Washington column for May 7

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders. It is held on the first Thursday of May each year. Let’s remember to join people from all over the country who will gather to pray from noon to 12:30 today (Thursday, May 7) for the leaders of our town.

Mother’s Day

Courtesy R.H. Ballard
Courtesy R.H. Ballard

This Sunday (May 10) is Mother’s Day and although we celebrate it once a year, we don’t need a special day to show our gratitude to our mothers. Let her know that she is loved and is the best person on this whole earth. Looking for that special Mother’s Day gift? Shop local, and check out R.H. Ballard’s nice assortment of Mother’s Day cards (see photo above), gifts, scarves, pretty soaps, sweet smelling lotions, great jewelry and other items moms would love. Also within walking distance in town, Geneva Welch Gallery and The Inn at Little Washington Shops have nice gifts.

A Precious Mother

Mom, you’ve given me so much,

Love from your heart

and the warmth of your touch.

The gift of life and you’re a friend to me.

We have a very Special Bond

which only comes from God…

I’m sure you agree.

As a child I would say Mommy I Love You,

Now you’re my Mother so dear

I love you even more

with each and every new year.

If I could had chosen,

I would have picked no other

Than for you…to be my lifelong friend

and Precious Mother.

— Author unknown

The Food Pantry pet parade

For the Food Pantry Day Pet Parade, sponsored by RAWL on Saturday (May 9) at 10, with awards to follow at the Rappahannock Food Pantry (603 Mount Salem Ave.), come on out and help them stock the pantry with pet food and treats. Keeping these pets fed helps keep them out of the shelter! Entry fee is one bag or can of cat or dog food. Bring your favorite pet and join the parade. All pets must be leashed. For more information, call 540-675-1177. Prizes and treats for all entries.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to my grandson, Trey Singleton, who celebrated his day on May 1; my daughter-in-law, Amber Clatterbuck, whose day was Monday (May 4); My son, Jonathan Clatterbuck, who shares his special day with Mother’s Day (May 11); and to my friend Pat Grigsby, who celebrates her special day on May 28. Special wishes also go out to my grandson, John Michael Fox, who celebrates his day on May 25 (Memorial Day).


Sympathy goes out to James and Roger Menefee on the death of their sister, Margaret Virginia Fincham, 87, of Front Royal. She passed away on April 20 at Warren Memorial Hospital. A graveside service was held in the Sperryville Cemetery conducted by Pastor Vinton Williams.

Mrs. Fincham was born in Rappahannock County and she retired from Aileen, Inc. in Flint Hill.

Calvin “Bill” Racer, 86, of Front Royal, died on April 28 in the Commonwealth Assisted Living of Front Royal. A funeral service was held on Monday (May 4) at Maddox Funeral Home, with Pastor John Burke and Pastor Mike McCartney officiating. Interment was followed at the Washington Masonic Cemetery in Washington, with military honors. After retirement from the military, he raised cattle and farmed for many years in Rappahannock.

Sympathy goes out to the family of Annie Katherine Huff, 81, of Flint Hill, who died on April 29, at Fauquier Hospital. A funeral service was held on Saturday (May 2) at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Steve Dodson and Pastor Robert Shank. Burial followed at Sperryville Cemetery. Annie is known for her delicious cakes and pies at the Country Cafe. She will be missed deeply.

WVFR breakfast

All-you-can-eat breakfast at Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue is Saturday, May 16, from 7 a.m to 11 a.m. All your favorites will be on the stove and ready by 7 a.m., including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, hash browns, pancakes, fried apples, coffee and orange juice. Cost is $8 (ages 10 and younger eat free). For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Botox and fillers at the spa

Little Washington Wellness & Spa is now offering botox and fillers, a service requested by clients and now starting on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. with Dr. Christopher Knotts of the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston. Dr. Knotts, who will see clients by appointment (still available), is a fellowship trained plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery, including surgical refinement of the face, breast and body. Make your appointment at 540-675-1031.

Have a wonderful week!