Jewel Recognition Award to David Clanagan

There is nothing more gratifying than recognition from your peers and colleagues for a job well done. A day of recognition came last Thursday for David Clanagan of Washington, who was presented with the Jewel Recognition Award in Richmond.


David Clanagan center received The Jewel Recognition Awards on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Science Museum of Virginia Dewey Gottwald Center in Richmond. Left: Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax and Governor Ralph Northam standing with him.

David and Linda, his wife, were special guests at the awards luncheon held at the Science Museum of Virginia, where the keynote address was delivered by Governor Ralph Northam, with additional remarks by Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax 

The Jewel Recognition Awards honor the commitment and dedication of state employees who have served the Commonwealth of Virginia for 40 years of more. David has worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation for 47 years.

David received a nice letter and certificate from Northam, with a beautiful blue enamel medal.

He started working for VDOT in 1972 as a flagman and picking up trash, but “building roads was my passion,” said David. When he was small he would push dirt with a box, pretending to build roads. His dream came true finally. Now he is operating heavy equipment.

He’s worked at the Rappahannock VDOT site and Amissville before it closed.

I asked him when he was going to retire, and he replied he was looking to make it permanent in 2020. Afterwards he said he will focus on his ministry at his church, Love and Faithfulness Church in Front Royal, and Abundant Life in Culpeper. David is a pastor, one who has dedicated his life for the Lord. 

Losing a dear soul

The community was saddened to hear that Bill Fischer passed away last Friday, Nov. 15, with his loved ones by his side.

Bill Fischer and Drew Mitchell purchased Avon Hall in 2016. Hearing from the community about the wonderful July Fourth celebrations on the lawn of Avon Hall they immediately hosted an old fashioned family celebration of America. What a wonderful time that was for the families. 

A funeral was held for Bill in Boca Raton, with a memorial celebration to follow this spring in Washington.


Sympathy goes out to Kathy Hudson on the death of her mother, Frances Virginia Hudson, 94, of Flint Hill. She passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Royal Haven Assisted Living. 

I personally did not know her, but if she is anything like her daughter, Kathy, who is so kind and would do anything for you, then I know this lady was wonderful. Kathy, may you and your family find the peace in your hearts knowing that your mom is in a better place and watching over you every day. 

A funeral service was held Wednesday at Flint Hill Cemetery with Sammy Campbell officiating.

Thanksgiving Day Service 

The Rappahannock Clergy Association will sponsor a Community Thanksgiving Day Service on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of Washington Baptist Church.

George Washington's 1789 “Thanksgiving Proclamation” will be read this year by Washington Mayor Fred Catlin, and the sermon will be delivered by Rev. Russ Savage, pastor of the Rappahannock UUBridge congregation. 

Clergy and lay participants from ten area churches will take part, and a community choir led by Wendy Aichele will provide special music. A special offering will be received to support Montse Vittitow, the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund Community Minister/Coordinator. 

All are welcome.

Senior Angels 

Beginning tomorrow, the Senior Angel Tree returns to Rappahannock County for its 11th year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to show their love and support to our seniors. The Senior “Angels” are available for adoption; each will be given a designated angel to be hung at the teller windows at the Atlantic Union Bank on U.S. 211 in Washington.

The angel is assigned a number and only discloses basic information about the senior, but also includes his or her wishlist of Christmas gift ideas. The paper angels, each representing a real-life senior, can then be chosen by community members who would like to bless a senior this holiday season. Anyone can adopt as many angels as they like. No names change hands, so it is a gift of love, later to be received by the senior assigned that angel’s number.

There is a list where you can sign up and indicate your choices. Gifts need to be purchased, wrapped with the paper angel securely attached, and returned to the bank no later than Dec. 13. Please consider adopting one or more of these precious folks — the pleasure will be all yours in giving back.

Have a wonderful week!

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