Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
August 11, 1960

A rain and wind storm lashed Rappahannock County late last Thursday afternoon, with the most severe portion centered in the Ben Venue and Amissville area. A large hay-filled barn at Bunree, the farm of D. G. Laing at Amissville, collapsed with bales of hay tumbling from its rent sides. A tractor was pinned inside the building. The firemen’s parade at Flint Hill was temporarily delayed but resumed about 8 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors of Rappahannock County met Wednesday, Aug. 3 for their regular meeting of the month with all members present. Arising again was the matter of dog owners being liable for sheep killed by their dogs. From the heated discussion ensuing came a request for Commonwealth’s Attorney, George H. Davis, to write to the Attorney General for a ruling which will be presented at the September meeting.

Miss Ann Welch of Hume was crowned Miss Wakefield District by last year’s winner, Miss Judi North of Huntly at the Flint Hill Fire Carnival on Friday night. Members of her court are: Miss Carolyn Campbell, Miss Shirley Pullen, Flint Hill, Miss Charlotte Corbin, Woodville, and Miss Elizabeth Smoot, Flint Hill.

25 years ago
August 1, 1985

Margaret McCarthy was one of 74 students awarded a doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) degree by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) during exercises held last month at Virginia Tech. Margaret is the daughter of Eugene J. McCarthy of Woodville.

Three fishermen brought back proof of their fishing expertise in the form of three catfish ranging in weight from 10 1/2 to 12 pounds and a bass weighing eight pounds. Robert Jones, Harry Newlin and Richard Settle would only reveal that they caught the fish on live bait “somewhere” in Rappahannock on Saturday, July 20.

Liz Eastham has been helping the county’s youth learn job skills for the past six years as a 70001 counselor in the Summer Youth Employment Program. Liz is a native of Rappahannock who works as a teacher’s aide during the school year at the high school. Six years ago, she saw an ad for the counselor’s position in Rappahannock, and she began applying her love of kids to helping them earn some money while they prepare for a career during the summer.

10 years ago
August 9, 2000

The impact of the weather on high school site work will force Rappahannock County schools to open one week late this year, according to Superintendent Dr. David Gangel. The revised public schools calendar shifts most activities back one week, with the first day of school now scheduled for Sept. 5 and the last day of school June 13.

Heidi Eastham’s cheeses are very popular. These are produced at the Eastham’s Rucker Farm Tack House Kitchen from milk provided by goats lovingly tended by Heidi and Lindsay Eastham of Flint Hill. The Easthams sell a number of different cheeses. The robustly flavored Jordan River Che’vre is a particular favorite. Visitors return again and again fore these superb cheeses and have learned to arrive at the market soon after the 11 a.m. Opening for supplies are always limited.

Local resident and independent consultant with Party Lite, Jan Zindell, Amissville, recently attended the annual Party Lite National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Sands Expo Center from July 19-22. Party Lite Gifts, Inc. is the world’s leading direct sales marketer of candles and candles accessories.