Washington column for Aug. 6

New face at Rapp News

The Rappahannock News has a new face working at the office, Patrice Indig, from Warrenton. She is our new advertising manager.

Patrice has worked in healthcare sales, marketing and management with specific expertise in promoting blood donation to the American Red Cross. Her experience also includes leading a team of account executives charged with increasing sales of magnetic resonance imaging and computed aided tomography services.

Feel free to stop in and meet her, or if you’re looking to place a display ad, give her a call at 703-973-5732 or call the office at 540-675-3338.

RAAC coloring book

According to the latest RAAC newsletter that I had received by email, they have printed the second edition of “Colors of Rappahannock and the Piedmont.” The coloring book contains 12 black-and-white drawings from some of our local artists.

Contributing artists were asked to close their eyes and think of Rappahannock County and what is the one thing that is near and dear to them. Answering the call in this year’s book are artists Geneva Welch, Patricia Brennan, Peter Kramer, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, Andrew Morgan, Thomas Mullany, Patricia Underwood, Ann Currie, Rick Myers, Nedra Smith, Barbara Heile and Margaret Rogers.

Kevin Adams woke up one morning with the idea.

“The coloring book is only one of many ways that RAAC has reached out, and asked the artists of Rappahannock to contribute back to the community! The gift of their work to the coloring book is a statement to their willingness to share their artistic ability with future artists. [Local hospitals] loved the thematic idea of the coloring book, and greatly appreciated that we were given these coloring books for free. I am proud to have been a part of this project,” said Kevin.

In addition to hospitals and pediatric practices in Warrenton, Culpeper and Front Royal, copies have been delivered to our county visitor center, library, Health Department, Food Pantry, Headwaters and Child Care and Learning Center.

There will be only a limited number of coloring books available for sale for $5 this fall at RAAC’s Second Friday at the Library Series and First Friday at the Movies. Guess what: Yes, if the demand is great, they may consider another printing!

Interim rector

The Rev. William “Bill” Queen, Jr. has become the interim rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington. He and his wife, Lynn Ellen, were previously at All Saints in Richmond, and they will be at Trinity for one year. Trinity has an up to date website and Bill’s sermons can be found at this link: trinwash.org/Worship/SERMONS/. Trinity’s website also has other information about the church, as well as a new page on its annual floral art and house tour. For more information about Trinity, visit  trinwash.org.

Revival services

Gid Brown Bible Church, Washington, is having its fall revival Sept. 13 through Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m each night. The guest speaker will be Evangelist Dale Vance from West Virginia. There will be special singing and a nursery will be provided each night. After the morning service on Sunday, Sept. 13, lunch will be provided. The Sunday night service will start at 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-937-4944. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Staff members from Congressman Robert Hurt’s office will hold local hours from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 7, in the Jamieson Room at the Rappahannock County Library. For more information, visit hurt.house.gov.

No early coffee anymore

On a sad note, Tula’s no longer is open for early coffee. As I was coming out of the office on Monday morning (Aug. 3), there was a nice lady who said that she had gone up to Tula’s to get her coffee and that they were not open. I could tell that she really will miss getting her coffee early in the morning. So I had to look into the situation a little more. Sure enough, a note on the door confirmed that the restaurant would not be open in the early mornings.

School start

Well, summer is almost over for the kids and school will be starting next Tuesday, Aug. 11. Those big yellow buses will be rolling down the highway. Please be cautious and watch out for them. Don’t follow them too closely. Moms, you will be able to have some time alone to enjoy your morning coffee.

Have a good week and stay cool.