Washington column for Jan. 3

Christmas bonfire

The town of Washington is sponsoring a bonfire at 5 p.m. tomorrow night (Friday, Jan. 4) for anyone who wishes to bring their (real) Christmas trees to burn. The trees can be delivered now through Friday to Leggett Lane, adjacent to the new nature trail (and the entrance to the wastewater plant). Plenty of parking is available. Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will supervise the bonfire; they will also be serving hot dogs, burgers and hot chocolate. Guests can also bring their own beverages.

The idea is based on Mayor John Sullivan’s childhood in Philadelphia, where the community held a bonfire like this every year. Sullivan said he hopes this can be the start of a new town tradition and the first of many more bonfires to come. “If everyone comes out and has a good time . . . we hope it can become another Little Washington tradition.”

Remember in prayer

Please remember Ashleigh Hawkins in your prayers. Ashleigh is just in her early 20s, has already had a liver transplant and is now facing other health issues.


Congratulations to Molly and Mike Stollar on the birth of their first child, Eli Michael Stolar, on Dec. 15, at the Culpeper Regional Hospital. The proud grandparents are Richard Burke and Kim Gilkey-Breeden, while the proud great-grandmother is Maybell Gilkey.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Mae Racer of Washington, who celebrated her day on New Year’s Eve.

A gift so precious

As we head into a new year, let’s remember to take time out and be thankful for each new day, because, as the poet Emily Matthews reminds us, we need to take things one day at a time.

Whatever the goal we’re pursuing,
no matter how rugged the climb,
we’re certain to get there by trying our best,
and taking One Day at a Time.
“Forever” is hard to imagine,
“the future” may seem far away,
but every new dawn brings a wonderful chance
to do what we can today.

So take a moment and enjoy life – a gift that’s so precious to all of us.