Washington column for Feb. 20

Spring is (nearly) here

I trust that everyone has finally shoveled themselves out from underneath all the snow we had last week. I am ready for spring weather. March is just around the corner — and March is traditionally the month for kite-flying. I am looking forward flying my kite this year with my grandkids. It is great fun and it’s much easier than shoveling snow.

The weather also put a damper on the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s all-you-can-eat breakfast last Saturday. They had only around 45 diners — not nearly as many as usual. But every little bit helps! Let’s hope for better weather for their next breakfast.

A miraculous healing

Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III attempts to heal Trinity’s ailing copier with a laying on of hands.
Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III attempts to heal Trinity’s ailing copier with a laying on of hands. Ruthie Windsor-Mann

Trinity Episcopal Church is in need of a new copier and the vestry has gone to extraordinary lengths in an effort to fund this non-budgeted vital piece of equipment. As the copier has moved from assisted living to intensive care, even the Rev. Jennings W. Hobson’s attempt at providing a laying on of hands for a miraculous healing is failing, and last rites have now been requested. At the impending demise of the copier, the vestry has requested that in lieu of flowers donations should be made to the copier fund at Trinity.


Birthday wishes go out to my brother-in-law, Bud Clatterbuck, whose special day is today (Thursday, Feb. 20), and to a dear friend of mine, Betty Grigsby, whose special day is in a week (Feb. 28).

Community loss

I was saddened to learn that Robert T. Dennis passed away on Feb. 10. Bob’s goal was to preserve our beautiful land in conservation easements. On my route to the clerk office to get my land transfers, I would often run into him checking to see that easements were recorded. He would always ask how the newspaper business was going. He will be missed dearly. When we see the beautiful land around us in Rappahannock County, we will think of Bob Dennis for all he has done. We know that his spirit will always be with us.

Relay for Life

The time is drawing near for Rappahannock County’s Relay for Life on May 10 (2 to 10:30 p.m. at the high school), but it’s (still!) not too late to register yourself, your team or survivor. Simply visit RelayForLife.org/RappVa or call one of the co-chairs: Phyllis Grogg (540-364-2640), Karen Williams (540-675-4673) or Ellen Timbers (540-937-8402).

Have a wonderful week!