Washington column for Aug. 27

A new chapter

Chuck and Diane Moore
Chuck and Diane Moore Courtesy photo
Retirement is a time to enjoy all the things you never could as a part of the working world. For some, it may be a closing of sorts, and for others, a new chapter in life. For Diane DeBergh Moore, it is a new chapter. She will retire on Tuesday (Sept. 1) after 37 years as an adult probation and parole officer.

Diane followed in her father’s footsteps to pursue a career in the human services field, namely probation and parole. She began her career May 1, 1978, working in Warren County as a probation officer. She then was transferred to an office that covered the areas of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties in 1992.

Those who work in the field of probation and parole assist individuals who have been involved in the legal system to help rehabilitate the individual while always being cognizant of the need for public safety. They are often seen as “agents of change” whose role it is to assist their charges in identifying the factors that create the barriers to pro-social behavior. The factors include addressing family relations, negative peer influence, substance abuse, low self-worth and negative attitudes.

Diane says that, during her career, “working with the locales, court personnel, law enforcement, attorneys, social services and treatment providers has always been an encouraging experience and has rendered favorable results for many of those on supervision.” She also says, “This job has left me with mostly fond memories and has been rewarding in that there have been far more success stories than failures. I have been privileged to work with many good co-workers, which has led to long lasting friendships.”

Diane and her husband, Chuck, live in Harris Hollow. They have been blessed with a beautiful daughter, Adrianne, who lives in Arlington with her husband.

In retirement, Diane plans to travel more. She especially wants to have a cross-country venture to visit the national parks. She also would like to do more gardening and spend more time with her friends and family.

I wish you the very best, Diane.

Washington Baptist special service

A very special worship service will take place this Sunday, Aug. 30, at Washington Baptist Church at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary.  Rappahannock resident Judy Reidinger has been composing original sacred music for more than 40 years. Like the Psalms in scripture, her music reflects significant life experiences along the way and celebrates themes of “peace and healing,” “unity in the midst of diversity” and “God’s presence with us.”

The service at Washington Baptist will include scripture readings, prayers and other special music — including music for piano and violin provided by WBC minister of music, Wendy Aichele, and Angela Snyder from St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Among other highlights of the service are three original congregational hymns, and a choral anthem accompanied by violin — all composed by Reidinger.

Following the service, congregants and guests will have an opportunity to greet Reidinger at a reception in the Fellowship Hall that will include light refreshments. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this very special Sunday worship service.

Yard sale

Don’t forget the Dog Days of Summer Yard Sale that the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee is holding on Saturday, Sept. 5, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Washington fire hall. They need donations of items to sell, such as art work, books, collectibles, costume jewelry, DVDs and CDs, electronics (but no computers and analog TVs, please), fabrics, furniture (except overstuffed chairs and sofas), holiday items, kitchen ware, lamps, linens, pet equipment, picture frames, pottery and glassware, small appliances (nothing larger than a breadbox), sports equipment, tools and hardware, toys and other items — in good condition please!

They will not be accepting clothing for the yard sale, but clothing may be donated at any time to the Thrift Shop on the fire hall grounds. To donate items, please deliver them to the fire hall on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 3 and 4. If you cannot bring the items yourself, call Jan Makela (540-454-0547) or Jim Blubaugh (540-675-2001) to arrange for pick up.


Condolences go out to the family of Randolph Clater of Sperryville. Randolph passed away on Monday morning (Aug. 24) at the Fauquier Hospital, Warrenton.

Randolph started his store career as a young man working for Jimmy and Myrtle Falls, who owned the store then. He and Wilson Burke then brought the store together around the 1960s and then sold it in the early 1980s. Randolph and his wife, Dorothy, became sole owners of the store in the mid-1980s and owned and operated it along with their daughter, Pam, until 2000, when the Thompson family bought the store. After the store was sold, Randolph still stayed on and worked the meat counter, grinding the hamburger fresh every day until March 2015, when he had to quit because of illness.

I got to know Randolph when I would drop the papers off every Thursday morning. He was a man that always had a smile and something good to say about our county.

He often talked about his granddaughter, Brooklynn Jenkins, which he loved so deeply.

I often hear the saying from people that Rappahannock County is one of a kind, I have to say that Randolph Clater is one of a kind that really appreciated his heritage and his family and friends.

Randolph, you will be truly missed by everyone that knew you.

The funeral is 3 p.m. Friday (Aug. 28) at Reynolds Baptist Church, Sperryville, with burial to follow at the Sperryville Cemetery. Visitation is on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at Clore-English Funeral Home in Culpeper.

Have a wonderful week.