Washington column for May 22

Summer vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner and Washington Baptist Church is getting ready for theirs. “God Grins” is the theme of this year’s class, running 9 to noon June 2-6. The week culminates in a carnival on Friday, June 6. Trinity Episcopal joins Washington Baptist in sponsoring this offering for the children of Rappahannock County.

I can remember when I was smaller and attended the Bible School at the church. I always looked forward to the last day: We had hotdogs, chips and Kool-aid outside and played games. They were good memories.

Free vision screenings

The Rappahannock Lions Club partners with the Child Care Learning Center and Head Start from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday, May 22) to conduct free vision screenings for children ages 6 months to 6 years at CCLC (12763 Lee Hwy., Washington). The program isn’t limited to CCLC or Head Start preschoolers.

The free screenings introduce PediaVision, a state-of-the-art infrared digital camera that effectively flags such vision problems as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and amblyopia, or lazy eye. The noninvasive technology is made available in Rappahannock County via the Lions’ Zone 2 of District 24A. Lion Yogi Bear says PediaVision is “pretty impressive.” Its retina scan, done from a meter away from the children, is easier and safer to use and provides better results.

Don’t miss this chance to discover possible vision problems early at no cost.

Meyer takes top honors

Congratulations go out to Bud Meyer for winning top honors in General Fiction in the 2014 Green Book Festival last Saturday. More than a dozen category winners were honored at a ceremony at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square.

Festival judges selected “Mother Fracker,” published by Morningside Press of Miami, Fla., tops in General Fiction, calling it “highly entertaining.” The novel posits how “fraccidents” associated with drilling for natural gas could upset our pristine world of Rappahannock County, considered “the jewel of Virginia.” Five fiction entrants earned honorable mentions.

“Recent events like exploding trains spilling fracked oil into the James River, manmade earthquakes caused by frackwater disposal, and new scientific studies citing dire impacts on human health simply prove that what began as fiction can sadly come true,” said Meyer, a Long Mountain Road resident.

“Mother Fracker” can be found locally at R.H. Ballard in Washington and at the Corner Store in Sperryville. It is also available in hard copy and ebook versions at motherfrackerbook.com.

Thrift Shop sale

Thrift Shop racks and shelves are bulging with high quality summer merchandize for everyone.

Thrift Shop racks and shelves are bulging with high quality summer merchandize for everyone. Courtesy photo

The Thrift Shop is having a $5 Bag Sale through May 31. Their racks and shelves are bulging with high-quality summer merchandise. The shop is open 10 to 5 Tuesday-Wednesday and 9 to 3 Saturday at 10 Firehouse Lane in Washington.

Clothing, accessories, shoes and linens are included in the sale. (Specially priced items, housewares and decorative goods are not.)

Book Barn sale

Stock up on summer reading at the Book Barn from 9 to 3 Saturdays (next to the Rappahannock County Library). They have lots of children’s books, tapes and DVDs and also have a young adult section. All great prices. Great for summer reading!


Condolences go out to Michelle Schwartz of Washington. Her mom, Lucy Roth, of Chesapeake, passed away May 14. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her entire family, including her 8-week-old great-granddaughter.

From my experience of losing my mom, there are times in life the road is not easy. Losing a loved one is hard to deal with, I know. Your life turns from a vibrant world full of color to black and white. The goal is to make it day by day and surround yourself with people who love you. Michelle, I wish you strength; above all keep following your path. I know you will overcome this loss in time. You have always been a survivor and a rock. I know this will continue. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

Death is not the end, it is a beginning — another step forward in our heavenly father’s plan for his children. I’d like to dedicate this Injete Chesoni poem, “I Am Not Gone,” to your’s mom memory.

I am not gone
I remain here beside you
Just in a different form
Look for me in your heart
And there you will find me
in our love which forever lives on
In those moments when you feel alone
Look for me in your thoughts
And there you will find me
in sweet memories that burn strong
Every time a tear
Forms in your beautiful eyes
Look up to the heavens
And there you will see me
Smiling down from God’s glorious skies

Have a great week!