Washington column for Oct. 5

Haiti and Haitian art

Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan, right, and his wife Beverly hosted an event in their Haitian art-filled home to raise awareness for Voices & Actions for Haiti, a group that helps develop self-sustaining agricultural enterprises in the impoverished country. By Dennis Brack/Rappahannock News

One doesn’t normally associate Rappahannock and Haiti, but last Friday night (Sept. 29), more than 75 people attended a gathering at Beverly and John Sullivan’s in Washington to learn more about Haiti and Haitian art. The event, held in conjunction with Trinity Episcopal Church, featured James Duracin from Haiti who manages a self-help economic development program there. Trinity is a significant supporter of the program as part of its outreach efforts.

Trinity’s Russ Collins spoke about the church’s efforts in Haiti. Also speaking was renowned Haitian art expert Toni Monnin, who talked about the country and its artists in the lovely setting of the Sullivans’ art-filled home. Rappahannock’s own John Burns also offered observations based on his many years of living and working in Haiti. A good conversation followed the talks.

James Duracin of Voices & Actions for Haiti, a group that helps develop self-sustaining agricultural enterprises in the impoverished country, talks to about 75 people who gathered last Friday at the Haitian art-filled home of Washington Mayor John Fox Sullivan and his wife Beverly. By Dennis Brack/Rappahannock News

Not your typical night in Rappahannock, said John Sullivan, but an educational and fun night for sure.

11th Annual Cause for Paws Raffle

RappCats is kicking off its annual Cause for Paws Raffle to Spay & Neuter Cats. The prize is a romantic package for two, including dinner at The Inn at Little Washington and a one-night stay at the luxurious White Moose Inn.

Tickets are still just $5 or (or five for $20), and all proceeds will be used to spay/neuter Rappahannock County cats. RappCats uses the funds mainly for homeless cats, after which they are re-homed. Also, funds are used to spay/neuter the pet cats of local families who cannot afford to do so.

Tickets will be on sale through Nov. 10, when RappCats will draw the winning ticket. You do not need to be present to win. RappCats also sells the tickets online at rappcats.org, via PayPa, and they’re also available at the RappCats Adoption Center and from RappCats volunteers.​

Michelle and Gary Schwartz, formerly of Heritage House B&B, created the Cause for Paws raffle in 2006 in memory of Toby, their rescued pet cat and guest favorite, who was hit by a car on Main Street. The Schwartzes decided to turn their sad experience into a positive by creating the raffle. It has meant a lot for Michelle and Gary to help other cats with the raffle.​

RappCats is a nonprofit group that depends on volunteers and private donations. RappCats has the only state-approved cat shelter in Rappahannock County. It is not associated with the county government and receives no public funds. For more information, call RappCats at 540-987-6050 or email rappcats@rappcats.org.

Congratulations to Miller and Weaver

Congratulations go out Communications Office Vickie Miller and Communications Officer Jasmine Weaver for completing the 1st Communications Basic Academy Class held at Skyline Middletown Va. Vicke and Jasmine completed the 80 hours course on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

According to Gary Aichele, the Rappahannock Clergy Association’s Teacher Appreciation Luncheon was held last week (Sept. 27) in the Rappahannock County Elementary School cafeteria. The lunch was the RCA’s way of appreciating the teachers and staff of Rappahannock schools for doing such a great job of educating and caring for our students.

Rappahannock Clergy Association’s Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, was held last Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Rappahannock County Elementary School cafeteria. The luncheon was the RCA’s way of saying “thank you” to the teachers and staff of the Rappahannock Schools for doing such a great job. Photo by Wendy Aichele

Some 75 teachers and staff attended, as well as a dozen or so members of the RCA and several members of local churches who came to help set up the buffet lunch and clean up afterwards. The RCA hopes members of the community will continue to keep our schools — teachers, students, staff and their families — in their prayers in the days and months ahead.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Skip Giles, Bill Scoggin and Mike Massie of Washington; they all celebrated their special day on Wednesday (Oct. 4). Also, happy birthday to my brother, Ray Burke, on Sunday, Oct. 9, and to Chris Keyser on Oct. 11, Jonathan Moore on Oct. 15 and to Mayor John Sullivan, whose special day is Thursday, Oct. 19. Birthday wishes also to Ruthie Windsor-Mann and John Clark (Oct. 24).

Anniversary wishes

Congratulations to Rick and Kaye Kohler, who will celebrate their day Oct. 15; to Kim and Bruce Nelson, whose anniversary is Oct. 18; and to a couple very dear to me, Doug and Margaret Baumgardner, who celebrate theirs on Oct. 29.

Lets remember Ellen Mustoe in our daily prayers each day. Ellen is under the weather, she in the Fairfax Hospital. Ellen is always on the go every day helping others in need. Also Laura Jenkins from Washington has been under the weather. I wish you both a speedy recover and be back home soon.

Have a wonderful day!