Washington column for May 28 |

Summer awaits

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. We had nice weather. Some of us are waiting for the hot weather and the next big holiday to come in with a bang — July 4 will be here soon, with fireworks. While they can’t be held in the town of Washington due to newer fireworks regulations, they will be orchestrated in a big way thanks to the efforts of Richie Burke, Mike Leake and Gary Settle, at the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual July 4th celebration. Bill Fletcher’s Thornton Hill  acreage on Sperryville Pike will again provide a large arena for the display.

Class of 2015

Congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2015 at Rappahannock County High School. This Friday (May 29) at 7 p.m. is the big moment for the senior class to receive their diplomas. Graduation Day is always full of opposites: cheers and solemnity, memories and dreams, childhood and adulthood, goodbyes and hellos.

I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smile, to the highest of your hope, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.

Remember that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. I would like to leave this poem by Joanna Fuchs for the class of 2015:

The Time You Spent

Heather (Nikki) Dommer of Washington graduated from Lynchburg College on May 16.
Heather (Nikki) Dommer of Washington graduated from Lynchburg College on May 16.

Classes came,

Classes went;

It’s worth a lot,

the time you spent.


are now due

to the graduate,

special you!

The proud parents of Heather (Nikki) Dommer of Washington would like to congratulate her on her recent graduation from Lynchburg College with highest honors in management. She also graduated with Cum Laude honors and was on the Dean’s List for the past two and half years. They wish you the best and they love you very much!


The Theatre new sign was hung by KC Bosch and painted by Tom Mullany. | Rappahannock News
The Theatre new sign was hung by KC Bosch and painted by Tom Mullany.

The Theatre at Washington building is replacing the old sign, which was sagging a bit, with a new one that reads the same (“Court Row Offices”). Tom Mullany painted it and KC Bosch put the sign up; KC is also replacing some of the old wood on the theatre and then they are going to give the whole thing a new coat of paint. Nancy Raines, the Theatre building’s new owner, hopes it will be a noticeable change.

Gid Brown homecoming

Don’t forget that Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church has its homecoming from 10 to 3 on Sunday (June 7). Pastor Don McCann from Kingsport, Tennessee, will be the guest speaker for the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. services. Lunch will be served at noon. There will be special singing and a nursery provided for each service. For more information, call 540-937-4944. Everyone is welcome.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner, Trinity Episcopal, the Methodist churches and Washington Baptist Church are getting ready for theirs from 9 to noon June 1-5 at Washington Baptist. The theme is “Mount Everest.” I can remember when I was smaller and attended the Bible school at the church. I always looked forward to the last day: We had hotdogs, chips and Kool-Aid outside and played games. That was many many moons ago. They were good memories.

Thought for the day

In life you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.

Have a wonderful week.


Roger Piantadosi
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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.