Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
May 19, 1960

Dorothy Reeve was crowned May Queen at the annual May Day-Health Day program held May 12 at Sperryville Elementary School. Health King was Bobby Deal and Shirley Atkins was the Maid of Honor. Prince of Health was Roger Hawkins and attendants were Jo Ann Fox, Ruth Ann Clark, Lois Smoot, Frances Taylor, Linda Payne, Janice Dodson, Charlotte Clark and Nancy Jenkins, while Steve Leake was crown bearer, Patricia Atkins train bearer and Vicky Dodson and Beverly Atkins flower girls.

The Rappahannock Lions Club held its annual Ladies Night May 11 at the Flint Hill Fire Hall with dinner served by the Flint Hill Ladies Auxiliary to more than sixty people, including members, and guests.

Mr. Paul Nichols, acting as toastmaster introduced the speaker, Mr. Bryan Stotler of Winchester who is District Governor of Virginia 24-A. Mr. Stotler made a short talk on the Hunton Memorial Eye Bank, telling about cases of successful cornea transplants.

Friday evening the members of the Washington Baptist Church entertained for dinner in honor of Rev. and Mrs. John Divers, who have accepted a pastorate in Waynesboro, Va. Judge R. V. Snead made a short talk and presented Rev. and Mrs. Divers with a gift from the church.

25 years ago
May 9, 1985

Pat Foster and Judy Tole volunteer their time to renovate the elementary school playground. The project is sponsored by the RCES SPTA. The playground committee, chaired by Cecily Kohler, conducted an art contest in which students were asked to draw their dream playground. Ideas from the contest were incorporated into the renovation.

Anyone with trunks of old family “junk” packed away in the attic or basement should let Susan Carney have a look in them. She will probably revise their thinking on “junk.”

She has been doing it for years, and it has in turn amused and exasperated her husband, Champ. Susan is a practiced and determined flea market and thrift shop searcher.

The Town of Washington’s newly formed planning commission held its first meeting on Thursday, May 2. The five members elected officers, set regular monthly meeting dates and decided to hold a public hearing on the proposed historic district ordinance.

The commission officers are: chairman, Frank Reynolds; vice-chairman, Bill Wickens.

10 years ago
May 17, 2000

At an annual volunteer ceremony this April, longtime Flint Hill resident Page Johanson was recognized and thanked by the Virginia State Police for her volunteer work.

She received a pin for having completed more than 500 hours of volunteer work. She was actually well beyond that mark, and when she clocked her 1,000th hour, the police wanted to be sure she got a bit more recognition.

The Rappahannock 4-H Dairy Goat Club has had a busy spring. Besides attending monthly meetings, club members have visited numerous dairy goat farms, attended a fitting and showmanship clinic and planned several upcoming events.
In February, the club visited Heidi Eastham’s goat dairy at Rucker Farm.

The visit to the farm prepared club members Austin Rhein and Adam Rhein and Ben Rupchis for their first season of kidding.

The 4-H Cloverbud and Cooking and Crafts Club recently had a very informative field trip to The Inn at Little Washington. The 4-Hers were able to view the kitchen and wonderful Vulcan stove that chef -owner Patrick O’Connell designed.
They learned about different areas of the kitchen and met different chefs from around the world that have come to work at The Inn. The 4-Hers then enjoyed tasting some of the delicious foods offered at The Inn.