Washington column for July 25

Clarissa Pintado graduates

Proud grandmother Clarissa Leggett attended the graduation of Clarissa Pintado at American University Washington College of Law on May 19. Courtesy photo.
Proud grandmother Clarissa Leggett attended the graduation of Clarissa Pintado at American University Washington College of Law on May 19. Courtesy photo.

Congratulations to Clarissa “Riss” Pintado on her graduation from Washington School of Law! Clarissa, who grew up in Washington and was a regular contributor to the Washington column, is excited to be starting her position as a law fellow with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) in Washington, D.C., in the fall.

Since her career beginnings with her hometown paper, Clarissa has pursued her interest in freedom of speech and public-interest law by working for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Legal Aid Justice Center. She has also continued to develop her love of writing as editor of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Issue of the American University International Law Review, one of the only publications in the U.S. that publishes articles by law practitioners and scholars in both Spanish and English.

Many family members gathered in D.C. May 19 to see Clarissa walk across the stage, including Clarissa Leggett, her very proud grandmother. Riss says she’s “so lucky to have such a supportive family.” Also on the horizon is Clarissa and Erik Subrizi’s wedding day in September. She plans to be married in Warrenton.

Dogs days begin

If the hot, sticky and muggy days have not tipped you off yet, allow me to tell you: The reason it’s been hot, sticky and muggy is that the dog days of summer are upon us.

When I was young, I would come in from playing outside and complain, “Mom, it’s too hot to play outside.” She would tell me that we were in the “dog days” and that relief would not come for several more weeks. For a while, I thought that the saying came from the way dogs would lounge in the summer sun and relax as if they hadn’t a care in the world. My mother eventually told me what it really meant.

In the summer, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July, Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. Thus, they called this period, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, the “dog days.”

Today, dog days occur between July 3 and Aug. 11. Although it is often the warmest period of the summer, the heat is not due to the added radiation from a faraway star, regardless of its brightness. No, the heat of summer is a direct result of the earth’s tilt.

Sorry to say we have several weeks left; then maybe the dog days will fetch some cooler weather for us. Let’s hope so.

Mission trip

Ellen Mustoe and Frieda Herman have returned from a mission trip to Eagle Butte, S.D., among the Lakota Indians. They worked with the people of First Baptist Church of Eagle Butte in conducting a Vacation Bible School program and other outreach activities from June 14-22.

WBC Homecoming

Mark your calendar now for Washington Baptist’s Homecoming Day on Oct. 6. The guest evangelist, Rev. Roger Roller from Lynchburg, will be serving as preacher. This will also begin a mini-revival. Rev. Roller again leads an evangelistic service on Monday and Tuesday night (Oct. 7-8). Plan to attend and invite family members and friends.


Sympathy goes out to Mrs. Helen Williams on the death of her husband, Emerson Williams. Mr. Williams died on Sunday, July 14.

Birthday greetings

Birthday wishes go out to a wonderful lady, Jane Batchelder, who’s celebrating her special day today (July 25). Happy birthday, Jane!

Belated wedding anniversary wishes go out to Beth and Jimmy DeBergh, who celebrated their day on Sunday, July 14, and to Mary and Russ Collins, who will celebrate their special day this Monday (July 29).

Welcome, Joan

We would like to welcome Joan Getsinger to our town. Joan recently moved into the Washington School apartments on Mount Salem Avenue.

‘Shenandoah Jamboree’

Ben Jones and Lisa Meadows performed last month at The Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tenn. Courtesy photo.
Ben Jones and Lisa Meadows performed last month at The Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tenn. Courtesy photo.

Harris Hollow’s own Ben Jones is hosting “The Shenandoah Jamboree” at The Shenandoah Caverns near New Market on the first Saturday night of each month. “Cooter” is also producing a television series from the concerts, and is in talks with a cable network in Nashville.

Featuring “all kinds of country music,” the next Jamboree is 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and features Cooter’s Garage Band and Wilson Fairchild, a hot country duo who are the offspring of Virginia’s Statler Brothers. Wilson Fairchild recently opened for the late, legendary George Jones on his last American tour. Tickets ($15 in advance) can be purchased at ShenandoahCaverns.com.

Wild beauty

When you are from Rappahannock, any place else you go never quite measures up. From its farms and fields to its mountains and hollows, it’s a one-of-a-kind county, and a place I’m proud to say I grew up.

Last Thursday morning (July 18), as I was delivering the Rappahannock News to Little Country Store and the Laurel Mills Store, I noticed field after field of wildflowers – they were so beautiful. In my eyes, no flowers can measure up to a bouquet of wildflowers sitting on a table in your home.

Life and time keep moving on for us, but this beautiful place is like an unmoving anchor to hold onto. You can hear those country roads in the hollows, echoing – take me home, to the place I belong – Rappahannock County.

Speaking of natural beauty, someone has apparently been taking slices of it home with them, as multiple hibiscus plants have disappeared from the town’s planted barrels throughout Washington.

Have a wonderful week — and keep your eyes open for hibiscus-bearing strangers!