Washington column for April 9

Easter weekend

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Lisa Beamer.

With Easter behind us and hopefully everyone feeling renewed, we can move on into spring, which is finally here. The best indication of its arrival was Easter weekend — a time for family and fellowship, where children play games and search for eggs; a time of sunrise services and enjoying the feeling of warm weather in the air.

An Easter gathering is something every family looks forward to. For Anna Clatterbuck and Mae Mae Racer of Washington, that meant a gathering of about 25 for their Easter dinner on Sunday afternoon. There was more food than everyone could eat and desserts that were out of this world. The biggest hit again this year, was Mae Mae’s delicious rice pudding. Everyone had a wonderful time.

The sunrise on Easter morning was lovely, but not the overwhelming blockbuster it can sometimes be for the Easter sunrise service. Still, about 100 people managed to make it up Massie Mountain to celebrate the Eucharist with Trinity Episcopal Church. Afterwards many of the worshippers meandered back to Trinity’s parish hall for refreshments. The day continued in high celebratory mode with four services and the traditional Easter egg hunt afterwards.

A successful hunt

For more than 26 years, it’s been a tradition for the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue to organize and host an Easter egg hunt the Saturday before Easter. And so it was again this year! Free of charge and open to all children.

One could not ask for a more beautiful day; no rain, a little windy but the children were patiently waiting for the 11 a.m. start. About 135 kids, armed with baskets and bags, rushed into the field to hunt for brightly colored plastic eggs filled with candy.

Some eggs even contained a slip to claim a stuffed animal toy prize. All the kids also received a firefighter plastic helmet with candies. That same morning, WVFR also cooked an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The Easter Bunny made a special appearance and was a big draw for the kids.

Can you guess who the big bunny was? I’ll never tell, but I can say that he remembers to hop by every year for WVFR’s Easter egg hunt.

These are moments we can cherish for years to come. Let’s make it important to enjoy such moments with our family and friends, not only for the holidays, but every day — for at any time it can be here today and taken away tomorrow.

Calling all dogs and cats

Time to take your pet for their rabies vaccination on Saturday, May 2, at the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL), Route 639 next to the landfill off of U.S. 211 in Amissville. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. it’s $10 per pet, and all proceeds go to RAWL. Vaccinations available for cats and dogs from any county who are at least four months old. For more information, call 540-937-3336.


Belated birthday wishes go out to Andrew Burke, who celebrated his day last Saturday (April 4); my friend, Lois Alther, who celebrated her special day on Monday (April 6), and Clyde Pullen, who’ll celebrate on Sunday (April 12). To my wonderful granddaughter, Allie Fox, a happy 18th birthday next Thursday, April 16.

Best wishes go out to Paul and Cucie Baldwin of Washington, who will celebrate their wedding anniversary on Wednesday, April 15.

Pantry (and Relay) Day

This year Pantry Day is May 9. Once again there will be a number of food drives and activities throughout the day, beginning with a Pet Parade, co-sponsored by RAWL, outside the Washington Schoolhouse, across from the Pantry. There will also be a bake sale and a cut flower sale (in time for Mother’s Day), ending with a benefit dinner at the Washington home of John and Beverly Sullivan. For more information, call Mimi Forbes at 540-675-1177.

The Rappahannock Relay for Life begins later that same day, 2 p.m. at Rappahannock County Elementary School (34 Schoolhouse Rd., Washington). Survivors register between 1 and 1:30. This is Relay for Life’s 30th anniversary year.

The opening ceremony celebrates survivors and caregivers and recognizes them for their personal fight against a disease that has taken too much. The survivor-caregiver laps open the event and serve as a testament to the fight against cancer and the hope for a cure. For more information, contact Carolyn Leake at 540-635-2073. Hope to see you there!

Rappahannock County Relay for Life committee meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Washington Baptist Church. Next meeting is April 14. Register online at RelayForLife.org/RappVA or contact Karen Williams 540-635-4673, Phyllis Grogg 540-364-2640 or Ellen Timbers 540-987-8402.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful flowers that coming to life.