Down Memory Lane for Dec. 27

March 23, 1972

Witold Kuncewicz, who owns a farm near Flint Hill, painted a menacing picture of Virginia Electric & Power Company at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Leeds Ruritan Club, likening the utility to “an invading army” bent on imposing its will on hill farmers in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

A proposed 500 kv power line linking Mount Storm, W. Va., and Morrisville was the object of Kuncewicz’s  alarm, and he urged fellow Ruritans and all citizens to act with “a sense of urgency – this is a very, very real thing.”

Kuncewicz gave his impassioned appraisal of the situation as one of several committee reports called for by club president Nic Kortlandt.

After describing Vepco’s power line plans, and noting that “no agency has control over it,” he said if action is not taken soon, local farmers will wake up to find 135-foot towers, measuring 235-feet across at the base, marching over the beautiful Blue Ridge and down through Fauquier and Rappahannock.

Anna Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lewis of Flint Hill, has been named to the dean’s list of honor students at Hollins College.

To attain this distinction, Miss Lewis compiled at least a 3.4 average on a 4.0 scale for her last semester’s work. A graduate of Madeira School in Greenway, she is a sophomore at the woman’s college.

March 12, 1981

Jimmy Tomko, Mike Leake and Greg Martin were named to the 1980-81 Skyline District All Stars. Chosen for second team All District, sophomore Leake averaged 17.4 point and 11 rebounds during the basketball season. Awarded honorable mention, Tomko, a senior, averaged 13.5 points, while Martin, the team’s junior guard, was selected for honorable mention on the basis of his outstanding defensive play.

By split decision at Friday’s special meeting, the Rappahannock supervisors voted to delay implementation of the county’s new 100 percent fair market value assessment until 1982. That means that tax bills which go out in 1981 will reflect the old assessments of approximately 60 percent market value discounted further to 15 percent.

While the assessments will remain low, however, the tax rate should jump substantially, according to commissioner of revenue Merle Scoggin.

The supervisors decided earlier this year to discontinue the levies on households goods, farm machinery, livestock and merchants capital. In addition, they limited the amount that that tax on registered vehicles could go up to an increase of 30 percent over the revenue generated this year.

Building a new school rather than expanding overcrowded Rappahannock County High School is the most feasible way to proceed on a capital improvements program, according to speakers at the school board’s public input session on capital outlay at last Tuesday’s budget meeting.

Sharon Kilpatrick proposed that the high school be turned into an intermediate school for grades seven and eight. She maintained that cafeteria, bathrooms, kitchen, library and gym are adequate for a two-grade school.

Acknowledging that the building has more classroom space than two grades will need, she suggested that the central administration office also be moved into RCHS with portions of the masonry building converted to fireproof storage for records required by law to be kept.

March 5, 1992

Sycamore Hill House & Gardens, a Rappahannock bed and breakfast operated by Kerri and Stephen Wagner, is featured in the current March-April 1992 issue of Country Inns Bed & Breakfast magazine, one of the few magazines that focuses exclusively on the guest industry.

Nine full-color photographs of the spectacular gardens at Sycamore Hill atop Menefee Mountain (on U.S. 211 above the library at Washington) were included in a new regular feature on the magazine called “The Garden Gate.”

The photographs, all taken by innkeeper Mrs. Wagner, reflect the Wagners’ devotion to gardening, and include shots of the native spring flowering Virginia dogwood and redbud trees, as well as many lovely gardens throughout the 52-acre estate.

Interim headmistress Pamela Lynn surprised the Wakefield Country Day School community by presenting librarian Grace White with a check for $15,000 donated to the school library by Clifford H. Brandt of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Brandt is the grandfather of three WCDS students; two, Caroline, a senior, and David, an 8th grader, are presently at the school, while Clifford Brandt Jr., in whose name the gift was given, graduated from the Huntly location last year.

Herbert M. Reynolds, 44, of Oak Park in Madison County, has replaced Tippy Jenkins at the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Madison-Rappahannock office.

Mr. Reynolds took over Jan. 1 from Mr. Jenkins, who retired.