Washington column for Aug. 29

News from the Baileys

Last week I received an email from Rev. Phil Bailey and his wife, Karyl, letting me know that they are doing well in their new home — at the foot of the Peaks of Otter and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Rev. Bailey wrote:

It is always good to know that you are missed. It lets us know that we are loved and appreciated, as are you and all our dear friends back in Rappahannock County.  

We are enjoying our new house, but will enjoy it more when our new kitchen is completed. As of now, we are without a kitchen until the new cabinets and fixtures can be put in. Karyl wants to say that DIY (do-it-yourself) projects are not as fast as what they show on television.

Our neighbors have warmly welcomed us and have been of great service to us as we are trying to settle in. We have been attending Bedford Baptist Church at this time (it’s just a few blocks up the street) along with visits to my brother’s and sister’s churches, too.

One of the great joys at this time in my life is to be back with my brother and sister in Lynchburg and their families. I play in a senior Putt-Putt league with them on Mondays (all for fun and fellowship). Willie, my brother-in-law keeps the stats on all of us. I am improving!

Karyl is busy altering Lauren’s wedding gown and her sister Leah’s maid-of-honor dress. She will probably make her suit as well. The wedding will be here before we know it. We will bring pictures when we come for homecoming at the Washington Baptist Church in October.

Thanks for thinking of us. We miss you too! We will carry our beloved memories from our time in Rappahannock County forever.

Anyone who would like to send the Baileys a postcard or letter can mail it to 1715 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523. They welcome visits as well.

Kramer has not left the building

Furniture maker Peter Kramer had a tool and lumber auction this past Saturday at the new commercial building next to the Hillsdale Store on U.S. 211 east of town, and some were wondering if he was going to move out of his longtime headquarters on Gay Street to set up shop there. I emailed him to ask.

“No, I am not planning on moving out of town,” he wrote. “I’m just using the white building for the auction of excess materials and equipment. I am planning on continuing making furniture but without employees — just returning to the way I started, as it allows me to enjoy it more.”

Norman reunion

At the annual Norman family reunion last Sunday (Aug. 25) at the Rappahannock County Park, Bessie Norman said there was a nice crowd, the food was delicious and everyone had a good time. They are looking forward to next year’s reunion at the same place.

After everything was cleaned up and people were saying their goodbyes, someone brought up an event from the past. Some got to talking and reminiscing, Bessie said, and when it was finally time to leave, everyone seemed to be filled with happy memories of days gone by.

Great finds at the fire hall

Stop by the Washington fire hall from 9 to 4 p.m. this Saturday (Aug. 31) and Sunday (Sept. 1) for the big Rappahannock Democrats’ yard sale. Remember, one person’s junk might be another person’s treasure!

Next door at the Thrift Shop, operated by the Washington Ladies Auxiliary, the store holds its last day of a $5 Bag Sale this Saturday, from 9 to 3 p.m, so stop by for some great deals.

Birthday greetings

Birthday wishes go out to LeeAnna Wharton from her daughter, Lisa Dodson, and granddaughters, Courtney and Amber Dodson. LeeAnna celebrated her birthday on Aug. 28. Wishes also go out to a dear friend of mine, retired postmaster Yvonne Darrel, whose special day is tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 30).

Birthday wishes also to Loring Anderson, Jr. — he celebrated his 79th birthday yesterday (Aug. 28). For those who do not know Loring, he’s the brother of John Anderson, who owns Jessamine Hill Farm down Tiger Valley. When he goes by the office, Loring always blows his horn at us. We know he on his way to the farm to work or on his way home. Happy birthday, Loring!