Washington column for Aug. 15

New face, new agent

A new face in town, Becky Sheffield, is also the new extension agent for family and consumer sciences, joining extension agent Kenner Love at the county’s Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Washington. She also works in Culpeper and Fauquier counties and has been employed with the extension service since July 25.

Becky Sheffield, the new extension agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Courtesy photo.
Becky Sheffield, the new extension agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Courtesy photo.

Recently, she moved to the Flint Hill area from Unalaska, Alaska, where she worked as an environmental health officer for 10 years. A native of Woodstock, she’s enjoying being back in the area with her sons Davis and Jacob, both students at Rappahannock County High School.

She doesn’t yet have a set schedule for the Washington office, but residents can contact her by email at any time. She’s still getting things established in the three counties and will let us know when she has a regular schedule.

“Keep an eye out for programs on the topics of nutrition, food safety, food preservation and parenting. There will also be ServSafe classes for food handlers and managers in the near future,” said Becky.

By the way, Becky and the Rappahannock County Extension Office are offering free pressure canner testing from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the CFC Farm and Home Center. There will also be food preservation publications and recipes. For more information, contact the extension office at 540-675-3619 or Becky at rebes13@vt.edu.

 Welcome, Becky!

School bus safety

Vacation time is over for youngsters, as Rappahannock County schools opened their doors Monday (Aug. 12). Let’s keep caution in mind when driving in the neighborhoods and designated school zones.

Every school year, bus-related accidents occur as children are getting on or off the bus, so drivers need to always be attentive and obey the posted speed limits and school bus signals.

Here are some reminders: Yellow flashing lights on a school bus means the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists need to slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm mean the bus has stopped and children are boarding or exiting. Motorists must come to a complete stop a safe distance from the bus and wait until the bus begins moving before they start driving again.

Moms — your vacation time is here! Enjoy!

Breakfast at the fire hall

Bring a friend, make a friend and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast this Saturday morning (Aug. 17) from 7 to 11 at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue station. The menu includes all your favorites, prepared by your local fire and rescue volunteers. Adults are $8 (kids 10 and younger eat free). All proceeds help fund the department’s daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.


Sympathy goes out to Roger, Bill and Dale Welch on the loss of their mother, Arland Welch, who passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Keep the family in your prayers each day.

Memorial service

There will be a memorial service for Emerson Williams at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Happy birthday

Birthday wishes go out to Toni Updike, who is celebrating her special day this Sunday (Aug. 18).