Down Memory Lane for Feb. 20

July 19, 1973

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Payne entertained with a family picnic Sunday at their home, Locust Shade, near Amissville, in honor of Mrs. Payne’s cousin Robert Anderson, his wife Jean and son Jimmy of Gaithersburg, Md. The Andersons will move soon to North Dakota, where he will be a pharmacist on an Indian reservation.

E.N. Montague of Sperryville has been reappointed member-at-large of the Rappahannock County School Board. Mr. Montague’s appointment to a new term on the board was announced following a meeting of the Rappahannock School Trustee Electoral Board on July 8. During the past year, Mr. Montague has served as the representative of the school board for the Piedmont Technical Education Center in Culpeper. Members of the Rappahannock School Trustee Electoral Board are C.E. Johnson, Jr., chairman; John S. Browning, clerk; and George E. Muth.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dodson of Amissville celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary Sunday. They were honored with a surprise dinner and party given by their children at the home of Mrs. and Gene Marshall Dodson at Castleton. Mr. and Mrs. Dodson were married July 13, 1938, by Rev. George W. Cox in Culpeper. They have seven children and three grandchildren, all of whom were present for the party.

May 13, 1982

A court of honor was held May 2 to award various honors and merit badges earned by members of Washington Boy Scout Troop 123 in the past few months. Scoutmaster James Shaw presented skill awards and merit badges to scouts and recognized those making the rank of Tenderfoot. New Tenderfoot scouts are Michael Payne, Greg Smith, Fred Ausberry, David Fisher, Adam Clatterbuck, Wesley Jenkins and Brenden Finnerty. Skill awards and merit badges were awarded to some of the older scouts as well, including Bobby Jenkins, Stephen Wiley, Mark Wiley, Chad Bear, Ricky Shaw and Chris Barnes.

Greg Palmer of Washington participated in a loader rodeo on Saturday, May 1. He was representing R. L. Rider & Company, contractors from Warrenton. The rodeo was held at Mitchell Distributing Company in Chester, Va., and was sponsored by Clark-Michigan. The rodeo was a competition to test loader operating skills. Contestants were required to maneuver a machine through an obstacle course. Greg placed eighth out of 52 contestants.

With little discussion and no debate, the school board moved quickly at Tuesday’s meeting to absorb $72,000 cut from the proposed 1982-83 school budget last week by the county supervisors, voting unanimously to accept recommendations on reductions made by superintendent Robert Estabrook. The supervisors recommended cutting pay raises from 8.5 percent to 6 percent, but the school board accepted Estabrook’s compromise figure of 7.5 percent. The second biggest chunk came in dropping one school bus replacement for a savings of $21,500. Transportation coordinator Jerry Lysik reported that the new bus will replace the oldest vehicle online, bus 14, which is a 1970 model.

March 24, 1993

A restaurant shuffle has taken place in Sperryville over the last two months. The Appetite Repair Shop has moved across the street after its lease expired. John Shipman, who owns the building on the bank of the Thornton River, has leased the space to Kevin and Sharon LeVans, who have opened the Blue Ridge Cafe. Across the street, Greg and Cindy Gillies have reopened the Appetite Repair Shop in the building Mutt and James Atkins originally built as a general store.

Fay Witherell is hoping her Horse and Hound Home Veterinary Care practice will expand in Rappahannock. Operating out of her home on the Fodderstack Road, Ms. Witherell makes house calls. In fact, her practice is entirely house calls. The licensing requirements for veterinary clinic would require a major investment. “I’m about $250,000 short of what it would take to do that,” she said. She returned to Rappahannock County in 1990 after seven years in New York as the director of a zoo in Queens.

After working for Giant Foods in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. for 34 years, Charles Burke wanted to do something different. Now he is managing the F.T. Valley Grocery on Route 231. Before coming to Rappahannock he was living in Seabrook, Md., near Lanham. After all those years it was time to get out of the city and go back home. He is leasing the property, which includes the store and the adjoining house, from Wilma Burke, his sister-in-law. He hopes to conclude the purchase later this year.

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