Now that was some frigid air

Rappahannock News - - NATURE • WASHINGTON - jan@rapp­; 675-3338 JAN CLATTERBUCK — Denise N. Fyffe, Thieves in the Work­place

Ihope ev­ery­one has sur­vived the bit­ter cold of late. I stayed in the en­tire week­end. No way was I go­ing out­side into the those frigid tem­per­a­tures.

Rest as­sured, there are warmer days ahead for us. Let’s keep think­ing about those trop­i­cal is­lands where the weather is warm, the sky is deep blue, and the pink sand on the beach is so warm to your feet. Just maybe if we con­cen­trate on such a spec­tac­u­lar set­ting a warm breeze off the wa­ter will blow our way. We can dream about it, right?


Thieves are op­por­tunists, whether they are am­a­teurs or pro­fes­sion­als. They en­deav­our to take ad­van­tage of any sit­u­a­tion, which pro­vides them a loop­hole. An op­por­tu­nity to take what be­longs to some­one else. They are crim­i­nals who are in­dis­crim­i­nate and feel no im­me­di­ate re­morse when they hurt others. If the sit­u­a­tion presents it­self, a thief can get away with the act with­out much ef­fort or plan­ning be­cause com­mit­ting this type of crime is sec­ond na­ture to them.

Ev­ery Thurs­day morn­ing I de­liver the Rap­pa­han­nock News to the re­tail outlets through­out the county. My first stop is al­ways Bald­win Gro­cery in the town of Wash­ing­ton, where as usual I dropped 40 news­pa­pers at the front door. Then I re­ceived a text mes­sage from one of the store clerks ask­ing where the news­pa­pers were? I wrote back that I had dropped them off on the steps, as I do ev­ery week. She told me they weren’t there.

So I de­cided to make a visit to the store the next morn­ing to try to fig­ure out what be­came of them. It turns out the Wash­ing­ton Posts from the previous morn­ing were also miss­ing.

I have come to my own con­clu­sion that some­body had taken them, ob­vi­ously with­out pay­ing (that would have been a costly pur­chase). Why so many pa­pers, I asked my­self? The only thing I could come up with was the thief was af­ter the coupons, or else given the string of cold days they wanted to use the news­pa­pers to light their wood stove or fire­place, or per­haps there was a juicy story on the front page they did not want the com­mu­nity to read about it.

If any­body needs news­pa­pers for coupons, or even to start a fire, please stop by the of­fice ev­ery Thurs­day af­ter­noon. I will be happy to give you some old news­pa­pers.

I feel sad and sorry for the per­son who took them. All I have to say is this: Re­mem­ber to smile next time you steal some­thing, be­cause to­day there are cam­eras every­where watch­ing you.


The Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton had their in­au­gu­ral 40th an­niver­sary host com­mit­tee meet­ing Sun­day night at The Inn. In at­ten­dance were long time friends and pa­trons of The Inn, in­clud­ing Mayor John Fox Sul­li­van and his lovely wife, Bev­erly; Ali and Mark Rus­sell; Mark and Sally Ein; Alan and Les­lie Ber­son; Kim­ball Stroud and David White; Fran and John Cox; David and Judith Pryor; David Hage­dorn and Michael Widom­ski. Ac­tor Robert Du­vall will also serve on the com­mit­tee.

There is a year-long se­ries of events to cel­e­brate the first 40 years of the inn, which in­clude a gala din­ner at Mount Ver­non on June 16, a Culi­nary Fam­ily Re­union aka Inn­stock on Sept. 2 and the cap­stone event on Sept. 30 at Vaux le Vi­comte, a 17th cen­tury chateau just out­side Paris (as in France, not Vir­ginia). Any­one wish­ing to pur­chase tick­ets to these events can visit www.thein­


The Free Clinic will be held at the Rap­pa­han­nock County Health Depart­ment on Main Street in Wash­ing­ton, Wed­nes­day, Jan. 17. Reg­is­tra­tion is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Fauquier Free Clinic at 540347-0394.


Birth­day wishes go out to a friend, Linda Clark of Har­ris Hol­low, who will cel­e­brate her spe­cial day on Sun­day, Jan. 28.


Let’s keep Clyde Pullen, from Har­ris Hol­low, in our prayers each day. Clyde has been un­der the weather.


Ev­ery­one is in­vited to the 27th An­nual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth­day ob­ser­vance in Rap­pa­han­nock County on Sun­day, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. at The Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton The­atre, 291 Gay Street, Wash­ing­ton, spon­sored by the Ju­lia E. Bod­die Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee.

Spe­cial mu­sic will be pro­vided by the "DreamKeeper Trib­ute Choir.” Lo­cal of­fi­cials will be rec­og­nized dur­ing the pro­gram. Free to the pub­lic. It will be a tremen­dous event, as usual.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nan But­ler Roberts, MLK Pro­gram Di­rec­tor, 540-661-2013 or email nb_

Have a won­der­ful week!


Can­dles were on dis­playe at the Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton on Sun­day night for the horse and car­riage ride around the town for the inn's host com­mit­tee guests.

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