Down Memory Lane for May 7

Oct. 9, 1975

The Woodville General Store, known for the past 30 some years as Burke’s Grocery, will continue to be operated by the new proprietors. The Falls have been in charge of the store since the death of Mrs. Fall’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Burke, in September.

Myrtle and Jimmy Falls aren’t lacking experience in the country store business. They ran the Corner Store in Sperryville from 1955 to 1965. But that job became “too confining” for Jimmy Falls and he decided to farm full-time. So Myrtle Falls began to help out in her mother’s store part-time.

Two of the houses open for tour October 18 and 19 feature building materials that were available and inexpensive for the early Rappahannock settlers and have proved durable through the years.

The “Mill House,” located on Mountain Green Farm near Washington, has a basement kitchen and massive chimney made of native fieldstone and a first floor level made from hand-hewn chestnut logs. Present occupants Steve and Margie Righter are restoring the 150-year old house.

“Captain’s Den” in Old Hollow near Sperryville is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson. Although built in the early 20th century, this house is also made of native materials. The exterior is made of hand-hewn chestnut logs from the “ghost forest” of the Shenandoah National Park.

One way to solve the labor problem when you have an apple crop to harvest is to advertise “pick your own apples.” Many folk from the metropolitan area did just that after Jonas Jenkins advertised his apples, suggesting a day of family fun in the country. Many families took advantage of the opportunity last Saturday and Sunday and the weather cooperated beautifully.

March 1, 1984

While commending him on his presentation, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously followed a Planning Commission recommendation to deny Chilton Raiford’s application for a special use permit to sell shoes weekends and evenings by appointment at his residence on Route 211 west of Amissville. The action came at the Board’s Feb. 22 session.

Raiford wanted to use an accessory building on his property to store and sell the shoes as a continuation of the yard sales he had held during the summer and fall. Raiford explained that as general manager of five ladies shoe stores in the Tysons Corner area he has access to out-of-season shoes which he is able to sell at a very low price.

Zoning administrator David Konick explained that the application came under the section of the county zoning ordinance which allows retail sales in antique, craft and gift shops by special use permits on agriculturally zoned land, such as Raiford’s.” However, Konick acknowledged that the sales were “something bound a home occupation” which would be allowed by right.

Property owners listing their land with Roger Batchelder now receive wide exposure in a greatly expanded market area due to Batchelder’s affiliation with a recently formed computerized multiple-listing service, according to the local Realtor. The common database providing information to a membership of close to 10,000 agents throughout Northern Virginia was established last fall. Batchelder announced last week that he is the only Rappahannock Realtor to join.

“We’re in the money!” That’s the song the members of Rappahannock’s Water and Sewer Authority are singing after chairman Bob Dennis received word by certified mail on Tuesday of the formal award of $1.6 million for construction of Sperryville’s long delayed sewer system.

A letter from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Philadelphia office, dated Feb. 24, announced the award of a federal STEP Three grant for construction of the village’s wastewater treatment works. Maximum amount of the grant is $1,643.243, which includes basic funds of $1,499,310 and alternative funds of $143,933. Dennis explained that the alternative funds are the result of the Sperryville project’s designation as “innovative and alternative” for its incorporation of individual STEP (septic tank effluent pumps) to begin treatment of wastes before conveyance to a conventional package plant for final purification.

May 11, 1994

In October 1989 Chris Payne watched and waited helplessly when his younger brother brother Matthew lay in pain after suffering an accident on his four-wheeler.

He had called the rescue squad, but it seemed to take forever for an ambulance to arrive, and he didn’t know what to do to help. When the ambulance finally arrived it was from the Washington Volunteer Fire Department although the Paynes live about one quarter of a mile from the Sperryville Rescue Squad building. There weren’t enough trained members of the Sperryville Squad available to make the call, he said.

By spring 1990 Chris Payne was running rescue calls with the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad as a junior member. Now Matthew, 15, is a junior member, and 19-year-old Chris Payne is a regular member. Their mother Geraldine Payne, a kindergarten teacher, is also a member of the organization.

Last week Mr. Payne was recognized as one of two winners of the J.C. Penny Golden Rule Youth Volunteer Awards for Northern Virginia for his work with the rescue squad. He won a plaque, a Waterford Crystal sculpture of a flame and $1,000 for the rescue squad.

Reinhardt Lynch won a coin toss in Registrar Nancy Leake’s office on Wednesday morning to become the fifth member of the new Washington Town Council.

At the end of voting Tuesday night, Mr. Lynch as tied with Charles Eldred for the fifth seat with 49 votes each.

Electoral Board Chairman Chris Parrish and member Sheila Sweet decided to break the tie with a coin toss. Mr. Lynch and Frank Reynolds, town attorney, were present.

Melissa Dodson manned the SADD table while Adam Hasse signed his promise not to drink Saturday night. Students Against Driving Drunk are sponsoring an after-prom party at Lakeside Swim Club from midnight until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. There will be swimming, dancing, door prizes and the opportunity to sing with a karaoke machine.

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