Down Memory Lane for Nov. 20

June 27, 1974

Ian Pryde of Washington, Pat Biggs, Flint Hill, and Jack Atkins, Amissville, have completed a 40-hour instructor’s EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown. They are among the approximately 25 people in Virginia qualified to teach the EMT courses. They, along with about 10 other county residents, had previously taken the 80-hour classes that qualified them as technicians.

The Rappahannock Historical Society is undertaking restoration of a small historic building on Gay Street in Washington. The two-story brick building dates from the 18th century and is believed to be one of the earliest brick structures in the town. Society members felt it was fitting that the society begin this endeavor in the 225th anniversary year of the survey by the youthful George Washington of this county seat.

The building will serve as headquarters for the Rappahannock Historical Society.

Persons desiring to aid in the restoration of this building or wishing additional information concerning the project or the Rappahannock Historical Society may contact Mr. Massie of Amissville or Mrs. Robert P. Anderson, Woodville.

A grant of $15,000 has been awarded by the state to help finance and develop facilities for the newly established Rappahannock Recreation Center. The grant is from the Urban Assistance Incentive Fund, and the award was made upon the recommendation of an intergovernmental review committee of the Division of State Planning and Community Affairs on the basis of an application submitted this spring by county authorities. Granville Eastham, president of the Rappahannock Recreation Association, was advised of the grant in a letter signed by Gov. Mills Godwin.

Upon learning of the award, Eastham told members of the various Youth Center committees, “Let’s get going!” The $15,000 grant will be supplemented by proceeds of the Fourth of July Flea Market in Washington and by personal contributions and pledges some of which have already been received.

April 28, 1983

Rufus and Calvin Pendleton remember the nights when Mr. Hank Young used to serve as DJ at the Flatwood Inn near Washington.

“Mr. Timbers set them up, and bands came in from D.C.,” Calvin said. “Everyone came. At first it was just black folks, but then white folks started coming.” Calvin was well qualified to judge the quality of Mr. Young’s selections: she has a collection of thousands of 45-rpm records, including everything from Pat Boone to Credence Clearwater, and from Bobby Blue Bland to Aretha Franklin.

“There used to be three record stores in Front Royal,” Calvin said. “I saved up all my dimes, nickels and quarters to buy records.”

The Pendletons went to high school at George Washington Carver High School in Culpeper, now Piedmont Vocational Center, where all Rappahannock black children going on to high school were bused. It was a long trip for them — one bus to Sperryville and another to Culpeper.

Rappahannock students did very well in the Virginia State Leadership and Skills Competition held April 15 and 16 in Roanoke. Piedmont Vocational Education students winning statewide awards were Margaret Smoot, first place in needle trades for the state, and Brent Wilson, who won second place for small engine repair.

The county is already involved in a rather extensive building program — a new bus shop, the jail,” said supervisor Charles Estes, suggesting that $21,000 for architect’s cost projects on the proposed high school building program be deleted from the 1983-84 budget. “I understand the needs,” Estes told superintendent Robert Estabrook at Monday’s hearing on the school budget. “Personally, I think it’s a good idea but not this year.”

Jan. 27, 1993

More than 60 seventh graders at Rappahannock County Elementary School walked across the stage Tuesday morning to receive diplomas for completing the D.A.R.E. program.

Taught by Capt. Jeff Brown of the Rappahannock Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program teaches children how to say “No” to drugs and alcohol. Beginning next year, he will be offering the class only to the fifth grade. The D.A.R.E. program is a fairly extensive curriculum, and Capt. Brown spent 45 minutes each week with the students throughout the semester.

In a very short meeting, the Planning Commission recommended approval for a subdivision. J. Newbill Miller and Carol Miller asked to subdivide 18.8 acres from a parcel of approximately 158 acres just west of Baldwin’s Grocery. Mr. Miller said he wanted to build a house on the property when his house in town is sold and to deed the remaining 140 acres to his sons.

He noted that the property is divided by Big Branch and that he was using the natural dividing line of the branch to mark the new property line. “This is a continuation of our estate plan,” he said. He said this subdivision would allow his sons to continue using the bulk of the property for agriculture “if they can afford it.”

Chris Parrish, a producer member and vice president of the Rappahannock County Farm Bureau, recently attended the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Richmond. Rappahannock County Farm Bureau brought home a diamond award during the four-day convention at the Richmond Marriott. “I am proud of our county for the diamond award we attainted the year. We received recognition categories of membership quota and membership increase,” Parrish said. “This is a testament of the hard work and dedication our volunteer leaders put forth.”

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