Washington column for Nov. 9


The Washington Fire and Rescue Department recently visited the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC) to allow the children explore their emergency vehicles and try on the firefighter suits. All the children and teachers enjoyed the visit. CCLC would like to give a huge thank you to the volunteer squad.

This activity complements the preschool fire safety curriculum that Ms. Amy has been teaching this month.

“It was an excellent extension of our fire safety unit,” she said. “Sparky the fire dog has taught us that in an event of an emergency dial 911, always get low where there is smoke, have an emergency escape plan, replace your batteries in your smoke detectors, and STOP, DROP and ROLL if your clothes catch on fire.”

Washington Fire and Rescue Department spoke to the children about fire safety at the Child Care Learning Center. Photo by Amy Ruble

Assistant Chief Bobby Smoot talked to the children and the children exuberantly spoke about the things they were learning about fire safety.

The children and teachers said thank you as they were leaving, but CCLC wanted to take the time for a formal thank you to each fire and rescue personnel to let everybody know what wonderful volunteers we have to take care of us. So thank you, Bobby, Kay, Nick, Frank, and Lisa for coming out to CCLC.

“Always support your volunteer fire/rescue departments; You never know when you might need them,” said CCLC program director Lisa Pendleton.

Coffee with Rapp

Care for some coffee with Nevill Turner tomorrow morning, Friday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 at the Rapp at Home Office in Washington?

The chutney guru and local entrepreneur will entertain guests with his stories, including life in England during WWII.

Need a ride? Email Lindsay@rappathome.org

Dear friend gone

As I type this article, I am in the wake of tragedy — the loss of a great friend. The community is saddened by the death of a dear friend, Ellen Mustoe, who passed away on Saturday, Nov. 4.

I cannot find the words to describe Ellen. She has done so much for the people in the community. She was the person who would always put others first.

Ellen was dedicated to serving the Lord and putting him first in her life. She was ordained in a service at the Washington Baptist Church back in February and took part in her first communion service as an ordained pastor the following Sunday.

Ellen’s friends from Kairos prison ministry joined them to recognize their colleague’s years of devoted service as a lay prison chaplain and to support Ellen with their presence, prayers, music, and participation in the service of the ordination. The Rev. Karen Powell from Kairos preached the ordination sermon.

Gary and Wendy Aichele met Ellen when they moved to town and began attending Washington Baptist Church, and as a consequence, their friendship was brief compared to many in the congregation and county who knew Ellen far longer. Here’s a note from Gary:

It would seem presumptuous for me to try to describe Ellen when so many others knew her better. That being said, we admired and was inspired by the depth and sincerity of Ellen’s faith, and her dedication and commitment to the service of others. She will be missed.

Ellen traveled with others to the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation every year. The mission has been going on for about 20 years, and Ellen has participated for 16 years. What a great blessing she was to those Sioux Indian.

Ellen you may be gone from our sight, but you will never be gone from our hearts. Ellen, you will be missed by me and everyone who knew you, my friend.

My sympathy is extended to her family.


Belated birthday wishes go out to a very special person, Elizabeth (Betty) Buntin. She celebrated her special day on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Birthday wishes go out to sweet young lady, Parker Critzer, who will celebrate her day on Nov. 14, also wishes to a dear friend of mine, Ruth Baumgardner, who is having her special day on Nov. 17, and my sister Judy Alther, who will be celebrating her special day on Saturday, Nov. 18.