Washington column for July 11

Welcome to the community

We would like to welcome Judd and Gail Swift (and their six pets!) to Washington. Judd has his own clean energy consulting company, Swift Global Results, and an office in the Kramer Building. He can now walk to work! Gail works for Hilton Worldwide in convention sales, and has a home office, so they’ll both be saving on gas!

Their six furries are all rescued and one, Evie the Wonder Cat, was found behind the high school four years ago. RappCats took her in when the weather got cold. While the Swifts were weekenders in Sperryville, Evie lived in their house with a caregiver checking in on her once or twice a day.

She became a permanent fixture in the Swift household and was adopted by their other cats officially from RappCats. Gail says she and Judd adore their new home and love being in town and walking to Judd’s office via Tula’s for coffee.

Welcome Judd and Gail!

Breakfast at WVFR

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue is having an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 on Saturday, July 20, at the station. The menu features all your favorites, so come on out for breakfast and support a great cause. All proceeds are used to fund daily operations. Cost is $8 (kids 10 and younger eat free). For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Christian/Muslim dialogue

Don’t forget the Christian and Muslim dialogue this Sunday (July 14) at Trinity Episcopal Church. There’s an ice cream social at 4:30 p.m., with the one-on-one dialogue beginning at 5 p.m. Rev. Jenks Hobson, pastor of Trinity, and Mohsin Ahmad, a former Rappahannock exchange student from Pakistan, will be sharing what they believe and seeking to understand the other. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church at 540-675-3716.


Our sympathy goes out to Holly Childrey and family upon the tragic death of her father, John “Jay” Wayne Childrey Jr., on July 2. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Jay was well known in Rappahannock. Our hearts go out to the family.

Sadly missed

Rappahannock Food Pantry’s ambassador, Dodger – the dog who lived in Rappahannock with his mom and dad, Rudy and Judy Segaar – passed away on June 14. He was 12 years old. He as born in Maryland, in June of 2001, and lived in Annandale before moving to Rappahannock County. He was always ready for anything, whether it was long walks in the woods, playing keep-away, a ride in the car or a snooze on the couch. He had a huge personality and never met anyone he didn’t like. For the last two years of his life, he was the Food Pantry Representative and Trinity Times Columnist for Trinity Episcopal Church. He will be missed by his mom and dad, his feline sister Molly and everyone he came in contact with.

Weitzes host picnic dinner

Chuck and Nancy Weitz hosted a picnic on June 10 at their home in Gid Brown Hollow. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.
Chuck and Nancy Weitz hosted a picnic on June 10 at their home in Gid Brown Hollow. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

Chuck and Nancy Weitz hosted a wonderful picnic on June 10, which brought together folks from all 10 of this year’s small dinner groups, plus many others friends. The Weitzes’ historic farm and home – Greenwood, in Gid Brown Hollow – provided a stunningly beautiful setting for the annual event. Chuck and Nancy worked hard and generously to ensure that everyone had a great time. The refreshments were devoured, the rain held off and gave way to sunshine, and the peals of laughter must have been heard by Gid Brown himself.

Dwyer reunion July 27

A reminder that the 23rd Dwyer Family Reunion starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Washington fire hall. Bring a dish and a drink to share with everyone, and come catch up on old times and enjoy fellowship with family and friends. For more information, contact Wayne Baldwin at 540-543-2590.

‘Law and Lawyers’ presentation

Come out July 31 and hear Douglas Baumgartner present a program on “Law and Lawyers in Rappahannock County, Past and Present” at 7 p.m. in the Washington town hall. The program is sponsored by the Rappahannock Historical Society as part of the society’s offerings to make the public aware of the history and uniqueness of our county, as well as our duty to honor and preserve it. Refreshments will be provided, and donations are requested to help the society keep up its work of discovery and preservation. For more information, call 540-675-1163.

Wedding anniversaries

Anniversary wishes go out to Mike and Toni Massie, who celebrate their special day tomorrow (July 12), and to Jimmy and Beth DeBergh, whose anniversary is this Sunday (July 14).

Congrats, Nedra Smith

Congratulations to Washington artist and RAAC member Nedra Smith for her inclusion in the American Impressionist Society’s prestigious annual national exhibition. Smith’s painting was selected from among hundreds of works by artists around the country. (The exhibition is this October at the M Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston, S.C.)