Washington column for Jan. 29

Girl Scout Cookie time

Yes, it’s cookie time from Jan. 1 to March 31, Everybody loves Girl Scout Cookies, but keep in mind that the sales also help do great things. Girl Scouts in our local communities will become young business entrepreneurs as they learn goal-setting, marketing skills and money management. This year, in addition to our normal offering of classics like Thin Mints and Caramel deLites/Samoas, we are also selling a brand new gluten-free cookie: Gluten-Free Trios. Trios have chocolate chips nestled in a gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookie. Yummy, but limited availability, so get them early. Girl Scout Cookies are $4 a box and help support programs, camps and community service projects. Also customers who purchase five boxes of cookies are eligible to have their names entered into a drawing for a year’s supply of cookies! One entry for every five boxes purchased.

To find the Girl Scout Cookie booth sales times and locations nearest you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org and enter your zip code.

Remembers Forum

Join Trinity Episcopal Church for their “Remembers Forum” — a quick journey through life during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. Sharing stories will be Lois Snead, Louise Eastham, Betty Buntin, Ruth Baumgardener and Charlotte Nichols. After the journey through life, there will be tea, coffee and goodies for everyone to enjoy.

Fruit growers school

The 2015 Madison-Rappahannock Area Fruit School is Feb. 12 at Graves Mountain Lodge. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a sponsored lunch at 12.30 p.m. The program will adjourn at 1:30 p.m. Call Kenner Love, Extension Agent, at 540-675-3619 for more information.

Hoping for spring

Fine flakes of snow filled the air on Monday evening, and the thermometer registered 34 degree; usually my husband makes sure that all the bird feeders and squirrel feeders are filled, and what a beautiful sight to see while it’s snowing.  But this year, no squirrels to be fed, and hardly any birds. Not a beautiful sight.

So I am turning my attention to another forest creature’s weather-related actions: The predictions of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog. As always on Feb. 2, Phil emerges from his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob, Pa., and his handlers announce whether or not Phil has seen his shadow. If Phil sees his shadow, legend has it that we can expect six more weeks of winter weather. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring on its way. Be sure to watch the news on Feb. 2 for the latest on Phil’s forecast.

My eyes will be glued to the TV on Monday; I’m hoping that spring is on its way to Little Washington.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Rock Smoot, son of Charles and Mae Smoot in Harris Hollow, who will celebrate his day on Saturday, Feb. 7, and to Frank Moffett, who will have his special day on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Stay warm and have a wonderful week!