Down Memory Lane for Aug. 21

Feb. 21, 1974

Angela Dennis was named Sweetheart of 1974 at Rappahannock County High School and a coronation ceremony was held Friday night in conjunction with the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart dance. Christine Timbers, last year’s Sweetheart, placed Angela’s tiara on her head. The court was composed of Robin Estes, Cindy Cumins, Sherry Brown and Pasty Vest.

The magazine sales campaign at Rappahannock County Elementary School has been concluded, and high salesman was Craig Smoot, with William Carter in second; third highest was Richard Burke. Mrs. Moore’s sixth grade was the highest selling room, with George Graham’s seventh grade running second and Mrs. Johnston’s fourth grade in third place.

Clifton W. Jenkins, chief forest warden for Rappahannock County, says laws governing the use of outdoor fires will change on March 1 and suggests that individuals contact both the air pollution control officials and your Virginia Division of Forestry before burning outside. Jenkins also urged that good judgement be used “even after all legal requirements have been met, such as burning when there is little or no wind, and when the surrounding area is not in a burnable condition because of rain or snow.”

Dec. 9, 1982

It was a tough decision, but faced with a bevy of beauties on the high school stage last Friday night, judges Shirley Wilson, Clarence Dodson and Patty Jolliffee awarded the first Mr. Rappahannock trophy to the trio from Thornton Gap. Izabelle, Jezabelle and Lizabelle (Mike Leake, Chuck Stephenson and Ken Estes) didn’t score top marks in the evening gown competition, but more than made up the difference in the talent and personality portions of the pageant with their superb rendition of that old favorite, “Play Me Mountain Music.”

Mrs. Paul “Russie” Miller was  honored with her own special day last Sunday by the choir and congregation of Flint Hill United Methodist Church, where she’s been the organist for 25 years. After opening the service as usual, Rev. Merlin Shorb announced the Thanksgiving surprise, declaring it Russie Miller Day. Louie Miller presented his mother with a white carnation corsage, while Mrs. Sandra Foster Hawkins, one of Russie’s first piano students, accompanied the choir as it sang her favorite hymn, “It Is No Secret What God Can Do.” It was truly a time of thanksgiving as the Flint Hill community gave thanks and appreciation to one of its “givingest” residents.

Sept. 24, 1992

Show-stopping fashions and a packed audience characterized the fashion shop Sept. 17 at the Blue Rock Inn, which was a tremendous success for the Rappahannock Unit of the American Cancer Society, who sponsored and coordinated the event. Co-sponsored by a number of Rappahannock individuals and businesses, the show, the first fundraising effort for the local group, was chaired by Carol Miller, president of the Rappahannock Unit and Mary Mochary, with committee members Virginia RaneyBrooke Fletcher, Margaret Baumgardner, Roszel Hill, Becky Parrish, Cheri Woodward, Helen Brown, Joyce Andrews and Rose Ann Sharp. Phil Irwin, former chairman of the English Morning Broadcast with Voice of America, was the master of ceremonies; Ann Welton, former fashion show coordinator for Miller & Rhoads and currently Lifestyle editor for the Fauquier Times, was narrator. Both did a lovely  job of describing the fashions and entertaining the audience.

At their annual conservation awards picnic held on Sept. 3, the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District awarded Dr. Monira Rifaat, owner of manor Farm, the Clean Water Farm Award for Rappahannock County. Dr. Rifaat is a part-time pathologist and a full-time farmer. She is a board member of the Rappahannock Farmer’s Association and a member of the Virginia Simmental Association. Her farm is located halfway between Sperryville and Washington.

Edith Bridget, chairman for the SHARE host site at Washington Baptist Church, announced the sign-up dates for October. Each month, the SHARE food basket contains $30-$35 worth of groceries, for which participants pay $13 and contribute two hours of service to their community.