Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
April 7, 1960

Miss Shirley Brown, a forward on the RCHS basketball squad, was chosen for the tourney all-stars at the close of the season. The Rappahannock team placed fourth in District Nine.

The Womans Auxiliary of the Flint Hill Fire Company met on Monday evening at the fire hall. New officers elected, acting at the meeting were Mrs. M. H. Brady, president; Mrs. W. R. Welch, vice-president; Mrs. J. R. Walters, secretary; Mrs. Frank Spalding, treasure. On April 11, the auxiliary will serve dinner to the Lion Club and their guests.

On April 3, at the oft-postponed Rappahannock Races, trainer-rider John Bosley III piloted two winners through heavy spring showers to take both the Mt. Marshall Challenge Trophy and the Mary D. Slaughter Perpetual Trophy, two of the major races of the Rappahannock Card.

25 years ago
March 28, 1985

The Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals decided to postpone ruling on a special use permit application submitted by the trustees of the Sperryville Assembly of God Church so that an on-site inspection may be made.

Michael Lamm, pastor of the church, spoke to the BZA members on the application and explained what the church plans for the lot on Route 612. Lamm said that the church wants to purchase the 12.8 acres in order to build a new church building with plans for a parsonage in the future.

The Board of Supervisors, after a public hearing during its April 1 meeting, enacted an ordinance imposing a “temporary moratorium on the application of sludge and septage to land in Rappahannock County unless the material originates in Rappahannnock County.”
Clerk Diane Bruce read the ordinance aloud, the intent of which is “to prevent the exhaustion of the limited capacity of land in Rappahannock County to accommodate sludge and septage, while the county defines that capacity, as well as the capacity required to dispose of sludge and septage produced within the county.”

Deer are feasting on the trees of at least four orchardists in Rappahannock County, posing serious threats to their businesses.
George Sharp, Ed Streapy Charles Foster and Thaniel Dodson all voiced their concerns at the April 1 meeting of the supervisors and asked that the Board take action to liberalize game laws in an effort to curb the deer population in Rappahannock.

10 years ago
April 5, 2000

At the Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America recognition dinner at the Braddock Street Methodist Church in Winchester on March 18, Walter Longyear received the 40 year Veteran’s Award.

He is an Eagle Scout and has served as the Chartered Organization’s Representative for Cub Pack 123 and Scout Troop 36 at Trinity Episcopal Church, as well as Chairman of the Troop 36 committee, since the early 90’s.

The Board of Supervisors favorable considered a request from Charlie Tompkins and Jeff Light of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) to endorse this year’s Fourth of July celebration as a “County Festival” and to provide up to $3,000 to help cover costs for the event.

Once a year the Fraser Gallery does what no other gallery in Washington D.C. does: it hosts an international fine arts competition. Over a thousand entries are received, and from those less than 25 are selected. This year, Sperryville artist Steven Kenny was not only invited to exhibit, but also ended up walking away with the top prize: Best of Show.