Washington column for Feb. 13

Happy Valentine’s Day

Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 14)! Some adore this holiday, while others dread it, but whatever your inclinations are, I hope everyone has a nice day and the ladies receive their red roses — the traditional Valentine flower (and don’t forget the box of chocolates!).

The Wine Loves Chocolate Tasting Room is sporting an exclusive tasty treat from Cocoa Mill Chocolatier in Lexington.
The Wine Loves Chocolate Tasting Room is sporting an exclusive tasty treat from Cocoa Mill Chocolatier in Lexington. Donna Henrickson

Of course you’d want nothing but the best for your sweetheart, and this year you can get it right here in Little Washington: The Wine Loves Chocolate tasting room is sporting an exclusive treat from Cocoa Mill Chocolatier of Lexington, Va.

Cocoa Mill gained national recognition as a creator of exquisite chocolates when The Wall Street Journal chose their edible chocolate Valentine Truffle heart box as best overall above the likes of Godiva, Sees, Harry and David, and others. Additionally, Cocoa Mill has received accolades from Bon Appetit, Chocolatier, U.S. Air Magazine, CBS Morning News, Paula Deen and The Washington Post.

Wine Loves Chocolate features Cocoa Mill in their do-it-yourself truffle bar every day, meaning you can now get those delectable chocolates in the award-winning Valentine box. Be sure to check out the new art exhibit and the fun choco-vino pairing challenge when you visit.

Remember: Love doesn’t make the world go round — love is what makes the ride worthwhile for everyone. I hope you find a way to enjoy the day.

WVFR Valentine breakfast

One way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to take your valentine to the Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 15) at the station. The full menu is $8 for adults (kids 10 and younger free). All proceeds fund their daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Kudos to Danny and Hope Huff, along with other members of the WVFR, for having such great breakfasts and keeping everything running smoothly.

Student leader for RA

Speaking of the Huffs, congratulations to Danny and Hope’s son Zachary Huff, a freshman who was chosen to be a resident advisor (RA) at the University of Virginia. These student leaders, identified through a peer-driven selection process, support the physical well-being of students and their academic, social and emotional development.

RAs are required to plan programs in six categories for students living in their areas: health and wellness; multicultural awareness; personal enrichment; community outreach; academic and intellectual inquiry; and social programming. They also serve as mentors and role models. The family is very proud of Zachary.

Trinity playground

The playground at Trinity Episcopal Church is now safe for anyone and everyone to use. Dangerous overhanging trees and tree limbs have been removed beside and behind Trinity House on Gay Street.  Feel free to come swing with the best of them.

Ecumenical Lenten Services

This year’s Ecumenical Lenten Services begin at 7 p.m. March 12 at Washington Baptist Church, with a potluck dinner at 6. This year’s theme, Symbols of Sacrifice, will be hosted by various area churches through April 6: Washington Baptist, St. Peter Catholic Church, Reynolds Baptist, United Methodists and Trinity Episcopal. Each church will serve as host, providing the music and the speaker. Child care is provided. For more information, call 540-987-8137.

Bag sale

The Washington Ladies Auxiliary Thrift Shop is having a $5 Bag Sale through Saturday (Feb. 15). The Thrift Shop (at 10 Firehouse Ln.) is open from 10 to 5 Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 to 3 on Saturdays. They have a great selection of women’s, children’s and men’s clothing. Come stuff a brown paper bag with all of the treasures it will hold for just $5. (Some restrictions apply.)

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a dear friend of mine, Phil Bailey, who celebrates today (Thursday, Feb. 13), and to Hampton supervisor Bryant Lee, who will celebrate his day on Monday (Feb. 17). Belated birthday wishes go out to Tamara Estes of Washington, whose special day was Feb. 11.

Anniversary wishes

Happy anniversary to my brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Ruth Burke, and Danny and Hope Huff, who will celebrate tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 14). Anniversary wishes also go out to Roger and Charmaine Piantadosi, who celebrated yesterday (Feb. 12). And belated anniversary wishes go out to my daughter and son-in-law, Christie and Matt Ralls, who special day was Feb. 4.

Keep warm and have a wonderful week!