Down Memory Lane for Nov. 8

Jan. 20, 1972

Amissville Ruritan Club, for the second successive year, has received the Citizenship and Patriotism Award offered in the Rappahannock District of Ruritan National. This district is composed of most of Virginia and part of North Carolina.

The Amissville club will be represented at the national convention in New York City this week by two representatives, club president Ted Settle and H.R. Terhune. The club will enter the national competition for Citizenship and Patriotism at the convention.

A change in personnel at Rappahannock County Welfare Department has taken place recently. However, the department is still supervised by Mrs. M. Elizabeth Buntin, who has held the position since 1947. Others associated with the office are, Miss Ellen Mustoe, Social Worker; Mrs. Juanita Miko, Technician; Mrs. Rebecca Burke, Office Assistant and Mrs. Bertha Armel, Case Aide.

Jan. 22, 1981

There’s water flowing from Washington’s taps this week but the town’s water crisis continues.

Springs on Jenkins Mountain that serve as primary sources for the gravity flow system are still dry. So is the supplementary 66-foot well which has pumped continually over the past seven months since the springs gave out.

The town spent $3,000 last Monday for three-quarters of an acre adjoining the old well house. Well driller Larry LeHew went down 410 feet on Wednesday at the spot indicated by a Front Royal dowser only to find a disappointing flow of four gallons per minute; well under the 15 gallons sought by Washington Mayor Newbill Miller.

At the town council meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 14, Mayor Newbill Miller cautioned those present against opening old wells at private homes as a solution to the town’s water emergency.

According to William Burke, health department sanitation supervisor for the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District, it is doubtful that private wells in the town are grouted with cement filling in the space between the well casing and the ground. “Without grouting, it’s an open invitation” for surface water to run down the sides of the casing into the bottom of the well, creating the possibility that the water source itself, in addition to the well, may be contaminated, Burke said.

Labels from a variety of foods are being collected by the physical education department of Rappahannock County Elementary School. They will be used in helping to obtain athletic equipment for the school. Among the labels which are valid for this program are Campbells soups, Post cereals, Awake orange juice, Orange Plus beverages, Log Cabin syrups, Log Cabin pancake mix and Wonder bread.

Jan. 23, 1992

Christian Sauce won a dinner for two at The Inn, part of the Rappahannock Elementary seventh-grade trip fundraiser, so he took his friend Clair Schadler with him Jan. 16. They said they were “treated like royalty and had the time of (our) lives.”

The Planning Commission voted last Wednesday to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve a special exception for Bill Payne to operate an auction house on a five-acre parcel on the south side of U.S. 211 between Countryside Floor Fashions and Mayhugh’s Grocery in the Amissville area.

The Washington Architectural Review Board approved several charges to the plans submitted by Patrick O’Connell for the house he is building on Gay Street on the site of the former Byrd Jones house.

Mr. O’Connell’s plans originally called for a one-story bay addition on the north side of the house. That plan was revised to provide for a two-story bay addition on the south side of the house. Both additions were built, and Mr. O’Connell asked that both be approved. Also he asked approval for modifying the back side of the house. In place of patio originally planned he is building an enclosed room with a porch above it.