will be commencing its ninth year of Bible education and memorization for children in grades one through six (older youth may serve as helpers). The program will take place at the Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church at 3748 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, each Wednesday starting on Sept. 12. It starts at 3:45 p.m. after school and ends at 5. This activity is sponsored by the Rappahannock County Methodist Charge, Trinity Episcopal Church, Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church and Washington Baptist Church. For more information, call 987-9101 or 540-675-3336. There is no cost.

Jacob Higgins Fundraiser

There will be a fundraiser for Jacob Higgins, a 15-year old cancer patient, from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday (Sept. 7) at Gadino Cellars on Schoolhouse Road, Washington, put on by the Rappahannock County Lions Club, the Turkey Ridge String Band and Gadino Cellars. Higgins has leukemia and the road to recovery will be long and costly. Let’s pull together as a community and support this fundraiser. Suggested contribution is $15 ($25 per couple; $10 for 16 and under; $35 per family). Enjoy bluegrass music, sumptuous finger foods donated by the Lions Club and community contributors, wine and non-alcoholic choices and the rolling Gadino Cellars grounds. Ten percent of wines sold and all contributions will go toward the Jacob Walter Higgins Fund at Union First Market Bank. Contact Bill Pragluski at 540-987-9138 for more information.


Welcome to another new resident, Glynda Bennett, who lives in Harris Hollow!