Washington column for Feb. 5

Mail carrier to the rescue

Rural carrier Chasiti Foster of Flint Hill poses with Oscar Dodson after she helped him in a time of need.
Rural carrier Chasiti Foster of Flint Hill poses with Oscar Dodson after she helped him in a time of need. Courtesy photo

Rural carrier Chasiti Foster of Flint Hill was delivering mail at the home of Oscar Dodson in Sperryville, Tuesday, Jan. 20,  when she found him on the floor suffering from a hip injury. He had fallen 20 minutes before Foster arrived and was unable to call for assistance.

As she delivered mail to the house (under a Postal Service program allowing hardship delivery assistance), Foster discovered that Dodson had lost his phone during the fall, which caused it to bounce out of reach. She immediately called 911 for emergency assistance. She returned to her route only after leaving Dodson in the care of family and friends.

“It is very fortunate that Chasiti arrived at this delivery point a little later than usual,” said Washington Postmaster Tina Brooks, who said heavier than usual mail volumes caused a slightly later delivery route start time.

Brooks also said the Postal Service provides temporary hardship delivery service for individuals who would otherwise experience extreme physical hardship retrieving mail at a roadside mailbox or other delivery point. “Request to accommodate customers under special circumstances are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis,” said Brooks. “It is yet another example of how we exceed our universal service mandate to assist customers in need.”

Each year hundreds of postal employees are recognized for coming to the aid of customers and taking life-saving actions during emergencies. Thank you, Chasiti, for helping Oscar out in a time of need. A job well done!

Oscar Dodson is recovering well from the fall.

Special services at Washington Baptist

The community is invited to join the congregation of Washington Baptist Church at 180 Gay St. for two special worship services in February. This Sunday (Feb. 8) at 11 a.m., the theme for worship is “That Old Time Religion” and the service will include favorite gospel hymns accompanied by piano and organ, as well as special music provided the choir, Gospel quartets and Pete Fetter and Johnny Broyles on guitar.

On Feb. 15 at 11 a.m., the theme is “Praise the Lord!” Once again, the service will include favorite congregational hymns of praise as well as special music. Everyone is invited to come hear the Word of God proclaimed, and participate in sharing the Good News of the Gospel. For additional information, contact the church office at 540-675-3336.

Flower arrangement classes

Classes in basic floral design will be offered by the Rappahannock County Garden Club on four consecutive Wednesdays, Feb. 11 through March 4. Taught by Linda Taylor, the classes feature instruction in simple, elemental aspects of floral arranging. Participants bring their own materials. Classes are 11 to 12:30 at Trinity Episcopal Church’s parish hall. The cost is $30 for four classes (or $10 per class). For more information or to register, contact Susan Jones at 540-675-3152 by this Sunday (Feb. 8).

Vision screenings for children

The Rappahannock Lions Club will partner with the Child Care and Learning Center starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 19 to conduct free vision screenings for children 6 months to preschool age at CCLC (12763 Lee Hwy.). The free screenings use PediaVision, a state-of-the-art infrared digital camera that flags such vision problems as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and amblyopia (or lazy eye). The noninvasive retina scan, done from a meter’s distance away, is easy, safer and provides proven results.

The testing is open to all children, but parental permission forms for all children outside of CCLC are required (and available at CCLC). Permission forms must be turned in by Feb. 13. Children with signed parental consent forms can be tested at the Lions Club’s eye van every year at the public schools. Don’t miss this chance to discover possible vision problems early at no cost to you. For more information, contact Lion Yogi Bear (540-675-3495) or email sundancefarm@embarqmail.com.

WVFR breakfast

Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day all month long! Treat your sweetheart to an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. The cost is $8; ages 10 and younger eat free. For more information,  call 540-675-3615 and speak with one of the members.

Valentine’s anniversaries

Anniversary wishes go out to Wayne and Ruth Burke of Front Royal and to Danny and Hope Huff of Washington, all of whom will celebrate their special day on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).

Have a great week!!