Down Memory Lane for Jan. 17

April 20, 1972

Mike Bass, Washington Redskins cornerback, signed autographs Saturday night following the local high school athletic awards banquet. Bass was the guest speaker for the dinner meeting and urged the establishment of an improved athletic program for all schools.

Wendy and Wanda Jenkins, Girl Scouts and Cadets of Rappahannock, are promoting the sale of Girl Scout cookies. These youngsters set up a sales booth Saturday on the porch of Washington Cash Store and were in business.

The Canoe Cruisers Association of the greater Washington area and three members of the American Youth Hostel have again contributed a day to cleaning up one of the streams in the area. On Sunday, April 9, these groups joined forces to pick up trash on the badly abused Hughes River between Route 231 and the low water bridge below Slate Mills.

Mrs. Sally Grey, organizer of the clean-up, reported that 24 people in 13 boats – plus the three A.Y.H. members – were involved. As last year when this group worked the Thornton River, they picked up trash in the stream and as much as possible on the banks within sight of the stream.

Local people contributing to this project included the landowners along the route: Lee Payne, Charlie Racer, Joe Starry and Joe Powers, who donated bags and trucks and hauled the trash.

April 9, 1981

The home of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Woodward on Route 729 near Ben Venue was razed by fire, totally demolishing all of their household possessions, clothing and even Mrs. Woodward’s pocketbook. The Woodwards had spent almost 50 years collecting antiques and the priceless collection was reduced to a pile of ashes. High winds Monday fanned the flames, which consumed the 25-year-old frame dwelling, which had, in recent years, had aluminum siding applied. A malfunctioning electrical system was presumed to be the cause of the fire.

Carolyn Butler was named Miss Rappahannock during the beauty pageant held Friday under the sponsorship of the Sperryville Rescue Squad. She received her tiara from retiring title holder Lisa Settle and a gift of $100 from the rescue organization presented by Tom Von Fange, emcee for the evening. Judges for the pageant were Mrs. Patricia Smith of Culpeper, Mrs. Jo Frantz of Rappahannock and Joe Sherman of Madison.

March 19, 1992

Sunday morning, with pomp and circumstance, the dedication of St. Peter Catholic Church officially opened the new building for worship.

The dedication of the 7,000-plus square-feet of sanctuary, reception hall and living quarters for Father Albert Verbeke, located on U.S. 211, just west of Washington, ends a long campaign for the congregation in Rappahannock. The 25-acre plot was donated to the church by Mr. and Mrs. Ted Chapman of Washington.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the budget as presented by superintendent David Gangel.

Gangel noted that he would have to make some changes even after the budget was approved because he had found out Tuesday afternoon that the state budget included an additional $4,095 for the preschool handicapped grant.

Dr. Gangel said the budget adopted by the General Assembly was based on an enrollment of 952 for Rappahannock, which means the state’s budget does not include as much money for Rappahannock schools as are in the school budget. If Rappahannock’s enrollment is 1,010, the number the budget is based on, the county will receive the additional funds if the state has them, Dr. Gangel said.