Washington column for Jan. 21


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Rappahannock Free Clinic raffled off dinner for two at The Inn on Friday, Jan. 8. At the drawing: Barbara Dennis, Brion Patterson, Mary Jane Cappello, Anne Lavigne, Tom List and Cecile Scott. Courtesy photo

Free Clinic raffle

We have news from the Rappahannock Free Clinic:

The Rappahannock Free Clinic raffled off a dream-come-true dinner for two, donated by The Inn at Little Washington. Free Clinic volunteers, staff and clients thank The Inn for its support. On Friday, Jan. 8, Free Clinic Volunteer Coordinator Anne Lavigne pulled the winning ticket from the bowl held by Inn General Manager Tom List. The lucky winner was Jo Levine, a long-time resident of Washington, D.C., who also lives part-time in Sperryville. She recently returned to the serious pursuit of photography after a successful legal career, and takes many of her photographs in the county, where she is a member of the Middle Street Gallery.

The Rappahannock Free Clinic raffle took in a total of $2,567 and sold 296 tickets. These proceeds go directly toward helping those most at need for our services. Clinic sessions are held two evenings a month in the Health Department building in Washington, but the Clinic is not part of the state supported agency.  The clinic is staffed by local doctors and nurses who donate their time after completing work at their regular practices. These volunteer medical professionals include Dr. Frank Brosgol, Dr. Jerry Martin, Dr. Brook Miller and FNP nurse Anne Miller, and Dr. Daily, as well as volunteer nurses Jennifer Matthews and Joanne Tepper. Office support is provided by volunteer citizens, who register the clients and help document eligibility. The clinic main office in Warrenton is also available and is open more days and for longer hours.

Snow on its way

We got our first snow of the season this past Sunday (Jan. 17). It was pretty while it was coming down, though I was glad when it finally stopped. But I bet there were kids that weren’t too happy to see it stop. Maybe their luck will change this weekend. The forecast for this Friday is calling for bitter cold temperatures with snow of varying amounts on into Saturday. I am going to keep on thinking that spring is just around the corner.

Pantry recaps 2015

On a warmer note: As 2015 came to a close, the community supported Rappahannock Food Pantry wrapped up six and half years of helping feed county residents in need. While cash contributions to the Pantry were down in 2015, it was sustained by a dedicated group of volunteers and an increase in food donations. Last year saw an increase in demand for The BackPack program which provides weekend meals to school-aged children who qualify under the free lunch program. It continues to be one of the Pantry’s most vital programs, said volunteer Lindsay Sonnett.

Kathy Egger, the Pantry’s treasurer, reports: Cash contributions to the Pantry were about $6,000 less in 2015 than in 2014. The Pantry received about 112,000 pounds of donated food and other items (like pet food and children’s items). This is an increase of about 20,000 pounds from the amount received in 2014.  Wegmans, Food Lion, Trader Joes, Panera Bread, Catholic Charities, local produce growers, churches and other groups and individuals donate food to the Pantry.

Let’s hope that 2016 will be a better year for the Food Pantry.

Mark your calendar

Local churches will sponsor the Ecumenical Lenten dinners and services at Washington Baptist Church  on the five Wednesday evenings during Lent beginning Feb. 17. Dinners begin in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. and worship follows in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. Make sure to mark your calendars for these important date, and watch the paper for more updates.

WBC news

The Washington Baptist Church also installed two new deacons during worship service last Sunday (Jan. 17). C. E. Dodson from Sperryville and Gary Aichele of Washington. They replace Carol Beard and Dave Compton on the Board of Deacons who were recognized during worship for their service to the church, and join Mary Bailey, Aney Massie, Sam Snead and Kenny Vaughn.

On a more personal note, Gary and Wendy Aichele are pleased that all the work on their new roof and chimney has been completed before the really bitter cold weather set in, and they are enjoying the more relaxed pace of their “off season” as they look forward to the arrival of an early spring.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Caleb Alther, who will be celebrating his second birthday on Friday, Jan. 22. Happy birthday, Caleb! Linda Clark of Washington will celebrate her special day on Thursday, Jan. 28.