50 years ago
January, 12, 1961
Persons presenting themselves to give blood at the Red Cross Bloodmobile when it visited Rappahannock Tuesday, Jan. 10 were Mrs. Frances Bradford, Herbert Foster, Bonnie Durden, Mrs. Sarah Latham, Jesse Updike, Mrs. Mary N. Wood, J. Newbill Miller and Ray T. Cannon.
Members of the Virginia State 4-H Livestock Judging Team took top honors in the International Livestock Exposition judging events held recently in Chicago. The Virginia Team placed first in beef cattle and third in sheep and swine, Lyle Updike of Washington placed second high in individual scoring in the event involving 119 contestants.
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Wellman of Erie Pa. gave Mrs. Rosa Burton a surprise at Christmas by stopping by to see her and presenting her with a lovely bedside radio. Mrs. Burton is the oldest resident of the Town of Washington and will be 93 on Feb. 5.
25 years ago
December 19, 1985
A former Washington town bus station is being renovated into a single office professional building. At the regular Town Council meeting, held on Dec. 11, a special use permit was unanimously granted to Mary E. Jenkins, Ruby V. Jenkins, Catherine J. Vannoy and Randolph R. Thornhill to change the use of their building from residential to commercial.
Some of Rappahannock County’s most popular local performers will appear at the community Christmas celebration this Saturday evening, Dec. 21 at the Gay Street Theatre. Two well-loved Rappahannock orators will provide dramatic readings: Waldren O’Connor from a holiday classic; and Eugene McCarthy from a commentary of his own on Christmas in Rappahannock.
The meaning of Kathryn Wayland’s Christmas tree, surrounded by a miniature Christmas village and Christmas parks, becomes clearer the more you look at the pageant. She has put a piece of herself in every tiny lace curtain, every little stone chimney and every elf’s cap that she has made. She has poured her whole self into this creation. She has made and collected the small figures, the cardboard houses and stores, the Christmas balls and angels for as long as she can remember.
10 years ago
December 27, 2000
It’s unanimous, John McCarthy is Rappahannock News’ Citizen of the Year, and what a perfect choice he is. He has dealt with cell towers, E911 problems, zoning code changes, ball fields, capital improvements, budgets, refuse and recycling centers, the Aileen property, county vehicles, the library, schools, bears, highways, golf courses, emergency communications, vandalism and a small fire or two. He has provided his expertise, attention, time and concern unstintingly and with good cheer. He is intelligent, he is diligent, and he is unflagging. There is no other choice for the year 2000.
Shannon Swain announced that she will be stepping aside as Playground Committee chair. She and PTO President Jimmy Swindler will contact active committee members, especially Jennifer Deal, about a transition to new leadership. After many years of Swain’s strong and capable leadership her contributions will be very much missed.