Washington column for May 16

Mother’s Day Service

I hope that all the mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Many churches had special services in which they honored mothers of the congregation. Pastor John Burke, of Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church in Washington, honored the oldest and the youngest mom. Every mother received a gift.

Appreciation of Dorothy James

This note of appreciation arrived from the Washington Ladies Auxiliary this week:

The members of the Washington Ladies Auxiliary mourn the loss of our friend Dorothy James who passed away on Tuesday, May 7. Many people knew Dorothy as a faithful and enduring volunteer at the Thrift Shop in Little Washington. During her recent illness, customers have often enquired about her and conveyed their hopes for her recovery.

Dorothy loved the Thrift Shop and the Thrift Shop loved her. She greeted every visitor with a sparkling little grin and, somehow, visiting babies and small dogs usually found themselves nestled in her arms.

With an enthusiasm that overcame her limited mobility, Dorothy sorted clothing and linens, making careful repairs and adding missing buttons. She insisted on making the best of each donation so that it could go back into the community. “Someone is going to need this!” was her unvarying opinion.

As a lady of a certain age, Dorothy was proud of her 84 years and obviously took a sly satisfaction in “one-upping” some of her older customers. She was always ready for a chat and a funny story, the very best of which often featured her adored dachshund, Lilly.

The volunteers and loyal customers of the Thrift Shop salute a lovely woman. Dorothy James will be missed.


Sympathy goes out to Christopher Bird for the loss of his father, Benjamin Lee Bird, who died at his home on Tuesday, April 16 and to Dorothy James’ family.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Warren Foster, who will celebrate his day this Saturday (May 18) and to a special grandson of mine, John Michael, who will celebrate his special day next Saturday (May 25).

Student photography at the library

Students from both the elementary and high school will have their photographs on display at the Rappahannock County Library on May 21 in the Jamison Room. The students’ show is the end result of a six-week photography workshop sponsored by the RAAC Mitchell Fund and conducted at both schools by Ray Boc, Joyce Harman and Francis Schroeder, three photographers from Old Rag Photography Gallery. The workshop sessions were completed May 8. There is a reception for the students’ work at the library from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 21. For more information, call 540-675-2205.

Rappahannock Rollers bowling

Charles Dodson is once again participating in the “Bowl for Seniors” fundraiser for Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services. Charles is bowling on the Rappahannock Rollers team on Saturday, June 1, and is looking for sponsors. If you want to make a financial pledge on behalf of Charles, you may do so by making your check out to RRCS and mailing it to Box 1568, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!