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Washington column for May 7

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National Day of Prayer National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders. It is held on the first Thursday of May each year. Let’s remember to join people from all over the country who will gather to pray from...
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Washington column for April 30

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Rappahannock Relay For Life The Rappahannock Relay For Life will be at Rappahannock County Elementary School on Saturday, May 9. You can get a jump on the Relay For Life this weekend — on Saturday (May 2), there will be a “Boot Drive” they are calling Can Crush Cancer. All the teams will be...
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Washington column for April 23

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April 23
From left: Aleta Gadino, Linda Wright, Elliott Perny, Anne Robertson, Cooper Wright, Sally Perny and Bill Gadino tour Nadalie, a modern French oak barrel factory near Bordeaux, France.

Piedmont travelers in Bordeaux Rappahannock County — northern Virginia, really — was well represented this month on a Viking River Cruise of Bordeaux and the Rivers of the Aquitaine. The occasion: Winemaker Bill Gadino’s latest “Birthday with a Zero” (someone claimed it was 70; can that be?). The travelers included Bill and Aleta Gadino...
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Washington column for April 16

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April 16

Dr. Jeffries’ tradition lives on Dr. Mervyn Jeffries of Washington passed away at age 85 in December, but his spring tradition continues. For his family and friends, the third week of April had become Jeffries holiday — as it’s when the Fodderstack 10K race took place. Dr. Jeffries would run the hilly hard course...
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Washington column for April 9

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Easter weekend “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Lisa Beamer. With Easter behind us and hopefully everyone feeling renewed, we can move on into spring, which is finally here. The best indication of its arrival was Easter weekend —...
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Washington column for April 2

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April 2

Easter traditions . . . The Easter holiday is upon us. Amissville United Methodist Church members have already placed their well-known silhouettes along U.S. 211 in Amissville to illustrate the events leading up to to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. An Easter gathering is something that almost every family looks forward to, a time...
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Washington column for March 26

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March 26
Behind the Free Clinic’s new sign on the health department building are (from left) clinic volunteers Brion Patterson, Tod Morgan, Sherry Pace, Scott Schlosser, Sallie Morgan, Barbara Dennis and Mary Jane Cappello.

The Free Clinic’s new sign A sign for the Rappahannock Free Clinic was installed by Scott Schlosser on the county health department building last week. Schlosser is a career and technology teacher at Rappahannock County High School, where he and his students manufactured the sign. Advanced art students in Joy Sours’ class did the...
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Washington column for March 19

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March 19

Ah, springtime! What beautiful weather we had on Sunday. The birds were chirping. They were as happy as I was for the warm weather. This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures and the rebirth of flora and fauna. Spring officially begins tomorrow (Friday, March 20). I encourage you to welcome spring by taking time...
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Washington column for March 5

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March 5

Waiting for spring Looks like the month of March is coming in like a lion. Let’s hope that by the month’s end, it will go out like a lamb. Here I thought spring was just around the corner for us, warm temperatures and the days getting some length to them. I am ready to...
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Washington column for Feb. 26

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Feb. 26
RCHS seniors Dale Jenkins, left, and Katelyn Kestner get a glimpse at real-life financial decision-making from volunteers at the high school’s “Reality Store” exercise.

Mother Nature . . . I hope that everyone survived the snow storm that Mother Nature dumped on us last Saturday (Feb. 21). Then on Sunday, she gave us a warm day to shovel the sidewalks and paths. I am counting the days till spring arrives and hear the birds chirping. This month has...
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Washington column for Feb. 19

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Feb. 19

Planets viewing I hoped that everyone had a nice Valentine Day and survived the cold weather on Sunday. This was a weekend for homemade soup, curled up by the fireplace with a good book to read. Beside the cold weather, this is a great month for planets viewing! We can watch Venus, Mars and...
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Washington column for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12
From left, Louise Eastham, Rev. Jennings Hobson, Betty Buntin, Ruth Baumgardner and Lois Snead gathered Sunday afternoon to reminisce about life at Trinity Episcopal Church during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.

