50 years ago
March 2, 1961
At the National Cherry Pie Baking Contest held Feb. 19-24 in Chicago, Rena Pullen, a senior at Rappahannock County High School and Virginia’s state champion, did not win, but did an excellent job of representing her state.
Do you know that the Ladies Fire Auxiliary of Washington, Va., turned 18 years old on Jan. 18? The first president was Mrs. Mary Partlow and the vice president was Mrs. L.V. Merrill. Their initial purposes were to lend aid socially and financially to the firemen.
On Friday night, Rappahannock County High School won a spot in the basketball finals by defeating Warrenton High School, 51-42. High scorer for both games was Butch Browning with 23 and 16 points followed closely by Richard Belch with 19 and 9 points.
25 years ago
January 30, 1986
People gather three times a week at the Rappahannock nutrition site where hot meals – and a whole lot more – are served to local citizens who are 60 years or older. Occasionally, special events are offered. Last week, local artisan Janet Kerig volunteered her time to teach the fine art of basket weaving. The Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community provided the basket-making material, which were put to good use.
The Rappahannock County Garden Club met Wednesday, Jan. 15 at “Stoneledge,” the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Mank. Hostesses were Mrs. Mank, Mrs. Maurice Herndon and Mrs. Henry C. Sutherland.
The Middle Street Gallery, in its reincarnation as an artists’ cooperative, will hold its opening show on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. On exhibit will be artwork designed especially for Valentine;s Day – inexpensive, one-of-a-kind cars, small paintings and other gifts of the heart.
10 years ago
January 24, 2001
After nearly two centuries of capable work as a county grist mill, Fletcher’s Mill, on Fletcher’s Mill Road in Sperryville, is seeing the beginning of the end or, perhaps, the beginning of a new beginning. Ken and Ann Pankow of Flint Hill are closing in on the end of a two-year disassembly process. They, with the help of Greg Foster, Scott Shananhan, Deni Bechard, and Rory Melanson of Neff Crane Service, are disconnecting, dismantling and removing the structure’s framework, which will be transported to the Pankows’ Flint Hill home.
Susan Babcock offered her thanks, a poem, and the gift of candles to Planning Commission members as they offered her a resolution of thanks for the seven years and seven months that she served with them. The exchange of appreciation followed the election of officers that resulted in the return of Werner Krebser as chairman and Tom Junk as vice-chairman for the 2001 session.
Paul Reisler of Washington has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). The VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Reisler will be among the approximately 20 fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.