Washington column for Jan. 15

Books on sale

The Book Barn next to the Rappahannock Library has its history books on half-price sale this month and next — local, national and international subjects, pictorial histories and more. Prices are $1.50 for hardback history books, and 50 cents for softcovers. Other books with special prices will be half price as well.

Thousands of books, from cookbooks and do-it-yourself, to foreign language and music books, are at the Book Barn, as are DVDs, CDs, music scores, maps and lots of children’s books. The Book Barn is open 9 to 3 Saturdays. All books are donated, all workers are volunteers and all the money raised goes to the library.

Free flu vaccine

Free flu vaccine is available at the Rappahannock County Health Department — and it is not too late to get yours. Call the health department at 540-675-3516 to set up a time to come in.

WVFR breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue is having an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 this Saturday (Jan. 17) at their station — a free breakfast for all, to give the community a chance to meet the new officers for 2015 and thank everyone for their continued support throughout the year.

The 2015 new officers are: president, Bill Walton; vice president, John Lesinski; treasurer, Virginia Valentine; secretary, John Jamieson; chief, Ann Spieker; assistant chief, Bobby Smoot; second assistant chief, Gary Jenkins. Other officers include captain, Opie Crawford; lieutenant, Charles Ray Crawford; second lieutenant, Keith Ward; EMS assistant chief, Mark Deal; EMS captain, Russ Collins; and EMS lieutenant, Amanda Smoot.

Let’s start the New Year off right by stopping by, meeting the new officers and enjoying a delicious breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuits, sausage gravy, hashbrowns, fried apples, coffee, and orange juice, all prepared by your favorite cooks at Company 1.

Welcome to town

There a new face at the Washington Post Office: Pattie Christman from Front Royal, who has taken Carol Grimes’ place. Be sure to stop by and welcome her. Pattie looking forward getting to know the community.

Wishes and gratitude

Birthday wishes go out to Harris Hollow resident Jay Alther, who will celebrate his special day on Saturday (Jan. 17).

Many thanks go out to Charles Smoot Jr. for scraping the road on Maple Hill after the snow on Tuesday (Jan. 6); many thanks also to Joshua Alther for scraping my driveway. It is good to have neighbors when you are in need.

Olivia’s first birthday

Olivia Grace enjoys her tie-dye birthday cake at her party on Saturday.Amanda Alther
Olivia Grace enjoys her tie-dye birthday cake at her party on Saturday.

Olivia Grace Clatterbuck celebrated her first birthday Saturday afternoon at the home of her parents, Jonathan and Amber, along with family and friends. Her birthday theme was butterflies of different colors.

Children were running everywhere, having fun, and would’ve kept on running but the time came to eat. The table was spread with finger food and other side dishes and the citrus punch was out of this world. Everyone liked it so much that we went back for seconds and found the bowl empty.

After the meal, delicious cupcakes (with butterfly decorations) made by her amazing dad were passed to adults and children, and the guest of honor got her own beautiful tie-dye cake with butterflies on top, made by her wonderful mom. She dug in with both hands at full speed, and with frosting all over her face, she was a sight to see as she enjoyed her cake.

At the end of the day, there was one tired little girl. Everything about the party was so pretty and feminine; it was the perfect way to say happy birthday to a sweet baby girl by her parents, who love and adore her so much.

Have a wonderful week.