Down Memory Lane for Nov. 15

Feb. 3, 1972

The Rappahannock Polo Team will play against the Valley Forge (Pa.) Alumni All Stars in the indoor arena at Valley Forge on Feb. 13. Members of the local team are John Lyle of Walnut Hill Ranch, Washington; Jim Hourahan of Mountain Shadows Farm, Washington; and Bill Fannon of Castleton. Fannon, however, will be unable to make the trip and substituting for him will be Neale Boone of Potomac, Md.

William Lee Settle of Castleton escaped injury Friday morning when his car skidded on an icy bridge at Estes, crashed into the guardrail and went down an embankment. According to Trooper W. A. Buntin, Settle was operating a 1969 plymouth Barracuda on Route 729 when he ran up on the icy bridge, skidded onto the left guardrail and damaged the underside of the vehicle.

Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) is co-sponsoring a “fact-finding seminar” in Fredericksburg on March 18 about the proposed Salem Church Dam. “The question of whether the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers should be preserved as scenic rivers or backed up into a huge lake by a Salem Church Dam near Fredericksburg has been a controversial issue for many years in Northern Virginia,” noted Phil Irwin of Flint Hill, president of RLEP.

Jan. 29, 1981

At a special meeting called Thursday, Jan. 22, the Rappahannock School Board announced the appointment of Robert Slade Estabrook as the new superintendent of the county’s public schools effective July 1, 1981. Returning to open session at the noon meeting after 45 minutes in executive session on discipline and personnel, the five member board voted unanimously to hire Estabrook for a four-year term at an annual salary of $31,000.

Miriam Reeve of Sperryville, Ranger Division Secretary at Shenandoah National Park, retired Jan. 17 after more than 25 years of government service. Miriam and Roy plan to continue living in Sperryville. Miriam says she plans to travel, play bridge and spend a great deal of time with her four children and 10 grandchildren.

Jan. 30, 1992

Eighty-nine Rappahannock Elementary seventh graders became the first class in the school’s history to graduate from the Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program during ceremonies at the school Friday. All of the school’s seventh-graders completed the program in the first semester. The fifth grade will be taking the course between now and the end of this year.

Frank Fishback of Amissville has taken his Blue Ridge neighbor attitude far beyond the borders of Rappahannock County. His spirit has extended beyond this community to Louisa County onward to small communities in Mexico, disaster stricken towns in South Carolina and even to South Africa. A handyman by trade, Mr. Fishback uses his natural talents to help those in need. Using his own money as well as funds donated by the Amissville United Methodist Church, Mr. Fishback has taken his talents in roofing and repair yard work and carpentry to places where  indoor plumbing is a luxury, cars are nonexistent and food is cooked on open-air fires and stirred with sticks.

It’s been an uphill battle for former Sen. Eugene McCarthy seeking the Democratic Party nomination for president. The Woodville resident is on the ballot in New Hampshire, along with many others, but in other states party chairmen have made the decision that his campaign is not “serious” and have kept his name off the ballot. He says he may file court challenges in some of those states, perhaps Maryland or Michigan. He says he may be joined in the suits by Patrick Buchanan and David Duke on the Republican side and “three or four” other Democrats who have also been denied ballot access.