Down Memory Lane for Dec. 3

July 17, 1980

In a majority decision at the July 8 meeting, the Rappahannock School Board agreed to a request from the county supervisors to have maintenance work on the sheriff’s department cars done by school bus shop personnel.

R. Latham, vice-chairman of the supervisors, made the request in writing, describing the proposed arrangement as the most efficient and economical way to handle maintenance on the three new police cars.

“It should be pointed out that the transportation supervisor will allocate times for service so it won’t interfere with bus shop operations,” noted Walter Masterson, suggesting that a regular maintenance schedule be set up for work on the patrol cars.

With townspeople and visitors becoming increasingly plagued by dogs roaming loose on the streets, the Washington town council agreed at Wednesday’s meeting to proceed on adopting a leash law.

Fran Eldred told the council members that she witnessed dogs chasing an elderly couple who were walking through town after dinner at The Inn. “The dogs came right for them. They were quite shaken by the experience.”

Mrs. Charles Burke encountered a close call she had with dogs who dashed out of an open gate in a yard with “Beware of Dog” signs. “The dogs attacked me,” she saId. The only thing that saved me was a truck going by with another dog in the back and they turned aside to follow the truck.”

The council agreed to check the town’s old ordinances to see if the existing regulations included a leash law.

“If we can’t find one, we should pass one,” stated councilman Charlie Jenkins.

Gip Whorton has been as busy as the standard camp mother over the past week, preparing six youngsters for a trip to Cleveland, Ohio. But he’s not sewing names on t-shirts. Instead, he’s arranging for Bangs tests, vaccinations and shipping fever tests as he gets his prize heifers set for the long ride to their new home. Whorton, former proprietor of Hampton Inn, is a newcomer to the cattle business but his success at cross-state sales shows that he’s picked up the basics fast.

May 12, 1988

Following an executive session at the close of last Thursday’s budget meeting, the Rappahannock supervisors voted unanimously to create the position of county administrator and named John McCarthy to the post, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $32,000.

Mr. McCarthy is a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia with a master’s degree in planning and a former planning technician with the Albemarle County Planning Department.

He has been Rappahannock’s zoning administrator and administrative assistant to the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors since June 15, 1986. The dual job paid $27,500, which makes the salary for county administrator a 16.3 percent increase over what Mr. McCarthy is currently receiving.

As county administrator, he will continue handling the duties of zoning administrator under the terms of his proposed contract with the county. The contract extends for two years with a third option year, and requires that Mr. McCarthy make his residence in Rappahannock within two years. Currently, he lives with his family on a farm near Warrenton.

After a month and a half of budget work on appropriation requests that total more than $6.5 million, Rappahannock’s Board of Supervisors has trimmed about $55,600 from the expenditures originally proposed. With the local real estate levy advertised at 52 cents for 1988-89, they are banking on being able to cut the rate to 50 cents after bids on landfill construction are opened this Friday.

After the bid opening, they will met with engineer Leonard Joyce to get a closer estimate on operational costs for the new county-owned facility to be opened later this summer on the 99-acre Stover tract near Amissville.

But at 50 cents or 52 cents, Rappahannock’s real estate rate looks like a bargain compared to what appears likely in surrounding counties.

The new assessment which takes effect this year raises the total worth of property here by 48.6 percent. Adjusted for the new values, a levy of 50 cents represents an increase of 6.3 percent while 52 cents works out to a jump of 10.6 percent over the current rate.

July 12, 1995

Charlotte Taylor is running two or three businesses out of the Crysalis Gallery at the corner of Gay and Porter streets.

In the back is Venture Concepts business management consulting firm, which specializes in small and medium businesses and particularly in businesses operated by women and minorities. She also offers training sessions on the road and runs a nonprofit offshoot, the Alliance for Women Business Owners.

In the front is Crysalis Gallery, a joint venture with Ruthellen Pollan, an artist who lives and teaches in Utah.

Ms. Taylor said her relationship with Ms. Pollan goes back 20 years when they met at an inn in Maine.

Traffic in the gallery has not been as heavy as Ms. Taylor had hoped for, and she wants to explore ways to get people to walk the extra block down Gay Street from Talk of the Town.

In September, 1984, Paul Baldwin and his wife Cucie took over his uncle Clarence Baldwin’s grocery which been in the family for 26 years.

The store was first opened in 1916 and was run by Henry Timbers. According to Mr. Baldwin, the store was the site of a tavern and dance hall in the 1920s and ’30s, and was called “Mack’s Place,” named after Mack Richards, who sold the store to Clarence Baldwin in 1958. Ed Bailey also ran the store for a while; his widow Ethel Bailey still lives in a house across the street from the store.

Peach season is just about here, and the crop at Ed and Betty’s Streapy’s High Places Orchards in Huntly will have plenty to sell from July 20 until early September.

Most people in the county know Ed Streapy as Major Streapy of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s office, where he has been working since 1980, but he and his wife Betty are also orchardists. Mrs. Streapy works as a nurse in Front Royal.

The Streapys have carefully planned their planting of 13 varieties of peaches and four types of nectarines so that a new variety ripens when one has finished for the season.

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