Trinity’s Forum What gorgeous weather we had on Sunday, I hoped that everyone got out and about and took advantage of it. People were out walking their dogs, jogging enjoying the beautiful weather. Just maybe spring is just around the corner for us. Members of Trinity church came out on Sunday afternoon for a...
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Washington column for Feb. 5

Washington column for Feb. 5

Mail carrier to the rescue Rural carrier Chasiti Foster of Flint Hill was delivering mail at the home of Oscar Dodson in Sperryville, Tuesday, Jan. 20,  when she found him on the floor suffering from a hip injury. He had fallen 20 minutes before Foster arrived and was unable to call for assistance. As she...
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Washington column for Jan. 29

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Jan. 29

Girl Scout Cookie time Yes, it’s cookie time from Jan. 1 to March 31, Everybody loves Girl Scout Cookies, but keep in mind that the sales also help do great things. Girl Scouts in our local communities will become young business entrepreneurs as they learn goal-setting, marketing skills and money management. This year, in...
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Washington column for Jan. 22

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Jan. 22
At Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, essayists Jane Humphreys of Culpeper County High School (left) and James Hensley of Belle Meade School (right) pose with  guest speaker Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater (second from left) and Dr. Pamela Simpkin of Macedonia Baptist, Flint Hill, the event’s emcee.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, a raffle and dedicated volunteers to support the Rappahannock Free Clinic and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Jan. 15

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Jan. 15
Olivia Grace enjoys her tie-dye birthday cake at her party on Saturday.

Books on sale The Book Barn next to the Rappahannock Library has its history books on half-price sale this month and next — local, national and international subjects, pictorial histories and more. Prices are $1.50 for hardback history books, and 50 cents for softcovers. Other books with special prices will be half price as...
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Washington column for Jan. 8

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee invites the community to the 24th annual celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in Rappahannock County at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Theatre at Washington. The speaker will be retired U.S. ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, who has served under...
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Washington Column for Jan. 1

Mae Racer, of Washington, celebrated her 70th birthday Sunday at the Washington fire hall with family and friends.

New Year’s resolutions to battle the bulge, a surprise birthday party and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Dec. 18

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A new gift and antique shop opens, Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa and more, in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Dec. 11

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Dec. 11, 2014

Beautiful but chilly weather, colorful parade participants and other festivities make Christmas in Washington a success, local churches plan Christmas services, CFC offers lots of gift options, and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Dec. 4

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Dec. 4, 2014
William Griffis of Washington installs one of a whole set of new street signs in town last week, a job both he and Jerry Goebel, the town’s treasurer, took on. The wooden  signs were made by Scott Schlosser’s students at Rappahannock County High School.

Little Washington’s holiday festivities kick off this week with Christmas in Little Washington and continue throughout this month; read about this and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington Column for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27, 2014

A time of remembering and giving thanks, birthday wishes to Lois McFarland, Donna LaPre’s annual Christmas studio sale and the Town of Washington’s Christmas party, in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 20 [a]

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Nov. 20, 2014
Rappahannock Food Pantry manager Mimi Forbes accepts a $3,500 sponsorship check for the pantry from Mike Leake, regional president of Union First Market Bank, while behind them bank employees (from left) Sherry Cillo, Karen Williams, Stephanie Wharton, Pat Grigsby, Sarah Morgan, Kelly Settle, Toby Waterbury and Anita Raiford look on.

Opportunities to show the holiday spirit at the Food Pantry, a house fire, a sale at the Book Barn and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 13

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Nov. 13, 2014
New flags were raised high last Sunday at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.

A gift of flags, Trinity's Sing-a-Long, a Christmas parade preview, a seasonal concert at Washington Baptist and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 6

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Nov. 6, 2014

Kids and their families enjoy Halloween festivities, WVFR holds Texas Hold ’em poker tournament and breakfast buffet, garden club holds greenery sale, and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 30

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Oct. 30, 2014
Sharron Proper shows off the Pennsylvania-sent balloons she found on Bessie Grigsby’s property.

RCES staff raises money for breast cancer awareness, Sharron Proper finds a red balloon set loose to kick off an antibullying effort in Indiana, Washington readies festivities for Halloween, time to reset clocks as daylight savings ends and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 23

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Oct. 23, 2014
A nice crowd at the Trinity Evensong, ending the busy past weekend in Washington.

