Down Memory Lane for Nov. 19

May 22, 1980

Millie Cebula’s adventures with thoroughbreds sound more like the daydreams of a teenage horse lover than real life. Owner and manager of Washington’s Hampton Inn, she’s also the biggest winner at Charles Town so far into the racing season that began February. 22. Two weekends ago, at the Penn National Course in Grantville, Pennsylvania, her stable moved up to the gigger time and still came out ahead with a first, second and third in races for $5,000, $7,000 and $10,000.

Cynthia Heather Cumins of Sperryville reeived a B.A. degree in English from Longwood College, Farmville at graduation exercises on Saturday, May 17. She graduated magna cum laude in the class of 502 receiving degrees. Cindy  is the daughter of Mrs. Dawson Nail of Falls Church and Sidney Cumins of Long Island, N. Y. and the granddaughter of Mrs. Ruth Perkins of Sperryville with whom she makes her home. She was a graduated from Rappahannock County High School.

After two years spent in developing the Mental Health Clinic in Washington, James McGarvey, has resigned to returned to his native Philadelphia where he has accepted a position with the court system. McGarvey was feted with lunch Tuesday and among those present were George Foster, clinical director; Joyce Andrews, volunteer worker with the clinic; McGarvey; Robert Treanor and Mary Tauss, both employed at the clinic. McGarvey has done an excellent job with the clinic, developing and broadening the programs offered.

April 17, 1986

  1. Newbill Miller confirmed last week that he would accept appointment to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors as the representative from Hampton District to fill the vacancy left by the death of Clarence Baldwin.

In a letter dated March 21, Mr. Baldwin announced his resignation, due to failing health, and recommended that Mr. Miller be appointed in his place. According to law, the Board of Supervisors must elect an interim replacement who will serve until a special election Nov. 4.

Mr. Miller is a former member of the Rappahannock School Board, past mayor of the Town of Washington and currently a member of both the Washington Town Council and the County Planning Commission.

He said last week that if elected by the supervisors to that board, he will resign from the Town Council but held open the possibility of staying on the Planning Commission in some capacity.

About 4.5 miles of Route 211 between Washington, and Sperryville needs to be widen, according to rappahannock Supervisor Charles Estes.

The two-lane highway is the “main artery” between the two towns and can’t handle the large amount of traffic currently using it, he told highway officials at a public hearing Friday in Culpeper.

“The section carries a high volume of traffic,” he said. “It is an old highway.” Mr. Estes and representatives from nine counties and a city presented their requests during the two-hour pre-allocation public hearing. About 50 people attended the hearing.

Bamboo growing in the backyards of several Washington homes has been harvested for endangered species at the Conservation and Research Center of the National Zoo near Front Royal.

Most of the bamboo used by the center’s red pandas as food and by the rare birds as nesting cover is donated to the zoo by landowners who have difficulty controlling its rampant growth.

No one remembers how the Washington bamboo got started. The plant, really a type of giant grass, is native to America, although not to this region. Some town folks think that Billy Stuart, who worked at the Beltsville, Md., research station and introduced many types of grapes and fruit trees to his neighbors, may have been responsible.

May 31, 1995

Saturday was a joyous day for the local Habitat for Humanity effort.

The midday program where the county’s first Habitat for Humanity house was built for Barbara Shanks and her family began with project coordinator Bob Darby welcoming everybody and saying this marked  a “great day for Christians,” who had an opportunity to live Christ’s  message in working on the project. About 300 people responded and contributed to the effort, he said.

At first Mrs. Shanks was overwhelmed and sent her son Willie out to speak to the crowd. he thanked everyone for making “this dream house possible.”

Then Mrs. Shanks also thanked everyone. And the musicians led the crowd in singing “Amazing Grace.”

James P. Leake of Sperryville is the new animal warden for Rappahannock County.

His first day on the job was Monday, May 22. His job is part time, 30 hours a week, but he is always on call. He retired recently from a job in Culpeper which he held for 31 years.

One thing that Mr. Leake looks for is to make sure that all dogs have tags. The dog tags, which are purchased from the County Treasurer’s office for $5 a year, are required. A dog tag will identify the owners of the dog if it is lost or in some kind of trouble. He keeps a record of all the dog tags in the ruck with him while on duty.

Gary Settle says his goals if he is elected Sheriff in November are to be available to the people of Rappahannock County, to work on reducing drug use, and to emphasize training for members of the departments.

He said he decided to seek the office earlier this month after considering the likelihood he would be assigned by the State Police away from his family again and wondering “why couldn’t I be providing this service to Rappahannock County..Sgt. Settle resigned from the State Police at the end of May to seek the Sheriff’s Office. He had been with the state police for nine years. Before that he was a deputy with the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office starting in 1984.

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