Scout­ing and ski­ing

Rappahannock News - - WASHINGTON -

Ac­cord­ing to Roger Pier­son, Boy Scout Troops 36 and 316 and Ven­ture Crew 36 will host the an­nual Friends of Scout­ing Break­fast at Wash­ing­ton Baptist Church be­gin­ning 8 a.m. on Satur­day, March 17. The speaker this year will be John Mc­Caslin, edi­tor of the news­pa­per you are cur­rently read­ing. Mc­Caslin will speak about jour­nal­ism then and now. Do­na­tions for the ben­e­fit of area boy scout­ing will be gra­ciously ac­cepted. An RSVP sent to Roger Pier­son, com­mit­tee chair­man at pier­[email protected], is not re­quired, but would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Also, Boy Scout Troop 36 and Ven­ture Crew 36 (both spon­sored by Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church) and Boy Scout Troop 316 (spon­sored by Reynolds Memo­rial Baptist Church) en­joyed their 18th an­nual ski trip to Round­top, near Harrisburg, Pa., dur­ing the week­end of Jan­uary 26-28 .

In all, 28 Scouts, Ven­tur­ers and adult lead­ers en­joyed meals and lodg­ing in cab­ins at nearby Gif­ford Pin­chot State Park. Af­ter ini­tial lessons, ei­ther ski or snow­board, the group had a full day descend­ing in near per­fect con­di­tions. The tra­di­tional spaghetti din­ner was en­joyed back at the cab­ins be­fore all those still will­ing re­turned for night ski­ing — and jump­ing com­pe­ti­tion of lo­cal and non­lo­cal snow­board­ers.

A very tired, but con­tent group pre­pared break­fast Sun­day morn­ing be­fore a trip through the his­toric and beau­ti­ful Penn­syl­va­nia coun­try­side on the way back to beau­ti­ful and his­toric Rap­pa­han­nock County.

TEA TIME

Ac­cord­ing to Scout Leader Tracy Ab­dul­lah, a few girls from the 4th grade Rap­pa­han­nock Girl Scout Troop en­joyed tea at the Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton with their moms to earn their So­cial But­ter­fly patches.

“Cheez Whiz” Cameron Smith gave the girls eti­quette point­ers along with their tea (use your nap­kin, take small bites so you can con­verse, gen­tly stir and place the tea­spoon on the saucer, when sip­ping the tea look into the cup in­stead of over it) and they fin­ished by tak­ing a kitchen tour with chef Pa­trick O’Con­nell. Every­one en­joyed the tour.

BIRTH­DAY WISHES

Birth­day wishes go out to one spe­cial lady, Lillian Corbin, who will be turn­ing 90 years old on Fri­day, Feb. 23. I have known Lillian for years and years. Such a sweet per­son. For those who know Lillian, give her a call and wish her a happy birth­day. Also birth­day wishes go out to Mary McFar­land who will cel­e­brate her big day on Feb. 25.

BURN­ING LAW

The 4 p.m. Burn­ing Law states that from Feb. 15 through April 30 of each year, no burn­ing be­fore

4 p.m. is per­mit­ted if the fire is within 300 feet of wood­land, brush­land or fields con­tain­ing dry grass or other flammable ma­te­rial.

Since for­est fu­els cure dur­ing the win­ter months, the dan­ger of fire is higher in early spring than in sum­mer when the for­est and grasses are green with new growth. The 4 p.m. Burn­ing Law is an ef­fec­tive tool in the pre­ven­tion of for­est fires. Lo­cal­i­ties may have more re­stric­tive out­door burn­ing laws.

To learn more about the law and how to pro­tect your­self and your prop­erty, visit dof.vir­ginia.gov.

A vi­o­la­tion of the 4 p.m. Burn­ing Law is a Class 3 mis­de­meanor pun­ish­able by up to a $500 fine. In ad­di­tion to the crim­i­nal vi­o­la­tion, those who al­low a fire to es­cape are li­able for the cost of sup­press­ing the fire as well as any dam­age caused to oth­ers’ prop­erty.

KITE FLY­ING

Fe­bru­ary is nearly be­hind us, which means kite fly­ing is just around the cor­ner as March ar­rives next Thurs­day. March, if you didn’t gather, is the month for kite fly­ing.

A wind that’s too strong or too light is dif­fi­cult to fly in. A flag or wind­sock is handy to help you gauge the wind. Fly­ing is most fun when the wind is moder­ate so you can make your kite dance across the sky by pulling in and let­ting out the line.

Make sure you are in an area that is open and free of trees, elec­tri­cal and tele­phone lines, build­ings, and au­to­mo­bile traf­fic. Let the wind lift the kite and as it does feed out the line to the height you de­sire. Al­ways walk in the di­rec­tion of the wind as you feed out the line. If the kite won’t climb you can re­duce the bri­dle an­gle. To land the kite, walk to­ward it wind­ing the line on the reel as you walk.

I’m look­ing for­ward to fly­ing a kite this year with my grand­chil­dren. Kite fly­ing is great fun and it’s easy. So grab your kite and join in the fun. The big blue sky is big enough for all of us who love to fly them. Have a won­der­ful week!

BY ROGER PIER­SON

Sev­eral of the newer Boy Scout and Ven­ture Crew skiers ready­ing them­selves for their ini­tial les­son be­fore head­ing to the lifts for an ex­cel­lent day and evening on the slopes.

BY PAT GILES

Rap­pa­han­nock Girl Scouts (clock­wise from left) Claire Keyser, Lexy Ab­dul­lah, Mena Giles and McKenna Torosian en­joy tea at the Inn in Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton.

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