Washington column for Jan. 7

New Year

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. I know I sure did. I celebrated with my children, and their children. Watching their eyes light up in growing anticipation as they opened their gifts was my biggest joy. There was wrapping paper everywhere from the presents they opened. Cleaning that up was a lot of fun.

Fast forward to a week later, and we were ringing in 2016 together. We all tried to stay up and watch the ball drop, but some of us didn’t quite make it that far. Nevertheless, it was fun just trying. And as we flip our calendars from 2015 to 2016, there is considerable optimism that things will get better in the coming new year.

Birthday wishes

Belated birthday wishes go out to Mae Racer of Washington. She celebrated her special day on New Year’s Eve. That’s quite exciting.

Beverly Exline will be celebrating her birthday on Jan. 12. For everybody who knows Beverly, she is one lady who is always on the go. From taking her grandmother to the doctor, getting groceries, and taking her granddaughter to her events, she always has somewhere to be. Beverly also works at the Inn at Little Washington and has two days off a week. Can we say busy bee? She is a wonderful person with the biggest heart, and I’m proud to call her family.

I also have two grandchildren who will be celebrating their birthdays in January. Olivia Clatterbuck will be turning two on Jan. 10, and Lukas Clatterbuck will be turning four on Jan. 26. I swear time flies. It seems like yesterday my own kids were that small and running around. Now, my kids have kids who are running around and bringing joy to their parents.

Hey ladies, be sure to check out those sales that are going on everywhere. You can get some nice deals for Christmas in 2016.

Christmas tree burning

The fourth-annual Rappahannock Christmas tree burning will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16, on the Avon Hall property between the pond and John McCarthy’s office, starting around sunset (about 5:30 p.m.)

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will provide support, plus hot dogs, coffee and cocoa. Fire master Hunt Harris is overseeing the event. Bring your trees, wreaths and garlands and such, but please, no wire. Deliver now up to next Saturday.

WVFR breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be having a FREE All You Can Eat Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 16, to show its appreciation for all the continued support shown to WVFR by the community. Stop by and enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, sausage gravy, hash browns, biscuits, fried apples, coffeeand orange juice, prepared by your local fire and rescue volunteers. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the station. For more information, call 540-675-3615 and speak with one of their volunteers.

Happy New Year and let it be one of the greatest yet!