Washington column for May 21

D.A.R.E. Day

It’s that time of year again. The Annual D.A.R.E. Day festivities will be held tomorrow (Friday, May 22) at Rappahannock County Elementary School from 9 to 3 p.m. This is a day of education and fun for the whole family.

There will be exhibitors from organizations such as local fire departments, law enforcement personnel from Rappahannock County. Come out and let’s have a day of fun. Let’s hope that the day will not be unrelentingly hot for everyone.

Meet the ‘Pink Panthers’ Relay team

Rappahannock Pink Panthers' "Circus Tent" on May 9 for the Relay For Life featured stuffed animals in cages, popcorn, roasted peanuts, jewelry for sale and a pink cornhole raffle.
Rappahannock Pink Panthers’ “Circus Tent” on May 9 for the Relay For Life featured stuffed animals in cages, popcorn, roasted peanuts, jewelry for sale and a pink cornhole raffle. Cathy Jones

This was the first year for the Rappahannock Pink Panthers Relay for Life team from Rappahannock County Elementary School, and a team member reports that “as a team we have made a statement that we are here to rally and support a cure for cancer.” Their inspiration: “Our friends, family and anyone we haven’t had the pleasure to meet that has ever been touched in any way by cancer.”

The team formed in December and in just a few short months raised a little over $3,200. “We became quite creative with our fundraising activities and had talented team members contributing to the cause. Staff member and cancer survivor Margie Southard and her husband made two cornhole sets that were a huge success at the raffle. We put together themed baskets with each member contributing. A beautiful Easter wreath made by and donated to the cause by Kim Vest was raffled and we created many other little motivational incentives to keep our spirit and team soaring.”

The team members are Linda Clark, Tiffany Keys, Charity Haines, Madison Haines, Lauren Barron, Linda Torrance, Steve Torrance, Candace Lamma, Donna Oliver, Margie Southard, Rhonda Jenkins, Christy Taylor, Katherine Todd, Paige Miller and co-captains (RCES principal) Cathy Jones and Vickie Miller.

Special thanks to students Kayla Compton, Hannah East and Mariah Sours for making the team’s beautiful banner.

The fellowship of friends and new friends was truly inspiring at this year’s Relay for Life. If anyone would like to be a part of the Relay for next year, please don’t hesitate, just jump in and make it happen. No amount is too small and every thought of hope is an inspiration and a blessing to us all.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on May 25. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many of us visit the cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events.

It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Let’s take the time out at some point of the day and remember those who died fighting for our country.


The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force over the weekend. Keep those seat belts buckled. The “Click It or Ticket” program will be strictly enforced.


Wedding anniversary wishes go out to Steven and Judy Alther of Washington. They will celebrate their special day on May 30

Birthday wishes go out to a dear friend, Mary Ann Frazier of Washington, who will celebrate her special day on Wednesday, June 3, and to Roger Welch, who will celebrate his day on June 2.

New hours at Ballard

R.H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home will have new hours starting this week. They are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Tuesday. Stop by and check out their new spring arrivals.

Have a safe holiday everyone!