A trip to Italy, a weekend of color and visitors thanks to Trinity, WVFR’s ham and oyster dinner and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 16

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Oct. 16, 2014
Kevin Adams (right) and Jay Brown, partners for the last 16 years, tied the knot last Sunday (Oct. 12).

Longtime partners Kevin Adams and Jay Brown tie the knot, Trinity hosts its 58th annual House Tour, the Bland Music Contest returns, the Garden Club’s holiday greenery is on sale, the library hosts a spooky storytime and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 2

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Oct. 2, 2014
Alan James (center) provided a classic cheese course (along with other chefs) at Mosaic District in Fairfax.

Hike to the Beahm cemetery, enjoy the WVFR’s ham and oyster buffet dinner, join a French conversation, celebrate Washington Baptist’s homecoming, join Trinity’s Evensong worship hour and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 25

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Sept. 25, 2014
Local trio Mandalele donated their time (and music) last Sunday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church, to raise money for Trouin, Haiti.

RappCats kicks off its annual “Cause for Paws” raffle this weekend, Aging Together begins a six-week workshop, Trinity holds a blessing of the animals, Mandalele’s music benefits Haiti and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 18

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Sept. 18, 2014
Paige County treasurer Penny Gray (left) presents a plaque, on behalf of the Virginia Treasurer’s Association, to former Rappahannock treasurer Frances Foster outside the county courthouse Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 9). The plaque commemorates Foster’s 52 years of service and recent retirement.

A Harris Hollow couple celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, the Lions Club sells apple butter at the Quicke Mart, Mandalele performs a Haiti benefit concert, Washington Baptist founds a clergy association and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 11

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Sept. 11, 2014
The 12 graduates of the Professional School of St. Marc accept their diplomas while wearing self-made suits and gowns.

Russ Collins journeys to (and returns from) watching 12 students graduate in Haiti, Tula’s is starting a ping pong club, the 59th annual house tour begins in a few weeks and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 4

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Sept. 4, 2014
The ladies pose after crossing the finish line (from left): Tina Dove, Connie Wiley, Beth Penner, Tammy martin, Alexis Williams, Melissa Werth, Denise Mishalow, Brenda Harrington and Becky Simpson.

The Hooter Honeys get muddy for cancer awareness, Trinity’s newly elected Vestry prepares for Jenks’ departure, the Lions Club begins its annual apple butter sale, photographer Jackie Labovitz displays at the fire hall and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 28

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Aug. 28, 2014

Mourning the passing of one of Rappahannock's favorite sons, F. Preston Pulliam, and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 21

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Aug. 21, 2014
The “Lake Ladies,” (from left) Donna Foster, Lois Welch, Shirley Jones and Pat Davis, pose with their party hats and shirts.

The final sesquicentennial Civil War celebration begins in September, Washington’s mayor hosts a high-tech global wedding, Old Hollow offers fresh sweet corn, Pat Davis hosts the first annual “Lake Ladies” gathering and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 14

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Aug. 14, 2014
Sean Knick kept himself busy in Bolivia laying bricks for the latrines.

Sean Knick journeys to Bolivia as part of VMI’s Engineers Without Borders, Trinity’s church picnic is open to the public, the county’s French Club invites you to stop by and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 7

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Aug. 7, 2014
Family and friends gathered for the memorial service for Herbert Wayne Jenkins last Saturday (Aug. 2) at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.

Tula’s off Main is the new place to be in (this) Washington, the RCSO cracks down on speeders and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for July 31

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July 31, 2014
Jerry Burke retired on Friday (July 25) after 14 years of service.

Jerry Burke retires (and moves to South Carolina) after 14 years at Flatwood, the Book Barn’s August sale begins and Gadino hosts a fundraiser for RLEP in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for July 24

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July 24, 2014
Rose Ann Smythe, seen here with her husband Jon, is retiring from CCLC after more than 25 years.

Rose Ann Smythe retires as CCLC’s executive director after 25 years, the Inn wins a Grand Award from Wine Spectator and it’s officially berry season in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for July 17

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July 17, 2014
Doug Baumgardner in his office in 2010.

Doug Baumgardener’s office closes its doors, area churches sponsor a community picnic, ORMN hold a butterfly count, Trinity offers a Food Pantry drop-off box, WVFR holds its monthly buffet breakfast and more in this week’s Washington column.
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