Washington column for Oct. 8

Buzzing weekend

Rappahannock County will be buzzing this Saturday (Oct. 10). The Rappahannock Senior Center is having its bake sale fundraiser from 9 to noon at 211 Quicke Mart. Stop by and check out the goodies and support the seniors while tickling your taste buds with the best baking around. There will be pies, cakes, cookies and lots of other homemade delicacies. For more information, contact Darcy Canton at 540-987-3638.

The cool weather tells me it is also chile — and oyster — time. The Lions annual ChiliFest fundraiser out to Sperryville fire hall is Saturday at 4 p.m. (see the Events column on page 3 for more details). After you’ve had enough chile, head on to Washington for the ham and oyster dinner at the WVFR fire hall; it’s all-you-can-eat from 4 to 8 p.m., prepared by fire and rescue volunteers. The cost ($25, or $12 for ages 4 to 10) might seem little high to some, but remember oysters are not cheap and you’ll be helping a good cause for our community. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Here today . . .

A Quality Tree Service crew takes down an old elm tree next to R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery on Monday.
A Quality Tree Service crew takes down an old elm tree next to R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery on Monday.

Across Main Street from the Rappahannock News offices stood a tall old elm tree, providing many years of shade until, this past week, its time had come. On Monday, Robert and Joanie Ballard had Quality Tree Service owner Wayne Woodward and his crew come to cut it down. They started about 8:30 a.m. and were finished about four and half hours later.

Woodward and his crew did a fantastic job! After the tree came down, the whole crew, Wayne included, pitched in to clean up all the limbs and debris. I even saw one of the crew on top of the roof cleaning out the gutters.

Wayne told me that he has been in the tree service for about 30 years. He followed in his father’s footsteps, he said, and he has loved what he is doing, and his heart was clearly in Rappahannock County as well. To Wayne it just isn’t about putting a high price tag on the jobs he does. As long as he has enough to pay his bills, he said, he is happy. He said, “God has really blessed me over the years.”

If anyone is looking for a job to be done — trimming, topping, cutting trees, storm damage service, clearing — give Wayne a call at 540-675-3773. He and his crew will do the job.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official U.S. federal holiday that is observed annually on Nov. 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans,

For all of you veterans in the county, the Rappahannock News will feature “Salute to Our Veterans” each month. If you know of a veteran program or event that you’d like to see listed, let us know. We would like to feature up to four veterans each month.

If you are a veteran or know of one, please send photo, name, branch of service, rank, years of service and highlights to our advertising manager, Patrice Indig. She can be reached at patrice@rappnews.com or 703-973-5732. We are also looking for ad sponsors for the page as well.

Book Barn

The Book Barn, next door to the Rappahannock Library, is offering a special book sale in conjunction with the 59th Annual House Tour & Floral Art Sale Oct. 17-18. Books on sale include Virginia History, Country Decorating, Williamsburg, Virginia Plantation Homes, Country Chic and many more. Come by any Saturday from 9 to 3 to browse through the wonderful selections.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Mike Massie, who celebrated his day on Oct. 4. Happy birthday also to Susan Parrish, who will celebrate hers on Oct. 16; to Mae Smoot, who celebrates her special day on Oct. 18; and to Mayor John Sullivan, whose special day is Oct. 19. Happy birthday also to a special and dear friend of mine, Ruthie Windsor-Mann, who celebrates Oct. 24, and who contributes to my column often. Last, but certainly not least, happy birthday to dear lady Mitzie Young, who celebrates on Oct. 29.

Anniversary wishes go out to Rick and Kaye Kohler, who will celebrate their anniversary on Oct. 15; and to Kim and Bruce Nelson, whose anniversary is Oct. 18. Anniversary wishes also go out to couple very dear to me — Doug and Margaret Baumgardner, who will celebrate their special day on Oct. 29.

Spooky story time

The Rappahannock County Library is having a Halloween storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Children can wear costumes for the story time, which also features songs and spooky crafts. For more information, call the library at 540-675-3780.

Enjoy the cool weather!