A surprise party

Photo by Emily Dodson
Bud Clatterbuck checking out his display of cards he received at his birthday party last Saturday at the “Party Barn”. His wife Louise looks on behind him. Photo by Emily Dodson

A birthday is a special time, a day you started your life’s journey, and one day a year our family and friends help us celebrate the special occasion. You could not have asked for a better day Saturday for the occasion of my brother-in-law Bud Clatterbuck’s 70th birthday party. His daughters Emily and Jennifer, along with their husbands Cliff and Jeff, gave him a party at Donald and Patty Sims’ barn. The Sims turned the barn into what they call the “The Party Barn” in Front Royal.

When Bud opened the door and saw everybody, his eyes got as big as saucers and the biggest smile formed on his face. He was so speechless, all he could do was wave. He had no idea that the party was going to be held, and was truly surprised to see everyone there. Around 40 people came, including family, friends and neighbors. His daughters did a fantastic job decorating and preparing food for the party.

Melvin Gochenour asked for the blessing of the food, then everybody was ready to eat. There was chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, green beans, and chips and dip. It was definitely delicious. After the food and fellowship, we sang “Happy Birthday,” and it was time to cut the cake and eat the scrumptious dessert. After the cake, Bud opened all of his cards, and received some nice gift certificates for restaurants, so that he and his wife could go out to eat.

Bud also lives in Front Royal, though he was born and raised in Washington, Virginia. He still comes around this way often to visit his mother, sister and brother.

His daughters Emily Dodson and Jennifer Grim want to thank everyone for coming to the celebration for their father, and making it such a memorable one.

Job well done, ladies! It was the perfect way to end the day and to say happy birthday to a wonderful man who everyone loves and adores so much.

Amazing Lady

Amo Merritt loves to crochet hats for people. She will crochet while sitting in the EFM (Education for Ministry) course at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington. I first noticed one of Amo’s creations when I spotted a friend of mine wearing one. I remarked how much I liked it, and she contacted Amo, who then made me two gorgeous hats that I wear often. Thank you Amo!

Not only is Amo busy crocheting, she is a wildlife rehabilitator, a member of the Vestry at Trinity, an employee of the Hampton Inn in Warrenton and a leader with the Girl Scouts in Rappahannock County. Needless, to say, she keeps very busy. As a side note, March 6 is Girl Scout Day at Trinity. If you attend, perhaps you will see many people wearing an Amo hat!

Dental health, camp registration at CCLC

This past Monday (Feb. 22) Dr. Tom Johnson  was at Child Care Learning & Center to present his annual dental health and cavity prevention program. “He is so wonderful with the children as he talks to them about taking good care of their teeth,” said CCLC Program Director Lisa Pendleton.

Dr. Tom uses his puppet and other fascinating dental props to inspire our children to think about their own dental health. This program encourages children to form early independent dental prevention skills. Anyone wanting to follow up with a visit to the dentist can reach him at the Fauquier Free Clinic in Warrenton at 540-223-4008.

On another note: CCLC has open registration for summer campers, infants through 12 years of age. This year they have partnered with Rappahannock 4-H Cooperative Extension to offer six combined camp field trips for the oldest campers. Parents need to contact CCLC soon to reserve their children’s place in camp because the camps for the oldest group are filling up fast. Brochures can be found in many community venues, as well as on their website: Rappcclc.com/summer-camp.

Reunion Plans

Spring is well on its way and it’s that time for people to make reunion plans. Missy Sutton is the coordinator for the James Pullen reunion. According to Missy: James Pullen’s entire family for six plus generations, have lived primarily in Rappahannock County (some have lived in Page, Warren, Orange, Culpeper, Madison, and Fauquier counties as well).

The Pullens originally settled in what is now Shenandoah National Park just west of Sperryville. They are involved in the grass-roots efforts with Blue Ridge Heritage Project to have a memorial built in Rappahannock to honor those who lived on park land and were forced to move.

The reunion is open to all Pullens and interested parties on Saturday, April 30, at 12 p.m. at the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, 10 Firehouse Lane. Please bring a dish of food and a beverage to share, as well as any family photos, history and bibles you’d like to share. For more information, contact Missy Sutton at missys150@ahoo.com or call 703-307-3630.

The reunion committee will be having its next meeting on March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock Library in Washington.

“Wednesday Night Ecumenical Lenten Services, A testimony to Love”

Jeff Light reports:

The spirit of Christian unity is shown  thriving in our county. Our long-standing tradition of Ecumenical Lenten Services began this past Wednesday night and was a testimony to the love, joy, and peace that is in Christ Jesus. Some 120 folks gathered for worship and fellowship and received warm hospitality, excellent music and song, reading from the Holy Bible, and sound  preaching from two area pastors.

Well-structured by our Rappahannock Ministerial Association, the services will be held each week at the facilities of the Washington Baptist Church, with other area congregations serving as dinner hosts musicians, readers, and preachers. This pattern will continue weekly through Wednesday, March 16, and serves as an opportunity for all to prepare for the Christian Holy Week of Easter: the willing sacrifice, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in love for the redemption and hope of all humankind. Offerings of non-perishable goods and financial gifts are invited for the Rappahannock County Food Pantry. For more information, please call 540-675-3336, 540-675-3716, or 540-987-9101.

The next service will be on March 2 at the Washington Baptist Church with Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church hosting. Music will be provided by the Washington Baptist Church and the community choir. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Maxine Crenshaw and Rev. Russ Savage.

A covered dish dinner will start at 6 p.m., and the worship service will take place in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Childcare is provided. Make plans to attend the service and invite a neighbor or friend to go with you. For more information, call the church at 540-675-3336.

Rare bargain books still available

According to Helen Williams:

Rare books are still on sale at the Book Barn! Some wonderful titles are: “A Defective Santa Claus” by James Whitcomb Riley c. 1904; “Our Little Men and Women,” beautiful illustrated stories of children, inscribed 1894; “Rabbit is Rich” by John Updike c. 1981; the first edition of “Spirit of St. Louis” by Charles Lindbergh, signed by the author!

We have many DVDs and audiobooks, including: “Death of a Salesman” starring Dustin Hoffman; “The Thomas Crown Affair” with Pierce Brosnan; and “What Dreams May Come” starring Robin Williams

We have large-print books, children’s books and a new section highlighting books for teens. We have special prices on many books by popular authors Tony Hillerman, John Grisham, Tom Clancy and Mary Higgins Clark. Drop by on Saturdays from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. to shop or to donate your own books. They are always glad to see you!

Birthday treat

Diana Moore was treated to a belated birthday dinner at the Foster Harris House, Washington, on Saturday, Feb. 20, by her husband, Chuck, daughter, Adrianne, and her husband Liam Garland. Diana said, “it was a wonderful dining experience in a lovely setting.”

Native American Settlement in Rappahannock County    

A reminder that this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. the Rappahannock Historical Society will host Dr. Carole Nash, associate professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at JMU, sharing her knowledge in a program called “At the Edge of the Endless Mountains” at the Town Hall, 485 Gay St., Washington. Contact the Historical Society at 540-657-1163 or rapphistsoc@comcast.net for more information.

Remember in prayer

In your daily prayers each day, please remember Shirley Webb. She has been under the weather for several weeks.

Have a wonderful week.