Washington column for April 10

What can Brown do for you?

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow kept Bobby Brown, Washington’s rural mail carrier, from his appointed duty. And on April 1, he was awarded membership to a very elite group: the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Club.

This tremendous milestone is for driving a cumulative total of 1 million miles (or 30 years) without having a preventable motor vehicle accident. Bobby received a certificate of appreciation from Kevin McAdams, manager of the Northern Virginia District, and a plaque from the National Safety Council.

Postmaster Tina Brooks commented that she was proud to present this award to Bobby for his dedicated service to the customers on his route and the outstanding job he does day in and day out. “I am pleased to work with someone with Bobby’s work ethic. He comes to work with a ‘can-do attitude’ and goes out of his way to get the job done. The fact that Bobby was able to maintain his safety record under the management of several different postmasters throughout the years speaks volumes about his outstanding performance.”

Retired clerk Nina Shepardson attended the presentation and made Bobby his favorite apple cake for the event. Rappahannock resident Jim Miller, who also serves on the USPS Board of Governors, was there as well. When asked for his comments, Bobby talked about his father, who drove a bread truck when Bobby was a youngster. “I rode with dad a lot on his bread route and I still have some of his safe driving awards. This award makes me think of him.”

It seems safe driving is a family affair in the Brown family. After enjoying a piece of cake and a cup coffee Bobby was back out on his route, safe and dependable, just like any other day. If you out and about and see Bobby, congratulate him on a job well done.

Congratulations, Bobby!


Rev. Jennings Hobson (right) lead a flock of 15 Rappahannock residents on Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual pilgrimage last week — this year to Vienna, Austria, where the group took in cultural and religious sites.
Rev. Jennings Hobson (right) lead a flock of 15 Rappahannock residents on Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual pilgrimage last week — this year to Vienna, Austria, where the group took in cultural and religious sites. Walter Nicklin | Rappahannock News

The Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III and some 15 Rappahannock residents left on March 31 for Vienna, Austria. Twelve years ago, the group took its first trip, setting out to experience the Renaissance explosion of art of the 15th century, which told the Christian story in exciting new ways.

Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice in Italy have been the focus of many of the trips, but the group has also followed that art to museums all over Europe, enjoying the sightseeing and regional cuisine along the way. They call these “Trinity Pilgrimages,” as they work together to deepen their understanding of their common faith story. They returned home this week.

CFC open house

Come one, come all to CFC Farm & Home Center in Washington for their open house from 10 to 3 this Saturday (April 12). As part of the festivities, the 4-H Club is having a bake sale from 10 until everything is sold out, the master gardeners will be there from 8 to 2, a Pennington seed sales rep will be on hand to answer questions and there will be door prizes.

Additionally, there’s pressure canner testing and a jam-making demonstration from 11 to 2. Have your pressure canner lid tested by Rappahannock County extension agent Becky Sheffield (testing’s available for dial gauge lids and weights.) Ladies, there will be lots of different flowers for sale. It’s that time of the year again for us to get our hands dirty.

For more information, contact the Rappahannock Extension Office at 540-675-3619 or Sheffield at rebes13@vt.edu.

Easter is on its way

The Easter holiday is right upon us. The Amissville United Methodist Church has already placed their silhouettes along U.S. 211 in Amissville illustrating the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The first eight are on U.S. 211 West and the last four are on U.S. 211 East, ending at the church.

An Easter gathering is something that almost every family looks forward to. It is a time when family and friends gather and have a great time enjoying eating and each other’s company. The Easter gathering is to celebrate their special bonds as well as the resurrection of Christ. This is a special time for everyone who takes part in the wonderful holiday.

Children with their Easter baskets are a tradition that has been passed down for many years. Remember, that there is an Easter egg hunt at the Washington fire hall next Saturday (April 19).

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather!