Down Memory Lane for Aug. 16

50 years ago
Nov. 22, 1962

Hunting season opened with a bang, literally, in Rappahannock on Monday with Clarence Baldwin shooting a 175-pound spike in Hampton District at the Baldwin home place in Gid Brown Hollow, a little before seven o’clock. Last year at this time 14 deer had been checked at the Game Stations. Main purposes of the regulation requiring checking and tagging are to aid in law enforcement and as a means of making a check of the annual kill to assist in regulating the size of the herds.

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors has allotted $1,000 to the county library which is being established on Gay Street in Washington. This action was taken by the Board at the November meeting held on the 7th at the courthouse. The library, an old church, was purchased in the spring of 1960 with local contributions and foundation grants. All work done to date has been financed by donations.

Three former Rappahannock 4-H Club members, now students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, are in Chicago this week as members of the V.P.I. Livestock Judging Team to complete at the International Livestock Exposition there, Saturday, November 24. Jack Sisk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Sisk of Sperryville, Glen and Randall Updike, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Updike, Washington, along with four other Virginia boys, make up the team.

25 years ago
July 2, 1987

Acting on a legal advisory written by town attorney Frank Reynolds, the Washington Architectural Review Board approved an application from The Inn at Little Washington, but referred the matter to Zoning Administrator John McCarthy for a decision on a zoning question.

Reinhardt Lynch, representing The Inn, explained that he and partner Patrick O’Connell wish to place four flagpoles on the front of their building, two on each of the center pillars. Two American flags, the Virginia state flag and the flag of the Relais et Chateaux hotel and restaurant guide would be flown, he said.

The members of the ARB said they had no problems with the flags of the United States and of the  Commonwealth of Virginia, but that according to the definition in the town’s zoning ordinance, “there is some question as to whether the Relais et Chateaux flag would constitute commercial advertising” and as such would require a special use permit from the Town Council, Mrs. Miller said.

Nina Merrill Norman, of Washington, was among the Mary Washington College students named to the institution’s Dean List for second semester of the 1986-87 academic year. Miss Norman, a senior majoring in liberal studies, will graduate from Mary Washington in December 1987. She as among 322 students named to the Dean’s List, which is composed of full-time students achieving at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

10 years ago
Feb. 13, 2002

Two years ago, Alma Viator and Ben Jones performed A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at the Theatre at Washington, Va. to a standing ovation and rave reviews from those who were there.  “Love Letters,” a smash hit on and off Broadway, was written to be read aloud by two actors in a simple setting. It traces the lifelong correspondence of Andrew Ladd and Melissa Gardner and through their letters reveals their poignant, bittersweet relationship. Viator and Jones are both veterans of the stage whose experiences in show business have led them into several careers.

School Superintendent Dr. David Gangel rolled out a budget for the next fiscal year that he said would not need to have any additional impact on local taxpayers. Despite an overall spending increase of nearly $200,000 over last year and anticipated revenue shortfalls from the state amounting to $105,000 the recommendations forwarded in his presentation before the School Board’s February meeting and in the budget “working document” show that the funding gap of $77,000 should be taken care of through a reduction in force and not through an increase in the local contribution.