Dish­ing out health and pros­per­ity

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE -

Ev­ery New Year’s Day, dur­ing the quar­ter cen­tury that she owned and op­er­ated the his­toric Lau­rel Mills Store, Mary Frances Fan­non served count­less Rappahanno­ck res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike a healthy bowl of black-eyed peas and the re­sul­tant good for­tune they are said to im­part. Seen here at her home this New Year’s Day with her daugh­ter, Beth Swindler, Mary Frances con­tin­ues the hol­i­day tra­di­tion, mak­ing cer­tain her large fam­ily gets their fill of the mag­i­cal peas.

BY JOHN MCCASLIN

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